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Avi Arad
Avi Arad
(/ˈɑːvi ˈærəd/; Hebrew: אבי ארד‎; born August 1, 1948) is an Israeli-American
Israeli-American
businessman. He became the CEO of the company Toy Biz
Toy Biz
in the 1990s, and soon afterward became the chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment, a Marvel director, and the chairman, CEO, and founder of Marvel Studios.[1]

Contents

1 Early life and career 2 Marvel Comics 3 Later career 4 Producer filmography 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Early life and career[edit] Arad was born and raised in Ramat Gan, Israel, the son of Holocaust survivors from Poland. He grew up reading Superman
Superman
and Spider-Man comics translated into Hebrew. In 1965, he was conscripted into the Israel
Israel
Defense Forces (IDF). He fought in and was wounded in the 1967 Six-Day War, and spent 15 days recuperating. Arad finished his military service in 1968.[2] In 1970, Arad moved to the United States and enrolled at Hofstra University to study industrial management. He worked as a truck driver and Hebrew teacher to put himself through college, and graduated with a BBA in 1972.[2][3] Marvel Comics[edit] Along with Israeli-American
Israeli-American
Toy Biz
Toy Biz
co-owner Isaac Perlmutter, Avi Arad came into conflict with Carl Icahn
Carl Icahn
and Ron Perelman
Ron Perelman
over control of Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics
in the wake of its 1996 bankruptcy. In the end, Arad and Perlmutter came out on top, with Toy Biz
Toy Biz
taking over Marvel Comics in a complicated deal that included obtaining the rights to Spider-Man and other superheroes that Marvel had sold earlier. He was involved in Marvel's emergence from bankruptcy and the expansion of the company's profile through licensing and movies. Later career[edit] On May 31, 2006, Arad resigned his various Marvel positions, including his leadership of Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios
to form his own production company, Arad Productions. Although he is still producing projects for Marvel,[1] his first feature outside Marvel was the August 2007 film Bratz. Future ventures include: manga adaptation Ghost in the Shell; an adaption of Brandon Mull's best-seller teenage fantasy, Fablehaven; an adaption of James Patterson's award-winning teenage novel Maximum Ride; the adaptations of two Sony PlayStation properties, Uncharted[4] and infamous,[5] and an adaptation of Hideo Kojima's video game Metal Gear Solid.[6] On August 25, 2010, it was announced that Arad was given a chair with the American branch of animation studio Production I.G
Production I.G
in Los Angeles, California.[7] Producer filmography[edit]

King Arthur and the Knights of Justice
King Arthur and the Knights of Justice
(1993) Double Dragon (1993) The Bots Master (1993) Iron Man (1994) Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
(1994) Spider-Man
Spider-Man
(1994) The Incredible Hulk (1996) Generation X (1996) Silver Surfer (1998) Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1998) Blade
Blade
(1998) Spider-Man
Spider-Man
Unlimited (1999) The Avengers: United They Stand (1999) X-Men Evolution
X-Men Evolution
(2000) X-Men
X-Men
(2000) Blade II
Blade II
(2002) Spider-Man
Spider-Man
(2002) Daredevil (2003) X2 (2003) Hulk (2003) The Punisher (2004) Spider-Man
Spider-Man
2 (2004) Blade: Trinity (2004) Elektra (2005) Man-Thing (2005) Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
(2005) X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider
(2007) Spider-Man
Spider-Man
3 (2007) Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) Bratz (2007) Iron Man (2008) The Incredible Hulk (2008) Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011) The Amazing Spider-Man
Spider-Man
(2012) Robosapien: Rebooted (2013) Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures
(2013–15) The Amazing Spider-Man
Spider-Man
2 (2014) Air Bound (2015) Kong: King of the Apes (2016–present) Tarzan and Jane (2017) Ghost in the Shell (2017) Venom (2018) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

See also[edit]

List of Israeli Americans

References[edit]

^ a b "Marvel Announces New Independent Producer Deal with Avi Arad", May 31, 2006 press release, via Ain't It Cool News ^ a b Bowles, Scott (June 5, 2003). "Marvel's chief: A force outside, 'a kid inside'". USA Today.  ^ Hofstra University: Frank G. Zarb School of Business - Faces of Success: Avi Arad
Avi Arad
'72 Archived May 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Hennig, Amy (30 June 2009). " Uncharted
Uncharted
2 Live Chat with Naughty Dog". The PlayStation Blog. Sony Computer Entertainment America. Retrieved 30 July 2009. We're really excited about the development of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune as a movie -- we've been working with Arad Productions for the last year-and-a-half or so  ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (28 July 2009). "Scribe takes on 'inFAMOUS'". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media. Archived from the original on 9 January 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2009. Avi Arad
Avi Arad
and Ari Arad will produce.  ^ Wales, George (30 August 2012). "'Metal Gear Solid' movie confirmed". Total Film. Future Publishing Limited.  ^ " Spider-Man
Spider-Man
Producer Avi Arad
Avi Arad
Becomes I.G. USA Chair". Anime News Network. Anime News Network. 25 August 2010. Archived from the original on 27 August 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 

External links[edit]

Avi Arad
Avi Arad
on IMDb Avi Arad
Avi Arad
& Associates on IMDbPro (subscription required) Arad Productions on IMDbPro (subscription required)

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 29255553 LCCN: no2005002526 ISNI: 0000 0001 2023 032X GND: 1061847578 SUDOC: 135999375 BNF: cb165175782 (data) NLA: 40396

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