Bruna Papandrea

Bruna Papandrea (born 1971) is an Australian film and television producer and the founder of production company Made Up Stories. Prior to Made Up Stories, Papandrea co-founded the production company Pacific Standard with Reese Witherspoon.

Bruna Papandrea
Born1971 (age 48–49)
OccupationFilm producer
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Steve Hutensky

Early life and educationEdit

Papandrea was raised in Adelaide, South Australia,[1] by a single mother.[2]


She moved to New York City in the 1990s after establishing a career in film production. She briefly returned to Australia to produce the 2000 film Better Than Sex, which was nominated for the AFI Award for Best Film, before moving to London in 2001. She served as a production executive at the film studio Mirage Enterprises and later returned to New York to work for GreeneStreet Films, a production company for independent films, as a creative director. At GreeneStreet she executive produced the 2006 romantic comedy Wedding Daze before joining another independent production company, Groundswell Productions, in Los Angeles in February 2006. There she was responsible for producing Smart People (2008), Milk (2008), The Marc Pease Experience (2009), and All Good Things (2010).[3]

In 2011, Papandrea produced Warm Bodies, a zombie comedy film directed by Jonathan Levine and released in 2013.[4]

In 2012, she and actress Reese Witherspoon co-founded Pacific Standard, a Beverly Hills-based production company focusing on creating films made by and about women.[5][1] Their first two projects at Pacific Standard were Gone Girl and Wild, both adapted from books whose rights were acquired by Papandrea and Witherspoon before publication. Both films were released in 2014, by which time they had also completed production on the 2015 comedy film Hot Pursuit.[5] In 2016, they announced that they were ending their partnership, though they would continue to work on the projects that were in the middle of production, including the HBO series Big Little Lies and a film adaptation of the novel Luckiest Girl Alive.[6]

In 2015, Papandrea received the Australians in Film International Award.[2]

On 5 February 2019 it was announced that Papandrea would be credited as an executive producer alongside Lesli Linka Glatter and Charlotte Stoudt in the upcoming Netflix thriller series, Pieces of Her.[7][8][9]

In 2020, Papandrea won the Don Dunstan Award, and is due to appear "In Conversation" with one of the patrons of the Adelaide Film Festival, Margaret Pomeranz AM in mid-October during the 2020 event.[10][1]

As of October 2020 Papandrea is working on TV miniseries Nine Perfect Strangers on the northern coast of New South Wales, and is planning to stay in Australia for the foreseeable future.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Papandrea is married to producer Steve Hutensky and gave birth to twins in 2012. She has systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus), diagnosed in August 2010, which causes her chronic joint pain.[11]


Before she started her own production companies, Papandrea produced various films with other companies, including:[3]


Year Title Director Gross (worldwide) Notes
2013 Warm Bodies Jonathan Levine $117 million A Summit Entertainment film
2014 Wild Jean-Marc Vallée $52.5 million Produced as Pacific Standard

Nominated for two Academy Awards

2014 Gone Girl David Fincher $369.3 million Produced as Pacific Standard

Nominated for one Academy Award

2015 Hot Pursuit Anne Fletcher $51.7 million Produced as Pacific Standard
2019 Lucy in the Sky Noah Hawley Produced by Bruna Papandrea

Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival

2018 The Nightingale Jennifer Kent Premiered in competition at the 75th Venice International Film Festival, winning two awards

Swept the 9th AACTA Awards including winning Best Film and Best Director

Distributed in the United States by IFC Films

2019 Little Monsters Abe Forsythe Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival

Released in the United States by NEON and Hulu

2020 Penguin Bloom Glendyn Ivin Premiering at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival

Television SeriesEdit

Year Title Network Notes
2017-2019 Big Little Lies HBO Produced as Pacific Standard (S1) and Bruna Papandrea (S2).

Created by David E. Kelley, based on the Liane Moriarty book

S1 nominated for 16 Emmy Awards, winning eight including Outstanding Limited Series

2018 Queen America Facebook Watch Created by Meagan Oppenheimer
2020 The Undoing HBO Created by David E. Kelley, based on a Jean Hanff Korelitz book
2021 Pieces of Her Netflix Created by Charlotte Stoudt, based on the Karin Slaughter book
2021 Nine Perfect Strangers Hulu Created by David E. Kelley, based on the Liane Moriarty book
TBA Tell Me Your Secrets TBA Created by Harriet Warner
TBA Anatomy Of A Scandal Netflix Created by David E. Kelley and Melissa James Gibson, based on the Sarah Vaughan book


  1. ^ a b c d Smith, Matthew (14 October 2020). "Big Little Lies producer Bruna Papandrea inspires a new generation of Adelaide's female filmmakers". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Reese Witherspoon Honors Bruna Papandrea at Australians in Film Gala". Variety. 26 October 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Bruna Papandrea". Focus Features. Archived from the original on 21 April 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  4. ^ Goldberg, Matt (4 January 2013). "Producer Bruna Papandrea Talks Working with Director Jonathan Levine, Aiming for a PG-13 Rating, Zombie Sex, and More on the Set of WARM BODIES". Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  5. ^ a b Riley, Jenelle (7 October 2014). "Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea Push for Female-Driven Material With Pacific Standard". Variety. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (1 September 2016). "Reese Witherspoon Parts Ways With Producing Partner Bruna Papandrea". Variety. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Pedersen, Erik (5 February 2019). "'Pieces Of Her': Netflix Orders Novel-Based Series From Lesli Linka Glatter, Charlotte Stoudt & Bruna Papandrea". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  8. ^ Elise Sandberg, Bryn (5 February 2019). "Netflix Orders 'Pieces of Her' Thriller Series Based on Novel". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Netflix orders thriller series pieces of her from #1 international bestselling author Karin Slaughter". Netflix Media Center. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  10. ^ "The Don Dunstan Award". Adelaide Film Festival. 9 September 2020. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  11. ^ Lew, Janine (23 November 2014). "Reese Witherspoon Honors Bruna Papandrea at Lupus LA Luncheon". Variety. Retrieved 9 February 2015.

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