Above the Line
WYCK GODFREY began his career as a creative executive at
New Line Cinema after graduating from Princeton University in 1990
with a degree in English. While at New Line, he worked on such hits as THE
MASK, DUMB AND DUMBER, and various films in the popular HOUSE PARTY
and NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET franchises. In 1995, he switched to Paul
Schiff and Michael London's production company, Horizon Pictures, as
senior vice president of production, where he oversaw their
development slate and staff at 20th Century Fox.
He joined John Davis' Davis Entertainment two years later as an executive vice president, overseeing the surprise action hit, BEHIND ENEMY LINES, directed by John Moore and starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman. He was promoted to President in 2001 and later that year developed and produced for Revolution Studios the family comedy, DADDY DAY CARE, directed by Steve Carr and starring Eddie Murphy. In 2003, he produced the summer blockbuster I ROBOT, starring Will Smith and directed by Alex Proyas and the rousing adventure FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX, his second film with director John Moore. He also developed and served as an Executive Producer on ALIEN VS PREDATOR, directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Wyck was a producer on WHEN A STRANGER CALLS for Screen Gems and also the 20th Century Christmas 2006 tent-pole ERAGON based on the best-selling novel. In all, he produced or executive produced eight films between 2002 and 2006.
In February or 2006, Wyck left Davis Entertainment and partnered with his friend, former United Talent Agency partner, Marty Bowen to create their own production company, Temple Hill Entertainment. They secured a deal with New Line Cinema and immediately entered into production on their first film, THE NATIVITY STORY, from director Catherine Hardwicke. The modestly-budgeted Christmas-themed movie went on to gross almost $40 million dollars domestically in December of 2006. Next, the two went on to produce the Sydney Kimmel Entertainment-financed, romantic comedy, MANAGEMENT, starring Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival and will be released theatrically on May 15, 2009. They followed up MANAGEMENT with the Catherine Hardwicke-directed fantasy love story, TWILIGHT, based on the best-selling series of books by Stephanie Meyer. The film opened on November 21st from Summit Entertainment to a recordbreaking $69.6 million opening weekend.
In addition to DEAR JOHN, Temple Hill Entertainment's most recent productions include the second and third films in the TWILIGHT saga: Chris Weitz's NEW MOON, which was released on November 16, 2009 and David Slade's ECLIPSE, which will be released on June 30, 2010.
Producer- Job Description
The chief of a movie production in all matters save the creative efforts of the director. A producer is responsible for raising funding, hiring key personnel, and arranging for distributors.
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