Legendary Entertainment’s Mary Parent to be honored by Producers Guild of America

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LOS ANGELES – Film producer Mary Parent will be honored with the Producers Guild of America’s 2022 David O. Selznick Achievement Award.

She will accept the honor at the 33rd Annual Producers Guild Awards March 19 at the Fairmont Century Plaza, according to a news release.

“I am very humbled to be recognized alongside so many legendary producers who have received this honor before me right down to the award’s namesake, David O. Selznick.  The films they have produced not only impacted cinematic history but also global culture in ways only true storytelling can achieve. As the PGA continues to further and protect the craft of producing, I am thankful for its existence as well as all the many talented and creative individuals I have been so fortunate to work with. Without my trusted team of colleagues, success would not be possible,” said Parent in a statement.

The Producers Guild of America’s Selznick Achievement Award recognizes producers for their outstanding body of work in motion pictures. The honor has a rich and distinguished history with past recipients including such legendary producers as Steven Spielberg, Barbara Broccoli, Gale Anne Hurd, Brian Grazer, David Heyman, Kevin Feige, as well as Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner of Plan B.

“Mary has been at the forefront of bold, breakthrough studio projects for decades, and we both felt that the time has come to shine a light on Mary’s trailblazing career as a producer,” said Producers Guild of America Presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher in a joint statement. “Her vision for a strong global theatrical market and a future of films filled with grand visuals and imaginative stories creates an optimistic and exciting picture of what’s next, and we’re thrilled to honor her and her many achievements this year at the PGA Awards.”

Parent is the vice chairman of worldwide production at Legendary Entertainment, where she oversees all aspects of film. She has been actively involved in films amassing more than $20 billion at the global box office.

She most recently produced critically acclaimed filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune,” featuring an all-star cast, as well as the monster mashup “Godzilla vs Kong,” a larger-than-life sequel bringing together two venerable movie franchises.

While at Legendary, “Parent” also has produced films such “Enola Holmes,” starring Millie Bobby Brown as the famous detective’s younger sister; “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu,” starring Ryan Reynolds; and Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s virtual reality masterpiece “Carne y Arena,” which received a rare Special Achievement Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its groundbreaking exploration into fully immersive storytelling.

Before joining Legendary, Parent was founder and CEO of Disruption Entertainment, where she produced a prolific slate of films, including Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah,” “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “The Revenant. For the latter, Parent received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, garnered a PGA Awards nomination for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures and won a BAFTA for Best Film.

Prior to that, she worked as vice chairman of worldwide production at Universal Pictures and as chairman of MGM.

Parent also co-founded the production company Stuber/Parent. She began her career as an agent trainee at ICM before joining New Line Cinema as a creative executive.

She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America, plus she was recently named Variety’s Billion Dollar Producer. Parent also has been featured in The Hollywood Reporter’s 100 Most Powerful People in Entertainment, the Variety 500, Vanity Fair’s New Establishment List, Wall Street Journal’s 50 Women to Watch and The Hollywood Reporter’s Most Powerful Women in Entertainment.

Along with Parent, the Producers Guild also will honor Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas with the 2022 Milestone Award at the March 19 PGA Awards.

-BAM

 

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