Jennie Lew Tugend


Los Angeles, California, United States

Jennie Lew Tugend has produced some of the industry’s most memorable franchises: THE FREE WILLY trilogy, LETHAL WEAPON 1,2,3 and HBO's TALES FROM THE CRYPT.

As former Co-President of Kadokawa Pictures USA, Tugend was a producer on ONE MISSED CALL, a WB release and two episodes of Showtime’s MASTERS OF HORROR.

Producing credits include LOCAL BOYS starring Mark Harmon and STAR KID, which received an Award of Excellence by the Film Advisory Board; and for MGM, the romantic comedy, RETURN TO ME starring David Duchovny and Minnie Driver; RADIO FLYER for Columbia Pictures and SCROOGED for Paramount Pictures starring Bill Murray, and was instrumental in the development and production of THE GOONIES and THE LOST BOYS.

Currently, Tugend and her partners are developing the feature film adaptations of: NY Times best selling novel, “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” with Oscar and Emmy nominated director Bing Liu. Tugend also Executive Produced the independent feature film ALBATROSS released in 2021, which was directed by award-winner writer/director Myles Yaksich, with whom she had previously collaborated on two award-winning short films, POPPIES and ERIN.

Tugend is an active member of the Producer’s Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America. Tugend was a mentor in the prestigious Peter Stark Producing Program at USC and has taught film production at UCLAx. She is currently a Senior Creative Thesis Mentor at the American Film Institute Conservatory (AFI).