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LAURENCE MARK (Producer) received an Academy Award nomination for
producing "Jerry Maguire," starring Tom Cruise and directed by Cameron
Crowe, and he executive produced "As Good As It Gets," starring Jack
Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear and directed by James L. Brooks, which
was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
Mark also recently produced "The Object of My Affection," starring
Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd and Nigel Hawthorne and directed by Nicholas Hytner,
and "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion," starring Mira Sorvino,
Lisa Kudrow and Janeane Garofalo and directed by David Mirkin. Upcoming films
for Mark are "Hanging Up," starring Meg Ryan, Diane Keaton and Lisa
Kudrow and directed by Diane Keaton, and "Bicentennial Man," starring
Robin Williams and directed by Christopher Columbus, both due out in December.
Mark just completed production in New York City on "The Dance Movie,"
directed by Nicholas Hytner.
Laurence Mark Productions is headquartered at the Sony Studios where the
company has a long-term production arrangement with Columbia Pictures. As a
producer or executive producer, Mark's other credits include Bob Rafelson's
"Black Widow," Mike Nichols' "Working Girl," 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 "Simon Birch." For television, Mark executive
produced "Sweet Bird of Youth," starring Elizabeth Taylor and directed
by Nicolas Roeg, and "Oliver Twist," starring Richard Dreyfuss and
Elijah Wood and directed by Tony Bill. 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."
In theater, Mark made his debut as producer in 1991 with "Brooklyn
Laundry," starring Glenn Close, Laura Dern and Woody Harrelson and 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
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