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Oren Koules (born January 31, 1961) is an American entertainment industry and professional sports industry executive. He is president of Evolution Entertainment, producer of the Saw film series. He was also the owner of the Helena Bighorns ice hockey team, and is part-owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning ice hockey team of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Personal life

Born in Chicagomarker to Greek immigrants, Koules is divorced with one son, Miles, and lives in Los Angelesmarker. He played soccer and starred in hockey at Lyons Township High School (alma mater of David Hasselhoff) in west suburban Chicago before leaving prior to graduation to pursue his dream of playing professional hockey. After his hockey career, he became a commodities trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, where he made the money to enter the entertainment business. He then moved into the entertainment industry in production.

Sports career

He played for six Western Hockey League teams, including the Portland Winter Hawks, the Great Falls Americans, the Medicine Hat Tigers and the Brandon Wheat Kings. In Medicine Hat, he was a teammate of future NHL goaltender Kelly Hrudey. His best year was 1980-81; he scored 28 goals for the Spokane Flyers, and was a teammate of future NHL defenseman Ken Daneyko. In 1982, Koules played for the Hampton Roads, Va., Gulls (six goals) of the former Atlantic Coast Hockey League. On the roster was 24 year old John Tortorella; the same Tortorella who is the former Lightning head coach.

Entertainment career

Koules helped found Peak Productions in the mid 1990s. After two hit movies, he became a Vice President of Production with Paramount Pictures. In 1998, he helped found the Evolution Entertainment movie production company with Mark Burg. In 2004, the partnership formed Twisted Pictures to produce movies.

Koules' producer credits include: Executive Producer Executive Producer

TV producer credits were

Koules hockey career statistics : http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php3?pid=8990

References

  1. http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php3?pid=8990
  2. College Tampa Profil
  3. Oren Koules Filmography - Yahoo! Movies


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