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            Sigurjon Sighvatsson

            Biografie

            Joni Sighvatsson, a veteran producer with over 40 feature films and television series to his credit, is the principle of Palomar Pictures, an independent production company.

            Sighvatsson also continues to be a significant force in the world of art films. After having paved the way for visual artists moving into feature films with Julian Schnabel's highly acclaimed Basquiat, Sighvatsson has recently produced the groundbreaking Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait as well as the controversial Destricted, a collection of short films by some of the world's leading artists focusing on the concept of pornography.

            Before coming to the United States, Sighvatsson enjoyed a successful career as a musician in his native Iceland, founding the country's first recording studio when he was 21. After finishing his B.A. from the University of Iceland, Sighvatsson came to Los Angeles on a Fulbright Scholarship to earn his MFA in the Graduate Film Studies program at USC. Sighvatsson then was invited to and joined the Directors Program at the American Film Institute.

            In 1986, Sighvatsson co-founded Propaganda Films, which quickly became the leading music video and commercial production company in the world before expanding into feature films with Red Rock West, Kalifornia, and David Lynch's Wild At Heart which won the coveted Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. At Propaganda, Sighvatsson launched the careers of such directors as David Fincher, Michael Bay, and Spike Jonze. Sighvatsson has also been involved with numerous television shows, including the Emmy-nominated "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City," the innovative cult classic "Twin Peaks," the triple ACE Award-winning anthology series "Fallen Angels," the quadruple ACE-winning "Heat Wave," as well as the popular original "Beverly Hills 90210". In 1995, Sighvatsson became the founding president of Lakeshore Entertainment, where he produced or executive produced films such as Polish Wedding, 200 Cigarettes and Arlington Road.

            In 1999, Sighvatsson became the controlling shareholder in Palomar Pictures, a leader in music videos and television commercials and cultivated and new generation of top directors including Joseph Kahn, Gary McKendry and Marcos Siega.

            Sighvatsson also served as president of the American Cinematheque in Hollywood from 1994 to 1999. He serves and has served on the boards of numerous organizations including the AICP (Association of Independent Commercial Producers), the American Cinematheque, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, the ACLU of Southern California, and the Ocean Park Community Center. Sighvatsson is also the Honorary Consul General for Iceland in Los Angeles.

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