In 1972, when he was still a student at McGill University, Robert Lantos co-founded the company that grew into Alliance Communications Corporation, which for 25 years was Canada’s largest film and television production / distribution company and a leading specialty broadcaster. He was Alliance’s Chairman and CEO and took the company public in 1993, selling his controlling interest in 1998.
Robert Lantos is the owner of Serendipity Point Films. He is a distinguished producer who has made some 40 feature films as well as numerous made-for-television dramas. Four of his films – The Sweet Hereafter, Being Julia, Eastern Promises and Barney’s Version – have received Academy Award Nominations, while Sunshine and Eastern Promises were nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Picture and Being Julia and Barney’s Version each won Golden Globes for Best Actress and Best Actor. Eight of his productions have been in the Official Cannes Selection, where The Sweet Hereafter won the Grand Prix and the International Critics Prize, Crash won a Special Jury Prize and Adoration won the Ecumenical Prize. His films have represented Canada in official competition at most film festivals. eXistenZ won the Silver Bear in Berlin and Barney’s Version won the Leoncino D’Oro in Venice and the Audience Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival. His most recent film, Remember, won the Audience Award in Venice, and was nominated for four Canada Screen Awards, including Best Picture. He is currently in post production on Through Black Spruce, adapted from the Giller Prize winning novel by Joseph Boyden, starring Tanaya Beatty, Brandon Oakes and Kiowa Gordon.
Mr. Lantos has won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Picture with Black Robe, The Sweet Hereafter, Sunshine and Ararat while Black Robe, Johnny Mnemonic and Crash all won the Golden Reel Award for top grossing Canadian film.
In the 1980s and 90s Mr. Lantos was responsible for numerous long running Canadian TV series such as Night Heat (the first Canadian drama series on a U.S. network), Bordertown, Counterstrike, E.N.G, Due South, and North of 60. Collectively, these series have won the Gemini Award for Best Television Drama ten times. His made-for-television movies and mini-series include Sword of Gideon (HBO), Shot Through The Heart (HBO), The Hunchback, (TNT) Woman on the Run (NBC) and Family of Strangers (CBS).
Mr. Lantos is a member of the Order of Canada, is a recipient of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts Award, The Toronto Arts Award and has received the Academy of Canadian Film and Television’s Award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Business of Filmmaking”. He is an inductee in the Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, European Film Academy and holds an honourary doctorate from McGill University.
Mr. Lantos is the recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.