Liz Manne Strategy works with clients in business, advocacy, and the arts to grow their enterprises, achieve results, and make meaningful change.

Services

Bridging the worlds of art, business, and social change, Liz Manne Strategy provides management consulting, cultural strategy, and other customized advisory services to nonprofit organizations, pro-social businesses, and independent media makers.

Management Consulting

We help organizations, entrepreneurs, and creative leaders maximize their effectiveness, particularly at key points of growth and transition. Services include strategic planning, leadership coaching, organizational development, business planning, and new business development.

Campaigns & Cultural Strategy

Fusing an expertise in branding and entertainment marketing with the emerging practice of cultural strategy for social change, we help clients successfully achieve their awareness, impact, and revenue goals. Services include high level marketing, communications, and cultural strategy; brand strategy and identity development; and creative campaign development.

Work & Ventures

  • FilmAid International

    Executive Director
    (2011-2013)
    A humanitarian NGO that uses the power of film and media to bring life-saving information and psychological relief to refugees and other communities in crisis around the globe.

  • The Culture Group

    Co-founder, Co-director
    (2010-2013)
    A pop-up think tank of artists, producers, organizers, and strategists committed to advancing the field of cultural strategy for social change.

  • Duopoly

    Co-founder, President
    (2002-2010)
    An independent film, television, and multi-platform content company.

  • iThentic

    Co-founder
    (2006-present)
    A destination site for original, high quality independently produced video content.

  • SundanceTV

    Executive VP Programming & Marketing
    (1998-2001)
    A cable television network under the creative direction of Robert Redford.

  • Fine Line Features

    Co-founder, Executive VP Marketing
    (1990-1997)
    The independent film division of New Line Cinema (a TimeWarner company).

Films

As a marketing executive, sales agent, consultant, and producer, Liz has helped bring more than 100 critically acclaimed and award-winning independent films to market.

Complete Filmography

Producing:

  • 3 Backyards starring Edie Falco (Screen Media), Co-producer

  • Lucky (HBO Documentaries), Executive Producer

  • A Dog Year starring Jeff Bridges (HBO Films), Producer

  • Fall From Grace (Showtime), Executive Producer

  • The Heart of the Game (Miramax), Producer


  • Marketing & Sales

  • American Splendor, Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini Academy Award nominee, Cannes winner, Golden Globe nominee, Independent Spirit nominee, Sundance winner

  • An Angel at my Table, Jane Campion Independent Spirit winner, Venice winner

  • Chutney Popcorn, Nisha Ganatra GLAAD nominee

  • Crash, David Cronenberg Cannes winner

  • Deconstructing Harry, Woody Allen Academy Award nominee

  • Elephant, Gus Van Sant Cannes Palme d’Or winner

  • Entre Nos, Paola Mendoza Tribeca winner

  • Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry, George Butler

  • Gummo, Harmony Korine Gotham winner, Venice winner

  • Hoop Dreams, Steve James Sundance winner, Academy Award nominee

  • The Hunting of the President, Nickolas Perry & Harry Thomason

  • The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love, Maria Maggenti GLAAD winner

  • Last Days, Gus Van Sant Cannes winner, Independent Spirit nominee

  • Margaret Cho: Beautiful, CHO Revolution, I’m the One that I Want, Notorious C.H.O.

  • Maria Full of Grace, Joshua Marston Academy Award nominee, Gotham winner, Independent Spirit winner, Sundance winner

  • Matewan, John Sayles Academy Award nominee, Independent Spirit winner

  • Metropolitan, Whit Stillman Sundance winner, Academy Award nominee

  • Once Were Warriors, Lee Tamahori Venice winner

  • The Player, Robert Altman Academy Award nominee, Cannes winner, Golden Globe winner, Independent Spirit winner

  • Pollock, Ed Harris Academy Award winner, Independent Spirit nominee

  • Real Women Have Curves, Patricia Cardoso Independent Spirit winner, Sundance winner

  • A Room With A View, James Ivory Academy Award Winner

  • Roger Waters The Wall, Roger Waters & Sean Evans

  • Salaam Bombay!, Mira Nair Academy Award nominee, Cannes Camera d’Or winner

  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Steven Soderbergh Academy Award nominee, Cannes Palme d’Or winner, Golden Globe nominee, Independent Spirit winner, Sundance winner

  • Shine, Scott Hicks Academy Award winner, Golden Globe winner

  • Short Cuts, Robert Altman Academy Award nominee, Golden Globe winner, Independent Spirit winner, Venice winner

  • To Sleep With Anger, Charles Burnett Independent Spirit winner, Sundance winner

  • Spanking the Monkey, David O. Russell Independent Spirit winner, Sundance winner

  • Stop Making Sense, Jonathan Demme

  • Straight Out of Brooklyn, Matty Rich Independent Spirit winner, Sundance winner

  • The Sweet Hereafter, Atom Egoyan Academy Award nominee, Cannes winner, Independent Spirit winner

  • Swimming to Cambodia, Jonathan Demme Independent Spirit nominee

Bio

Bridging the worlds of art, business, and social change, Liz Manne provides management consulting, brand and cultural strategy, and other customized advisory services to nonprofit organizations, pro-social businesses, and independent media makers.

An expert in cultural strategy for social change, Liz conceptualized and served as editorial director for #PopJustice: Social Justice and the Promise of Pop Culture Strategies. She was a co-founder and co-director of The Culture Group, a pop-up think tank of artists and advocates dedicated to advancing the field of cultural strategy, and served as editorial director for the group’s educational handbook, Making Waves: A Guide to Cultural Strategy. Her creative advocacy collaborations include Dadaab Stories, a digital storytelling platform from Dadaab refugee camp, and the truth-busting political comedy web series Actually… starring Rosie Perez, Cher, and Sarah Silverman.

Liz is the former executive director of the humanitarian NGO FilmAid International, where she launched a rapid-response communications system that provided emergency information in the world’s largest refugee camp during the 2011 Somalia famine crisis.

As a senior media industry professional and entrepreneur — with leading roles at HBO Films, SundanceTV, and Fine Line Features — Liz helped shepherd more than 100 critically acclaimed and award-winning films to market, including the seminal documentary Hoop Dreams, Maria Full of Grace, Elephant, My Own Private Idaho, Shine, and The Player.

In 2009, Liz was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. She is a member of the board of directors of FilmAid International and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Liz holds a BA in Dramatic Art from University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Liz began her entertainment career as a stagehand with the legendary San Francisco rock and roll concert promoter Bill Graham Presents.