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.
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