In his successful partnership with Levinson, Johnson produced all of the writer-director’s films from 1982-1994. In addition to Rain Man, their diverse slate of acclaimed features includes Good Morning, Vietnam, The Natural, Tin Men, Toys, Young Sherlock Holmes, Avalon, Diner (their 1982 debut project, for which Levinson earned an Oscar nomination for his screenplay), and Bugsy, nominated for ten Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. Bugsy also captured a Best Picture Golden Globe Award.
In 1994, Johnson established his own independent production company and won the Los Angeles Film Critics New Generation Award for his very first effort -- A Little Princess, directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Johnson, under his new banner, also produced the comedy Home Fries with Drew Barrymore, and the dramatic thriller Donnie Brasco, starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. He served as executive producer for CBS-TV’s “L.A. Doctors” and “Falcone,” and also executive produced the hit CBS drama, “The Guardian.” Johnson’s latest television project is an hour-long dramedy, “Love Monkey,” which premiered midseason on CBS and had a complete run on VH1 this spring.
Johnson’s recent slate of motion pictures includes The Alamo and The Rookie, both directed by John Lee Hancock; director Bob Dolman’s The Banger Sisters, with Susan Sarandon and Goldie Hawn; Brad Silberling’s drama, Moonlight Mile, with Sarandon and Dustin Hoffman; Tom Shadyac’s supernatural thriller, Dragonfly with Kevin Costner and Kathy Bates; Levinson’s Irish satire, An Everlasting Piece; Robert Zemeckis’ spooky thriller What Lies Beneath, starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer; the hit comedy Galaxy Quest with Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver; and My Dog Skip, the acclaimed family drama (co-produced with John Lee Hancock) starring Frankie Muniz, Diane Lane and Kevin Bacon.
Johnson recently produced Nick Cassavetes’ drama, The Notebook, based on Nicholas Sparks’ bestseller and The Wendell Baker Story, which marked the directorial debuts of filmmaking brothers Luke and Andrew Wilson. He is currently in preproduction on Prince Caspian, the sequel to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Additionally, Johnson has either presented or executive produced Luis Llosa’s directorial debut, Sniper, Tim Robbins’ directorial debut, Bob Roberts, Steven Soderbergh’s Kafka, Robert Redford’s Oscar-nominated Quiz Show and Journey of Hope, winner of the 1999