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Denise Di Novi

Denise Di Novi made her producing debut on the cult hit comedy Heathers, for which she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. She then began a long association with groundbreaking filmmaker Tim Burton, during which time she produced such diverse hits as Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ed Wood and James and the Giant Peach. Her early credits also include the 1994 remake of Little Women, as well as Practical Magic and Message in a Bottle, both of which took first place at the box office in their opening weekends. Her more recent film credits include Original Sin, A Walk to Remember, What a Girl Wants, New York Minute, Catwoman and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

In addition to her film credits, Di Novi has also ventured into television production. She served as an executive producer on the longform projects Eloise at Christmastime, Eloise at the Plaza, and The '70s, and on the critically acclaimed series The District.

Di Novi started out in journalism, rising from copy editor at the National Observer (a Dow Jones weekly) to staff writer for Canada AM in Toronto. Segueing to the film industry, she began her career as a unit publicist. In 1980, she became a principal in the Montreal-based production company Film Plan, acting in various production capacities on nine major studio releases, including Scanner and Videodrome. In 1983, Film Plan relocated to Los Angeles and merged with Arnold Kopelson's Film Packages.

Di Novi then joined New World Pictures as Executive Vice President of Production, later shifting into an overall deal as an independent producer. From 1989 to 1992, she headed Tim Burton Productions, where she produced several of the director's most successful films. In 1993, she set up her own production company, Di Novi Pictures, at Columbia Pictures.

Di Novi currently has a production deal at Warner Bros. Pictures, where she is in pre-production on the romantic drama Nights in Rodanthe, to star Richard Gere and Diane Lane under the direction of George Wolfe. She also has a number of projects in various stages of development, including The Illustrated Man, based on a collection of Ray Bradbury stories; the love story Last Summer of You and Me, based on the book by Ann Brashares; The Jetsons, being scripted by Adam Goldberg; and Larklight, based on a Philip Reeve novel.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Selected Filmography

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous
Edward Scissorhands
The Lucky One
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Nights in Rodanthe
Cabin Boy
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
Batman Returns
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