Ganis is a major Hollywood studio executive and producer who made his initial mark as an executive by marketing The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983) and the first two instalments of the Indiana Jones trilogy.
Ganis achieved his greatest clout as President of the Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group, where he helped launch Top Gun (1986) and Fatal Attraction (1987), as well as serving in a senior position in Columbia Pictures' overall management team. From March 1992 until July 1996, he served as Executive Vice President, and then President of both marketing and distribution for Columbia Pictures – before becoming Vice Chairman.
As a producer, Ganis formed a lucrative association with Adam Sandler, producing his hit films Big Daddy (1999) and Mr. Deeds (2002). In 2005, Ganis was elected to his first term as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which he held for three more terms. He produced the acclaimed family drama Akeelah and the Bee in 2006. Then, Ganis turned to television, where he co-executive produced the ABC network series “Pan Am” in 2011-2012.
Ganis executive produced the recent critically acclaimed feature documentary BANG! The Bert Berns Story. That film and Isabelle mark his return to feature films.