Bill Block is the founder and CEO of QED International, a leading independent motion picture production, financing and sales distribution company focused on bringing high quality filmed entertainment to the worldwide marketplace. Known for such films as Neill Blomkamp's District 9 and Elysium, Oliver Stone's W, David Ayer's upcoming thriller Fury with Brad Pitt, and Barry Levinson's upcoming comedy Rock the Kasbah with Bill Murray, QED International maintains the creative spirit of independent filmmaking while providing attractive returns with mitigated risk to its financing partners, and maximizing the global exploitation of their films.
Block has produced, financed, acquired, or distributed dozens of theatrical feature films, and has worked with some of the world's most distinguished filmmakers, including Peter Jackson, Oliver Stone, Steve Soderbergh, Jon Favreau, David Koepp, Darren Aronofsky, Christopher McQuarrie and Woody Allen. With a team of top executives to facilitate the financing, packaging, and distribution of films, QED is recognized as a destination where world-class filmmakers and producers can find a full-service partner on their projects.
Prior to QED, Block was President of Artisan Entertainment. Along with Bain Capital, Block led the LBO of Live Entertainment, a publicly traded video company, which became Artisan. He recruited the management team, helped secure new production financing, and turned Artisan into a competitive force in the independent acquisition and distribution world. At Artisan, Block supervised all divisions international, home entertainment, and television syndication to quantify and offset risk with Artisan¹s banking and distribution partners. Among the projects that he produced or acquired are: The Blair Witch Project; The Buena Vista Social Club; Darren Aronofsky's Pi and Requiem For A Dream; The Limey directed by Steven Soderbergh; The Ninth Gate starring Johnny Depp and directed by Roman Polanski and Made starring Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn. Block also bought the Spanish-language film Open Your Eyes, sub-licensed the remake rights to Paramount, and Executive Produced the remake, Vanilla Sky, starring Tom Cruise.
Before this, Block was one of the industry's leading talent agents. As Head of West Coast Operations for International Creative Management from 1992 to 1997 and founder of the Intertalent Agency, Block's clients included such artists as Kim Basinger, Samuel L. Jackson, Steven Seagal, Charlie Sheen, John Travolta, and Forest Whitaker; and filmmakers Sam Raimi, Roland Emmerich, Billy Friedkin, George Armitage, Stephen Hopkins, Peter Hyams, and Herbert Ross. Block attended Columbia University and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two sons and daughter.