Jessica Bendinger (born November 10, 1966) is an American screenwriter and novelist.
She has written several films, including 2000's Bring It On, 2004's First Daughter and 2006's Aquamarine. She was also a writer and creative consultant for Sex and the City, as well as a producer of the 2005 film The Wedding Date, starring Debra Messing. She also wrote and directed Stick It, released in April 2006 as her directorial debut. Bendinger is a former model who worked for designer Stephen Sprouse and appeared on the runway in the film Slaves of New York. She was named by Glamour Magazine as one of Hollywood’s “Most Powerful Women Under 40” in 2005.
Bendinger's first novel, The Seven Rays was published in 2009 by Simon & Schuster. The story follows 17-year-old, Beth Michaels, who uncovers elements of the supernatural on her journey of self-discovery.
In 2011, Bendinger sued the creators of Bring It On The Musical arguing that she had rights in the licensing of the theater production. "In a complaint..., the Writers Guild of America accused the producers of the movie of exploiting the screenwriter’s rights by producing a new musical based on the story." She said she would allow the "Bring It On" musical to proceed if she is properly credited and compensated.
Awards and acknowledgments : Bendinger was inducted into the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences** (AMPAS) in July 2014.
- "Close-Up: 'Stick It's Jessica Bendinger". 2006-04-30. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
- "Jessica Bendinger on the Austin Film Festival website". Retrieved 2009-11-10.[dead link]
- Jessica Bendinger; The Seven Rays. Simon & Schuster 2009, ISBN 978-1-4169-9739-9
- Jessica Bendinger's blog
- The Seven Rays Promotional website
- Jessica Bendinger at the Internet Movie Database
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