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Benjamin Odell

Odell is a partner at 3Pas Studios with Mexico’s most beloved comedy star, writer and director Eugenio Derbez. Odell most recently produced the MGM/Lionsgate/Pantelion feature “Overboard” along with Derbez. The Derbez and Anna Faris starrer is the biggest opening in Pantelion history. The movie made nearly $95 million at the box office worldwide. He also produced the Lionsgate/Pantelion feature “How to Be a Latin Lover” along with Derbez. The film stars Derbez, Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, and Raquel Welch. It made $62 million worldwide, over five times its budget and spawned a TV show currently in development at a global streaming service (the show has not been announced yet). In television, 3Pas has set up and is producing projects across multiple platforms in both English and Spanish, including at ABC, NBC, Hulu, Amazon, Starz, FX, Apple, E! and Pantaya as well as others. 3Pas Studios, has a deep slate of movies and television including “Y Come Es El?” (What’s He Like?) starring Omar Chaparro and Mauricio Ochmann, currently in post-production. On the television side 3Pas just produced the first season of comedy reality competition show, “LOL: Last One Laughing”, hosted by Derbez for Amazon. It is the most successful Mexican show on Amazon’s streaming platform and was the second most viewed local language show internationally. Production on season two was just completed. 3Pas also have a soon to be announced travel show on Lionsgate’s Pantaya platform in the US and on Amazon in the rest of the world being released in October. Odell was previously Head of Production for Pantelion Films. In his role at Pantelion, Odell developed and produced films aimed at the Hispanic market in the US as well as for Mexico and Latin America. Amongst others, he produced the inspirational true story, “Spare Parts” starring George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis and Marisa Tomei and the coming of age comedy, “Girl in Progress,” starring Eva Mendes, Derbez and Patricia Arquette. Odell also produced “Un Cuento Chino” (a Spanish/Argentinean co-production), starring Ricardo Darin (“El Secreto de Sus Ojos”). Chino is one of the highest grossing Argentinean films of all time. It won the Argentinean Academy Award for best feature and the Goya, the Spanish Academy Award, for Best Latin American Film. It has won numerous festivals including the grand jury prize and audience award at the Rome Film Festival. Prior to that, Odell produced the art house Spanish language thriller, “Sangre de Mi Sangre.” Sangre (under its then title, “Padre Nuestro”) won the grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival (2007) and played at New Directors/New Films at Museum of Modern Art in New York. It was released by IFC. “Sangre” received two Independent Spirit Awards nominations, for Best First Feature (for which Odell was nominated) and Best Screenplay. Odell lived in Colombia, South America from 1992 to 2000. He first worked as a freelance journalist before becoming a Spanish language television showrunner and screenwriter there. As a television writer, he created and wrote over 300 hours of Spanish-language narrative television including the first ever action series, “Fuego Verde”, which remains one of the highest rated Colombian series of all time. He also co-wrote the Colombian political satire feature, “Golpe De Estadio”, which was nominated for Spain’s Academy Award, the Goya, in 1999, and was Colombia’s nomination to the Oscar in 2000. It's one of the ten highest grossing Colombian movies in the country’s history. Odell is also an educator. He has taught screenwriting and production at Columbia University and The New School in New York City and has given lectures in filmmaking all over Latin America and Europe. He was a contributing writer to the film anthology, “Swimming Upstream, A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution,” published by Focal Press and for the professional textbook “Producer to Producer” about the art of low budget filmmaking. Odell holds an MFA in film from Columbia University where he graduated with honors. In 2017 Columbia awarded him the Andrew Sarris Award to honor outstanding artistic achievement of distinguished alumni.

My Speakers Sessions

Friday, October 18

10:00am PDT