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Celine Rattray is president of Mandalay Vision, the independent development, production, and financing arm of the Mandalay Entertainment Group. Concentrating on innovative storytelling in movies, Mandalay Vision’s slate includes Sony’s Affirm division release Soul Surfer, based on the autobiography of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton and starring AnnaSophia Robb, Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid, and Carrie Underwood for director Sean McNamara; The Whistleblower, a drama directed by Larysa Kondracki and starring Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, and David Strathairn; Vanishing on 7th Street, an apocalyptic thriller directed by Brad Anderson and starring Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, and John Leguizamo; and Salvation Boulevard, a comedic thriller directed by George Ratliff and starring Jennifer Connelly, Pierce Brosnan, Ed Harris, Marisa Tomei, Jim Gaffigan, and Greg Kinnear.
Prior to Mandalay Vision, Ms. Rattray had formed and ran Plum Pictures from September 2003 to December 2009, producing movies with her partners Galt Niederhoffer and Daniela Taplin Lundberg. In that time, the prolific independent company made 20 movies. Plum films being released in 2010 include James C. Strouse‘s The Winning Season, starring Sam Rockwell and Emma Roberts; and Agnieszka Wojtowicz–Vosloo’s After.Life, starring Liam Neeson and Christina Ricci. Ms. Rattray also recently executive-produced New York, I Love You, the multipart feature from 12 directors.
Plum’s other movies include James C. Strouse’s Grace is Gone, which won the Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award and Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and was nominated for 2 Golden Globe Awards; Craig Zobel’s Great World of Sound, which won the Gotham Award for Breakthrough Director and was nominated for 2 Independent Spirit Awards; Patricia Foulkrod’s The Ground Truth, also a Focus Features release; and James Mottern’s Trucker, starring Michelle Monaghan, who was cited as 2009’s Best Actress by the San Diego Film Critics Society.
Ms. Rattray graduated with a first class degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Oxford University. She trained as an associate in McKinsey’s Media and Entertainment practice from 1998 to 2000, with clients including the BBC, Channel 4, the British Film Institute, and Time Warner. She then joined HBO as director of marketing and business development. During her three years there, she developed and launched HBO On Demand, the service which allows consumers to access HBO shows and movies at times of their choosing. She produced a monthly program for HBO On Demand with actors from hit series; under her supervision, HBO On Demand grew into a major revenue stream for HBO, and is currently available nationwide.