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Laurence Mark (born ca. 1949) is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-nominated, Golden Globe-winning American producer of such acclaimed hit films as Julie & Julia, Dreamgirls, I, Robot, As Good as It Gets and Jerry Maguire.
|Born||ca. 1949 (age 70–71)|
New York, New York, U.S.
Life and careerEdit
Mark most recently produced The Greatest Showman, the movie musical starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Zendaya and directed by Michael Gracey which grossed over $425 million worldwide. In North America, it is the highest-grossing, live-action original movie musical of all time and the third highest-grossing live-action musical of all time.
Prior to that, Mark has produced Last Vegas, starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, and directed by Jon Turteltaub; Flatliners, starring Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev and directed by Niels Arden Oplev; and Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams and written and directed by Nora Ephron.
Mark is currently executive-producing Vivo, an animated musical film with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Directed by Kirk DeMicco, the film is scheduled to be released by Sony Pictures Animation on June 4, 2021.
For television, Mark was an Executive Producer of When We Rise, the critically lauded eight-hour limited series created and written by Dustin Lance Black and starring Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker and Rachel Griffiths which aired earlier this year on ABC.
With Bill Condon, Mark served as producer of the highly regarded Hugh Jackman-hosted 81st Academy Awards which earned him an Emmy nomination. The show itself received ten Emmy nominations and won four of them.
Before that, Mark produced Dreamgirls starring Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles and Eddie Murphy and directed by Bill Condon. The movie won three Golden Globe Awards, including one for Best Picture. It also received eight Academy Award nominations, the most of any movie in its year, and won two of them, including one for Jennifer Hudson as Best Supporting Actress.
Earlier on, Mark received an Academy Award nomination for producing Best Picture nominee Jerry Maguire, and he executive-produced two other Academy Award nominees for Best Picture, As Good as It Gets and Working Girl.
Mark garnered an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe nomination as Executive Producer of Political Animals, a limited series created by Greg Berlanti and starring Sigourney Weaver which aired in 2012 on the USA Network. The show received four Emmy nominations, winning one for Ellen Burstyn as Best Supporting Actress.
Mark has also produced Romy and Michele's High School Reunion , Last Holiday, and The Lookout, which won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. In addition to these films, Mark produced Finding Forrester, The Object of My Affection, Anywhere but Here, The Adventures of Huck Finn, Black Widow and Center Stage (plus its two sequels).
Laurence Mark Productions is headquartered at Sony Pictures Entertainment where the company has a tong-term production arrangement with Columbia Pictures. Mark's other producing credits include Sister Act 2, True Colors, Bicentennial Man, Simon Birch, Riding in Cars with Boys, How Do You Know and the now legendary Glitter starring Mariah Carey.
Prior to producing, Mark held several key publicity and marketing posts at Paramount Pictures, culminating in his being appointed Vice President of West Coast Marketing. He then moved into production, and as Vice President of Production at Paramount and Executive Vice President of Production at Twentieth Century Fox, he was closely involved with the development and production of such films as Terms of Endearment, Trading Places, Falling in Love, The Fly and Broadcast News.
Mark was born in New York City and educated at Eaglebrook School, The Hotchkiss School, and Wesleyan University, from which he graduated in 1971. He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Film from New York University.
He currently resides in Los Angeles and New York.
He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.
|1987||Black Widow||Executive producer|
|1988||My Stepmother Is an Alien||Executive producer|
|Working Girl||Executive producer|
|1990||Mr. Destiny||Executive producer|
|One Good Cop|
|1993||The Adventures of Huck Finn|
|Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit||Executive producer|
|1995||Tom and Huck|
|Silo 3 Jane|
|1997||Romy and Michele's High School Reunion|
|As Good as It Gets||Executive producer|
|The Object of My Affection|
|1999||Anywhere but Here|
|Riding in Cars with Boys|
|2008||Center Stage: Turn It Up|
|2009||Julie & Julia|
|2010||How Do You Know|
|2014||Date and Switch|
|The Greatest Showman|
|Girls' Night Out|
- Miscellaneous crew
|1976||Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood||Assistant: David V. Picker|
|1989||Sweet Bird of Youth||Executive producer||Television film|
|1997||Oliver Twist||Executive producer||Television film|
|2001||These Old Broads||Executive producer||Television film|
|Kiss My Act||Executive producer||Television film|
|2009||81st Academy Awards||Television special|
|2012||Political Animals||Executive producer|
|2015−16||The Art of More||Executive producer|
|2016||Center Stage: On Pointe||Executive producer||Television film|
|2017||When We Rise||Executive producer|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1997||Academy Awards||Best Picture||Jerry Maguire||Nominated|
|2005||Black Reel Awards||Best Film||I, Robot||Nominated|
|2006||Producers Guild of America Awards||Best Theatrical Motion Picture||Dreamgirls||Nominated|
|2007||Black Reel Awards||Best Film||Dreamgirls||Won|
|2008||Independent Spirit Awards||Best First Feature||The Lookout||Won|
|2012||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Miniseries or Movie||Political Animals||Nominated|
- Cieply, Michael (December 31, 2008). "Laurence Mark and Bill Condon Sound the Call to Academy Party Animals". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 5, 2017.