Brad Weston has spent over 30 impressive years in the entertainment business and has presided over both major and independent studios.
In May 2017, Weston founded and launched MAKEREADY, a global independent studio that finances and develops feature films, high-end television and streaming content. MAKEREADY is backed by eOne, who handle international distribution of the company’s television content. Universal Pictures has a 10-film deal with MAKEREADY and will handle worldwide marketing and distribution of the company’s film content with eOne distributing in its territories.
Prior to forming MAKEREADY, Weston served as president and CEO of New Regency beginning in 2011. Under his purview, the company has received a remarkable 34 Academy Award® nominations and 12 wins. Films include Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Academy Award®-nominated Best Picture “The Revenant” and Adam McKay’s Academy Award®-nominated Best Picture “The Big Short,” the back-to-back Academy Award®-winning Best Pictures “Birdman” and “12 Years A Slave,” David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic “Noah.”
Weston began his career in marketing at Lucasfilm and then went on to produce six independent films. In 2000, he was named president of Dimension Films where he closely oversaw and executive produced the hugely successful “Spy Kids” trilogy, “Scary Movie 2 & 3,” “The Others,” “Bad Santa” and Robert Rodriguez’s “Sin City.”
In 2005, Weston joined Paramount Pictures as president of production and was responsible for such films as “Star Trek,” “Cloverfield,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “World Trade Center,” “GI Joe,” “The Fighter” and “Rango.” As a result of working closely together on the mutual successes of their films, Weston was able to develop and maintain relationships with some of the most sought-after filmmakers in the industry including JJ Abrams, David Fincher, Gore Verbinski, Oliver Stone and David O. Russell, among many others.
Weston transitioned to a producer role on the Paramount lot in 2009, continuing to work closely with management at the studio. He produced the re-make of the classic Paramount Pictures film “Footloose,” directed by Craig Brewer and the film “One Chance,” directed by David Frankel (“The Devil Wears Prada” and “Marley and Me”).