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James W. Skotchdopole is an Academy Award-winning and Emmy nominated American film producer. 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 and produced the 2016 multiple Oscar and Bafta-winning feature The Revenant, which earned Iñárritu an Oscar for Best Director and earned Leonardo DiCaprio a long-awaited Oscar's Best Actor Award.

Currently, Skotchdopole is co-executive producing Kilter Films / Amazon's new series called The Peripheral, from the William Gibson novel of the same name. Prior to that, Skotchdopole co-executive produced as well as received an Emmy Award nomination for the limited series Mrs. America starring Cate Blanchett for FX Networks. As an executive producer, he also prepared the motion picture franchise Call of Duty for Activision. Prior to that, he executive produced War Machine, starring Brad Pitt for Netflix.

A native New Yorker, Skotchdopole has been making films for some 39 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. He is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America.

Among his many credits, Skotchdopole has produced commercials for directors Sam Mendes, Oliver Stone and Samuel Bayer.

The surname "Skotchdopole" has Czech origin, and it means "Jump into field".

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Mrs. America (miniseries)

Mrs. America (miniseries)

Mrs. America is an American historical drama television miniseries produced by FX and originally aired on the sister streaming service FX on Hulu. Created and co-written by Davhi Waller and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Amma Asante, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, and Janicza Bravo, the series details the unsuccessful political movement to pass the Equal Rights Amendment and the unexpected backlash led by conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly in the 1970s. It features a large ensemble cast led by Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth Banks, Margo Martindale, John Slattery, Tracey Ullman, and Sarah Paulson.

Call of Duty

Call of Duty

Call of Duty is a first-person shooter video game franchise published by Activision. Starting out in 2003, it first focused on games set in World War II. Over time, the series has seen games set in the midst of the Cold War, futuristic worlds, and the modern day. The games were first developed by Infinity Ward, then also by Treyarch and Sledgehammer Games. Several spin-off and handheld games were made by other developers. The most recent title, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, was released on October 28, 2022.

Django Unchained

Django Unchained

Django Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson, with Walton Goggins, Dennis Christopher, James Remar, Michael Parks, and Don Johnson in supporting roles. Set in the Old West and Antebellum South, it is a highly stylized, heavily revisionist tribute to Spaghetti Westerns, in particular the 1966 Italian film Django by Sergio Corbucci. The story follows a black slave who trains under a German bounty hunter, with the ultimate goal of reuniting with his long-lost wife.

Death Proof

Death Proof

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Accidental Love

Accidental Love

Accidental Love is a 2015 American romantic comedy film directed by David O. Russell and written by Russell, Kristin Gore, Dave Jeser, and Matt Silverstein, based on Gore's 2004 novel Sammy's Hill. The film stars Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Catherine Keener, James Marsden, Tracy Morgan and James Brolin.

Man on Fire (2004 film)

Man on Fire (2004 film)

Man on Fire is a 2004 action thriller film directed by Tony Scott from a screenplay by Brian Helgeland, and based on the 1980 novel of the same name by A. J. Quinnell. The novel had previously been adapted into a feature film in 1987. In this film, Denzel Washington portrays John Creasy, a despondent, alcoholic former CIA SAD/SOG officer turned bodyguard, who goes on a revenge rampage after his charge, nine-year-old Lupita "Pita" Ramos, is abducted in Mexico City. The supporting cast includes Christopher Walken, Radha Mitchell, Giancarlo Giannini, Marc Anthony, Rachel Ticotin and Mickey Rourke.

Enemy of the State (film)

Enemy of the State (film)

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Spy Game

Spy Game

Spy Game is a 2001 American action thriller film directed by Tony Scott and starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. The film grossed $62 million in the United States and $143 million worldwide on a $115 million budget, and received mostly positive reviews from film critics.

