About

THE TEAM

Jonathan S. Katz — Chief Operating Officer

Jon oversees all aspects of the Company’s operations including production, finance, distribution, and business affairs, reporting to C.E.O Edward R. Pressman. Until 2005, Jon was also a business affairs executive at ContentFilm, Inc., co-founded by Mr. Pressman. Prior to joining the Company in 2002, Jon was an associate in the New York office of Richards & O’Neil, LLP. Previously, Jon worked in development at Punch Productions, Dustin Hoffman’s production company. Jon was an Executive Producer of such Pressman films as The Moth DiariesMutant Chronicles, and The Crow: Wicked Prayer, and was Co-Producer of Sisters and The Beautiful Country. Jon received his undergraduate degree in political science from Columbia, and a law degree from Boston University where he was an editor of the Boston University Law Review.

Kelly McKee — Director of Development

Kelly oversees Pressman Film’s project development, pushing the Company’s current slate forward, while also searching for new potential projects to develop. He works closely with writers and directors to prepare projects for production and additionally, contributes to seeing projects through the production and post-production stages. He also supports branding and merchandising initiatives. Before joining Pressman Film in 2014, Kelly worked for film producer Jordan Kerner at Kerner Entertainment,  followed by working in physical production in New York in both features and television for four years, and then relocated to Los Angeles to join ICM Partners where he worked in the Motion Picture Literary and Motion Picture Talent departments. Kelly received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas, where he majored in Psychology, with a minor in Film Studies, and Political Science.

Nick Neisser — Executive Assistant to Edward R. Pressman

Nick supports C.E.O Edward R. Pressman with daily business operations in the Company’s New York City office. He helps to contribute creatively on the Company’s projects and searches for new potential projects to develop. Although a Los Angeles native, Nick decided to pursue the entertainment industry in NYC. Prior to joining Pressman in 2016, he interned for film producer Anne Carey at Archer Gray, and then joined Agency for the Performing Arts (APA) in 2015. Nick graduated from Amherst College in 2014 with a B.A. in History.

Annie Pressman — Communications & Special Projects

Annie contributes to the Company’s publicity and marketing strategies and to the development of various projects on the Company’s slate. She co-edited the promotional book, Wall Street: The Collector’s Edition, which was printed by Newmarket Press in conjunction with the release of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Annie also manages the collection of 35mm prints of the 80 plus Pressman produced films to be archived in the ”Pressman Collection” at the Academy Film Archive, a division of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences located at the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Hollywood. Annie has appeared in front of the camera portraying such memorable and unique characters like the tough co-ed, Stella Roche, opposite Michael Caine in the Oliver Stone-directed and Pressman-produced The Hand; Nurse Hallaway in the Vietnam War film, Purple Hearts, opposite Cheryl Ladd and Ken Wahl; Spalding Gray’s wife who sings the Talking Head’s song, “Dream Operator” during a fashion show in David Byrne’s True Stories; and Jane Butterfield, the pushy real estate agent in the dirndl skirt, in Tim Burton’s Beetle Juice. Annie received her B.A. in Theatre Studies from the University of Colorado and attended The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the National Theater Institute, a part of the Eugene O’Neill Center for Performing Art in Waterford, CT.

Sam Pressman — Creative Executive

Sam contributes to the Company’s marketing and social media strategies and to the development of various projects on the Company’s Slate. He has worked on the sets of Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life and Timothy Linh Bui’s Powder Blue. For the Pressman-produced Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans directed by Werner Herzog, Sam shot and edited The Making of The Bad Lieutenant included on the film’s DVD as well as directing and producing the behind the scenes materials of The Man Who Knew Infinity. Sam graduated with a degree in Film & Media Studies from Stanford University. While at Stanford Sam twice was the President of the Stanford Film Society and Director of the Advanced Filmmakers Workshop. His short film Experiment 93474 played at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival Shorts Corner and his short documentary Tres Fronteras played at the 2012 Palo Alto Film Festival.  Sam recently completed his directorial debut titled Reconquest of the Useless, a cinematic pilgrimage to the Amazon Jungle and the films of Werner Herzog. The film made its world premiere at The Zurich Film Festival, and its US premiere at The Woodstock Film Festival. It went on to show at the Festival of New Latinamerican Cinema of Havana, Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Virginia Film Festival, Sun Valley Festival, and Docs MX (Mexico City) among others. Recently Sam produced The Jingoist, a political thriller set in the days after 9/11, which is in post-production.

EDWARD R. PRESSMAN BIO

With more than 80 diverse motion pictures and 30 plus years of experience to his credit, native New Yorker and film producer Edward R. Pressman has forged a career of international renown marked by originality and eclecticism. Throughout his maverick career, he has brought numerous emerging filmmakers together with projects that have put them firmly on the map. Pressman’s reputation as a daring filmmaker was cemented with the international recognition of the French Cinematheque, which presented a 1989 retrospective of his films and awarded him the esteemed Chevalier Des Arts et Letters medal. He’s also received tributes from The National Film Theatre in London, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Pacific Film Archives and the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Cinematék. In 2003, Pressman was honored with the IFP Gotham Award for lifetime achievement. In May 2010, Pressman was among twelve notable filmmakers honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences at their “Magnificent Collections” event at which the Academy announced the archiving of Pressman’s films and papers. Most recently, he was the President of the Jury at the Tokyo Film Festival and was profiled as one of twenty notable producers in the book FilmCraft: Producing by Geoffrey Macnab & Sharon Swart.

