by BWW News Desk Oct. 20, 2020
Former Twentieth Century FOX COO Mary McLaren and actor/author Tom McLaren have launched Next Chapter Entertainment, a multimedia company with divisions covering film production, talent management, and book publishing.
The McLarens have three feature films in active development, with the first expected to begin pre-production later this fall. Actors represented by Next Chapter include Susan Blakely, Angela Cartwright, Marta Kristen and Debbie Turner. Next Chapter's first book "Thornsby by Fred McLaren: The Complete Comic Collection," co-authored by the McLarens, was published in hardcover and softcover editions on October 14, 2020. The book is a tribute to Tom McLaren's father Fred McLaren, the creator of "Thornsby," a Syndicated newspaper comic from the 1970s. The entire run of 768 cartoons, published in newspapers across the United States, is included, as well as numerous bonus features: photographs, drawings, promotional ads, publicity materials, and a personal introduction and various anecdotes.
A career long Studio executive, Mary McLaren served as Chief Operating Officer, International Theatrical and Worldwide Home Entertainment, at Twentieth Century FOX for more than a decade, where she negotiated and led the studio's distribution partnerships with key industry players including MGM, Lucasfilm, Dreamworks Animation, eOne, and Pathé. In addition to working on some of the industry's biggest movie franchises (Star Wars, Avatar, Deadpool, Alien, X-Men), Mary was a key member of Fox's International Production team and oversaw Home Entertainment acquisitions for the studio. Currently, she is the CEO of Next Chapter Entertainment LLC, managing the Production, Publishing and Talent Management divisions. Recognized in the top half of "The Hollywood Reporter"' Power 100 Women in Entertainment list for multiple years, Mary is an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Television Academy, as well as a mentor for rising talent across the major Studios' production & distribution divisions and for the Academy Gold program. She has been profiled in numerous print and web publications including Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Screen Daily, Deadline, The Wrap, Home Media Magazine, Media Play News, and more. She holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Wayne State University.
October 25, 2014
Tom McLaren, co-author of the new book "Styling The Stars: Lost Treasures From The Twentieth Century Fox Archive," joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" with a behind the scenes look at old Hollywood.
Watch the segment now:
October 5, 2014
New book reveals stars behind the scenes at Fox Studio
By Nicole Robertson, The Oakland Press
Child star Angela Cartwright and former Royal Oak resident Tom McLaren compiled the photos in the new book "Styling the Stars: Lost Treasures from the Twentieth Century Fox Archives." ... by former Royal Oak resident Tom McLaren and actress Angela Cartwright, the book is a gorgeous coffee-table portfolio of stars from Hollywood’s golden age. Born in Illinois, McLaren moved with his family to Royal Oak when he was a teen. He met his wife, Mary, while still at Kimball High School. “Many key moments in my life happened there,” McLaren says in a phone interview.Read the full Article ...
October 19, 2014
Q&A with author Tom McLaren on "Styling The Stars"
By Mike Pingel
Insight Editions has just released the beautiful new book titled Styling the Stars: Lost Treasures from the Twentieth Century Fox Archive by Angela Cartwright and Tom McLaren with a foreword by Maureen O'Hara. The book showcases hundreds of rare photos of iconic actors during their movie costume fittings. I was able to chat with the co-author Tom McLaren about putting this stunning book of Hollywood history together. Enjoy. Read the full Article...
December 7, 2014
STYLE | BOOKS OF STYLE: HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR
Books That Parse the Notion of Celebrity
By ALEXANDRA JACOBS
“Styling the Stars” chronicles a time when designers and actors knew their place: the former snipping and pinning, the latter lit up on a big screen, receiving a slack-jawed, wide-eyed mass gaze from the dark beneath. That’s why they were “stars.”
Its co-author, Angela Cartwright, played one of the children, Brigitta, in “The Sound of Music” and appeared in the television series “Lost in Space.” (And it turns out even she has a line of clothing, accessories and housewares, including some charming tea cozies.) With Tom McLaren, also an actor, Ms. Cartwright has rescued a large number of “continuity” photographs from a major Hollywood studio, taken to ensure the consistency of hair, makeup and wardrobe from shot to shot and maintain the audience’s suspension of disbelief. Read the full Article..._
October 5, 2014
Actors ready for close-ups in 'Styling the Stars'
By SUSAN KING
A dashing and debonair Cary Grant posing in his swim trunks for a photographer on the set of his 1957 tear-jerking romantic drama "An Affair to Remember." ...The three screen legends are among the more than 150 stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood represented in the lavish new book "Styling the Stars: Lost Treasures From the Twentieth Century Fox Archive." ...The book was written by artist-author Angela Cartwright, the former child star of "Lost in Space" and "The Sound of Music," and actor Tom McLaren, with a foreword by celebrated actress Maureen O'Hara, who was one of the studio's top stars in the 1940s. Read the full Article . . .
BY EVAN POUGNET
If former Hollywood executive Tom McLaren, BBA ’84, had been asked to read the script of his life through 2008, he would have sent it back for rewrites.
He’d logged two decades working in the financial side of the entertainment business, with jobs in Detroit, New York, and Los Angeles. He’d worked for CBS/Fox Video, Twentieth Century Fox Video, and Warner Bros. And while the career trajectory had been challenging, fun, and often surreal, he’d reached a stalemate creatively.
“I knew there was something more, something different,” he says. But the next act remained painfully unclear. And then his long-time friend and veteran actress Angela Cartwright (“Lost in Space,” The Sound of Music) said, “If you’re not happy with what you’re doing, you are just a slug.” Something clicked. McLaren decided to quit. Read the full Article...