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Jane Rosenthal co-founded Tribeca Productions with Robert De Niro in 1988. She has since distinguished herself as a leading film producer, with a roster of both critically acclaimed and commercially successful films.
She produced one of the highest-grossing comedy franchises of all time; Meet the Parents and its sequel Meet the Fockers, both directed by Jay Roach, and the third installment Little Fockers, directed by Paul Weitz.
Ms. Rosenthal also produced the box office blockbuster Analyze This and its sequel Analyze That, both directed by Harold Ramis; Barry Levinson’s Wag the Dog, which received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Hilary Henkin and David Mamet); Jerry Zaks’ Marvin’s Room, for which Diane Keaton was a Best Actress Academy Award nominee; and About a Boy, directed and adapted by Academy Award nominees Chris and Paul Weitz.
Among her other films as producer are A Bronx Tale, starring Robert De Niro and Chazz Palminteri, and directed by Mr. De Niro from Mr. Palminteri’s adaptation of his play; Joel Schumacher’s Flawless, for which Philip Seymour Hoffman received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination; David Duchovny’s House of D; Sir Richard Eyre’s Stage Beauty; Chris Columbus’ Rent; and Barry Levinson’s What Just Happened. Her current and upcoming projects include the Untitled Freddie Mercury Project, partneredwith GK Films; Irishman, to be directed by Martin Scorsese; Eating with the Enemy; The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust; and, as executive producer, the network television series NYC 22, debuting in 2012.
In 2001, in an effort to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan following the attacks on the World Trade Center, Ms. Rosenthal, partnered with Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff, founded the Tribeca Film Festival. Since its inception, the Festival has attracted more than 3.5 million visitors and generated over $725 million in economic activity for the area.
In 2003, Ms. Rosenthal, Mr. De Niro, and Mr. Hatkoff formed Tribeca Enterprises, a diversified global media company with a mission to provide artists with unique platforms to expand the audience for their works and to broaden the access point for consumers to experience independent film and media. Ms. Rosenthal is CEO of Tribeca Enterprises, heading up the branded entertainment businesses; these include the Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival International, Tribeca Cinemas, Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, and the distribution label Tribeca Film.
She also co-founded the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), serving as co-chairman of the board since its inception. TFI is dedicated to creative innovation in film and media arts, and creates original programs that draw on the unifying power of film to promote creativity, understanding, tolerance, and global awareness. It is committed to educate, entertain, and inspire filmmakers and audiences alike, while strengthening the artistic and economic fabric of New York City and its lower Manhattan community.
In 2009, Ms. Rosenthal and her partners formed a strategic partnership with Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and created the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Doha, Qatar. Uniquely Qatari in its identity, the Festival aims to inspire, engage, and educate a new generation of cinema appreciation locally; to discover, mentor, and fund regional filmmaking talent; to foster a community through art and entertainment; and to encourage open discussion and debate.
Prior to founding Tribeca Productions, she was an executive at CBS-TV and The Walt Disney Company. She is an active leader on the boards of the Tribeca Film Institute, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center, the Museum of the Moving Image, and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Dean’s Council.