Ariel Penn

Ariel Penn

Director, film commissioner and producer in Los Angeles, California

About Ariel

Producer/Director of "Fight for Your Life" with UFC stars Frank Shamrock and Miesha Tate, a 90 minute film about how to defeat rapists.

Filming Manager Pasadena Film Office
City of Pasadena
January 2010 – Present (3 years 5 months)
Markets Pasadena as a film location to the industry as well as manages logistics for on location production in the city (over 500 productions a year). Maintains a huge scouting library with over 1,000 Pasadena locations www.filmpasadena.com. Also works as an Independent Producer/Director on the side. Received two L.A.Emmy nominations and one Emmy win in Creative Technical Crafts (1993) for film I produced. In Filming Manager role, I have assisted with Pasadena location logistics on over 10,000 productions and films such as Inception, Social Network, Bridesmaids, the Hangover, Pulp Fiction, Father of the Bride, Kill Bill and Million Dollar Baby.

Project Manager, Filming & Special Events
City of Pasadena
October 1998 – February 2010 (11 years 5 months)
Managed the Filming & Special Events Office at City of Pasadena until functions were separated due to downsizing.
-Managed and supervised over 470 on location productions a year including marketing and logistics.
-Supervised staff responsible for over 85 major events a year including: Amgen Tour of California stage, Rose Parade post-parade, Cherry Blossom Festival, Doo Dah Parade.
-Project Managed the renovation of Memorial Park and the bandshell with Friends of the Levitt Pavilion. Created license agreement with Mortimer Levitt Foundation to create a public/private partnership to renovate the park, bandshell and provide 50 free summer concerts a year.

Film Liaison
City of Pasadena
March 1991 – October 1998 (7 years 8 months)
Started as a one woman office managing on location filming in Pasadena as well as marketing the City to filmmakers. Grew the business to 470 projects a year and adding additional staff to keep up with the demand.

Film Liaison
City of West Hollywood
November 1985 – March 1991 (5 years 5 months)
Coordinated logistics for productions filming on location in West Hollywood in such areas as the Sunset Strip, Melrose and Santa Monica Blvd. Most challenging project was "The Doors" with Oliver Stone that involved my office negotiating with the neighbors who lived north of the Sunset Strip to allow for a 4 day closure of the Strip with Stone's production bringing in 350 extras, 175 picture cars and completely refacading the Strip back to the way it was in the 1960's. I also worked with a variety of music video companies producing videos for such artists as Guns and Roses, Billy Idol and Barbara Streisand.


Name: Ariel Penn

Lives in: Los Angeles, California

Occupation: Director, Film Commissioner and Producer

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