PROFILE
Name:
Douglas Wick
Birth Date:
May 8, 1905
Birth Place:
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Producer of Gladiator

Background:

Academy Award winning movie producer Douglas Wick is best recognized for his work on the successful historical epic “Gladiator” (2000), from which he netted his Oscar. Other notable producing credits include “Working Girl” (1988), from which he earned his first Best Picture Oscar nomination, “Stuart Little” (1999), “Memoirs of a Geisha” (2005) and “Jarhead” (2005).

Wick is the founder of Red Wagon Entertainment and Red Wagon Productions. The company was enlarged in 2000 with Wick bringing in his partner and wife Lucy Fisher. The two have shared such awards as the Hollywood Film Award for Outstanding Achievement in Producing (2002), Hollywood Film Award for Producer of the Year (2005) and PGA's Lifetime Achievement Award in Motion Pictures (2007). On his own, Wick was the recipient of the George Pal Memorial Award from the 2000 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, the 2001 Visionary Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and 2002's ShoWest Award for Producer of the Year.

Wick has served on the Board of Trustees for The Center for Early Education in Los Angeles, and the Board of Directors for the Producers Guild of America. He co-founded CuresNow, an organization focused on the promotion of regenerative medicine and stem cell research.


Yale

Childhood and Family:

Douglas Wick was born in 1954 in the United States. He graduated with honors from Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut. While at Yale, he was a member of the Wolf's Head Society.

Douglas is married to Lucy Fisher and they have three children together.


Working Girl

Career:

After college, Douglas Wick landed work with filmmaker Alan J. Pakula before kicking off his producing career in 1979 when he was hired as an associate producer on Pakula's film “Starting Over.” Starring Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh and Candice Bergen, the comedy was nominated for Oscars for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Clayburgh) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Bergen). His first solo producing job came over a decade later with the 1988 dramatic comedy “Working Girl,” which was written by Kevin Wade and directed by Mike Nichols. The film, starring Harrison Ford, Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin and Joan Cusack, received good reviews from critics and was a success at the box office. It won an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song for Carly Simon's “Let the River Run” and also received several Oscar nominations, including ones for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Director, and Best Picture.

Wick was reunited with director Mike Nichols for his next film, “Wolf” (1994), starring Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer. The horror movie grossed over $131 million worldwide against a budget of $70 million and won an ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films and a Saturn Award for Best Writing.

In 1996, Wick produced the supernatural horror film “The Craft,” which was directed by Andrew Fleming and starred Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell and Rachel True. Wick's next film, “Hush” (1998), a thriller starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnathon Schaech and Jessica Lange that was directed by Jonathan Darby, however, was widely panned by critics and earned Lange a Razzie nomination for Worst Actress for her portrayal of Martha Baring.

Wick quickly rebounded with the 1999 family film “Stuart Little,” which is loosely based on the novel of the same name by E. B. White. Starring Michael J. Fox as the voice of Stuart Little, the film opened at No. 1 at the box office and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Effects, Visual Effects. The same year, he also co-produced (with Winona Ryder) the hit drama “Girl, Interrupted,” starring Ryder, Brittany Murphy, Angelina Jolie, Whoopi Goldberg and Vanessa Redgrave. Jolie won an Academy Award for her scene stealing performance as a charismatic sociopath.

However, Wick did not experience his biggest success to date until he produced the historical epic “Gladiator” (2000). Starring Russell Crowe and directed by Ridley Scott, the film was a huge success at the box office (earned $457,640,427 against a budget of $103 million). It was nominated for and won a number of awards, including Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Costume Design, Best Effects, Visual Effects, Best Sound, and Best Picture for Wick. Adding to his Oscar, Wick also picked up a BAFTA Film Award for Best Film and a PGA for Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award. Still in 2000, Wick produced the science fiction thriller “Hollow Man,” starring Elisabeth Shue, Kevin Bacon and Josh Brolin.

In 2001, Wick produced “Spy Game,” a film directed by Tony Scott that starred Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. The film grossed over $62.3 million in the United States and over $143 million worldwide. He followed it up producing the successful “Stuart Little” sequel “Stuart Little 2” (2002) and the first live action version of the J.M. Barrie classic tale “Peter Pan” (2003), which was directed and co-written by P.J. Hogan. In 2004, he produced “Win a Date with Tad Hamilton,” which was directed by Robert Luketic and starred Kate Bosworth, Topher Grace, and Josh Duhamel.

Through his Red Wagon Productions, Wick produced the big screen adaptation of “Memoirs of a Geisha” (2005), a joint venture with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and Spyglass Entertainment. Directed by Rob Marshall and starring Zhang Ziyi, Ken Watanabe, Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh, Youki Kudoh, and Suzuka Ohgo, the film won three out of six Oscar nominations and grossed $162,242,962 at the box office against a budget of $85 million. The same year, he also produced another critical hit film, “Jarhead,” which was directed by Sam Mendes and starred Jake Gyllenhaal. In addition, he worked with “Bewitched,” the film adaptation of the classic television series of the same name, starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell, and the “Stuart Little” sequel “Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild,” which went straight to video.

In 2006, Wick produced “RV,” a comedy directed by Barry Sonnenfeld that starred Robin Williams, Cheryl Hines, Joanna Levesque, Josh Hutcherson, Jeff Daniels, Kristin Chenoweth and Will Arnett. The film received generally negative reviews from critics and was a moderate success at the box office. The same year, he also produced the direct to video sequel “Hollow Man 2.”

Under his Red Wagon Entertainment banner, Wick will be producing “The Wettest County in the World” (2012), a film starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman, and Baz Luhrmann's “The Great Gatsby” (2012), which will star Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire.


Awards:

  • PGA: Lifetime Achievement Award in Motion Pictures, 2007 (Shared with Lucy Fisher)

  • Hollywood Film Festival: Hollywood Film Award, Producer of the Year, 2005 (shared with Lucy Fisher)

  • Hollywood Film Festival: Hollywood Film Award, Outstanding Achievement in Producing, 2002 (Shared with Lucy Fisher)

  • ShoWest Convention: ShoWest Award, Producer of the Year, 2002

  • Academy Award: Best Picture, “Gladiator,” 2001

  • BAFTA: Best Film, “Gladiator,” 2001

  • PGA: Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award, “Gladiator,” 2001

  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Visionary Award, 2001

  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: George Pal Memorial Award, 2000

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