In 2001, Lucy Fisher, former vice-chairman of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group at Sony Pictures, joined powerhouse producer Douglas Wick as co-head of Red Wagon Entertainment. Prior to joining Red Wagon, Ms. Fisher had unparalleled success as vice-chairman of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group from 1996 to 2000 during which the studio broke all-time industry records for biggest domestic gross in history and highest worldwide gross with films she supervised, including Men in Black, My Best Friend's Wedding, Air Force One, Jerry Maguire, Zorro, As Good As It Gets, and Stuart Little.
Prior to taking over the reins at Sony, Ms. Fisher served as executive vice-president at Warner Bros. for fourteen years, where she developed and supervised a diverse range of commercially successful and critically acclaimed films, including The Color Purple, The Fugitive, Twister, Gremlins, Malcolm X, The Bridges of Madison County, Space Jam, Empire of the Sun, The Outsiders, The Witches of Eastwick, and The Secret Garden.
After leaving the executive suite, Ms. Fisher's first producing effort was Stuart Little 2, which is the sequel to the beloved blockbuster Stuart Little. The original Stuart Little earned over $300 million worldwide and starred Academy Award winner Geena Davis and featured the voices of Michael J. Fox as Stuart, and Nathan Lane as Snowbell the cat. Stuart Little 2, which Ms. Fisher produced with her partner, Douglas Wick, reunited the entire original creative team and cast as well as adding two new characters voiced by Melanie Griffith and James Woods. The movie, released in July 2002, was once again directed by the original director, Rob Minkoff, who also directed The Lion King.
Next on the production slate for Ms. Fisher and Mr. Wick is the first live action version of J.M. Barrie's classic Peter Pan, which will be directed by P.J. Hogan (My Best Friend's Wedding and Muriel's Wedding) and will begin production in September. Following Peter Pan will be the highly anticipated Memoirs of a Geisha, which has been on The New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists for over 100 weeks. Steven Spielberg will be joining Ms. Fisher and Mr. Wick as producer. Starting production in early 2003 is the World War II epic Fertig to be directed by David Fincher.
Ms. Fisher began her career as a reader at United Artists before moving to MGM where she helped launch the film Fame. A rising star, Ms. Fisher soon became vice-president of production at Twentieth Century Fox before becoming head of worldwide production for Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Studios.
In addition to her creative achievements, Ms. Fisher is considered a pioneer for women and working mothers in the entertainment industry. She was the driving force behind the on-site child care center at Warner Bros., which now serves over 100 children and has become a prototype for day care centers at other studios.
Ms. Fisher's many awards include the prestigious Crystal Award from Women in Film and Premiere Magazine's Icon Award. Ms. Fisher has been chosen as one of Fortune magazine's "50 Most Powerful Women in American Business," and was named one of the "25 Smartest Women in America" by Mirabella magazine.
Ms. Fisher, who graduated cum laude from Harvard University, is the founder and serves on the board of the Peter Ivers Artist-in-Residency Program at her alma mater. She also serves as an advisor to the Los Angeles Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International, and is a co-founder of CuresNow (Citizens United for Research and Ethics in Science).
Ms. Fisher is married to her partner, Douglas Wick, and they live in Los Angeles with their three daughters.