James W. Skotchdopole won a 2015 Best Picture Academy Award® for his work producing Alejandro González Iñárritu’s highly acclaimed Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Skotchdopole's work on the film also resulted in an Independent Spirit Best Picture Award, a DGA Award, a PGA Award and a BAFTA® Best Film Award nomination.
He again collaborated with Iñárritu on the 2016 multiple Oscar®-winning feature The Revenant, which earned Iñárritu a Best Director Award and earned Leonardo DiCaprio a long-awaited Best Actor Award.
Most recently, Skotchdopole was an executive producer on War Machine starring Brad Pitt for Netflix.
A native New Yorker, Skotchdopole has been making films for some 38 years. He has worked on over 50 feature films in 17 different countries, earning executive producer credits on Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Death Proof, and David O. Russell’s Accidental Love.
Skotchdopole also executive produced four films for director Tony Scott; Man on Fire, Enemy of the State, The Fan and Spy Game. Skotchdopole first worked with Scott in 1988 on Revenge, and later Days of Thunder, The Last Boy Scout, True Romance and Crimson Tide.
Skotchdopole enjoyed a long collaboration with journalist, filmmaker and three-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Nora Ephron, having worked many times as her executive producer and as an associate producer on the box-office hit Sleepless in Seattle.
He cut his teeth in the industry by working with legendary directors Sir Richard Attenborough, Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, Richard Donner, John Frankenheimer, Paul Mazursky, Mike Nichols, Frank Oz and John Schlesinger.
In 1984, Skotchdopole was the youngest member to be accepted into the Directors Guild of America.
Among his many credits, Skotchdopole has produced commercials for directors Sam Mendes, Oliver Stone and Samuel Bayer.