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Lawrence Kasanoff

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"There’s a company of technowizards called Threshold Entertainment – it’s amazing the worlds they can create.”

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Speaker Lawrence Kasanoff is a business innovator who has partaken in many different creative arts within the Hollywood scene. He has particularly produced the films "True Lies" and "Mortal Kombat" and music videos alike for Michael Jackson and Guns n Roses. Lawrence keynotes demonstrate ways to be creative within your business and how Hollywood and corporate life can be used as personal enlightenment for business creativity.

Why you should book speaker Lawrence Kasanoff:

  • Lawrence serves as a medium between the worlds of corporate life and Hollywood, using examples, stories and lessons learned from Hollywood to apply outside-the-box thinking to the corporate world.
  • Larry – as a producer or studio head – has made over 200 feature films, including “Dirty Dancing” and Academy Award Winning Best Picture “Platoon”. He has raised well over a billion dollars in the film business, and shows steps into his success.
  • As a business innovation speaker, Larry brings his expertise on producing, directing and overall creating to your organization for optimal success.

As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Threshold Entertainment Group, Lawrence Kasanoff produces movies, animated movies, and theme park rides largely based on some of the world’s biggest IP brands, including Mortal Kombat, Justice League, Lego, Terminator 2, Marvel, Star Trek, and True Lies. As a business innovation speaker, Larry’s star-studded anecdotes translate the lessons he learned to corporate audiences, leaving them inspired to push the boundaries of creation.

But he didn’t come from a Hollywood world. He went to the oldest high school in the United States (Boston Latin School – Benjamin Franklin went there); then onto a BA at Cornell University and an MBA from The Wharton School.

From that East coast Ivy League background, he jumped into a world of creativity, crazy people, no rules, huge gambles, constant change, zero security and lots of weasels – in other words, Hollywood, where he still operates today.

Larry is the producer of all MORTAL KOMBAT media including three Number One films, a television series, an animated series, platinum-selling soundtracks, direct to DVD, and a live tour. He is Executive Producer of the box-office smash film, True Lies, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and directed by James Cameron.

Previously, as president and co-founder of Lightstorm Entertainment, Larry supervised production, marketing, publicity, and merchandising for the four-time Academy Award-winning hit, Terminator 2, Judgement Day.  Larry – as a producer or studio head – has made over 200 feature films, including DIRTY DANCING and Academy Award Winning Best Picture Platoon. He has raised well over a billion dollars in the film business.

In the music world, Larry has packaged or produced video projects with several of the world’s biggest talents, including Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, and Dick Clark. For Terminator 2, he produced MTV’s top video of the year, “You Could Be Mine” with Gun’s ‘N Roses.

Kasanoff and Threshold Entertainment Group have been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, USA Today, Time Magazine, Wired, Maxim, and Playboy and have been featured on CNN, FOX News, ABC World News Tonight, CNBC, The Howard Stern Show and more.

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A Touch of Madness: How A Little Crazy Goes A Long Way

Everyone wants to innovate, but most use tried and true methods. This is dead wrong! You can’t be unusual by following a usual path. You have to foster a culture of eccentricity and yes, a bit of madness, to truly innovate.

Keynote by speaker Lawrence Kasanoff

All The Great Scoundrels: Lessons From Unlikely Places

The movie business is full of charming, eccentric iconoclasts who break the rules. Using often outrageous stories from people like these, he explains how he embraced these people and the lessons learned that apply across the board.

Keynote by speaker Lawrence Kasanoff

Problem? This Isn't A Problem: Never Panic

A great producer never lets anything stop him from getting the shot, not actors who won’t come out of their trailers; deranged directors; gunshots from perturbed locals; nothing. What most corporate types perceive as enormous problems would barely even raise the heartbeat of a capable producer, because in Hollywood, no one keeps their word and everyone has an angle. You’ll learn some of the tricks of the trade ways to stay calm in the perfect storm.

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I’ve had the opportunity to work with Mr. Kasanoff over the last 5 years on several projects, including both corporate-level and theatrical releases. He brought a critical level of experience and knowledge, as well as creativity to address our challenges.

Joel Sloss

Sr. Program Manager at Microsoft Azure
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Lawrence Kasanoff
Lawrence Kasanoff

5 out of 5 stars

"There’s a company of technowizards called Threshold Entertainment – it’s amazing the worlds they can create.”

The New York Times See all references

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