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Lawrence Kasanoff    

Renowned Filmmaker, Founder of Lightstorm Entertainment with James Cameron & Threshold Entertainment

Lawrence Kasanoff is a key figure in the film industry and a booking opportunity not to be missed. The CEO of Threshold Entertainment is credited with over 250 films, including such Box Office hits as ‘Mortal Kombat’ which debuted at over $23 million in revenue. Involved in 19 productions of 'Mortal Kombat', the latest release grossed over $483 million. Kasanoff's additional credits include the Academy Award-winning 'Platoon', directed by Oliver Stone featuring Charlie Sheen and William Defoe.

As a speaker, Kasanoff is ideal for corporate events, expos and conferences, where he discusses the details of his incredible career. Renowned for his technological innovations, he takes audiences on a journey from idea conception through to creation. Kasanoff has several ""worlds firsts"" to his name, so can also supply the problem-solving and experimentation skills needed to break boundaries in your industry.

Specialising in workplace culture, management and futurism, Kasanoff’s speaking topics equip your team with vital business skills, like leadership. He caters his speeches to your organisation’s needs, speaking directly to your audience Kasanoff teaches audiences how to target specific audiences. An authority on future trends, his predictions can prepare your company for the 'next big thing'. Additionally, as the Executive Producer on 'Dirty Dancing', 'True Lies', 'Terminator', 'Spiderman', 'Mortal Kombat' and 'The Lego Movie', his star-studded anecdotes translate the ""magic of the movies"" to business.

A true visionary, Kasanoff has pushed the boundaries of technology throughout his career. Examples of such innovation include: ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ featured morphing for the first time in cinema, ‘Mortal Kombat’ was the first film based on a video game and ‘Bobbleheads: The Movie’, is a 2021 release that featured CGI rendered in GPU in Asure Cloud, the first of its kind. As an innovation speaker, he presents the power of technology-driven solutions, essential for industry disruption. This topic is incredibly popular at corporate events, where Lawrence instils creativity and resilience in your workplace.

No stranger to launching successful organisations, this profound speaker supplies leading entrepreneurial advice at events. Turn your business aspirations into a reality, with Kasanoff's unique insight into technological innovations and leadership. Ideal for in-person and online events, this groundbreaking keynote speaker has presented for such brands as IBM, a testament to his industry reputation. Kasanoff opens your audience's eyes to their creative potential, using his inspiring anecdotes and strategies for lateral thinking to transform your workplace.

A celebrated Hollywood Producer, Kasanoff co-founded Lightstorm Entertainment with James Cameron. He later founded Threshold Entertainment, where he is now the CEO. Since 1987, when Kasanoff was an Executive Producer on Party Camp, he has raised billions of dollars for the film industry, funding some of the biggest films in history. As a speaker, he reveals the process of building Academy award-winning companies, teaching corporate audiences how to lead their own industries with an innovative vision. A business expert, Kasanoff will transform your workplace's culture, leading to increased innovation and improved performance for both office-based and remote employees.

Following his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, Kasanoff attended The Wharton School where he became the first MBA graduate to perform a play for their dissertation. Kasanoff continued such success in the music industry, where he earned several Gold and Platinum Records with the likes of Guns ‘N’ Roses and Pink Floyd. He is also the founder and chairman of Blackbelt TV, a martial arts sports and entertainment television channel, indicating Kasanoff's diverse talent and suitability for a range of event themes.

Speech Topics


A Touch of Madness

How Eccentricity Helps Innovation

Be Still and Know

Motivation for Ideas

All the Great Scoundrels

Lessons in Unlikely Places

Globalization

Produce for the World - The future of entertainment, and all commerce, is the world market, opened to all via technology. How to adapt your product to the global marketplace, again using movies and the entertainment industry as colourful examples.

Creativity and Innovation

Story Drives Technology - Using stories from the making of over 250 films, from Dirty Dancing to Mortal Kombat to Academy Award Winner Platoon, Mr Kasanoff shows how to be creative to foster innovation and technology. Kasanoff has been involved in many ‘firsts’ in the entertainment industry, including first morphing in a movie (T2); first hit US movie in China (True Lies); first million-selling VHS (Making Michael Jackson’s Thriller) and more. His themes apply to any industry.

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