Susan Cartsonis: From Girl Scout to Hollywood Producer
Susan Cartsonis, a second generation Girl Scout in the 60s and early 70s, wistfully recalls her Girl Scouting experience. She loved camping at Camp Maripai in Prescott, Arizona, where a highlight was making "cherries in the snow" and s'mores, and she covets memories of selling cookies and wearing her beloved Girl Scout uniform. In fact, she liked her uniform so much, she wore it for her annual school picture at least three times!
These days, Susan is a leading Hollywood producer. In 2000, she was named one of the top five grossing producers of the year, thanks to her box-office-record-breaking film What Women Want (Paramount), starring Mel Gibson, and Where the Heart Is (Twentieth Century Fox), starring Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd, and Sally Field. Most recently, Susan produced the upcoming Beastly for CBS Films and Aquamarine for 20th Century Fox.
Susan was an executive at Twentieth Century Fox for nearly a decade and rose from script reader to senior vice president of production before leaving to build two successful film companies, the first for a leading television show creator and the second her own company, Storefront Pictures.
While at Fox, a sampling of the films she developed and supervised include Nell, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Rookie of the Year, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which launched the successful television series. Prior to her career at Fox, Susan was an instructor with New York University’s dramatic writing program. She received her MFA in dramatic writing from NYU and a bachelor of arts in theatre from UCLA.
Susan was recently elected Chair of the Foundation Board of Trustees of Women in Film.
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