Ryan Kavanaugh, son of Jack Kavanaugh and Leslie Levin Kavanaugh, was Relativity Media’s founder and CEO. Relativity Media is famous for engaging in several aspects of entertainment. That included film and television financing, production and distribution, and music publishing. It even ventured into sports management and digital media.

Relativity Media produced, distributed, and structured financing for more than two hundred motion pictures. Those films generated over seventeen billion dollars in worldwide box-office revenue. Those motion pictures also earned sixty Oscar nominations. Ryan Kavanaugh was Variety’s Showman of the Year 2011. The Hollywood Reporter honored him with the 2010 Leadership Award. At the 13th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala, he received the 2009 Hollywood Producer of the Year Award.

In July 2015, Relativity filed for bankruptcy. It was in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The company decided to register after getting hit with several lawsuits and missing loan payments. It emerged from bankruptcy in March 2016, only to file again for bankruptcy two years later. UltraV Holdings, the new parent company, now operates the studio.

Kavanaugh also served as chairman of the board for The Art of Elysium. It is an organization encouraging artists to donate their time and talents. The beneficiaries are children battling severe medical conditions. Because of that, he received the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Board of Governor’s Hollywood Humanitarian Award. He is also a recipient of the Anti-Defamation League’s 2011 Entertainment Industry Award. His Sheriff’s Youth Foundation Community Champion Award was in recognition of his dedication to helping inner-city youth.


Some of the films he participated in are the following:

2018 / Hunter Killer – executive producer

2018 / The Strangers: Prey at Night – producer

2017 / The Space Between Us – executive producer

2016 / Masterminds – executive producer

2016 / The Disappointments Room – producer

2016 / I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (documentary) – executive producer

2015-2016 / Limitless (TV series) – executive producer for 19 episodes

2016 / The First Monday in May (documentary) – executive producer

2015 / Jane Got a Gun – executive producer

2015 / Pink Panther Mafia – producer

2014 / The Best of Me – producer

2014 / The November Man – executive producer

2014 / Earth to Echo – producer

2014 / 3 Days to Kill – producer

2013 / Out of the Furnace – producer

2013 / Oculus – executive producer

2013 / Paranoia – executive producer

2012 / Act of Valor – executive producer

2012 / House at the End of the Street – executive producer

2011 / Immortals – producer

2011 / Limitless – producer

2010 / The Fighter – producer

2010 / My Soul to Take – executive producer

2010 / Robin Hood – executive producer

2009 / The Ugly Truth – executive producer

2009 / The Taking of Pelham 123 – executive producer

2008 / The Tale of Despereaux – executive producer

2008 / 21 – executive producer

2007 / The Kingdom – executive producer

2007 / Full of It – executive producer

2006 / All the King’s Men – executive producer

2006 / The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift – executive producer