Laurence Mark produced “Dreamgirls,” starring Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles and Eddie Murphy, and written and directed by Bill Condon. The film received eight Academy Award® nominations and won two Oscars®.
Mark also received a Best Picture nomination for producing “Jerry Maguire,” starring Tom Cruise and directed by Cameron Crowe. He executive produced “As Good as it Gets,” starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear and directed by James L. Brooks, as well as “Working Girl,” starring Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver and Melanie Griffith and directed by Mike Nichols. Both films were Academy Award nominees for Best Picture. He is currently in post-production on “Julie & Julia,” starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams and written and directed by Nora Ephron; the film is scheduled to be released next year.
Mark also recently produced “I, Robot,” starring Will Smith and directed by Alex Proyas; “Last Holiday,” starring Queen Latifah and directed by Wayne Wang; and “The Lookout,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and directed by Scott Frank.
Prior to these, Mark produced “Riding in Cars with Boys,” starring Drew Barrymore and Steve Zahn and directed by Penny Marshall; “Finding Forrester,” starring Sean Connery and directed by Gus Van Sant; “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 and Lisa Kudrow and directed by David Mirkin.
Laurence Mark Productions is headquartered at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where the company has a long-term production arrangement with Columbia Pictures. Mark’s other producing credits include Bob Rafelson’s “Black Widow” (executive producer), Susan Seidelman’s “Cookie,” Herbert Ross’ “True Colors,” and Nicholas Hytner’s “Center Stage,” as well as “The Adventures of Huck Finn,” “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit” (executive producer), “Simon Birch” and “Bicentennial Man.” He has also just produced a DVD sequel to “Center Stage” called “Center Stage: Turn It Up,” which is scheduled to be released in January 2009.
For the small screen, he was executive producer of “These Old Broads,” starring Shirley MacLaine, Debbie Reynolds, Joan Collins and Elizabeth Taylor; “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.
Prior to producing, Mark held several key publicity and marketing posts at Paramount Pictures, culminating in his appointment as vice president of West Coast marketing. He then moved into production, and as vice president of production at Paramount and executive vice president of production at Twentieth Century Fox, he was closely involved with the development and production of such films as “Terms of Endearment,” “Trading Places,” “Falling in Love,” “The Fly,” and “Broadcast News.”
Director and screenwriter Bill Condon won an Academy Award® in the Adapted Screenplay category for the 1998 film “Gods and Monsters.” Condon also directed the film, which was a poetic meditation on the final days of eccentric director James Whale; stars Ian McKellen and Lynn Redgrave garnered Oscar® nominations for their performances.
Condon earned his second Oscar nomination, again in the Adapted Screenplay category, for the big-screen version of the Broadway musical Chicago. The film won six Academy Awards® in 2003, including Best Picture.
Condon then wrote and directed “Kinsey,” starring Liam Neeson in the title role. Laura Linney received an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Kinsey’s wife, Clara. An uncompromising portrait of one of the 20th century’s most influential and controversial figures, “Kinsey,” premiered at the 2004 Toronto Film Festival and was the official closing night presentation at the 2005 Berlinale.
Condon most recently wrote and directed “Dreamgirls,” the film version of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, which chronicled the rise of an all-female singing group through the turbulent 1960s to the mid-1970s. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards in 2007 and won two Oscars®, including Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Hudson.
Born in New York City, Condon attended Columbia University, where he graduated with a degree in philosophy. An analytical piece he wrote for Millimeter magazine brought him to the attention of producer Michael Laughlin. Condon subsequently co-wrote the feature film “Strange Behavior” with Laughlin, who also directed the film. The movie became a cult hit, leading to an unofficial sequel, “Strange Invaders.” Condon made his directorial debut in 1988 with “Sister, Sister,” which starred Eric Stoltz, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Judith Ivey.
Condon currently serves on the board of Film Independent, as well as on the Independent Writers Steering Committee of the WGA. He recently completed the screenplay for “Hello... My Name is Richard Pryor,” which he will also direct. The film is scheduled to begin production in spring 2009.