Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum
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Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum, also known as Liz Allen, is a DGA Award nominated film and television director. She has directed and executive produced 6 TV pilots - all of which have been picked up to series. Most recently she directed and executive produced the pilot for the ice skating drama Spinning Out for Netflix and episodes of the hit show Dead to Me. She has directed three wide release theatrical films including the award winning Ramona and Beezus for 20th Century Fox starring Joey King, Selena Gomez, Ginnifer Goodwin and Sandra Oh.
Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum
Stony Brook, New York, U.S.
Life and careerEdit
Her father is well-known solid state physicist Philip B. Allen, who was awarded Germany's Humboldt Award and a Guggenheim fellowship for his work exploring electron-phonon effects in nanosystems. With a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.F.A. from USC, Allen currently resides in Los Angeles. She is a member of the DGA, the WGA and the Editor's Guild. Allen is married to writer/producer Scott Rosenbaum. She is a Member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.
Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum ("Liz") is a DGA Award Nominated Director. She recently directed and executive produced for the Netflix series entitled "Spinning Out" that was picked for a 10-episode season. The show, which began airing January 2020, centers on an up-and-coming, elite single skater Kat Baker who's about to turn in her skates after a disastrous fall took her off the competition track.
In 2010, Liz directed 20th Century Fox’s Ramona and Beezus, a feature film adaptation of her favorite childhood book series by Newbery Award-winning author Beverly Cleary. The film stars Selena Gomez in her feature film debut as well as Ginnifer Goodwin, John Corbett, Josh Duhamel, Sandra Oh, Bridget Moynahan, and 9-year old newcomer Joey King in the lead role of Ramona Quimby. Ramona and Beezus was awarded a “Certified Fresh” from Rotten Tomatoes, nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Selena Gomez, and Won the Young Artist Award for Best Actress of 2010 for Joey King. Liz was the recipient of the WIN Award (Woman’s Image Network Award) for Best Female Director of the year.
Prior to that, Liz directed Aquamarine starring Emma Roberts in her leading role debut, as well as singer Jojo and Sara Paxton in their first starring roles. The film was nominated for two Teen Choice Awards for "Choice Breakout Female" and "Choice Chick Flick", as well as a nomination for Paxton for Best Actress at the Young Artist Awards, a nomination for Jojo for Best Supporting Actress, and a win for Emma Roberts at the 2007 Young Artist Awards.
Liz also directed the Starz thriller, Careful What You Wish For, starring Nick Jonas in his feature film debut. The film also stars Dermot Mulroney, Paul Sorvino, Isabel Lucas and Graham Rogers, and is produced by Hyde Park Entertainment & Troika Pictures. Liz is known for eliciting strong performances from young and up-and-coming actors. In 2012, she guided 9 year-old Bruce Salomon to win a young artist award for "Best Guest Star of 2012" on Emily Owens, MD.
Liz has written numerous screenplays, including an adaptation of Jerry Spinelli’s children’s book, Stargirl (Paramount Studios), original musical Promdress (Disney Features), and Driving While Infatuated (Fox Searchlight). Liz has since directed television episodes including Gossip Girl, 90210, Life Unexpected, The Vampire Diaries, Star-Crossed, Franklin & Bash, Pretty Little Liars, the Kicks, Why Women Kill, and Spinning Out.
Elizabeth attended graduate school at the University of Southern California where she was the recipient of the Jack Nicholson Directing Scholarship for the strongest directing candidate of her class, and she was also short-listed for an International Clio Award for a spec Coca-Cola commercial she directed. Her 25-minute thesis film Eyeball Eddie, an edgy dark comedy (depicting a stormy relationship between a prosthetic glass eye and the insecure boy stuck behind it), won at film festivals worldwide and caught the eye of studios, leading to her feature directorial debut.
With a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.F.A. from USC, Allen currently resides in Los Angeles. She is a member of the DGA, the WGA and the Editor's Guild. Allen is married to writer/producer Scott Rosenbaum. She is a Member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.
- Gossip Girl (2009)
- Life Unexpected (2010)
- The Vampire Diaries (2010)
- 90210 (2011)
- Dating Rules from My Future Self (2012)
- Franklin & Bash (2012)
- Emily Owens M.D. (2012)
- Star-Crossed (2014)
- Red Band Society (2014)
- The Kicks (2015)
- Mistresses (2015)
- Relationship Status (2016)
- Guilt (2016)
- The Arrangement (2017)
- MacGyver (2017)
- Famous in Love (2017)
- Empire (2017–2018)
- The Exorcist (2017)
- The Resident (2018)
- Hawaii Five-0 (2018)
- All American (2019)
- Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists (2019)
- BH90210 (2019)
- Why Women Kill (2019)
- Spinning Out (2020)
- Dead to Me (2020)
- Elizabeth Allen's website
- Entertainment Weekly article
- A behind-the-scenes visit during preproduction: Ramona and Beezus
- Aquamarine Pictures of Elizabeth Allen
- Alumni Interview with Elizabeth Allen
- Info at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts
- Charity Work appearances[permanent dead link]
- Elizabeth Allen on IMDb
- Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum on Twitter