Barry Mendel

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Barry Mendel is an American film producer.[1]

The first film he produced was Rushmore, directed by Wes Anderson which won IFP Independent Spirit Awards for Best Director Anderson and Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray. This was followed by The Sixth Sense, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, which was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture. Subsequently, he produced its follow-up, Unbreakable, then went back to work with Wes Anderson on the The Royal Tenenbaums, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for writers Anderson and Owen Wilson. This collaboration continued on The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, which was followed by Joss Whedon's directorial debut, the critically acclaimed Serenity.

Mendel conceived and spent eight years putting together Munich, which was directed by Steven Spielberg and was nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture.[2]

He then went back to work with Shyamalan, producing the box-office hit The Happening.

Next, Mendel produced Judd Apatow's film Funny People starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Jonah Hill, Eric Bana and Jason Schwartzman.

Mendel also produced Drew Barrymore's debut as a feature director, the critically acclaimed Whip It;[3] Peacock directed by Michael Lander, featuring a dual performance by Irish actor Cillian Murphy; as well as Shanghai written by Hossein Amini.

Next, Mendel produced the Kristen Wiig comedy hit Bridesmaids with Judd Apatow and Clayton Townsend. He reteamed with Apatow and Townsend to produce This Is 40, written and directed by Apatow. He produced God Help the Girl, the musical film written and being directed by Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch in Glasgow, Scotland.

Mendel began his career in film as a literary agent representing novelist/screenwriter Calder Willingham, best known as author of Eternal Fire and screenwriter of The Graduate and five collaborations with Stanley Kubrick, including Paths of Glory. Mendel wrote the biographical entry on Willingham in The Literary Encyclopedia.

He lives in Pasadena, California.



  1. ^ "Complete list of nominees and winners of the 78th annual Academy Awards" (Press release). The Los Angeles Times. 2006. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  2. ^ Pandya, Gitesh (24 February 2006). "Oscar Spotlight talks to Barry Mendel". Oscar Spotlight. 
  3. ^ Nelson, Rob (13 September 2009). "WHIP IT". 
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