Directors’ Biographies: John Schmidt

John Schmidt
CEO and Executive Director

Mr. Schmidt has gained extensive experience in building successful entertainment and start-up companies throughout his career. He co-founded October Films in 1992 and served as its Co-President until its sale to USA Networks in 1999. October was one of the foremost independent film companies of the 1990s, winning two Oscars, 13 nominations and top prizes at the Cannes Film Festival on three occasions. Some of October Films" credits include internationally acclaimed films such as "Secrets And Lies," "The Apostle," "Celebration," "Lost Highway" and "Breaking The Waves." Prior to founding October Films, Mr. Schmidt was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Miramax Films from 1989-1992 and Financial Analyst at Tri-Star Pictures from 1986-1989. Mr. Schmidt began his career as a documentary film producer after graduating from Yale University. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1986.