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LAURENCE MARK (Producer) received an Academy Award nomination for producing "Jerry Maguire," starring Tom Cruise and directed by Cameron Crowe. He also 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 as Best Picture. 

Mark also recently produced "Hanging Up," starring Meg Ryan, Diane Keaton and Lisa Kudrow and directed by Keaton; "Anywhere But Here," starring Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman and directed by Wayne Wang; "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 for Mark is "Finding Forrester," starring Sean Connery and directed by Gus Van Sant, due for release in December. 

Laurence Mark Productions is headquartered at the Sony Studios where the company has a long-term production arrangement with Columbia Pictures. As 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," "The Adventures of Huck Finn," "Simon Birch" and  "Bicentennial Man." 

For television, Mark executive produced "Sweet Bird of Youth" starring Elizabeth Taylor and directed by Nicholas 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 20th 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 produced "Brooklyn Laundry," starring Glenn Close, Laura Dern and Woody Harrelson and directed by James L. Brooks at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles in 1991. He also produced the musical stage version of "Big," which played Broadway's Shubert Theater in 1995.


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