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Todd Traina is an American film producer and the founder of Red Rover Films in 2007. [1] In 2007 Traina was named by Daily Variety as one of its "10 Producers to Watch." [2] My Suicide , a quirky low-budget dark comedy released in 2009 which Traina produced, won a Crystal Bear at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival, [1] among other prizes.


Traina was named to the board of the San Francisco Film Society in 2009. [1]

Personal life

Traina was born the son of shipping executive and art collector John Traina and Dede Wilsey, a San Francisco socialite. [2] Traina's stepmother is the romance novelist Danielle Steel.

Film career

Fresh from college, Traina began his career in the film industry in 1991 as a production assistant on television movie-of-the-week adaptations of his stepmother's novels. [2] [3] He turned independent producer two years later. His first complete film was Stanley's Gig, which he sold to the Starz Network and released in 2000. [2]

Traina has compared being a producer to being a wedding planner and "the father of the bride in a wedding that lasts a whole year." [3]


Traina has served as producer, co-producer or executive producer on the following films:

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  1. 1 2 3 "San Francisco Film Society Elects Jennifer Chaiken and Todd Traina to Board of Directors". Press release. San Francisco Film Society. October 8, 2009. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Zinko, Carolyne (February 5, 2008). "Todd Traina's passion is movies, not money". SFGate. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
  3. 1 2 Howard, Mary (Winter 2008–2009). "Making Movie Magic: Close-up with independent film producer Todd Traina ´91". Connecticut College Magazine. Retrieved May 3, 2010.