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Director Known for the "Lord of the Rings Series" and "King Kong"

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 Peter Jackson Biography

He is also famous for King Kong. With his massive successes and innovative film-making, Peter Jackson is now considered, along with others such as Bryan Singer to be at the very top on the new generation of motion picture directors. Peter Jackson has even been described as the new Steven Spielberg of the present generation, and the combination of his unmatched commercial successes, along with the critical acclaim he has garnered, have made Jackson one of the most powerful film directors of the present era.

Jackson first gained attention with his "splatstick" horror comedies, and came to prominence with his critically acclaimed Heavenly Creatures, for which he shared an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen with Walsh. He and Walsh have two children, Billy and Katie. His parents were the late Bill and Joan Jackson, both of whom were immigrants from England.

Jackson started his career in film as a fanatical hobbyist, creating small films with simple technical means and with the help of his friends. When one of his projects, the horror comedy Bad Taste, grew over four years from the originally planned half-hour to a 90-minute feature film, Jackson and his crew took the end result to the Cannes Film Festival, received critical acclaim and sold the rights to twelve countries. This allowed him to start a professional career as a film director.

Unlike some other New Zealand film directors, Jackson has remained in his native country to make films, preferring to have Hollywood come to him. This has been the genesis of several production and support companies. Most of Jackson's assets are on the Miramar Peninsula in his home town of Wellington and much of his filming occurs in and around the city. He successfully cajoled New Line Cinema into holding the world premiere of The Return of the King in the city's iconic Embassy Theatre, which he has helped restore.

He was an early user of computer enhancement technology and provided digital special effects to a number of Hollywood films by use of telecommunications and satellite links to transmit raw images and the final results across the Pacific Ocean.

A perfectionist with his film projects, Jackson demands numerous takes of every scene (with his "One more for luck"), pushes his special-effects crew to make their work seamless and invisible, and insists upon authenticity in miniatures even on the sides that never appear in a film. On the other hand, many of his most beautiful scenes result from purely serendipitous shots taken while flying from one location to another. Despite this perfectionism, he has a reputation for requiring a significantly smaller budget than his peers.

Universal Studios signed Peter Jackson for his first film following The Lord of the Rings trilogy, a remake of the 1933 classic King Kong the film that inspired him to become a film director when he was 9 years old[1]. He was reportedly being paid a fee of US$20 million upfront, against a 20 percent take of the total box-office gross. The film was released on December 14, 2005, with a cast that includes Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts, Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody, Jack Black, Colin Hanks and Andy Serkis. The production and marketing costs of King Kong exceeded US$207 million and the final theatrical cut runs more than 3 hours. Both of these figures are far greater than those of their 1933 counterparts. However, Universal Pictures faith in Jackson turned out to be well-founded and profitable, as the worldwide tally for King Kong was around $550 Million US. Its release on home video and DVD was even bigger, as it set records for a Universal Pictures DVD in sales, even eclipsing other previous sales giants such as Jurassic Park.

His attention will now move to the film version of Alice Sebold's bestseller, The Lovely Bones, which he will be writing and directing and which he has said will be a welcome relief from the larger-scale epics and bears some similarities to Heavenly Creatures.

Much speculation has occurred as to whether Jackson might direct a film of The Hobbit, the prequel to The Lord of the Rings. His comments to date seem to indicate that he is interested, if the studios can work out the rights. Late in 2004 it appeared unlikely, as MGM (the studio which holds the rights to The Hobbit) was sold to Sony in the race with Warner Bros. In December of 2004, Jackson said that production on The Hobbit could be as much as four years away, which would place a likely release date in 2010.

Peter Jackson is also executive producing the game-to-film adaptation of Microsoft/Bungie's blockbuster title Halo[3], expected to hit theaters around mid-2007. Jackson, an avid fan of the game, has confessed to playing it regularly during breaks in filming.

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  • Read Peter Jackson's moving farewell to Christopher Lee

    As the world mourned the passing of British actor Christopher Lee, one of his colleagues was especially touched by Lee’s life and career: Peter Jackson. Jackson, who directed Lee in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, posted a Facebook note mourning his friend and collaborator, who played the evil wizard Saruman.

