Mark Amin is an Iranian–American motion picture producer and distributor. He formed Vidmark Entertainment in the early 1980s which handled mainly video releases, and was a pioneer in home video entertainment. In 1985, Amin changed the name of Vidmark to Trimark Holdings Inc. This company eventually formed home video divisions, as well as Trimark Pictures, Amin’s own independent theatrical motion picture production and distribution company.
As Chairman and CEO of Trimark Pictures, Amin’s company specialized in producing and distributing genre films including Demonwarp (1988) starring Academy Award winning actor, George Kennedy, which was the first film executive produced by Amin, Warlock (1988) starring Julian Sands in the title role, which followed with a successful 1993 sequel, Warlock: The Armageddon (1993). Other noteworthy films that Amin distributed under his Trimark banner to great success included Leprechaun (1993), which spawned five sequels; The Dentist (1996), which became a surprise hit on HBO, Eve’s Bayou (1996) starring Samuel L. Jackson and Frida (2002), which was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning two.
In 2000 Trimark Pictures merged with Lionsgate Entertainment Lionsgate, in which Amin became the largest single shareholder. Mr. Amin presently sits on the board of directors for Lionsgate, and serves as Vice Chairman.
In 2001 he started his own independent production company, Sobini Films, which has produced independent films including The Prince and Me (2004), starring Julie Stiles and Peaceful Warrior (2006), starring Nick Nolte.