Len Amato, a native of Chicago’s West Side, is the President of HBO Films, where he oversees film development and production. Prior to joining HBO, Amato was Vice President, Development, and then President of Spring Creek Productions. His producer/executive producers credits include: Analyze This and Analyze That, starring Robert DeNiro; Iron Jawed Angels, with Hilary Swank and Angelica Huston; Possession, featuring Gywneth Paltrow; Deliver Us From Eva, with LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union; Rumor Has It, with Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, and Shirley MacLaine; and most recently, the Golden Globe and Oscar nominated Blood Diamond, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, and Jennifer Connelly; as well as The Astronaut Farmer, with Billy Bob Thornton and Virginia Madsen.
Amato began his film industry career as a sotyr analyst for various independent producers and studios. He was a story editor for DeNiron’s newly formed Tribeca Productions in New York, where he worked on such films as Michael Apted’s Thunderheart and Irwin Winkler’s Night and the City.
Prior to his career in the film industry, Mr. Amato was both a musician and actor, performing at such renowned venues as CBGB’s and La Mama Experimental Theatre in New York City.
Amato is a member of the Producers Guild of America. He and his wife, Diana Conforti (B.A. ‘76), live in the Los Angeles area with their two children and have been enthusiastic supporters of Columbia College Chicago for many years.