Julianne Hoffenberg, Director of Operations
After attending NYU, Julianne began her producing career at Naked Angels, a NY theater company where she produced over 30 plays and events and served as the company's Producing Director from 1997-1999.
In 1997, when her best friend and producing partner Jenifer Estess was diagnosed with ALS - a fatal, untreatable neurological disease (known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) - Julianne co-founded Project A.L.S., a non-profit organization that raises awareness and funds for ALS research. During her 6 plus years as Director of Operations and Executive Producer, the organization raised tens of millions of research dollars and considerable attention for the misunderstood disease, and produced three films – Jenifer, a CBS movie-of- the-week; HBO’s feature documentary Three Sisters: Searching For A Cure; and the award-winning short film Project A.L.S.. After Jenifer's death in the fall of 2003, Julianne limited her role at Project A.L.S. to Board member. Soon after, she produced a national celebrity book tour for Jenifer’s posthumous memoir Tales From The Bed, produced a number of special events for a variety of NY charities, and consulted with the NY Academy of Sciences and Columbia University Film Festival, among others.
Working with noted political theater company Culture Project beginning in the fall of 2006, Julianne fused her passions of theater and politics, first as producer of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright’s My Trip to Al- Qaeda - which became a highly acclaimed 2010 documentary by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney featuring the stage play Julianne produced. The following year she was delighted to produce a 7-week impeachment series - a "trial by theater" of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, which included actual articles of impeachment brought forth by Constitutional lawyers for the prosecution. Her most successful venture with Culture Project was developing and producing the critically-acclaimed Betrayed by New Yorker writer George Packer, directed by Pippin Parker, which won the 2008 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. Julianne later brought the original cast together for a special benefit performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker and Matt Dillon for Refugees International. Other projects included producer of Culture Project’s “Working the Dark Side” at the Times Center in May 2009 hosted by Rachel Maddow – a multi-media presentation exploring war crimes prosecution with Liev Schreiber, Ron Suskind and others, and the follow-up “Blueprint for Accountability” with Valerie Plame, Robert Kennedy, Jr., Rose Styron, James Spader and Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez.
As a producing consultant, Julianne spent much of late 2009 and 2010 working with director and filmmaker Fisher Stevens on a number of projects including the post-production activism surrounding the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove, and Fisher’s peacekeeping documentary for the United Nations, War Against War. Beginning in March 2010, Julianne worked for Andrew Karsch and Fisher’s new film company, Insurgent Media, and was the production coordinator for several Insurgent films including Beware of Mr. Baker, winner of the SXSW 2012 Grand Jury Award, and the 2014 Netflix Original Mission Blue, about TED Prize-winner Sylvia Earle. Since the fall of 2012, Julianne has been a production consultant for Harry Belafonte and Belafonte Enterprises, and was named Director of Operations for The Gathering for Justice in April 2014. Julianne proudly sits on the Advisory Board of SAY, an artistic home for children who stutter.