Team Downey President Says It’s Important to Nurture Early-Career Connections: ‘Build Your People’

Office With a View: Amanda Burrell’s work is ultimately about building a “community of like-minded individuals” and then “fiercely” protecting their vision, the “Sweet Tooth” producer tells TheWrap

Office With a View: Amanda Burrell, Team Downey
Amanda Burrell of Team Downey has advice for newcomers to the industry: "Build your people."

Before joining actor Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey to help oversee their production company, known for projects like “Perry Mason” and the “Sherlock Holmes” film franchise, Amanda Burrell rose through the ranks in independent film.

A key lesson she learned early in her career: “Build your people.”

“The people you meet when you’re young and you feel so adrift are going to be in your life forever,” she told TheWrap for this week’s Office With a View. “I’ve reconnected with people and talked to people, and it’s crazy how we’ve grown up together.”

One example is Beatrice Springborn, now president of Universal Content Productions and International Studios, whom she met during her indie film days.