Dede Gardner

Producer, 12 Years a Slave
Nominated for: Best Feature

DEDE GARDNER is President of Plan B Entertainment where she oversees a wide range of film and television projects. Recently, Marc Forster’s World War Z, starring Brad Pitt and Mireille Enos; Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly, starring Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, and Ray Liotta; and is currently in post-production on Rupert Goold’s True Story, starring James Franco and Jonah Hill. She also produced Terence Mallick’s 2011 Palme d’Or-winning The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, and Sean Penn. The film was also nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

In 2010, Gardner produced Ryan Murphy’s Eat, Pray, Love based on the best-selling book by Elizabeth Gilbert and starring Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, and Richard Jenkins. In 2009, she produced Robert Schwentke’s The Time Traveler’s Wife, starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana, and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, directed by Rebecca Miller and starring Robin Wright, Alan Arkin, Keanu Reeves, and Blake Lively.

In 2007, Gardner produced the internationally acclaimed drama The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Directed by Andrew Dominik and starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck, the film received Best Film nominations from the Empire Awards and the London Film Critics Circle. In addition, Pitt earned the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival, and Affleck and cinematographer Roger Deakins received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Cinematography respectively. Also in 2007, Gardner produced the real-life drama A Might Heart. Directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Angelina Jolie, the film was an official selection at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. For her portrayal of Mariane Pearl, Jolie received Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Independent Spirit Award nominations.

Gardner’s producing credits also include the independent features Year of the Dog, starring Molly Shannon and Laura Dern, and Running With Scissors, starring Annette Bening and directed by Ryan Murphy.

She is currently producing Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart for HBO, and Plan B Entertainment is also working on several TV projects, with ABC, HBO, and Starz, as well as developing film projects with directors David Fincher, James Gray, and Greg Mottola.