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Birth Place: Canada Profession: producer, unit publicist, TV reporter, TV news writer, associate producer, TV film critic, copy editor

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Producer of offbeat Hollywood hits best known for her association with director Tim Burton. Di Novi began as a print copy editor and segued to on-air reporting and film criticism for "City-TV" in Canada. She entered film in 1980 as a unit publicist on a Canadian feature, "Final Assignment". That year, she also joined Filmplan International, a Canadian production company, where she worked in various capacities. Di Novi moved to Los Angeles and received an associate producer credit on "Going Beserk" (1983), a raucous comedy starring John Candy. She next joined New World Pictures as vice president in charge of production. Di Novi received her first full producer credit on the teen black comedy "Heathers" (1989). She then joined forces with eccentric film stylist Tim Burton as head of his production company and subsequently produced "Edward Scissorhands" (1990), the successful sequel "Batman Returns" (1992) and "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993), a macabre animated fantasy. In 1992 Di Novi left Burton's company to form her own Di Novi Pictures in conjunction with Columbia. Di Novi's first picture under her new banner, "Little Women" (1994), was a critically acclaimed adaptation of...

Producer of offbeat Hollywood hits best known for her association with director Tim Burton. Di Novi began as a print copy editor and segued to on-air reporting and film criticism for "City-TV" in Canada. She entered film in 1980 as a unit publicist on a Canadian feature, "Final Assignment". That year, she also joined Filmplan International, a Canadian production company, where she worked in various capacities. Di Novi moved to Los Angeles and received an associate producer credit on "Going Beserk" (1983), a raucous comedy starring John Candy. She next joined New World Pictures as vice president in charge of production. Di Novi received her first full producer credit on the teen black comedy "Heathers" (1989). She then joined forces with eccentric film stylist Tim Burton as head of his production company and subsequently produced "Edward Scissorhands" (1990), the successful sequel "Batman Returns" (1992) and "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993), a macabre animated fantasy. In 1992 Di Novi left Burton's company to form her own Di Novi Pictures in conjunction with Columbia.

Di Novi's first picture under her new banner, "Little Women" (1994), was a critically acclaimed adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel directed by Gillian Armstrong featuring an outstanding female ensemble headed by Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon.

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Worked as a copy editor for "The National Observer"
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Worked as a staff writer for "Canada AM"
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Served as an on-air reporter and film critic for "City-TV" in Canada
1980:
First film credit, as unit publicist for "Final Assignment"
1980:
Served in various production capacities for Filmplan International
1983:
Moved to L.A.
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Worked with Arnold Kopelson's Film Packages
1983:
Feature debut as an associate producer, "Going Beserk"
1985:
Served as vice president of production for New World Pictures
1989:
First film as producer, "Heathers"; first film with director Michael Lehmann and screenwriter Daniel Waters
1990:
First collaboration with director Tim Burton, "Edward Scissorhands"
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Served as head of Tim Burton Productions
1992:
Founded Di Novi Pictures, in association with Columbia Pictures
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Signed deal with Turner Pictures; when Turner merged with Warner Bros. in 1997, Di Novi's company was based there
1999:
Was producer of "Message in a Bottle", based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks
2000:
Executive produced the NBC miniseries "The 70's"
2000:
Served as executive producer of "The District" (CBS)
2001:
Was a producer of "Original Sin", featuring Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie
2002:
Served as producer of "A Walk to Remember", based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks
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Education

Simmons College: Boston , Massachusetts -
Simmons College: Boston , Massachusetts -

Notes

"Having worked with only two producers, Joel Silver and Denise, I think of them as the same person, only different. Dense is much beloved, never raises her voice; Joel is an abusive, castigating monster whom everyone makes fun of. They have totally different philosophies--his approach is 'We're dead, totally fucked': hers is, 'Everything's great'--but they're both lying, controlling the information, making sure they're the ones with the power. Both always get what they want. Either way, your brain is being melted." --screenwriter Daniel Waters on the art of Di Novi's producing technique, quoted in MOVIELINE, June 1994

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husband:
Christopher Taylor. Director of photography.

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