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Glenn Williamson's production company, based at Focus Features, is Back Lot Pictures. His current projects include Truth, Justice and the American Way (to be directed by Allen Coulter) and The Changeling (a remake of the 1979 thriller of the same name).
He was president of production at Focus from the company's inception in the spring of 2002 to the fall of 2003. In that capacity, he supervised such pictures as Todd Haynes' award-winning Far from Heaven, starring Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid; Christine Jeffs' Sylvia, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig; and Mira Nair's soon-to-be-released Vanity Fair, starring Reese Witherspoon.
Immediately prior to the formation of Focus, Mr. Williamson was president of production at USA Films, a position that he held since August 2001. When USA was absorbed into Focus, he continued as the head of production, overseeing the company's development and production activities.
Mr. Williamson had joined USA after serving as a senior production executive at DreamWorks, which he had joined at its inception in 1994. During that time, he brought to the company Alan Ball's spec script American Beauty, and oversaw production of Sam Mendes' film, which went on to win five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. He was also instrumental in bringing Cameron Crowe to the studio and in supervising Almost Famous, which earned Mr. Crowe an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Other productions that Mr. Williamson supervised for DreamWorks included Sam Mendes' Road to Perdition, Gore Verbinski's The Mexican, and Bronwen Hughes' Forces of Nature (based on Mr. Williamson's own story idea). Among the last features that he was overseeing development on at DreamWorks was Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can.
The University of Virginia graduate began his development career with current DreamWorks co-heads Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald back when the duo were producers at Sony-based Aerial Pictures. Mr. Williamson went with the pair when they joined Amblin Entertainment, where he was the executive on Barry Sonnenfeld's blockbuster Men in Black, and retained his close working relationship with Mr. Parkes and Ms. MacDonald when and after Amblin was absorbed into DreamWorks. Prior to joining Mr. Parkes and Ms. MacDonald at Aerial Pictures, Mr. Williamson had worked in production with Cameron Crowe on Singles and Tim Burton on Edward Scissorhands. His first film industry job was at Castle Rock Entertainment, following a two-year stint working in advertising in New York City.