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Kelly Carmichael is President of Production and Development of Freckle Films, the New York based independent film and television production company, launched by Jessica Chastain in 2016. Carmichael oversees production and development of Freckle’s original slate with a focus on nurturing and supporting female talent across all aspects of production.

Prior to joining Freckle Films Carmichael signed a First-Look & Production Consulting deal with The Weinstein Company.  At Weinstein, Carmichael oversaw production on The Current War starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon and Katherine Waterson.  The film was directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Carmichael also oversaw production for Untouchables starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston.

With nearly 20 years of experience in the film industry, Carmichael was previously the Head of Production at Ivanhoe Pictures, her most notable acquisition was Crazy Rich Asians. Based on the international bestseller by Kevin Kwan, the film shot in Spring 2017 in Singapore with John Chu directing and Nina Jacobsen and Brad Simpson producing.

Carmichael began her career at Miramax Films in 1999 and in 2005 she followed Harvey and Bob Weinstein to The Weinstein Company where she held the title Senior Vice President of Production. During her time as SVP, Carmichael served as Executive Producer on the Academy Award® nominated films My Week with Marilyn starring Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh & Nine directed by Rob Marshall.

Additional credits include: The Nanny Diaries directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini and starring Scarlett Johansson, The Great Debaters produced by Oprah Winfrey and directed by Denzel Washington, Butter starring Jennifer Garner, & Awake starring Hayden Christensen and Jessica Alba.

From 2003 to 2005, Carmichael was head of casting at Miramax, responsible for casting Shall We Dance with Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez, Proof with Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins, & Derailed with Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston.

Carmichael recently wrapped production on The Chaperone written by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, Downton Abbey), which is based on the novel by Laura Moriarty.  The film stars Elizabeth McGovern, Haley Lu Richardson, Campbell Scott, Geza Rohing, Miranda Otto and Blythe Danner.

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The Power to Shake it Up, sponsored by Deadline

It’s no longer “business as usual” in the entertainment industry. For too long, studios and financiers have undervalued stories by and about women. But in development and on set, producers are taking control, creating a space for fresh voices to tell stories that audiences haven’t heard before. This session provides a platform to producers and their teams that are actively creating opportunities for women in all aspects of production and challenging the status quo head-on.