SESSION: Vod — Blessing Or Curse? Navigating The Brave, New World Of Distribution
Cathy Schulman is a veteran producer and film executive. Currently President of Mandalay Pictures, where she oversees the company’s studio and independent pictures, Schulman’s background includes executive jobs at companies including Sovereign Pictures, The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Savoy Pictures and APG, as well as Sundance, where she was co-director of programming in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Schulman has produced 18 films including Crash, for which she won the Best Picture Academy Award in 2006, The Illusionist, Thumbsucker, Darfur Now, The Kids Are All Right and Bernie.
In Summer 2014, Schulman will produce the Mandalay Film Whatever Makes You Happy, based on the novel by William Sutcliffe, written and to be directed by Emmy® Award Winner Cindy Chupack. Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Viola Davis and James Corden will star.
Recently, Schulman completed Mandalay's Horns, directed by Alex Aja, starring Daniel Radcliffe and based on Joe Hill’s best selling novel. The film will be released by Dimension / RADiUS-TWC in October, 2014. Schulman also recently wrapped Marjane Satrapi’s latest film The Voices, starring Ryan Reynolds, Jacki Weaver, Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick. Schulman is in post production on Dark Places, based on Gillian Flynn’s best selling novel, directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner and starring Charlize Theron, Chloe Moretz, Nicholas Hoult and Christina Hendricks. Sony Pictures will release Mandalay's When The Game Stands Tall through Sony Pictures in August 2014.
Active in the industry, Schulman is the President of Women In Film, a Board Member of Film Independent and has served as a Council Member of the Producers Guild of America. She is also a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, a USC Stark Program producer's mentor and teaches graduate level film producing at UCLA and the Dodge College of Film Media and Arts at Chapman University, where she was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate. She has also served as a judge for the prestigious Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards. She is a notable industry spokesperson and public speaker, who gave the commencement address for the 2013 graduates of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and will give the 2014 commencement address at Dodge College. She is a graduate of Yale University, with a double major in Theater Studies and History of Art. She is the mother of one daughter and resides in Los Angeles, California.