||This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. (August 2010)|
An accomplished American film and television producer, Laurence Mark is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-nominated, Golden Globe-winning producer of such acclaimed hits as Julie & Julia, Dreamgirls, I, Robot, As Good as It Gets and Jerry Maguire.
Life and career
Mark most recently produced Last Vegas starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline and directed by Jon Turteltaub. Prior to that, he produced Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams and written and directed by Nora Ephron.
With Bill Condon, Mark served as producer of the well-received Hugh Jackman-hosted 81st Annual Academy Awards which earned him an Emmy nomination. The show itself received ten Emmy nominations, a record for this annual telecast, and won four of them.
Before that, Mark produced Dreamgirls, starring Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles and Eddie Murphy and written and directed by Bill Condon. The film 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, starring Tom Cruise and written and directed by Cameron Crowe, and he executive-produced two other Academy Award nominees for Best Picture, As Good as It Gets, starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear and written and directed by James L. Brooks, and Working Girl, starring Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver and Melanie Griffith and directed by Mike Nichols.
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 on the USA Network. The show received four Emmy nominations, winning one for Ellen Burstyn as Best Supporting Actress.
Mark has produced I, Robot starring Will Smith and directed by Alex Proyas, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion starring Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow, Last Holiday starring Queen Latifah and directed by Wayne Wang, and The Lookout starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and written and directed by Scott Frank which won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.
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 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, 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.
- 1987, Black Widow (executive producer)
- 1988, My Stepmother Is an Alien (executive producer)
- 1988, Working Girl (executive producer)
- 1989, Cookie (producer)
- 1989, Sweet Bird of Youth (TV) (executive producer)
- 1990, Mr. Destiny (executive producer)
- 1991, True Colors (producer)
- 1991, One Good Cop (producer)
- 1993, The Adventures of Huck Finn (producer)
- 1993, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (executive producer)
- 1994, Gunmen (producer)
- 1995, Tom and Huck (producer)
- 1995, Cutthroat Island (producer)
- 1996, Jerry Maguire (producer)
- 1997, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (producer)
- 1997, Oliver Twist (TV) (executive producer)
- 1997, As Good as It Gets (executive producer)
- 1998, Deep Rising (producer)
- 1998, The Object of My Affection (producer)
- 1998, Simon Birch (producer)
- 1999, Anywhere but Here (producer)
- 1999, Bicentennial Man (producer)
- 2000, Hanging Up (producer)
- 2000, Center Stage (producer)
- 2000, Finding Forrester (producer)
- 2001, These Old Broads (TV) (executive producer)
- 2001, Glitter (producer)
- 2001, Riding in Cars with Boys (producer)
- 2004, I, Robot (producer)
- 2006, Last Holiday (producer)
- 2006, Dreamgirls (producer)
- 2007, The Lookout (producer)
- 2009, Julie & Julia (producer)
- 2010, How Do You Know (producer)
- 2012, Political Animals (executive producer)
- 2013, Last Vegas (producer)
Awards and Nominations
|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|