Swedlin Cort to Receive Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

By Purnell T. Cropper | May 13, 2011

At Graduate Commencement on Thursday, May 19, Rosalie Swedlin Cort ’68 will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Swedlin Cort is an award-winning executive producer based in Los Angeles with deep ties in the film industry. In addition to managing a prestigious list of writers and directors, Swedlin Cort was Executive Producer for Live from Baghdad at HBO (2002), for which she won a Producers Guild Award and received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Best  Movie Made for Television. Along with Killer Films and Scott Free, she recently produced CRACKS, a film based on Sheila Kohler’s novel of the same name that was released in March.

Swedlin Cort is currently a literary manager and producer at Anonymous Content. She was previously a literary manager, producer and partner at Industry Entertainment and served as a Senior Vice President at International Creative Management. Swedlin Cort was an agent at Creative Artists Agency from 1981-91 and was named co-head of the agency’s motion picture department during that time. In 1992, she created her own production company, Longview Entertainment, which produced such movies as Red Corner starring Richard Gere and Spike Lee’s Clockers.

She began her career in book publishing at the Viking Press in New York and later as Director of Publicity for several British publishing houses during her nine years she lived in England.  She currently services on the Board of Directors of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles and will co-chair the 2011 Britannia Awards, BAFTA LA’s most prestigious annual event.  She also has served as a board member of the Los Angeles branch of Teach for America and is on the Advisory Board of FINCA International, one of the top micro-lending organizations in the world.

She earned a B.A. in English from Arcadia in 1968 and is married to producer and novelist Robert Cort.