David A. Permut (born March 23, 1954) is an American television and movie producer. In 1979 he was the producer of Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (the first theatrical live comedy concert), and Dragnet (1987), an early example of remaking a television series into a motion picture. He is owner and president of Permut Presentations, Inc. of Los Angeles. Since 1999 he has maintained a second home in Palm Springs, California.
Permut's credits include The Marrying Man (1991) written by Neil Simon, Captain Ron (1992) starring Kurt Russell, Eddie (1996) starring Whoopi Goldberg, Double Take (2001) starring Orlando Jones and Eddie Griffin, and Dysfunktional Family (2003) also starring Griffin. In addition, Permut conceived the idea behind the hit comedy spoof Farce of the Penguins (2006) with writer and director Bob Saget. Other credits from Permut include Charlie Bartlett starring Robert Downey Jr. and Anton Yelchin, Blind Date directed by Blake Edwards and starring Kim Basinger and Bruce Willis in his big-screen debut, and Face/Off starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage.
Permut produced Youth in Revolt (2009) with Dimension Films; the film stars Michael Cera (Superbad, Juno) along with a cast that includes Steve Buscemi, Ray Liotta, Jean Smart, Justin Long, Fred Willard, Mary Kay Place and M. Emmet Walsh. Youth in Revolt is based on the classic cult-novel by C.D. Payne.
In 2012 Permut produced the film "Struck By Lightning", which is written by and starring Chris Colfer (Glee). The movie, directed by Brian Dannelly (Saved), will showcase Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Dermot Mulroney, Allison Janney, Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids) and Allie Grant (Weeds).
In 2013 Permut began production of the film 'Match starring Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and is set for a theatrical release in the fall of 2014. He is also producing Mel Gibson's film Hacksaw Ridge.