It's tough to narrow down the very top producers in Hollywood. Here's a few of those we think are doing interesting work, and are worth watching:
Sunil Perkash (left) is a prime example of a guy who finds good material, stays with it for years and ends up partnering with bigger producing names like Lorenzo di Bonaventura to get movies made. He produced “Salt,” “Enchanted” and “Premonition” and has teamed with Relativity Media to set up the Liam Hemsworth vehicle “Timeless.”
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Court 13 Pictures is a collective that doesn't yet have a big track record beyond some shorts and music videos. But they did have this year's Sundance buzz movie, "Beasts of the Southern Wild," set for release in June from Fox Searchlight.
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Nekisa Cooper (right) just won the John Cassavetes Award at the Spirit Awards for 2011's “Pariah,” sharing it with the film’s director, Dee Rees. Her documentary “La Muneca Fea” – Spanish for “the ugly doll” – about elderly sex workers in Mexico City, is in post-production.
Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen, Parts and Labor. The former assistants to Scott Rudin produced “Beginners” (which earned Christopher Plummer an Oscar for supporting actor) and 2010's “Cold Weather.” Upcoming they have “Loneliest Planet” coming out via IFC; “Here” coming out via Strand; and the recent Sundance pick, “Keep the Lights On.”
Ben Browning (left), CEO of Wayfare Entertainment, started off as a television producer – with "Fear Itself,” “Masters of Science Fiction” and “Masters of Horror” – before jumping into the feature world. His first movie, 2009's “Ondine,” starred Colin Farrell and was written, directed and produced by the Oscar-winning director Neil Jordan. Browning also produced 2010's “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” last year's “Sanctum” and the upcoming “Europa.”
Route One Films, led by managing partners Jay Stern, Russell Levine and Chip Diggins, closed out 2011 with the announcement of a $110 million war chest from a consortium of investors led by the South Korean government. With a history of producing pictures just left of mainstream, like “Horrible Bosses” and “Rush Hour 3,” the company should be able to expand its niche. Coming for 2013: a thriller called "The Claim," in which a single dad searches for his kidnapped daughter.