Josh Kramer Passed Away at 67
Josh Kramer, a seasoned executive and producer known for his work on Roman Polanski’s ‘Death and the Maiden,’ passes away at the age of 67.
Josh Kramer, a seasoned Hollywood executive renowned for producing notable films like Roman Polanski’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ and Sidney Lumet’s ‘Night Falls on Manhattan,’ has passed away at 67 after succumbing to a stroke.
Kramer, who left a lasting impact with his work, departed on Nov. 27, surrounded by loved ones in Santa Monica, as confirmed by a representative. A graduate of the American School in London, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Brown University, where his talents in conceptual art became evident. Subsequently, he pursued an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Initiating his career in the entertainment industry, Kramer worked in foreign sales for the renowned Italian producer Dino de Laurentiis. Specializing in international pre-sales of films by directors such as Sam Raimi, Michael Cimino, Bruce Beresford, and David Cronenberg, he played a crucial role in shepherding titles like the iconic documentary ‘Madonna: Truth or Dare.’
In the early 1990s, Kramer partnered with Thom Mount to establish the Mount/Kramer Co. Under their collaboration, they produced Polanski’s 1994 film ‘Death and the Maiden,’ featuring Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, and Stuart Wilson. They also worked on Lumet’s 1996 film ‘Night Falls on Manhattan,’ starring Andy Garcia, Richard Dreyfuss, and Lena Olin.
Kramer’s diverse career included roles at Capitol Films in London, where he served as head of sales, and an international acquisitions position at MGM Studios. In 2005, he relocated with his family to Bainbridge Island, Washington, outside Seattle, embarking on a career at Amazon as the inaugural licensing executive of Amazon Unbox. Credited with expanding Amazon Video through strategic deals with TiVo, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, Vizio, Roku, and others, Kramer left an indelible mark on the industry.