Gigi Pritzker is an accomplished film and stage producer, businesswoman, and an active philanthropist, who serves as co-founder and CEO of film production and financing company OddLot Entertainment.
Through OddLot Entertainment, which she founded in 2001, Pritzker has teamed with leading filmmakers to produce a range of high-quality, often literary-based motion pictures, such as 2010’s Academy Award®-nominated adult drama RABBIT HOLE, 2013’s critically acclaimed comedy hit THE WAY, WAY BACK starring Steve Carell, the film adaptation of the futuristic sci-fi novel ENDER’S GAME and the critically acclaimed directorial debut of Jon Stewart’s ROSEWATER which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The company is currently in active development on a number of high profile projects for both television and film, including the modern day heist/thriller COMANCHERIA starring Jeff Bridge, Chris Pine and Ben Foster, being produced by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, OddLot Entertainment and to be distributed by CBS Films.
Pritzker has actively worked to strategically expand OddLot Entertainment’s footprint in the global motion picture business, by partnering with Nick Meyer in 2011 to create the foreign sales company Sierra/Affinity, and by staking a position in video-on-demand distribution, FilmBuff, through a partnership with Cinetic Rights Management.
In 2013 Pritzker invested in STX, a next generation film studio founded by producer Robert Simonds whose other investors are TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity investment platform of TPG and Hony Capital, a leading private equity firm in China.
The plans for STX call for the new studio to finance, produce and self-distribute 10-15 star-driven theatrical movies for the global market per year. Between the debt and equity financing, and commitments for distribution from theatrical and other distribution partners, the studio expects to invest well over $1 billion in new film production over the next five years. Pritzker sits on the board of this innovative new film and TV company, which will fill a void in the theatrical motion picture business for mid-range-budgeted titles with A-list talent. This new studio has a strategic distribution alliance with OddLot.
Pritzker is equally active in the realm of live theater. After owning and operating Los Angeles’ Coronet Theatre for a decade, she developed and produced the Tony Award-winning musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with her longtime stage partner, Ted Rawlins, through her company Relevant Theatricals. Currently completing its fourth smash year of touring, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET – based on the legendary 1956 jam session featuring Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash – is also playing at Harrah’s in Las Vegas and is in its eighth year on stage in Chicago, making it the longest running Broadway musical in Chicago history. Relevant Theatricals also opened SNAPSHOTS with Stephen Schwartz (PIPPIN, WICKED, GODSPELL) at the Goodspeed Opera House in the fall of 2013, and CUMBERLAND BLUES, a musical featuring music from Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, in Seattle during the winter of 2014.
Pritzker’s active philanthropy roles include the The Sundance Institute Board of Trustees, Cure Violence (National Advisory Board), Project& (Founder & Vice Chair), and the Goodman Theatre of Chicago (Board Member). She was also selected as a Participant in the U.S. Department of Defense’s 2011 Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, and the University of Colorado, Boulder, Chancellors Advisory Council.
Pritzker studied anthropology at Stanford University. Living in Nepal for a year as an undergraduate student led her to producing her first documentary feature in Bhutan with the BBC and kick-started her long and successful career in the motion-picture business.
Motion Pictures Produced Through Odd Lot Entertainment
Live Stage Productions Developed Through Relevant Theatricals