JAMES LASSITER (Producer) joined forces with entertainment powerhouse Will Smith to create Overbrook Entertainment, a production and management company started in 1998. Lassiter is no stranger to producing hit films, including his most recent success as producer of the 2007 box-office smash I Am Legend, which took in over $580 million worldwide, and the 2006 hit The Pursuit of Happyness, which resonated with audiences around the world, earning Smith an Oscar® nomination for his performance and grossing over $300 million at the box office. In 2005, Lassiter produced the romantic comedy Hitch, also a global hit, earning over $360 million, as well as the award winning film Saving Face, starring Joan Chen. In addition, he was an executive producer on the sci-fi thriller I, Robot, and also served as a producer on the critically acclaimed Ali, for which Smith earned his first Academy Award® nomination, and ATL, starring platinum recording artist T.I.
In television, Lassiter most recently served as executive producer on the CW network's "All of Us."
Other notable achievements include his work as executive producer on the soundtracks for Wild, Wild West and Men in Black, both of which won the American Music Award for favorite soundtracks, as well as the 2001 Outer Critic's Circle Award for "Jitney," an off-Broadway play written by August Wilson. Lassiter recently graced the cover of Black Enterprise Magazine's Top 50 Hollywood Power Brokers edition alongside business partner, Will Smith.
In addition to Hancock, Lassiter's current projects include Screen Gems' Lakeview Terrace, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington. Upcoming films include Sony's Seven Pounds, which reunites Smith with director Gabriele Muccino, the director of The Pursuit of Happyness, and the entire producing team of that film; Fox Searchlight's The Secret Life of Bees, starring Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Hudson; and The Human Contract, a character-driven drama written and directed by Jada Pinkett Smith.