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Mini Bio (1)

David A. Permut is a multiple Academy Award and Emmy nominated producer whose career spans four decades and over 40 films.

Early in his career, Permut produced GIVE EM HELL, HARRY! which garnered James Whitmore a Best Actor Oscar nomination in 1975; and the classic RICHARD PRYOR: LIVE IN CONCERT, which was the first comedy concert of its kind, and one of the most successful of all time.

He went on to produce two of the highest grossing films of 1987 which were DRAGNET, starring Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd, and BLIND DATE, starring Bruce Willis is his debut role with Kim Bassinger which was directed by Blake Edwards. Shortly after, Permut also produced the action blockbuster hit FACE/OFF starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, which was directed by John Woo.

Other notable credits include: THE MARRYING MAN (1991) which was written by acclaimed writer Neil Simon; 29TH STREET (1991), CAPTAIN RON (1992) starring Kurt Russell; CONSENTING ADULTS which was directed by Academy Award nominated director Alan Pakula; EDDIE (1996) starring Whoopi Goldberg; DOUBLE TAKE (2001); DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY (2003); PUNCHING THE CLOWN which featured a cast led by Academy Award Winner J.K. Simmons, and Sarah Silverman and premiered at SXSW; and THE POLKA KING starring Jack Black which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017 and was acquired by Netflix for a 2018 release.

In addition to studio films, Permut has produced a number of independents including the critically acclaimed CHARLIE BARTLETT starring Anton Yelchin and Robert Downey Jr.; YOUTH IN REVOLT (2009) starring Michael Cera which was based on classic cult-novel by C.D. Payne; STRUCK BY LIGHTNING (2012) written by and starring Chris Colfer (GLEE); and MATCH (2014) starring Patrick Stewart which was adapted from the Tony nominated play.

Released in 2016, HACKSAW RIDGE directed by Mel Gibson and starring Andrew Garfield premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was named one of the Top 10 Films of the Year by the National Board of Review. HACKSAW won the best action movie and best actor in an action movie category at the Critics' Choice Awards, was nominated for three Golden Globes, and six Academy Awards, and won the Oscars for film editing and sound mixing.

David also has an interest in documentaries. Released by Disney in 2009 was the documentary THE BOYS: THE SHERMAN BROTHERS' STORY, which Permut produced with Ben Stiller. He also executive produced THE FABULOUS ALAN CARR about the iconic, flamboyant, film producer.

His multiple television credits include the critically acclaimed and Emmy nominated PRAYERS FOR BOBBY (2009) starring Sigourney Weaver, LOVE LEADS THE WAY (1984), A TRIUMPH OF THE HEART: THE RICKY BELL STORY (1991), BREAKING THE SILENCE (1992), and THE COLOR OF RAIN (2014).

His most recent achievement is the stage production of THE INVESTIGATION: A SEARCH OF THE TRUTH IN TEN ACTS written by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan (HACKSAW RIDGE) and directed by nine-time Tony nominee Scott Ellis, which was live streamed from New York with an all-star cast including John Lithgow, Annette Bening, Michael Shannon, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Kline, among others. Schenkkan's play incorporates the Mueller report, relating to the ten counts of obstruction of justice and received glowing praise from critics and audiences alike.

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA will mark his next stage production, which is a Broadway musical based on the life of Liberace. Richard LaGravenese is writing the book under Tony Award winning director Christopher Ashley's (COME FROM AWAY) direction.

He currently has an active and diverse development slate including:

CHIPPENDALES, the true story of the first all-women's nightclub in 1980, which is a cross between BOOGIE NIGHTS meets GOODFELLAS, and features a stellar cast including Dev Patel and Ben Stiller.

HITMAN, starring Andrew Garfield, which is based on the true story of Maury Lerner, a professional baseball player for the Pittsburg Pirates organization who became a hitman for the Patriarcha crime family.

MARY, which is based on the true story of Mary Edwards Walker who was the only woman to win the Congressional Medal Of Honor during the Civil War.

