He is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and regularly serves on the Foreign Language Film Award Nominating Committee, as well as the Short Film and Animation Nominating Committees. He has also been an active member of the Executive Board of his branch. He's an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
He directed and produced the award-winning independent feature 9/Tenths of the Law starring Gabrielle Anwar, which, for it's cultural significance, was honored to be included as part of the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. He recently directed an off-Broadway play at Theatre Row in New York City.
He has probably produced or worked with more first time directors than just about any other producer in Hollywood, most notably Gary Ross’ feature debut film, the triple ACADEMY AWARD nominated Pleasantville which he produced alongside Steven Soderbergh and Jon Kilik. He was instrumental in helping to develop the world’s first digital intermediate, adding to his thorough knowledge of motion picture technology. He also produced Pleasantville's Fiona Apple music video Across the Universe, which was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
He's the producer of two Academy Award nominated short films, a two-time Cable-Ace nominee and a Golden Satellite nominee. His films have screened at numerous film festivals including Sundance, Toronto, Austin and Boston.
Over his career, he has been responsible for managing or overseeing more than a quarter billion dollars of film production. He has produced both low-budget and Hollywood studio films starring Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, Brad Pitt, Gary Sinise, Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, to name a few.
Bob worked as a Production Executive at New Line Cinema, where he oversaw nearly 25 projects from Austin Powers, to Love! Valour! Compassion! to F. Gary Gray’s highly successful film, Friday. He also produced and conceived the centerpiece exhibit at Paul Allen's music museum EMP, bringing together the likes of James Brown, George Clinton, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Kahn, Maceo Parker and others in a 70mm, multi-screen, immersion into The Funk.
Early in his career, Bob served as head of production at Chanticleer Films where he produced, post-produced, and/or was directly involved with more than forty 35mm shorts, made under the auspices of the award winning The Discovery Program, for new and emerging directors, which received more than five ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS during the period he oversaw the program, and literally hundreds of other awards from film festivals throughout the world.
Bob has been a guest speaker or moderator at the Sundance Film Festival, Showbiz Expo, HD House–Park City, as well as writing articles for industry publications. He has worked as a legal expert witness offering his opinion on filmmaking.
Bob Degus, Award Winning Film Producer, Director, Screenwriter
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