In Los Angeles, at UCLA Graduate Film School she completed post-production on her grant-funded film Baby Teeth, which went on to receive the Silver Venus Award at the Miami International Film Festival. She was then invited by the American Film Institute to join the Center for Advanced Film Studies as a Director Fellow, where she made three more short films.
Her career in Hollywood began at the legendary Creative Artists Agency, where she represented writers, producers and directors in motion pictures and television, and had the vision to sign the first of many young film directors to the Agency roster (Phil Joanou, Rattle & Hum; Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland, The Walking Dead, Mad Men, Ray Donovan, The Good Wife). Other CAA projects she was involved in include Lethal Weapon, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Tootsie, and television’s Thirtysomething.
Following a successful career with CAA, Barbara returned to the production side of the industry to run the motion picture development for Aaron Spelling Productions. Films produced included ‘night, Mother (1986, Anne Bancroft, Sissy Spacek), Satisfaction (1988, Julia Roberts, Liam Neeson) and Three O’Clock High (1987, Casey Siemaszko). Among her discoveries were early versions of the books Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi (1990, Goodfellas) and Perfume by Patrick Suskind (2006, Perfume).
As a Producer, she supervised the final draft rewrite of the script of the film Roommates (1995, Peter Falk, D.B. Sweeney, Julianne Moore) for producer Robert Cort. She also collaborated in the development of the screenplay Low Tech with producers David Ladd (The Serpent And The Rainbow) and Doug Claybourne (Apocalypse Now).
In Austin, Texas, Barbara presented John Truby’s Story Structure screenwriting workshop, which was awarded the Austin Chronicle’s Best of Austin award.
As Executive Director of the HBMG Foundation, Barbara launched the acclaimed ArtSpark Festival, a creative incubator for Theater Artists and Game Developers with the mission of developing new synergies among the Arts, Technology and Industry, bringing together more than 100 emerging Theater and Game Developer Artists the resources to collaborate, create and share new works with the community.
Well known in the Austin business and creative community, Barbara has taken an active role in Austin’s Economic Development initiatives. As a member of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Film & Digital Entertainment Committee, she initiated the campaign, with Sicola Martin, to brand Austin as a production destination to Hollywood.
She has served as a Judge in the Austin Film Festival’s screenplay competition, and has also been a Judge for the University of Texas McCombs School of Business annual MOOT Corp. business plan competition.
Barbara Holden may be reached at 310-428-8984 or firstname.lastname@example.org