Ruth Vitale is the Chief Executive Officer of CreativeFuture, a coalition of over
550 companies and organizations and over 220,000 creative individuals
encompassing film, television, music, and book publishing. CreativeFuture
advocates for the rights of the creative community, for strong copyright
protections, and for the fundamental right of creatives to determine how their
works are distributed.
Ruth Vitale has been at the forefront of independent film production and distribution for
more than three decades, including as Founder and Co-President of Paramount
Classics and as President of Fine Line Features. During her tenure at these companies,
she launched the careers of many successful filmmakers such as Paul Greengrass,
Sofia Coppola, Scott Hicks, John Hillcoat, and Craig Brewer. She has also worked with
established talent such as Sam Raimi, Roger Michell, Jonathan Demme, Paul W.S.
Anderson, Patrice Leconte, and Barbet Schroeder. Her films have won three Oscars®
and received 16 nominations as well as 18 Golden Globe® nominations and two wins.
At Paramount Classics, she released such award-winning films as The Virgin Suicides,
Sunshine, You Can Count on Me, Sidewalks of New York, Bloody Sunday, Mostly
Martha, The Singing Detective, Enduring Love, The Machinist, Mad Hot
Ballroom, and Hustle & Flow. Fine Line produced and distributed such highlights of
independent film as the Academy Award®-winning Shine; The Sweet Hereafter; Love!
Valour! Compassion!; Twelfth Night; Gummo; andThe Winter Guest.
Ruth also served as President of UBU Productions’ feature film division from 1988 to
1991. Among other positions, she was Senior Vice President of Production for United
Artists, where she oversaw production on Child’s Play, I’m Gonna Git You
Sucka, and Roadhouse. As President of Production for Vestron Pictures, she broke
ground with the highest-grossing independent film of the time, Dirty Dancing. She was
also Director of Acquisitions for The Movie Channel.
Most recently, Ruth was President of First Look Pictures and the owner of The Film
Collective, a consultancy business that helps financiers and companies with the
strategic planning for their films in the worldwide marketplace from development and
production through distribution. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
& Sciences and Special Projects Mentor for The Peter Stark Producing Program, USC
School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California.