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5 months11/2009 - present
Film and Entertainment Executive
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- Full time employee
8 months03/2006 - 10/2009
- Full time employee
09/1976 - 06/1980
English and Film Studies, B.A.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
American Film Institute
Writers Guild of America
Entertainment Industry Executive
A renowned expert in the fields of marketing and distribution, Marc Shmuger has worked as an executive in the entertainment industry for the past three decades, including 11 ½ years at Universal Pictures where he was the studio Chairman from 2006-1009. Among Marc Shmuger’s notable accomplishments at Universal is his lasting impact on the studio’s initiatives in family entertainment.
Wanting to increase Universal’s output of family oriented movies, Marc Shmuger was the driving force in bringing producer Chris Meledandri to Universal in 2007 to form Illumination Entertainment, a production company that specializes in family movies and has an expertise in animation. Illumination’s first production, the animated feature Despicable Me, was released in North America during the summer of 2010 and has become a global blockbuster grossing more than $500MM worldwide. Illumination is already at work on a sequel, as well as a feature film based on Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, and a stop-motion animated feature of The Addams Family to be directed by Tim Burton.
Other prominent projects in family entertainment that Marc Shmuger championed at Universal include the first-ever live action movie of Barbie, a film currently in development based on the beloved Mattel doll. In its 50 years of making Barbie, Mattel had never approved a live action Barbie film until Marc Shmuger persuaded them to entrust Universal with their flagship brand. Marc Shmuger was also instrumental in forging a six-year deal between toy maker Hasbro and Universal to create films based on Hasbro’s most popular toy and board game franchises. A direct result of that deal, Universal is currently in production on Battleship, slated for release in summer 2012.
Marc Shmuger’s involvement in family entertainment stems from his interest in improving the lives of families everywhere. Marc Shmuger actively supports many charities that help children such as Runners Basketball Camp, Orphans of Rwanda, Las Doradas Children's Center, Santa Monica Youth Football, Westside Children's Center, Alliance for Children’s Rights, and Hoops 4 Hope, a nonprofit that works with children in African communities through supporting sports and mentorships. In 2008, Marc Shmuger was presented with the Vivian & Velma Jackson Community Service Award for his work with children on behalf of the Runners Basketball Camp, and in 2007, Marc Shmuger was honored by the Fulfillment Fund as their Stars Honoree in recognition of his efforts to help underserved students in Los Angeles.
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