Hyde Park Entertainment Group

About Us

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Hyde Park is a leading force in global entertainment.

 

The Hyde Park Entertainment Group is one of the leading independent entertainment companies in Hollywood today. Founded by internationally-renowned, award-winning producer and UN India Goodwill Ambassador Ashok Amritraj, Hyde Park has produced over 100 films and has evolved into a cutting-edge option to the traditional Hollywood studio system that encompasses the elements of a full-fledged major including development, financing, and production. Hyde Park continues its long-term feature film financing partnership with ImageNation Abu Dhabi.

 

KEY EXECUTIVES

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ASHOK AMRITRAJ
Chairman & CEO

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Ashok Amritraj is Chairman and CEO of the Hyde Park Entertainment Group, and was formerly CEO of National Geographic Films.

An internationally renowned award-winning producer, Amritraj has made over 100 films during the span of his 35-year career, with worldwide revenues in excess of $2 billion. He has partnered with every major studio in Hollywood and produced films starring the likes of Bruce Willis, Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone, Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Dustin Hoffman, Andrew Garfield, Steve Martin, Antonio Banderas, Robert De Niro, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jennifer Aniston, Nicolas Cage, and many more.

Amritraj has grown Hyde Park into a cutting-edge independent alternative to the traditional Hollywood system, fully realizing his vision for a progressive global company that incorporates the most essential elements of a full-fledged studio. Hyde Park’s mandate encompasses feature film, television, digital, documentary, and local language content, with the Company possessing development, production, and financing capabilities in addition to handling worldwide sales and marketing.

Amritraj has had box office hits such as GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE, starring Nicolas Cage, BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE, starring Steve Martin, PREMONITION, starring Sandra Bullock, WALKING TALL starring The Rock, and many more, as well as critically acclaimed titles including 99 HOMES starring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon, BLUE VALENTINE starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, and SHOPGIRL, starring Steve Martin and Claire Danes.

Amritraj’s current projects include: supernatural thriller, PREY, in partnership with Blumhouse Productions, PASHMINA, a Major Animated Musical in partnership with Netflix, to be directed by Gurinder Chadha and with music by Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman and FORDLANDIA, a Television event series, to be directed by Werner Herzog at AMC Studios.

Hyde Park Entertainment Group and its artists have received awards and recognition from the major award shows and film festivals including the Oscars, the BAFTA awards, the Emmys, the Independent Spirit Awards, the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globes, and many more.

Amritraj’s extraordinary career from Wimbledon tennis player to billion dollar Hollywood producer (chronicled in his autobiography Advantage Hollywood) is matched only by his commitment to education, gender, race, and class. Dedicating a significant amount of his time to philanthropic endeavors worldwide, Amritraj was appointed as the first United Nations India Goodwill Ambassador for the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and remains fully engaged in the creation of diverse, socially-relevant content.

In December 2018, by decree of the President of the Republic of France, Amritraj was appointed a Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre National du Merité. In 2015, he was bestowed an honorary Doctorate of the Arts from the University of East London.

Amritraj serves on the Producers Executive Board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and on the advisory board for the Dodge Film School at Chapman University.

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CARL CLIFTON
President

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Carl Clifton is President of Hyde Park International based in London. Prior to Hyde Park, Carl was Partner in K5 International, Sales and Marketing. K5 films included Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, Martin Zandvliet’s Oscar-nomiinated Land of Mine, Born To Be Blue, The Visitor, Get Low, Vehicle 19, Night Train to Lisbon and The Reluctant Fundamentalist as well as Oscar–nominated documentary Cutie And The Boxer and Next Goal Wins.

Carl has over 26 years’ experience in the film business working for companies such as Polygram, Universal, FilmFour, Handmade and The Works.

Prior to K5, Carl was Managing Director of The Works International and Executive Director of the Board of The Works Media Group plc. Films handled by The Works included the hugely successful Bend it like Beckham and Whale Rider and more recent titles like Io Sono L’Amore and Oscar-winning documentaries Man on Wire and The Cove.
Before The Works he was Chief Operating Office and Head of International Sales at Handmade Films International handling films from Manolete starring Penelope Cruz and Adrien Brody to the big budget 3D animation Planet 51 and the thriller 50 Dead Men Walking starring Ben Kingsley and Jim Sturgess.

At FilmFour, Carl ran the company’s International Division during a maternity cover period working on films such as Peter Cattaneo’s Lucky Break, Cate Blanchett-starrer Charlotte Gray, and Sexy Beast among others. He oversaw FilmFour’s biggest ever Cannes during his time there.
Prior to Film Four, Carl was Senior Vice-President and Head of International Sales at Universal Pictures International (previously PolyGram Films International). During this time he worked on films which included blockbusters and Oscar winners. Titles included Four Weddings and a Funeral, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Dead Man Walking, Sleepers, Bean, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, When We Were Kings, Elizabeth, Notting Hill, The Game and The Green Mile.
Carl has also been involved in film production and he co-produced 3 films including Patrice Leconte’s award-winning L`Homme du Train with Philippe Carcassonne and starring Johnny Halliday and Jean Rochefort.
Carl has consulted for a number of European bodies such as the UK Film Council and a number of its regional organizations and the renowned European producers’ organisation ACE for which he has been a regular consultant for over 20 years. He has taught at EAVE, France’s FEMIS and tutored for ECAFIC and its Audiovisual Masters Programme and also Italian State body ANICA.  He is a member of BAFTA and the European Film Academy and is on the Board of IFTA.

