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Ivan Reitman's Midas touch

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His movies might be puerile, but the money they pull in is anything but. Adolescent humour has been lucrative for Canadian film producer and director Ivan Reitman, who brought moviegoers the low-budget, high-gross movies Animal House and Meatballs. Reitman started making films in university and kept going, and by 1984 he was shooting what would be his biggest smash yet. This 1984 profile for CBC-TV's The Journal visits Reitman on the set of Ghostbusters to discuss his golden approach to comedy.

• Reitman was a producer of the films Shivers (1975) and Rabid (1977), both early efforts by Canadian director David Cronenberg.

Ghostbusters captured the second-highest gross among movies released in 1984, falling behind Beverly Hills Cop.

• Reitman, who moved to Los Angeles in 1979, won a special Genie Award for his achievements in film in 1985. "It's wonderful and heartwarming," he said upon news of the Genie. "It's really nice, especially coming out of Canada." Reitman received the only standing ovation of the night at the awards ceremony.

• Reitman's son, Jason Reitman, is also a movie director. Among his hits are Thank You for Smoking (2005),  Juno (2007), and Up in the Air (2009). 
Medium: Television
Program: The Journal
Broadcast Date: Jan. 26, 1984
Host: Keith Morrison
Reporter: Nadine Berger
Guests: Rick Moranis, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Dan Goldberg, Marvin Antonowski, Jay Scott, Harold Ramis
Duration: 9:30

Last updated: September 8, 2014

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