Matt Weaver talks about “Surfwise,” “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” “Rock of Ages” and turning his rebellious nature in success

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Matt Weaver is the founder of movie, television and stage production company MediaWeaver Entertainment, the first and only company to enter into an exclusive first-look deal with Relativity Media.

  He is the conceiver and lead producer of the hit Broadway musical “Rock of Ages,” which was nominated for five Tony Awards® including Best Musical. Now in its fifth year, “Rock of Ages” is among the 35 longest-running productions in Broadway history. Weaver also oversaw the show’s global expansion, which included productions in Las Vegas, London, Australia, Toronto, Japan, Philippines, and South Korea as well as a national U.S. tour, and produced the film adaptation, starring Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin, for Warner Bros.

  Weaver has produced over 20 films, including the features The Heartbreak Kid, starring Ben Stiller; My Baby’s Daddy, starring Eddie Griffin and Anthony Anderson; Hesher, starring Natalie Portman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Sympathy for Delicious, starring Mark Ruffalo and Laura Linney; Barry Munday, starring Patrick Wilson and Judy Greer; and the documentaries Surfwise and Searching for Debra Winger. He also co-produced New Line’s 2013 comedy We’re the Millers, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis.   Weaver executive produced the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which grossed over $3 million theatrically, and “Being: Mariano,” a Fox television special about Yankee pitching great Mariano Rivera. He is currently in pre-production on the Lionsgate movie musical Time After Time.

  Weaver began his entertainment industry career working for Jeffrey Katzenberg at Walt Disney Studios while he was still in high school.

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