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Cary Woods is an American film producer of over twenty titles across various genres, from worldwide blockbusters Scream and Godzilla to critically acclaimed breakouts by filmmakers Alexander Payne (Citizen Ruth), Larry Clark (Kids), Doug Liman (Swingers), James Mangold (Cop Land) and Harmony Korine (Gummo).
Born and raised in the Bronx, Woods graduated from law school at the University of Southern California and began his career at the William Morris Agency. At WMA, Woods introduced audiences to directors and talent including Gus Van Sant, Charlie Sheen, Uma Thurman, Matt Dillon, Todd Solondz, Michael Lehmann, Sam Kinison and Sandra Bernhard. Recognized for strong relationships with both new and established filmmakers and actors (as well as a keen eye for fresh material), Woods shepherded films like Heathers and Drugstore Cowboys and later moved to Sony Pictures Entertainment.
As Vice President, working for Chairmen Peter Gruber and Jon Peters at Sony (the parent company of Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures), Woods segued to a production deal to produce features like So I Married An Axe Murderer, Rudy, Only You, and Threesome which launched the careers of Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau and Doug Liman. His films feature stars including Mike Myers, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei and Christopher Walken. In 1995 Woods started his own company, Independent Pictures.
The release of Larry Clark’s controversial indie hit Kids marked the beginning of what would become Woods’ library of seminal films that would help define a golden era of indie filmmaking. Kids, 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 Pictures, he also produced films for New Line's specialty arm, Fine Line, such as 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, Sun Valley, the Hamptons, Miami Beach and Nantucket). Plum TV won eight Emmy Awards with programming encompassing real estate, interior design, travel, food and wine, style, wellness, art and culture.
In 2012, Woods wrote The Puzzleman, a story that takes place in Paris, for Matchboox.
- The Player (2004) TV series (creator)
- The Puzzleman (2010) Published by MatchBoox