J. Todd Harris is the president of the Los Angeles-based Branded Pictures Entertainment. Originally from New York City, he spent many years in Palo Alto, where he earned both his BA and MBA from Stanford and served as Managing Director of the award-winning repertory company TheatreWorks.
Of the nearly 40 movies Mr. Harris has produced, highlights include Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated The Kids Are All Right, Bottle Shock, Crooked Arrows, Jeepers Creepers, and Piranha 3D.
Five of his films have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, including Digging To China, Urbania and Lewis & Clark & George. His first feature, the $600,000 Denise Calls Up, won a Special Mention for the Camera D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995 and went on to become a hit in France, eventually tripling its investment. Other films have played in nearly every major film festival in the world, including Toronto, Tribeca, SxSW, Deauville, Seattle, San Sebastian, Hamptons, Mill Valley, Montreal, Vancouver and many others.
In the summer of 2012, Todd produced the movie musical Lucky Stiff starring Jason Alexander. In 2011, he served as an associate producer on the Australian production of the stage musical Doctor Zhivago, and is currently developing Heathers The Musical for a stage production in 2013.
Additionally, he also travels across the country teaching an immensely popular, ‘no pulled punches’ workshop ‘Producing the Independent Film’. Find out more about the workshop at JToddHarris.com
A former lecturer at the Los Angeles Film School and columnist for trade publication Indiewire, Mr. Harris has been a member of the Motion Picture Academy since 1999 and recently became a founding board member of the Napa Valley Film Festival. He lives in Los Angeles with his songwriter wife Amy Powers and their two young sons.