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Allison Shearmur

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Allison Shearmur
Allison Ivy Brecker

(1963-10-23)October 23, 1963
Died(2018-01-19)January 19, 2018 (aged 54)
Other namesAlli Shearmur
Occupation(s)Film executive, producer
Years active1994–2018
SpouseEdward Shearmur

Allison Ivy Shearmur (also known as Alli Shearmur; née Brecker; October 23, 1963 – January 19, 2018) was an American film executive and producer.

Working for companies including Walt Disney Studios, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate, her production work involved such films as the American Pie and Jason Bourne franchises, The Hunger Games films, the live-action remake of Cinderella, as well as the Star Wars anthology films Rogue One and Solo.[1][2]

Formative years and family life[edit]

Allison Ivy Brecker was one of the quadruplets born to Martin and Rhoda Brecker on October 23, 1963. She grew up in a traditional Jewish household,[3] and attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School. After completing her Juris Doctor at the USC Gould School of Law, she became a member of the State Bar of California. While at university, she entered a campus contest and won first prize, lunch with Stanley Jaffe, an executive at Columbia Pictures. Jaffe became a lifelong mentor and role model for Shearmur.[3]

She married film composer Edward Shearmur, with whom she had two children. In 2014, the Shearmurs had a house featured in House Beautiful.[4]


After graduation, Allison Shearmur was participated in a young executive management initiative, and was subsequently selected to become a manager in the comedy development department at Columbia TriStar. She worked at Disney as a vice-president between 1994 and 1997, where she worked on movies including George of the Jungle.[2] She then joined Universal as an executive vice-president of production, and worked on Along Came Polly, Erin Brockovich and the American Pie and Bourne series.[2]

Shearmur also worked for two years at Paramount as co-president of production, where she was responsible for the studio's literary productions such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Stop-Loss, Zodiac, Dreamgirls, Charlotte's Web, Nacho Libre, and Failure to Launch.[5] In 2008, she moved to Lionsgate as president of motion picture production. While at Lionsgate she produced the first two Hunger Games movies, then executive produced the final two.[2]

Shearmur formed her own production company, Allison Shearmur Productions.[1][2] In 2017, her company executive produced the television movie Dirty Dancing.[2]

Illness and death[edit]

Allison Shearmur developed lung cancer and died from the disease at the age of fifty-four on January 19, 2018, at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.[1][2] The films Solo: A Star Wars Story, The One and Only Ivan and Chaos Walking were dedicated to her memory.


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Stop-Loss executive producer
2011 Abduction executive producer
2012 The Hunger Games president of production
What to Expect When You're Expecting executive producer
2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire executive producer
2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 executive producer
2015 Cinderella producer
The Clan of the Cave Bear executive producer
A Tale of Love and Darkness executive producer
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 executive producer
2016 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies producer
Nerve producer
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story producer
2017 Power Rangers executive producer
Dirty Dancing executive producer
2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story producer Posthumous release
2020 The One and Only Ivan producer
2021 Chaos Walking producer


  1. ^ a b c Kit, Borys; Kilday, Gregg (January 19, 2018). "'Star Wars' and 'Hunger Games' Producer Allison Shearmur Dies at 54". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g McNary, Dave (January 19, 2018). "Allison Shearmur, 'Rogue One,' 'Hunger Games' Producer, Dies at 54". Variety. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  3. ^ a b McCallum, Madeline (November 26, 2012). "Penn Media and Entertainment Week Presents Allison Shearmur". Her Campus. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  4. ^ Bray, Sarah (February 24, 2014). "Inside A Hunger Games Producer's LA Pad". House Beautiful. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  5. ^ Loughrey, Clarisse (January 20, 2018). "Star Wars and Hunger Games producer Allison Shearmur dies, aged 54". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2018-01-21. Retrieved January 20, 2018.

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