David Permut

Producer
When his peers were concerning themselves with grade-point-averages and whether they should work during the summer or back-pack through Europe, David A. Permut had quit college and was already working producing motion ... Read more »
Born: 03/23/1954 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (34)

Hacksaw Ridge 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Russ & Roger 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Match 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Am Chippendales 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Color of Rain 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Vacuuming the Cat 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Struck by Lightning 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Youth in Revolt 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Charlie Bartlett 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Local Color 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Farce of the Penguins 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

DysFunKtional Family 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Double Take 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Face/Off 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kings for A Day 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Eddie 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Surviving the Game 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Trapped in Paradise 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Money for Nothing 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Temp 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Three of Hearts 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Captain Ron 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Consenting Adults 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

29th Street 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Marrying Man 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mistress 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Producer

Blind Date 1987 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Dragnet 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fighting Back 1981 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Breaking the Silence (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Love Leads the Way (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Prayers for Bobby (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

When his peers were concerning themselves with grade-point-averages and whether they should work during the summer or back-pack through Europe, David A. Permut had quit college and was already working producing motion pictures. Starting with such projects as "Give 'Em Hell Harry" (1975) starring James Whitmore as Harry S Truman and the "Richard Pryor -- Live in Concert" (1979), Permut has gone on to produce or executive producer more than 20 motion pictures and several TV projects as well, ranging from studio efforts such as the big screen version of "Dragnet" in 1987, to the edgy independent "Three of Hearts" (1993), in which a man and a woman are in love with the same woman. Permut came to the attention of Hollywood powers in 1975 when he taped a performance of Whitmore in "Give 'Em Hell, Harry" for a production cost of $320,000, transferred the result to film, released it nationwide, and grossed $11 million. "Richard Pryor Live" grossed $32 million domestically on an investment of less than $1 million. Permut formed his own projection company in 1979, and signed his first studio deal in 1979 with Columbia, under the tutelage of Ray Stark, although it was not until 1982 that he saw his first feature film released -- "Fighting Back" by Paramount. "Dragnet" was his first box office success, although it was followed with the less successful "The Marrying Man," which writer Neil Simon disavowed. In 1992, Permut produced Alan J. Pakula's sputtering "Consenting Adults," about wife swapping and murder, and the abysmal Martin Short-Kurt Russell match-up, "Captain Ron." It was in 1993 that Permut moved away from studio fare to "Three of Hearts," although he was back with Paramount in 1993 for "The Temp," which has been described by critics as "Eve Harrington with a psychotic streak." After the equally forgettable "Trapped in Paradise" and "Surviving the Game" (both 1994), Permut produced "Eddie" (1996), in which Whoopi Goldberg becomes a pro basketball coach. In 1997 came a prestige project, "Face/Off," directed by John Woo and starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in a futuristic tale of identity and terrorists. Permut's work in TV has been sporadic, and seems to gear towards heart-felt projects which are too "small" or "special" to find a home in movie theatres. His first TV effort -- as executive producer -- was "Love Leads the Way" for The Disney Channel, which told the story of the first blind person part of the experiment with seeing eye dogs. He first produced for a broadcast network in 1987 with "Mistress" (CBS), and in 1991 produced "A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story" for that network, which starred Mario Van Peebles as a football player sidelined with a neuromuscular disease and how he inspires a boy with the same affliction. Permut took the plunge into series TV in 1997, when it was announced that The WB had bought "Ruby," a sitcom starring Whoopi Goldberg doing the voice of a diva puppet. With his "Dragnet" considered one of the first of the "modern era" big-budget updates of favorite TV series, Permut's development slate in the late 90s consisted of similar potential TV series-to-film projects, including "F Troop," "The Love Boat," "Beanie & Cecil" for live action, and "Green Acres."

EDUCATION

University of California

1972

Milestones

1997

Produced feature "Face/Off"

1997

Executive produced TV series "Ruby" for The WB

1996

Produced "Eddie" starring Whoopi Golberg

1993

Turned to indie filmmaking with "Three of Hearts"

1987

Produced big screen version of "Dragnet"

1984

Executive produced first TV movie, "Love Leads the Way" for The Disney Channel

1982

Executive produced "Fighting Back"

1979

Produced "Richard Pryor Live in Concert"

1979

Formed Permut Presentations

1975

Was president, Theatre Television Corporation

1975

Produced "Give 'Em Hell Harry" for stage and screen

1974

Was president, Diversified Artists International

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