An American film and television producer, Marianne Maddalena’s productions have taken her from the back lots of Los Angeles to the stages of Carnegie Hall, from the woods of Vancouver to the far-flung reaches of Haiti, Morocco and South Africa. Grossing over $1 billion worldwide, Marianne’s films have been at the center of the pop culture conversation for nearly three decades.
Born in Michigan, Marianne attended Michigan State University and then traveled to Europe, to study and work in Italy and France. She entered the world of cinema when she landed a job on DEADLY FRIEND as assistant to director Wes Craven. Their relationship would prove to be a fortuitous one. Working again as his assistant on his next project, THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW, Marianne travelled with Wes to Haiti and the unique demands of this famously difficult production forged a professional bond between the two that would last for more than twenty years.
It was this bond of trust that allowed Marianne to make the jump to full producing partner with Craven’s next two films for Universal Pictures, SHOCKER and THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS. Branching out into television, the pair produced the NBC TV movie NIGHT VISIONS as well as the the innovative NBC series NIGHTMARE CAFE, which was directed by many talented directors including the Australian director Phillip Noyce for his first American project. Marianne then produced NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 7: WES CRAVEN’S NEW NIGHTMARE.
Marking Craven’s return to a series that helped to define the horror genre in the 1980s, NEW NIGHTMARE gave the series a fresh 90's spin deemed so original that it garnered Marianne an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Picture of 1994. NEW NIGHTMARE found itself competing against the likes of Woody Allen’s BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, Ang Lee’s EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN, Alan Rudolph’s MRS. PARKER & THE VICIOUS CIRCLE and the eventual winner, Quentin Tarantino’s PULP FICTION.
Maddalena and Craven produced the Eddie Murphy vehicle VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN (1995) also starring Angela Bassett, and then segued immediately into the film that would redefine the horror genre for the 1990s, SCREAM. The cast included Drew Barrymore, Courteney Cox, Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard and Irvin Winkler. Written by an upcoming writer who soon would become a superstar Kevin Williamson. The film was an international blockbuster and would soon spawn three successful sequels that were all directed by Wes and produced by Marianne. Among many awards, she won best picture at the "Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films" for SCREAM.
In 1999, they created Craven-Maddalena Films, the first project under that banner was MUSIC OF THE HEART (1999) which premiered at the White House during the Clinton Administration, and garnered 2 Oscar nominations including one for Meryl Streep as Best Actress. The title song by Diane Warren, produced by David Foster and performed by Gloria Estefan and NSYNC was nominated for the Academy Awards and receive a Grammy Award Nomination for best song. Streep was also nominated for SAG award and the Golden Globe for her lead performance.
In 2005, Marianne produced with Wes directing, the smash hit thriller RED EYE for DREAMWORKS, starring Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy and written by Carl Ellsworth.
Marianne and Wes also produced the 2006’s THE HILLS HAVE EYES directed by Alexandre Aja (which grossed $42 million domestic) and its 2007 sequel, THE HILLS HAVE EYES II. In 2009’s, they produced THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT directed by Dennis Iliadis (which helped to launch the career of BREAKING BAD’S Aaron Paul) also starring Monica Potter and Tony Goldwyn. Marianne next had the opportunity to produce the anthology film NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU, a collection of short films directed by such international icons as Fatih Akin, Yvan Attal, Allen Hughes, Shekhar Kapur, Brett Ratner, Mira Nair, and Natalie Portman, making her directorial debut. The success of that film has spawned an Israeli version currently in development, JERUSALEM, I LOVE YOU, featuring a promised roster of equally sterling international directors.
With several films in development and slated for production in 2018, Marianne is currently producing SCREAM: THE TV SERIES, which is in its third season on MTV. Marianne is also a sponsor of the COLCOA French Film Festival, a festival created and presented by the Franco-American Cultural Fund designed to showcase the diversity of French film, now in its twentieth year.
She is also producing a series of public service announcements with former Academy Award president Hawk Koch, entitled IF YOU CAN SEE IT YOU CAN BE IT. which will showcase the talents of diverse members of the film community in hopes to educate students about all the many different job opportunities in the film business. Will Smith, Viola Davis, Russell Simmons, Kerry Washington and Vanessa Hudgens will be introducing the segments. The project was inspired by President Obama’s foundation MY BROTHER’S KEEPER.
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