Revenge (1990 film)

Revenge (1990 film)

Revenge is a 1990 American romantic action thriller film directed by Tony Scott and starring Kevin Costner, Anthony Quinn, Madeleine Stowe, Miguel Ferrer and Sally Kirkland. Some scenes were filmed in Mexico. The film is a production of New World Pictures and Rastar Films and was released by Columbia Pictures. Revenge also features one of John Leguizamo's earliest film roles. The film is based on a novella written by Jim Harrison, published in Esquire magazine in 1979. Harrison co-wrote the script for the film.

Days of Thunder

Days of Thunder

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Crimson Tide (film)

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Sleepless in Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle

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Filmography

He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.

Film

Year Film Credit
1990 Naked Tango Associate producer
1993 Sleepless in Seattle Associate producer
True Romance Co-producer
1994 Mixed Nuts Executive producer
1995 Crimson Tide Associate producer
1996 The Fan Executive producer
1998 Enemy of the State Executive producer
2000 Company Man
Sand
2001 Spy Game Executive producer
2004 Man on Fire Executive producer
2005 Bewitched Executive producer
2007 Grindhouse Line producer
Death Proof Line producer
2008 The Women Executive producer
Surfer, Dude Executive producer
2010 My Own Love Song Executive producer
2011 Violet & Daisy Executive producer
2012 Lay the Favorite Executive producer
Upside Down Executive producer
Django Unchained Executive producer
2014 Birdman
2015 Accidental Love Executive producer
The Revenant
2017 War Machine Executive producer
2018 Furlough Executive producer
2021 Crisis Co-executive producer
TBA
The Joy Division
Second unit director or assistant director
Year Film Role Notes
1985 Turk 182 Second assistant director
A Chorus Line
1986 The Money Pit
Brighton Beach Memoirs
1987 Mannequin
Ishtar
The Untouchables
The Believers Second assistant director: New York
1988 Biloxi Blues Second assistant director
Moon over Parador
Scrooged
1989 Dead Bang
1990 Revenge
Days of Thunder First assistant director
1991 What About Bob?
The Last Boy Scout
1992 Housesitter
1993 Sleepless in Seattle
True Romance
1994 Mixed Nuts First assistant director
Second unit director
Uncredited
1995 Crimson Tide First assistant director
1996 The Fan
1998 Enemy of the State Second unit director Uncredited
2000 Sand Second assistant director
2001 Spy Game Second unit director Uncredited
2005 Bewitched
2008 The Women
Production manager
Year Film Role
2001 Spy Game Unit production manager: Morocco
2012 Lay the Favorite Unit production manager
Django Unchained
2014 Birdman
2015 The Revenant
Miscellaneous crew
Year Film Role
1983 Easy Money Production assistant
Eddie and the Cruisers
A Night in Heaven
Slayground
1984 The Lonely Guy
Firstborn
The Cotton Club
2010 Just Wright Production consultant
Thanks
Year Film Role
2013 The Spectacular Now The producers wish to thank
2016 The Comedian The producers wish to thank the following for their assistance

Television

Year Title Credit
2020 Mrs. America Co-executive producer
TBA The Peripheral Co-executive producer
Production manager
Year Title Role
2020 Mrs. America Unit production manager
Miscellaneous crew
Year Title Role Notes
1984 A Doctor's Story Production assistant Television film

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Mixed Nuts

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Mixed Nuts is a 1994 American Christmas dark comedy film directed by Nora Ephron, based on the 1982 French comedy film Le Père Noël est une ordure. Co-written by Ephron and her sister Delia, the film features an ensemble cast which includes Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Rita Wilson, Anthony LaPaglia, Garry Shandling, Rob Reiner, Juliette Lewis, Adam Sandler, and, in his first film role, Liev Schreiber.

Crimson Tide (film)

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Enemy of the State (film)

Enemy of the State (film)

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Company Man (film)

Company Man (film)

Company Man is a 2000 comedy film written and directed by Peter Askin and Douglas McGrath. The film stars McGrath, Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro, Ryan Phillippe, Alan Cumming, Anthony LaPaglia, Woody Allen, and Denis Leary as "Officer Fry". Bill Murray had a cameo appearance in the film that was cut before the film's release.

