Rossellini is responsible for Fox’s largest financial partner, Dune Capital Management, which has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into the studio’s films during the past seven years. The exec introduced the New York-based hedge fund to Fox in 2005 and has managed the studio’s relationship with its longtime backer ever since; she is spearheading efforts to re-up that partnership. That’s notable in an atmosphere where film investors are few and far between. In addition to her Dune duties, Rossellini manages Fox’s relationships with U.K.-based investor Ingenious Media and James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment, the latter of which is at work on the upcoming “Avatar” installments. Ingenious, which along with Dune, co-financed Cameron’s first blockbuster pic, continues to be an important financial backer for a number of Fox films.
What makes a deal stick: “You have to be committed to maintaining the relationship long-term. Overall, it’s a good business if you do the deal correctly.
“Words of wisdom: “Be true to yourself and your ideas and to not be afraid to be a passionate advocate for your beliefs. I think the strongest executives and the most valuable ones are the ones who are passionate about something and aren’t afraid to be an advocate for what they believe.”
Smartphone on vacation? “Yes. I’m much more comfortable enjoying time away if I know that I’m accessible.”
Work week: “(I put in) as many hours as are required. When I’m watching a TV show, I’m thinking about how to restructure something.”
Life-work balance: “I think it’s probably harder when the kids are very young and you’re younger and you’re less certain in your professional life.”
Charitable passions: “The UCLA Ted Gagliano (Fox’s feature post-production prexy) brain tumor research fund … he had a friend who was diagnosed with this horrible disease and he just founded this fund very generously.”