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Bridget Johnson

Bridget Johnson

Bridget Johnson is an independent feature film producer who developed and produced the hit comedy As Good as It Gets, starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear. The film garnered seven Academy Award° nominations, including Best Picture, as well as three Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture, Lead Actor and Actress in a musical or comedy. She recently produced John Dahls Joy Ride, a stylish psychological thriller starring Steve Zahn, Paul Walker and Leelee Sobieski that opened to critical acclaim in the Fall of 2001. She also served as an executive producer on Riding in Cars with Boys, starring Drew Barrymore and directed by Penny Marshall. Her other current projects include Smart People, which will be directed by Gary Winnick and will star Robert Redford for Universal Focus, and she is working with the choreographer Wade Robson and playwright Eyde Faye to develop a musical for Robson to direct at Walt Disney Pictures. She is also packaging Meet John Trow, a comedy by Mark Andrus and Rob Siegel, and prepping An American Love Story an original film Mary Huron will direct for HBO.

Johnson honed her skills during her years as a production executive. Prior to launching her own company in mid-1999, she served as President ofProduction forNew Regency Productions, where she oversaw such films as A Midsummer Night's Dream, Entrapment and Fight Club. As president of James L. Brooks' Gracie Films from 1995-1998, Johnson oversaw Wes Anderson's critically acclaimed debut feature Bottlerocket and worked as the executive in charge ofproducfton at Cameron Crowe's Jerry Maguire, starring Tom Cruise. She began her film career as a story analyst for Tri-Star Pictures, where her passion for commercial yet off­center material helped her rise to Vice President ofProduction injust two years. Among the films that Johnson ushered from conception through release were Amy Heckerling's surprise comedy hit, Look Who's Talking starring John Travolta, 'Blind Date" starring Brace Willis and the cult thriller, 'The Seventh Sign," which was Berm Moore's first stud ng role.

In 1989, Johnson moved to the Walt Disney Studios, where she served as senior vice president of production, supervising the development and production of the hugely popular Father of the Bride films, as well as Green Card, When a Man Loves a Woman, Mad Love and Cool Runnings. While at Disney, Johnson was a member of the cow team that developed the Writer's Fellowship program, an outreach program for writers that grants yearly scholarships and on-the-job training forbeginning screenwriters. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Johnson started out in L.A.'s contemporary art scene, working as a writer and editor of publications at The Museum of Contemporary Art. She lives in Santa Monica, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband Douglas Wheeler, the California Light and Space artist.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Bridget Johnson Facts

OccupationProducer

Selected Filmography

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