Marc Platt (producer)

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Marc Platt
Born (1957-04-14) April 14, 1957 (age 62)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
NYU School of Law
OccupationFilm, television and theatre producer
Spouse(s)Julie Beren
Children5, including Ben

Marc E. Platt (born April 14, 1957) is an American producer who has worked in film, theatre, and television. Two of the films he has produced – Bridge of Spies and La La Land – have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Early life and education[edit]

Platt was born and raised in Pikesville, Maryland, the son of Sue Ellen (Sezzin), a schoolteacher, and Howard Platt, who worked in the retail shoe business.[1] He has an older brother (Jeffrey) and a younger sister (Wendy). His family is Jewish.[2][3][4] He graduated from Pikesville High School in 1975 and the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. He was an avid member of the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club during his time at the university. After graduation, he went on to and graduated from New York University law school and began his career as an entertainment attorney.[5]

Career[edit]

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.[6]

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 is also producer of the Broadway hit musical Wicked[5] and the 2008 Broadway revival of the musical Pal Joey with the Roundabout Theatre Company.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Platt lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Julie (Beren), and their five children, including actors Jonah Platt, who starred as Fiyero in Wicked, and Ben Platt of Pitch Perfect, The Book of Mormon, and Dear Evan Hansen. Marc and his wife, also a Penn graduate and trustee of the university,[8] 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 supporter. His company has taken at least one Penn student intern a year since its inception.[9]

Filmography[edit]

All films, he was producer unless otherwise noted.

Film[edit]

Year Film Notes
1987 Campus Man Executive producer
2001 Josie and the Pussycats
Legally Blonde
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
Honey
2005 Happy Endings Co-producer
The Perfect Man
2007 The Seeker
2008 Wanted
Rachel Getting Married
2009 Legally Blondes Direct-to-video
The Other Woman
Nine
2010 Cop Out
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Charlie St. Cloud
2011 Drive
Honey 2 Executive producer
2013 Evidence
2 Guns
2014 Song One
Winter's Tale
We'll Never Have Paris Executive producer
Lost River
Mockingbird
Into the Woods
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks Executive producer
2015 Ricki and the Flash
Bridge of Spies
2016 La La Land
Honey 3: Dare to Dance Direct-to-video
Executive producer
The Girl on the Train
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
2018 Hotel Artemis
Nappily Ever After
Mary Poppins Returns
2019 Aladdin Executive producer
2020 The Trial of the Chicago 7
2021 Cruella
Wicked
TBA
Dear Evan Hansen
Oliver Twist Co-producer
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara
The Little Mermaid
Thunder Force
Thanks
Year Film Notes
1991 The Addams Family Special thanks
2016 The Comedian The producers wish to thank the following for their assistance
Cameo appearances
Year Film Notes
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

Television[edit]

Year Title Notes
2002 MDs Executive producer
2003 Mr. Ambassador Television film
Executive producer
Legally Blonde Television pilot
Executive producer
2005 Empire Falls Executive producer
Once Upon a Mattress Television film
Executive producer
2006 The Path to 9/11 Executive producer
2009−10 Taking the Stage Executive producer
2016 Grease: Live Television special
Executive producer
2017 A Christmas Story Live! Television special
Executive producer
2018 Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert Television special
Executive producer
A Very Wicked Halloween Television special
Executive producer
2019 Rent Live! Television special
Executive producer
As an actor
Year Title Role
2017 Curb Your Enthusiasm Musical Director
Cameo appearances
Year Title Notes
2001 Backstage Pass
2004 Broadway: The American Musical Episode: "Putting It Together"
2008 Max on Set: Wanted Documentary

Theatre and musical productions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/baltimoresun/obituary.aspx?n=sue-ellen-platt&pid=192713043&fhid=4743
  2. ^ Jewish Journal: "Producer Marc Platt: The man behind “Wicked” and “Bridge of Spies” aspires to great art" by Danielle Berrin February 23, 2016
  3. ^ Jewish Weekly: "The tribe goes to the Oscars" by Nate Bloom February 13, 2017
  4. ^ Times of Israel: "La La Land: Who knew it was so Jewish" by Francine Wolfsiz February 27, 2017
  5. ^ a b Hughes, Samuel. "COVER STORY: Passion Plays". Pennsylvania Gazette. May/June 2006.
  6. ^ Empire Falls cast biography. HBO Films.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "UPenn Trustees". University of Pennsylvania.
  9. ^ "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.

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