Penn Alumni You Should Know About: Vol. 17


[ssba]The weather isn’t the only thing that’s getting hot. Check out these Penn alums who are heating up in entertainment!


Marc Platt (C’79) is about to produce what could be one of his biggest projects to date. Platt has signed on to produce feature Ricki and the Flasha rock ‘n’ roll film starring Meryl Streep, directed by Jonathan Demme, and written by Diablo Cody. Stay tuned for more information as Platt and co. continue development of the project.



Scott Anderson (W’85) is a quite the multi-tasker, running two companies!   From his office at Universal Studios, he runs his production company Nantucket Productions, through which he has produced several holiday TV films (“Holiday Spin”, “Be My Valentine”). He has also has a series in development with NBC and a miniseries with Lifetime.  As if that isn’t enough, Anderson is also running his family company Anderson-Little with father Stuart Anderson (W’60), which sells mens navy blue and black blazers online (all products are made in America).  Classy!

Scott Anderson File Photo


John Legend (C’99, Counterparts, Sphinx) is taking his talents to the big screen. His production company, Get Lifted, has just acquired the rights to Tom Reiss’ The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count of Monte Cristo. Legend will act as Executive Producer while Cary Fukunaga, best known for HBO’s “True Detective”, will direct. Slated to star is Idris Elba, of Mandela fame.



Jean Lee (C’09) needs your help! She has just released an indiegogo page for her NYU Tisch Asia thesis film. This project is extra special not only because it’s being spearheaded by this awesome Penn alum, but because it was selected for the prestigious AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Watch the video below, to learn more about the film and donate here!


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