Co-Founder & CEO
Ben Affleck has been recognized for his work as a director, actor, writer, and producer. He is the recipient of two Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards, a Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award, and two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, among other accolades.
In 2022, Affleck and Matt Damon teamed to launch Artists Equity, an artist-led studio that creates entrepreneurial partnerships with filmmakers to empower their creative vision. Serving as Chief Executive Officer, Affleck oversees all aspects of the company in its pursuit of its core principles of broadening access to profit participation and fueling IP monetization through creator partnerships.
The first film produced under their new banner is AIR, the critically acclaimed, fact-based feature about the game-changing 1984 shoe deal between Nike and then-rookie Michael Jordan. Affleck directed and stars in the film, which also stars Damon, Viola Davis, Jason Bateman, Marlon Wayans, and Chris Tucker. AIR premiered at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival, where it received a prolonged standing ovation.
Artists Equity has a number of projects in various stages of development, including Apple’s THE INSTIGATORS, which Damon and Affleck will produce, with Damon also starring alongside Casey Affleck, and SMALL THINGS LIKE THESE, the Cillian Murphy-led adaptation of Claire Keegan’s acclaimed novel.
Affleck’s recent acting credits include starring in THE TENDER BAR and THE WAY BACK, earning nominations for a SAG Award and Critics’ Choice Award, respectively. He also starred in three films as DC’s iconic superhero Batman, and alter-ego Bruce Wayne, and will reprise his role in Andy Muschietti’s upcoming THE FLASH and James Wan’s AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM.
Together with Damon, Affleck wrote, produced, and starred in the 2021 historical drama THE LAST DUEL, for director Ridley Scott. As part of a major advertising partnership between Artists Equity and Dunkin’ Donuts, he also recently produced, directed, and starred in the brand’s first-ever Super Bowl commercial.
Early in Affleck’s career, he and Damon won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for GOOD WILL HUNTING, which they also led. After making his feature film directorial debut on the 2007 drama GONE BABY GONE, which he also scripted, Affleck went on to write, direct, and star in the dramas THE TOWN and LIVE BY NIGHT, the latter of which he also produced.
Other of Affleck’s acting credits include his acclaimed portrayal of George Reeves in HOLLYWOODLAND, as well as roles in John Madden’s Oscar winner SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, ARMAGEDDON, PEARL HARBOR, EXTRACT, Terrence Malick’s TO THE WONDER, David Fincher’s GONE GIRL, THE ACCOUNTANT, TRIPLE FRONTIER, and DEEP WATER.
In 2000, Affleck partnered with Damon, Chris Moore, and Sean Bailey to form LivePlanet. Their first endeavor, Project Greenlight for HBO, earned Emmy Award nominations for each of its first three seasons.
Affleck’s own Pearl Street Productions co-produced such films as PROMISED LAND, directed by Gus Van Sant and written and produced by Damon and John Krasinski, JASON BOURNE, and the Academy Award-nominated drama MANCHESTER BY THE SEA. The company also co-produced Incorporated for the Syfy Channel and Showtime’s drama series City on A Hill, among other projects.
Outside of his successful film career, Affleck is also a passionate advocate and philanthropist who supports many charitable organizations. In March 2010, he founded the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), the first U.S.-based advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused on the mission of helping the people of eastern Congo support local community-based approaches that create a sustainable and successful society in the long-troubled region.