- 1 Who is Mark Seiler?
- 2 Early Life and Education
- 3 Early Career: Plenty (1985)
- 4 Continued Work: Mesmerized (1985)
- 5 Later Work: Years of Inactivity and The Island on Bird Street (1997)
- 6 Independent Ventures: Capella Films
- 7 Personal Life: Does Mark Seiler Have a Girlfriend? Who Is She?
- 8 What is Mark Seiler’s Net Worth?
Who is Mark Seiler?
Born on an unspecified date in 1950, in the United States of America, Mark Seiler is a 68/69-year-old movie producer, executive, technician, CEO and entrepreneur. He is best known as the producer of the 1997 Danish movie “The Island on Bird Street”, which won a total of nine awards in the year of its release. Mark has also gained some publicity for his relationship with Morgan Fairchild, a renowned actress and activist, but notably, he was the CEO of Capella Films, an important movie production venture during the 1990s.
Early Life and Education
Mark Seiler may be one of the most influential men in the movie industry, but he’s what people like to call – “the man hiding in the shadows”. He isn’t a movie star nor a high-profile socialite, so he’s able to keep his private life hidden from the media. Production doesn’t involve a lot of fanfare, so he doesn’t have much need to expose himself to the public. Little is known about his early life or family, and tt’s also unclear whether Mark got acquainted with the world of cinematography through formal education, or if he’s a self-taught virtuoso. There is no record of him for pretty much the first 35 years of his life.
Early Career: Plenty (1985)
The first records of Mark’s involvement in the movie industry is his work on the 1985 American drama “Plenty”. Highly rated by both critics and fans, the movie has Meryl Streep playing the role of Susan Traherne, a woman who is struggling to find her way in life, in the tumultuous era of post-World War II England. She fought in the French Resistance, and in the heat of battle, there was a man who caught her eye. They made love and the evening forever stayed engraved in Susan’s mind. The story revolves around a loss of faith in oneself, after living an intense life for more than two decades. Seiler was the executive producer of the movie and working with director Fred Schepisi gave him an excellent starting point on which to build his career. The movie was nominated for two British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards and additionally won two more minor awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Society of Film Critics; both went to John Gielgud as Best Supporting Actor.
Continued Work: Mesmerized (1985)
After the success of “Plenty”, Seiler didn’t need to wait much longer for his next work. The same year the movie “Mesmerized” was released, featuring a star-studded cast of Jodie Foster, Michael Murphy and John Lithgow. In a rather shocking manner, the movie has Jodie playing the role of a young woman who has to deal with the strange sexual fetishes of her older husband. She needed a way to get out of an orphanage, so she faked her love towards an aging businessman. When push came to shove, she had to kill him to save herself from the hell she was living in. Much of the movie revolves around her trial and the emotional toxicity surrounding all the characters. Despite the daring nature of the whole script, the movie was slammed by critics and viewers alike, mostly because of a multitude of plot holes and inconsistencies. Nevertheless, Mark was praised for his production, and so added another achievement to his growing resume.
Later Work: Years of Inactivity and The Island on Bird Street (1997)
Following the debacle of “Mesmerized”, Seiler seemingly dropped off the grid. It is suspected that he worked as a ghost-producer on several critically acclaimed Hollywood titles; in the movie world, a ghost producer is a person who produces a movie, while the credits go to someone else. Eventually, he resurfaced with a smash hit, the 1997 Danish drama – “The Island on Bird Street”. The story is based on the touching semi-autobiographical novel by Uri Orlev, an Israeli author who witnesses the horrors of war and Nazi crimes first hand. In the movie, Patrick Bergin assumes the role of Stefan, while Jordan Kiziuk delivered a masterful performance while playing Alex. Unlike his previous two works, Seiler had a more “hands on” approach here, as he was producer, not executive producer.
Fabulous lunch at the always great Maggiano’s with Mark and his sister, Carolyn! Look at that dessert sampler!!! OMG 😮 pic.twitter.com/8oOpHrQhj0
— Morgan Fairchild (@morgfair) February 24, 2019
Independent Ventures: Capella Films
In 1990, Capella Films was founded by Rolf Deyhle and Will Baer, with the idea of running an independent film production company which would control and occupy all the sites in the production chain of a movie. This would allow everyone involved with the film to co-operate with one another with greater ease, without the usual problems in communication and finances. Baer and Deyhle chose Mark Seiler to be the CEO, overseeing all processes and essentially controlling the entire company. Due to his efforts, Capella Films became a staple in the movie world, producing and financing movies such as Carlito’s Way (1993), The Mask (1994) and Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). In 1997, the company was acquired by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer for a whopping $1.3 billion.
Personal Life: Does Mark Seiler Have a Girlfriend? Who Is She?
Mark Seiler is currently in a relationship with the controversial actress Morgan Fairchild. She is 69-years-old, and rose to fame through her role in “Mr. Peppermint” on WFAA-TV. Interestingly, she was kidnapped and held for ransom not once, but twice, in the mid-1970s. She is also an AIDS and HIV activist, educating people and raising awareness about this dangerous condition. Morgan and Mark have been together for over 35 years. Even though they are both celebrities, there haven’t been any rumors or controversies surrounding their relationship.
What is Mark Seiler’s Net Worth?
According to several reputable sources, Mark Seiler has a net worth of over $1 million, accumulated largely through his production work, as well as being the CEO of Capella Films for almost ten years. Given the fact that Mark hasn’t been as active as he was in the 1980s, it’s highly unlikely that his net worth will increase significantly in the foreseeable future.