“The thrill and joy of putting ideas together and watching them unfold on the big screen
is an exhilarating feeling. It is the process of understanding the art of closing deals, and
negotiating while being honest and authentic. Being the financial, practical, driving
force and creative heart of a film or television production is the most I enjoy about
producing,” says Anisha Thakur, a Los Angeles, California based producer born and
raised in Mumbai, India.
She pursued an undergraduate degree in media and
communications in Mumbai. Early in her career, Anisha wrote, created and pitched
several creative stories and made her own documentary early on. The art of producing
content, being responsible for the overall look of the film from start to finish and being
mindful of every detail that can support the creator’s vision, made her realize how
passionate she was for the process of script to screen.
Anisha has always been passionate about producing good content and has worked with distinguished Directors, Photographers, Set Designers and Fashion Stylists in Bollywood to bring life to a
project for a few years before setting her sights on Hollywood.
Anisha enrolled for an MFA program in Film and Television Production at the
prestigious New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. In Los Angeles, the epicenter of
American film and television, Anisha networked, took creative risks and has led the
development of successful productions at some of the industry’s top production
companies. She adapted to working in a new country, without knowing anyone in the
city let alone the industry.
“In this male-dominated industry, as a woman I had to put
in double the work and had to prove myself every step of the way,” says Anisha. To
learn all aspects of production, she took on a variety of related roles, learning the roles
of production assistants, camera, wardrobe, art, and writer’s assistant, essentially
gaining knowledge of every other department in order to excel as a producer and the
gamble paid off.
In the past few years, Anisha has worked as a producer, working on short films and web
series. She worked on “True Reviews” a new 10-episode web series, directed and
the Webby Awards upon its release. Anisha also worked on “Cancelled,” a short film
directed by Abhishek Joshi and executive produced by award-winning producer, Jay
Shetty. The film is to debut at a film festival at the end of this year and will make its
way through the festival circuit. Obstacles I face as a producer – that is the most important factor to sustain a career in
the entertainment industry, says Anisha.
Anisha has also worked as a Production Coordinator at P&L Media last year and
collaborated with four-time Emmy Award winning executive producer, Lisa Lew on
special events for the 47th Daytime Emmy Awards, such as the first ever Virtual Brand
Lounge attended by Hollywood’s A list celebrities. She has also worked on P&L
to start production at the end of this year. Anisha also worked on P&L Media’s
production of Janet Nepales’ extravagant book launch event for FASHION. Filipino.
Hollywood. The World.
Today, Anisha is proud to work on all four franchises of the country’s most popular
and Emmy & People’s Choice nominated TV show, Below Deck, which airs on Bravo
and NBCU/Peacock. She produces and manages over 45 cast members of Below Deck
Caribbean, Below Deck Mediterranean, Below Deck Sailing Yacht, as well as the
franchise’s newest installment, Below Deck Down Under. She also works directly with
the showrunners and executive producers. She manages productions in Los Angeles,
Miami, Cape Town, Brisbane, Greece, Bangkok, Sydney, Manchester and New
Anisha has faced so many hurdles throughout her successful career as a highly
acclaimed producer in the entertainment industry; however, she never lost hope and
faith in herself.