Marc E. Platt (born April 14, 1957) is an American producer who has worked in film, theatre, and television. Three of the films he has produced – Bridge of Spies, La La Land, and The Trial of the Chicago 7 – have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. He won the Tony Award for Best Musical for serving as a producer for the Broadway productions of The Band's Visit and Michael R. Jackson's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Strange Loop.
Marc E. Platt
|Born||April 14, 1957|
Pikesville, Maryland, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania|
NYU School of Law
|Occupation||Film, television and theatre producer|
|Children||5; including Ben|
Platt was born and raised in a Conservative Jewish home in Pikesville, Maryland, the son of Sue Ellen (née Sezzin), a schoolteacher, and Howard Platt, who worked in the retail shoe business. He has an older brother and a younger sister. He graduated from Pikesville High School in 1975 and the University of Pennsylvania in 1979, where he was a member of the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club. He then earned his Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law and began his career as an entertainment attorney.
He started producing in theatre, before moving into film. He has served as president of production for three movie studios: Orion Pictures, TriStar Pictures, and Universal Studios. Platt has since formed his own production company, Marc Platt Productions, within the Universal realm and continues to pursue creative projects. His company is responsible for the Legally Blonde films and the HBO miniseries Empire Falls.
He was executive producer of the two-part docudrama The Path to 9/11, shown on ABC on the five-year anniversary of 9/11 on September 10 and 11, 2006. The film was controversial and accused of having a political agenda and fictionalizing the events leading up to the September 11, 2001 attacks, especially those involving the Clinton administration.
Platt and his wife Julie (née Beren) also a Penn graduate and trustee of the university, live in the Los Angeles area. They funded the construction of a performing arts rehearsal and performance space on the campus, the Platt Student Performing Arts House. Platt is a Penn Glee Club alumnus and supporter. His company has taken at least one Penn student intern a year since its inception.
The Platts have five children, including actor and singer Ben Platt.
He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.
|1991||The Addams Family||Special thanks|
|2016||The Comedian||The producers wish to thank the following for their assistance|
- Cameo appearances
|2001||Inside 'Legally Blonde'||Documentary|
|2003||The Hair That Ate Hollywood||Documentary|
|2004||Wicked: The Road to Broadway||Documentary|
|2007||ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway||Documentary|
|2020||Ben Platt Live from Radio City Music Hall||Concert film|
|2003||Mr. Ambassador||Executive producer||Television film|
|Legally Blonde||Executive producer||Television pilot|
|2005||Empire Falls||Executive producer|
|Once Upon a Mattress||Executive producer||Television film|
|2006||The Path to 9/11||Executive producer|
|2009−10||Taking the Stage||Executive producer|
|2016||Grease: Live||Executive producer||Television special|
|2017||A Christmas Story Live!||Executive producer||Television special|
|2018||Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert||Executive producer||Television special|
|A Very Wicked Halloween||Executive producer||Television special|
|2019||Rent Live!||Executive producer||Television special|
|2021||Oslo||Executive producer||Television film|
- As an actor
|2017||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Musical Director|
|2020||Saturday Night Seder||Special thanks|
- Cameo appearances
|2004||Broadway: The American Musical||Episode: "Putting It Together"|
|2008||Max on Set: Wanted||Documentary|
Theatre and musical productionsEdit
- 1983: Total Abandon (play, associate producer)
- 2003–present: Wicked (musical)
- 2006: Three Days of Rain (play)
- 2008–2009: Pal Joey (musical, associate producer)
- 2014: If/Then (musical)
- 2016: Oh, Hello on Broadway (Play)
- 2017: War Paint (musical)
- 2017: Indecent (play)
- 2017–2019: The Band's Visit (musical)
- 2021-present: A Strange Loop (musical)
- Jacobs, Julia (June 12, 2022). "Tony Awards 2022 Live Updates: 'A Strange Loop' Wins Best Musical". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 13, 2022.
- Berrin, Danielle (February 23, 2016). "Producer Marc Platt: The man behind "Wicked" and "Bridge of Spies" aspires to great art". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles.
Platt grew up in an observant Conservative home in Maryland, where his family kept a kosher home, celebrated Shabbat and went to shul often.
- Bloom, Nate (February 25, 2016). "The tribe at the Oscars, 2016". Times of Israel.
- Wolfsiz, Francine (February 27, 2017). "La La Land: Who knew it was so Jewish". Times of Israel.
- "On April 25, 2019, Sue Ellen Platt (née Sezzin); loving wife of Howard Platt; cherished mother of Dr. Jeffrey (Pamela) Platt, Marc (Julie) Platt, & Wendy (Scott) Newberger;". The Baltimore Sun. April 26, 2019.
- Hughes, Samuel. "COVER STORY: Passion Plays". Pennsylvania Gazette. May/June 2006.
- Empire Falls cast biography. HBO Films.
- Jones, Kenneth. "Hoff Is Broadway's New Pal Joey, With Stockard Channing and Martha Plimpton, at Studio 54" Archived 2008-06-22 at the Wayback Machine. Playbill. June 19, 2008.
- "UPenn Trustees". University of Pennsylvania.
- "Lead Gift Creates a Permanent Home for Student Performing Arts at Penn" Archived 2017-06-16 at the Wayback Machine. University of Pennsylvania (September 2005); accessed April 30, 2017.
- Fleming, Mike Jr. (September 29, 2020). "Zendaya In Talks To Play Ronnie Spector In A24 Film About Iconic Singer; Label Acquires Life Rights & 'Be My Baby' Autobiography".
- "Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig set for Everything Is Coming Up Profits". Flickering Myth. December 20, 2016.
- Kroll, Justin (February 4, 2021). "Michelle Williams To Play Peggy Lee In Todd Haynes Directed Biopic 'Fever'; MGM In Talks To Acquire, Billie Eilish In Early Discussions To Exec Produce".
- "Dennis Gansel Plans Grim Night". ComingSoon.net. August 7, 2012.
- Fleming, Mike Jr. (October 11, 2019). "Gal Gadot Forms Pilot Wave With Jaron Varsano; She'll Star In & Produce 'Irena Sendler' For Warner Bros".
- McPhee, Ryan (July 30, 2020). "Film Adaptation of Once On This Island in the Works at Disney+". Playbill.
- Kroll, Justin (June 26, 2019). "'Hobbs and Shaw' Co-Writer Drew Pearce to Direct New Thriller 'Quartermaster' for Netflix (EXCLUSIVE)".
- "La La Land producer enlists Viola Davis and Julia Roberts for Small Great Things". Flickering Myth. February 3, 2017.
- Galuppo, Mia (January 30, 2020). "Amblin, Marc Platt Team for High School Comedy 'The Bear' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Justin Lin to Develop THE LEADING MAN comic adaptation for Universal". GeekTyrant.
- Rubin, Rebecca (February 9, 2021). "'Wizard of Oz' Remake in the Works at New Line With Director Nicole Kassell".
- "Daily Podcast: Comic-Con@Home, Gone with the Wind, Evil Dead Now, Wanted 2, Dracula, AMC Theatres, and the Possible Death Blow to Theatrical Mid-Budget Movies". /Film. June 10, 2020.
- Fleming, Mike Jr. (February 25, 2015). "'Star Trek 3's Patrick McKay, J.D. Payne To Rewrite L. Frank Baum's 'Winter's Knight'".