President, Cross Creek Pictures
Brian Oliver, President of Cross Creek Pictures, is an Academy Award nominated producer and veteran film executive, bringing his tremendous production and financing expertise to Cross Creek Pictures with the goal of producing thought provoking and commercial films in a filmmaker friendly environment. Oliver is also a member of the company’s investment committee of Cross Creek Partners, a film fund formed by Timmy Thompson and a consortium of private business investors from Louisiana and Texas.
Oliver recently released Cross Creek’s first production on which he served as producer, Darren Aronofsky’s psychological ballet thriller BLACK SWAN. The film was released by Fox Searchlight and to date has grossed over $328 million worldwide. Oliver, alongside producers Mike Medavoy and Scott Franklin, won the Best Feature Film Award at the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards for BLACK SWAN, and swept awards season with a total of five Academy Award nominations, twelve BAFTA nominations, and four Golden Globe nominations.
In 2011, Oliver produced Cross Creek’s THE IDES OF MARCH, which premiered as the Opening Night Gala screening at the Venice Film Festival with George Clooney starring and directing. Next, Oliver produced THE WOMAN IN BLACK, starring Daniel Radcliffe and directed by James Watkins. Based on the bestselling horror novel by Susan Hill, the film was released in the U.S. by CBS Films and is the most successful British Horror Film in the UK in history and has grossed more than 125 million worldwide. Currently, Oliver is in post-production on Ron Howard’s RUSH, which was written by Peter Morgan and stars Chris Hemsworth, Daneil Brühl and Olivia Wilde.
Oliver has been working in the entertainment industry for over twelve years. He started his career at Paramount Pictures followed by a stint in the Motion Picture Department at the William Morris Agency. He left WMA to become VP of Production at Propaganda Films where he developed and produced Paul Schrader’s AUTO FOCUS. Oliver then founded and ran Arthaus Pictures before teaming with Timmy Thompson to launch Cross Creek Pictures.
Oliver holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a J.D. from Whittier College School of Law.