Peter Douglas was born in 1955, the first child of film icon Kirk Douglas and his wife Anne. Peter is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America, West. He is also a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Peter began his career as a production manager and founded his production company, Vincent Pictures, in 1978. Peter produced his first film, the science-fiction time-travel classic The Final Countdown, in 1980. He followed this in 1983 with an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic fantasy novel Something Wicked This Way Comes, which won the Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film from the Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films.
Peter produced the suspense-comedy hit Fletch, starring Chevy Chase, for Universal in 1985, as well as the sequel Fletch Lives in 1989. In the interim, he wrote, directed, and produced the independent film A Tiger’s Tale (1988), featuring Ann-Margret. More recently, he developed and served as executive producer of the coming-of-age comedy Whip It! (2009).
Amos, the highest-rated movie for television of 1985, was Peter’s initial venture in that medium, and was nominated for an Emmy. In 1988, he produced Inherit the Wind, which went on to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama or Comedy Special. Moving into cable in 1994, Peter produced the Home Box Office Original Film The Enemy Within.
For six years, Peter was President of The Bryna Company, where he was responsible for the development and production of television, cable and pay-per-view programming, as well as the international distribution of a motion picture library. This association enabled him to acquire the rights to a slate of classic films of proven commercial value suited to contemporary re-makes using today’s technology.
Philanthropy is as much a part of Peter Douglas’s life as filmmaking. He is President and CEO of The Douglas Foundation, founded in 1962 as one of the film industry’s oldest and largest private philanthropic institutions. He served as a member of the Board of Directors and Vice-Chairman of the Planning Committee of Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles’s preeminent medical center. He also spent several years in Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles, mentoring underprivileged youth.
Peter lives in Montecito, California, and has four children, Kelsey, Tyler, Ryan, and Jason.