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J. Todd Harris

J. Todd Harris is the president of Branded Pictures Entertainment in Los Angeles. Branded Pictures Entertainment (BPE) is a multi-media production and development company that focuses on creating successful film, television and stage productions based on under-utilized brands, both classic and new.
He brings a track record of over 40 films he’s produced. These include the Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated The Kids Are All Right, as well as Bottle Shock, Crooked Arrows, Jeepers Creepers and Piranha 3D. Five of the films he’s produced have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, including Digging to China, Urbania and Lewis & Clark & George.

His first feature, the $600,000-budgeted Denise Calls Up, won a Special Mention for the Camera D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995 and went on to become a hit in France, eventually tripling its investment. Other films have played nearly every major film festival in the world, including Toronto, Tribeca, SxSW, Deauville, Montreal and many others. He is a founding board member of the Napa Valley Film Festival. In the summer of 2012 he produced the film musical Lucky Stiff, starring Jason Alexander. His latest feature production, So B. It, debuts in fall 2017, starring Alfre Woodard, Cloris Leachman and newcomer Jacinda Barrett. His film Whee/man, starring Frank Grillo, debuts on Netflix in October

For television, Harris and BPE is developing a series based on the acclaimed and controversial book The Blondes for AMC’s horror channel Shudder.
J. Todd Harris’ stage history includes producer credits on the musical production Doctor Zhivago, Heathers The Musical and, most recently, the stage musical production of American Psycho. He is also an investor in the upcoming Soul Train, a high-energy musical inspired by the long-running TV show.
He is a former lecturer at the Los Angeles Film School and Chapman University and has contributed thoughtful, informed columns for various trade publications.
Harris is an 18-year member of the Motion Picture Academy and recently joined the Producers Guild and the Broadway League. He earned his BA and MBA from Stanford University and lives in Los Angeles with his wife Amy Powers, a songwriter, and their two sons.