Nelson Woss

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Nelson Woss at the 1st AACTA Awards 2012

Nelson Woss (born in Perth, Western Australia) is an Australian film producer who made the feature films Red Dog and Ned Kelly.


After graduating from Christ Church Grammar School in Perth, Western Australia Nelson Woss went to the University of Western Australia before completing his education at Babson College in the United States. He first worked in the film industry at Village Roadshow in Los Angeles. Woss then went on to work for director Ivan Reitman's company Northern Lights, which, at the time, was based at Universal Pictures.

In 2000 Woss set up his own independent production company, Endymion Films Inc,[1] and executive produced the feature film Venus & Mars. Woss also developed and produced the screenplay for the hit computer game Abuse,[2][3] which was marketed around the world.

In 2002 Woss developed and produced the Australian feature film Ned Kelly for Universal Pictures.

Woss produced the successful Australian feature film Red Dog. As of 17 November 2011 the film made more than A$21 million at the Australian box office since opening in August 2011.[4] Red Dog is the eighth-highest grossing Australian film of all time and 11 days after opening, Red Dog became the highest grossing Australian film of 2011.[5] Red Dog won Best Film at the 1st AACTA Awards and the AFI Members Choice award.

Red Dog was officially released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download on 1 December 2011 in Australia. The Red Dog DVD is the biggest-selling Australian DVD of all time.[6] The DVD is also the third-highest selling DVD of all time in Australia behind Avatar (first) and Finding Nemo (second). A deal with Roadshow Entertainment and Coles saw one dollar from the sale of every DVD sold in Coles during December 2011 donated to the RSPCA. More than $17,000 was raised for the animal charity and in February 2012 Woss and Koko, the canine star of Red Dog, visited RSPCA to present a cheque for the money raised.[7]

In March 2012 it was announced that Woss was working with Australian theatre producer John Frost to adapt Red Dog into a stage musical.[8]

Woss is president of Endymion Films Inc. and its Australian counterpart Woss Group Film Productions.

Woss lives[9] in Perth, Western Australia. Up until his death in December 2012 Koko, the canine star of Red Dog also lived with Woss.[10] Woss and Koko were the subject of a portrait by acclaimed Australian artist Adam Cullen, which was a finalist for the 2012 Archibald Prize.[11]

Woss has teamed up with director Kriv Stenders (Red Dog, Kill Me Three Times) and writer Dan Taplitz (Red Dog) to produce Red Dog: True Blue, a follow up to Red Dog. It is scheduled for a 2017 release.[12] In 2014 Woss set up a new company, Good Dog Distribution, to jointly distribute Blue Dog along with Roadshow Distribution.[13]


  1. ^ Zion, Lawrie (18 March 2003). "New player born as sport and film worlds merge". Fairfax Digital. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Abuse (1995)". EOFFTV. 
  3. ^ "Nelson Woss (video game)". Giant Bomb. 
  4. ^ Dallas, Sam (17 November 2011). "Red Dog triumphs at 2011 Jameson IF Awards Sydney". Inside Film. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Dallas, Sam. "Red Dog: highest grossing Australian film of 2011". Inside Film (IF). Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Bodey, Michael (8 February 2012). "Local Hit Reigns Again As Top Selling DVD". The Australian. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Robertson, Katie. "Red Dog visits RSPCA to deliver $17,000 donation". Perth Now. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Bennett, Sally. "Red Dog the stage spectacular". Website. Herald Sun. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Bainger, Fleur. "Every dog has its day". Website. Perth Now. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Red Dog star Koko dies in Perth". PerthNow. 18 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Faceless portrait by Tim Storrier wins Archibald Prize". Website. Herald Sun. Retrieved 17 May 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  12. ^ Maddox, Garry. "Phoenix rises as the new Red Dog in Blue Dog the prequel". Website. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
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