Dede Gardner
David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock
United States

Plan B Entertainment



One of Hollywood’s top indie producers, she won a 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture winner “12 Years a Slave” (shared with director Steve McQueen and co-producers Brad Pitt, Jeremy Kleiner and Anthony Katagas), and is co-president (with Kleiner) of Pitt’s production company, Plan B Entertainment.

With Kleiner, she has championed projects that are narrative-driven and filmmaker-driven, often with strong social and political elements, resulting in strong box office and strong contenders at awards season. In addition to winning in 2014, she’s had an amazing Oscar run in the past few years; she produced Terrence Malick’s Palme d’Or-winning and 2011 Best Picture Oscar nominee “The Tree Of Life,” Ava DuVernay’s 2014 Best Picture Oscar nominee “Selma,” and Adam McKay’s 2015 Best Picture Oscar nominee “The Big Short.”

She’s also racked up box office hits with more commercial fare, producing director Marc Forster’s Brad Pitt zombie blockbuster “World War Z” ($540 million) and the Julia Roberts rom-com drama “Eat Pray Love” ($204 million). Gardner recently reteamed with Malick on “Voyage of Time,” produced Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight,” is in production on Bong Joon-Ho’s “Okja,” and is in post-production on David Michôd’s “War Machine,” James Gray’s “The Lost City Of Z” and Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling’s Netflix original series “The OA.”


  • Plan B Entertainment


  • Columbia University (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Women's Impact

News from Variety

Jeremy Kleiner Tapped as Co-President of Plan B Entertainment

Jeremy Kleiner Tapped as Co-President of Plan B Entertainment

Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner have named Jeremy Kleiner co-prexy of their Plan B Entertainment shingle.Kleiner joined Plan B in 2003 and rose through the ranks from creative exec to producer and now co-president.  Along with Pitt and Plan B prexy Gardner, he is a producer on Paramount's "World War Z" and is also a producer on the Fox Searchlight pic "Twelve Years a Slave" and "True Story" starring Jonah Hill.The appointments comes as Plan B is becoming more active...


Deep Dive

Want more information on Dede Gardner?

Variety's premium research & data service, Variety Insight, provides a wealth of information around everyone working in entertainment. Access contact information, development slates, ratings, box office, credits and more from the industry's leading source for entertainment data.