The son of star Alan Ladd, Alan Ladd, Jr. started out as an independent producer in Great Britain during the late '60s. Returning to the States in 1973, he worked for 20th Century-Fox and by 1974 became the head of the feature production department. Three years later, Ladd was the president of Fox. Between 1979 and 1985, Ladd founded his own independent production company, The Ladd Company. From 1986-88, he served as the CEO of MGM/UA Entertainment and then moved to become the CEO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. (1990-93). Ladd revived his defunct production company at Paramount in 1993.