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Joseph Drake
OccupationFilm producer
OrganizationGood Universe

Joseph Drake[1] is an American film producer, best known for founding Mandate Pictures and Good Universe with Nathan Kahane. [2] [3] Drake has served as executive producer on more than 25 films.[4]


Early in his career, Drake served posts at Rysher Entertainment, Senator International and Moviestore Entertainment.[5]

Drake previously served as president and Co-Chief Operating Officer of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.[citation needed] At Lionsgate, he oversaw the launch of Hunger Games and The Expendables franchises. In 2012, along with Kahane, he launched Good Universe.

Good Universe entered into a partnership with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Point Grey Pictures to produce and finance mainstream comedies[6] such as the Untitled Ben Schwartz Comedy with Gary Sanchez Productions to be directed by Adam McKay and starring Rogen[7] and James Franco's The Masterpiece for New Line Cinema.[8]

Drake is also a partner with Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert and Kahane in Ghost House Pictures, specialising in horror films. Releases include Fede Álvarez's Don't Breathe, The Grudge and Evil Dead for Sony Pictures.[9][10][11]

Drake founded Mandate Pictures in 2005, following a management buyout of Senator International which he launched in 2001.[12] Mandate Pictures produced Juno, the Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle franchise; Young Adult (film), Hope Springs and This is the End. In 2007, the partners sold Mandate Pictures to Lionsgate.[13] Following the acquisition of Mandate, Drake transitioned into his role as the President of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group and Co-chief Operating Officer of Lionsgate, while maintaining his role as CEO of Mandate Pictures.[14]


He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Credit Notes
2000 American Psycho Executive producer
2004 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Executive producer
The Grudge Executive producer
2005 Boogeyman Executive producer
Lords of Dogtown Executive producer
2006 Stranger than Fiction Executive producer
The Grudge 2 Executive producer
2007 The Messengers Executive producer
Juno Executive producer
30 Days of Night Executive producer
Boogeyman 2 Executive producer Direct-to-video
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium Executive producer
2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Executive producer
The Strangers Executive producer
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist Executive producer
Passengers Executive producer
2009 Horsemen Executive producer
Drag Me to Hell Executive producer
Whip It Executive producer
2012 The Possession Executive producer
2013 Evil Dead Executive producer
Last Vegas
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Executive producer
2014 Neighbors Executive producer
2015 Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story Executive producer
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Executive producer
The Night Before Executive producer
2016 Don't Breathe Executive producer
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Executive producer
2017 The House
The Disaster Artist Executive producer
2018 Blockers Executive producer
2019 Long Shot Executive producer
2021 Don't Breathe 2 Executive producer
2023 The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes
TBA Firewatch
Hold Back the Stars Executive producer
The Last Drop
The Something Executive producer
Miscellaneous crew
Year Film Role
2009 Saw VI Marketing: Lionsgate
2010 Saw 3D For: Lionsgate
Production manager
Year Film Role
1990 Ski School Executive in charge of production
Year Film Role
2000 Shadow of the Vampire Thanks


Year Title
2009 13: Fear Is Real


  1. ^ "Joseph Drake". Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  2. ^ "Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane launch Good Universe". The Wrap. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  3. ^ "Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane Starts New Film Label Good Universe". Deadline. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  4. ^ "Joseph Drake". IMDB. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  5. ^ "Joe Drake Bio". Archived from the original on June 9, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  6. ^ "Point Grey Pictures And Good Universe Enter Joint Venture To Develop Comedies". Deadline. March 5, 2014.
  7. ^ "Adam McKay and Seth Rogen to Team on Big-Screen Comedy From Ben Schwartz". The Hollywood Reporter. September 18, 2014.
  8. ^ "Sharon Stone Joins James Franco, Seth Rogen in 'The Disaster Artist' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. December 16, 2015.
  9. ^ "Don't Breathe". boxofficemojo. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  10. ^ "The Grudge (2004)". boxofficemojo. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  11. ^ "Evil Dead (2013)". boxofficemojo. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  12. ^ "Drake leads management buyout of Senator International". Screen Daily. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  13. ^ "Drake brings Mandate to Lionsgate". Variety. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  14. ^ "Lionsgate Corporate". Retrieved March 26, 2012.