November 6, 2009
Joan Hyler is one of the entertainment industry’s most highly regarded executives—and one of the nicest individuals you will ever meet!
Joan created and operates Hyler Management, a boutique talent management and production company. Prior to establishing her own company, for two illustrious decades she was a talent agent and Senior Vice President of the William Morris Agency and International Creative Management. As an agent she represented icons including Andy Warhol, Madonna, Meryl Streep, Bob Dylan and Peter O’Toole. In addition, she was involved with many ground-breaking talents, and was known for developing as well as redefining such careers as Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown), Ricki Lake (The Ricki Lake Show) and Oscar nominee Diane Lane with whom Joan has been involved since her first feature film, A Little Romance, in l979.
As a manager and producer Joan Hyler continues to represent gold standard actors, many of whom have been nominated for or have won Oscars, Tony Awards, Golden Globes and Emmys, and include: Alfred Molina, Amber Tamblyn, Rutger Hauer and Diane Lane. As a producer, Joan co-produced the CBS TV series Ladies Man, with client Alfred Molina; the Miramax feature documentary Get Bruce, which starred writer/performer client Bruce Vilanch; and the feature film Precious Find, starring client Rutger Hauer. She also produced the off-Broadway one-man show Almost Famous.
With great appreciation for her many successes, Joan wanted to “pay it forward” and spearheaded the leadership of several non-profit organizations including the Morning Star Commission, which was originally founded by Hadassah to advocate for a healthier diversity of portrayals of Jewish women in the media and entertainment industry; the National Foundation of Jewish Culture’s Entertainment Council; and the Outreach Program for the Women in Film Foundation, where Joan served as President.
In addition, Joan has played a significant role in the affairs of the entertainment and communications industries and takes pride in sharing her knowledge and experience. She has been teaching for several years at USC where she created a course in representation for their Graduate Program, and has also been a Visiting Professor at Tel Aviv University, UCLA, and several other national and international institutions.