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Dana M. Jackson

Literary Manager, Fineman Entertainment; producer Park, Typewriter Days
Dana Jackson graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and Playwrights Horizons Theater School with a B.F.A. in Film/Theatre and a minor in Business. Relocating to Los Angeles, she worked at the William Morris Agency before a 5-year stint at Castle Rock Entertainment, where she rose to Director of Development. There she worked on dozens of major releases and was instrumental in securing distribution rights to THE SPITFIRE GRILL and PALMETTO.

In 1997, she was named Senior V.P. of Hunt/Tavel Productions, the Sony-based production company of Academy Award winning actor-producer Helen Hunt and producer/manager Connie Tavel. While at Hunt/Tavel, she set up projects at Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony and Warner Bros. and was the Co-Producer of Helen Hunt’s directorial debut THEN SHE FOUND ME starring Bette Midler, Colin Firth and
Helen Hunt. Jackson went on to head development for Freestyle Pictures where she developed and packaged THE ACCIDENTAL VIRGIN with Heather Graham to star.

In 2002, Jackson was chosen for Film Independent’s Producing Lab and subsequently participated in Film Independent’s Fast Track Program. In 2005, Jackson produced PARK, directed by Kurt Voelker and starring William Baldwin, Ricki Lake and Cheri Oteri, which won the 2006 Audience Award at the CineVegas Film Festival, the film’s World Premiere. PARK has gone on to win numerous awards and screen around the world in over 25 festivals. Jackson self-distributed the film theatrically in the U.S. in the fall of 2007, the film aired on Showtime, Starz The Movie Channel and Netflix, after which the DVD was released in May 2008. The film was also distributed internationally through Fox International and continues to be sold in territories around the globe.

Jackson founded R.E.D. Entertainment a management and production company in 2004 and was involved in launching the careers of Bert V. Royal, the award-winning and critically acclaimed playwright of DOG SEES GOD and screenwriter of the critically acclaimed and financial hit film EASY A, and critically acclaimed television series RECOVERY ROAD. Jackson joined FINEMAN ENTERTAINMENT in 2016. She very quickly helped to double the company’s client base since her arrival which manages over 30 filmmakers and television creators including notable talent such as Michael Apted, Phillip Noyce, and Jennifer Lynch.