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Lydia Dean Pilcher, Producer

Lydia Dean Pilcher is an American film and television producer and founder of Cine Mosaic, a leading independent production company with a wide range of talent and business partners in the US, Europe, India, Turkey, Africa and the Middle East.

In 2017, HBO Films will premiere, the Cine Mosaic production of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, based on the NY Times best-selling book by Rebecca Skloot, starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne, directed by Barry Levinson. In post-production is the independent feature, "Radium Girls," based on the true story of the 1925 factory watch dial painters in New Jersey. The film stars Joey King and Abby Quinn.

Pilcher has produced over 35 feature films, including eleven films in a longstanding relationship with internationally acclaimed director Mira Nair, most recently Queen of Katwe, for The Walt Disney Company, starring Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo, filmed in Uganda and South Africa.

A two time Emmy Award winner and nominated in 2014 for an Academy Award for Cutie & The Boxer (Radius-TWC), directed by Zachary Heinzerling (winner of 2013 Sundance Directing Award), Pilcher has produced for many celebrated directors including Kathryn Bigelow, Wes Anderson, Wayne Wang, Gina Prince Bythewood, Alison Maclean, Ritesh Batra, George Wolfe, and Jane Anderson.

In 2014 Sony Pictures Classics released the Cine Mosaic production of The Lunchbox, directed by Ritesh Batra (winner of 2013 Critics Week Viewers Choice Award at Cannes). Cine Mosaic was the US partner in this Indian-French- German co-production.

Pilcher was nominated for Emmy, Golden Globe, and PGA Awards for producing HBO Films' You Don't Know Jack, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Al Pacino, who won Emmy and Golden Globe Best Actor Awards for his role as Jack Kevorkian. Prior to that, she was nominated in for a Golden Globe Award for the HBO feature film, Iron Jawed Angels directed by Katja von Garnier, with Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston, and Normal, directed by Jane Anderson with Tom Wilkinson and Jessica Lange.

After receiving an MFA in 1983 at New York University Graduate Institute of Film and Television, Pilcher began her career making documentaries and working in the production department of feature films including After Hours (dir: Martin Scorsese); F/X (dir: Robert Mandel); Round Midnight (dir: Bertrand Tavernier); Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (dir: John Hughes); Mississippi Burning (dir: Alan Parker); and Quiz Show (dir: Robert Redford).

Pilcher is Vice President of Motion Pictures, Producers Guild of America, and Founder/Chair of PGA Women's Impact Network. She co-authored, "The Ms. Factor: The Power of Female Driven Content." Pilcher also Co-Chairs PGA Green, which works to promote sustainable practices within the entertainment industry by focusing on greening productions, education, and climate messaging through storytelling. Pilcher is an adjunct professor at New York University Tisch Graduate Film Institute, and teaches a course she created, "Producing with a Vision: Radical Transformation and Disruption in the Entertainment Industry."

Boards and Organizations

  • Producer's Council Board of Delegates of the Producers Guild of America, 2013 - present
  • Member of the National Board of Directors of the Producers Guild of America, 2008-2013
  • Vice Chair of Producers Guild of America East, 2004-2008
  • Co-Founder and Chair of PGA Green, 2006 - present
  • Board Member, Maisha Film Lab, based in East Africa, 2004 - present
  • Board Member, The New York Production Alliance, 2005-2008
  • Women's eNews, named one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century in 2005
  • Member: Producers Guild of America, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, New York
  • Women in Film, Directors Guild of America, Independent Feature Project, The Climate

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