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Sherry Lansing

During almost 30 years in the motion picture business, Sherry Lansing was involved in the production, marketing, and distribution of more than 200 films, including Academy Award winners Forrest Gump (1994), Braveheart (1995), and Titanic (1997). Throughout her film career, Lansing earned a reputation as a trailblazer, a visionary leader, and a creative filmmaker.  By 1980, she was appointed President of 20th Century Fox.  Later, as an independent producer – in partnership with Stanley Jaffe, they formed Jaffe/Lansing Productions – and were responsible for such successful films as Fatal Attraction, The Accused, School Ties, Indecent Proposal, and Black Rain.  In 1992, she was named Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures and began an unprecedented tenure that lasted more than 12 years (1992 – 2005), during which the studio enjoyed enormous creative and financial success.

When Lansing decided to leave Hollywood, she consulted with former President Jimmy Carter before forming The Sherry Lansing Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cancer research, health, public education, and encore career opportunities.

This is not the first time Lansing has come to Chapman University. Back in 2005 she was honored along with her husband, William Friedkin, with Chapman’s Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award at the University’s annual gala fundraiser now known as Chapman Celebrates (previously known as American Celebration). Additionally, as a longtime friend of Chapman Professor Harry Ufland, Lansing has been his guest at Ufland’s hugely popular “Success in Media” class.

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Stephen Galloway

Stephen Galloway is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who serves as the executive features editor for The Hollywood Reporter. Among his honors, he was named 2013 journalist of the year at the National Entertainment Journalism Awards. He is the author of the biography Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker, out April 25, 2017.

The event will take place on Wednesday, November 29, at 7 p.m. in the Folino Theater at Chapman’s Marion Knott Studios. It is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. Ms. Lansing and Mr. Galloway will remain to take photos and sign copies for attendees who brought copies of Leading Lady. Books will not be available for sale at the event.

Here is a link to a two minute video on Sherry Lansing:


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Recognized as one of the top ten film schools in the world and ranked #7 by The Hollywood Reporter among American film schools, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University offers students an array of undergraduate, graduate, and joint-program degrees that address the rapidly changing entertainment business including what it takes to pitch, produce, finance, market and distribute content. Open to students 24/7, Dodge College is housed on the film school campus comprised of the Digital Media Arts Center, Chapman Studios West, and the heart of the film school, the 76,000-square-foot Marion Knott Studios built from the ground up to replicate a working studio.  Dodge College students have garnered numerous awards including Student Academy and College Television Awards. Notable alumni include Matt and Ross Duffer ’07 (Netflix series Stranger Things) and Justin Simien (feature film/Netflix series Dear White People). With an award-winning full-time faculty with a combined filmography of more than 500 feature films, Dodge College is where students learn the entertainment business from the inside out.

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