The Hollywood Reporter named Susan Cartsonis one of the top five grossing producers of the year for What Women Want (Paramount, Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt)—the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time at the time of its release–and Where the Heart Is (Natalie Portman, 20th Century Fox). She produced the teen hit, The Duff released February 2015 by CBS and Lionsgate and Beastly (CBS Films), Aquamarine (Emma Roberts, 20th Century Fox) and executive-produced No Reservations (Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Warner Bros.). Upcoming films include Middle School (Lauren Graham, CBS FILMS), and the indie Carrie Pilby shot which comedy stars Bel Powley, Jason Ritter, Vanessa Baer, Nathan Lane, and Gabriel Byrne. Summer of 2016 Cartsonis is shooting the youth comedy, Deidra and Laney Rob a Train for Netflix in Salt Lake City.
Cartsonis was an executive at 20th Century Fox for nearly a decade and rose from script reader to Senior VP of Production. At Fox, a few films she supervised include Nell, French Kiss, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, For the Boys, Dying Young, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and has recently served on the Board of Directors of Women in Film. Cartsonis serves on the Independent Committee of the PGA and on Digital Hollywood’s Women’s Board. She is on the Advisory Boards of Wilkes University’s Creative Writing Program, Chapman University’s Dodge School of Film and Television, and Brooks Institute of Photography. Cartsonis serves on the board of the non-profit, Cinestory, where she is a mentor. Cartsonis teaches at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, has taught at Chapman University’s School of Media Arts, and has been a frequent guest speaker and MFA critique advisor at NYU.
Cartsonis, an advocate for female representation in front of and behind the camera most recently spoke as a panelist at the Arclight Seminar on Film Production (May 2016), The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media Panel on Generation Z at CAA (June 6) and on the Women Filmmaker’s Panel at The Santa Barbara Film Festival, February 2016. She was a panelist at the Arclight Women’s Summit, November, 2015 at the Cinerama Dome and spoke on two panels at the Toronto Film Festival 2015: Tiffany & Co./Women in Film and Google/TIFF. Cartsonis served as a judge and moderator at the Bentonville Film Festival 2015, and moderated a panel on diversity for Google March, 2015 at SXSW. She has been quoted on CNN.com by Lorenza Brascia http://cnn.it/1HZCeY0 and by Frank Bruni in the New York Times http://bit.ly/JBb5TP. Publications include: Australia’s Screenhub http://bit.ly/1ak2LRX (6/13), and NY Times Room for Debate http://nyti.ms/N1rZGt (9/12).