Filmmaker Akiva Goldsman buys Pacific Palisades home of former MPAA president

Screenwriter-producer Akiva Goldsman, who won an Oscar for the film “A Beautiful Mind,” has bought a home in Pacific Palisades for $8.375 million. The seller was Bob Pisano, the former president of the Screen Actors Guild and head of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, and his wife Carolyn.

Sitting on nearly three quarters of an acre, the Country French-inspired residence was home to Pisano for nearly four decades, records show. It had been listed for $8.195 million prior to the sale.

The roughly 5,800-square-foot house, designed by Peter Choate, includes formal living and dining rooms, a wine cellar, six bedrooms and 5.25 bathrooms. There are three wood-burning fireplaces including one in the master bedroom.


Rows of French doors open to a wide stone patio and a swimming pool and spa. Rose arbors, gardens and a grove of citrus and olive trees fill out the grounds.

Views take in the surrounding canyon and ocean.

Fran Flanagan of Coldwell Banker Previews International was the listing agent. Cindy Ambuehl of The Agency represented the buyer.

Goldsman, 54, has writing credits that include “I, Robot” (2004), “The Da Vinci Code” (2006) and “Insurgent” (2015). He is producing the upcoming film “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” which stars Jude Law, Eric Bana and Charlie Hunnam.

Pisano was president and CEO of the Motion Picture Assn. of America from 2005 to 2011 and, before that, the chief executive of the Screen Actors Guild. More recently, he served as an advisor to the late Tom Sherak, the former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and film czar for Los Angeles.

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