Lantos, Robert 1949–

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LANTOS, Robert 1949


Born April 3, 1949, in Budapest, Hungary; immigrated to Uruguay, 1958; immigrated to Canada, 1963; son of Laszlo (a mechanic and trucking company owner) and Agnes (maiden name, Bodor) Lantos; married Jennifer Dale (an actress; divorced); children: Ari, Sabrina. Education: McGill University, B.A., 1970, M.A., communications, 1972.

Addresses: Office Serendipity Point Films, 9 Prince St., Toronto, Ontario M4W 1Z1, Canada.

Career: Producer and director. Vivafilm (a film distribution company), founder (with Victor Loewy), 1972; RSL Entertainment Corporation (a film production company), president, 197585; Alliance Communications Corporation, cofounder and cochairman, 198589, then chairman and chief executive officer, 198798; Alliance Atlantis Communications Corporation, founder, chairman emeritus, 1998; Serendipity Point Films, founder, 1998. Banff International Television Festival, member of board of governors; International Emmy Council, director; Toronto International Film Festival, past director and member of board of directors; Canadian Centre for Advanced Film Studies, past director; Mt. Sinai Hospital, board of governors. Canadian Champion Water Polo Team, member, 196769.

Member: Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (past chairman), Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Awards, Honors: Gemini Award, best dramatic series, and TV Guide Most Popular Program Award, 1985, both for Night Heat; Genie Award nomination, best motion picture (with Stephen J. Roth), 1986, for Joshua Then and Now; three Gemini awards, and CableACE Award, 1986, all for Sword of Gideon; TV Guide Most Popular Program Award, 1989, and Gemini awards, best dramatic series, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, all for E.N.G.; Gemini Award nomination, best dramatic miniseries, 1990, for The French Revolution; Air Canada Award, 1991, for contributions to Canadian film; Genie Award, outstanding contributions to the Canadian Film Industry, 2001; Genie awards, best motion picture (with Sue Miliken and Stephane Reichel), Golden Reel Award, Gemini Awards, and Australian Film Institute Award nomination, best film, all 1991, for Black Robe; Gemini Award, best animated series, 1994, for ReBoot; Cannes Film Festival, international critics' prize, 1994, for Exotica; Chrysler Award, most popular television series, 1994, for Due South; Gemini Award nomination, best dramatic series, 1994, for North of 60; Golden Reel Award, 1995, for Johnny Mnemonic; Golden Reel Award (with others), 1996, for Crash; Gemini Award nomination, best short dramatic program, 1996, for Scales of Justice: Regina vs. Gamble and Nichols; Gemini Award nomination, best TV movie or dramatic miniseries (with others), 1999, for Shot through the Heart; European Film Award nomination, best film (with Andras Hamori), and Genie Award, best motion picture (with Hamori), 2000, both for Sunshine; Genie Award nomination, best motion picture (with David Cronenberg and Hamori), 2000, for eXistenZ; Genie Award nomination, best motion picture (with Denise Robert), 2001, for Stardom; Genie Award, best motion picture (with Atom Egoyan), 2003, for Ararat; also received Toronto Arts Award; Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award, for outstanding contribution to the business of filmmaking in Canada; CFTPA Chetwyn Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence; and J. Stuart Mackay Communicator of the Year Award.


Film Producer:

L'ange et la femme (also known as The Angel and the Woman ), 1976.

In Praise of Older Women (also known as En hommage aux femmes de trente ans ), 1978.

Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid (also known as Finishing Touch, A Slow Descent into Hell, Audela de cette limite votre ticket n'est plus valable, and L'ultime passion ), Ambassador Film Distributors, 1979.

Agency (also known as Mind Games and L'agence de la peur ), Vestron Video, 1980.

Suzanne, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1980.

Scandale, Ambassador Film Distributors/Vivafilm, 1982.

Paradise, AVCO Embassy Pictures, 1982.

(Uncredited) Joy, Union Generale Cinematographique/Vivafilm, 1983.

One Night Only, 1983.

Heavenly Bodies, MetroGoldwynMayer, 1984.

Bedroom Eyes, PanCanadian Film Distributors, 1984.

Night Magic (also known as La nuit magique ), 1985.

Joshua Then and Now, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1985.

Separate Vacations, Alliance, 1986.

Black Robe (also known as Robe noire ), Samuel Goldwyn, 1991.

Exotica, Miramax, 1994.

Twilight of the Ice Nymphs, Zeitgeist Films/Alliance, 1997.

Sunshine (also known as The Taste of Sunshine, A napfeny ize, and SunshineEin Hauch von Sonnenschein), Alliance, 1999.

eXistenZ, Miramax, 1999.

Stardom (also known as 15 Moments and StardomLe culte de la celebrite ), Alliance, 2000.

Picture Claire, DEJ Productions, 2001.

Men with Brooms (also known as Quatre gars et un balai ), Artisan Entertainment, 2002.

Ararat, Miramax, 2002.

The Statement, Sony Pictures Classics, 2003.

Painkillers, 2003.

Being Julia, Sony Pictures Classics, 2004.

Film Executive Producer:

Mount Royal, 1987.

The Gate, 1987.

American Boyfriends, 1989.

California Dreamin', 1989.

The Adjuster, 1991.

Leolo, Alta Films, 1992.

Buried on Sunday (also known as Northern Extremes ), 1992.

