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Jim Lemley, a second-generation Vandal, earned a Bachelor
of Science degree in marketing at the College of Business and
Economics in 1988. He is an American film and television
producer based in Paris and Los Angeles. Throughout his career,
he has collaborated with leading directors, actors, and producers
to create both critically acclaimed and commercially successful
After beginning his career in New York working in the music
business for Island Records, Lemley moved to Los Angeles to
pursue film. He spent time at both Disney and Universal before
joining Icon Entertainment in 1992.
Over the next decade, Lemley quickly rose through the
ranks eventually serving as CEO of the London-based Icon
Entertainment International. At Icon, he worked on various
features across all genres, including Braveheart, Maverick,
Immortal Beloved, Anna Karenina, Payback, 187 and We Were
Soldiers. Additionally, he produced several television projects,
including the highly rated The Three Stooges for ABC and
Invincible for TBS.
In 2002, Lemley teamed with Ridley and Tony Scott to executive produce the medieval romance Tristan and
Isolde. In 2005, he partnered with Bonnie Curtis to executive produce the Wes Craven thriller Red Eye.
Lemley’s most recent credits include the action-fantasy-horror film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (which
he produced with Tim Burton) as well as the action-thriller Wanted, both directed by cult action director
Timur Bekmambetov. Other projects include the critically acclaimed drama The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,
and the post-apocalyptic animated feature 9, which he produced with Burton and Bekmambetov.
Currently, Lemley is developing a 10-hour miniseries, The Singularity, with Ray Kurzweil the famed American
inventor, futurist, Google director and author of the New York Times Bestseller The Singularity is Near. The
miniseries will explore the science and philosophy behind the future of humanity and its relationship with
Lemley is a member of the Directors Guild of America, The Producers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild and serves on the Advisory Board for the University of Idaho, College of Business and Economics. He is also a member of the Founders Group of the 5D Immersive Design Conference.