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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.

Pilcher directed the 2020 IFC Films release, A Call to Spy, a character-driven thriller set in the French Resistance of World War II. The film depicts the true stories of three SOE agents, Vera Atkins (Stana Katic), Noor Inayat Khan (Radhika Apte), and Virginia Hall (Sarah Megan Thomas) in their quest to undermine the Nazis under Churchill’s plan to set France ablaze.

Also released in 2020 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, and is co-directed by Pilcher and Ginny Mohler, with executive producer, Lily Tomlin.

Pilcher has produced over 40 feature films, including eleven films in a longstanding relationship with internationally acclaimed director Mira Nair. Most recently in 2020, they completed a six hour miniseries for BBC/Netflix, A Suitable Boy, based on the acclaimed novel by Vikram Seth. Before this they made the feature, Queen of Katwe, for The Walt Disney Company, starring Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo, filmed in Uganda and South Africa.

In 2017, HBO Films premiered, 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 George C. Wolfe.

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 was Vice President of Motion Pictures, Producers Guild of America from 2014-2018. She was a Founder/Chair of PGA Women's Impact Network and 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

  • Vice President of Motion Pictures, Producers Guild of America, 2014 - 2018
  • Chair of PGA Women's Impact Network, 2013 - 2018
  • Green Production Guide Task Force, 2016 - present
  • Co-Founder and Chair of PGA Green, 2006 - 2018
  • Board Member, Maisha Film Lab, based in East Africa, 2004 - present
  • Member: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Directors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America

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