Back Lot recently optioned J. Robert Lennon's novel The Funnies for a film version. The company is developing (at Focus) the period comedy Seņor Dracula, to be directed by Cheech Marin.
Mr. Williamson was previously president of production at Focus. 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 Vanity Fair, starring Reese Witherspoon.
Immediately prior to the formation of Focus, he was president of production at USA Films. His stint at USA followed his seven years 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' filmization, 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 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).
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 the duo after Amblin was absorbed into DreamWorks.
Prior to joining Aerial Pictures, he 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.
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