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 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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