Kerry Orent produced the Academy Award®-nominated Michael Clayton, starring George Clooney and directed by Tony Gilroy. The film was nominated for Best Motion Picture of the Year (a nomination Orent shared with Sydney Pollack and Jennifer Fox), and Tilda Swinton won an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress. Other nominations for the film include Best Director (Tony Gilroy), Best Original Screenplay (Tony Gilroy), Best Actor (George Clooney), Best Supporting Actor (Tom Wilkinson) and Best Original Score (James Newton Howard). Orent went on to produce Gilroy’s Duplicity, starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen.
Last year, Orent produced Money Monster, directed by Jodie Foster, and starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts. He also recently executive produced A Walk Among the Tombstones, directed by Scott Frank and starring Liam Neeson; A Most Violent Year, directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Jessica Chastain and Oscar Issac; Blood Ties, directed by Guillaume Canet and starring Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Marion Cotillard, Clive Owen, and Billy Crudup; Not Fade Away directed by David Chase, starring John Magaro and James Gandolfini. Orent’s other film credits as executive producer include Definitely, Maybe, starring Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weisz, Abigail Breslin and Kevin Kline; Kate & Leopold, starring Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman, under the direction of James Mangold; Rounders, starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton; Jonathan Glazer’s Birth, starring Nicole Kidman; and Fred Schepisi’s It Runs in the Family, starring Michael Douglas and Kirk Douglas. Additionally, Orent was a producer on James Gray’s crime thriller The Yards, starring Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix and Charlize Theron.
Orent also co-produced James Mangold’s Cop Land, starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta; David O. Russell’s hilarious comedy Flirting With Disaster, starring Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette, Alan Alda and Lily Tomlin; James Gray’s feature directorial debut Little Odessa, starring Tim Roth and Edward Furlong; John Duigan’s The Journey of August King; and Philip Haas’ The Music of Chance.
From 2004 to 2011, Orent served as executive producer on FX’s hit firefighter drama Rescue Me, starring Denis Leary. In 2005, the show was honored by the Producers Guild of America with a Visionary Award, which acknowledges producers whose work demonstrates a unique or uplifting quality. Orent also produced season one of Showtime’s The Affair, for which he won a Golden Globe®.
Orent’s other television producing credits include Royal Pains and the ABC series The Job, starring Denis Leary. Earlier in his career, Orent served as postproduction supervisor on films such as The Pelican Brief, Reversal of Fortune, Peggy Sue Got Married and The Cotton Club. He is currently producing Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down for Netflix, which is expected to air in August of 2016, and Denis Leary’s Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll for FX.