Talk and Q&A with Writer/Director/Producer Jim Kouf (Grimm)


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  • Speaker: Jim Kouf
  • Host Department: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
  • Date: 02/06/2014
  • Time: 8:00PM

  • Location: Chem Building Room 1300
    FREE and open to the campus community

  • SAC Guest Jim Kouf
  • Description:

    Jim Kouf’s first feature films, co-written with David Greenwalt, were CLASS (83), AMERICAN DREAMER (84), and SECRET ADMIRER (86).  He also wrote THE HIDDEN (87) under the pseudonym Bob Hunt.  In 1984, Jim made his directorial debut with “MIRACLES” starring Tom Conti, Teri Garr and Christopher Lloyd.   In 1985, he moved to the Disney lot where he began a partnership with Lynn Bigelow to form Kouf/Bigelow Productions.  During that time, Jim wrote and produced STAKEOUT (87) and ANOTHER STAKEOUT (93).  He also wrote and directed DISORGANIZED CRIME (89) and co-wrote OPERATION DUMBO DROP (94).  Kouf/Bigelow Productions executive produced KALIFORNIA for Propaganda starring Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis, SILENT FALL for Morgan Creek/Warner Brothers starring Richard Dreyfuss and Liv Tyler and directed by Bruce Beresford, and CONAIR for Touchstone staring Nicolas Cage.   Jim wrote and directed GANG RELATED starring Jim Belushi, Tupac Shakur, Dennis Quaid, Lela Rochon and James Earl Jones for Orion Pictures and MGM, released in 97.   Jim co-wrote RUSH HOUR starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker for New Line in 1998, SNOW DOGS starring Cuba Gooding and James Coburn in 2002, and TAXI staring Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon in 2004.   He has also worked in television, producing and writing with David Greenwalt for ANGEL (WB) and writing and producing on THE HANDLER (CBS).  In 2004 his last Disney release was NATIONAL TREASURE starring Nicolas Cage, directed by Jon Turteltaub and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  NATIONAL TREASURE 2, which is based on his characters, was released in 2007.   In 2007 Jim co-wrote and directed the independent film, A FORK IN THE ROAD, starring Jamie King, Sylas Wier Mitchell, and Josh Cooke, co-produced with Lynn Kouf, Alan DiFiore, Paul Bernard and James Scura.  Jim has also Executive Produced and written for the CBS TOUCHSTONE/DISNEY series GHOST WHISPERER, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, during its first two seasons.  In 2011 Jim co-wrote and produced the pilot for GRIMM in Portland, Oregon with his partners David Greenwalt, Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner.  He is presently working on Grimm, the series for NBC, now in it’s successful third season.