Dynamic Hollywood duo to speak at SPAA conference
Press release from SPAA
The Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) has confirmed that Lucy Fisher – one of the leading studio executives from Hollywood, including stints at 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros and Sony Pictures – and Douglas Wick – founder of Red Wagon Entertainment, which has been responsible for producing 'Gladiator' among many other films and has garnered over 20 Oscar nominations – will be guests at the 2011 Conference.
As producing partners on 'The Great Gatsby', alongside Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and Catherine Knapman, and executive producer Barrie Osborne, Lucy and Doug are currently in Australia and have agreed to join Su Armstrong in an ‘on the couch’ session on Wednesday 16 November at the Hilton in Sydney.
In 2001, Lucy Fisher, former vice-chairman of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group at Sony Pictures, joined powerhouse producer Douglas Wick as co-head of Red Wagon Entertainment. Together they are award-winning motion picture producers, renowned for their classy commercial fare and for working with some of the most accomplished filmmakers in the world. Besides 'Gladiator' for Wick, producing credits under the Red Wagon Entertainment banner include a range of acclaimed films as, 'Stuart Little' and 'Stuart Little 2', 'Jarhead', 'Peter Pan', and 'Memoirs of a Geisha'.
Fisher began her career as a reader at United Artists before moving to MGM where she helped launch the film 'Fame'. She became vice-president of production at Twentieth Century Fox before becoming head of worldwide production for Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios. Her tenure as Vice Chairman at Sony included some of the biggest domestic and worldwide grosses with films such as 'Men in Black', 'My Best Friend’s Wedding', 'Air Force One', 'Jerry Maguire', 'As Good At It Gets', and 'Stuart Little'. In addition to her creative achievements, Ms Fisher is considered a pioneer for women and working mothers in the entertainment industry.
Wick is the founder of Red Wagon Entertainment, which has earned more that $1.5 billion at the box office. He is responsible for a slate of international box office successes including Ridley Scott’s 'Gladiator', which won a suite of awards including 5 Academy Awards® and a Best Picture for Wick, The Golden Globe and the Bafta’s Best Picture. He also garnered a Golden Globe for Best Picture and an Academy Award® nomination for his first producing effort, 'Working Girl'. Other films include 'Stuart Little', 'Girl Interrupted', 'Spy Game', the original teen witch cult 'The Craft', Paul Verhoeven’s 'Hollow Man', and 'Wolf' directed by Mike Nichols.
Currently in post-production for Red Wagon is the upcoming 'Wettest County in the World', adapted by Nick Cave and directed by John Hillcoat starring Shia Le Boeuf and Tom Hardy. Fisher and Wick began production last month on Luhrmann’s 'The Great Gatsby', which is being shot at Fox Studios in Sydney starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Mcguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton, and Elizabeth Debicki.