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Susan Cartsonis

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Susan Cartsonis –Producer. 

Susan Cartsonis is a film producer and advisory board member. 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. She was an executive at 20th Century Fox for nearly a decade, rose from script reader to Senior Vice President of Production. A few of the many films she supervised at Fox include: Nell, French Kiss, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, For the Boys, Dying Young, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Her focus has often been 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 Chairs 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 producing at USC’s Graduate Producing Program, Chapman University, and has been an annual guest speaker and graduate critique advisor at NYU’s Dramatic Writing Program at their TischAsia Singapore campus (2012, 2013). Cartsonis consults for Australia’s Screen NSW on the international feasibility and funding of Australian projects and appeared May 28th via Google Hangout at “Talking About the F Word” for Vivid Sydney’s Film Conference. Recent publications include Screen Hub (Australia’s “Variety”) “Women in Film: Crunching the Numbers is a Good Place to Start” (May 2013) the New York Times online Room for Debate “Finance, Track, Research and Promote” (2012). Cartsonis serves as a judge for the Motion Picture Academy’s Nicholl Fellowships. She graduated from UCLA in Theater Arts, and earned an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University.


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