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Susan Cartsonis –Producer
The Hollywood Reporter named Susan Cartsonis one of the top five grossing producers of the year for her box office record-breaking film, WHAT WOMEN WANT (Paramount)—the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time at the time of its release, which remains in the number two slot to this day--and WHERE THE HEART IS (20th Century Fox). Recently, she produced the teen hits, BEASTLY (CBS Films), AQUAMARINE (20th Century Fox) and executive-produced NO RESERVATIONS (Warner Bros.), starring Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Cartsonis, an executive at 20th Century Fox for nearly a decade, rose from script reader to Senior Vice President of Production. During her tenure at Fox, a few of the many 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 twenty films Ms. Cartsonis has made as an executive and as a producer have accumulated over $1 billion in worldwide box office receipts--and that box office has been accomplished by making films that women want to see, and that men like too.
She is a member of the Producer’s Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Chair of the Foundation Board of Trustees of Women in Film (overseeing Mentoring, Scholarship, Film Finishing Grants, and the Legacy Program—which produces documentary portraits of iconic women in film). Cartsonis serves on the Independent Producers Committee of the Producer's Guild of America and has been appointed to Digital Hollywood’s Women’s Board. She is on the Advisory Boards of Wilkes University’s Creative Writing Program, and Chapman University’s Dodge School of Film and Television. Cartsonis teaches Advanced Producing at USCʼs Graduate Producing Program in the School of Cinematic Arts and has been an annual guest speaker and graduate critique advisor at NYU’s TischAsia Singapore campus (2012, 2013). Cartsonis consults for Australia’s Screen NSW on the international feasibility and funding of Australian projects. Recent speaking engagements include The Catalyst Awards and 50th Anniversary Conference in New York City (2012), and recent publications include the New York Times online Room for Debate “Finance, Track, Research and Promote” http://nyti.ms/N1rZGt (2012). In fall 2012 Cartsonis served as a judge for the Motion Picture Academy’s Nicholl Fellowships and the National Woman’s Political Caucus Exceptional Merit in Media Awards.
Cartsonis graduated from UCLA in Theater Arts, and earned an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University.
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