About Sidney Kimmel Chairman and CEO
Sidney Kimmel is chairman and CEO of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. Active in the motion picture industry for more than 27 years, Kimmel’s passion as an independent producer throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s eventually led to the founding of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment in October 2004.
Kimmel and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment have co-financed and produced or co-produced more than 40 motion pictures. They include United 93, directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Greengrass; the critical hit Breach, starring Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe, and Laura Linney; Synecdoche, New York, the directorial debut of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman; and the remake of its own 2006 British comedy Death at a Funeral, directed by Frank Oz with co-writer/co-producer Chris Rock leading an all-star ensemble cast.
Kimmel recently produced the four-time Academy Award-nominated Hell or High Water, starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, and Ben Foster, as well as the critically-successful Brad’s Status, starring Ben Stiller. He recently produced both the hit thriller The Lincoln Lawyer, starring Matthew McConaughey, and The Age of Adaline starring Blake Lively and Harrison Ford; Kimmel also executive produced Sony's Academy Award nominated Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill.
Additional SKE feature presentations include such critical successes as Craig Gillespie's Lars and the Real Girl, starring Ryan Gosling; The Kite Runner, directed by Marc Forster; Adventureland, the Greg Mottola-directed hit, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart; Jon Poll's Charlie Bartlett, starring Anton Yelchin and Robert Downey Jr.; and The Place Beyond the Pines, directed by Derek Cianfrance, starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes.
Upcoming feature films at SKE include The Widow, directed by Academy Award winner Neil Jordan and starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloe Grace Moretz. Also on the way is Going Places, written and directed by John Turturro and starring Turturro, Bobby Cannavale, and Audrey Tautou. Kimmel serves as producer on all.
Born in 1928, Sidney Kimmel grew up in Philadelphia during the Great Depression. Soon, Mr. Kimmel launched Jones New York, which grew into one of the leading designers and marketers of branded apparel, footwear and accessories in the New York fashion industry and came to include many recognizable brands, among them Nine West, Anne Klein, Stuart Weitzman, Joan & David, Gloria Vanderbilt, Barneys New York and Kurt Geiger. Mr. Kimmel stepped down as Jones' CEO in 2003, remaining as its Chairman until 2014 when Sycamore Partners bought it for nearly $2.2 billion.
In 1993, Kimmel established the Sidney Kimmel Foundation, and soon thereafter, its subsidiary the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research. Of the more than $850 million given away by the Foundation, nearly two-thirds has been dedicated to cancer research, making Sidney Kimmel one of the largest individual donors to cancer research in the nation.