Ellen Dinerman Little
(Executive Producer) is president and co-founder (with her husband, Robert Little) of First Look Pictures and Overseas Filmgroup, Inc. She is primarily involved in the supervision of the company's development, packaging, acquisition and production.
Over the past two and a half years, First Look has become a prominent new player in theatrical distribution for specialty films, including Tamra Davis' neo-noir Guncrazy , starring Drew Barrymore; the Vietnamese film The Scent of Green Papaya , which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film; and John Sayles' highly acclaimed The Secret of Roan Inish. First Look will next release Marleen Gorris' Antonia's Line, this year's Dutch entry for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards; and Infinity , starring Matthew Broderick and Patricia Arquette, also marking Broderick's directorial debut.
Little holds a B.A. from Barnard College and an M.A. from Harvard University Graduate School. She was a Harvard Traveling Fellow, and studied in Italy as a Fulbright Scholar while she was researching her doctoral thesis in architectural history. Her early career in the entertainment industry includes broad experience in development and acquisition, as well as screenwriting.
Little and her husband served on the original Board of Directors of The Ark Trust, which annually presents The Genesis Award to members of the media who significantly contribute to a better understanding of animal welfare issues. They are also founding members of The Archive Council, the UCLA support group for film preservation.