Rachel Shane, Chief Creative Officer of MWM Studios (formerly OddLot Entertainment), oversees all aspects of feature film and television development and production. With her leadership, Shane’s team has built a strong pipeline of filmed entertainment and has emerged as one of the leading financing and production entities in the space. She originally joined the company in fall 2013 as Executive Vice President of Production, was elevated to President of Production in January 2016 and has served as CCO since January 2017. MWM Studios is a division of MWM (Madison Wells Media), a diversified media and entertainment company co-founded by Gigi Pritzker that empowers talent to create bespoke storytelling across film and other platforms.
Currently, under Shane’s oversight and serving as Producer, MWM Studios is in production on the Warner Bros. distributed feature film, Motherless Brooklyn. Inspired by Jonathan Lethem’s book of the same name, the film is directed by and stars Edward Norton, as well as Alec Baldwin, William Dafoe, Bruce Willis and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. On the television side, Shane is currently an Executive Producer on the 10-time Emmy nominated series Genius, which is National Geographic’s first-ever scripted television series. The first season, starring Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein, was the network’s best performing new series launch ever, drawing more than 45 million viewers worldwide. It recently premiered its second season, starring Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Antonio Banderas as Pablo Picasso, and was picked up for a third season, focusing on the iconic author Mary Shelley, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein.
Recently, Shane served as Executive Producer on the Academy Award®, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated film Hell or High Water starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. She also was an Executive Producer on Landline, which was written and directed by Obvious Child’s Gillian Robespierre, starring Jenny Slate, John Turturro and Edie Falco. It premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Upcoming films for Shane and MWM Studios include Code Of Silence, Tina Mabry’s adaptation of the four-part award winning article based on a true story about Chicago Police Officer Shannon Spaulding’s experience as a whistleblower in a case of corruption and cover-up; as well as The Thing About Jellyfish, an adaption of Ali Benjamin’s bestselling young adult novel, which was a 2015 National Book Award finalist. Previously MWM Studios produced and financed The Way Way Back starring Steve Carell, Drive starring Ryan Gosling, the futuristic sci-fi film Ender’s Game, and Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, Rosewater, among others.
Prior to joining MWM Studios, Shane was Executive Vice President of Production for Red Wagon Entertainment. The company is known for films such as Gladiator, The Great Gatsby, Jarhead, and Memoirs of a Geisha. While at Red Wagon Entertainment, Shane served as Executive Producer on Divergent, based on the best-selling young adult novel starring Shailene Woodley, Lawless, starring Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, and Shia Labeouf and associate producer on Stuart Little 2. She started at Red Wagon as a Creative Executive in 2000 and was quickly promoted through the company ranks, running development and production under Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher. Prior to joining Red Wagon, Shane worked for various media companies, including Imagine Entertainment and Televisa. Having grown up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Shane is very involved with the Canadian consulate as a bridge to the U.S. entertainment industry.
Shane serves on various committees and is an active member of a variety of organizations including Women In Film, Women at Sundance the PGA, Film Independent, The Entertainment Division of the Anti-Defamation League, and The Entertainment Division of the Jewish Federation. Shane also lectured in the MFA Producers Program at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.