Joseph Drake is the co-founder of Good Universe, an independent full-service motion picture financing, production and global sales company. Drake formed the company in May 2012 with former Mandate Pictures partner, Nathan Kahane.
The company was formed with the capital to fully finance films, a development slate of over 15 feature films, and the continuity of an executive team that have launched 70 films and generated over $4.5 billion in worldwide box office. Within the company's first month of business, Good Universe financed the comedy Last Vegas with partner CBS Films featuring an Academy Award–winning cast including Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, and Mary Steenburgen.
Drake and Kahane formed Good Universe with a two pronged feature film strategy including a franchise-building strategy Drake pioneered as President of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, which resulted in the global box office hit The Expendables, and global juggernaut The Hunger Games franchise. In addition to franchises, Good Universe continues to focus on the kinds of niche movies that brought acclaim and significant profitability for its predecessor company Mandate Pictures, which include such Academy Award nominated films as Juno.