YDA JURY 2018: Ali Brown
Partner / Executive Producer
Los Angeles, USA
Brown began her career in the commercial and music video industry before moving over to feature films where she served as Director of Creative Affairs at Spirit Dance, a production company helmed by veteran director/actor/producer Forest Whitaker. Upon her return to advertising, she helped build the PRETTYBIRD roster and reputation, expanding its reach across commercials, short films, features, web series, and music videos. PRETTYBIRD’s work has been recognized worldwide, including by the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the One Show, the Clio Awards, the London International Awards, D&AD, British Arrows, the AICP Awards, as well as being named Creativity Magazine’s Top Production Company of the Year for 2015.
Brown has been able to combine her background in long and short form, leading PRETTYBIRD’s foray into the narrative realm. She has produced several films under the PRETTYBIRD banner, including the Daniels’ award-winning Sundance New Frontier film Possibilia; Showtime’s The Drew: No Excuse Just Produce directed by Baron Davis, and feature film The Trust, written and directed by PRETTYBIRD duo Brewer.
Through the keen creative eye of Brown, PRETTYBIRD has quickly grown its roster with a reputation for building talent and being a collaborative creative community that welcomes filmmakers from all disciplines and projects of all formats.
Ali served two terms as AICP/West President and has been a mentor for Project Involve, AdCan, and Women in Film. She also partnered with Sapient Nitro to curate the diversity-oriented panel Make Some Room at the 2016 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.