Couper Samuelson '02 is the President of Feature Films at Blumhouse Productions. Blumhouse, which has a first-look deal with Universal Pictures, has produced the highly-profitable Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Insidious and Ouija franchises which have grossed more than $1.4 billion worldwide.
Blumhouse's model began with the original Paranormal Activity, which was made for $15,000 and grossed close to $200 million worldwide, making it the most profitable film in Hollywood history. Blumhouse’s award-winning projects include The Normal Heart and Whiplash, the latter of which Couper incubated from a Blumhouse-produced short film to the lowest-budget feature film in Hollywood history to win three Oscars. In addition, this year he shepherded the critically acclaimed thriller The Gift and the pathbreaking supernatural thriller Unfriended, which grossed nearly $35m in the US on a budget of $1m.
Samuelson began his career at Mark Cuban's 2929, where he co-produced movies including James Gray's We Own the Night and Two Lovers, both of which were nominated for the Cannes Palme d'Or.
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