Suzanne Todd

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Suzanne Todd
Born 1965
Sherman Oaks, California, US
Nationality American
Occupation Film and television producer

Suzanne Todd is an American film and television producer whose movies have grossed over two billion dollars worldwide. She is the owner of the film production company Team Todd and has produced hits for nearly every major studio. Suzanne's films have been honored by the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Emmys, and she has been presented with many awards including Women in Film's celebrated Lucy Award, the Independent Spirit Award for Best Picture, Cosmo's Fun Fearless Female Award, the Glaad media award, four Saturn Awards, several MTV Movie Awards, a People's Choice Award and many others.

Career[edit]

Team Todd's most recent project is the romantic comedy Celeste and Jesse Forever, starring Rashida Jones and Andy samberg, which made its debut at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival[1] where it was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.[2] This was Team Todd's second time at Sundance. They also produced Galt Niederhoffer's directorial debut The Romantics, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.[3]

Team Todd produced Disney's Alice in Wonderland (2010), which grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office[4] and won two Academy Awards—for Best Achievement in Art Direction and for Costume Design.[5] Alice in Wonderland was also Golden Globe nominated for Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical,[6] won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Fight,[7] won the Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film, and was nominated for several other Teen Choice, MTV and People's Choice Awards.[8][9]

Since early 2010, Suzanne has also branched out into interactive entertainment, working as a creative and business consultant for Activision/Blizzard on their game development for such video games as the Call of duty franchise and the new children's franchise Skylanders. In 2010, Suzanne had the rare distinction of producing both a billion dollar movie, Alice in Wonderland, and working on a billion dollar video game, Call of Duty: Black Ops.

In addition, Team Todd produced the ground-breaking musical Across The Universe, directed by Julie Taymor and starring Evan Rachel Wood. It was nominated for a 2008 Golden Globe Award for Best Picture and Academy Award nominated in the Best Costume category.

Team Todd's first foray into independent film, Memento, garnered filmmaker Christopher Nolan MTV's Best New Filmmaker Award in 2002[10] as well as earning Suzanne and her sister Jennifer Todd the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature.[11]

Grossing over half a billion dollars worldwide, Team Todd's Austin Powers trilogy is the most successful comedy franchise in New Line Cinema history. Released in 1997, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, starring Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley[12] quickly became an audience favorite, and went on to gross $67 million worldwide.[13] The 1999 follow-up Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, again starring Mike Myers, this time with Heather Graham, grossed $310 million worldwide[14] and won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture,[15] two MTV Movie Awards[16] and a Teen Choice Award.[17] It was nominated for a slew of other awards including an Academy Award for Best Makeup,[18] a Golden Globe for Best Original Song, a Grammy for Best Soundtrack Album and a MTV Award for Best Movie.[19] The third installment, Austin powers in goldmember, starring Mike Myers with Beyoncé Knowles, grossed $289 million worldwide[20] and won a Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie,[21] the MTV Award for Best Comedic Performance[22] and a BMI Film Music Award.[23] It was also nominated for a Saturn Award in addition to several other MTV, Teen Choice and Black Reel Awards.[23]

Team Todd's other credits include The Accidental Husband, Prime, Must Love Dogs, and Boiler Room, the gritty Wall Street drama starring Giovanni Ribisi and Ben Affleck, for which Suzanne, her sister Jennifer, and director Ben Younger, were nominated for Best First Feature at the 2001 Independent Spirit Awards.[11] In 1999, Suzanne executive produced HBO's If These Walls Could Talk 2, starring Vanessa redgrave, Ellen DeGeneres and Sharon Stone, for which she received a 2000 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Made for Television Movie[24] and a 2001 PGA Golden Laurel Award nomination for Producer of the Year in Longform TV.[25] Vanessa Redgrave won every major acting award for her role in this film, including the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie,[26] the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film,[27] and the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.[28]

