The Hollywood Reporter named film producer Susan Cartsonis one of the top five grossing producers of the year for What Women Want, (the second highest domestic grossing romantic comedy of all time) and Where the Heart Is. Variety called her recent film, The Duff, “an instant teen classic.” Cartsonis’s films have grossed over $1B in box office by creating movies for the female audience.
A known advocate for women in the film business, Cartsonis spent 10 years as a prominent film executive. She began her career as a script reader for 20th Century Fox and worked her way up to Senior Vice President of Production, overseeing movies and star deals such as The Farrelly Brothers, Johnny Depp, Academy Award winner Geena Davis, and Richard Gere. Cartsonis discovered the script for and oversaw production of the low-budget film Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which created a billion dollar media empire by striking a chord with girls and women.
Other popular Cartsonis films that celebrate the female perspective include Nell, for which Jodie Foster was nominated for an Academy Award, French Kiss (Meg Ryan), The Truth About Cats and Dogs (Uma Thurman), No Reservations (Catherine Zeta Jones), Beastly and Aquamarine. Along with Suzanne Farwell and Brent Emery, Cartsonis recently produced Carrie Pilby, starring BelPowley, Nathan Lane, Gabriel Byrne and Vanessa Bayer; and Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, a Netflix Original Movie that premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2017. Cartsonis is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producer’s Guild of America. She attended ASU, graduated from UCLA and received her MFA from NYU. She is on the board of Cinestory, Chapman University, and Wilkes University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program.