And the yet to be titled narrative adaptation of the acclaimed Netflix documentary, THE LEGEND OF COCAINE ISLAND, which will star Will Farrell, among others.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trivia (9)

At age 16, Permut was the publisher of Beverly Hills Map Company selling Maps To The Stars Homes on Sunset Boulevard. Author Joe Hyams wrote a novel inspired by Permut's stories of his map selling days when he was a teenager called THE POOL which Hyams dedicated to him.
In 1986 he was the first to come up with the idea to translate a T.V. show into a feature film. He sold the idea to Universal with the shortest movie pitch in history...he hummed the trademark notes of the classic television series Dragnet...Dum De Dum Dum to the head of the studio and produced one of the highest grossing movies of 1987... DRAGNET starring Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks.
He was president of Theatre Television Corp. and filmed James Whitmore in a one-man show staged in front of a live audience on one night in 1976. Every studio turned the film down for distribution so Permut and partner Bill Sargent released the film themselves three weeks after it was filmed. The one man cast starring James Whitmore won a Best Actor Academy Award nomination and grossed over eleven million dollars on a budget of under one hundred thousand.
Permut went on with Bill Sargent and Mark Travis to form Special Event Entertainment (SEE) and finance "RICHARD PRYOR - LIVE IN CONCERT" in 1979. This was the first filmed comedy concert, shot over two nights in front of a live audience. The film was then turned down by every studio for distribution, so the team booked the theater screens on their own and released the film three weeks after it was recorded. The movie is one of the highest grossing comedy concerts in history racking up over thirty million dollars.
Met stereo salesman turned screenwriter Dale Launer in the early 80's when Dale shared a true story with Permut about a girl who was set up on a blind date which turned into a disaster when she got drunk and went out of control. The pair created a bidding war among four studios. Launer wrote the screenplay Blind Date which Permut produced and had Bruce Willis' starring debut opposite Kim Basinger. Launer went on to write Ruthless People, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and My Cousin Vinny among others.
Screenwriter Gustin Nash was selling cameras in a mall in Burbank when Permut first met him. He produced Nash's first feature film CHARLIE BARTLETT starring Anton Yelchin and Robert Downey and hired Nash to adapt the classic novel YOUTH IN REVOLT starring Michael Cera which became Gustin Nash's second film credit.
Was a motion picture and television agent earlier in his career and was David Letterman's first agent.
After the success of "GIVE 'EM HELL, HARRY" Bill Sargent and Permut made offered The Beatles thirty million dollars to reunite for a live filmed concert. The offer alone garnered worldwide attention. They made the cover of People magazine and publications around the globe. The Beatles ultimately declined.

After the Beatles said no, Sargent returned to his early roots as a fight promoter. He had promoted a young fighter named Cassius Clay, later known to the world as Muhammud Ali.

The blockbuster "Jaws" was the number #1 grossing movie of the year and Sargent with Permut offered two shark divers from Australia (one was to serve as a back-up) to fight a shark to the death in a live closed circuited event called "Death Match"... Either the man or the shark would die in an 80 foot in diameter ring which had been constructed with 6 underwater cameras covering the spectacle. The International Humane Association banned the fight from taking place in US waters however it could be broadcast there. Sargent announced it would be held in Western Samoa and shown around the globe including in the US. Multiple venues were booked including Ceasars Palace in Las Vegas. However, "Death Match" never came together for a variety of reasons even though Sargent had invested heavily in the event.
In 1991, Permut was planning to produce FARTMAN at New Line Cinema. It was slated to be Howard Stern's debut film and Jonathan Lawton (PRETTY WOMEN) wrote the screenplay. Howard announced it on the Tonight Show and then flew high above the astonished audience at the MTV Awards show in the Fartman superheat costume where it was viewed by millions.

Personal Quotes (2)

Id be honored to work with Steven Spielberg...but my real challenge is to discover the next Steven Spielberg.
Die with your memories, not your dreams.

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