Cary Brokaw is a highly respected and award-winning film and television producer and entertainment executive with extensive experience in film and television production, development, marketing, and distribution. He has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Avenue Pictures since 1987.
Winner of Emmy Awards for Wit in 2002 and Angels in America in 2004, the PGA Vision Award in 2004, three Golden Globe Awards, three Spirit Awards, and two Peabody Awards, Brokaw has developed, financed and produced over 50 motion pictures including Kiss of the Spider Woman, Down by Law, Nobody’s Fool, The Player (nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture), Drugstore Cowboy (voted Best Picture of the year by the National Board of Review), After Dark, My Sweet, Short Cuts, The Field , Restoration (Winner of two Academy Awards), Closer (starring Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Clive Owen and Natalie Portman and Winner of two Golden Globe Awards), The Merchant of Venice (starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons) and Lullaby starring Garrett Hedlund, Richard Jenkins, and Amy Adams.
Brokaw and Avenue Pictures have over eighteen film projects in active development including: a contemporary version of Treasure Island, based on the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, adapted by George Gallo and to be directed by Andrew Davis (Under Siege, The Fugitive, Holes) and star Samuel L. Jackson and Ansel Elgort (Fox), Almighty based on the graphic novel by Ed LaRoach and written by Ken Nolan which is currently out to directors (Universal Pictures), Garlic and Sapphires, based on the memoir by Ruth Reichl, adapted by Jonathan Tropper, and to be directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy) (Fox), The Moviegoer based on the acclaimed novel by Walker Percy to be directed by Tom Hooper (John Adams, The Kings Speech, Les Miserables, The Danish Girl) (TriStar Pictures), Cities of the Plain based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, adapted by Andrew Dominik, to be directed by Edward Berger (The Terror, Patrick Melrose) and star Timothee Chalamet, Channing Tatum and Javier Bardem (TriStar Pictures), and Krystle written and to be directed by Jeff Baena (Life After Beth, The Little Hours) and star Chloe Grace Moretz and Jason Segel.
Brokaw was partnered with acclaimed director Mike Nichols from 1999 to 2006. Brokaw and Avenue Pictures were also partnered with the late John Calley, former CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, at Sony Pictures Entertainment from 2004 to 2009.
Mr. Brokaw also supervises Avenue Pictures Television, which recently concluded a multiple-year first-look production agreement for series television with AMC Networks. The company had previously had a three-year overall production agreement with Warner Bros. Television. The company currently has over twenty series in active development, with seven series in development with HBO, USA, Showtime, AMC Networks and Fox amongst others. These series include The Mayor starring Alec Baldwin (HBO), Five Kings written by Daniel McBride (AMC), New Hope (AMC), Saigon (Showtime), High Wire (Fox) and The Player (WBTV).
In addition to Wit and Angels in America (winner of an unprecedented eleven Emmys, as well as five Golden Globes), Brokaw and Avenue Television also produced Normal, directed by Jane Anderson, starring Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson (nominated for six Emmy awards) (HBO); Path to War directed by John Frankenheimer starring Sir Michael Gambon, Alec Baldwin, and Donald Sutherland (nominated for eight Emmy awards) (HBO), and The Company starring Michael Keaton, Chris O’Donnell and Alfred Molina (nominated for 7 Emmy Awards) among many other limited series and films for television.
Avenue is also producing short-form content for other new and emerging streaming platforms including Quibi (#Dog Meets World) and Hulu (Sampled).
Brokaw began his career at 20th Century Fox, where he served as Director of Special Projects, Vice President Acquisitions, Vice President of Domestic Distribution, and Executive Vice President Domestic Distribution. He was actively involved in supervising the marketing and release of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Breaking Away, All That Jazz, Alien and the phenomenon that The Rocky Horror Picture Show became a Midnight Show, amongst many other motion pictures. He also served as Executive Vice President, and then President, of the Cineplex Odeon Corporation from 1979 to 1983, during which time the company grew from the 19th largest to the 3rd largest theater circuit in the world. He was also President/CEO of Island/Alive and later Island Pictures from 1983 to 1987.
Brokaw received a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA with Honors from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, as well as an MFA from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.
Brokaw is a member of the Motion Picture Academy and the Producers Guild of America. He is divorced and has four grown daughters.