Sand (2000 film)

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Sand is a 2000 black comedy crime thriller film, directed and written by Matt Palmieri. It stars Michael Vartan, Norman Reedus, Kari Wührer, Harry Dean Stanton, Emilio Estevez, Denis Leary, Jon Lovitz and Julie Delpy.

Man on Fire (2004 film)

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Man on Fire is a 2004 action thriller film directed by Tony Scott from a screenplay by Brian Helgeland, and based on the 1980 novel of the same name by A. J. Quinnell. The novel had previously been adapted into a feature film in 1987. In this film, Denzel Washington portrays John Creasy, a despondent, alcoholic former CIA SAD/SOG officer turned bodyguard, who goes on a revenge rampage after his charge, nine-year-old Lupita "Pita" Ramos, is abducted in Mexico City. The supporting cast includes Christopher Walken, Radha Mitchell, Giancarlo Giannini, Marc Anthony, Rachel Ticotin and Mickey Rourke.

Bewitched (2005 film)

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Bewitched is a 2005 American romantic comedy fantasy film co-written, produced, and directed by Nora Ephron, and starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell alongside an ensemble cast featuring Shirley MacLaine, Michael Caine, Jason Schwartzman, Kristin Chenoweth, Heather Burns, Jim Turner, Stephen Colbert, David Alan Grier, Michael Badalucco, Carole Shelley, and Steve Carell. The film follows an out-of-work actor (Ferrell) who discovers, during the remake of Bewitched, that his co-star (Kidman) is an actual witch.

Grindhouse (film)

Grindhouse (film)

Grindhouse is a 2007 American film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. Presented as a double feature, it combines Rodriguez's Planet Terror, a horror comedy about a group of survivors who battle zombie-like creatures, and Tarantino's Death Proof, an action thriller about a murderous stuntman who kills young women with modified vehicles. The former stars Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Michael Biehn, Jeff Fahey, Josh Brolin, and Marley Shelton; the latter stars Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Tracie Thoms, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Zoë Bell. Grindhouse pays homage to exploitation films of the 1970s, with its title deriving from the now-defunct theaters that would show such films. As part of its theatrical presentation, Grindhouse also features fictitious exploitation trailers directed by Rodriguez, Rob Zombie, Edgar Wright, Eli Roth, and Jason Eisener.

Death Proof

Death Proof

Death Proof is a 2007 American action-thriller film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It stars Kurt Russell as a stuntman who murders young women with modified cars he purports to be "death-proof". Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Tracie Thoms, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Zoë Bell co-star as the women he targets.

My Own Love Song

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My Own Love Song is a 2010 road movie directed and written by Olivier Dahan and starring Renée Zellweger, Forest Whitaker, Madeline Zima and Nick Nolte. It premiered in Dahan's native France on April 7, 2010 and in the United States at the Tribeca Film Festival between April 21 to May 2, 2010.

Lay the Favorite

Lay the Favorite

Lay the Favorite is a 2012 American comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and written by D.V. DeVincentis, and stars Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Joshua Jackson. Based on Beth Raymer's 2010 memoir of the same name, the film follows a young, free-spirited woman as she journeys through the legal and illegal world of sports gambling. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival on January 21 and was released on December 7 by The Weinstein Company through its RADiUS-TWC distribution arm. Lay the Favorite garnered negative reviews from critics, praising the performances of Willis and Hall but felt there was unexplored development in the characters and the gambling world. The film was a box-office bomb, grossing $1.5 million against a production budget of $20 million.

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  • James W. Skotchdopole at IMDb
  • Strauss, Jordan (February 23, 2015). "James W. Skotchdopole, Sean Penn, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, John Lesher". havasunews.com. Retrieved February 23, 2015.

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