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Ted Hope
Born 1962
Occupation Producer
Years active 1987—present

Ted Hope (born 1962) is an American independent film producer based in New York City.

As the American Indie wave hit in the early 90’s, Ted was among the first producers to emerge from the pack, and today remains one of the few consistently delivering vital and exciting new work. As times, platforms, and tastes change, Ted’s work continues to break new ground, reach new audiences, and define the term “Independent”.

Hope has produced the first films of such notable filmmakers as Ang Lee, Hal Hartley, Nicole Holofcener, Todd Field, Michel Gondry, Moises Kaufman, Bob Pulcini, and Shari Berman, among others. In the early 1990s, Hope co-founded with James Schamus the production/sales company Good Machine, which he and his partners sold to Universal in 2002.[1] That same year he co-founded This is that corporation with his current partner Anne Carey and his former assistant, Anthony Bregman.

Among Ted’s twenty-three Sundance entries, are three Grand Jury Prize winners: American Splendor (2003), The Brothers McMullen (1995) and What Happened Was... (1994). American Splendor also won the FIPRESCI Award at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, the Critics prize at the 2003 Deauville Film Festival and was nominated for five Spirit Awards and one Academy Award. Hope has also produced two Sundance Opening Night selections: Nicole Holofcener's Friends with Money (2006) and Moises Kaufman's The Laramie Project (2002), which was nominated for five Emmys.

The Hollywood Reporter recently cited Hope and his partners at This is that among the twenty-five most powerful people in the Independent Film business.[2]


The Early Film Years

Hope transferred into the undergraduate film program at New York University. He met his business partner Anne Carey on his first day there. After graduating, Hope worked as a production assistant for approximately three years, while also working as a script reader for numerous companies including New Line and MGM.

Hope advanced from work as a Production Assistant to Assistant Directing and Production Management. During that time he started to identify projects and filmmakers he wanted to work with. Most notably Hope started working with Hal Hartley in the years prior to their first production. Hope’s first productions were Hartley’s The Unbelievable Truth and Trust, on which he is credited as First Assistant Director and First Assistant Director & Line Producer, respectively.

The Good Machine Years

In 1990, Hope and James Schamus founded Good Machine, an independent film production company based in New York. They started doing line production for hire for various international auteurs, including Claire Denis, Danny Levy, and Jan Schutte.

At Good Machine, Hope and James Schamus produced Ang Lee's early films including Pushing Hands, The Wedding Banquet and Eat Drink Man Woman (both Academy Award nominees), The Ice Storm, and Ride with the Devil.

Hope produced Todd Solondz's Cannes Critics' Prize-winning Happiness, which Hope and his partners at Good Machine released themselves when its distributor dropped the film. Hope also executive produced In the Bedroom, which earned five Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Hope and Schamus brought David Linde in as a partner to Good Machine, in order to start their foreign sales arm, Good Machine International. In 2001, the partners sold the company to Universal. Schamus and Linde stayed on and merged the international sales company with USA Films to create Focus Features.

This is that

With fellow Good Machine producers Anne Carey and Anthony Bregman, and Business Affairs head Diana Victor, Hope co-founded New York production company This is that corporation in 2002. This is that specializes in unique content and innovative storytelling. This is that has produced seventeen films in the six years since its inception.

This is that's first release, 21 Grams, received two Academy Award nominations and five BAFTA nominations. The company's second release, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, won an Oscar for best screenplay.

Recent and Upcoming Productions

Hope is currently in pre-production on SUPER, written and to be directed by James Gunn, and starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page and Liv Tyler. In 2009 he produced Adventureland, written/directed by Greg Mottola and starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart.

Hope’s production of Oscar-winner Alan Ball’s feature film directorial debut Towelhead, starring Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette, and Maria Bello, opened nationwide in September 2008. Towelhead is Hope’s 18th production of a first time feature film director.

Ted had four features released in 2007. One of them, The Savages, directed by Tamara Jenkins and starring Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman was nominated for two Academy Awards including Best Actress and Best Screenplay. The three other releases include Hal Hartley’s Fay Grim, The Ex written by David Guion & Michael Handelman and directed by Jesse Peretz, and 'The Hawk is Dying starring Paul Giamatti and directed by Harry Crews.


Appearances, Jury Participation, and Awards

In 2008, Ted served as a jury member at the Woodstock Film Festival and Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Prior to that in 2004, he acted as a jury member at the Sundance, Miami Film Festival, and Bahamas International Film Festival.

Ted has lectured throughout the world and speaks at numerous events on issues regarding the film industry, most recently at Forbes Global CEO Conference in Singapore and as the Keynote Speaker at Film Independent's annual Filmmaker Forum in 2008. Ted is also regular panelist for Independent Feature Project.

Ted was honored with the Maverick Award at the 2008 Sarasota Film Festival. In 2006, the Hamptons International Film Festival honored Ted with an Industry Toast. Similarly, the Maui Film Festival also honored Ted with the Trailblazer Award in 2004. In 2001, Ted was awarded the NYC Crystal Apple Award. In the same year, Ted, along with James Schamus, was given the Fimlmakers on the Edge Award by the Provincetown Film Festival. In 1996, Ted & James were the recipient of the Gotham Producer of the Year award. Ted and James were also awarded the prestigious Independent Spirit Brian Greenbaum Memorial Award for Producing, 1994.

Beyond Film

Hope maintains several blogs, including Bowl Of Noses (a curated site for children age 6+), These Are Those Things, and Truly Free Film (see below). He also co-founded Hammer To Nail, a film review site focused on Truly Independent Film.

Ted has also published articles in several periodicals, and consults on independent film and media. He is cited in the following books:


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