Bruce Mallen, Canadian Film Producer, Dies at 83

Bruce Mallen
Courtesy Rebecka Biejo

Bruce Mallen

He also led the revitalization of Culver City's historic studio district in the 1980s.

Bruce Mallen, a Canadian film producer who pioneered studies in the economics of the movie industry and led the revitalization of Culver City's historic studio district in the 1980s, has died. He was 83.

Mallen died Friday in Beverly Hills of a heart attack, his daughter-in-law Rebecka Biejo announced. He also battled Alzheimer's disease and had a recent bout with COVID-19.

The Montreal native produced the 1981 movies The High Country, starring Timothy Bottoms, and Heartaches, starring Margot Kidder; executive produced Paradise (1982), featuring Phoebe Cates; and produced Doin' Time, starring Jeff Altman.

He also served as vice chairman of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, as a senior fellow at the Center for the Digital Future at USC's Annenberg School and from 1996 to 2007 as dean of the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University, where he established an annual workshop related to film and TV production, now known as The Mallen Conference.

After arriving in Los Angeles in 1978, Mallen in the mid-'80s spearheaded a multi-property effort to revitalize the historic studio center of Culver City, with the centerpiece of that endeavor, Sony Pictures Plaza, completed in 1987. He also participated in the purchase and restoration of other historic buildings, including what's now the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Born on Sept. 4, 1937, Mallen earned two bachelor's degrees from Sir George Williams University in Montreal, a master's degree from Columbia University in New York and an MBA from the University of Michigan. As a Ford Foundation fellow, he received his PhD from NYU.

He returned to Montreal to embark on a career of consulting for more than 100 major corporate and government clients through his own firm and as director of economic research at the accounting practice now known as Deloitte & Touche.

At Sir George Williams, Mallen founded its department of marketing and became the founding director of its MBA and business PhD program, and he was instrumental in the merger of the school with Loyola College that created Concordia University in 1974.

Survivors include his wife, Carol; sister, Doreen; children Howard (and his wife, Theresa), Reesa, Jay (Rebecka), Randolph and Laura (Jeff); and grandchildren Conner, Sienna, Sasha and Jaden.