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John Penotti

Credits: Crazy Rich Asians and Hell or High Water

JOHN PENOTTI serves as President of SK Global, the merged entity of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE), a Hollywood-based, independent film finance and production company, and Ivanhoe Pictures, an internationally-focused local-language content company.

John has produced over 45 films, and has been a prominent industry executive since his start working with legendary director Sidney Lumet (Network, Dog Day Afternoon).

With Ivanhoe, John has established a number of key partnerships to produce local-language films in China, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Latin America.

This includes a partnership with Blumhouse Productions and Mumbai-based Phantom Films to produce a comprehensive slate of local-language genre films in India, including the limited series Ghoul which debuted on Netflix in August.

John and Ivanhoe Pictures, along with Warner Bros. and Color Force, produced and co-financed the breakout romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, an adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel directed by Jon M. Chu (Now You See Me 2), with a fully-Asian cast including Michelle Yeoh and Constance Wu.

The film opened number one at the box office and is now one of the highest grossing romantic comedies of all time in the US.

John also produced the Chinese film My Other Home, the true-life story of NBA and CBA basketball star Stephon Marbury.

With SKE, John is producing the upcoming film Greta, which Focus Features will distribute in 2019. The film is directed by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) and stars Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz.

John also serves as producer on Going Places, starring, written, and directed by John Turturro (The Night Of), with Bobby Cannavale, Audrey Tautou, and Susan Sarandon.

In 2016, John served as Executive Producer of director Na Hong-jin’s Korean phenomenon The Wailing, an Official Selection at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, whose $50m at the box-office made it the second highest-grossing Fox Korea film of all time (after Avatar).

He is also the Executive Producer of the Academy Award-nominated CBS/Lionsgate feature Hell or High Water, starring Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine, which was also a 2016 Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival and a 2017 Academy Award nominee for Best Picture.

John was the founding partner and President of GreeneStreet Films, a New York-based company from 1994 until 2013.

While there, he oversaw the financing and producing of over 30 films, including the five-time Academy Award-nominated In the Bedroom; the #1 box office thriller Swimfan; the studio hit comedy Uptown Girls; Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion; the action-thriller Crank; and the documentary Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos.

In 2015, John relocated from New York City to Santa Monica, CA, with his wife Sheryl and son Luca. Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, John is a graduate of Tufts University, with degrees in Biology and Psychology.

All Sessions By John Penotti

Feature Producing Masterclass (Session 3)
November 10, 2018 3:15 - 4:15 PM
Columbus Room

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