Dale M. Pollock

Dale Pollock was born in Cleveland, Ohio, earned a BA in Anthropology from Brandeis University in 1972 and eventually earned his masters in communications from San Jose State University. In 1977, he began his career writing for Daily Variety. He became the head film critic for the paper until he was hired by the Los Angeles Times to be their chief entertainment correspondent, covering such ground-breaking Hollywood news stories as the David Begelman controversy.  He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in the early 1980s while at the LA Times and also wrote Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas, the biography of filmmaker George Lucas in 1984. In 1985, Pollock joined David Geffen’s company as a development executive. He joined A&M films a year later as vice president in charge of production, and was named president in 1990. He led the company to financial and critical success, producing such films as The Beast, A Midnight Clear and Mrs. Winterbourne. Pollock ran his own film company Peak Productions for 10 years, for which he produced the box office hit Set It Off.  He co-founded the producing program at the American Film Institute in 1995.

In 1999 he became Dean of the School of Filmmaking at the (then) North Carolina School of the Arts, stepping down in 2006, to become Professor of Cinema in the School of Filmmaking.

Dale was awarded the honor of an Endowed Professorship in Film in his name at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking, and is a 2016 recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence, along with the 2020 Arts Council of Winston Salem’s Annual Award, its highest honor.

In 2020 Dale Pollock was awarded the title of  Emeritus Professor in the School of Filmmaking.   He was recently recognized by the Arts Council of Winston Salem and Forsyth County with its Annual Award for his contributions to the local arts community.

Dale served as Interim Dean of the School of Filmmaking from December 2020 until August 2021.  Pollock published his first work of vintage crime fiction, Chopped: A Novel, available in all formats on Amazon including audiobook on Audible,  and is at work on a second novel.


Bats (1999) (executive producer)

Meet the Deedles (1998) (producer)

Set It Off (1996) (producer)

Mrs. Winterbourne (1996) (producer)

S.F.W. (1994) (producer)

A Home of Our Own (1993) (producer)

House of Cards (1993) (producer)

A Midnight Clear (1992) (producer)

Crooked Hearts (1991) (producer)

Blaze (1989) (producer)

Worth Winning (1989) (producer)

The Mighty Quinn (1989) (producer)

The Beast of War (1988) (executive producer)… aka “The Beast”

Dale M. Pollock’s IMDB

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