Paradigm Chairman Hosts Bash for 'Furious 7' Director as Film Crosses $1 Billion
Sam Gores welcomed James Wan, Vin Diesel and other industry heavyweights into his Beverly Hills home.
Crossing the $1 billion mark is cause for celebration.
On Thursday, Furious 7 director James Wan got a swanky bash in his honor as the film became the fastest to reach $1 billion at the box office, just 17 days after its release.
Paradigm chairman Sam Gores hosted the event at his Beverly Hills home, where Vin Diesel toasted the director alongside Universals' Jeff Kirschenbaum and Jay Polidoro and Furious 7 producers Neal Moritz, Amanda Lewis and Samantha Vincent.
A number of industry leaders were on hand as well, including Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara, New Line head Toby Emmerich, Lionsgate co-chairman Rob Friedman, Focus CEO Peter Schlessel, Disney's Sam Dickerman, Sony Pictures Doug Belgrad and Matt Milam, Paramount's Ashley Brucks and producers Charles Roven and Mark Burg, among many others.
Furious 7 is the latest in a hot streak for Wan, who has shepherded three other franchises to success — including Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring. He is set to direct The Conjuring 2 for New Line in the fall and is producing Insidious 3.
Wan's team also celebrated at the event, including his point agent at Paradigm, Scott Henderson, manager Stacey Testro, attorney David Fox, and business manager Jeff Wolman.