Gary LucchesiAmerican Pastoral, Lincoln Lawyer, Million Dollar Baby; President, Producers Guild of AmericaGary Lucchesi

Gary Lucchesi serves as President of the independent film company Lakeshore Entertainment, as well as President of the Producer’s Guild of America. Throughout his career, Lucchesi has produced over 60 feature films. The first movie he produced was Primal Fear, which was soon followed by notable hits including Million Dollar Baby, the Oscar winner for Best Picture of 2004, as well as Runaway Bride with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, Lincoln Lawyer with Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei, and the Underworld franchise with Kate Beckinsale. In the last year he produced Age of Adaline, American Pastoral and Underworld: Blood Wars, the fifth title of the film series.

Other credits include box office smash The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Gift, starring Cate Blanchett, Katie Holmes, Greg Kinnear, Hilary Swank and Giovanni Ribisi, and adaptations of three Philip Roth novels – The Human Stain, Elegy, and 2016’s American Pastoral.

Prior to becoming an independent producer, Lucchesi was President of Production at Paramount, where he oversaw such films as Ghost, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, Fatal Attraction, The Hunt for Red October, Coming to America, The Naked Gun, The Godfather: Part III, Star Trek, Black Rain, and The Untouchables. He also worked at TriStar Pictures for four years as both Vice President and Senior Vice President of Production. Lucchesi began his career in Los Angeles as an agent for the William Morris Agency.



The State of Producing, sponsored by Variety

Producing is not for the faint of heart. Producers have to be ready for those crossroads where the next move (whether for a project or a career) isn’t clear or obvious—that’s when your Producers Guild comes in handy. This conversational session is here to provide answers to your producing questions, regarding anything from industry trends to script development, talent attachments, financing, foreign sales, new platforms or soup-to-nuts production. As issues of inclusiveness, power imbalance and appropriate professional conduct have recently taken center stage in our profession, speakers may share their personal approaches to these topics and the role that the Producers Guild hopes to play in addressing them. .