June 20, 2013 New York, NY
Glamwire is beyond excited to hear that one of the Gods of Independent film, Cary Woods is back in the film business after a hiatus in which he focused on the creation of Plum TV. The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Cary Woods Pictures have sealed an exclusive first-look production deal. The parties are familiar as Woods produced seven titles for Miramax back in the day when Harvey and Bob Weinstein ran that company.
Glamwire’s Entertainment Reporter, Stephanie Brooke Friedman, sat down for an exclusive interview with Cary Woods in Manhattan last week. “I have the best Job in the world,” said Woods. “What other job allows you to turn dreams into celluloid stories seen by millions, while working with some of the most talented artists in the world! (Writers, directors, art directors, cinematographers, costume etc.)”
Cary Woods has produced 20 films, from the worldwide blockbuster Wes Craven-directed and Kevin Williamson-scripted Scream franchise, to the Larry Clark-directed Harmony Korine-scripted Kids, Korine’s directing debut Gummo, Doug Liman’s Swingers, James Mangold’s Cop Land and Alexander Payne’s Citizen Ruth. He successfully launched his own company, Independent Pictures, and created a library of seminal films that would define a golden era of indie filmmaking. Releases included Larry Clark’s controversial indie hit “Kids,” which, starring Rosario Dawson and Chloe Sevigny, ushered in a new wave of independent filmmaking and helping to catalyze Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s Miramax Films, for which Woods produced seven films, including, “Swingers,” “Scream,” “Cop Land” and “Citizen Ruth.” Through Independent he also produced acclaimed films for New Line’s specialty arm, Fine Line, including Harmony Korine’s “Gummo.”
Bronx-born Woods began his career at William Morris in LA, where he introduced audiences to directors and talent including Gus Van Sant, Charlie Sheen, Uma Thurman and Matt Dillon, among others, and shepherded films including “Heathers” and “Drugstore Cowboy” — he moved to Sony Pictures Entertainment as Vice-President, Office of the Chairman, under Peter Guber and Jon Peters. Woods struck a production deal with Sony two years later to produce films starring Mike Myers, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei and Christopher Walken, among others.
In 2004, Woods became a founding partner, co-Chairman, and Chief Creative Officer of Plum TV, the luxury lifestyle network spanning eight markets including Aspen, the Hamptons, Miami Beach, Nantucket and Sun Valley. Plum won eight Emmy Awards with programming encompassing real estate, interior design, travel, food and wine, style, wellness, art and culture. Investors have included John Tisch, Chris Blackwell, Jimmy Buffett, Tom Freston and Jason Flom.