MakeMagic Productions is dedicated to the development and production of commercially viable and richly entertaining film and television. We appreciate the power of a great story to move, enlighten and entertain. We are open to all ideas, stories, books and screenplays. But in particular, we resonate with those that shed light on the human experience – whether through comedy or drama – and have a universal appeal in the global marketplace.
Denise David Williams
After earning a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Hofstra University, and spending a year in New York City as a talent agent, Ms. Williams attended the graduate producing program at USC film school. Denise's first job in Hollywood was at George Lucas's LucasFilm as a pre-production assistant on E.T. and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Denise advanced to Story Editor at 20th Century Fox / IndieProd Company, where she analyzed feature film scripts and worked with A-List writers and directors such as Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Contact, Cast Away), Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, The Bodyguard, The Big Chill, Body Heat) and Buck Henry (First Family, Heaven Can Wait, The Graduate).
Denise joined The Movie Company (What's Love Got to Do With It, When a Stranger Calls) as Creative Executive where she was responsible for developing television material for management clients and held production responsibilities on several of their feature films including American Dreamer.
Next Denise worked as Director of Creative Affairs for Arkoff International Pictures (The Amityville Horror, Dressed to Kill) developing feature film material and assuming extensive production responsibilities on the feature film Up the Creek.
Denise became Vice President of Production for Kopelson Entertainment where she was responsible for acquiring and developing feature film projects for both foreign and domestic markets. Among the many projects under her auspices were Warlock, Triumph of the Spirit and Platoon, which grossed over $100 million dollars and garnered Best Director and Best Picture Academy Awards for director Oliver Stone (Wall Street, Scarface, Midnight Express, JFK) and producer Arnold Kopelson (The Fugitive, Falling Down, Seven).
Ms. Williams formed her own production company, MakeMagic Productions, whose mission is to produce highly entertaining and provocative films with global appeal. In 2002, MakeMagic produced the industry hit, My Dinner With Ovitz, which Variety called “charming!” and Universal chief Ron Meyer and David Geffen called “brilliant”.
In 2010, MakeMagic acquired the Life Rights to produce John Mack, the true story of Harvard Psychiatry professor, Dr. John Mack, whose controversial work with alien abductees shattered and transformed his worldview and his life. Denise has dedicated the past six years to researching and developing this project and is excited and passionate about the amazing and controversial story of Dr. John Mack as a feature film.
Other projects in the MakeMagic pipeline include the American adaptation of the French ensemble comedy, Oscar Divo, and the stageplay adaptation of the true family drama, A Good American.
Ms. Williams is a member of the WGAwest and is a frequent Script Consultant. She is married to musician/composer/arranger, Larry Williams, who is known for his keyboard and saxophone solos on Michael Jackson's Thriller, Bad and Off the Wall albums.
…and they have a dog named Buddy.