On My Own (also known as Il colore dei suoi occhi ), 1992.

Being at Home with Claude, 1992.

Calender, 1993.

I Love a Man in Uniform (also known as A Man in Uniform ), 1993.

Paris, France, 1993.

La Florida, 1993.

Whale Music, Alliance, 1994.

Exotica, Miramax, 1994.

Johnny Mnemonic (also known as Johnny Mnemonique ), TriStar, 1995.

Never Talk to Strangers (also known as L'inconnu and Spiel mit dem Feuer ), Imperial Entertainment, 1995.

Eldorado, 1995.

When Night Is Falling, October Films, 1995.

Crash, Fine Line, 1996.

Turning April, 1996.

The Sweet Hereafter (also known as De beaux lende-mains ), Fine Line, 1997.

Strike! (also known as The Hairy Bird, All I Wanna Do, College femminile, and Les filles font la loi ), Miramax, 1998.

No, New Yorker Films, 1998.

Loving Evangeline, 1998.

At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriquez Story, Alliance, 1998.

Film CoProducer:

Felicia's Journey (also known as Le voyage de Felicia ), 1999.

Film Director:

Mount Royal, 1987.

Television Producer; Series:

(Uncredited) Bordertown (also known as Les deux font la loi ), The Family Channel, 1989.

(Uncredited) Due South (also known as Direction: Sud and Tandem de choc ), CBS, 1994.

(Uncredited) Once a Thief (also known as John Woo's Once a Thief ), Fox, 1997.

Television Executive Producer; Series:

Night Heat, CBS, 1985.

Diamonds, CBS/USA Network, 1987.

Mount Royal (also known as MontRoyal ), 1987.

Counterstrike (also known as Force de frappe ), USA Network, 1990.

E.N.G., CBC and Lifetime, 1990.

North of 60, CBC, 1993.

ReBoot (animated), ABC, 1994.

The Mighty Jungle, 1994.

Taking the Falls, 1995.

Beast Wars: Transformers (also known as Beast Wars, Beasties, Beasties: Transformers, and Transformers: Beast Wars ), 1996.

Fast Track, Showtime, 1997.

Da Vinci's Inquest, CBC, 1998.

Powerplay, UPN, 1998.

Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy, CBC, 1998.

Total Recall 2070 (also known as Total Recall: The Series ), Showtime, 1999.

Also worked on Scales of Justice.

Television Producer; Movies:

A Matter of Cunning, 1983.

Perfect Timing, 1986.

The Guardian System, 1986.

One Night Only, 1986.

Frostfire, Lifetime, 1994.

Broken Lullaby, CBS, 1994.

At the Midnight Hour, CBS, 1995.

Family of Cops, CBS, 1995.

The Morrison Murders, USA Network, 1996.

The Diana Kilmury Story (also known as Teamster and Mother Trucker ), 1996.

The Cold Equations, 1996.

Gridlock (also known as GridlockDie Falle and Obstruction ), 1996.

Straight Up, 1997.

Louisa May Alcott's The Inheritance (also known as The Inheritance ), 1997.

(Uncredited) Northern Lights (also known as L'etoile du nord ), The Disney Channel, 1997.

(Uncredited) Dead Silence, HBO, 1997.

Television Executive Producer; Movies:

Sword of Gideon, HBO, 1986.

Ordeal in the Arctic, ABC, 1993.

A Family of Strangers (also known as Nee de pere inconnu ), CBS, 1993.

Woman on the Run: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story (also known as Woman on Trial: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story ), 1993.

Treacherous Beauties, 1994.

Another Woman, 1994.

A Change of Place, 1994.

Broken Lullaby, CBS, 1994.

At the Midnight Hour, CBS, 1995.

(Uncredited) The Awakening (also known as Harlequin's "The Awakening "), 1995.

Family of Cops, CBS, 1995.

Gridlock, NBC, 1996.

Mother Trucker: The Diana Kilmury Story, 1996.

The Hunchback (also known as The Hunchback of Notre Dame ), TNT, 1997.

Louisa May Alcott's The Inheritance (also known as The Inheritance ), 1997.

Breach of Faith: Family of Cops II (also known as Family of Cops II ), 1997.

Shot through the Heart, HBO, 1998.

This Matter of Marriage (also known as Harlequin's This Matter of Marriage ), TMC, 1998.

Recipe for Revenge (also known as Harlequin's Recipe for Revenge ), TMC, 1998.

The Waiting Game (also known as Harlequin's The Waiting Game ), TMC, 1998.

Hard to Forget, TMC, 1998.

Family of Cops III, CBS, 1999.

Milgaard (also known as Hard Time: The David Milgaard Story ), Lifetime, 1999.

Television Executive Producer; Miniseries:

Cover Me, CBC, 1999.

Also worked on The French Revolution..

Television Work; Specials:

Producer, Overdrawn at the Memory Bank, PBS, 1985.

Coexecutive producer, The Execution of Raymond Graham, ABC, 1985.

Executive producer, Quest for the Lost Tribes (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 2000.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Himself, "Escape from the Newsroom," The Newsroom, 2002.



Canadian Business, August 28, 1998, p. 48.

Financial Post, April 2, 1994, p. S3; September 17, 1994, p. 10.

Maclean's, June 3, 1996, p. 52; November 2, 1998, p. 92.

National Post, March 6, 1999, p. B1.