Jessica Bendinger’s movies have grossed over $500 million worldwide, and have spawned myriad sequels, TV shows and Jeopardy questions. Her directorial debut Stick It (starring Jeff Bridges) had the highest per screen average its opening weekend and was the #1 download on iTunes for 7 straight weeks. The film got a gold medal podium shout-out during the 2008 Olympics broadcast as US Champion Nastia Liukin won gold in the All-Around Competition.
An acclaimed Hollywood screenwriter who launched onto the scene with her original script Bring It On (which debuted at #1 in the box office and remained there for two weeks), Jessica was named by Glamour Magazine as one of Hollywood’s Most Powerful Women Under 40. Bendinger was a writer on the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning Season Four of Sex and the City.
A former journalist for Spin Magazine and MTV News, Jessica also directed music videos for artists such as Queen Latifah, Steady B, Coro, Tony Terry, Warrior Soul, Masters of Reality and Loudness. Her Queen Latifah video for “Fly Girl” was nominated for two Billboard Awards: Best Rap Video and Best Director/Rap Video.
Jessica’s screenwriting credits include: The Truth About Charlie, First Daughter and Aquamarine. Her uncredited work includes: What a Girl Wants, Freaky Friday, Mean Girls, Charlie’s Angels 2, Just Like Heaven, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, G-Force and Hitch.
Simon & Schuster published her debut novel The Seven Rays in 2009. Her original television pilots for “The 7 Rays,” “Ladylike” and “Clocked” are in development. An avid songwriter, Bendinger co-wrote “Hurts to Think” for Miranda Lambert’s last album, Four the Record, and has been collaborating on a musical called “Psyched,” a comedic journey through the wonderful world of mental health.
Jessica has mentored for Sundance, the Blacklist, the Austin Film Festival and the Nicholl Fellowship, is a member of the WGA, DGA and AMPAS, and lives in Hollywood with her two dogs, Minnie and Emma.