Emmy Award-winning producer Ilene Kahn Power was Executive Producer on the acclaimed Gia, the tragic story of the supermodel made for HBO, starring Angelina Jolie, Mercedes Ruehl, and Faye Dunaway, written by Jay MacInerney and co-written and directed by Michael Cristofer. The film received three Golden Globe Awards and six Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Motion Picture for Television. She was also nominated by the Producers Guild of America for the Laurel Award as Outstanding Producer for long-form television in 2000 for her work on the film.
Kahn Power was Producer on USA Networks' Traffic, the six-hour mini-series directed by Stephen Hopkins and Eric Bross and written by Ron Hutchinson, which aired in January, 2004.
Executive Producer Kahn Power's production of The Hollywood Moms Mystery aired last year on the Hallmark Channel, based on Lindsay Maracotta's novel of the same name. It is the first in a series of films featuring the lead character Lucy Freers, played by Justine Bateman. The film stars Bateman, George Hamilton, Elizabeth Peña and Andrew McCarthy. Kahn Power was also recently the Supervising Producer on the highly rated CBS film Open House, which starred Christine Lahti, Daniel Baldwin, Rita Moreno and Eva Marie Saint. The film aired in February of 2003. Earlier, Executive Producer Kahn Power's Showtime film They Call Me Sirr, starring Academy Award nominee Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile) was nominated for an Emmy as Outstanding Children's Special in the 2002 Emmys.
In addition to her current development slate for cable and television (projects with Gore Vidal, Jessica Lange and Sally Field, among others), she is working on a number of feature films with directors such as Bronwen Hughes (Forces of Nature), Robert Dornhelm (Anne Frank), and upcoming young director Claudio Faeh. With Bronwen Hughes directing, Kahn Power will produce an ultra-contemporary musical set in India and England, based on the original Beggars Opera. Featuring an international cast, the film will showcase a blend of contemporary underground and dub music, hip hop, electronica, Indian ragas, and other traditional Indian music. All of it will be supervised by celebrated composer and music producer, Stewart Copeland, founder and drummer of The Police.
Kahn Power was instrumental in the establishing of HBO Pictures. In 1993, she left her executive post to form her own company, Kahn Power Pictures, and produce the award winning Stalin for HBO in Moscow. Starring Robert Duvall and Julia Ormand, the film received three Golden Globe Awards as well as three CableACE Awards, and was nominated for ten Emmy Awards, of which it won four, including Outstanding Motion Picture For Television.
In her ten years as Vice President of HBO Pictures, Kahn Power supervised the development and production of over sixty films. Among these were the award-winning Josephine Baker Story, starring Lynn Whitfield and Lou Gossett, Jr., and Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story, starring Ben Kingsley. Both films were directed by Brian Gibson. Somebody Has to Shoot the Pictures, starring Roy Scheider, directed by Frank Pierson; Long Gone, starring William Peterson and Virginia Madsen, directed by Martin Davidson; The Image, starring Albert Finney and Kathy Baker, which introduced Brad Pitt and was directed by Peter Werner; and Mandela, starring Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard, directed by Phillip Saville, were all films initiated and supervised by Kahn Power. In 1996, Ilene Kahn Power was producer on Soul of the Game, also on HBO, which starred Delroy Lindo, Mykelti Williamson and Blair Underwood and was directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan.
In 1998, Kahn Power had the distinction of being the only producer in history to have three out of five films nominated as Best Motion Picture for Television for the Golden Globe Awards: Roswell, starring Kyle MacLachlan and Martin Sheen and directed by Jeremy Paul Kagan for Showtime; White Mile, directed by Bob Butler, starring Alan Alda, Peter Gallagher and Robert Loggia for HBO; and Fatherland, directed by Chris Menaul, starring Rutger Hauer and Miranda Richardson, also for HBO. In 1998, she was Executive Producer on Buffalo Soldiers, starring Danny Glover for Turner Network Television.
From 1994-1999, Kahn Power was a consultant to Cabin Fever Entertainment, the independent feature arm of the distribution company whose parent company is US Tobacco in Greenwich, Connecticut. As its Los Angeles representative, she played a key role in establishing and raising the profile of the emerging company as a distributor of small theatrical films in both theatrical and home video releases.
Kahn Power is the Jury Chair of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), The Independent Feature Project West and a Trustee of the Women in Film Foundation. A native of Chicago, she is a graduate of Northwestern University and completed graduate work at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has two sons, Jeremy and Adam, and resides in Los Angeles with her husband, personal manager Derek Power, with whom she is partnered in Kahn Power Pictures.