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    Booking fees for Peter Jackson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Peter Jackson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Peter Jackson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Peter Jackson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Peter Jackson for your next private or corporate function.
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Peter Jackson

Director Known for the "Lord of the Rings Series" and "King Kong"

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Peter Jackson Biography

He is also famous for King Kong. With his massive successes and innovative film-making, Peter Jackson is now considered, along with others such as Bryan Singer to be at the very top on the new generation of motion picture directors. Peter Jackson has even been described as the new Steven Spielberg of the present generation, and the combination of his unmatched commercial successes, along with the critical acclaim he has garnered, have made Jackson one of the most powerful film directors of the present era.

Jackson first gained attention with his "splatstick" horror comedies, and came to prominence with his critically acclaimed Heavenly Creatures, for which he shared an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen with Walsh. He and Walsh have two children, Billy and Katie. His parents were the late Bill and Joan Jackson, both of whom were immigrants from England.

Jackson started his career in film as a fanatical hobbyist, creating small films with simple technical means and with the help of his friends. When one of his projects, the horror comedy Bad Taste, grew over four years from the originally planned half-hour to a 90-minute feature film, Jackson and his crew took the end result to the Cannes Film Festival, received critical acclaim and sold the rights to twelve countries. This allowed him to start a professional career as a film director.

Unlike some other New Zealand film directors, Jackson has remained in his native country to make films, preferring to have Hollywood come to him. This has been the genesis of several production and support companies. Most of Jackson's assets are on the Miramar Peninsula in his home town of Wellington and much of his filming occurs in and around the city. He successfully cajoled New Line Cinema into holding the world premiere of The Return of the King in the city's iconic Embassy Theatre, which he has helped restore.

He was an early user of computer enhancement technology and provided digital special effects to a number of Hollywood films by use of telecommunications and satellite links to transmit raw images and the final results across the Pacific Ocean.

A perfectionist with his film projects, Jackson demands numerous takes of every scene (with his "One more for luck"), pushes his special-effects crew to make their work seamless and invisible, and insists upon authenticity in miniatures even on the sides that never appear in a film. On the other hand, many of his most beautiful scenes result from purely serendipitous shots taken while flying from one location to another. Despite this perfectionism, he has a reputation for requiring a significantly smaller budget than his peers.

Universal Studios signed Peter Jackson for his first film following The Lord of the Rings trilogy, a remake of the 1933 classic King Kong the film that inspired him to become a film director when he was 9 years old[1]. He was reportedly being paid a fee of US$20 million upfront, against a 20 percent take of the total box-office gross. The film was released on December 14, 2005, with a cast that includes Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts, Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody, Jack Black, Colin Hanks and Andy Serkis. The production and marketing costs of King Kong exceeded US$207 million and the final theatrical cut runs more than 3 hours. Both of these figures are far greater than those of their 1933 counterparts. However, Universal Pictures faith in Jackson turned out to be well-founded and profitable, as the worldwide tally for King Kong was around $550 Million US. Its release on home video and DVD was even bigger, as it set records for a Universal Pictures DVD in sales, even eclipsing other previous sales giants such as Jurassic Park.

His attention will now move to the film version of Alice Sebold's bestseller, The Lovely Bones, which he will be writing and directing and which he has said will be a welcome relief from the larger-scale epics and bears some similarities to Heavenly Creatures.

Much speculation has occurred as to whether Jackson might direct a film of The Hobbit, the prequel to The Lord of the Rings. His comments to date seem to indicate that he is interested, if the studios can work out the rights. Late in 2004 it appeared unlikely, as MGM (the studio which holds the rights to The Hobbit) was sold to Sony in the race with Warner Bros. In December of 2004, Jackson said that production on The Hobbit could be as much as four years away, which would place a likely release date in 2010.

Peter Jackson is also executive producing the game-to-film adaptation of Microsoft/Bungie's blockbuster title Halo[3], expected to hit theaters around mid-2007. Jackson, an avid fan of the game, has confessed to playing it regularly during breaks in filming.

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  • How to book Peter Jackson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Peter Jackson for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Peter Jackson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Peter Jackson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Peter Jackson?

    Booking fees for Peter Jackson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Peter Jackson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Peter Jackson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Peter Jackson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Peter Jackson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Peter Jackson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Peter Jackson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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Peter Jackson News

  • Read Peter Jackson's moving farewell to Christopher Lee

    As the world mourned the passing of British actor Christopher Lee, one of his colleagues was especially touched by Lee’s life and career: Peter Jackson. Jackson, who directed Lee in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, posted a Facebook note mourning his friend and collaborator, who played the evil wizard Saruman.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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