Diane Charles, CEO
Studio City, CA
An Emmy-nominated Producer and Development Executive with over fifteen years of entertainment industry experience, Diane specializes in the ideation, development, and production of award-winning entertainment.
Blue Feather Productions (a/k/a Intelligent Life Productions) makes companies, brands and talents more visible and relevant to the audiences they want to reach. As CEO, Diane combines her passion for working with people to create solutions that are often outside the box, with an innate ability to identify successful game-changing strategies.
For over five years, Diane worked with Lexus and Team One to produce more than 260 pieces of original entertainment for www.LStudio.com, including the series THR called “One of the 10 Best Series to Watch” – “Web Therapy” starring Lisa Kudrow, winner of 5 Webby Awards including “Best Comedy Series”.
In 2012, Diane along with Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, received an Emmy nomination as well as a Producers Guild nomination for “Web Therapy”. Working with attorneys and agents, she helped negotiate a first – the upsell of a branded online series to a premium cable channel – Showtime.
The online content alone exceeded goals for the brand by 17x and Diane was profiled in Fast Company magazine’s article, “Kings of Content”.
Among other entertainment exec-produced, Diane collaborated with OWN on a doc series, “Sessions Project: featuring will.i.am” that is currently screening on LStudio with a one-hour TV special to follow on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.
Additionally, Diane has worked with Playtone, (Tom Hanks/Gary Goetzman) to produce the celeb-filled “3 Minute Talk Show.” Guests included Hanks, Bryan Cranston, Stephen Moyer, Jon Cryer, Joe Jonas, Robin Williams, Jimmy Fallon and Johnny Knoxville.
Other projects produced: “Puppy Love” – ten shorts starring Famke Janssen, Sarah Paulson, Martha Plimpton by Amy B. Harris, Cindy Chupack and Liz Tuccillo of “Sex and the City”; NATPE Winner “Parts Art”; “Conversation Portraits” – Flash Rosenberg’s illustrated interviews with Jay-Z, Keith Richards, and John Waters; the award-winning “Lines” documentary series; and the live action/cg sci-fi film “Rift” – a short film that was honored at the Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at Cannes Film Festival.
Besides developing a slate of unscripted and scripted television projects, Diane’s also created a competitive spy genre cross-platform reality adventure series with unique talent attached, that’s currently being shopped, and is in talks with an Academy-award winning studio to create a unique branded expansion platform for their IP.
Diane believes it is her emphasis on conscious collaboration, integrity, humor, and creative freedom that has allowed her to work with so many talented actors, writers, brands and organizations, as she feels developing and nurturing relationships is as important and enjoyable as developing successful projects.
Diane is a member of the Producers Guild of America and has been a featured speaker at panels which include Digital Hollywood, Palm Springs Int’l Shortfest, Variety Summit and NAB, as well as the “Cracking the Code” panel at the APA/ Locke, Lord events.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Content Acquisition and Packaging
Creative and Business Development
Branding, PR and Cross-Promotion
Franchise and Original Properties
Celebrity Contract and Deal Negotiations
Production from Concept to Launch
Strategic Thinker / Problem Solver
Collaborative Leadership Style
Ability to easily procure and navigate
diverse high-level relationships
Juggle numerous complex projects and react
quickly to new situations and deadlines