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Also Known As: Jesse Beaton-Franklin, Jesse Beaton Died:
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Birth Place: Profession: producer, distribution and marketing executive

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Jesse Beaton has had a steady climb in the motion picture industry, learning the ropes both at studios and in the realm of independent pictures. The experience served her well when she became an independent producer in 1988 and she has gone on to be associated with director Carl Franklin on several of his projects, notably his debut film, "One False Move" (1992), the HBO miniseries "Laurel Avenue" (1993), and the 1995 Denzel Washington vehicle based on a mystery by Walter Moseley, "Devil in a Blue Dress." (Beaton and Franklin are partners in Monarch productions.) Beaton studied mass media and communications at UC Berkeley, and simultaneously began working in the entertainment industry. She served as program director for the Mill Valley (CA) Film Festival, and later produced the road show of performance artists Penn & Teller. Beaton first worked for a Hollywood entity when she joined one of Paramount's regional sales offices. The experience there helped her gain the training to represent Gregory Nava's "El Norte" (1983) in the USA for which she also secured distribution rights and supervised the marketing campaign. Her work led to a job at Island Alive as vice president of marketing and distribution...

Jesse Beaton has had a steady climb in the motion picture industry, learning the ropes both at studios and in the realm of independent pictures. The experience served her well when she became an independent producer in 1988 and she has gone on to be associated with director Carl Franklin on several of his projects, notably his debut film, "One False Move" (1992), the HBO miniseries "Laurel Avenue" (1993), and the 1995 Denzel Washington vehicle based on a mystery by Walter Moseley, "Devil in a Blue Dress." (Beaton and Franklin are partners in Monarch productions.)

Beaton studied mass media and communications at UC Berkeley, and simultaneously began working in the entertainment industry. She served as program director for the Mill Valley (CA) Film Festival, and later produced the road show of performance artists Penn & Teller. Beaton first worked for a Hollywood entity when she joined one of Paramount's regional sales offices. The experience there helped her gain the training to represent Gregory Nava's "El Norte" (1983) in the USA for which she also secured distribution rights and supervised the marketing campaign. Her work led to a job at Island Alive as vice president of marketing and distribution where she was responsible for the acquisition, marketing and distribution of such independent films as "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and "The Trip to Bountiful" (both 1985) and "Mona Lisa" (1986). She was also involved and instrumental in the acquisition of Spike Lee's "She's Gotta Have It" (1986) and Percy Adlon's "Bagdad Cafe," Tim Hunter's "River's Edge" and Nikita Mikhalkov's "Dark Eyes" (all 1987). Beaton was promoted to senior vice president of production and development for Island Pictures in 1987 but resigned the following year when Island ceased all production activities. She went on to become an independent producer and consultant working for both Miramax and Island Pictures. By 1997, Beaton had numerous projects in tandem with Carl Franklin in various stages of development.

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 Out of Time (2003)
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Worked in regional sales office for Paramount Pictures
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Was program director for the Mill Valley Film Festival
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Produced Penn & Teller's traveling road show
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Secured US distribution rights for "El Norte"
1987:
Became senior vice president, production and development at Island Pictures
1988:
Left Island Pictures to become independent producer
1992:
Produced Carl Franklin's directorial debut, "One False Move"
1993:
Produced HBO miniseries "Laurel Avenue" directed by Franklin
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Formed Monarch Pictures with Franklin
1995:
Produced feature "Devil in a Blue Dress" also directed by Franklin
1995:
With Franklin, signed two-year, first look deal with TriStar
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Education

University of California at Berkeley: Berkeley , California -

Notes

Beaton has served as secretary of the Independent Features Project.

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