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Cary Brokaw

Cary Brokaw is a highly respected producer and film executive. He has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Avenue Entertainment Group since 1994 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avenue Pictures since 1987. After receiving his BA from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA with honors from the UCLA School of Management, Brokaw began his career at 20th Century Fox, where he held various marketing and distribution positions and was integrally involved in overseeing the marketing and distribution of such motion pictures as Julia, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Breaking Away, All That Jazz and Star Wars.

In 1980, he became Executive Vice President of the Cineplex Odeon Corporation. During his tenure, he initiated and oversaw the company's acquisition of Odeon Theatres and Plitt Theatres. In 1983, Brokaw was named President of Island Alive Films and subsequently Co-Chairman, President and CEO of Island Pictures. While there he supervised the production, acquisition and release of such films as Koyaanisqatsi, Choose Me, El Norte, Stop Making Sense, Kiss Of The Spider Woman, The Trip To Bountiful, Mona Lisa, Down By Law and She's Gotta Have It. In 1986, Island Pictures films received seven Academy Award nominations and won Oscars for Best Actor (William Hurt) and Best Actress (Geraldine Page).

In 1987, Brokaw formed Avenue Pictures, which produced and released such films as Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy, James Foley's After Dark, My Sweet, The Object Of Beauty starring Andie MacDowell and John Malkovich, Jane Campion's Sweetie and Jim Sheridan's The Field. In 1992, Brokaw and Avenue produced Robert Altman's The Player, which was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture. Brokaw also produced American Heart starring Jeff Bridges, the Academy Award-nominated Short Cuts, also directed by Altman and Restoration, the Academy Award-winning epic adventure directed by Michael Hoffman and starring Robert Downey Jr., Meg Ryan, Hugh Grant and Sir Ian McKellen.

In recent years, Brokaw produced Voices from A Locked Room, Finding Graceland and Letters from a Wayward Son starring Harry Connick Jr. Upcoming are Mindhunters, a thriller directed by Renny Harlin starring LL Cool J, Val Kilmer, Christian Slater and Kathryn Morris and a film adaptation of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice written and directed by Michael Radford and starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes.

Brokaw also supervises Avenue Pictures Television, which has produced six successful movies for television including See Jane Run, A Stranger In Town, The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery, Two Mothers For Zachary and Tell Me No Secrets. Upcoming movies for television include The Chimes of Christmas based on the Charles Dickens novel with a screenplay by Mark Medoff and Special Occasions adapted by the acclaimed playwright Bernard Slade from his play. For cable, Brokaw and Avenue have produced Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight starring Diane Keaton, Path To Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing and Time Shifters.

Brokaw also produced several acclaimed films for HBO including the Emmy award winning Wit directed by Mike Nichols and starring Emma Thompson, the Emmy nominated Path To War directed by the John Frankenheimer starring Sir Michael Gambon, Alec Baldwin and Donald Sutherland, Normal, which was written and directed by Jane Anderson and starred Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson, which received six Emmy nominations, and most recently, Angels in America, which received 21 Emmy nominations and won a record 11 awards as well as five Golden Globes. Based on Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, the epic six-hour mini series was directed by Nichols and starred Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mary Louise Parker and Jeffrey Wright.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Christine, and their four daughters.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Cary Brokaw Facts

BirthdayJune 21, 1951 (71)
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

Selected Filmography

Signs Of Life
Path To War
After Dark, My Sweet
The Object of Beauty
Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll
Sex and Death 101
The Resident
Mind Hunters
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