Marc Platt (producer)
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|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|
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
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 lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Julie (née Beren), and their five children, including actor Ben Platt. Marc and his wife, also a Penn graduate and trustee of the university, 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.
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|
- 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 productions
- 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)
- 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.