Rick Schwartz is a leading independent film producer and financier based in New York. Throughout his career, he has worked on a wide range of critically acclaimed and commercially successful films including The Aviator, Gangs of New York, The Others, Machete and Black Swan. Schwartz has been involved with movies that have grossed over $1 billion dollars in worldwide box office sales and earned 31 Academy Award Nominations.
Schwartz is currently the founder and CEO of Overnight Productions, which has financed and produced movies by directors like Robert Rodriguez, Darren Aronofsky and Gela Babluani. Future projects include Machete Kills, a sequel to the popular genre movie to be directed by Robert Rodriguez and star Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba, Amber Heard, Michelle Rodriguez and Danny Trejo; Spectra, a supernatural horror film to star Nicole Kidman who is also producing; Southbound, a thriller to be directed by Jonathan Jakubowitz; Goree Girls, a musical drama to be produced with Jennifer Aniston who is also starring; and Tatua, an action thriller that will be the first in a franchise; and Fit Model, a teen comedy set in the world of high fashion modeling, co-developed with Full Picture, the creators of Project Runway and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Prior to launching Overnight, Schwartz produced such award-winning films as The Aviator and The Departed. He began his career at Miramax under Harvey and Bob Weinstein, eventually serving as the company’s Senior Vice President of Production. During his 7 year tenure at Miramax, Schwartz was entrusted with the development and production of some of Miramax’s most high profile, big budget projects including Martin Scorsese’s epic Gangs of New York and Alejandro Amenabar’s worldwide critical and commercial success The Others.
He is active in numerous charities, including The Robin Hood Foundation, United Jewish Appeal, and Amfar. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild, as well as a published writer in such outlets as The Huffington Post, Grantland and The London Times.