VFT:LA AUG '12 Event ft. Tom DeSanto ("X-Men", "Transformers")
Tom DeSanto (Writer, Producer / X-Men, Transformers, Battlestar Galactica)
Tom DeSanto is a writer/producer behind some of the biggest franchises in movie history (X-Men, Transformers) and has the second highest grossing per film average of all Producers working today. The proud owner of more than 30,000 comic books and a self described pop culture junkie, DeSanto dreamed of bringing the characters he loved as a kid to life in Hollywood. X-Men was first on his list and besides producing Mr. DeSanto co-wrote the story. DeSanto brought the property to director Bryan Singer and spawned a billion dollar franchise for Fox and started Marvel's rise out of bankruptcy.
After the success of X-Men, Mr. DeSanto pulled another undervalued property, "Battlestar Galactica" (2004), out of mothballs and developed Galactica for Universal Television. Battlestar Galactica found a home on Sci-Fi Channel and was the number one rated mini-series of 2004 for all of cable. Many of DeSanto's ideas and designs made it into the show including human Cylons, the female President, and the new Vipers. Mr. DeSanto still dreams of bringing his full vision for Galactica to the big screen and will be reteaming with his X-men partner Bryan Singer in bringing Battlestar Galactica to the big screen for Universal Studios.
In 2003 Mr. DeSanto returned as part of the guiding creative team for X2 (2003), including the continuation of the Phoenix storyline. That same year Mr. DeSanto went after Transformers another dormant property that he was a fan of since childhood. Mr. DeSanto brought the idea to his friend and fellow producer Don Murphy and based on DeSanto's pitch and understanding of the universe Hasbro gave them the rights for free. Transformers was a tough sell for those running the studios who did not grow up with the property. After being rejected by every studio in town Mr. DeSanto made a second pass at Dreamworks and after Steven Spielberg read his treatment, Spielberg decided his studio would do the film. Mr. DeSanto set the project up with Dreamworks and Paramount.
The film has grossed over $700 million dollars worldwide and Mr. DeSanto gave birth to another franchise. Transformers is the first live action franchise in Dreamworks history and Paramount's largest moneymaker since Titanic. Mr. DeSanto returned as Producer of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 2009 and the film became the biggest moneymaker in 2009 with over $800 million in box office alone. DeSanto is producing Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which hits theaters June 29, 2011.
DeSanto is now branching out into directing and wrote and directed a music video for his friend Austin Brown, who is the nephew of Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. Austin is the next generation of the Jackson family and the video "85" carries on the tradition of bringing the magic back to music.