Dede Gardner
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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)

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Panacea Entertainment honcho Eric Gardner has his discreet estate in the affluent, semi-rural community of Santa Rosa Valley, near Thousand Oaks, Calif., on the market with an asking price just shy of $2.5 million. Gardner — who started out as a tour coordinator for bands like the Grateful Dead and Kiss before shifting to artist management — purchased the gated, two-acre spread in 2000 for a little more than $1.1 million.The nearly 8,200-square-foot mansion has six bedrooms and eight full...


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