Elixir's founder, John Kuri, began his career at Disney Studios in art direction, the comedy classic The Apple Dumpling Gang one of his movies. Offered the art direction for a movie of John Steinbeck's classic, The Red Pony, starring Henry Fonda and Maureen O'Hara, with legendary actors Ben Johnson and Jack Elam featured, John accepted. He left Disney for this irresistible offer with the result being
his first major award.
And so his Hollywood production career led him to many films with production in many states and countries on five continents, then to form Elixir Entertainment.
Along the journey John began writing. He has four novels and numerous articles published, as well is credited with a number of produced screenplays and IMDB lists over 140 movie or television credits of his: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002238/
Among many titles in his filmography, John Kuri - having produced three movies for Ron Howard, was brought on to produce Conagher for Imagine Entertainment. The movie stars Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross. When the film released on TNT, July 1, 1991, it became the highest rated cable movie in history, holding that ranking for several years. The movie was shot in southeastern Colorado and features legendary actors Ken Curtis, Dub Taylor, James Gammon, Barry Corbin and Billy Green Bush. As the producers John and Sam were awarded the Bronze Wrangler by The Cowboy Hall of Fame. As the film's star Sam Elliott was nominated for a Golden Globe, and the Sound Editing team were nominated for the Emmy®.
In partnership with Karate Kid Oscar® nominated star
Pat Morita, John created the Warner Brothers Television / ABC drama series OHARA.
The show ran in prime time for two seasons, 26 one-hour episodes produced.
Pat, who starred in Captive Hearts, an MGM movie written by John & Pat and produced by John, asked John to develop a drama series idea for the ABC network. ABC had given a green-light to Brian Grazer and Warner Bros TV for an unspecified one-hour series to star Pat.
While Karate Kid II was filming in Hawaii John wrote a concept / treatment titled OHARA. When Pat heard the premise then read John's treatment, he loved it. A meeting was called by Brian Grazer with Warner Bros TV president, Alan Shayne, and ABC. John presented the project in Pat's absence and the series was born.
Appearing with Pat were Catherine Keener, Miguel Ferrer and Rachel Ticotin.
Elixir Entertainment's projects have received festival laurels including:
Festival of Shorts
Ciudad de Mexico International Film Festival
NYC International Screenplay Awards
LA International Screenplay Awards
San Francisco Arthouse
Shorts Festival Sept. 2023