Founder and President
Blue Rider founder Walter Josten has
been producing motion pictures and television projects since 1984, films
that reflect his unique artistic vision and dedication to entertaining a
world audience. The budgets of Walter’s films have ranged from a few million
dollars to over a hundred million dollars, and the films have been released
in every medium, in virtually every corner of the world. Some of Blue
Rider’s major claims to fame are its major involvement in Around The World In 80 Days, Holes, Jim Cameron’s Ghosts of the Abyss, Werner
Rescue Dawn, romantic comedy
I Could Never Be
Your Woman, Rodney Dangerfield
My 5 Wives, sci-fi actioner
Beautiful Ohio, gripping drama
Modigliani, sports actioner
A Warrior’s Heart, gripping drama Slow Burn, escape thriller
Boot Camp. sexy thriller
uplifting documentary: Uncommon Kindnesss: The Father Damien Story
and cult genre classics such as
Night of the Demons,
Pinocchio’s Revenge and
Leprechaun 4: In Space.
The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie, starring James Caan and Gena Rowlands, garnered Josten a 2004
Walter Josten and Blue Rider have produced, distributed, and/or
financed over 120 films in all major genres since 1984, featuring such stars
as Robin Williams, Keanu Reeves, Josh Brolin, Jon Voight, Catherine
Zeta-Jones, Demi Moore, Sigourney Weaver and Bette Midler, plus TV movies
Josten has also distributed films, both in the competitive U.S.
theatrical market and internationally. In 2017, in Puerto Rico, Walter
Josten and Blue Rider were producing
with Keanu Reeves,
with Jason Sudeikis and
with John Travolta.
Josten’s first film as producer was 1986's Witchboard,
a financial and critical success. Josten has been executive producer and
producer on a more than 60 films since he founded Blue Rider Pictures in
During the next seven years, Blue Rider continued developing,
producing and domestically distributing movies. In 1998, Josten created Blue
Rider International and began attending major world sales markets, including
Cannes, MIFED and AFM, where he began distributing his films globally.
Also in 1998, Josten wrote the story and was executive producer
starring Roy Scheider. This Family Channel Premiere won the prestigious Star
Boy Award at the 18th Oulu International Children’s Film Festival, in Oulu,
Walter is proud of his role as executive producer of Jack
Call of the Wild,, a film that won critical acclaim. Based on one of Josten’s
favorite boyhood books, Blue Rider’s film version of this classic tale has
an enduring emotional appeal.
Walter Josten was executive producer of two Showtime Premieres.
One of them, The
Incredible Mrs. Ritchie—starring James Caan (Oscar nomination for The
Godfather) and Gena Rowlands (Oscar noms for Gloria and A
Woman Under the Influence)—won Josten a 2004 Emmy award, with
co-producer Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook). Josten also exec produced
the Showtime family drama Behind
the Red Door, which starred Kiefer Sutherland and Kyra Sedgwick.
In the documentary Uncommon
Kindness: The Father Damien Story,
co-writer/co-director/co-producer Walter Josten tells the story of Father
Damien, a Belgian priest who dedicated his life to the abandoned victims of
leprosy in 19th century Molokai, Hawaii. Robin Williams narrates this moving
historical drama, which won the prestigious Ciné Golden Eagle Award.
Josten was also executive producer of the comedy My
5 Wives—starring and co-written by
Rodney Dangerfield—and of the family adventure comedy Kids
World, starring Christopher Lloyd and Blake Foster.
His fondness for horses led Josten to his 1999 role as producer
of the award-winning family adventure thriller Shergar, starring
Mickey Rourke and Sir Ian Holm. This exciting true story tells of the
politically motivated kidnapping of one of Britain's most famous racehorses.
In 2001, Blue Rider began its collaboration with Walden Media, a
company headed by Cary Granat and owned by the visionary entrepreneur Phil
Anschutz. Walden Media produced The
Chronicles of Narnia, one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history.
Blue Rider served as Walden’s first and only production-services entity as
the Anschutz firm evolved into a major force in the industry. While working
for Walden, Walter co-executive-produced Around
the World in 80 Days, starring Jackie Chan and featuring John Cleese, Sylvester
Stallone, Owen Wilson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Macy Gray. Josten also
served as production executive on the critically acclaimed Walden
Media/Disney hit Holes,
starring Sigourney Weaver, John Voigt and Tim Blake Nelson. This inspiring
desert drama was nominated for eight major American awards, winning the Las
Vegas Film Critics' Sierra Award as Best Family Film of 2004.
