The Hollywood Reporter named Susan Cartsonis one of the top five grossing producers of the year for What Women Want—the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time at the time of its release and number two to this day, and Where the Heart Is. She produced the teen hits, The Duff, Beastly, Aquamarine and executive-produced Middle School, Invisible Sister, and No Reservations. Most recent films produced include Carrie Pilby, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2016 and Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, a Netflix Original Film, which premiered at Sundance 2017. She is currently in prep on The Disney Channel musical Freaky Friday the Musical aka The Hunt.
Cartsonis was an executive at 20th Century Fox for nearly a decade and rose from script reader to Senior VP of Production. At Fox, the over twenty films she supervised include Nell, French Kiss, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, For the Boys, Dying Young, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. At Fox she also supervised talent deals such as The Farrelly Brothers, Geena Davis, Richard Gere, and Johnny Depp.
Cartsonis is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and serves on the Independent Committee of the Producer’s Guild. She teaches Advanced Producing at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and has been a guest speaker and MFA critique advisor at NYU, most recently at the former Singapore campus and has taught producing at Malaysia’s Multi Media University (summer of 2017) for USC. She is on the Advisory Boards of Wilkes University’s low residency Creative Writing Program, Chapman University’s Dodge School of Film and Television, and serves on the board of the screenwriter mentoring non-profit Cinestory. Cartsonis has spoken and mentored at the Arclight Women’s Summit two years running and April 7, 2017 Cartsonis moderated a female directors panel at Chapman University’s “Women in Focus” celebration of female directors. The panel included directors Niki Caro (The Zookeeper’s Wife), Haifaa Al Mansoor (Wadjda), Kelly Fremon Craig (The Edge of Seventeen), and Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight).
Cartsonis is an advocate for female representation in front of and behind the camera and a frequent speaker on the economic argument for female inclusion in media. She has frequently been a panelist for The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and served as a judge and moderator at the first Bentonville Film Festival and has moderated panels on diversity for Google at SXSW.