Fresh from a busy Oscar weekend, producer Mark Canton visited students at the Universal Studios campus last Tuesday, following a screening of Immortals 3D, our first 3D screening!

As an executive and producer, Mark has brought more than 300 pictures to the screen. As President of Worldwide Theatrical Production at Warner Bros., he was instrumental in creating the Lethal Weapon and National Lampoon’s Vacation franchises. It was during this time that Mark hired Tim Burton, then only 27 years old, to direct Batman.

As chairman of the Columbia/TriStar, Canton greenlit numerous award-winning films, including As Good As It Gets, Jerry Maguire, and Men in Black. He went on to produce hit films including 300, Letters to Juliet, and Spiderwick Chronicles. Students were excited to hear that Mark would soon be headed to New Orleans when production starts on The Tomb, an action film starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mark will then head to Eastern Europe, where they will be shooting the follow-up to 300.

Students in the packed theater asked about Mark’s impressive career. His advice? “If you believe in things and are relentless, that’s when things happen. You have to have the confidence and durability to hang in there because nothing happens fast.”