Ryan Kavanaugh: Films Produced, Distributed And Financed

Ryan Kavanaugh is an eminent producer and filmmaker. His global media company, Relativity Media, produced a lot of films. Let us take a look at some of the most popular movies that made his Monte Carlo method very famous.


RV is the first Relativity Film. It became possible with the help of Columbia Pictures and Intermedia Films. Barry Sonnenfield directed the film. They filmed it in May 2005 and got released on April 28, 2006. The cast included Diane Michelle as the voice of RV. It also has Robin Williams, Cheryl Hines, JoJo, Josh Hutcherson, and Chloe Sonnenfield. Giacomo Baessato, Kirsten Alter, and Erika-Shaye Gair also appeared in the film. Most of the filming was in Canada.

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media worked with Universal Studios and Original Film on this action film. On 2006, Justin Lim directed this with a screenplay by Chris Morgan. It is the third instalment in The Fast Saga franchise. They were unable to secure the return of any of the series’ initial cast members. The developers then planned to reconsider Tokyo Drift. They made it a distinct entry in the franchise by focusing on a car subgenre. They also incorporated a location outside the United States and established new characters. They released the film in the United States on June 16, 2006. It is the lowest-grossing film in the franchise. But it still achieved financial success, grossing over $158 million worldwide. Some critics disliked some elements of the film. Some audience welcomed the uniqueness of the film.

All the King’s Men

Sony and Relativity Media have an arrangement for equal co-financing for the film. The budget was $56 million. Relativity Media operates a hedge fund. They called it Gun Hill I. It invested into the slate of select Sony or Universal pictures. Gun Hill I lost their entire $28 million investment on this flop. The film scheduled to release on December 16, 2005, but the studio was unable to finish it on time. They planned the release for September 22, 2006. It premiered a few weeks early at the Toronto International Film Festival. And again, Sony pushed this as a major awards contender. It landed on the #7 spot for the weekend with $3,672,366. The domestic run closed after four weeks with $7,221,458 while the overseas release pulled in around $2.2 million.

Ghost Rider

This 2007 American superhero film was based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. The film’s writer is also its director. It is none other than Mark Steven Johnson. Relativity Media worked with Columbia Pictures, Marvel Entertainment, and Crystal Sky Pictures. The film got released on February 16, 2007 in the United States. The critics gave negative reviews. But it was a box office success earning $228.7 million worldwide on a $110 million budget. It stars Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Wes Bentley, and Sam Elliott. Donal Logue, Matt Long, and Peter Fonda also appeared in the film.

There are many more movies that Relativity Media produced, distributed and invested. You might want to check out their other films. This is the story of Ryan Kavanaugh.