EXCLUSIVE: Margaret French Isaac has been named president of Denise Di Novi Pictures. Isaac previously worked at Johnny Depp’s Infinitu Nihil Productions as its Executive VP of Film and Television during Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean The Rum Diary, Mortdecai and Dark Shadows runs.
She also previously worked at DreamWorks right before it went public and ran Wendy Finerman’s Co. as president during Forrest Gump, StepMom and Fairytale: A True Story.
At one point, she and Mimi Leder partnered. She also became a senior executive at Vangaurd Animation and has been involved in various aspects of film for years. She also helped to develop series for TV networks including ABC, Fox, CBS, MGM, and Lifetime.
“As anyone who knows Margaret will tell you, her positive energy, talent with material and breadth of experience is a rare combination,” Di Novi told Deadline. “I am lucky and delighted to have her on my team.”
French Isaac will start working on the production company’s The Selection based on the bestselling book series by Kira Cass; the film is being adapted and directed by Leslye Headland. Yes, yet another female-driven film.
Di Novi, recipient of Women in Film’s 2016 Crystal + Lucy Award for Excellence in Film, has produced a number of female-driven films, including Heathers, Little Women, Crazy, Stupid Love, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants as well as Batman Returns, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ed Wood, and James and the Giant Peach through her producing association with Tim Burton. Other credits include Focus, If I Stay, and Unforgettable, which marked her 2017 directorial debut.
In television, she is directing upcoming episodes of Sneaky Pete and Outlander.
In January, Di Novi and former CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler joined to launch PatMa Productions, described as “a multi-platform independent studio aimed at amplifying diverse voicesa multi-platform independent studio aimed at amplifying diverse voices.” It is separate from Di Novi Pictures.