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10 Producers to Watch 2012: Christopher Woodrow

Christopher Woodrow was always “a big movie fan,” but went to work on Wall Street after college, “where I got involved in financing media stuff and films, and gradually got hooked on making movies.”

In 2007, the New York native co-founded Worldview Entertainment, an independent film production and investment company that targets projects in the $3 million to $30 million range.

“Financing is always half the battle, and although when we began it wasn’t good timing with the huge credit crisis, we’ve been lucky to have great backing and be able to break into the major motion picture business in the past couple of years,” he says. Signing with CAA as “a huge benefit for us — they’ve advised us on all our projects.”

Woodrow recently financed and produced several films, including Atom Egoyan’s upcoming “Devil’s Knot,” a drama about so-called “West Memphis Three,” starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon.

The year began with James Gray’s “Lowlife” epic period drama starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, Guillaume Canet’s crime thriller “Blood Ties,” starring Clive Owen, Zoe Saldana and Mila Kunis, and then William Friedkin’s black comedy “Killer Joe,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch, “which did very well for us — it was one of the top 10 all-time-grossing NC-17 films.” Other titles include Ti West’s horror thriller, “The Sacrament,” Eli Roth’s “The Green Inferno,” currently shooting in Chile and Peru, and David Gordon Green’s gritty drama “Joe,” starring Nicolas Cage.

With the studios focused on big-budget tent pole productions and franchises, “it’s left a huge void in the market for companies like us that are able to finance and produce movies in the middle range,” he says. “We think there’s a lot of great talent and material out there right now, so it’s a great situation.”

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