Terry Press is the president of CBS Films where she is responsible for overseeing creative, distribution, marketing and physical production for the studio.
Under her leadership, CBS Films has produced homegrown hits such as the comedy Last Vegas, starring Academy Award-winners Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. She has also overseen acquisitions of such titles as the Academy Award-winning Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, which won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and has been nominated for three Film Independent Spirit Awards, including best feature.
Prior to joining CBS Films, Press served as the owner and principal of 7570 Marketing Inc., where she consulted on several CBS Films releases, including the Golden Globe-nominated Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Woman in Black and The Mechanic. Additionally, she has consulted on films such as The Hunger Games; Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln; David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network; Martin Scorsese’s Hugo; Julie & Julia; It’s Complicated; Doubt; and Valkyrie. Prior to 7570, she served as the head of marketing for DreamWorks SKG, where she oversaw the campaigns for all live-action and animated features, including Saving Private Ryan, American Beauty, Gladiator and Shrek.
Before beginning her career, Press attended Santa Monica College and earned her master’s degree from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. She then launched her career as a marketing executive at Disney Studios, where she formed her long association with Jeffrey Katzenberg. During her tenure as senior vice president of marketing for the Disney Motion Picture Group, she helped develop the marketing strategies for such diverse films as Toy Story, The Lion King, The Joy Luck Club, The Santa Clause, Dick Tracy, Aladdin, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and Beauty and the Beast, the last culminating in the first-ever Best Picture Oscar nomination for an animated film.
Press has also received recognition for her achievements in the film industry. In 2012, she was honored in The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Women in Entertainment: Power 100 and in 2009, she was featured on ELLE Magazine’s Women in Hollywood Power List with three other top professionals in publicity and marketing.