Johanna Schneller is one of North America’s leading freelance journalists specializing in entertainment features. She has profiled the most prominent actors of our time – among them, Julia Roberts, Johnny Depp, Diane Keaton, Brad Pitt, Julianne Moore, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeff Bridges, Liam Neeson, Robert Downey, Jr. and Nicole Kidman. Her cover stories have appeared in every major magazine, including Vanity Fair, In Style, Premiere, More and Ladies Home Journal. She was a senior writer in the Los Angeles bureau of
GQ magazine from 1990 to 1994.
Her weekly Bigger Picture column in The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, has been nominated for four National Newspaper Awards. For two years, she also wrote a daily What I’m Watching TV column in The Toronto Star and Metro. She is the vice-president of the Toronto Film Critics Association.
As co-host of CBC’s summer series The Filmmakers, Schneller interviews directors and film experts about classic Canadian films. She also hosted TVO’s renowned film series Saturday Night at the Movies. As well, she regularly conducts on-stage interviews for the Toronto International Film Festival and the Toronto Library.
Schneller co-wrote the best-selling book Uncontrollable, about Rob Ford, Toronto’s notorious mayor; and the current best-seller Woman Enough, about the transgender cyclist Kristen Worley’s legal battle with the International Olympic Committee.
As a screenwriter, Schneller’s work includes adaptations of Sailor Girl, based upon the novel by Sherri Lee Olson, for Markham Street Productions; Every Lost Country, based upon the novel by Steven Heighton, for Rhombus Media; Girl Crazy, based upon the novel by Russell Smith, for House of Films; and The Girls in the Balcony, based on the book by Nan Robertson.
Schneller earned a BA in English from the University of Virginia. She took the American Film Institute’s script analysis course in Los Angeles, and the inaugural television writing course at the Canadian Film Centre. She and her husband, the writer and broadcaster Ian Brown, live in Toronto near their two grown children.
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