Josten’s love of family films led to his founding of The
Entertainment Experience, an acting and film school for kids that developed
an experimental curriculum, which he and the Company explored with their
partner Joey Travolta.
In 1998, Blue Rider entered the emerging field of Bridge Financing,
and quickly the firm became the industry leader. The Company has
bridge-financed more than 60 films, representing over $687 million worth of
Movies that Blue Rider has Bridge financed include: Asylum (which earned several honors,
including a major 2005 British acting award for star Natasha Richardson); Thief
Lord (starring Lynn and Vanessa
Jerusalem (Sir Ian Holm); The
(Richard Gere, Claire Daines); Slow
Burn (Minnie Driver, James Spader); 2001:
A Space Travesty (Leslie
Nielsen); ABC's Eloise
at The Plaza (Julie
Andrews); Flawless (Michael Caine, Demi Moore); The Groomsmen (John Leguizamo, Brittany
Murphy); Canes (Edward Furlong); The
Tiger's Tale (Kim Cattrall, Brendan
Dawn (Christian Bale, Steve Zahn); Back
in the Day (Ving Rhames, Ja Rule ); Modigliani (Andy Garcia); Bar
Starz (Charlie Murphy); Say
Nothing (William Baldwin); Wake
of Death (Jean-Claude Van Damme), Death
Defying Acts (Catherine
Zeta-Jones, Guy Pearce); Beautiful
Ohio (William Hurt, Julianna
Margulies); Outlander (Jim Caviezel, John Hurt); I
Could Never Be Your Woman (Michelle
Pfeiffer,Henry Winkler) and Then
She Found Me (Helen Hunt, Colin Firth,
Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick).
More recently, Blue Rider has Bridge financed Surveillance (Julia Ormand, Bill Pullman), 100
Feet (Famke Janssen, Bobby
Take (John Leguizamo, Tyrese
Gibson, Rosie Perez), Give
‘em Hell Malone (Thomas
Jane, Ving Rhames), Gospel
Hill (Danny Glover, Giancarlo
Esposito, Angela Bassett), Boot
Camp (Mila Kunis), Not
Forgotten (Paz Vega, Simon Baker), Deal (Burt Reynolds, Shannon
Edge (Nathalie Press, Hugh
Bonneville) and Who’s
Your Caddy? (Big Boi).
In Milwaukee, Walter Josten was a high school football
quarterback, baseball player, wrestler and track athlete. While at the
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee he majored in fine arts and won the Best
Painting award at a gallery show for Wisconsin college artists.
After college, Josten moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where he
met his wife Pat. They were married in 1979. In Florida, he and enjoyed a
career as an artist—painting in oils, watercolors and other media. Walter
supported himself with his art, painting swimming pool and restaurant
murals, commissioned portraits, as well as designing menus and logos for
many area eateries. As an entrepreneur, he was also involved in the
restaurant and fitness businesses.
Josten’s son, Patrick, was born in 1982. The following year, the
Jostens moved to Southern California, where Walter was quickly introduced to
the independent movie business. He soon discovered that his art and his
business backgrounds made him uniquely suited to the field.
In 2005, Walter and his son Patrick, a high school and college
football quarterback who briefly played quarterback in the
Canadian Football League and on several US Arena football teams,
teamed up to produce a biography of NFL superstar Randy Moss titled The
The film aired on cable in 2006, and is currently available on DVD.
Today, Walter continues his athletic activities including
running, snowboarding and throwing footballs. He has completed four L.A.
Marathons in recent years. He also continues to paint
portraits, landscapes, birds, and animals,
and his favorite media are oils and watercolors.
“Within Blue Rider, my areas
involve finding new opportunities to finance, produce, and
viable motion picture
projects, but I actually get involved in every aspect of the filmmaking
process—from story idea to script through financing to overseeing production
and theatrical distribution,” Blue Rider CEO Josten remarked. “One reason I
enjoy my work so much is that it requires a rare mix of creative, financial
and business skills. Every day I’m involved with the full range of creative
professionals and switch from that to the intricacies presented by lawyers,
accountants, entrepreneurs and financiers.”
With his Midwest upbringing, Walter Josten understands what kind
of films most Americans want to see. With each project he undertakes, he
hopes to enrich people's lives and imaginations through the art of story
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