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Badass Women at Any Age

Aug 16, 2022

Working her way up from entry level jobs in Hollywood, Elizabeth Cantillon used her love of film and storytelling coupled with her expertise in film theory and criticism to forge a path for herself in the film industry.   From secretary to studio executive and producer, Elizabeth learned the levers of power and the power of self advocacy through her climb.  Elizabeth serves as principal of Bisous Pictures, a romance label under MRC Film since 2020. She has served as principal of The Cantillon Company which was housed at Sony Pictures. She produced Elizabeth Banks’ reboot of Charlie’s Angels, starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, released in 2019. She produced the follow up to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Fede Alvarez’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web, starring The Crown’s Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander. Her first film under her Columbia deal was Concussion starring Will Smith in 2015. The Cantillon Company include the film adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s bestsellers, The Nightingale and The Great Alone, for TriStar Pictures. For MGM and Warner Bros, Cantillon is developing Tomb Raider 2 with producer Graham King. Elizabeth previously served as Executive Vice President of Production at Columbia Pictures. During her tenure at Columbia, she oversaw Academy Award winners The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the last four installments of the James Bond franchise, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre, as well as Captain Phillips directed by Paul Greengrass, Eat, Pray, Love directed by Ryan Murphy and The Monuments Men directed by George Clooney. Prior to joining Columbia Pictures, she served as Executive Vice President at MGM Studios, where she was responsible for a number of movies, including Be Cool, F. Gary Gray’s sequel to Get Shorty, and Carl Franklin’s Out of Time, starring Denzel Washington. Elizabeth produced The Banger Sisters for Fox Searchlight, Galaxy Quest for Dreamworks, and co-produced Sunset Park for TriStar Pictures. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film Theory & Criticism. Projects in development at Bisous Pictures include film adaptations of the bestselling novels 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand, The Return by Nicholas Sparks, The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood, and You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria. Along with the adaptation of bestselling book Photos Of You by Tammy Faye, to be directed by Jenny Gage &Tom Betterton. Elizabeth is also developing original scripts by Pulitzer Prize finalist and playwright Christopher Shinn and James Beard-winning writer Aleksandra Crapanzano.

What You Will Hear in This Episode: 

  • Elizabeth's personal story
  • Difference between a producer and a studio executive
  • From secretary to Showtime
  • Challenges as a woman in film
  • Work/Life balance
  • Advocating for yourself
  • Equity and Inclusion
  • Self inflicted obstacles 
  • Mentorship in the industry


“Advocacy is a big part of being a studio executive.”

“It has to be more than just passion. You have to figure out the levers of the power.”

“The lessons that I've learned is you have to advocate for yourself.  You have to set your own boundaries.”

“It's always a reset every day. It's a work in progress every day. Everyday you feel masterful and every day you feel like you fail.”

“I think that television as an ecosystem, has many more powerful women in it.”


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