October 22, 1948|
Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||November 6, 1992
Stanton, Texas, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart failure|
(m. 1975; div. 1978)
Lauren Shuler Donner
(m. 1980; div. 1984)
(m. 19??; his death 1992)
|Family||Hannah Weinstein (mother-in-law)|
Mark Rosenberg (October 22, 1948 – November 6, 1992) was an American film producer whose works included The Killing Fields and Presumed Innocent, who was the President of Worldwide Theatrical Production at Warner Bros. in the 1980s.
Early life and education
Rosenberg was born and raised in a Conservative Jewish family, in Passaic, New Jersey, where he attended Passaic High School, graduating in 1966. He attended Bard College and the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he was an active leader in the Students for a Democratic Society and its protests against United States involvement in the Vietnam War. Mark's younger brother, Alan, became an actor, Alan later said, "to effect social and political change" and eventually became SAG President. Their first cousin, also from Passaic, was musician/songwriter Donald Fagen, co-founder of the group Steely Dan.
He moved to Los Angeles to take a position in film marketing with Seineger & Associates. He was hired as a literary agent with International Creative Management and later with Adams, Ray & Rosenberg.
He became vice president for production at Warner Bros. in 1978. Rosenberg was named by Warner Bros. as the president of movie production in July 1983, making him one of the youngest executives to head the film production division of a major motion picture studio, at the age of 35. Rosenberg replaced Robert Shapiro, whose departure was attributed in industry sources cited by The New York Times as due to poor financial results for the studio's film in the previous 18 months. He left Warner Bros. in September 1985.
He joined Sydney Pollack in 1985 at Mirage Productions, where their first production was the 1988 release Bright Lights, Big City, based on the novel by Jay McInerney. Other films produced at Mirage include Major League and Presumed Innocent.
Spring Creek Productions was formed in 1989 with his wife, producer Paula Weinstein. He met his wife while they were organizing protests at the 1972 Republican National Convention at the event's original planned site in San Diego. The company had a production agreement with Warner Bros., where they produced The Fabulous Baker Boys, and Flesh and Bone, the film he was producing at the time of his death.
Personal life and death
Rosenberg was described as "one of Hollywood's baby moguls" by The New York Times, which noted that "the roll call of achievements in his obituary was of a length befitting an elder statesman of Hollywood".
- The Jewish Journal: "Is SAG’s Rosenberg Serving the Cause, or Wreaking Havoc?" By Danielle Berrin March 18, 2009
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- "In Theater and Politics, Alan Rosenberg Affirms the Lessons of His Undergraduate Years". art/sci by Case Western Reserve. 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2014. art/sci misspells Fagen's name but identification is clear.
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- Hamill, Denis. "FROM COLUMBIA TO SCREEN GEMS H'WOOD PRODUCER PAULA WEINSTEIN EARNED HER ORGANIZATIONAL WINGS AS A CAMPUS RADICAL IN NYC"[permanent dead link], Daily News, March 21, 1999. Accessed December 10, 2008.
- Karlen, Neal. "FILM; Baby Moguls: From Pablum to Porsche", The New York Times, March 21, 1993. Accessed December 10, 2008.