President, Ocean Cities Entertainment
Bonnie Greenberg has been at the forefront of entertainment integrating music and motion pictures for over two decades. She is a firm believer that music should enhance and support the visual images of film.
Bonnie Greenberg has been at the forefront of entertainment integrating music and motion pictures for over three decades. She began her career in the entertainment industry working as an attorney and then business affairs executive at MCA Records, Inc. and Paramount Pictures. She authored various music chapters of the Matthew Bender four volume practical law treatise entitled, “Negotiating Contracts in the Entertainment Industry”. Seizing upon the opportunity to merge music and film, she decided to leave the executive desk and enter the world of production and music supervision.
As a music supervisor, Bonnie has been integrally involved with over 70 films spanning all budgets and genres — from documentaries such as RBG, THE HUNTING GROUND, BOBBY FISHER AGAINST THE WORLD, LOVE, MARILYN independent films SPANKING THE MONKEY, HAIRSPRAY, MENACE II SOCIETY, LARS AND THE REAL GIRL, mid-budget independent and studio films such as UNDERCOVER BROTHER, DEAD PRESIDENTS, THE BEST MAN, THE MASK, TANK GIRL, RAT RACE, THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS AND DOGS, PLEASANTVILLE, TAKE THE LEAD, to major studio blockbusters including MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, WHAT WOMAN WANT, THE SANTA CLAUSE, SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE, IT’S COMPLICATED, to the hit television series, “Desperate Housewives”.
She has worked repeatedly with established directors such as Jerry Zucker, Ron Howard, Malcolm Lee, P.J. Hogan, Nancy Meyers and The Hughes Brothers. Bonnie consulted for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, overseeing the music in all of their original productions.
As a producer, her work also includes the TV original musical film, DEAR DUMB DIARY, the independent film HALFWAY, the documentary, THE HUNTING GROUND and the equity waiver stage production of John Ford Noonan’s “Getting Through the Night”.
In recent years, Bonnie has turned her attention towards the world of documentaries and the power of such films to shed a spotlight on issues and effectuate change in the world. She realized that music, especially a strong title song, could be a valuable tool to help draw people in to view a documentary that might previously have gone unnoticed and bring awareness to an issue that might have been ignored. Toward that end, Bonnie executive produced Diane Warren’s Emmy winning and Oscar/Grammy nominated HUNTING GROUND title song, Til It Happens to You, sung by Lady Gaga, which is the only film song in history to be nominated for an Emmy, Oscar and Grammy in the same year, 2016. For RBG, Bonnie again teamed up with Diane Warren’s to produce Warren’s, I’ll Fight, nominated for an Academy Award for best original song for a motion picture. Bonnie is currently executive producing the music for the documentary CRACKED UP, which addresses “Saturday Night Live” Darrel Hammond’s struggle with childhood trauma. Macy Gray will be recording Diane Warren’s, Hide the Hurt.
Bonnie has been featured in the book “How I Broke into Hollywood: Tales from the Trenches”, and the documentaries: “American Movie Classics, The American Soundtrack Story”, “CNN Music, Movies and Magic”, “VH1’ s Top 100 Best Movie Songs, and Top 100 Best Movie Dance Numbers”. She has produced or executive produced numerous gold and platinum soundtrack albums. She received an NAACP award for album of the year for her work on THE BEST MAN.
Bonnie is a frequent lecturer on the use of music in films at universities around the world, including USC, UCLA, NYU, Chapman, and Tisch Asia, among others. She is currently an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon, MEIM program and NYU Los Angeles, where she teaches music supervision for motion pictures.
She received a law degree from Southwestern University School of Law, a Master’s degree from Antioch College, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of Denver.
She is on the advisory board of the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute @Southwestern University School of Law and a member of the New York State Bar. Bonnie is also a member of the Television Academy, Motion Picture Academy and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. She is one of the founding members of the Guild of Music Supervisors, and serves on the Education committee.