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In 1994, WENDY FINERMAN produced Paramount Pictures' acclaimed Forrest Gump, the poignant story of a simple man set loose in complex American times. The film became one of the highest-grossing movies of all time and won the Oscar® and National Board of Review Award as Best Picture of the Year. For Finerman, the unprecedented success of Forrest Gump was the culmination of a decade-long dream to bring the novel by Winston Groom to the screen.

In 1994, Finerman also executive-produced I Like It Like That, an independent feature equally successful on its own terms, earning an Independent Spirit Award nomination as Best First Feature and winning director Darnell Martin the New York Film Critics Award for Best New Director.

In 1997, Finerman produced Fairy Tale-A True Story, starring Peter O'Toole as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harvey Keitel as Harry Houdini, well-known public figures who become involved in the mystery of two children's magical discovery which transforms the war-weary citizens of a nation into believers in the wonders of life again. The film was directed by Charles Sturridge.

Finerman began her career in the entertainment industry in the early 1980s upon graduation from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (where she is now a member of the Undergraduate Executive Board Committee). With a B.S. in economics and entrepreneurial management, she considered numerous offers from prominent Wall Street firms and top advertising agencies before deciding on a position as a financial analyst in film acquisitions for The Movie Channel, a decision well-suited to her future ambitions.

After two years at The Movie Channel, Finerman was lured to California by Universal Television when she was hired as the company's first female business affairs executive. It was during her tenure at Universal that she met producers Steve Tisch and Jon Avnet and was hired as vice president of development and production for Tisch/Avnet Productions. She worked with both Avnet and Tisch before associating exclusively with Tisch in the same capacity in 1986.

In 1988, she established Wendy Finerman Productions with a first-look arrangement at Columbia Pictures, and in 1992 she moved her company to Columbia Pictures where she is currently under a multi-year, first-look deal. In 1996, Finerman produced The Fan, directed by Tony Scott, starring Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes.

Finerman, the mother of three children, resides in Los Angeles. In early 1999, she is scheduled to begin production on two films: Sugar and Spice and the Semi-Automatics, released by New Line Cinema, and Betty Schimmel, which will be released by DreamWorks.

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