Ben Odell has produced or executive produced more than 25 features in the last decade almost all of which focused on LatinX or Latin American stories and characters in both English and Spanish.
Before becoming a producer, Odell lived in Colombia, South America from 1992 to 2000. He first worked as a freelance journalist, before becoming a Spanish language television writer and screenwriter there. As a television writer, he created and wrote over 300 hours of Spanish-language narrative television including the first ever action series, FUEGO VERDE, which was one of the highest rated series on Colombian television. At its peak it was watched by nearly half of the households in Colombia. He also co-wrote the Colombian political satire feature film, GOLPE DE ESTADIO, which was nominated for Spain’s Academy Award, the Goya, in 1999, and was Colombia’s nomination to the Oscar in 2000. It is still one of the highest grossing Colombian films of all time. Odell was also previously Head of Production for Pantelion Films. In his role at Pantelion, Odell developed and produced films aimed at the Hispanic market in the US as well as for Mexico and Latin America.
Odell is currently a partner of 3pas Studios with Mexican comedian and director, Eugenio Derbez. 3pas has a first look deal with Pantelion Films / Lionsgate studios. 3Pas also has a first look deal with Lionsgate TV.
Odell is also an educator. He has taught screenwriting and production at Columbia University and The New School in New York City and has given lectures in filmmaking all over Latin America and Europe. Odell holds an MFA in film from Columbia University where he graduated with honors. In 2017 he was given the “Andrew Sarris Award” which honors outstanding service and artistic achievement of distinguished Film Program alumni.