Roth in December 2016
Joseph Emanuel Roth
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Occupation||Film director, chairman of 20th Century Fox (1989–1993) and Walt Disney Studios (1994–2000)|
(m. 1980; div. 2004)
Joseph E. Roth is an American film executive, producer and director. He co-founded Morgan Creek Productions in 1988 and was chairman of 20th Century Fox (1989–1993), Caravan Pictures (1993–1994), and Walt Disney Studios (1994–2000) before founding Revolution Studios in 2000, then Roth Films.
Roth was born to a Jewish family, the son of Frances and Lawrence Roth. In 1959, Roth's father volunteered his son to be a plaintiff in the ACLU's effort to abolish mandatory prayer in public schools. The case, filed in New York, went through several appeals, finally reaching the U.S. Supreme Court in 1962. The Court ruled that such prayer was unconstitutional under the First Amendment, in the landmark case of Engel v. Vitale.
Roth, who was ranked 6th in Premiere Magazine's 2003 Hollywood Power List, produced the 76th annual Academy Awards. Roth announced that in October 2007, when Revolution's distribution deal with Sony Pictures ends, Revolution Studios will close and he will join Sony as a producer.
On November 13, 2007, Roth was introduced as the majority owner of a Seattle, Washington–based Major League Soccer franchise along with Paul Allen. Seattle Sounders FC—which calls CenturyLink Field home—began regular season play in 2009. On November 12, 2015, Roth passed on majority ownership to Adrian Hanauer.
He was married to Donna Arkoff whose father was movie producer Samuel Z. Arkoff. They have three children. They resided in a mansion designed by architect Douglas Honnold for Irish production designer Cedric Gibbons and Mexican actress Dolores Del Rio in 1929 in Los Angeles, California.
All films, he was producer unless otherwise noted.
- As director
|1986||Streets of Gold|
|1987||Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise|
|1990||Coupe de Ville|
|2004||Christmas with the Kranks|
- Miscellaneous crew
|1974||The Conversation||Production assistant|
|1990||The Exorcist III|
- As an actor
- Production manager
|1998||Armageddon||Executive in charge of production|
|1995||Dead Presidents||Special thanks|
|2002||Punch-Drunk Love||Special thanks|
|Gangs of New York||Special thanks|
|2004||76th Academy Awards||Television special|
|2011||Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza||Executive producer|
|2010−12||Are We There Yet?||Executive producer|
|2012−14||Anger Management||Executive producer|
|2019||This is Football||Documentary|
|The Plot Against America||Executive producer|
- "B.U. Bridge". October 27, 2003.
- Gold, Susan Dudley (September 1, 2005). Engel V. Vitale: Prayer in the Schools. Cavendish Square Publishing. p. 16. ISBN 9780761419402.
- New York Civil Liberties Union: "Obituary: Steven Engel, Plaintiff in Landmark School Prayer Case" February 6, 2008
- Hammer, Joshua. "The Sly Dog at Fox". Newsweek, May 25, 1992.
- New York Times: "Samuel Z. Arkoff, Maker of Drive-In Thrillers, Dies at 83" By ALJEAN HARMETZ September 19, 2001
- Brown, Patricia Leigh (February 29, 2008). "A Moderne Masterpiece Revived". Architectural Digest. Retrieved January 14, 2017.