Mr. Darian is an Executive, Producer and Businessman in the Entertainment Industry who has owned and operated several companies, and who has served in many senior management positions for publicly-traded and privately-held companies, alike.
As Chairman & CEO of Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, Inc., Mr. Darian currently presides over six operating divisions, which includes — Occidental Studios, Occidental Lighting & Grip, Occidental Technologies, Albert Sweet Development, Prop Services West, and Tricor Entertainment. Its assets & operations include fourteen sound stages and roughly three dozen office buildings comprised of over a million square feet of production, editorial, and creative office space. Through its non-entertainment operations, Occidental Entertainment Group owns properties throughout the Country.
As Chairman & CEO of Tricor Entertainment (now the content Division of Occidental Entertainment Group), Mr. Darian has Produced several films starring many prominent actors, including Academy Award Winners Robert DeNiro, Anthony Hopkins, Kathy Bates, F. Murray Abraham, Mercedes Ruehl, Lee Grant, Cloris Leachman, Martin Landau, and Rita Moreno. Among Mr. Darian’s more than 100 International Distribution credits are: King Kong, Spider-Man, Pirates of The Caribbean, Pearl Harbor, Gladiator, Mission Impossible, The Mummy, Jurassic Park III, Hulk, War of the Worlds, Tomb Raider, Meet The Parents and Shakespeare In Love. Affiliated companies formerly owned and operated by Tricor Entertainment are: Cinema 1 Theater Circuit and ChinaAmerica Film Distributors — both Asia-based operations.
As Chairman & CEO of Darian Management Group, a diversified Management & Business Consulting Firm, Mr. Darian has represented a wide range of clients doing business in the Motion Picture, Television and Music Industries. Among the Studio Facilities and Technical-Service Companies that Mr. Darian has owned, operated, and/or represented in a senior capacity during the past three decades are: Glen Glenn Studios (Republic Corporation/NYSE), Todd-AO (UACI/Nasdaq), Lucasfilms’ Skywalker Sound, Record Plant, Republic Studios, Matrix Studios, Ryder Sound, AME/All Post and the Sound Divisions at Paramount Studios, Walt Disney Studios, CBS/MTM Studios and Marvel Entertainment. Corporate Clients have included: Pacific Capital, Westar Capital, Reprise Capital, Banque Audi, Cedars Bank, Ramsey Shilling, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, CMG Worldwide, Omni Hotel, etc.
Mr. Darian’s 50% stakeholder interest in Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings is held through his wholly-owned company, DMG Holdings, Inc. – in which he is Chairman & CEO. DMG Holdings owns 100% of Darian Management Group and other non-entertainment related assets & operations.
Mr. Darian is a longtime voting Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Producers Guild of America, Television Academy, and Los Angeles County Bar Association, where he serves on the DRS Panel of Arbitrators. He serves, or has also served, on the Board of Directors for several Civic & Philanthropic organizations, including the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, where he was Chairman of the Management Committee; Shakespeare Center LA, where he was President Of The Board and Co-Chairman of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee; The Salvation Army, where he is on the Los Angeles Metro Board; Hollywood Entertainment Sports League, where he was Commissioner; Republic Corporation Credit Union, where he was Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Technion University, where he serves on the International Board of Governors; St. Anne’s Family Services, Board of Directors & Leadership Committee; Presidential Council Against Teenage Smoking, appointed by President Clinton and reaffirmed by President Bush; and the Hollywood Sign Trust and Hollywood Historic Trust that separately oversee the Hollywood Sign and Walk of Fame, where he was Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He is currently a Trustee with The Washington Institute and Institute of National Security Studies (“INSS”).
In June, 2013, Mr. Darian was honored as a “Hero of Hollywood” by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, along with screen legend, Debbie Reynolds. In May 2014, he was honored with the “Courageous Leadership Award” by Women Against Gun Violence. In October 2017, he was honored by New Directions For Veterans with the “Community Hero Award,” along with Congresswoman Maxine Waters. In April 2019, he was honored by St. Anne’s with its “Angel Award,” along with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. In June 2019, he was honored by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International as a “Paul Harris Fellow.” In December 2022, he was honored by The Salvation Army with its “Others Award” for “Hope & Inspiration.” In March 2023, he was honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Hollywood Community Foundation with its Legacy Award.
Mr. Darian lives in Pasadena with his wife Kimberly – they’ve been married since 1975 and have 3 children & 5 grandchildren.
- ➯ Chairman & CEO
- Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, Inc. (50% Owner)
- ➯ Chairman & CEO
- DMG Holdings, Inc. – Darian Management Group (100% Owner)
Distributor (Produced 6 Feature Films w/ several Academy Award winning & nominated Actors; and Distributed over 100 major Feature Films in S.E. Asia)
➯ St. Anne’s Family Services – Board & Leadership Committee
➯ Technion University – International Board of Governors
➯ American Technion Society – Western Region – Board
➯ Hollywood Community Foundation – Board & Development Committee
➯ Institute of National Security Studies (INSS – Tel Aviv University)
➯ Hebrew University
➯ Hollywood Sign Trust (Hollywood Sign) & Hollywood Historic Trust (Walk of Fame) – Chairman – Board of Trustees
➯ Shakespeare Center LA – President of the Board / Executive Committee
➯ Hollywood Entertainment Sports League – Commissioner
➯ American Heart Association – Hollywood Chapter
➯ Presidential Council Against Teenage Smoking – Appointed by President Clinton and reaffirmed by President Bush
➯ Republic Corporation Credit Union – Chairman – Board of Trustees
➯ Little Hoover Commission – Nominated by California State Senator Kevin de Leon, President Pro Tem
➯ Television Academy – Voting Member / Emmys
➯ Producers Guild of America – Producer’s Branch
➯ Los Angeles County Bar Association – Panel Arbitrator / Dispute Resolution Services
➯ Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers
➯ Hollywood Chamber of Commerce – “Hero Of Hollywood” w/ Actress Debbie Reynolds
➯ Women Against Gun Violence – “Courageous Leadership Award”
➯ New Directions For Veterans – “Community Hero Award” w/ U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters
➯ St. Anne’s Family Services – “Angel Award” w/ Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
➯ The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International – Paul Harris Fellow
➯ The Salvation Army – “Others Award” for “Hope & Inspiration.”