Preston Holmes is an industry veteran with 40 years of experience as a producer, production manager and assistant director on feature films, television movies and documentaries. His production experience runs the gamut from studio features to lower budgeted independent productions shot on locations ranging from Harlem and South Central to Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
After attending Princeton University, Preston left school to enroll in the prestigious Director’s Guild East’s Assistant Director Training Program and then admission to the Guild as an Assistant Director.
Moving from commercial production to features in New York, first as an assistant director and then as production manager, Preston eventually joined Spike Lee’s production team and helped turn out such hits as “Do The Right Thing”, “Mo Betta Blues” and “Jungle Fever”. He has since gone on to Produce or Co-Produce films with some of today’s most outstanding African-American filmmakers; “Juice” with Ernest Dickerson, “Malcolm X” and “Crooklyn” with Spike Lee and “New Jack City”, “Posse” and “Panther” with Mario Van Peebles. In 1992 Preston relocated to Los Angeles to head up Def Pictures for Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan and Polygram Pictures. While at Def, Preston developed and served as Executive Producer for the films “Gridlock’d” and “Def Jam’s How to be a Player”.
Preston also produced the Academy Award nominated documentary “Tupac Resurrection” for MTV Films and Amaru Entertainment, which was released theatrically in 2004. Also in 2004, Preston produced “Sucker Free City”, a movie for Showtime and “She Hate Me”, a feature film for Sony Classics which were both directed by Spike Lee. Also in the summer of 2004 Preston was Associate Producer on “Hustle & Flow” an independent feature produced by John Singleton and Stephanie Allain, shot on location in Memphis, TN.
He served as Executive Producer on the Focus Features film “SOMETHING NEW” – starring Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker; “ILLEGAL TENDER” – written and directed by Franc Reyes and produced by John Singleton, as Producer of the film “WAIST DEEP”, with Tyrese Gibson and Meagan Goode, also for Focus Features, as Unit Production Manager of “THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES” and as Executive Producer/Line Producer on “WE THE PEEPLES” for Lionsgate Films and Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Films.
Most recently Preston served as Executive Producer for the box office hit BEST MAN HOLIDAY and served as the Creative Producer for BIRTH OF A NATION. BIRTH OF NATION won the top prizes at Sundance 2016 and broke a sales record having been sold for $17.5 million to Fox Searchlight. Recently Preston Executive Produced the Almost Christmas and the box office hit Girls Trip for Universal/ Will Packer Productions.