Pressman’s specialty is discovering new talent and bringing new experiences to motion picture audiences. He is known for fostering the careers of young and inspired filmmakers. Director Brian De Palma showed off his early mastery of suspense in the Pressman productions Sisters and Phantom of the Paradise, and Terrence Malick’s visual genius was first brought to the screen in Pressman’s Badlands. Pressman gave Jason Reitman his directorial debut with Thank You for Smoking, and Oliver Stone his major directorial debut withThe Hand then produced his Academy Award-winning Wall Street and Talk Radio. With Stone, Pressman produced Kathryn Bigelow’s early film, the thriller, Blue Steel starring Jamie Lee Curtis. He is responsible for giving Alex Proyas his directorial debut with The Crow, Sylvester Stallone his with Paradise Alley, and David Byrne’s his with True Stories. In John Milius’ Conan the Barbarian, Pressman gave Arnold Schwarzenegger his first starring role. Pressman showcased David Gordon Green’s talents in one of his early films, Undertow, as he did with Sam Raimi in his early film Crimewave written by the Coen brothers. He produced documentarian James Marsh’s first narrative feature The King starring Gael Garcia Bernal and William Hurt. Pressman’s international productions include: Wolfgang Petersen’s Das Boot; the Taviani brothers’ Good Morning, Babylon, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Despair, David Hare’s Paris by Night; Fred Schepisi’s Plentystarring Meryl Streep; Alex Cox’s Walker starring Ed Harris; Bo Widerberg’s Victoria; and Werner Herzog’sBad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans with Nicholas Cage.

Over the years, Pressman has produced director-driven, high-profile projects, including: Mary Harron’s American Psycho with Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Reese Witherspoon and Chloë Sevigny; Abel Ferrara’sBad Lieutenant with Harvey Keitel; James Toback’s Black and White and Two Girls and a Guy both starring Robert Downey Jr; Harold Becker’s City Hall starring Al Pacino, John Cusack and Danny Aiello; Danny DeVito’sHoffa starring Jack Nicholson; Charles Burnett’s To Sleep With Anger starring Danny Glover; Wayne Kramer’s acclaimed Vegas romance, The Cooler starring Alec Baldwin in his Oscar®-nominated role, William H. Macy and Maria Bello; David Mamet’s Homicide with Joe Mantegna and William H. Macy; Barbet Schroeder’sReversal of Fortune starring Jeremy Irons in his Oscar®-winning performance as ‘Claus von Bülow’, and Glenn Close as ‘Sunny von Bülow’; John Frankenheimer’s The Island of Dr. Moreau with Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer; and Steven Shainberg’s Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus with Robert Downey Jr and Nicole Kidman as the photographer, Diane Arbus.

Recent Pressman productions include: the screen adaptation of The Moth Diaries on which Pressman reteamed with director Mary Harron; the Oscar®-winning Wall Street sequel, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, directed by Oliver Stone and starring Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan, Susan Sarandon, and Frank Langella; and the Bad Lieutenant reinvention, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, directed by Werner Herzog and starring Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes and Val Kilmer.

Upcoming Pressman productions include: A reinvention of The Crow with Relativity Media; Happy Valley, the Joe Paterno bio-pic starring Al Pacino as the late Penn State football coach; a reinvention of Bloodsport; The Monkey Wrench Gang based on the Edward Abbey novel and to be written and directed by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman (Catfish); and the film adaptation of the graphic novel, Feeding Ground.

Pressman enjoys a unique collaboration in Sunflower Productions with long-time friend Terrence Malick. Previous Sunflower productions include; Amazing Grace directed by Michael Apted and starring Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Gambon, Benedict Cumberbatch and Albert Finney; Happy Times by acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou; and The Beautiful Country directed by Hans Petter Moland and starring Nick Nolte, Tim Roth, and Bai Ling.

Pressman attended New York’s Fieldston School and then went on to graduate with honors from Stanford University with a B.A. in Philosophy.  He pursued graduate studies at the London School of Economics.

THE COMPANY

Founded in 1969, Pressman Film has produced more than 80 world-class motion pictures and helped launch the careers of several of the most prominent figures in the movie industry. Located in both New York and Los Angeles, and led by veteran producer Edward R. Pressman, Pressman Film continues a long tradition of developing strong relationships with talented directors, writers, and actors early in their careers and sustaining these relationships as their careers progress.

Years of work has allowed Pressman Film to create lasting relationships based on Mr. Pressman’s productions of the early works of directors Oliver Stone, Terrence Malick, Sam Raimi, David Byrne, Kathryn Bigelow, Alex Proyas, Brian De Palma, David Mamet, Charles Burnett, and Alan Rickman, and actors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jon Voight, Meryl Streep, Nick Nolte, Kevin Klein, John Goodman, Alec Baldwin, Sylvester Stallone, Christian Bale, and Reese Witherspoon. Because of Mr. Pressman’s enhanced vision of the industry, Pressman Film is uniquely positioned to play a significant role in the successful production of both independent and studio film markets as actors and directors increasingly move back and forth between these two dynamic environments.