Jason Blum


Jason Blum is the founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, a multi-media production company that has pioneered a new model of studio filmmaking -- producing high-quality micro-budget films for wide release. Since its launch in 2000, Blumhouse has produced more than 30 feature films, including the highly-profitable ‘Paranormal Activity,' ‘Insidious,' ‘The Purge,' and ‘Sinister' franchises. Eight of Blumhouse's recent films have grossed a combined $1 billion at the worldwide box-office on budgets under $5 million.

Blumhouse's ‘The Purge,' its first production under its first-look deal with Universal Pictures, opened to more than $34 million on its opening weekend with a budget of just $3 million. ‘Insidious: Chapter Two,' from FilmDistrict, grossed over $40 million on its opening weekend with just a $5 million budget.

Blum's model began with the original ‘Paranormal Activity,' which was made for $15,000, released by Paramount Pictures, and grossed close to $200 million worldwide, making it the most profitable film in the history of Hollywood. Blumhouse also produced the phenomenally successful sequels ‘Paranormal Activity 2,' ‘Paranormal Activity 3,' and ‘Paranormal Activity 4.'

Blumhouse's upcoming wide releases include ‘Jessabelle' for Lionsgate; ‘The Purge: Anarchy' and ‘Ouija' for Universal; and ‘Paranormal Activity 5' for Paramount. 

For Halloween 2012, Blumhouse built The Blumhouse of Horrors, an innovative and frightening haunted house experience in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Blumhouse's Los Angeles-based movie production team used its expertise in horror film production, storytelling, and movie set design to transform the Variety Arts Theater into a fully-immersive and chillingly intense Halloween attraction. In 2013, Blumhouse invited horror fans to experience The Purge: Fear the Night, a live-event inspired by the backstory to the feature film. 

In television, Blumhouse executive produced scripted series ‘The River' for ABC and the unscripted ‘Stranded' for SyFy. ‘Eye Candy,' which stars Victoria Justice, recently received a 10-episode pick up from MTV. ‘Ascension' was also picked up as a 6-hour limited series on SyFy.

Previously, Blumhouse has had deals with Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Alliance, Miramax and HBO Films. From 1995 to 2000, Blum served as co-head of the Acquisitions and Co-Productions department at Miramax Films in New York. At Miramax, he was instrumental in acquiring over 50 films including ‘The Others,' ‘Smoke Signals,' ‘A Walk On the Moon,' and ‘The House of Yes.'

Blum's credits also include: ‘The Tooth Fairy,' starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson; ‘The Reader,' for which Kate Winslet won an Academy Award; ‘Hysterical Blindness,' starring Uma Thurman, which aired on HBO and garnered Thurman a Golden Globe Award; and ‘Hamlet,' starring Ethan Hawke, Bill Murray, Sam Shepard, and Kyle MacLachlan.

Blum began his career as the producing director of the Malaparte theater company, which was founded by Ethan Hawke. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New Group Theater in New York City.