Prior to forming Team Todd, Suzanne partnered with Demi Moore to create their production company, Moving Pictures.[29] During their five-year partnership, Suzanne produced G.I. Jane for director Ridley Scott at Disney, which starred Moore, as well as Now and Then for New Line Cinema, also starring Moore with Rosie O'Donnell, Melanie Griffith, Rita Wilson, Christina Ricci and Thora Birch. Their TV movie If These Walls Could Talk, starring Moore, Cher, Sissy Spacek and Rita Wilson, was at that time the highest rated movie in HBO history, and earned Suzanne a Golden Globe nomination and two Emmy Award nominations for Best Picture Made for Television as well as the prestigious Governor's Award.[25]

Personal[edit]

Suzanne Todd is a Film Production graduate at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. She is involved in several charitable causes including St. Joseph Center, The Children's Institute, The Alliance for Children's Rights, Variety, the Children's Charity, and the Zimmer Children's Museum. She mentors aspiring filmmakers through the USC Stark Mentorship Program and the Producers Guild of America. She is also a member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Producer's Guild and DGA.

Suzanne is also an avid poker player, and won the 9th Annual Saban Poker Tournament, winning a seat in the 2012 World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas. While a student at USC, Suzanne was an undefeated champion for a week on The $100,000 Pyramid.

Filmography[edit]

Film Role Year
Celeste and Jesse Forever Producer 2012
Alice in Wonderland Producer 2010
The Romantics Producer 2010
The Accidental Husband Producer 2008
Across the Universe Producer 2007
Zoom Producer 2006
Prime Producer 2005
Must Love Dogs Producer 2005
Austin Powers in Goldmember Producer 2002
Memento Producer 2000
Boiler Room Producer 2000
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Producer 1999
Idle Hands Producer 1999
G.I. Jane Producer 1997
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Producer 1997
Now and Then Producer 1995
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie Producer 1995
Loaded Weapon 1 Producer 1995
Live Wire Producer 1993
Ricochet Co-producer 1991
Hudson Hawk Associate Producer 1991
Predator 2 Associate Producer 1991
The Adventure of Ford Fairlane Associate Producer 1990
Die Hard 2 Associate Producer 1990
Lethal Weapon 2 Assistant (Joel Silver) 1989
License to Drive Assistant (Mr. Beeman) (as Susy Todd) 1988

Awards[edit]

Award Name Result Film Year
Golden Globe Best Picture Nominated Across the Universe 2008
AFI Film Award AFI Movie of the Year Nominated Memento 2002
Independent Spirit Award Best Feature Won
Independent Spirit Award Best First Feature Nominated Boiler Room 2001
Emmy Outstanding Made for Television Movie Nominated If These Walls Could Talk 2 2000
Women in Film Lucy Awards Lucy Award Won
Emmy Outstanding Made for Television Movie Nominated If These Walls Could Talk 1997

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Celeste & Jesse Forever". comingsoon.net. Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
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  4. ^ "Alice in Wonderland". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
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  9. ^ "2010 People's Choice Awards Nominees". Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
  10. ^ "MTV Music Awards: 2002 Highlights". MTV. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Film Independent Spirit Awards". Film Independent Spirit Awards. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)". New York Times. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Past Winners Search 1999". Grammy.com. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  16. ^ "2000 MTV Movie Award Winners". Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Teen Choice Award Winner 2000". Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  18. ^ "72nd Academy Awards Winners and Nominees". Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Madonna's Awards". Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Goldmember". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  21. ^ "2003 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards". Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
  22. ^ "2003 MTV Movie Awards". Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
  23. ^ a b "Mike Meyers Awards". Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  24. ^ "2000 Emmy Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  25. ^ a b "Suzanne Todd Alice in Wonderland Interview". girl.com.au. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  26. ^ "52nd Annual Emmy Awards". Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
  27. ^ "2000 Golden Globe Awards". Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
  28. ^ "7th Annual SAG Awards". Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Film Scouts: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery". Film Scouts. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 

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