Cindy Cowan is the former president and co-founder of Initial Entertainment Group (IEG), a leading film production and foreign sales company.  Cowan co-founded IEG in 1995 with Graham King, with seed capital of only $350,000 and no tangible assets; Cowan was able to secure a $25 million line of credit with Chase Bank to fund overhead, development, and production of its projects.  IEG was sold to Splendid Films in 2000 for approximately $10 million.

Between 1995 and 2000, IEG had many successes including: an Emmy nomination for Rent-A-Kid, starring Leslie Nielson; Emmy, Golden Globe and People’s Choice nominations for If These Walls Could Talk, starring Cher, Sissy Spacek, Anne Heche and Demi Moore; and won a United Nations Award for Savior, starring Dennis Quaid.  IEG also saw success with its production of Traffic, starring Michael Douglas and Benicio Del Toro; the film won Oscars for directing, adapted screenplay, editing, and best supporting actor.  Additional projects produced by Ms. Cowan while at IEG include Very Bad Things, starring Cameron Diaz and Christian Slater; and the Robert Altman-directed Dr. T & the Women, starring Richard Gere, Helen Hunt, Kate Hudson and Liv Tyler.

Since forming her new production company, Cindy Cowan Entertainment, Cowan has produced Scorched, starring Woody Harrelson and Alicia Silverstone, executive produced Fifty Dead Men Walking, starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Jim Sturgess; she also produced Red Lights starring Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy, and Elizabeth Olsen.  Directed by Rodrigo Cortes, Red Lights was the opening night premiere at Sundance, January 2012, and was the highest selling film at that festival.  Cowan also finished her first low-budget horror film aimed at the digital marketplace, titled Smiley, which hit theaters on October 12, 2012.  The trailer for the film was a viral sensation on release, earning over 34 million views (in comparison, box office smash “The Avengers” has 20 million).  Recently she completed, Miracle on 42nd Street, a documentary featuring Alicia Keys, Terrence Howard and Sam Jackson, to name a few, which recently premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.

Currently, Cowan is producing Air-10 with Millennium Films, to be directed by Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Expendables 2, The Mechanic,) and written by Richard D’Ovidio (The Call).  In addition, she is working with Jeff Thomas (Wayward Pines, Blindspot) on Expiration Day, an elevated thriller for Crackle.  Meanwhile, Bullet Train by Alan McElroy (Spawn, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers) is in development with Warner Bros.; and The Untitled Michael Marcum Story, a biopic about the first convicted murderer to be made Warden of a prison, is set up at Amazon Studios.  She also has a political thriller titled, Line of Control, with interest from Shekhar Kapur to direct.

This year, Cindy Cowan Entertainment will be undertaking more productions for television series with Meet the Prince-Ables, a reality show set-up with Lionsgate; CollegeTown, a scripted animated series with showrunner Chris Romano (Blue Mountain State, South Park), to be produced with comedian Russell Peters (Source Code, A Russell Peters Christmas), set up at Titmouse Studios; and a historical/medical drama called Ellis Island, with interest from Spike Lee (Malcolm X, Inside Man, Old Boy) to direct and Executive Produce.

Before her tenure with IEG, Cowan headed up the production and acquisitions divisions of the Beverly Hills Producers Group.  Prior to that, she was the head of development and acquisitions for Premiere Productions. Her production career began as a producer and writer for a CBS news affiliate in Miami, Florida.

In the past, she has written songs for Engelbert Humperdink, and hit songs for R & B artist, Howard Hewitt, which went to number three on the R & B charts, plus a few songs for the British pop star, Sinitta.

Cowan currently sits on the boards of Little Kids Rock, a non-profit organization that provides free instruments and lessons to underserved public schools, and Children Mending Hearts, a dynamic arts-based enrichment education program that helps empower disadvantaged youth, building empathy and global citizenry.  She also regularly contributes to Music for Relief, a non-profit organization comprised of musicians, music industry professionals, and fans, that are dedicated to providing aid to natural disaster survivors;  We Care Solar, a revolutionary solar system that fits in a briefcase, designed to promote safe childbirth in developing regions by providing health workers with reliable lighting and power; and, Grassroots Soccer, a health organization that uses soccer to elevate at-risk youths in developing countries.

Cindy Cowan is a graduate of Tulane University, with graduate courses towards a Master’s Degree in Psychology at Harvard.  Cowan is also a major equestrian, winning the “World Champion” title more than 5 times in American Saddlebred five-gaited, and equestrian horses.