I spent over 15 years in the film business working as senior level studio executive developing movies with writers and directors, and later as a producer working on television and movies.
This experience gives me a unique perspective and expertise along with my expertise in doing research and translating academic research. Recently I began consulting for several entertainment companies and creators. If you are interested in learning more about how I can consult with you, please visit this link: Dr. Yalda T. Uhls Consulting.
CURRENT WORK WITH ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
SPROUT, 2015. Innovation Speaker. Brought in to share my perspective with the creative team on one of their shows.
HENSON PICTURES 2014 – Current. Educational Consultant – Dot; Brought on to consult on a picture book written by Randy Zuckerberg, which is being turned into a television series for 4-8 year olds.
DISNEY CHANNEL, 2014 – Current. Educator. Speaker
Partial List of Films I worked on as Movie Executive
My Family aka Mi Familia (starring Edgar James Olmos, Jimmy Smits and Jennifer Lopez in her first role)
Tree’s Lounge (written and directed by Steve Buscemi, accepted at the Cannes Film Festival)
Permanent Midnight (starring Ben Stiller with Owen Wilson)
Stigmata (starring Gabriel Byrne and Patricia Arquette)
As a producer some of the people I worked with include FX Network, CBS, Kelsey Grammar, New Line, Todd Field and Don Cheadle.
GOOGLE 2006 – 2008 Consultant
Helped create and implement the Santa Monica Speaker Series, a series of speaking events that brings together leaders in the entertainment industry to share their unique perspective on the industry, the creative process and technology’s role in this rapidly changing world.
MGM PICTURES 1997 – 2000
Senior Vice President of Production
Supervised multimillion-dollar films from initial stage to final distribution. Worked with writers developing their scripts, directors, actors and marketing executives.
Artisan Pictures 1995 – 1997
Sr VP of Production
Created a film division to develop and produce theatrical movies, supervised a staff of ten, and presided over the production of over ten films. Movies included TREES LOUNGE, starring and directed by Steve Buscemi and PERMANENT MIDNIGHT starring Ben Stiller.
New Line Pictures 1993 – 1994
Director of Acquisitions
Attended film festivals such as Cannes and Sundance in order to scout projects for international co-productions and acquisitions. Involved in the acquisition of HOOP DREAMS. Found, advocated for and presided over the production of MI FAMILIA aka MY FAMILY directed by Greg Nava and starring Edward James Olmos and Jimmy Smits.
Sony Pictures, 1990-1992
Named one of the top 100 people in Hollywood by Fade In Magazine
Mentioned in Robert Rodriguez book REBEL WITHOUT A CREW and in Steve Buscemi’s book MY FIRST MOVIE