"I feel experienced and fortunate, but if I have success it’s all about betting on the creative people."

John Calley was a studio executive and producer known for his unique ability to identify, support, and put faith in creative visionaries. 

Over the course of his career, he oversaw the production of some of the most influential films of the last century, including A Clockwork OrangeCatch-22, Remains of the DayJerry MaguireThe BirdcageMen In BlackAs Good As It Gets, andSpider-man.  Stanley Kubrick decided to make The Shining after receiving the manuscript from John. Mike Nichols described John as “unfailingly supportive.”

In 2009, John received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Irving G. Thalberg Award for Lifetime Achievement.  

In one interview late in his career John said, “I feel experienced and fortunate, but if I have success it’s all about betting on the creative people.” The Calley Foundation intends to continue this legacy by investing in unrecognized, talented youth.