Frederick Woodruff "Ted" Field (born June 1, 1953) is an American media mogul, entrepreneur and film producer.
He founded Interscope Communications to develop and produce films in 1984, and produced his first hit, Revenge of the Nerds, the same year. Since that early success, he has gone on to become one of Hollywood’s most successful entertainment executives with an exhaustive track record in film and music.
He is an heir of the Marshall Field family.
Field was born on June 1, 1953 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, the son of Marshall Field IV, who owned the Chicago Sun-Times from 1956 to 1965, and Katherine Woodruff Fanning, who was later an editor of several newspapers.
Field's parents divorced when he was young. Field's mother then married Larry Fanning, who became Field's stepfather. Field, his sisters, his mother and his stepfather moved to Anchorage, Alaska. Field's mother and Larry Fanning purchased the Anchorage Daily News from founder Norman C. Brown in 1967. Larry Fanning died in 1971: Kay Fanning continued to operate the paper until 1979 when she sold it to The McClatchy Company. She remained as publisher until 1983.
Field's Interscope Racing started off entering Danny Ongais in Formula 5000 in 1975, graduating to USAC racing and the Indianapolis 500 in Parnelli chassis. Field also funded Ongais to make occasional Formula One outings in a Penske during the 1978 season.
Field also backed the construction in 1980 of an Interscope chassis designed by Roman Slobodinskij for the Indianapolis 500. This was intended to take a turbocharged six-cylinder Porsche engine (similar to the one Ongais and Field were using in their Porsche 935) but a dispute with USAC over turbo boost meant the program was abandoned. The car was eventually fitted with a conventional Ford Cosworth DFX engine and entered in the 1981 500. Ongais led the race but crashed and was critically injured. In 1982 a recovered Ongias gave the car one last start at Indy but that too ended with an accident.
In 1984, Field founded Interscope Communications, which produced more than 50 major films. In 1984, Field was a leader of a group that bought movie camera manufacturer Panavision. In 1987, Panavision was sold to Lee International. In 1990, he co-founded Interscope Records. After leaving Interscope in January 2001, he formed ARTISTdirect Records with the backing of BMG. Ted Field is currently chairman and CEO of Radar Pictures.
Field and Radar Pictures have faced legal action in recent years. In December 2016, Field and his company assigned profits from then-upcoming Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), to Filmula Entertainment, to satisfy a judgment over the unsuccessful reboot of Trauma Records.
From 1984 to 1998, he owned a mansion formerly owned by Howard B. Keck located at 1244 Moraga Drive in the gated community of Moraga Estates in Bel Air, California. From 1986 through 1993, Field owned the Harold Lloyd Estate (also known as Green Acres) in Beverly Hills, California. Field is a tournament chess player who sponsored the World Chess Championship in NYC between Gary Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov. He is currently developing a movie about the current world chess champion Magnus Carlsen.
All films, he was producer unless otherwise noted.
|1984||Revenge of the Nerds|
|Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise|
|Three Men and a Baby|
|1988||The Seventh Sign|
|1989||Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure||Executive producer|
|An Innocent Man|
|1990||The First Power||Executive producer|
|Bird on a Wire||Executive producer|
|Three Men and a Little Lady|
|Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey||Executive producer|
|1992||The Hand That Rocks the Cradle||Executive producer|
|The Cutting Edge|
|FernGully: The Last Rainforest||Executive producer|
|Jersey Girl||Executive producer|
|The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag||Executive producer|
|Out on a Limb||Executive producer|
|1994||The Air Up There|
|Terminal Velocity||Executive producer|
|Imaginary Crimes||Executive producer|
|Separate Lives||Executive producer|
|Operation Dumbo Drop||Executive producer|
|The Tie That Binds||Executive producer|
|Two Much||Executive producer|
|Mr. Holland's Opus|
|1996||The Arrival||Executive producer|
|The Associate||Executive producer|
|Very Bad Things||Executive producer|
|What Dreams May Come||Executive producer|
|Teaching Mrs. Tingle||Executive producer|
|2000||Pitch Black||Executive producer|
|2003||How to Deal||Executive producer|
|Le Divorce||Executive producer|
|The Texas Chainsaw Massacre||Executive producer|
|The Last Samurai||Executive producer|
|2004||The Chronicles of Riddick||Executive producer|
|2005||The Amityville Horror||Executive producer|
|Zathura: A Space Adventure||Executive producer|
|2006||Waist Deep||Executive producer|
|2007||The Heartbreak Kid|
|2008||Swing Vote||Executive producer|
|All About Steve||Executive producer|
|The Invention of Lying||Executive producer|
|The Box||Executive producer|
|2012||Spring Breakers||Executive producer|
|2014||Acid Girls||Executive producer|
|2017||Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle||Executive producer|
|2019||Jumanji: The Next Level||Executive producer|
|1990||The Man Inside||Special thanks|
|2001||Kissing Jessica Stein|
|2009||Veronika Decides to Die||The production would like to thank|
|1986||American Geisha||Executive producer||Television film|
|1987||The Real Adventures of Sherlock Jones and Proctor Watson|
|Murder Ordained||Executive producer||Television film|
|1989||My Boyfriend's Back||Executive producer||Television film|
|A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story||Executive producer||Television film|
|1990||The Secret Life of Archie's Wife||Executive producer||Television film|
|1993||Foreign Affairs||Executive producer||Television film|
|1995||Body Language||Executive producer||Television film|
|1997||Snow White: A Tale of Terror||Executive producer||Television film|
|2000||Into Pitch Black||Co-executive producer||Television special|
|2015||Winter Dragon||Executive producer||Television pilot|
|2017||Under the Bed||Television film|
|The Wheel of Time||Co-executive producer|
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- Los Angeles, August 1998, p. 38 Los Angeles (magazine)