Producer Mary Parent has been appointed to a newly created post as vice chair of worldwide production at Legendary Entertainment. Her hiring comes three days after Jon Jashni left as president and chief creative officer of the company founded by Thomas Tull.Parent will oversee all aspects of the company’s film, television, digital, mobile and new-media development and production activities, reporting to Legendary chairman- CEO Tull, who made the announcement today.The company said Parent's appointment "is timed to a new phase for...
Parent produced Legendary’s most recent box office success, “Kong: Skull Island,” which grossed $567 million worldwide, as well as Alejandro G. Inarritu’s conceptual virtual reality installation Carne y Arena. The VR exhibition, which simulates the harrowing struggle of immigrants and refugees who are apprehended crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, debuted at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and was installed this summer at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Under Parent’s watch, Legendary also completed production on director Steven DeKnight’s “Pacific Rim Uprising,” starring John Boyega and Scott Eastwood, which is slated for release by Universal Pictures next year. She’s also overseeing two other big-budget productions, “Skyscraper,” with Dwayne Johnson, and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.”
Parent is developing a slew of new projects, including “Bad Blood,” to be written and directed by Adam McKay and to star Jennifer Lawrence.
Prior to Legendary, Parent had co-founded Disruption Entertainment, where she was a producer on Inarritu’s Oscar-nominated epic “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, and earlier produced “Pacific Rim,” “Godzilla” and “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.”
She was formerly the motion pictures group chairman at MGM and before that was vice chairman of worldwide production with Scott Stuber at Universal Pictures, overseeing such films as “Meet the Fockers” and “The Bourne Supremacy,” before the two formed their own production company.