Molly M. Smith
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Belle Pictures, Black Label Media

Molly
M.
Smith

Founder / Partner

Molly Smith co-founded Black Label Media with partners Trent and Thad Luckinbill in 2013 on a wing (FedEx founder Frederick Smith, her dad, is an investor) and a prayer: that adult, mid-level budget fare too small for the majors can succeed at the boxoffice.

So far, her bet on quality is showing some promising results. Though BLM’s first dramas (“The Good Lie” and “Demolition”) fared poorly, the drug war thriller “Sicario” scored $84 million and three Academy Award noms. And their daring musical “La La Land” became 2016’s Oscar frontrunner.

Despite her family pedigree, Smith is no dilettante. She learned her craft and paid her dues as a P.A. on films produced by her father’s Alcon Entertainment, then proved her worth by bringing in two of its biggest worldwide hits: “P.S. I Love You” ($157 million) and “The Blind Side” ($309 million). After founding 2S Films with Hillary Swank in 2008 and Belle Pictures in 2012 (each buoyed by first-look deals with Alcon), she jumped to BLM with onetime soap star Thad and ex-Justice Department attorney Trent to gain greater flexibility and autonomy.

The Memphis-born Smith, a self-described workaholic who once said she’s “always been the bossy one in my family,” is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Career

  • BLIND SIDE, THE
  • SICARIO
  • LA LA LAND

Education

  • New York University (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Women's Impact

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Deleted Scene From 'The Breakfast Club' Released Featuring Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy

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John Hughes' second film "The Breakfast Club" has become classic among high school films, not to mention helping introduce several of the actors known as the Brat Pack. More than 30 years after its release, the Criterion Collection's recent restored Blu-ray edition includes 50 minutes of previously never-before-seen material including a deleted scene between Molly Ringwald's character, Claire, and Ally Sheedy's Allison."The Breakfast Club" revolves around a group of high school students who are nearly strangers, but are stuck together...

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