Jeff LaPlante has held the position of President, Physical Production at Universal Pictures since March 2015. He has more than 16 years of experience in physical production and production finance on feature films.
In his current role, LaPlante oversees all aspects of physical production including budgeting, scheduling, hiring of crews and day-to-day operations. While at Universal, LaPlante has overseen physical production for films in the blockbuster "Fast & Furious" franchise, all films from Illumination Entertainment including the "Despicable Me" series, "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Unbroken," "Safe House" and "Snow White and the Huntsman," among others.
LaPlante joined Universal Studios in 2000 as a Senior Finance Executive. In 2003, he was promoted to Vice President of Production Finance. In this role, he oversaw feature films for production finance that included "American Pie 2," "Hulk," "Van Helsing," "Meet the Fockers" and "Dawn of the Dead." In 2007, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Physical Production before being appointed to Executive Vice President in 2011.
LaPlante began his career in production accounting with a staff position in the Walt Disney Studios feature film department. While at Disney, he worked on projects including "The Rock," "Crimson Tide," "Flubber" and "6 Days, 7 Nights."
He is currently working on "The Huntsman," starring Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, and "By the Sea," starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.