curtis_bonnie_2017Bonnie Curtis

Bonnie Curtis got her start in the film business as Steven Spielberg’s assistant, embarking on what would become a 15-year professional relationship with the acclaimed director. Curtis transitioned into a producing role, and her credits during this time include Saving Private Ryan, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, and Minority Report.

Curtis then made the jump to independent features and produced The Chumscrubber before joining partner Julie Lynn and Mockingbird Pictures to produce Albert Nobbs in 2009. Since then, Lynn and Curtis have gone on to produce seven films together, including Arie Posin’s The Face of Love (Annette Benning, Ed Harris), Victor Levin’s 5 to 7 (Anton Yelchin, Berenice Marlohe) and Rodrigo Garcia’s Last Days in the Desert (Ewan McGregor).

This year has seen the release of four of Curtis’ films: In March 2017, Sony released the Skydance Media film Life (Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds), which Lynn and Curtis produced alongside David Ellison and Dana Goldberg. One month later, The Orchard released Rob Spera’s The Sweet Life (Chris Messina, Abigail Spencer), and in May 2017, IFC released Robin Swicord’s Wakefield (Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner). In July 2017, Netflix released Marti Noxon’s feature directorial debut To the Bone (Lily Collins, Carrie Preston, Keanu Reeves).

Currently, Curtis and Lynn are executive producing the television show “Dietland,” an adaptation of the novel by the same name by creator and showrunner Marti Noxon. The show is a production of Skydance Media and AMC.

Mockingbird films have played at some the most respected festivals in the world, including Sundance, Telluride, Toronto and San Sebastian. In addition, Curtis has won many awards and accolades over the years, including the prestigious Producer of the Year award from the Producers Guild of America for her work on Saving Private Ryan. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.

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Solving the Financial Puzzle: Where and How to Find the Money You Need, sponsored by Entertainment Partners

Financing comes in all shapes and sizes and the challenge of finding the right balance of funds often delays the start of production—sometimes indefinitely. Listen to filmmakers who have successfully cracked the code, and hear how they used varying combinations of equity, gap and mezzanine financing, as well as pre-sales, tax incentives and/or foreign subsidies to address their budgetary needs. We'll also discuss best practices to employ and mark some of the key pitfalls to avoid.