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.
|Born||1971 (age 48–49)|
Early life and educationEdit
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).
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. 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. 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.
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.
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 in mid-October during the 2020 event.
Before she started her own production companies, Papandrea produced various films with other companies, including:
- Better Than Sex (2000)
- Wedding Daze (2006)
- Milk (2008)
- Smart People (2008)
- The Marc Pease Experience (2009)
- All Good Things (2010)
- Not Suitable for Children (2012)
|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
Distributed in the United States by IFC Films
|2019||Little Monsters||Abe Forsythe||Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival|
|2020||Penguin Bloom||Glendyn Ivin||Premiering at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival|
|2017-2019||Big Little Lies||HBO||Produced as Pacific Standard (S1) and Bruna Papandrea (S2).|
|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|
- 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.
- "Reese Witherspoon Honors Bruna Papandrea at Australians in Film Gala". Variety. 26 October 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
- "Bruna Papandrea". Focus Features. Archived from the original on 21 April 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
- 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". Collider.com. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
- Riley, Jenelle (7 October 2014). "Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea Push for Female-Driven Material With Pacific Standard". Variety. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
- Kroll, Justin (1 September 2016). "Reese Witherspoon Parts Ways With Producing Partner Bruna Papandrea". Variety. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
- 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.
- Elise Sandberg, Bryn (5 February 2019). "Netflix Orders 'Pieces of Her' Thriller Series Based on Novel". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
- "Netflix orders thriller series pieces of her from #1 international bestselling author Karin Slaughter". Netflix Media Center. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
- "The Don Dunstan Award". Adelaide Film Festival. 9 September 2020. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
- Lew, Janine (23 November 2014). "Reese Witherspoon Honors Bruna Papandrea at Lupus LA Luncheon". Variety. Retrieved 9 February 2015.