Brad Simpson is a film producer and partner in Color Force. He is known for his work on acclaimed independent films such as Boys Don’t Cry and Far From Heaven as well as for the box office successes World War Z and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Simpson began his career at the legendary New York independent production company Killer Films. He was an executive and producer there from 1996-2003. As an executive, he worked on a slew of classic independent films including Velvet Goldmine, Happiness, One Hour Photo, and Hedwig and The Angry Inch.
At Killer, he co-produced Far From Heaven, which was nominated for four Academy Awards and three Golden Globes®. Far From Heaven was an Official Selection in the 2002 Venice, Toronto, and New York Film Festivals and appeared on over 100 critics' top ten lists for the year. Simpson was an Associate Producer on Kim Peirce's acclaimed Boys Don’t Cry for which Hillary Swank won the Academy Award® and Golden Globe® for Best Actress. Boys Don’t Cry also played at the Venice, Toronto, and New York Film Festivals. He also produced Party Monster, which played in Competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and was featured at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival. Simpson was a co-producer on Home at the end of the World and an Associate Producer on Camp, which played in competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
From 2003-2007 Simpson was President of Appian Way, Leonardo DiCaprio's production company. While there he oversaw Appian’s relationship with Warner Brothers and managed a slate of film and documentary projects for DiCaprio.
In 2010, Simpson produced the sleeper hit Diary of a Wimpy Kid for FOX 2000. In 2011, he produced the follow up Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, which made headlines for opening as a surprise number one at the domestic box office. In 2012, he produced Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, which went on to become the highest grossing film in the franchise.
Simpson was Executive Producer on World War Z. Based on the best-selling book by Max Brooks, World War Z stars Brad Pitt. Released to critical acclaim in the summer of 2013, World War Z went on to gross $540 million worldwide.
In March of 2012, Simpson joined Nina Jacobson’s Color Force as a Partner. Founded by Jacobson in 2007, Color Force is responsible for the Wimpy Kid franchise and The Hunger Games franchise.
In 2012, Color Force entered into a first look deal for cable television with FX Productions, which will release American Crime Story as the first series under that pact..
In 2014, Color Force entered into a multi-year first look agreement with FOX 2000. Color Force is currently developing film adaptations of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Where’d you go Bernadette by Maria Semple, and Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.
Simpson graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Semiotics from Brown University. He serves on the Board of Directors of 826LA, Dave Eggar’s Los Angeles based education charity. He also serves on the Board of Cinefamily, Los Angeles’ premier revival movie theater. He is originally from Little Rock, AR.