Martin Katz

Prospero Pictures Founder and President

Martin Katz

Martin Katz
Prospero Pictures Founder and President

Prospero Pictures Founder and President Martin Katz has produced or executive produced numerous award-winning feature film and television productions, notably the Academy Award and Golden Globe multi-nominee Hotel Rwanda, written and directed by Terry George; David Cronenberg’s award-winning Spider, which premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival; and Bronwen Hughes’ Stander, which the London Observer called "the greatest heist film since Reservoir Dogs."

Katz’s long-term collaboration with celebrated director David Cronenberg continues with two new features – A Dangerous Method, starring Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender, and Cosmopolis, starring Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti and Juliette Binoche.

One of the most prolific feature film producers in Canada, Katz’s productions include It’s a Boy Girl Thing, a co-production with Elton John and David Furnish’s Rocket Pictures and Lord Richard Attenborough’s Closing the Ring, starring Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer and Mischa Barton. Katz is also Executive Producer of the feature film Shake Hands With the Devil, which is based on the biography of General Roméo Dallaire and filmed entirely on location in Kigali.

Katz’s television project Spectacle: Elvis Costello With is a Gemini Award-winning series co-produced with Rocket Pictures. It continues to feature some of the most renowned musicians in the world in conversation (and performance) with Costello, including Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Elton John, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Herbie Hancock, Lou Reed and Sting, among others.

Katz holds degrees in law from the University of Toronto and the Université de Paris (Panthon-Sorbonne), and has served as Professor of Law at the French-language Université de Moncton and as Special Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Toronto. Katz is a Director of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and a Director of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.