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Dede Gardner, President of Plan B Entertainment, discussed her production slate, including this year's World War Z and the highly anticipated 12 Years A Slave.
A riveting conversation with Academy Award Nominee, Dede Gardner, President of Plan B Entertainment, the production company helmed by Brad Pitt. Gardner has produced box office hits such as Eat, Pray, Love (2010) and World War Z (2013), as well as arthouse favourites like The Tree of Life (2011) and Killing Them Softly (2012). She was at the Festival with Steve McQueen’s highly anticipated 12 Years A Slave.
- Anne Thompson
Editor at Large, indiewire (MODERATOR)
Born and raised in New York, Anne Thompson served as a film columnist at Variety and deputy editor of Variety.com, where her daily blog, "Thompson on Hollywood," launched in 2007 before moving to Indiewire in 2009. She wrote the film industry column "Risky Business" for L.A. Weekly and the Los Angeles Times syndicate and was the Deputy Film Editor at The Hollywood Reporter, the West Coast Editor of Premiere, a Senior Writer at Entertainment Weekly, and the West Coast Editor for Film Comment. She studied film at New York University, taught film criticism at USC, and has contributed to the New York Times, Washington Post, The Observer, and Wired.
- Dede Gardner
President, Plan B Entertainment
Dede Gardner is President of Plan B Entertainment where she oversees a wide range of film and television projects. Most recently, she produced Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave; Marc Forster's World War Z; Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly; and is in post-production on Rupert Goold's first feature True Story. She also produced Terence Mallick's 2011 Palme d'Or-winning The Tree of Life which was also nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. She has enjoyed a prolific career working on titles from A Mighty Heart, directed by Michael Winterbottom, to the critically acclaimed The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, directed by Andrew Dominik, as well as independent features such as Running with Scissors, directed by Ryan Murphy, and Year of the Dog, directed by Mike White. She is currently producing Ryan Murphy's The Normal Heart for HBO.