Liz Manne is an independent film industry pioneer, having worked as a senior media executive; entrepreneur; business, organizational, and marketing strategist; and film and television producer. From 2002 to 2009, Manne was President of Duopoly, an independent production company she co-founded with Catherine Tait that also provides business and marketing strategy consulting services to the film and television industry. At Duopoly, Manne produced A DOG YEAR (HBO Films, 2009) based on the book by Jon Katz and starring Jeff Bridges; was the executive producer of FALL FROM GRACE (Showtime, 2007), a documentary about the controversial preacher Fred Phelps; and produced the girls’ high school basketball documentary THE HEART OF THE GAME (Miramax, 2005). Upcoming releases include LUCKY (Big Beach, 2010), a documentary about the lottery from SPELLBOUND director Jeffrey Blitz. Manne’s consulting clients at Duopoly included the Toronto International Film Festival Group and HBO Films for its theatrical features, including Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s AMERICAN SPLENDOR, Joshua Marston’s MARIA FULL OF GRACE, and Gus Van Sant’s ELEPHANT. She also advised HBO on the start-up and launch of Picturehouse, HBO’s theatrical distribution joint venture with New Line Cinema. In 2006, with Catherine Tait and Al Cattabiani, Manne co-founded iThentic, an online and mobile video content company. iThentic aggregates, produces and distributes original, high quality, independently-produced video content to digital and wireless platforms. From 1998 to 2001, Liz Manne served as Executive Vice President, Programming & Marketing for Robert Redford's Sundance Channel where she re-branded the network, introduced original programming, and programmed a variety of on-air film festivals for underserved audiences and artists, including African-American, Latino, women, and LGBTQ film festivals. In 1990, with Ira Deutchman, she co-founded Fine Line Features, New Line Cinema’s independent film division, and served as the company's Executive Vice President, Marketing. During her tenure, Manne ran the marketing and awards campaigns for more than 70 feature films including the critically acclaimed documentary HOOP DREAMS, the Academy Award-winning SHINE, and THE PLAYER and SHORT CUTS, both directed by Robert Altman. At Fine Line, she worked with many world class filmmakers including Woody Allen, Jane Campion, David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Jim Jarmusch, Ken Loach, Alan Rudolph, David O. Russell, and Gus Van Sant. Early in her career, she consulted on the marketing of Steven Soderbergh's SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE, Whit Stillman’s METROPOLITAN, and Charles Burnett’s TO SLEEP WITH ANGER. Manne began her entertainment career as a stage hand with the legendary San Francisco concert promoter Bill Graham. She received her BA in Dramatic Art from the University of California, Berkeley and her MBA from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. She has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences since 1997.