October 2, 2023
Mattel has announced the promotion of Robbie Brenner to president, Mattel Films. She was previously executive producer, Mattel Films since 2018.
“Robbie joined the company five years ago to bring the vision of Mattel Films to life, collaborating with leading filmmakers to make standout-quality movies based on our iconic brands that will resonate in culture and appeal to global audiences,” says Ynon Kreiz, chairman, chief executive officer, Mattel. “She has done exactly that and so much more, positioning Mattel Films as a key partner for innovative creators, world-class talent, award-winning producers and major studios. Under Robbie’s leadership, we look forward to continue growing Mattel Films and bringing more exciting stories with cultural impact to the big screen to the delight of fans around the world.”
Brenner produced for Mattel the “Barbie” movie, released by Warner Bros. Pictures. Beyond the “Barbie” movie, Mattel Films has announced 14 live-action movies in development with major studio partners, including American Girl, Barney, Hot Wheels, Magic 8 Ball, Matchbox, Major Matt Mason, Masters of the Universe, Polly Pocket, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, Thomas & Friends, UNO, View-Master and Wishbone. Mattel Films is also developing “Christmas Balloon,” a holiday family drama based on new IP.
“Throughout my career, I have always gravitated toward creating important movies that have something to say,” says Brenner. “Mattel and Ynon have given me the opportunity of a lifetime to unlock a treasure trove of IP and collaborate with some of the greatest actors, auteurs and studios in the world. I am grateful to all our creative partners and everyone at Mattel for their support and confidence. As we celebrate the overwhelming success of the ‘Barbie’ movie with our incredible partners and fans, I am even more excited by what’s next for Mattel Films.”
Prior to joining Mattel, as an independent producer, Brenner earned a 2013 Academy Award nomination for “Dallas Buyers Club,” which won three Academy Awards. Brenner also produced women’s rights drama, “Call Jane,” starring Elizabeth Banks and Sigourney Weaver; the supernatural romance, “The In Between,” starring Joey King and Kyle Allen and “Burden,” starring Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker and Andrea Riseborough.
Previously, Brenner served as president, production at Relativity and was integral to the studio’s acquisition of the Sundance documentary, “Catfish.” There, she also led production on movies such as “Immortals,” “Safe Haven,” “Mirror, Mirror,” “Out of the Furnace,” “The Fighter” and many more. She also previously oversaw and shepherded film production at Miramax Films and 20th Century Fox.
Brenner received a bachelor’s degree in film from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Executive Branch.
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