Day 142 – Allison Shearmur
Allison Shearmur was a producer on both Star Wars standalone films – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Solo: A Star Wars Story. She was also the executive producer on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts 1 & 2.
These are just a few of Shearmur’s film credits, but I don’t think they do her career as a film producer justice. Shearmur was at different times in her career the co-president of production at Paramount Pictures, the president of motion picture production at Lionsgate, and in 2012 she went out on her own as an independent producer (and she was a very successful one).
Sadly Allison Shearmur died earlier this year from lung cancer. In a New York Times article published after Shearmur’s death (which I highly recommend reading) her husband reported that she attended a meeting about visual effects for Solo the day before she died and that on the day she died she was talking about a script her former assistant wrote (she wanted to help find it a home). Allison Shearmur was clearly a woman committed to her craft and I hope that her career will inspire Star Wars fans for years to come.
Here is Shearmur talking about the 2015 version of Cinderella she produced.
And four minutes into this Rebels Recon you’ll find Shearmur chatting with Chopper about the Death Star plans.
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