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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 63)
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, Ontario.


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.[citation needed] 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]


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

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