Glen Basner is founder and Chief Executive Officer of FilmNation Entertainment. A leading distributor, financier and producer of independent films and television, FilmNation has worked with many of the world's most renowned filmmakers and storytellers including Steven Soderbergh, Armando Iannucci, Pedro Almodóvar, Jonathan Glazer, Emerald Fennell and Denis Villeneuve. The company has established itself as a home for specialty filmmaking with global appeal by focusing on a highly selective group of filmmakers and projects that emphasize both creative integrity and commercial potential, and in recent years has strategically diversified its avenues of storytelling with television, theater and podcasting.
Consistently ranked as one of the highest-grossing independent international film distributors, FilmNation has produced award-winning box office hits that include Denis Villeneuve’s ARRIVAL starring Amy Adams and Kumail Nanjiani’s and Emily V. Gordon’s THE BIG SICK and released the Academy Award winning THE KING’S SPEECH, ROOM and THE IMITATION GAME. Upcoming releases include Pablo Larrain’s SPENCER starring Kristen Stewart, Pedro Almodovar’s MADRESPARALELAS starring Penelope Cruz and Sean Baker’s RED ROCKET. Recently the independent studio released Emerald Fennell’s Academy Award winning PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN starring Carey Mulligan, Sean Durkin’s THE NEST starring Jude Law, THE COURIER starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and Armando Iannucci’s THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD starring Dev Patel.
The studio’s first foray into television, I Know This Much Is True, was released on HBO and garnered Mark Ruffalo an Emmy Award for his lead role. The independent studio has a number of high-profile television projects lined up including adaptations of Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits, Daisy Goodwin’sAmerican Heiress for EPIX, and Susan Choi’s 2019 National Book Award winner Trust Exercise. FilmNation is also producing an adaptation of John Updike’s Rabbit Run, a co-production with U.K. outfit Lookout Point, and The Hidden Girl based on Ken Liu’s science fiction short story. The company has broadened its platform with strategic investments into other storytelling arenas, including theatrical productions of Tony winning The Band’s Visit and The Sound Inside and the West End’s critically acclaimed True West. The company made its foray into the audio space with podcast Hyper-Thetical and Murder on the Towpath for Luminary and continues to build its audio slate and digital content. The company announced in early 2019 the launch of its UK-based television production company with Nordic Entertainment Group.