Marc Platt (producer)

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Marc E. Platt
Born (1957-04-14) April 14, 1957 (age 65)
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. 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.[1]

Early life[edit]

Platt was born and raised in a Conservative Jewish home[2][3][4] in Pikesville, Maryland, the son of Sue Ellen (née Sezzin), a schoolteacher, and Howard Platt, who worked in the retail shoe business.[2][5] He has an older brother and a younger sister.[5] 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.[6]


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.[7]

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[6] and the 2008 Broadway revival of the musical Pal Joey with the Roundabout Theatre Company.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Platt and his wife Julie (née Beren) also a Penn graduate and trustee of the university,[9] 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.[10]

The Platts have five children, including actor and singer Ben Platt.


He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Credit Notes
1987 Campus Man Executive producer
2001 Josie and the Pussycats
Legally Blonde
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
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
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
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 Executive producer Direct-to-video
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 Thunder Force
Dear Evan Hansen
2022 Better Nate Than Ever
2023 The Little Mermaid
2024 Wicked: Part One
2025 Wicked: Part Two
TBA Be My Baby[11]
Everything's Coming Up Profits[12]
Grim Night[14]
Irena Sendler[15]
Legally Blonde 3
Little Shop of Horrors
Oliver Twist Co-producer
Once on This Island[16]
Small Great Things[18]
Snow White
The Bear[19]
The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara
The Leading Man[20]
The Magic School Bus
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz[21]
Wanted 2[22]
Winter's Knight[23]
Year Film Role
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
2020 Ben Platt Live from Radio City Music Hall Concert film


Year Title Credit Notes
2002 MDs Executive producer
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
Year Title Role
2017 Curb Your Enthusiasm Musical Director
Year Title Role
2020 Saturday Night Seder Special thanks
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]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ a b 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.
  3. ^ Bloom, Nate (February 25, 2016). "The tribe at the Oscars, 2016". Times of Israel.
  4. ^ Wolfsiz, Francine (February 27, 2017). "La La Land: Who knew it was so Jewish". Times of Israel.
  5. ^ a b "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.
  6. ^ a b Hughes, Samuel. "COVER STORY: Passion Plays". Pennsylvania Gazette. May/June 2006.
  7. ^ Empire Falls cast biography. HBO Films.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "UPenn Trustees". University of Pennsylvania.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ 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".
  12. ^ "Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig set for Everything Is Coming Up Profits". Flickering Myth. December 20, 2016.
  13. ^ 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".
  14. ^ "Dennis Gansel Plans Grim Night". August 7, 2012.
  15. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (October 11, 2019). "Gal Gadot Forms Pilot Wave With Jaron Varsano; She'll Star In & Produce 'Irena Sendler' For Warner Bros".
  16. ^ McPhee, Ryan (July 30, 2020). "Film Adaptation of Once On This Island in the Works at Disney+". Playbill.
  17. ^ Kroll, Justin (June 26, 2019). "'Hobbs and Shaw' Co-Writer Drew Pearce to Direct New Thriller 'Quartermaster' for Netflix (EXCLUSIVE)".
  18. ^ "La La Land producer enlists Viola Davis and Julia Roberts for Small Great Things". Flickering Myth. February 3, 2017.
  19. ^ Galuppo, Mia (January 30, 2020). "Amblin, Marc Platt Team for High School Comedy 'The Bear' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  20. ^ "Justin Lin to Develop THE LEADING MAN comic adaptation for Universal". GeekTyrant.
  21. ^ Rubin, Rebecca (February 9, 2021). "'Wizard of Oz' Remake in the Works at New Line With Director Nicole Kassell".
  22. ^ "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.
  23. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (February 25, 2015). "'Star Trek 3's Patrick McKay, J.D. Payne To Rewrite L. Frank Baum's 'Winter's Knight'".

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