The Hollywood Reporter named Susan Cartsonis one of the top five grossing producers of the year for What Women Want (Paramount)—the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time at the time of its release--and Where The Heart Is (20th Century Fox). Cartsonis is currently Executive Producing Invisible Sister for The Disney Channel, to be released October 2015. She produced the hit The Duff, released February 20, 2015 by CBS Films and Lionsgate and Beastly, CBS Films. She has also produced Aquamarine (20th Century Fox) and No Reservations (Warner Bros.). Upcoming films include CARRIE PILBY, to star Hailee Steinfeld, Eddie Izzard, Tom Wilkinson, and Vanessa Bayer.
Cartsonis, an executive at 20th Century Fox for nearly a decade, rose from script reader to Senior VP of Production. At Fox, a few films she supervised include Nell, French Kiss, The Truth About Cats And Dogs, For The Boys, Dying Young, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The (over 20) films Cartsonis has made as an executive and as a producer have earned more than 1B theatrically.
She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and serves on the Independent Committee of the Producer’s Guild of America, Digital Hollywood’s Women’s Board, the Board of Directors of Women in Film, and the Board of Directors of the non-profit Cinestory. Cartsonis sits on the Advisory Boards of Wilkes University’s Creative Writing Program, Chapman University’s Dodge School of Film and Television, and Brooks Institute of Photography and Film. Cartsonis has taught producing at USC and Chapman University's Graduate Producing Programs, and she has been a guest speaker and MFA thesis advisor in New York and Singapore for NYU, and has served as an external evaluator of faculty being considered for tenure at NYU’s Dramatic Writing Program and NYU’s Film School.
Cartsonis was recently quoted on CNN.com by Lorenza Brascia and by Frank Bruni in the New York Times. Recent publications: Australia's Screenhub (6/13), NY Times Room for Debate (9/12).
Penney Finkelman Cox
Production and Animation
Co-Founder and Executive VP of Sony Animation; former Co-Head of DreamWorks Animation; Multi-faceted producer of both live-action and animated features, including Academy Award winning Shrek.
International Finance and Distribution
U.S. Representative of Audiovisual Properties Management of Geneva, previously Senior VP of Largo Entertainment and President of 20th Century Fox’s International Distribution and Marketing; extensive experience acquiring material and facilitating international distribution and marketing.
Studio and Independent Film Market Research Expert
Hollywood insiders including nearly every major studio head, independent film executive and producer in the movie business call Kevin Goetz prior to a film's release to analyze how effective their marketing campaigns are, in addition to predicting box office success. The Los Angeles Times dubbed Goetz "The Doctor of Audience-ology" and named him one of the 100 most powerful and influential people in Southern California. The Los Angeles Times dubbed Kevin "The Doctor of Audience-ology" and named him one of the 100 most powerful and influential people in Southern California.
Marketing and Publishing
Former Executive Vice President of Marketing at Participant Media; former marketing head at Columbia and Universal Pictures.
A 36-year veteran of Twentieth Century Fox and the executive who has overseen the studio’s domestic distribution activities.
Snyder also serves on the board of directors for such charities as The Will Roger Motion Picture Pioneer Foundation and Variety Children’s Charity. He’s the recipient of the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens “Man of the Year” and the Show “E” award given annually by the ShowEast Convention.
One of the most sought after line-producers in the business with an extensive knowledge of the demands of physical production; produces for major directors such as Steven Spielberg and James Cameron and is currently producing Joss Whedon’s AVENGERS 2.
Artist Advisory Board
Geena Davis, founder of the Geena Davis Gender in Media Institute and an Academy Award winning actress, as well as several other well-known actresses, directors, producers and writers, Including Jennifer Beals, Neve Campbell, Lesli Linka Glatter, Nancy Redd (producer and on air personality at Huffpost Live) and others have indicated they will formally join this Artist Advisory Board at the time of funding.