THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION
LAURENCE MARK (Producer) most recently executive
produced "As Good As It Gets," winner of seven Academy
Award nominations, including Best Picture. The film stars Jack
Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear, and is directed by James
L. Brooks. Prior to that he produced "Romy and Michele's
High School Reunion," starring Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow
and Janeane Garofalo and directed by David Mirkin, and the Oscarwinning
"Jerry Maguire," starring Tom Cruise and directed by
Upcoming films for Mark include "A Small Miracle," starring
Ashley Judd, Oliver Platt and Joseph Mazello, directed by Mark
Steven Johnson and suggested by the novel A Prayer For Owen
Meany by John Irving.
Mark began his career as an executive trainee at United Artists
after graduating from Wesleyan University and from New York University
with a master's degree in cinema. After working as a producer's
assistant on a number of films ("Lenny," "Smile,")
he held several key publicity and marketing posts in New York
and Los Angeles at Paramount Pictures, culminating in his being
appointed Vice President of West Coast Marketing for that studio.
Moving into production, he then worked as Vice President of Production
at Paramount before joining Twentieth Century Fox as Executive
Vice President of Production. At those studios, he was closely
involved with the development and production of such films as
"Terms of Endearment," "Trading Places," "Staying
Alive," "Falling in Love," "The Fly"
and "Broadcast News."
As a producer or executive producer, Mark's credits include Bob
Rafelson's "Black Widow," Mike Nichols' "Working
Girl," Nicolas Roeg's "Sweet Bird of Youth" for
NBC, Susan Seidelman's "Cookie" and Herbert Ross' "True
Colors," as well as "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit,"
"The Adventures of Huck Finn" and "Tom and Huck."
For television, Mark recently executive produced "Oliver
Twist," starring Richard Dreyfuss and Elijah Wood, and directed
by Tony Bill.
In theatre, Mark made his debut as producer in 1991 with "Brooklyn
Laundry," starring Glenn Close, Laura Dern and Woody Harrelson,
directed by James L. Brooks at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles.
He also produced the musical stage version of "Big"
which played Broadway's Shubert Theatre in 1995.
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