Johnson is the founder of Act 4 Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based filmed entertainment and new media content company created in 2007 to motivate and inspire audiences across the world toward social action. Act 4 is in development on approximately 20 feature film, television and new media projects, as well as a live stage musical production.
Johnson most recently produced the live stage musical version of American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre in London. He executive produced The People Speak, a feature-length documentary with Matt Damon and other actors and musicians based on Howard Zinn’s book A People’s History of the United States, for the History Channel; and Angels in Exile, a feature-length documentary about street kids of Durban, South Africa; and produced The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby, a feature-length documentary about the career and family life of controversial CIA director William Colby.
In keeping with his commitment to improving economic justice in America, Johnson is a current board member and former Chair of Public Counsel Law Center, the nation’s largest public interest pro bono law firm. He founded the Center’s Impact Litigation Project, the first in the nation to recognize that the economic divide is a legal issue and action must be taken to close the gap. The Impact Litigation Project addresses economic justice through large-scale litigation—helping thousands with the intent to change the law itself. In 2012, Congressional Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) presented Johnson with Public Counsel Law Center’s Founders Award for his commitment to the organization. [View video tribute]
Additionally, in the areas of social justice, Johnson serves on the boards of directors for Children Now, a national child policy and advocacy organization; the Dream Foundation, a wish-granting organization for terminally ill adults; and Human Rights Watch (California), one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to defending human rights.
Johnson, recognizing the importance of culture and centers of excellence in our country, serves as Chair Emeritus of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Under his leadership as co-Chair, MOCA has been revitalized: the museum is debt-free as a result of a financial restructuring and raised an endowment in excess of 100 million dollars, has hired a new director, and elected more than 20 new board members. Johnson is also a member of the board of directors of KCETLink, an independent public broadcasting station in Los Angeles; and a member of the board of advisors of the Yale School of Drama.
Johnson was a founder of Agility Capital, LLC, a venture fund for early stage companies, and had previously served as senior executive vice president at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Prior to MGM, he was a partner of the international law firm White & Case.
Johnson is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.
Jesse Singer most recently produced the documentary THE PEOPLE SPEAK based on the book “The People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn. In addition to a varied slate of feature films and television projects, he is currently developing the stage musical of AMERICAN PSYCHO with playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and composer/lyricist Duncan Sheik, based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis.
Prior to joining Act 4, he worked at Creative Artists Agency and interned at Jerry Bruckheimer Films.
Jesse is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Adam Paul Smith
Adam Paul Smith is currently producing the feature documentary CROSSETT with Penn Road Films and most recently produced the documentary ANGELS IN EXILE, narrated by Academy Award Winner© Charlize Theron, challenging viewers to look past the graphic image of homeless youth and see them for what they are… children. Adam is in development on multiple projects for narrative feature film, documentary, television and interactive new media. He is a writer and the editor of Act 4’s “Dig Deeper” section and the creator behind Act4’s “What Can I Do?” social action campaign initiative, building the bridge between inspired audiences and meaningful action.
Prior to joining Act 4, Adam worked at International Creative Management (ICM) in the Motion Picture Literary Department and then in the Motion Picture Independent & International Department, where he assisted with the financing, packaging and sales for distribution of feature films.
Alan Trezza oversaw the production of Act 4’s feature length documentary ‘The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father CIA Spymaster William Colby’ about controversial former CIA Director William Colby which was was released theatrically by First Run Features and played for more than six months in more than 60 cities across the U.S. It received outstanding reviews from The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Atlantic, and was a New York Times’ “Critics Pick”. Alan recently wrapped production on the supernatural comedy ‘Burying the Ex‘ directed by horror legend Joe Dante (‘Gremlins’), starring Anton Yelchin (‘Star Trek’) and Ashley Greene (‘Twilight’).
Prior to joining Act 4, Alan was the Creative Executive for Scott Free Productions, where he developed films directed and produced by Ridley and Tony Scott including ‘Robin Hood’ and ‘Body of Lies’.
Alan is a graduate of Fordham University.