Ryan Kavanaugh


A renown Hollywood producer of blockbuster films and television series.

Ryan Kavanaugh is the founder of Relativity Media, and of the financial model that revolutionized how Hollywood financed movies. This business model, a modified version of the Monte Carlo method, is designed to predict the odds of any given film being a financial success. This method was swiftly adopted by Hollywood at large, and radically changed the face of media and how movies were produced.

His efforts and innovative business practices directly led to the creation of Marvel Studios, and the resulting creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He created the video on demand streaming model that catapulted Netflix to the forefront of the industry. Through Relativity Media, he has produced, distributed, or financed over 200 films which have cumulatively accumulated over $17 billion in revenue and 60 Oscar nominations.

Ryan's latest film-industry endeavor is Proxima Media, who's mission is to deploy a new business model which includes controlling production and marketing costs to maximize worldwide value in the feature film sector, and to maximizing "first cycle" returns and increasing 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