Robert W. Cort

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Robert W. Cort
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Robert W. Cort
Born Brooklyn, New York City
Occupation Producer
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Rosalie Swedlin

Robert W. Cort is an American film producer. Since 1985 he has produced forty-eight feature films which have grossed over 2.5 billion dollars in worldwide box office.[1] These include Three Men and a Baby, Cocktail, Jumanji, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise,[2] The Cutting Edge,[3] Against the Ropes,[4] Runaway Bride,[5] and Save the Last Dance.[6][7]

Cort also produced Mr. Holland's Opus[8] and currently serves on the board of directors for The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation[9]

Cort’s HBO film, Something the Lord Made, won three Emmy Awards, including the 2004 Outstanding Film Made for Television.[10] The film also won the American Film Institute Award, the Director's and Writer's Guild Awards, the Christopher, NAACP Image Award and the prestigious Peabody Award.[11] His other television films have also won multiple honors, including the 1990 Emmy for Outstanding Children's Program for A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story.[12][13]

His most recent production, the family drama [[:de:Im Winter ein Jahr|Im Winter ein Jahr]] (English Title: A Year Ago in Winter), won the Silver Lola for Best Picture at the 2009 German Academy Awards.[14][15]

Career History[edit]

Cort entered the motion picture industry in 1976 and one year later was named vice president of advertising, publicity and promotion for Columbia Pictures. In 1980, he became executive vice president of marketing for Fox. In his five years as a marketing chief, Cort planned and supervised the campaigns of such films as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Midnight Express, The China Syndrome, All That Jazz, The Empire Strikes Back and Nine to Five. He then served as executive vice president of production at Twentieth Century Fox, where he oversaw the making of Romancing the Stone, Bachelor Party, and Revenge of the Nerds.[16]

For the next eleven years, Cort was a partner and president of Interscope Communications. From 1996 to 2001, he was the managing partner of The Cort/Madden Company, a production unit with close ties to Paramount Pictures. He currently operates Robert Cort Productions, an independent production company.[17]

Cort was a partner and president of Interscope Communications.[18]

From 1996 to 2001, Cort was the managing partner of The Cort/Madden Company, a production unit with close ties to Paramount Pictures.[19]

In 2003 Random House published Cort's novel, Action!, which garnered positive critical reviews and became a bestseller.[20][21][22]

His articles and essays have been published in The New York Times and The New Yorker.[23][24] and he is currently a professor of production on the faculty of the American Film Institute.[25]

Prior to working in the entertainment industry, Cort earned BA and MA degrees in history from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School,[26][27] and was a management consultant for McKinsey & Company.[28]

He lives in Beverly Hills, California, with his wife, Rosalie Swedlin, a manager of writers and directors.[29]




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  2. ^ "Robert Cort". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Holden, Stephen (March 27, 1992). "Movie Review - The Cutting Edge - Review/Film; Hot Pursuit of Olympic Success on the Ice -". Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ Holden, Stephen (March 27, 1992). "Movie Review - The Cutting Edge - Review/Film; Hot Pursuit of Olympic Success on the Ice -". Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ A. O. Scott (February 20, 2004). "Movie Review - Against the Ropes - FILM REVIEW; Fearlessly Going Where The Punches Are Flying -". Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ Maslin, Janet (July 30, 1999). "Movie Review - Runaway Bride - FILM REVIEW; Pretty Woman Is Back, But Now She's Cautious -". Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ Mitchell, Elvis (January 12, 2001). "Movie Review - Save the Last Dance - FILM REVIEW; A Young Ballerina Discovers Hip-Hop, and Yo! -". Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ Maslin, Janet (January 19, 1996). "FILM REVIEW;A Teacher Who Once Had Dreams". The New York Times. 
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  11. ^ "Test". The New York Times. 
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  18. ^ Eller, Claudia (September 27, 1995). "ENTERTAINMENT : Interscope President to Resign; Parting Amicable, Partner Says – Los Angeles Times". Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Company Town Annex – Los Angeles Times". November 8, 1995. Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  20. ^ Kennedy, Dana (August 3, 2003). "Books in Brief – Fiction and Poetry". Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
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  23. ^ Cort, Robert W. (May 6, 2006). "Straight to DVD – New York Times". Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  24. ^ Friend, Tad (January 7, 2009). "The Pictures: Novelization". The New Yorker. Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
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  30. ^ "Robert Cort". The New York Times. 

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