Oren Koules (born January 31, 1961)[1] is an American entertainment industry and professional sports industry executive. He is president of Evolution Entertainment, producer of the Saw film series. He was also the owner of the Helena Bighorns ice hockey team, and is former part-owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning ice hockey team of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Oren Koules

Personal life

Born in Chicago to Greek[2] immigrants, Koules is divorced but has remarried with one son, Miles, and one daughter, and lives in Los Angeles. He played soccer and starred in hockey at Lyons Township High School (alma mater of David Hasselhoff) in west suburban Chicago before leaving prior to graduation to pursue his dream of playing professional hockey. After his hockey career, he became a commodities trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, where he made the money to enter the entertainment business. He then moved into the entertainment industry in production.[3]

Sports career

He played for six Western Hockey League teams, including the Portland Winter Hawks, the Great Falls Americans, the Medicine Hat Tigers and the Brandon Wheat Kings. In Medicine Hat, he was a teammate of future NHL goaltender Kelly Hrudey. His best year was 1980–81; he scored 28 goals for the Spokane Flyers, and was a teammate of future NHL defenseman Ken Daneyko.

As a member of the Hampton Roads Gulls, Koules played 18 games and scored 6 goals and 21 points[4] during the 1982–83 ACHL season. On the roster was a 24 year old John Tortorella, who would later coach the Tampa Bay Lightning while Koules was part-owner of the team.

Entertainment career

Koules helped found Peak Productions in the mid 1990s. After two hit movies, he became a Vice President of Production with Paramount Pictures. In 1998, he helped found the Evolution Entertainment movie production company with Mark Burg. In 2004, the partnership formed Twisted Pictures to produce movies.[3] He starred in Saw in a small role as a murder victim and in a scene in Saw IV as the same character.

Koules' producer credits include:

  • The Tortured
  • Saw 3D (2010)
  • Saw VI (2009)
  • Saw V (2008)
  • Catacombs (2007)
  • Dead Silence (2007)
  • Saw IV (2007)
  • Saw III (2006)
  • Saw II (2005)
  • Saw (2004)
  • Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003)
  • Lockdown (2003)
  • Love Don't Cost a Thing (2003)[5]

Executive Producer

  • John Q (2002)
  • Run Ronnie Run (2002)
  • Diary of A Sex Addict (2001)
  • Black and White (2000)

Executive Producer

  • Mrs. Winterbourne (1996)
  • Set It Off (1996)
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera

TV producer credits were

  • Love, Inc.
  • Two and a Half Men

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