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DENISE DI NOVI (Producer) is considered one of Hollywood's top producers and has been instrumental in bringing to the screen the work of several of today's most imaginative filmmakers. Di Novi counts among her producing credits such diverse motion pictures as "Heathers," "Little Women" and a number of films during her producing association with Tim Burton., including "Edward Scissorhands," "Batman Returns," "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Ed Wood." More recently, she served as producer on "James and the Giant Peach" and "Almost Heroes." She recently completed the romance "Message In a Bottle," starring Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn and Paul Newman, slated for a February, 1999 release.

Di Novi began her career in journalism, rising from copy editor at the National Observer (a Dow Jones weekly) to staff writer for "Canada AM" in Toronto. Her writing skills and extensive experience with the media prompted her segue into the film industry, where she began as a unit publicist.

In 1980, she became a principal in the Montreal-based production company Film Plan, acting either as co-producer, associate producer or executive in charge of production on nine major studio releases, including "Visiting Hours" and "Of Unknown Origin." In 1983, the company moved to Los Angeles and merged with Amold Kopelson's Film Packages. Di Novi served as associate producer on "Going Berserk," starring John Candy and directed by David Steinberg, as well as on David Cronenberg's "Videodrome," starring James Woods and Deborah Harry.

Di Novi next joined New World Pictures as executive vice president of production. She later shifted into an overall deal as an independent producer and developed six projects. From 1989-1992, Di Novi headed Tim Burton Productions and, during that time, was responsible for producing several of Burton's most successful films including "Batman Returns" and "Edward Scissorhands." She set up her own production company, Di Novi Pictures, in 1993 at Columbia Pictures. She recently signed a long-term deal with Warner Bros.

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