Over the course of 30 years, Marc Shmuger has distinguished himself through hands-on business and creative leadership in the film industry. His current position is CEO of Global Produce, a production company with a first-look deal at Universal Pictures. The company’s first two productions, The Spectacular Now, a high school drama starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller, and We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Prior to Global Produce, he worked for 12 years at Universal Pictures, rising from President of Marketing to Vice Chairman and then to Chairman in 2006. As Chairman, Shmuger greenlit, developed, and distributed a wide variety of highly successful movies, including The Bourne Ultimatum, American Gangster, Inglourious Basterds, Wanted, Knocked Up, and Mamma Mia! Under Shmuger’s leadership, Universal’s films were among the industry’s most acclaimed by critics and award groups, earning a notable 54 Oscar nominations, 78 BAFTA Award nominations, and 45 Golden Globe Award nominations.
Prior to joining Universal, Shmuger worked for seven years in marketing positions at Sony Pictures Entertainment, rising to Executive Vice President of Marketing, where he created and supervised campaigns for many successful films including Men in Black, Air Force One, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, In the Line of Fire, and Groundhog Day.
Shmuger’s long history of innovative achievement in marketing and distribution has been recognized with top prizes from every major advertising festival, including multiple Clio, Telly’s, Addy’s, New York Festival, and Key Art Awards. Advertising Age honored Shmuger in 1999 and 2000 as The Entertainment Marketer of the Year, making him the first person ever to receive this distinction twice.
Shmuger is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Writers Guild of America, and he serves on the Board of Trustees for The American Film Institute. He is married to Louise Hamagami and together they are actively involved in charities serving underprivileged children, education, and Africa. The couple has two sons. Shmuger is a Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University.