Gigi Pritzker
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United States
2019

MWM

Gigi
Pritzker

Co-Founder / CEO

A billionaire scion of the Pritzer dynasty (Hyatt Hotels, Royal Caribbean), Pritzker cut her teeth making industrial films in the ’80s before co-founding diversified content company MWM (aka Madison Wells Media, originally known as Odd Lot Entertainment) in 2001. A prolific producer, the firm has credits aplenty, including acclaimed films such as 2010’s “Rabbit Hole,” starring Nicole Kidman; 2011’s “Drive,” with Ryan Gosling; and the Nat Geo anthology “Genius,” with 17 Emmy nominations over two seasons. On tap are a pair of fall releases — writer-director-star Edward Norton’s noir mystery “Motherless Brooklyn” and action-thriller “21 Bridges,” starring Chadwick Boseman — and it’s funded the Tony-winning musical “Hadestown,” the podcast “Voyage to the Stars” and the VR immersive experience “War Remains, which debuted at Tribeca 2019.

Career

  • THE WAY WAY BACK
  • RABBIT HOLE
  • HELL OR HIGH WATER

Education

  • Stanford University (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Women's Impact
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Listen: Producer Gigi Pritzker on Staying Nimble and Embracing Risk

Listen: Producer Gigi Pritzker on Staying Nimble and Embracing Risk

A few years ago, veteran indie film producer Gigi Pritzker had a stroke of "Genius."Pritzker had been trying for years to get a movie biopic of Albert Einstein off the ground but the script and other elements never quite gelled. She eventually realized the problem was that Einstein's remarkable life was too unwieldy for a two-hour format. But it was ripe for execution as a limited TV series.Welcome to "Strictly Business," Variety's weekly podcast featuring conversations with industry leaders about...

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Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“While I didn't get it directly from her, It would be Anais Nin, " Life shrinks or expands according to one's courage."”

What or who inspires you?

“My mother. Sounds cliche but she is a focused, smart, sassy and brilliant 93-year old with impeccable taste. She got a tattoo at 90 with seven of her grandchildren because she wanted to see what it was all about. How cool is that?!”

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