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Cary Woods is an American film producer.
After beginning his career at the William Morris Agency—where he worked with 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, before launching his own company, Independent Pictures.
Bronx-born Woods began his career at William Morris in LA, where he introduced audiences to directors and talent including Van Sant, Todd Solondz, Michael Lehmann, Sam Kinison, Sandra Bernhard, Sheen, Thurman and Matt Dillon. Recognized for his strong relationships with new and established filmmakers and actors, at 27 Woods moved to Sony under Guber and Peters. After working for Chairman Guber and Peters for Sony (the parent company of Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures), he segued to a production deal to produce features including, So I Married An Axe Murderer, Rudy, Only You and Threesome.
In 1995 Woods successfully launched his own company, Independent Pictures, with the release of Clark's controversial indie hit Kids. The film, which starred Rosario Dawson and Chloe Sevigny was a catalyst for 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 films for New Line's specialty arm, Fine Line, including Harmony Korine's Gummo.
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.
In 2012, Woods wrote The Puzzleman for Matchboox, a story that takes place in Paris. The main character, with his dog for company, creates a daydreaming tramp private world with its beautiful creations.
- The Player (2004) TV series (creator)
- The Puzzleman (2010) Published by MatchBoox