John Powers Middleton
Middleton Media Group Founder
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, John Powers Middleton attended The Haverford School, a nonsectarian college preparatory day school for boys. From 2002-2006, Middleton dual enrolled at Duke University (Trinity College of Arts & Sciences) and University of Pennsylvania (School of Arts & Sciences and the Wharton School of Business). In 2007, Middleton went on to pursue a career in film and television production in Los Angeles, California.
In early 2016, Middleton made a return to academia as a guest lecturer at the Duke University in Los Angeles (“Duke in LA”) program at the University of Southern California, which led to becoming an Adjunct Professor of Film, Television, and Media at Duke University the same year.
In 2008, John Powers Middleton began as an intern, assistant, and script supervisor for a number of production companies including: Escape Artists (Sony), Nick Wechsler Productions, 2929 Productions, and Warp Films. From the age of 25 to 26, he took a year hiatus to lead the Young Eagles of the Republican National Committee before returning to Hollywood to take a more senior role with Vertigo Entertainment in Fall of 2010.
Throughout his career, Middleton has worked with Good Universe, Univision Radio, Warner Brothers Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, Fox 21 Television Studios, and Warner Bros Television.
In 2012, Middleton created and launched The Alfonso Aguilar Show on Univision Radio. It was the first nationally syndicated, conservative, Spanish-language talk show in history. The show now airs weekly on Saturdays through Univision America in the largest Hispanic markets and can also be streamed on the web.
In 2013, Middleton and Roy Lee began a joint venture with Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake by launching Good Universe, an independent and full-service production and global sales company. In late 2013, Middleton began his film producing career with the film Oldboy, which was co-produced by Vertigo Entertainment and Good Universe. Months later, Middleton followed up as co-producer of the box-office smash hit, The LEGO Movie, produced by Vertigo Entertainment and Warner Bros. Middleton’s first venture in TV began in March 2013 as Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed A&E series Bates Motel, which ran for five seasons.
Through a partnership with Casey Affleck, John Powers Middleton launched the independent film and television production company, The Affleck/Middleton Project, in 2014. The company’s first film, Manchester By The Sea, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where it sold for a record breaking $10M domestic rights deal to Amazon Studios. The film received 283 nominations and 131 awards, among them several for best picture, best original screenplay and best lead actor (Casey Affleck), including Oscars for original screenplay and best actor. Other films under the The Affleck/Middleton Project banner include Death Row Chaplain and Far Bright Star, the latter of which is an adapted screenplay to be directed by Casey Affleck and starring Joaquin Phoenix. On the television side, Affleck and Middleton’s first foray is the highly anticipated Emmett Till mini-series at HBO, a collaboration with Will Smith, Jay-Z, and Aaron Kaplan.
In 2016 John partnered with Alex Foster in creating The Middleton Media Group, under which John continues to acquire, develop, and produce a compelling slate of feature films and television projects ranging from top of market independents to Studio level franchises. With 20 titles in active development and one launching at the European Film Market, the company’s primary focus is sophisticated yet commercially viable projects with worldwide appeal.
In 2017, Middleton had five films in wide release in over 10,000 total theaters, including the critically acclaimed The Lego Batman Movie with 41 award nominations, and The Disaster Artist with 44 award nominations. The Disaster Artist garnered Golden Globe nominations for both Best Actor and Best Motion Picture in a Comedy or Musical, winning Best Actor. In addition, 102 projects are in development with four more currently in production. 2017 was also the final season of his critically acclaimed TV series, Bates Motel.
Currently, Middleton spends the majority of his time between Los Angeles and Philadelphia.
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