Denise Di Novi

Denise Di Novi (born March 21, 1956) is an American film producer and director.

Denise Di Novi
Born (1956-03-21) March 21, 1956 (age 64)
OccupationFilm producer, director

Early lifeEdit

When she was three years old, Di Novi and her family moved to Los Angeles from New York, where her father made music for the TV shows of Danny Thomas, Dick Van Dyke and Andy Griffith.[citation needed] In the late 1960s, the family moved to Toronto, Canada.


Di Novi studied communications at Simmons College in Massachusetts, and received a degree in journalism. After working as a copy editor at the National Observer and staff writer for Canada AM, she became a reporter for Toronto's Citytv, but quit in 1980, taking a job as a unit publicist for Final Assignment. She became a principal in the Montreal-based production company Film Plan, acting in various production capacities on nine major studio releases, including Scanners (1981) and Videodrome (1983). In 1983, Film Plan relocated to Los Angeles and merged with Arnold Kopelson's Film Packages.[citation needed]

Di Novi joined New World Pictures as Executive Vice President of production. She later shifted into an overall deal as an independent producer, producing Heathers (1988) starring Winona Ryder. Di Novi then headed Tim Burton Productions and was responsible for producing several films. She set up her own production company, Di Novi Pictures, in 1993, at Columbia Pictures. She then entered into a producing deal with Warner Brothers Pictures.

Di Novi has produced 35 films. These include six from her partnership with Tim Burton, Edward Scissorhands (1990), Batman Returns (1992), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Cabin Boy (1994), Ed Wood (also 1994) and James and the Giant Peach (1996). She produced four films based on books by Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle (1999), A Walk to Remember (2002), Nights in Rodanthe (2008) and The Lucky One (2012).

For four years, Di Novi was executive producer of The District, a CBS primetime series created by Terry George. Di Novi made her directorial debut on the thriller Unforgettable (2017), for Warner Bros.[1]


All films, she was producer unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Credit
1983 Going Berserk Associate producer
For Those I Loved Associate producer
1988 Heathers
1990 Meet the Applegates
Edward Scissorhands
1992 Batman Returns
1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas
1994 Cabin Boy
Ed Wood
Little Women
1996 James and the Giant Peach
1998 Almost Heroes
Practical Magic
1999 Message in a Bottle
2001 Happy Campers
Original Sin
2002 A Walk to Remember
2003 What a Girl Wants
2004 New York Minute
2005 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
2007 Lucky You
2008 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
Nights in Rodanthe
2010 Ramona and Beezus
Life as We Know It Executive producer
2011 Monte Carlo
Crazy, Stupid, Love
2012 The Lucky One
2014 If I Stay Executive producer
You're Not You
The Best of Me
2015 Focus
Danny Collins Executive producer
2017 Unforgettable
2019 Little Women
The Sky Is Everywhere
As director
Year Film
2017 Unforgettable
Miscellaneous crew
Year Film Notes
1980 The Lucky Star Unit publicist
Final Assignment Unit publicist
1981 Gas Script coordinator
1982 Visiting Hours Script coordinator
1983 Videodrome Creative consultant
Of Unknown Origin Assistant to director
1985 Fraternity Vacation Production executive
Year Film Notes
1995 Live Nude Girls Special thanks
2015 The Intern


Year Title Credit Notes
2000 The '70s Executive producer Television film
2002 Jo Television film
2003 Eloise at the Plaza Executive producer Television film
Eloise at Christmastime Executive producer Television film
Hotel Executive producer Television pilot
2000−04 The District Executive producer
2004 Sudbury Executive producer Television film
2017 Beaches Executive producer Television film
2020 Ways & Means Executive producer Television pilot
As director
Year Title
2017 Bones
2018 Sneaky Pete
Ray Donovan


  1. ^ McNary, Dave (June 22, 2015). "Producer Denise Di Novi to Direct Thriller 'Unforgettable'".

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