David Linde is the CEO of Lava Bear Films as a film production and financing company developing projects specifically designed for the global marketplace. Lava Bear has ties to major studios and distributors as well as companies that are shaping the future of film, including Lava Bear's primary equity participant, Reliance Entertainment.
Over the course of 2010, Linde also served as executive producer of Alejandro GonzÃ¡lez IÃ±Ã¡rritu's Academy Award nominated Biutiful, producer of Fernando Meirelles' 360, and executive producer of Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War starring Christian Bale.
As an executive, he most recently served as chairman of Universal Pictures. During his tenure, Universal significantly grew its international distribution platform across all media and launched Universal's family/animation banner, Illumination Entertainment.
Prior to Universal, Linde simultaneously served as co-president of Focus Features and president of its genre production unit, Rogue Pictures. Linde oversaw a slate that featured Roman Polanski's The Pianist, Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation and Fernando Meirelles' The Constant Gardener, as well as Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain. During Linde's tenure at Focus, the company was honored with 53 Oscar nominations resulting in 11 Academy Awards. In 2008, Linde oversaw the sale of Rogue Pictures to Relativity Media.