Larry Kasanoff – Keynote Speaker

Movie producer of Mortal Kombat, True Lies, Lego Star Wars

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Specialist Subjects

  • Innovation demands a touch of the madness
  • AI - there is a lot of opportunity before the machines take over
  • Globalization equals true diversity


  • English


Larry Kasanoff, Chairman/CEO of Threshold Entertainment, is the Producer or Executive Producer of all MORTAL KOMBAT media including three Number One films, a television series, an animated series, platinum selling soundtracks, direct to dvd, and a live tour.

He is Executive Producer of the box-office smash film, TRUE LIES, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and directed by James Cameron.

Previously, as president and co-founder of Lightstorm Entertainment, Larry supervised production, marketing, publicity and merchandising for the four-time Academy Award winning hit, TERMINATOR 2 JUDGMENT DAY, directed by James Cameron.

He produced two movies with Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow.

Larry Kasanoff – as a producer or studio head – has made over 200 feature films, including DIRTY DANCING and Academy Award Winning Best Picture PLATOON. He has raised well over a billion dollars in the film business.

In the music world, Larry has packaged or produced video projects with several of the world’s biggest talents, including Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones and Dick Clark. For Terminator 2, he produced MTV’s top video of the year, “You Could Be Mine” with Gun’s ‘N Roses.

Larry Kasanoff holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BA from Cornell University.

Popular Talks by Larry Kasanoff

Innovation demands a touch of the madness

“The current of the river of life will always try to pull you towards the middle, towards complacency and mediocrity. This is true for every person and every company. It’s a problem because other companies that don’t give in to that current will eclipse you.”

Kasanoff’s new book, A Touch of the Madness How to Be More Innovative in Work and Life…by Being a Little Crazy comes out later this year from BenBella books via Penguin/Random house. His main keynote speech is based on this unique philosophy.

As a graduate of Cornell and The Wharton School of Business, Kasanoff serves as a Rosetta Stone between the corporate landscape and Hollywood, using examples, stories and lessons learned from the film industry to instill outside-the-box thinking regarding innovation to corporate audiences.

A born storyteller, Kasanoff’s uses star-studded anecdotes from his life in Hollywood to make it easy and entertaining for business audiences to learn to be more creative by being a bit crazy.

Larry and Threshold Entertainment Group have been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, USA Today, Time Magazine, Wired, Maxim, and Playboy and have been featured on CNN, FOX News, ABC World News Tonight, CNBC, The Howard Stern Show and more.

AI - there is a lot of opportunity before the machines take over

Larry has operated at the nexus of technology and entertainment for decades, achieving a lot of ‘firsts’ innovated with technology and entertainment:
-First movie to extensively use morphing (Terminator 2 – also interesting because of its theme about the evils of AI which he gets asked about all the time now) which started the digital filmmaking revolution;
-First hit movie from a video game (Mortal Kombat) which started the craze of video game based movies; and
-First moving 3D shot (Star Trek The Borg Adventure), which started resurgence of 3D movies, and more.
So, he is well suited to talk about innovation and AI.

Spoiler alert – he thinks AI provides terrific opportunities for businesses, and he is already incorporating it into his.
This also covers his views on how to best use technology to help achieve your objective.

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