Barry Mendel is a 2-time Oscar-nominated film producer. The first film he produced was Rushmore, directed by Wes Anderson which won IFP Independent Spirit Awards for Best Director Anderson and Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray. This was followed by The Sixth Sense, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, which was nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture. Subsequently, he produced its follow-up, Unbreakable, then went back to work with Wes Anderson on the The Royal Tenenbaums, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for writers Anderson and Owen Wilson. This collaboration continued on The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, which was followed by Joss Whedon's directorial debut, critically acclaimed Serenity.
Mendel next produced Munich, directed by Steven Spielberg, which was nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture. He then went back to work with Shyamalan, producing the box-office hit The Happening.
Next, Mendel produced Judd Apatow's film Funny People starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Jonah Hill, Eric Bana and Jason Schwartzman. Mendel also produced the roller derby movie Whip It, Drew Barrymore's debut as a feature director; Michael Lander's debut film Peacock; and Shanghai written by Hossein Amini and directed by Mikael Hafstrom. These films will be released in late 2009 and early 2010.
Mendel began his career in film as a literary agent representing novelist/screenwriter Calder Willingham, among others.
CreditsShanghai (2010) (producer)
Peacock (2010) (producer)
Whip it (2009) (producer),
Funny People (2009) (producer)
The Happening (2008) (producer)
Munich (2005) (producer)
Serenity (2005) (producer)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) (producer)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) (producer)
Unbreakable (2000) (producer)
The Sixth Sense (1999) (producer)
Rushmore (1998) (producer)