POLLY JOHNSEN, Principal of Polymorphic Pictures, has a two-year first-look deal with Warner Bros. She produced “Wrath of the Titans” for the studio, directed by Jonathan Liebesman; the independent film “Ceremony” starring Uma Thurman and directed by Max Winkler, “Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,” and Kevin Smith’s “Cop Out,” starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. Polly has several active projects at Warner Bros., including “Formula 1,” based on the world-renowned racing circuit; “Excalibur” with Bryan Singer; and “Galveston,” based on the greatest natural disaster in US history. She also has “How Starbucks Saved My Life” in active development at The Weinstein Company.
Prior to forming Polymorphic Pictures, Johnsen was president of Warner Independent Pictures (WIP) from 2006 to 2008. She was responsible for production, marketing and distribution of the company’s slate of films, which included “The Painted Veil,” “A Scanner Darkly,” “For Your Consideration,” “In the Valley of Elah,” and the final picture to come out of Warner Independent Pictures, “Slumdog Millionaire,” which won eight Academy Awards®, including Best Director and Best Picture.
Before joining WIP, Johnsen spent nearly a decade at Warner Bros. Joining the company as a creative executive in 1997, she was promoted to production executive in 1998. A year later she became vice president of production, and in 2003 she was elevated to senior vice president. Johnsen was named executive vice president of production in February of 2006. During her tenure, Johnsen was the executive on the first four “Harry Potter” movies, “Superman Returns,” “Blood Diamond,” “I am Legend,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Scooby Doo 1 & 2,” “Starsky & Hutch,” “The Perfect Storm” and “Three Kings,” among others.
Johnsen began her motion picture career at Jersey Films, where she was involved with such films as “Out of Sight” and “Erin Brokovich.” Prior to beginning her career in entertainment, she received her undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies from the University of California at San Diego, and lived and worked in Southeast Asia. Johnsen later received her MFA from the University of Southern California’s Peter Stark Producing Program.