Douglas Wick

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Douglas Wick
Born United States
Other names Douglas Z. Wick
Occupation Film producer
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Lucy Fisher (m. 1986)
Children 3

Douglas Wick is an American film producer whose work includes producing the Academy Award-winning 2000 film Gladiator, Stuart Little, and the Academy Award-winning Memoirs of a Geisha.

Life and career[edit]

Wick is the son of actress Mary Jane (Woods) and United States Information Agency director Charles Z. Wick.[1][2] Following his cum laude graduation from Yale University, where he was a member of Wolf's Head Society, Douglas Wick began work for filmmaker Alan J. Pakula as his "coffee boy". In 1979, Wick would get his first film credit when he served as associate producer on Pakula's film Starting Over. Wick's first solo producing job came on the 1988 film Working Girl. His next film, Wolf, would reunite Wick with Mike Nichols, who directed Working Girl, before he went on to produce the 1996 film The Craft. The year of 1999 saw Wick produce both the critical-hit Girl, Interrupted and the box-office hit Stuart Little. The following year brought with it Wick's biggest success to date, Gladiator.[3] This film would net Wick an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA award all for "Best Picture". Also in 2000 Wick produced the Sci Fi hit Hollow Man. In the next few years Wick would produce Spy Game, Peter Pan (the first live action version of the J.M. Barrie classic tale),[4]:514 a successful Stuart Little sequel Stuart Little 2,[5] and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!.[4]:750 In 2005, Wick produced two more critical hits, Jarhead and Memoirs of a Geisha as well as two lesser successes Bewitched and another Stuart Little sequel Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild. Wick produced the moderate success of RV and a Hollow Man sequel Hollow Man 2 in 2006.

Wick and Red Wagon’s most recent production was The Divergent Series, based on Veronica Roth’s New York Times bestselling books. Divergent starred a cast of stellar newcomers including Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort, as well as Oscar winner Kate Winslet. It was followed by the sequels Insurgent and Allegiant, which also stars Naomi Watts and Jeff Daniels. Previously, Fisher and Wick produced The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan.[6][not in citation given]

Wick has been married to Lucy Fisher since 1986, and together they have three daughters.[1] Wick is also best friends with bluegrass musician Dave Rawlings and frequently visits him at his home in Nashville.[7][not in citation given]

Red Wagon Entertainment[edit]

Douglas Wick is the founder of Red Wagon Entertainment and Red Wagon Productions. In 2000, he expanded the company to bring in Lucy Fisher, his partner and wife.[8] Red Wagon Productions has been the production company on fifteen of the films Wick has produced, including: Girl, Interrupted; Spy Game; and Memoirs of a Geisha.

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards

  • Best Picture
    • 2000 Gladiator

Golden Globes

  • Best Picture
    • 1988 Working Girl
    • 2000 Gladiator

BAFTA Awards

  • Best Film
    • 2000 Gladiator

PGA Golden Laurel Awards

  • Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award
    • 2000

NATO ShoWest Producer of the Year

  • 2002

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Douglas Wick Biography (1955– )". Film Reference. Advameg. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  2. ^ Martin, Douglas (24 July 2008). "Charles Wick, 90, former head of U.S. Information Agency"Free access subject to limited trial, subscription normally required. Americas. The New York Times. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  3. ^ Hughes, Candice (8 May 2000). "Russell Crowe savors film success by working as much as possible". Santa Cruz County Sentinel. Santa Cruz, California. p. A-8. Retrieved 8 June 2018 – via Newspapers.com. 
  4. ^ a b Ebert, Roger (2004). Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2005. Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 9780740747427. OCLC 57315976 – via Google Books. 
  5. ^ Willis, John (2004). "Stuart Little 2". Screen World 2003. Screen World. 54. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 84. ISBN 9781557835284 – via Google Books. 
  6. ^ Scott, A. O. (9 May 2013). "Shimmying Off the Literary Mantle: 'The Great Gatsby,' Interpreted by Baz Luhrmann"Free access subject to limited trial, subscription normally required. Movies. The New York Times (Movie Review). Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  7. ^ Wilkinson, Alec (20 September 2004). "THE GHOSTLY ONES: How Gillian Welch and David Rawlings rediscovered country music". Profiles. The New Yorker: 78. 
  8. ^ Career summary at curesnow.org Archived February 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed April 5, 2010.

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