Name recognition


Cathy Konrad
Konrad's partnership with husband and Tree Line Film's co-exec James Mangold on Lionsgate's well-received "3:10 to Yuma" could make for another busy awards season for the Hollywood couple, who saw "Walk the Line" star Reese Witherspoon take home a best actress Oscar in 2006. In 2008, the duo is working on HBO Films' miniseries "The Sportswriter," before returning to film with Fox and Konrad Pictures' lottery drama "The Rich Part of Life," followed by Paramount's voyeuristic drama "Follow Me."

Lynda Obst
Obst once reigned over the date-night movie genre with classics like 1983's "Flashdance" and 1993's "Sleepless in Seattle." After taking a brief hiatus following 2003's "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," Obst is reviving one of her other 1980s favorites with Disney's "Further Adventures in Babysitting." Later, Obst will join co-writer/director Ricky Gervais for the 2009-slated comedy "This Side of the Truth," before taking a serious turn with Paramount's creationism-vs.-evolution drama "Dover."

Mary Parent
With Universal's "The Kingdom" failing to rule over the boxoffice, Parent is hedging her bets across several genres with her upcoming films distributed by Universal. On deck are the 2008 comedies "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins," with Michael Clarke Duncan, and "Little Big Men," starring Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott; later, Parent journeys into romantic drama with the Jennifer Aniston-Aaron Eckhart release "Traveling," delves into sci-fi with the Jude Law starrer "Repossession Mambo" and creeps into the horror category with "The Wolf Man," starring Anthony Hopkins and Benicio Del Toro.

Stacey Sher
While neither Fox's "Reno 911!: Miami" nor Paramount's "Freedom Writers" made lasting impressions at the boxoffice, the "Erin Brockovich" (2000) co-producer is looking to regain audiences' attentions with another real-life story: Paramount's "Bong Hits 4 Jesus," based on a Supreme Court case and slated for a 2009 release. In the meantime, she'll keep busy with Universal's 2008 drama "Man and Wife," from "The Pursuit of Happyness" director Gabriele Muccino, and New Line's 2009 romantic comedy "Missed Connections."

Lauren Shuler Donner
Along with her producing partner husband, Richard Donner, Shuler Donner has been behind such well-received films as 1998's "Bulworth" and "You've Got Mail" and 1999's "Any Given Sunday." Next year, she's turning to the the fourth "X-Men" installment, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," now in preproduction. In the near future, she's bringing another sequel to the screen, Warner Bros.' "Constantine 2," followed by "Cirque du Freak," before 2009 goes to the dogs with DreamWorks' canine comedy "Hotel for Dogs."

Laura Ziskin
Ziskin climbed her way to top of this year's boxoffice and stayed there with "Spider-Man 3," while a fourth Spidey film is in the works for 2009. With a resume that includes executive producing gigs on 1997's "As Good as It Gets" and 1990's "Pretty Woman," Ziskin should have no problem reaching the peak of audience praise with her next project: Warner Bros.' upcoming drama "Morgan's Summit." This former head of Fox 2000 was also the first woman to take the reins of the Academy Awards telecast, in 2002, and returned for this year's ceremony.