Oklahoma native Sue Bea Montgomery has joined Steelehouse Productions in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the role of Executive Producer, focusing on development, production and distribution of original entertainment. Steelehouse Co-Founder & Executive Creative Mark Steele says, “In the world of Oklahoma film legends, it doesn’t get any more impressive than Sue Bea Montgomery. Her body of work within feature film production (“The Outsiders”, “The Shawshank Redemption”), television (“The Wonder Years”, “Dinosaur Train”) and animation (Disney’s “Mulan”, “Tarzan”) makes her the perfect person to advance Steelehouse’s original properties and creative service capabilities.”
Montgomery’s career is extensive, beginning in Tulsa in the Art Department for Director Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Outsiders”. After moving to Los Angeles in the ‘80’s, she continued to build her film credits, working on iconic films such as “The Shawshank Redemption”, “Air Force One”, “In The Line of Fire” and “Tin Cup”.
An Emmy-nominated television and film producer, Montgomery is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America. Her storied Hollywood career has included stints working for Walt Disney Feature Animation, Warner Brothers, Universal, PBS and ESPN Sports.
In her tenure at Walt Disney Feature Animation, Montgomery worked as the Senior Manager of Post Production on “Mulan”, “Lilo & Stitch”, “Tarzan”, “Treasure Planet”, “Atlantis: The Lost Empire”, “The Emperor’s New Groove” and “Chicken Little” as well as Pixar’s “A Bug’s Life”. She was the television series Producer for both The Jim Henson Company’s “Sid the Science Kid” (PBS) and Emmy-nominated “Dinosaur Train” (PBS). Her latest projects are executive producing the Netflix animated series “Beat Bugs” Season Two and “Motown Magic” Season One.
Montgomery’s decision to join Steelehouse brings her full circle and demonstrates her love of Oklahoma and belief in its potential as a creative force in entertainment. “Steelehouse for many years has been a company I have wanted to partner with and create great stories.” Montgomery continues, “Mark Steele and Kevin Anderson have built a team of creative people who can match anyone in the world of creative narrative and media production. With a track record of solid storytelling, Mark Steele has continued to inspire kids with his wit and wackiness in the world of Veggie Tales!”
Steelehouse has recently utilized the very competitive Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program for a 4D animated film scheduled to debut in China in 2019.
“Building relationships with local companies such as Steelehouse is extremely important to the continued growth of Oklahoma’s film industry,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “With the combined talent and track record of Sue Bea Montgomery at Steelehouse, the state is a more attractive filming destination to producers and studios.”
Working closely with the Steelehouse team, Montgomery will remain in Los Angeles, cementing Steelehouse’s ability to collaborate with studios and distributors concentrated in Southern California. Co-founder Kevin Anderson adds, “For years, Steelehouse has been building a library of original properties. A full-time presence in Los Angeles with Sue Bea at the helm is a major leap forward. Seeing our creative aspirations come to fruition is very close.”
Montgomery concludes, “Now with offices in Tulsa and Los Angeles and our shared business relationships at Netflix, Disney, Nickelodeon, Amazon, Walmart, and Apple, great family content will be heading into production very soon.”
For more information about Steelehouse Productions, please visit steelehouse.com.
About the Oklahoma Film + Music Office:
Created in 1979, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office strives to share all that Oklahoma has to offer by welcoming filmmakers and music professionals to the state and by creating a network of support to develop Oklahoma’s film and music industries. For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program or the Oklahoma Film + Music Office please visit okfilmmusic.org.