Dena Hysell

Dena Hysell

Rumpus Room Productions
Director, Producer and Screenwriter

Los Angeles, California

Member Since:
March 2015
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About Dena

Dena Hysell is an in demand director/writer/producer who has successfully built and run multiple entertainment companies, inside the studio system and independently. Recognized for her work with top honors at multiple festivals (Toronto, Seattle, Indiana, NYFF), as well as having a track record for her work being acquired by major distributors, Dena continues to make media in multiple formats that is compelling and commercial. After beginning her career at Gold Circle Films (MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, WHITE NOISE), she decided to jump to a position that combined her creative and production skills. She moved on to run Just Singer Entertainment (principles Sheri Singer and Steve White) In this capacity, she sourced and brought from concept to completion movies for Disney's specific mandate including such projects as HALLOWEENTOWN 1-3, READ IT AND WEEP, COW BELLES, GO FIGURE, and NOW YOU SEE IT. In addition, she worked on the SoapNet's flagship series ONE MINUTE SOAPS. She then ran the feature side of Slate of Eight, LLC (principle Alan Jacobs; AMERICAN GUN, NINA TAKES A LOVER), where she developed a dozen viable film projects in budget ranges from 3 million to 80 million. Her feature project DOWN FOR LIFE, starring Danny Glover and Snoop Dogg, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009, and released theatrically February 2011. She produced A LITTLE HELP, Michael J. Weithorn’s (KING OF QUEENS, NED & STACEY) feature directorial debut starring Jenna Fischer and Chris O’Donnell, which released theatrically in July 2011 to rave reviews in the LA Times, NY Times, and received 3.5 out of 4 stars by Roger Ebert.
In the past 3 years, she has directed 3 features (2 narrative, 1 documentary) and is currently shooting another documentary. She has been hired to write two features based on other producers ideas, with rave reviews from both hiring companies. She is a contributing writer to, AND Magazine, and She attended Stanford University (BA, MFA), serves on the Board of Directors for Stanford in Entertainment, and was named a 2009 Stanton Scholar and artist representative for The Aspen Institute’s Socrates Seminar on the relationship between business and government. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Mobile Film Classroom, a 501c3 charity organization focused on empowering disadvantaged children by teaching storytelling and filmmaking skills.


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