Behind every smash production are creative visionaries. Meet your GA 2017 co-chairs.
Co-Chair, GA 2017
Julie Beren Platt is a pillar of Los Angeles Jewish life and American Jewish philanthropy. From Kansas to Philadelphia to LA — and from camp to Hillel to the board room—Julie has gained a unique appreciation for the diverse and thriving Jewish communities she strives to serve. In each organization she is involved in, she is always eager to volunteer, forge new relationships, and do good.
A graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program, Julie sits on the executive committee of The Jewish Federations of North America and is incoming board chair of the Foundation for Jewish Camp. Locally, she chairs the board of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, and previously served as Chair of Women’s and the General Campaign. She is also a member and past chair of both the advisory board of the Zeigler School of Rabbinic Studies and the board of Camp Ramah in California.
Two of the most important places in Julie’s life are the University of Pennsylvania and its Hillel, where she got her first taste of Jewish leadership, took her first step toward a career in corporate banking, and met her husband of 36 years and counting, Marc Platt. Committed to giving back to both institutions, she serves as president of University of Pennsylvania Global Alumni and as a member of Penn’s Board of Trustees, is a member of the board of overseers of Penn’s Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and co-chairs Penn Hillel’s national board of governors.
Co-Chair, GA 2017
Marc Platt stands among the few producers who have successfully bridged the worlds of theatre, film, and television. His projects have garnered a combined 31 Oscar nominations, 18 Tony nominations, 24 Golden Globe nominations and 29 Emmy nominations, and have grossed over $5 billion worldwide.
His most recent film is La La Land, which broke the all-time record for Golden Globe Awards winning seven including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and tied the record with Titanic and All About Eve for the most Oscar nominations in history with 14, winning six. Marc’s other films include Bridge of Spies, Into the Woods, The Girl on the Train, Drive, Rachel Getting Married, Legally Blonde, Wanted, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. He is presently filming Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Meryl Streep.
In television, Marc executive produced the hit Grease Live! (FOX) which earned 10 Emmy Award nominations and five Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Special Class Program. He also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries for Empire Falls (HBO).
On Broadway, Marc’s newest musical is War Paint, starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole. He is the lead producer of Broadway’s blockbuster Wicked, which The New York Times called “the defining musical of the decade.” Wicked recently celebrated its 5000th performance on Broadway and four companies are now playing worldwide including Broadway, London, a North American tour and an international tour. His other productions include the recent hit Oh, Hello on Broadway, starring Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, and If/Then, starring Idina Menzel. In addition, he produced the Broadway debut of Three Days of Rain, starring Julia Roberts, Paul Rudd and Bradley Cooper, and Matthew Bourne’s ballet Edward Scissorhands.
Marc is also a leader in the national Jewish community who has served as chairman of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Entertainment Division and as a Birthright Israel Foundation board member, and was honorary chair of the UJF Master Class in Cinema and Television. He is a frequent guest speaker for Federations and other Jewish organizations around the country. Additionally, he is a member of the board of trustees of the National Constitution Center.