Courtney Pledger was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and graduated from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi with a B.A. in Theater Arts. After beginning her career as an actress in New York and Los Angeles, she moved over to the production side when, on a trip to Upstate New York with a friend, she discovered the story of housewife-turned-activist Lois Gibbs. Gibbs' life became the subject of a 1982 CBS film, starring Academy Award-winning actress Marsha Mason, Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal (1982). Read more... (1990), starring Barbara Hershey, the Challenger (1990) mini-series for ABC, and the ABC/London Weekend Television/Television France series, A Fine Romance (1989). During these years, she was a high level executive for several film/TV production companies, among them "Hearst Entertainment", "The IndieProd Company" and "IndieProd/Rastar". She later moved to London and, in 2000, partnered with British producer Sarah Radclyffe on "Jigsaw Films". Jigsaw is currently developing a number of high profile studio projects, including "Cry of the Icemark" (Fox 2000), Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009) (The Donners Company/Universal), "Box of Delights" (Fifty Cannon Entertainment), "Kensuke's Kingdom" (HBO Films), "The Edge Chronicles" (Film Council of Great Britain), "Toad Rage", "Pure Dead Magic", "Little Darlings" and Cherub: The Recruit.