REEL Radio: Producer Laura Bickford

REEL Ladies Presents Academy Award Nominee and Emmy Award Winner Laura Bickford

Producer LAURA BICKFORD is the Academy Award® nominated producer of the critically acclaimed film “Traffic,” which was her first collaboration with Steven Soderbergh and Benicio Del Toro. Soderbergh received the Best Director Academy Award® for the film while Del Toro was honored with an Oscar® for Best Supporting Actor. In addition, the film earned four out of five Oscars® for which it was nominated.

One of the film industry’s leading producers with numerous studio and independent projects in development, Bickford recently collaborated again with Soderbergh and Del Toro, producing the two part epic, “Che”, which garnered award acclaim internationally including Plam D’or for Best Actor at Cannes and The Spanish Academy Goya Award for Benicio Del Toro.

Laura Bickford Productions was based at Universal Studios for two years following “Traffic” where, among other projects, she developed “Duplicity,” with Tony Gilroy, starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen.

Laura Bickford Productions merged with River Road Entertainment for two years during which time they financed the multi-award winning film “Brokeback Mountain”; as well as “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus,” starring Nicole Kidman; and Robert Altman’s last film “A Prairie Home Companion” with Meryl Streep heading a stellar ensemble cast that included Lily Tomlin, Kevin Kline, Tommy Lee Jones, Virginia Madsen, Lindsey Lohan and John C. Reilly among others. She also served as executive producer on “Chicago 10,” a documentary by Brett Morgen and Graydon Carter.

Bickford made her producing debut in 1995 with “Citizen X” for HBO Pictures. Based on the true story of Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatila, the film was written and directed by Chris Gerolmo, and starred Stephen Rea, Donald Sutherland and Max Von Sydow. “Citizen X” received a Cable Ace Award for Best Picture and earned multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations. For his performance, Sutherland won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.

After studying filmmaking and various subjects in a Liberal Arts concentration, Bickford earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College. She then began work as a production manager on political commercials in New York City. Shortly thereafter, she moved to London where she lived for five years. While there, Bickford produced music videos (over 50 in the United States and Europe) and developed feature films for Luc Roeg and Jeremy Thomas’ Vivid Productions.

After returning to the U.S., Bickford settled in Los Angeles where she produced “Playing God” with Beacon Pictures. Directed by Andy Wilson and starring David Duchovny, Timothy Hutton and Angelina Jolie, the film was released by Touchstone Pictures in 1997.

Also in 1997, Bickford produced “Bongwater,” starring Luke Wilson, Jack Black and Brittany Murphy.



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