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A leading film executive and dedicated philanthropist, Marc Shmuger has been widely recognized for his achievements in the film industry and his efforts to help those less fortunate. He is the 2009 recipient of the Will Rogers Motion Pictures Pioneers Foundation Pioneer of the Year Award, the 2008 Vivian & Velma Jackson Community Service Award, and the 2007 Fulfillment Fund Stars Honoree. A contributor to a long list of charities including A Place Called Home, Life and Hope Association, the Alliance for Children’s Rights, and Generation Rwanda/Orphans of Rwanda, Marc Shmuger spent several impressive years as Chairman of Universal Pictures. 

During an 11-year tenure with Universal Pictures, Marc Shmuger held multiple senior-level posts and he greenlit a host of successful films, among them American Gangster, The Bourne Ultimatum, Atonement, Knocked Up, and Milk. Prior to taking the helm as Chairman in 2006, Marc Shmuger acted as Vice Chairman where he was responsible for franchising, branding, global marketing, and development of film-related consumer products. Marc Shmuger also served as Co-Chairman of NBC Universal’s Marketing Council, a cross-divisional unit that oversees the cross-promotion of key NBC Universal priorities. Under Marc Shmuger’s leadership, Universal Pictures released some of the company’s most successful films to date, including Meet the Parents, A Beautiful Mind, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Fast and the Furious. An active member of the film community, Marc Shmuger holds membership in a number of professional organizations, including the American Film Institute, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and the Writer’s Guild of America. Before leading Universal Pictures to numerous achievements, Marc Shmuger served as Executive Vice President of Marketing at Sony Pictures Entertainment and facilitated the campaigns of blockbusters including Men in Black, Groundhog Day, and Air Force One.

Work experience

May 2006Oct 2009


Universal Pictures


Sep 1976Jun 1980


Wesleyan University