KERSTIN EMHOFF is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PRETTYBIRD, a hybrid production company with a diverse roster of directors, creatives and collaborators generating inspiring content for all forms of entertainment — and Ventureland, a creative studio and idea accelerator, developing entertainment properties, advertising campaigns and original IP alongside filmmakers, studios and brands. Kerstin Emhoff is the co-founder & president of PRETTYBIRD, a hybrid production company she established with director Paul Hunter in 2008. With offices in Los Angeles and London, PRETTYBIRD is home to a diverse roster of filmmakers, creatives and collaborators with a distinct vision to produce inspiring content for all forms of entertainment.
Recognized for her successful and enduring relationships with top agencies, clients, artists and managers, Emhoff has built PRETTYBIRD into one of the world’s most prestigious production companies in branded storytelling. The company has won numerous industry awards including a Cannes Grand Prix, Grammys, MTV VMAs and Emmys, among others. With Ventureland, Emhoff is expanding her focus on creating compelling and meaningful original content across genres and platforms.
Emhoff’s previous film credits include Netflix’s XOXO; Atlas Entertainment and A24’s THE MONSTER, following a troubled mother and daughter’s fight to save their lives against a malicious creature; HBO’s 2013 Primetime Emmy Award winner MANHUNT: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE HUNT FOR BIN LADEN; and THE TILLMAN STORY, which uncovers the propaganda that emerged from the untimely death of NFL football player Pat Tillman.
Most recently, Emhoff produced Showtime’s READY FOR WAR, which premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and made its U.S. debut at the 2019 AFI Fest.
Currently, Emhoff is in post-production for AMERICAN RAPSTAR, a feature doc on hip-hop’s new wave of “SoundCloud rappers” and FX’s AKA JANE ROE, a feature documentary revealing the truth behind Roe v. Wade plaintiff Norma McCorvey’s journey from pro-choice to pro-life activist, set to premiere May 22 on FX and will be available the following day on FX on Hulu.
Emhoff is also the founder of Pipelines, a platform designed to connect underrepresented talent with opportunities in the entertainment, tech and creative industries, launching in 2020.