[PROFILE] Richard Sakai (Gracie Films)
- Richard Sakai's Milestones
** Began working with James L Brooks at John Charles Walters
** Produced and directed episodes of the sitcom "Taxi" (ABC, NBC).
** Joined Brooks' Gracie Films as president.
** Produced the limited run of the comedy "Shaping Up" (ABC).
** Served as producer of "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox).
Feature debut as executive in charge of production on
Brooks' "Broadcast News".
** One of the producers for "The Simpsons".
** Produced the short-lived sitcom "Sibs" (ABC).
** Was producer of the short-lived sitcom "Phenom" (ABC).
** Served as producer on the animated series "The Critic".
** First features as executive producer, "Bottle Rocket" and "Jerry
Maguire"; shared in Best Picture Oscar nomination for the latter.
Was executive producer for Brooks' Oscar-nominated "As Good As It
RICHARD SAKAI (Produtor Executivo) is the President of the Gracie
Films since its beginning. He produced all the films of the Gracie,
including In the Embroidery frames Of the Notice (Broadcast News), I
want To be Great (Big), The War of the Roses, Pure Adrenalin (Bottle
Rocket), Say Anything, Jerry Maguire - the Great Turn (Jerry
Maguire) and More good Impossible (the Good the It Gets).
RICHARD SAKAI (Producer) started working with James L. Brooks in
1977 as a go-fer at John Charles Walters Productions, eventually
producing and directing episodes of the television series Taxi.
In 1984 Brooks formed Gracie Films and asked Sakai to run the
company, where The Tracy Ullman Show and The Simpsons were two of
the earliest shows on the newly-formed Fox Network. Gracie Films
also produced Broadcast News, War of the Roses, Say Anything, Big,
I'll Do Anything, Bottle Rocket and Brooks' forthcoming Old Friends.
Sakai's association with Cameron Crowe began in 1984, when Crowe
started writing the screenplay and subsequently directed Say
Anything. After many fishing trips to Cabo San Lucas where Crowe
caught a marlin, and the formation of the Richard Sakai Fellowship
which had a minor association with Crowe's Singles, they joined
together to work on another film which turned out to be Jerry
RICHARD SAKAI (executive producer) began his long association with
James L. Brooks in 1977 when he was hired as a gofer. After
directing several episodes and producing the fifth year of the TV
series Taxi, Sakai was named president of Gracie Films. There he was
involved in the production of the films Broadcast News, Big, War of
the Roses, Say Anything and I'll Do Anything. He also produced the
TV shows The Tracey Ullman Show, The Simpsons, Sibs, The Critic and
He is a producer of the upcoming motion picture Jerry Maguire from
Executive producer Richard Sakai began his career in 1977, working
as a gofer for James L. Brooks at John Charles Walters Productions.
Before the decade's end, he had become a producer and director on
the popular comedy Taxi. He continued his affiliation with Brooks in
1984, when Brooks invited him to helm his newest production company,
Gracie Films, which at the time was producing two popular series for
the newborn Fox television network, The Tracey Ullman Show and The
Gracie Films was also responsible for a number of major features.
Those produced by Sakai include the Oscar-winners Jerry Maguire
(1996) and As Good As It Gets (1998). ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie
Bottle Rocket (1996)
Riding in Cars With Boys (2001)
Jerry Maguire (1996)