Partner, Eight Million Plus Productions
New York, N.Y.
|Occupation||Film & TV Producer|
Rick Schwartz (born 1967) is a film & TV producer and financier based in New York, whose credits include Lip Sync Battle, The Departed, Black Swan, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, Machete, and The Others.
Schwartz began his film career at Miramax under Harvey and Bob Weinstein, eventually serving as the company's Senior Vice President of Production. During his seven-year tenure at Miramax, Schwartz oversaw the development and production of numerous high profile Miramax projects, including Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day Lewis and Cameron Diaz, and Alejandro Amenabar’s The Others, starring Nicole Kidman and produced in conjunction with Tom Cruise.
Prior to launching Eight Million Plus Productions in 2014, Schwartz produced such award-winning films as The Aviator, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett and Kate Beckinsale, as well as the Academy Award winning film, The Departed, also directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg and Jack Nicholson.
Eight Million Plus Productions
From 2008 to 2014, Schwartz was CEO and Founder of Overnight Productions, which has financed and produced movies by directors like Robert Rodriguez, Darren Aronofsky and Gela Babluani. The first film to be released under the new banner was The Lucky Ones, directed by Neil Burger and starring Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins, and Michael Peña. In 2009, Schwartz produced the thriller "13", a remake of the award-winning French film "13 Tzameti, Directed by Gela Babluani and starring Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone, 50 Cent and Emmanuelle Chriqui. Schwartz and his Overnight banner also financed and produced the $10m action movie "Machete", an independent feature co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and starring Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Seagal, Lindsay Lohan and Danny Trejo. Schwartz's success continued in 2010 with the Academy Award nominated, "Black Swan", directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel and Barbara Hershey. The $13m movie went on to gross over $320m worldwide, with Portman winning an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Future projects include Spectra, a supernatural horror film to star Nicole Kidman who is also producing; Southbound, a thriller to be directed by Jonathan Jakubowitz; Goree Girls, a musical drama to be produced with and starring Jennifer Aniston; and Fit Model, a teen comedy set in the world of high fashion modeling, co-developed with Full Picture, the creators of Project Runway and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
In total, Schwartz has been involved with movies that have grossed over $1 billion in worldwide box office sales and earned 31 Academy Award Nominations.
Machete Kills is an action film written by Robert Rodriguez and Kyle Ward and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The film is produced by Schwartz's Overnight Productions along with Rodriquez, Aaron Kaufman and Iliana Kikolic through their QuickDraw Productions, Segei Bespalov of Aldamisa Films, and Alexander Rodnyansky of AR Films. Machete Kills is a sequel to the 2010 genre movie Machete (inspired by the fake trailer to the film Grindhouse) and stars Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba, Amber Heard, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Demian Bichir, Antonio Banderas, Zoe Saldana, Edward James Olmos, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alexa Vega, William Sadler, Lady Gaga, Marko Zaror, and Charlie Sheen. The plot follows the titular ex-fedarale Machete (Danny Trejo) as he is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen) to stop an arms dealer (Mel Gibson) from launching a deadly missile. Open Road Films released the film on October 11, 2013.
Schwartz's Overnight Productions has lined up financing for a Fall production start in Toronto for the indie genre film Tatua, starring Twilight and Hercules actor Kellan Lutz. Danny Black, the film's main character, is involuntarily chosen to participate in a secret government program that develops high tech weaponry for covert assassination missions. Danny is tattooed with a powerful ink that allows him to pull weapons straight off his skin, giving him the power to access high security areas with ease. The side effect of this adrenalin fueled process is the physical and mental toll it takes on his body. When his young son is kidnapped by one of Danny’s notoriously violent targets, Danny must risk his own life to save his child. A visually innovative genre film with a contained budget similar to Resident Evil and Underworld, Tatua will be produced by Schwartz along with Todd Breau and Kari Hollend. Paul Leyden wrote the script based on an original concept by comic book creators Paul Jenkins and Rob Prior.
Schwartz is Chief Strategic Officer for Lua Technologies, a suite of digital tools that helps teams communicate, collaborate, and build community on site. After an initial funding of $1 million from a 2012 TechStars Demo Day, in August 2012 Lua received a $2.5 million seed round of financing led by Roger Ehrenberg's IA Ventures. Among the other investors are Srauss Zelnick, and former Tumblr president John Maloney, Aryeh Bourkoff and Aaron Stone. Lua's clients have included film sets, sporting venues, construction sites and musical tours.
Schwartz is active in numerous charities, including The Robin Hood Foundation, United Jewish Appeal, and Amfar. He is an investor in the 1Oak nightclubs and a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild. Schwartz is a published writer whose work has appeared in such outlets as The Huffington Post, Grantland, The Washington Times, The Daily Beast and The Times of London. His writing often details his experiences in the film industry, as well as commentary on a variety of topics including sports, pop culture, marriage and religion.
|Lip Sync Battle||2015||Executive Producer||Tatua||2015||Producer||Pre-Production|
|Black Swan||2010||Executive Producer|
|Lucky Ones, TheThe Lucky Ones||2008||Producer|
|Departed, TheThe Departed||2006||Co-Producer|
|Aviator, TheThe Aviator||2004||Executive Producer|
|Human Stain, TheThe Human Stain||2003||Executive Producer|
|Battle of Shaker Heights, TheThe Battle of Shaker Heights||2003||Executive Producer|
|Gangs of New York||2002||Co-Executive Producer|
|Birthday Girl||2001||Executive Producer|
|Others, TheThe Others||2001||Executive Producer|
|Love's Labour's Lost||2000||Associate Producer|
|Shakespeare in Love||1998||assistant: Harvey Weinstein|
|The Mighty||1998||assistant: Harvey Weinstein|
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- "Remaking foreign-language films in English", L.A. Times, March 18, 2010
- "As Studios Cut Back, Investors See Opening", The New York Times, November 14, 2010
- "Top players weigh in on indie financing", Variety, Sep 9, 2009
- "Jennifer Aniston to star in 'Girls'", Variety, Aug 4, 2009
- "Smarter money moves into the market", Variety, Nov 1, 2010
- Machete Kills, Sep 13, 2013
- "‘Machete Kills’ Gets Release Date". Cinemablend. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
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- "‘Twilight Saga’s Kellan Lutz To Star In ‘Tatua’". Deadline. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
- "‘Twilight Saga’s Kellan Lutz To Star In ‘Tatua’". Superherohype. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
- "Lua Technologies". AngelList.
- "Lua Goes From A Manhattan Basement To $2.5M In Seed Funding From IA Ventures". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- "The Dark Knight Rises Producer And A Bunch Of TechStars Mentors Put $2.5 Million Into Lua Technologies". Business Insider. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- "Huffington Post Biography, Rick Schwartz", The Huffington Post