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Rebecca Yeldham was born in Sydney, Australia and relocated to the U.S. in 1989 when she transferred to Brown University. There, she obtained a B.A. in Modern Culture and Media, magna cum laude.
For several years, she ran the U.S. production office of FilmFour, the arm of the U.K.'s Channel Four that develops and co-finances feature films. Overseeing development and production, she worked with such filmmakers as Todd Haynes, Alison Maclean, David Siegel, and Scott McGeehee, and Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries).
While at FilmFour, Ms. Yeldham developed Don Cheadle's Tishomingo Blues (based on Elmore Leonard's novel), which she will produce and which is scheduled to start shooting in October 2004, financed by Stratus Films. She is also developing and will produce Curtis Hanson's Right As Rain, which David Benioff has adapted from George Pelecanos' novel.
Prior to joining FilmFour, she was the senior film programmer of the Sundance Film Festival and the associate director of International Programs there. Between 1996 and 2000, she was responsible for selecting movies for the Festival as well as organizing initiatives around the world to support emerging filmmakers, writers, and producers.
In April 2003, Ms. Yeldham partnered with producer Bill Horberg at his DreamWorks-based Wonderland Films. Their production slate includes an adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's acclaimed novel The Kite Runner, to be directed by Sam Mendes; Peter Himmelstein's debut feature, Peep World, and projects with Tom Tykwer, Jez Butterworth, Kevin McDonald, and Messrs. Siegel and McGeehee.