ABOUT KATHERINE

Katherine Sanderson is an aspiring film professional in the Southern California area, who is passionate about diverse and meaningful stories, and professionally aims to eventually become a creative executive. Born in Denver, Colorado, Katherine now resides in Los Angeles, CA where she works for The Jim Henson Company, known for creating The Muppets and Sesame Street, and creating animatronic creatures, stand-in puppets, and prosthetics for films such as The Jungle Book, The Hangover, Doctor Dolittle, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, George of the Jungle and Where the Wild Things Are, as well as for musical acts such as Lady Gaga, Kanye West, and Deadmau5. There she works with the business development office, which is located at the Jim Henson Creature Shop in Burbank, CA, to help find films, television, events, etc. that the JHC can collaborate with. She also writes 11+ articles weekly detailing news about casting, production, release dates, etc. for both MXDWN Movies and MXDWN Television. As of present day, she has written 190+ entertainment news articles and film reviews for the site. In February, she attended the 2017 Berlin Film Festival/European Film Market, where she worked with The Hollywood Reporter. She will soon be launching her own podcast, Global Cinema Corner, which she will use to discuss foreign film & television industries, as well as multinational entertainment collaborations and global entertainment trends. Given her interest in international film and television, Katherine is also currently learning Mandarin Chinese. Katherine has traveled to 15 + foreign countries, and is always looking for another excuse to travel abroad.

Previously Katherine has worked as an Agent Trainee/Intern for Mavrick Artists Agency, a talent agency in Beverly Hills who represents clients such as Nick Viall (The Bachelor), Tim Reid (Sister, Sister), Tara Reid (American Pie), Beverly Mitchell (7th Heaven), Clayton Snyder (Lizzie McGuire), Mitchel Musso (Hannah Montana) and Jaleel White (Family Matters). While there, she served their theatrical, commercial, youth, and modeling departments. Katherine also participated in the Creative Mind Group program, where she interned at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016 with APA (Agency for the Performing Arts) as a temporary intern. There she saw films from all over the world, including the first North American screenings of award-winning films prior to their release dates, including La La Land, Moonlight, and Manchester by the Sea. Katherine recently finished her postgraduate studies at John Paul the Great University in San Diego, CA , where she received her Masters in Entertainment Business and Producing. While there Katherine was selected as Director/Co-Producer for her Masters Thesis Project: a short film called 'Inya', that follows an elderly woman who is a compulsive hoarder as she reexamines her life after she acquires a one year-old girl. Katherine was also chosen to serve as 'showrunner' for her 'Advanced Development' class, where she led a mock writers room to developing a television series called 'The Happiness Complex', of which she had written the pilot episode.

For her undergraduate degree, Katherine attended Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA in the Silicon Valley, just south of San Francisco, CA. Although she went in as a freshman studying Computer Engineer/Web Design, Katherine graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in Communication/Film & Theatre. During her senior year she served as stage manager for the mainstage theatre production of Jane Austen's 'Pride & Prejudice', which was the most attended show for the theatre/dance department of the decade. She also was an assistant stage manager for a theatre production of Ntozake Shange's  'For Colored Girls When The Rainbow Isn't Enuf'. During her undergraduate education, she also had the opportunity to study film & theatre in Rome, Italy for four months in 2012 through Loyola University Chicago's John Felice Rome Center, where she starred in a short film and a full-length play. She also had the opportunity to spend her senior year spring break in Chinandega, Nicaragua with Teatro Catalina teaching theatre & dance to impoverished children in a local village.