Balcony Films is an award-winning media company that creates innovative content: films, television & web series, specials, animation, advertising, public service and social campaigns - including two films that have been nominated for Academy Awards.
Balcony Films leverages two decades of success in filmed entertainment, popular culture and journalism to imagine and produce multi-media experiences that entertain, invite and challenge audiences to take action, get involved, and make a difference in the world.
Balcony Films is run by two managing partners, Julie Bergman Sender and Stuart Sender whose work includes feature films like Washington Square, Major League, GI Jane and the recently released movie The Vow starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams to the Oscar nominated documentaries Prisoner of Paradise and The Garden. Their work ranges from comedy -- working on projects with Will Ferrell, Jason Alexander and Julia Louis Dreyfus -- to films that tackle environmental and social issues -- always with an eye to surprising and entertaining a mainstream audience.
Balcony is currently developing and producing a slate of feature and documentary films as well as web and television series. Current projects include Harmony, A New Way of Looking at Our World, Inspired by HRH The Prince of Wales, a global exploration of our current economic and environmental crisis which The New York Times called "breathtaking and beautifully filmed.” Harmony began as primetime special on NBC which was screened at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center and introduced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The success of that project launched the new theatrical version of Harmony which is having its world premiere at the inaugural Sundance Film Festival in London.
Balcony is also producing The F Word, a project that looks at ‘the other F Word’ - Forgiveness. The multi-media project will launch with a film and book, followed by a television series - a traveling photographic exhibition and project website are already up and running. The project features dramatic, challenging and moving stories from people around the globe: from victims and perpetrators of crimes to combatants from opposing sides of political conflict and war who both confront and engage each other. The Project launched with support from Steven Speilberg’s Righteous Person’s foundation.
Balcony’s feature projects include The Golden Spruce, A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed, based on the acclaimed eco-thriller by John Vaillant.
Balcony Films believes in the smart and authentic use of celebrity - and the company's work has featured some of our best-known public figures - from Nelson Mandela, The Dalai Lama and Britain’s Prince Charles… to Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon David Duke; actors and performers like Rosario Dawson, Helen Hunt, Felicity Huffman, Marg Helgenberger and Stevie Wonder - and ‘real people’ from astrophysicists to magicians.
Balcony’s work has appeared on big screens and small, engaged millions of participants, helped register millions of new voters, garnered hundreds of millions of media impressions and tens of millions of dollars in free and earned media for clients and projects.
Balcony’s work often features A-list talent, and the company collaborates with top DP's, musicians and composers including U-2 andThe Black Eyed Peas who have contributed music for their films and composer Dave Grusin who wrote the score for HARMONY. The company’s reach is amplified through ongoing and deep relationships with a network of project and business partners and supporters, from the worlds of entertainment, journalism, philanthropy, politics and business. Balcony works closely with well-regarded marketing and PR firms, and a network of social groups and organizations with membership in the tens of millions who watch Balcony’s work, buy tickets and DVD’s and get the word out about Balcony’s projects.
The Company’s work has generated both financial success and social impact. Balcony and their partners have been innovators in producing media across multiple platforms; and The Company’s work has featured on CNN, MSNBC, Fox, MTV and programs like Oprah, Good Morning America and The Today Show. They’ve been written about in the NY Times, NY Post, Washington Post, The Times of London, in the international press, and extensively on the web.