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JOE D’ANGELO
VP Global Operations

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Joe has been with Hyde Park Entertainment since its inception, helping the company grow into the international powerhouse it is today, currently serving as Vice President of Global Operations. In his twenty years in the industry, Joe has worked with many of the major studios, including Twentieth Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, Sony Entertainment, and MGM. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Joe attended Seton Hall University where, in addition to studying film production, he dual minored in advertising and psychology. He currently resides in Valencia.

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ADDISON MEHR
Vice President, Film & TV

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Addison Mehr is a Vice President of the Hyde Park Entertainment Group (99 Homes, Blue Valentine, Ghost Rider) where he is responsible for the Hyde Park production slate in Film and TV.

Addison began his career working for directors Martin Scorsese and Rebecca Miller.

He worked on Scorsese’s BAFTA and Emmy winning George Harrison Documentary for HBO and the Academy Award nominated films HUGO and SILENCE. With Rebecca Miller he worked on the Emmy Nominated Arthur Miller documentary for HBO. Previously he ran acquisitions and digital distribution across the GoDigital Inc companies (Amplify Releasing, GoDigital) and throughout his career has worked with directors such as Terry Gilliam (Brazil), Terrence Malik (Tree of Life), Xavier Dolan (Mommy), David Frankel (Devil Wears Prada), Paul Feig (Ghostbusters), Julie Delpy, Simon Curtis (My Weekend With Marilyn), Barbara Kopple (Harlan County), Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes), Kornel Mundruczo (White God), The Zellner Brothers (Kumiko The Treasure Hunter) Gurinder Chada (Bend It Like Beckham), and Charles Ferguson (Inside Job).

Addison studied film and entertainment business at New York University and is currently working on PASHMINA a large scale animated film for Netflix, along with a project for Paul Feig's diversity initiative Powderkeg, and the TV series FORDLANDIA with Werner Herzog.

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PRIYA AMRITRAJ
Director, Film & Television

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Priya Amritraj is the Director of Film & Television for the Hyde Park Entertainment Group (99 Homes, Blue Valentine, Ghost Rider), where she sources, develops, and supervises the Hyde Park slate across its various divisions for Film, TV, Digital, and Global Content.

As a female executive of Indian heritage, Priya is especially passionate about the representation of diverse, female-driven stories and is currently developing projects including PASHMINA, a major animated film in partnership with Netflix to be directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Nidhi Chanani; PARADISE TOWERS, a Hindi local language series with Zoya Akhtar (Amazon’s Made In Heaven) based on the bestselling novel by Shweta Bachchan-Nanda; and the socially relevant LOUDER TOGETHER, a feature documentary narrated by Hugh Jackman and filmed in New York and Mumbai bringing together some of the world’s great musical artists to unite a generation for social change (now streaming on Verizon). 

Additionally, Priya is developing a wide range of film and TV projects with both emerging talent and celebrated directors and writers, such as Academy Award winner Werner Herzog, Ramin Bahrani, Paul Feig, Simon Curtis, David Frankel, Gurinder Chadha, Academy Award nominee Julie Delpy, Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple, Cannes Un Certain Regard winner Kornél Mundruczó, Academy Award nominee John Mathieson, Peter Landesman, Academy Award nominee Chris Wilkinson, and more. 

Previous Hyde Park projects she has worked on include 99 HOMES, directed by Ramin Bahrani and starring Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield, and Laura Dern; PREY, a co-production with Blumhouse starring Kristine Froseth and Logan Miller; etc. 

Before Hyde Park, Priya worked in the creative development space at Participant Media and on THE CALL starring Halle Berry; CHANCE OF A LIFETIME, a filmmaking series in partnership with the United Nations following a group of diverse documentary filmmakers tasked with creating a unified vision which aired on National Geographic and Participant TV; and more. Priya studied Film and Media at Pomona College. 

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Charlie ZIcari
Executive Assistant to Chairman & CEO

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Charlie has spent the last several years working in New York City for numerous high-profile companies and creatives in show business, including “Live! With Kelly and Michael,” 21-time Tony Award-winning Broadway Producer Harold Prince, Lincoln Center for the Arts, and Second Stage Theatre.

In 2015, he was brought on as the Executive Assistant for Tony Award-nominated Broadway Director Jeff Calhoun, which led to his involvement in projects such as "Disney's Newsies," "Between the Lines," "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," "Last Days of Summer," "Mata Hari at the Moulin Rouge," "Maurice Hines is Tappin Thru Life," "Bolshoi," and "9 to 5.”

Most recently, Charlie covered scripts and supported the development executives at BOLD Films throughout the releases of "Colette" and "Vox Lux." He is currently the Executive Assistant to Chairman & CEO Ashok Amritraj at Hyde Park Entertainment.