With over four decades of professional experience and over 60 screen credits, producer Hawk Koch has built a solid foundation of experience in virtually every aspect of filmmaking art and business.
Koch has produced over 20 films. Among them are Keeping the Faith starring Edward Norton and Ben Stiller, Frequency starring Dennis Quaid and James Caviezel, Losing Isaiah starring Halle Berry, as well as The Long Walk Home, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Gorky Park and The Idol Maker. As an executive producer, his credits include the phenomenally successful Wayne’s World, Primal Fear, Heaven Can Wait, for which he won a Golden Globe for Best Picture, as well as Hostage. Koch most recently executive produced Fracture starring Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling and produced Untraceable starring Diane Lane.
At the start of his career he was a jack-of-all-trades serving in such capacities as dialogue coach, second unit director, first assistant director, supervising films in post-production and story development. In doing this he enabled himself to work alongside Sydney Pollack, Alan Pakula, Hal Wallis, William Castle, Roman Polanski, John Schlesinger and Paul Mazursky on such legendary films as Rosemary’s Baby, Bob & Carol and Ted & Alice, Marathon Man, The Way We Were, The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park, Parallax View and Chinatown.
Aside from producing, Koch also served as the president of Rastar Productions, Inc., where he oversaw the productions of Peggy Sue Got Married, Nothing in Common, The Secret of My Success and Amazing Grace and Chuck among others. Koch also served as president of production of De Laurentiis Entertainment Group.
Koch sits on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts & Sciences and was recently elected as the Academy’s Vice President. He is the former Vice President of the Producer’s Guild of America and currently sits on its Board of Directors. In 2003, Koch was honored with the PGA’s highest award, the Charles B. FitzSimons Award for outstanding service and dedication to its mission and its members. He is on the Board of Trustees at the Motion Picture and Television Fund and is on the American Film Institute’s Entertainment Council.