To quote Bruce Springsteen, “From small things, mama, big things one day come.” The Boss could well have been referring to Village Roadshow Pictures production president Dana Goldberg’s role within the small, successful company.
During her nine-year tenure at VRP — the last six in her current position — Goldberg has been involved with its entire slate including “The Matrix” trilogy, “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Training Day,” “Mystic River,” “Music and Lyrics” and “Miss Congeniality.” She was executive producer on the Oscar-winning “Happy Feet” as well as upcoming Steve Carell laffer “Get Smart.”
Goldberg is a crucial part of the Village Roadshow executive management committee and the company’s greenlight team, plus she takes part in day-to-day development and marketing campaigns.
“We’re not a big studio, so it’s very important for everyone here to communicate and work very closely together as a team,” Goldberg says.
Founded in 1998, VRP co-produces and co-
finances six to eight films per year with co-production partner Warner Bros., among other entities. Upcoming features include “The Brave One,” starring Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard, and “I Am Legend” with Will Smith.
For Goldberg, the main ingredient behind VRP’s high-profile roster of winning pictures is plain and simple: hard work.
“If you believe in the project, you work as hard as you can and surround yourself with the best people you can in front of, and behind, the camera,” she says. “For me, the best movies are when you have a truly collaborative process and try not to add to the stress and the drama … and, at the end of the day, you pray to the movie god that it all works out.”
Vocation: “Someone who loves movies, does everything they can to make them, and then will attempt to play as much poker as possible.”
Recent breakthrough: “Happy Feet”
Role model: “These people have been mentors: Chip Diggins, Paula Weinstein and Bruce Berman.”
Career mantra: “Hard work will pay off.”
What’s next: “Movies we’re going to be working on, and how we make them the best.”