CEO and President of Paladin Films and indie film distributor Mark Urman has died Jan. 13, 2019, from cancer. He was 66 years old.
Urman started in the entertainment business at United Artists and Columbia Pictures in the publicity department. At Columbia, he worked at the motion picture studio’s Triumph Films.
In the 80s Urman was hired by the PR firm Dennis Davidson and Associates where he worked on multiple publicity campaigns for Miramax.
Urman would move onto Lionsgate where he would be their chief distributor. Some of the movies he released were “Shadow of the Vampire” and “Gods and Monsters” which were both movie award winners. He was also the executive producer of the highly popular “Monster’s Ball” starring Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thorton, Heath Ledger, and Peter Boyle.
Urman’s next position was in early 2000 with ThinkFilm as their president of distribution. ThinkFilm released “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” “Murderball,” and “Half Nelson” which earned Ryan Gosling his first Academy Award nomination. Two Academy Award-winning documentaries were also released by the company “Born Into Brothels” and “Taxi to the Dark Side.”
In 2009 Urman established Paladin and released “I Am,” “The Greatest.” Also, from Rob Reiner “Being Charlie” and in collaboration with Unison “What We Do in the Shadows.” Paladin recently announced they will be releasing in the spring “Billboard” by Zeke Zelker.
Paladin also backed “Submission” the sexual harassment drama starring Stanley Tucci. This past weekend the company released “Rockway” on video and in selective theaters.
Urman leaves behind Deborah Davis, his wife, who has written multiple books such as “Party of the Century” and “Gilded: How Newport Became America’s Richest Resort.”
Urman is survived by his wife, Deborah Davis, an author of books including “Party of the Century” and “Gilded: How Newport Became America’s Richest Resort and Party of the Century.”
Written By Barbara Sobel
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware
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