Rena Ronson is Partner and Head of the Independent Film Group at premier global talent and literary agency United Talent Agency (UTA). As one of the industry’s pre-eminent packaging and finance executives, Ronson’s focus is on global film finance, distribution and marketing strategies for independent and co-financed features, as well as to financiers and corporate clients within the entertainment space.
Ronson oversees a group of agents known for packaging and representing many high-profile and critically-praised independently financed films from a diverse range of American and international filmmakers, including Asghar Farhadi, Wes Anderson, Marielle Heller, Coen Brothers, Haifaa Al-Mansour, David Mackenzie, Jill Soloway, Noah Baumbach, James Ponsoldt, and David Michôd, to name a few. In addition to discovering and nurturing new talent, Ronson has also help guide numerous international filmmakers make their English-language feature debut including Jonas Cuaron’s Desierto and Haifaa Al-Mansour’s award winning Wadjda, specifically securing the first ever co-production between Germany and Saudi Arabia, as well as Al-Mansour’s upcoming English language debut, A Storm In the Stars.
Ronson was involved in the intricate co-production financing and packaging of the 2016 Academy Award nominated film Room, bringing on Element Films and Film Four to develop and produce the material along with author Emma Donoghue and subsequently a Canadian partner to set up the film as a UK/Irish/Canadian co-production, where the film won the award for Best Actress.
Most recently, Ronson was involved in helping develop, package and finance Ted Melfi’s Academy Award nominated film Hidden Figures with Fox 2000, the Apatow production The Big Sick, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, and worked on and sold Bryan Fogel’s upcoming feature documentary, ICARUS.