A Very Good Produnction Company, an Ellen Degeneres company | President

Jeff Kleeman curated exhibits at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences then joined Paramount Pictures where he was a development and production executive on “Internal Affairs,” “The Hunt for Red October,” “Shirley Valentine” and “Star Trek 6.”

In 1991, Kleeman became Vice President of Production for Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope. He worked on “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow,” “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” “Kidnapped,” “Haunted” and “The Titanic.”

Kleeman joined MGM/UA in 1993, as Executive Vice President of Production. He oversaw the revitalization of the James Bond franchise, with “Goldeneye,” “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “The World Is Not Enough.” Other films he worked on include “Rob Roy,” “Hackers,” “The Birdcage,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” and “Leaving Las Vegas.”

In 2005, Kleeman co-created/show-ran “Misconceptions,” a multi-camera sitcom for The WB. He executive produced the films “The Judge” for Warner Bros, “The Change-Up” for Universal and “Vacation” for New Line and Executive Producer “Friends with Benefits,” for NBC.

He was a writer on Guy Ritchie’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” released in 2015.

In August 2012, Kleeman became President of Ellen DeGeneres’s company, A Very Good Production. He is Executive Producer on “Little Big Shots,” “Ellen’s Game of Games,” “Ellen’s Next Great Designer,” “Family Game Fight,” “Splitting Up Together,” “Green Eggs & Ham,” “Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways,” “Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable,” “Tig Notaro: Happy To Be Here,” “Tig Notaro: Drawn,’ “First Dates,” “Endangered,” “Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase,” “Little Big Shots: Forever Young,” “One Big Happy,” “Repeat After Me,” “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” “Hello/Goodbye,” “Kevin Nealon’s Laugh Lessons,” and “Going There With Ana Gasteyer.”

Kleeman has been a member of the USC Cinema School faculty. He’s lectured at Yale, UCLA, Northwestern, and many film conferences and led Film Independent’s Screenwriter’s Lab.

In 2020 he was awarded an LSX Fellowship from New America and the Jacobs Foundation. He serves on the advisory council for UCLA’s Center For Scholars and Storytellers and has served on the advisory council for Common Sense Media, and the board of directors of The Sundance Channel He has chaired Film Independent’s Spirit Awards Nominating Committee and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Screening Committee.

Kleeman is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Writer’s Guild of America, The Producers Guild of America, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and The British Academy of Film & Television.

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