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Andrew G. Vajna

Developer Biography

Andrew G. Vajna, one of Hollywood 's most experienced film producers, is an expert in the financing, development, marketing and selling of motion pictures. Twenty five years ago, he founded Carolco with Mario Kassar and they made their production debut with First Blood starring Sylvester Stallone, the first part in the phenomenally successful Rambo trilogy. His long list of credits with Carolco include Red Heat and Total Recall starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alan Parker's Angel Heart and the critically acclaimed Jacob's Ladder, among others.

In 1989, Mr. Vajna sold his interest in Carolco and founded Cinergi Productions, which later formed a strategic alliance with The Walt Disney Company. Cinergi's first production was Medicine Man, starring Sean Connery and directed by John McTiernan. The following years saw more highly-anticipated films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance starring Bruce Willis; Nixon, starring Anthony Hopkins, which received four Academy Award nominations; and Evita, starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas and directed by Alan Parker, which was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Picture in 1996.

In 1998, Mr. Vajna formed C-2 Pictures with Mario Kassar. C-2 owns a significant slate of projects in development, including the rights to the "Terminator" and "Basic Instinct" franchises. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines was released in summer 2003, and generated $430 million dollars at the worldwide box office. The same year, the T3: Rise of the Machines DVD /VHS was released and has sold more than 10 million units to date. C-2 has just completed principal photography of Basic Instincts 2: Risk Addiction, staring Sharon Stone and is gearing up with pre-production of Terminator 4.

Mr. Vajna also controls and manages InterCom, a Central and Eastern European media company, which is principally engaged in the exhibition and distribution of motion pictures, as well as Las Vegas Casino, a licensed Hungarian gaming company that operates gaming casinos in Budapest, Hungary. He also owns the subsidiary Cinergi Interactive, focused on the videogames market, the development studio Black Hole Entertainment and the animation studio Digic Pictures.

Vajna died of a heart attack, at his home in Budapest following a long illness, but still unexpectedly, after a dinner with his friends, on January 20, 2019. He was 74.

Based on the bio on the Cinergi Interactive company website.

Contributed by Sciere (580391) on Sep 29, 2005. [revised by : John Thomson (902)].