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Avinoam Lerner (born 13 October 1947) is an Israeli-born film producer, primarily of Americanmarker action movies.

Life and career

Lerner originally worked in movie theaters in Tel Avivmarker, but soon re-located to South Africa, where he produced several films in that country and also owned a chain of movie theaters there until he re-located once again to Los Angelesmarker in the early 1990s. In 1991, he served as President of the independent production/distribution company, Global Pictures.

Lerner founded two production companies, Nu Image and Millennium Films with Trevor Short, Danny Dimbort, and Danny Lerner. The companies have a varied output, though the vast majority are action films. In the case of action films, many of the ones he produces are filmed in Bulgariamarker, where he owns a tin-roofed studio converted from a communist era warehouse.

Nu Image & Millennium Films bought independent film studio First Look Pictures but rarely use it to distribute their films.

Action stars

The bulk of Lerner's films featured action stars who were at their peak in the late 1980s-1990s: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, and Chuck Norris, usually released as direct-to-video. Lerner has produced Rambo starring Sylvester Stallone also Righteous Kill starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino starred in for Millennium Films and Emmett Furla Films. He is currently producing The Expendables and Poe, all which will be directed by Stallone.

Other features Lerner has had a hand in include: End Game, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and James Woods; Edison, starring Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, and Justin Timberlake; 16 Blocks; The Black Dahlia; and The Wicker Man.

References

  1. http://www.imdb.com/news/sb/2007-05-17/


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