As President and co-founder of Sobini Films, Cami Winikoff has shepherded a diverse range of features and franchises since the company’s origin in 2001. Titles include Nu Image’s “Eliza Graves,” starring Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley, and Michael Caine; “Sexy, Evil Genius,” starring Seth Green, Anthony Michael Hall, and William Baldwin; the new-age classic, “Peaceful Warrior,” starring Nick Nolte, in which Cami orchestrated an impressive second theatrical release; HBO’s contemporary American Girl film “Chrissa Stands Strong,” which was honored with the 2009 Gold Award from National Parenting Publications; “The Prince and Me,” starring Julia Stiles for Paramount Studios, which has spawned two successful sequels; and the fast-paced racing film “Streets of Legend,” which was nominated for Grand Jury Prize, and won the Cinematography Award, at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. Her future projects include an adaptation of the hit Korean film, “A Moment to Remember,” with acclaimed director Ben Lewin (“The Sessions”) attached. Winikoff has also successfully completed a deal with Sony Pictures to acquire the rights to the highly commercial Zorro franchise for an upcoming motion picture.
As Chief Operating Officer for Trimark Pictures, Winikoff oversaw all of the company’s finance and operations, business and legal affairs, theatrical distribution, home entertainment, international and television distribution, and headed the production of over seventy-five films. Winikoff’s production credits while at Trimark include Kasi Lemmon’s award winning directorial debut, ”Eve’s Bayou,” starring Samuel L. Jackson; “Frida” starring Selma Hayek; “Kicking and Screaming,” Noah Baumbach’s cult classic debut; and Mira Nair’s “Kama Sutra.” On the genre side of the company, she was at the helm of numerous films, many of which became lucrative franchises, including the notorious “Leprechaun” films. Winikoff capped her tenure at Trimark as a key player in negotiating the merger with Lionsgate, which was the genesis of Lionsgate’s position as the most powerful independent company in the film industry. Following the merger, Winikoff served as Executive Vice President, where she was at the forefront of building Lionsgate’s executive team and facilitating its profitable business plan.