Mini Bio (1)
"Entertainment necessarily underpins a nation's culture, and when you look at a nation's culture you are looking at the soul of its people and the glue that binds a society." ----- André Morgan
Currently, Morgan is focused on all international markets with more than a half dozen major motion pictures currently in the works. He has put together independent and/or studio deals for and is producing Cannonball Run with Warner Bros, Doolittle: The Year of the Horse (in pre-production) with Village Roadshow, Point Thunder, Reborn (in post-production) and Genghis Khan among others.
Built on his success at The Ruddy Morgan Organization, Morgan kept his hand in the Chinese market and its fast developing opportunities for entertainment content. Frequently commuting to China, Morgan executive produced The White Countess (2005) starring Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave -- the first Chinese American co-production. His film The Warlords (2007) starring Jet Li, Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro has garnered 17 awards and 19 nominations, including Best Picture from the Hong Kong Film Awards. His production of Peter Chan's Perhaps Love (2005) was chosen as Hong Kong's 2006 Oscar entry and has achieved 22 wins, including 6 awards at the 25th Hong Kong Film Awards, and 17 nominations. Perhaps Love is also the largest budgeted musical in China's film industry to date.
In 1984, Morgan found a complement to his business styles and personality in partner Al Ruddy, the other "half" of The Ruddy Morgan Organization, one of the longest-running and most successful independent production companies in entertainment today. Morgan expanded RMO based on the knowledge gained from his experience at Golden Harvest. Morgan credits Ruddy for winning people over with his larger-than-life personality, while Morgan is known for his skills to crunch numbers and making people feel at ease. Like a well-oiled machine Morgan believes they have found a style and business practice that works and is totally unique to the business. Together with Ruddy, Morgan has produced over 50 feature films and 400 hours of television over the past 30 years. The Cannonball Run, Million Dollar Baby, "Martial Law," "Hogan's Heroes," and "Walker: Texas Ranger," only skim the surface of RMO's established history of success.
As a strategic thinker, Morgan took Raymond Chow's Golden Harvest Studios in Hong Kong in 1972 and turned it into one of the largest movie companies in Asia by 1984 thereby proving his ability to successfully manage a foreign-based enterprise. Morgan helped mold the careers of cinematographer Dean Semler who won an Academy Award for Dances with Wolves and martial arts legends Bruce Lee, director John Woo, and actor Jackie Chan. He provides invaluable counsel to Chinese, Australian and European talent who want to make the cross over to American film.
As demonstrated by his active schedule, Morgan gravitates toward challenging projects and takes great pride in resolving issues that have stumped others in the past. It's his business acumen and keen sense as well as understanding of Hollywood and international affairs that have contributed to making him into one of the most successful producers in the entertainment industry.
Morgan's past experience of having lived in Asia for 32 years, including 12 years in Hong Kong, and Hollywood in between has proved to influence what's going on in the business today. As a result Morgan is very familiar with international practices that have puzzled the American entertainment industry and vice versa. He continues to balance his time between serving as executive producer, advisor and manager on a myriad of diverse and interesting projects.
Born in Morocco, Morgan studied at the University of Kansas and is fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the Writers Guild of America.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Andre Morgan