Lindsay Doran

Executive, Producer, Book editor
The President of Sydney Pollack's Mirage Enterprises and producer of some of the company's most literate projects, Lindsay Doran was born in the heart of Los Angeles' film community, but after college (University of ... Read more »
Born: 06/21/1948 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Producer (11)

Nanny McPhee Returns 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nanny McPhee 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stranger Than Fiction 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fallen Angels 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Sabrina 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sense and Sensibility 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Firm 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Leaving Normal 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dead Again 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Private Matter (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

The President of Sydney Pollack's Mirage Enterprises and producer of some of the company's most literate projects, Lindsay Doran was born in the heart of Los Angeles' film community, but after college (University of California at Santa Cruz), she fled to London. There, she contributed to "The Oxford Companion to Film" and "The World Encyclopedia of Film". Doran's next base was central Pennsylvania, where she wrote and produced documentaries for a local station, WPSX.

In 1979, Doran finally returned to her roots, moving back to L.A. and joining Avco Embassy Pictures, as assistant to the director of creative affairs. Soon promoted to story executive, she worked on such films as "Take This Job and Shove It" and "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" (both 1981) and "Swamp Thing" (1982). When her studio became Embassy Pictures, Doran was named vice president of creative affairs, developing and producing such films as Rob Reiner's "This is Spinal Tap" (1984) and "The Sure Thing" (1985).

Doran joined Paramount in 1985, as senior vice president of production. There, she nurtured such talents as John Hughes, helping him get "Pretty in Pink" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (both 1986) produced. Having hit the glass ceiling at Paramount after four years, Doran was lured away by Sydney Pollack in 1989; she joined Mirage that year as president, one of the few women to hold that position at a major company.

Working closely with Pollack and other producers, she has been responsible for such films as Kenneth Branagh's noir mystery "Dead Again" (1991), the road comedy "Leaving Normal" (1992), the Sydney Pollack-directed thriller "The Firm" (1993), Emma Thompson's literate, enjoyable "Sense and Sensibility" (1995) and the 1995 remake of the 1954 romance "Sabrina". Doran has a few Mirage TV shows to her credit as well, including "A Private Matter" (HBO, 1992), and the detective series "Fallen Angels" (Showtime, 1993-95).

In 1996, Doran was tapped to become president of United Artists.

Relationships

Rodney Kemerer

Husband

EDUCATION

University of California at Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz , California

Milestones

1996

Named president of United Artists Pictures

1989

Left Paramount to become president of Mirage Productions

1987

Became senior vice president, production

1985

Joined Paramount Pictures as vice president, production for motion picture group

1982

Promoted to director of development

1979

Joined story department at Embassy Pictures

Worked as contributing editor to "The Oxford Companion to Film" and "The World Encyclopedia of Film"

Worked at WPSX-TV, a public TV station in PA; wrote and produced documentaries and children's programming

Moved to London after college

Returned to USA

Became vice president, creative affairs

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