Prior to her involvement in the entertainment industry, Jennifer Anderson ‘01 began her career as a financial analyst in the investment banking program at J.P. Morgan & Co. in New York. She moved on to work for Butler Capital, a private equity firm where she was responsible for the evaluation of LBO’s and add-on acquisitions in the manufacturing, distribution and service sectors.
Upon graduation from Columbia Business School, Jennifer moved to Los Angeles where she joined the Motion Picture Planning department at Paramount Pictures. “The exposure I had at Columbia Business School to such a diverse set of students inspired me to explore new career opportunities and to have the confidence to take risks and pursue less traditional paths,” she says. At Paramount she was responsible for creating and analyzing feature film P&Ls for greenlighting the production of major motion pictures, including Mission Impossible 3, War of the Worlds, The Italian Job, Mean Girls and School of Rock.
In early 2006, Jennifer transitioned to Paramount Vantage where she served as VP of Finance, overseeing the marketing budgets and P&L management of all feature films. There, she worked on multiple Oscar -winning film releases including Babel, An Inconvenient Truth, No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood. She subsequently joined Red Envelope Entertainment as Head of Finance and Strategic Operations where she was responsible for the company’s overall strategy and operations including the evaluation of all film acquisition opportunities.
Jennifer has just moved back to New York from LA, and she now works as an independent consultant in the film industry and has joined Columbia as a Career Coach for current students.