Ryan Kavanaugh


A renowned & innovative Hollywood producer of blockbuster films and television series.

Ryan Kavanaugh, founder of Relativity Media, created a revolutionary financial model designed to predict the odds of any given film becoming a financial success, forever changing how movies in Hollywood were made. This innovative business model, a modified version of the Monte Carlo method, brought a meticulous statistical analysis to the often undisciplined world of movie production, and led to films such as Oscar-winning “The Social Network” “3:10 to Yuma”, and to crowd-pleasing hits such as “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.”

This method was swiftly adopted by Hollywood at large, and radically changed the face of media and how movies were produced. One major example of his efforts and innovative business practices led directly to the creation of Marvel Studios and the resulting creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, resulting in a film franchise worth over $25 billion. In sum, Ryan has produced, distributed, or financed over 200 films which in total have accumulated over $17 billion in revenue and 60 Oscar nominations.

Kavanaugh’s efforts and innovations didn’t stop at film, creating the Streaming Video On Demand (SVOD) model that catapulted Netflix to the forefront of the industry, against all odds and years of rejection from the rest of Hollywood. In addition, his company Relativity Real (now named Critical Content) produced more than 40 television shows, pitching networks on target reality series that could be developed and produced fully in-house, a far more efficient method than the classic approach of writing, casting, shooting and working pre- and post-production on a piecemeal basis. His company was the first to employ this new method, and produced shows like MTV’s hit “Catfish”, “The Great Food Truck Race”, and many others across 19 different networks.

A revolutionary in film finance, he is recognized by many outlets as the most powerful person in the entertainment business, both in the industry and in the financial sector. Ryan is the 25th highest grossing producer in box office of all time, and he was named the 2009 “Producer of the Year” at the Hollywood Awards. Variety named him “Showman of the Year” in 2011, and Hollywood Reporter named him the first “Billion Dollar Producer” shortly after.

Ryan’s latest film-industry endeavor is Proxima Media, whose mission is to deploy a ground-breaking business model that would not only control production and marketing costs in order to maximize worldwide value in the feature film sector, but also maximize "first cycle" returns, and in turn increase long-term library value.

Awards & Accolades

  • 60 Oscar® nominations
  • 8 Oscar® wins
  • #22 on Fortune 40 under 40 list
  • 2009 Producer of the Year by Hollywood Awards
  • 2011 Showman of the Year