Prominent industry executive John Penotti has produced over 45 films since his start working with legendary director Sidney Lumet (Network, Dog Day Afternoon). After founding Ivanhoe Pictures—an international local-language content company—in 2013, Penotti was hand-picked to serve as president of the U.S. independent production company Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and in 2017 officially merged both entities to form the parent company SK Global.
Through Ivanhoe Pictures, Penotti produced and co-financed with Warner Bros. the Golden Globe nominated comedy Crazy Rich Asians from director Jon M. Chu which boasts an all-Asian cast and is now one of the highest grossing romantic comedies of all time in the U.S. Other Ivanhoe productions include the Taiwanese film Cities of Last Things directed by Wi Ding Ho; director Na Hong-jin's Korean phenomenon The Wailing; and the upcoming Hindi-language series Delhi Crime Story from award-winning director Richie Mehta set for release via Netflix.
Additionally, Penotti has established a number of key Ivanhoe partnerships to produce local-language films in China, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Latin America and Indonesia, including a deal with Blumhouse Productions (Get Out, Halloween) for a slate of local-language genre films in India.
Under the Sidney Kimmel Entertainment banner, Penotti’s productions include the 2017 Academy Award Best Picture nominee Hell or High Water, the thriller Greta from director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) released via Focus Features; and the dark comedy Going Places, written and directed by John Turturro (The Night Of).
Penotti was the founding partner and President of NY-based GreeneStreet Films from 1994-2013 where he oversaw financing and production of features including the five-time Academy Award-nominee In the Bedroom, the #1 box office thriller Swimfan, the studio hit comedy Uptown Girls, and Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion, amongst many others.
In 2015, Penotti relocated from New York City to Santa Monica with his wife Sheryl and son Luca.