The Hollywood Reporter named Susan Cartsonis one of the top five grossing producers of the year for What Women Want—the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time at the time of its release starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt—and Where the Heart Is starring Natalie Portman. She has produced hits including the Resonate/Netflix summer 2020 hit, Feel the Beat starring Sofia Carson, the highly rated Disney hit, Descendants (2019), Freaky Friday the Musical (2018), Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, (Sundance 2017), the hit film The DUFF (2016), Beastly, Middle School, Invisible Sister, and No Reservations and Aquamarine. Carrie Pilby, (Toronto Film Festival, 2016), was produced with Resonate partners Brent Emery and Suzanne Farwell.
Cartsonis has just completed shooting the feature film True Spirit in Australia, for Netflix. True Spirit tells the true story of Jessica Watson’s circumnavigation of the globe at the age of 16 alone in a sailboat in 2010. The film will be released in late 2022 and stars Cliff Curtis and Anna Paquin.
Prior to her producing career, Cartsonis was a studio executive at 20th Century Fox for nearly a decade, where she rose from script reader to Senior VP of Production by supervising over twenty films including Nell, French Kiss, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, For the Boys, Dying Young, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. At Fox she also supervised talent deals such as The Farrelly Brothers, Geena Davis, Richard Gere, and Johnny Depp.
Cartsonis is a member of the Motion Picture Academy, the Television Academy and the Producer’s Guild. She serves on the board of the female screenwriter’s mentoring program founded by Meryl Streep and co-funded by Nicole Kidman and Oprah Winfrey, The Writer’s Lab. She also serves on the board of the non-profit screenwriters workshop, Cinestory, and teaches producing at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.
Longtime collaborator of writer/director Nancy Meyers, Suzanne Farwell has produced some of the most commercially successful comedies in recent history and has worked with many of the industry’s most recognized and sought-after talent.
With early training at The William Morris Agency, Farwell began her production career on the set of Walt Disney Pictures’ remake of The Parent Trap. As President of Waverly Films at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Farwell co-produced the 2003 critically-acclaimed box office success Something’s Gotta Give (starring Academy Award winners Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton) and was Executive Producer on the 2006 worldwide box-office hit The Holiday (starring Academy Award winner Kate Winslet, Academy Award nominee Jude Law and Golden Globe nominees Cameron Diaz and Jack Black) for the studio. In 2009, Farwell went on to executive produce It’s Complicated (starring Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and Steve Martin and Emmy Award winner Alec Baldwin). In 2015, Farwell produced The Intern (starring Academy Award winners Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway) for Warner Bros. Pictures.
Farwell produced the 2017 independent feature film Carrie Pilby, starring Bel Powley, Nathan Lane, Gabriel Byrne, Jason Ritter and Vanessa Bayer. Carrie Pilby premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and was released theatrically by The Orchard and on Netflix in 2017.
In 2016, Farwell founded Resonate Entertainment with Susan Cartsonis and Brent Emery, her producing partners on Carrie Pilby. In 2020, Farwell was Executive Producer on the hit Netflix original film Feel the Beat starring Sofia Carson and on the Disney Channel Original Movie Upside Down Magic, both under the Resonate banner. Most recently, Farwell was Executive Producer on Zombies 3, the third and final movie in Disney Channel’s hit musical franchise. Farwell has a B.A. from Florida State University and an M.A. from Pepperdine University.
Sundance award-winning producer Brent Emery brings over twenty years of international film strategy and business consulting experience to Resonate Entertainment. He has worked as an independent film finance, sales and production specialist at multiple executive posts, including U.S. Head of Co- Productions for ECI (a global entertainment company focused on Chinese Co- Productions) and Executive Vice President of Production and Development at Madonna and Guy Oseary’s Maverick Films.
During his many years at Maverick Films, Emery oversaw development of over fifty studio and independent film and television projects and managed the deals of a dozen independent producers. Projects that emerged from Emery’s tenure include box office record breaking Twilight, which was eventually financed by Summit Entertainment, the hit film Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, and the young adult hit movies Agent Cody Banks I and II.
Emery’s critically acclaimed 2015 film, The Stanford Prison Experiment, won the Alfred P. Sloan Award and Waldo Salt screenwriting award at The Sundance Film Festival. The Road Within, starring Kyra Sedgwick, produced by Emery and written and directed by Emery’s wife, Gren Wells, has garnered multiple international awards, including Best Youth Film at The Rome Film Festival.
After producing Carrie Pilby with Suzanne Farwell and Susan Cartsonis, they went on to create Resonate Entertainment in 2016. In 2020, Emery was Executive Producer on the Sofia Carson starring Netflix film, Feel the Beat, the independent film, Dear Zoe (starring Stranger Things’ Sadie Sink), and, in 2021, Space Oddity (being directed by Kyra Sedgwick) alongside his partners in Resonate.
Clément began his career at Chelsea Pictures, working in commercial production with clients such as Toyota, Nike and Sprint. He then moved to short form and unscripted production for a number of platforms and cable networks including Verizon Go90, TruTV, Nickelodeon and MTV.
Clément later transitioned to longform projects, working on Netflix originals Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, which premiered at Sundance 2017 and The Struggle, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, chronicling the life of Stanislaw Szukalski.
Clément worked as an Associate Producer on the Netflix Original Feel The Beat, which was released on June 19, 2020. He just wrapped in Australia as the Co-Producer of the Netflix Original Film True Spirit directed by Sarah Spillane (Around the Block) and starring Teagan Croft, Anna Paquin, Josh Lawson and Cliff Curtis.
Clément joined Resonate Entertainment in 2017 and currently serves as the company’s Creative Executive.