As MGM’s Motion Picture Group President, producer and veteran film executive Pamela Abdy oversees development, production and post-production for all MGM and Orion films.
Most recently a Partner and Head of Film at Makeready, Abdy managed the creative team and all feature development, production and post-production. During her time at Makeready, the company financed and produced Queen & Slim from director Melina Matsoukas and writer Lena Waithe; and A Million Little Pieces from director Sam Taylor-Johnson.
From 2013 until 2016, Abdy served as President of Production at New Regency. During her post at the company, New Regency released Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Academy Award®-winning Birdman, David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, Adam McKay’s Academy Award®-winning The Big Short, Justin Kurzel’s Assassin’s Creed and Gore Verbinski’s Cure For Wellness. Abdy also oversaw the release of Iñárritu’s The Revenant in 2016, which received twelve Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture, and won two Golden Globe awards for Best Picture (Drama) and Best Actor.
Prior to New Regency, Abdy was the President of Scott Stuber’s Bluegrass Films where she procured, developed and produced features for the company’s diverse slate, including 47 Ronin, Identity Thief, Kill the Messenger and Endless Love.
Abdy previously served as Executive Vice President at Paramount Pictures where she oversaw the development and production of a number of films, including Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island; The Love Guru starring Mike Myers, Kimberly Peirce’s Stop-Loss, the Judd Apatow produced Drillbit Taylor, Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center, Karyn Kusama’s Aeon Flux, Richard LaGravenese’s Freedom Writers, the Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Golden Globe-winning film Babel, and Mark Waters’ Mean Girls.
Abdy started her career as an intern at Jersey Films while participating in the Emerson College internship program. She was hired as the receptionist and went on to become Danny DeVito’s assistant. From there, she rose through the company and ultimately became president where she associate produced Man on the Moon; co-produced Caveman’s Valentine; executive produced How High; and produced the film Garden State, which won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature Film and a Grammy award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, TV, or other media.
She is a member of the Producers Guild of America, and serves as a member on the Executive Board of the Executive Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She also serves as a board member of the Los Angeles Dance Project, founded by choreographer Benjamin Millepied.