EXCLUSIVE: A major shakeup has gone down at Worldview Entertainment, and CEO Christopher Woodrow has exited abruptly amidst allegations of personal misconduct. I don’t have much more than that at this moment, but COO Molly Conners has taken the reins as acting CEO of the New York-based financing and production company. She and recently appointed Motion Picture Group president Clifford Werber will continue to oversee Worldview films that are in production and release, as well as future films. Those changes were made with the support of lead investors and the board and management team at Worldview.
This is a shocker. With Woodrow at its helm, Worldview has quickly emerged as an up and coming backer of taste-maker fare, and they were very visible and busy at the Cannes Film Festival. The company just made a five-year co-fi deal with The Weinstein Company, and the projects Worldview is involved in are major. They include the Daniel Espinosa-directed Child 44, the Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu-directed Birdman, Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes movie, the Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer The Revenant, the Helen Mirren-starrer The Woman In Gold, and David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn.
It sounds like the company plans to pick the pace right up, but there will clearly be more to this story and we’ll reveal it when the details become evident.