Dorcas Wright "Dede" Gardner is an American film producer and the president of Plan B Entertainment, a production company founded by Brad Pitt. She is most known for producing 12 Years a Slave (2013), World War Z (2013) and The Big Short (2015).

She is currently serving as an executive producer for the FX drama anthology series, Feud.

Early Life

Gardner was born on October 16, 1967 in Winnetka, Illinois to parents Dorothy and John Gardner. Her father is a partner in William Blair & Company, the Chicago investment bank, and her mother is the president of the Michael Reese Health Trust, a nonprofit foundation in Chicago. Gardner graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a degree in English.


Gardner always had an interest in movies as a child, so while she was attending Columbia, she started working on a student film doing locations. She continued doing location management and working in the art department for awhile and then decided that she wanted to learn more about where movies came from. She began working with a small agency, absorbing the theater world, and then worked at William Morris to learn about the book world, before making the move to Los Angeles.

Sometime after, Brad Pitt began looking for someone to run his company, Plan B Entertainment. Gardner embarked on a series of interviews, which landed her the job as president. The first movie at Plan B was Ryan Murphy's Running with Scissors (2006), which Gardner worked on extensively. She partnered with Murphy again in 2008 for the television film Pretty/Handsome. She then went on to produce The Time Traveler's Wife (2009), Eat Pray Love (2010), and The Tree of Life (2011), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Most notably, she has produced World War Z (2013), 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Selma (2014) and The Big Short (2015), both of which were once again nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Moonlight, which garnered almost unanimous praise from critics. She is now currently working as executive producer for Ryan Murphy's drama anthology series, Feud.

Personal Life

On September 9, 2000, she became married on Martha's Vineyard to Jonathan Boris Berg, the owner of Berg-Saccani Entertainment, a film production company in Los Angeles. The Reverend, Dr. Frank M. McClain, an Episcopal priest, performed the ceremony at the Old Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury, Massachusetts. Mr. Berg graduated from the University of Wisconsin, and is the son of Dr. Monika K. Berg and Dr. Jack F. Berg of Lexington, Massachusetts. His mother is a dermatologist in Framingham, Mass. His father is a cardiologist at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in Melrose, Mass.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Mac Location Assistant
1993 Three of Hearts Location Manager
2006 Running with Scissors Producer
2007 Year of the Dog Producer
2007 A Mighty Heart Producer
2007 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Producer
2009 The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Producer
2009 The Time Traveler's Wife Producer
2009 Eat Pray Love Producer
2010 The Time Traveler's Wife Producer
2011 The Tree of Life Producer
2012 Killing Them Softly Producer
2013 World War Z Producer
2013 12 Years a Slave Producer
2014 Nightingale Executive Producer
2014 Selma Producer
2015 True Story Producer
2015 Hitting the Apex Executive Producer Documentary
2015 The Big Short Producer
2016 Moonlight Producer
2016 Voyage of Time: Life's Journey Producer Documentary
2016 Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience Producer Documentary Short
2016 The Lost City of Z Producer
2017 World War Z 2 Producer Upcoming film
2017 War Machine Producer Post-production
2017 Okja Producer Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Pretty Handsome Executive Producer TV Movie
2014 Deadbeat Producer
2014 The Normal Heart Executive Producer TV Movie
2014 P.O.V. Executive Producer Episode: "Big Men"
2014 Resurrection Executive Producer 9 episodes
2016 The OA Executive Producer 8 episodes
2016 Mamma Dallas Executive Producer TV Movie
2017 Feud Executive Producer
2018 The Departed Executive Producer Upcoming series
2018 Lewis and Clark Executive Producer Upcoming series



  • She has been nominated for four Academy Awards for Best Picture, one of which she has won.
  • She has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie for Nightingale (2014) and won an Emmy in the same category for The Normal Heart (2014).

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