Bicoastal/London-based Park Pictures
has signed Oscar-nominated writer/director Tom McCarthy for commercial representation. The actor-turned-writer/director’s critically acclaimed independent features ‘The Visitor’ (2007) and ‘The Station Agent’ (2003) were honored by the Sundance Film Festival, Independent Spirit Awards, the BAFTA Film Awards and the Gotham Awards. His original screenplay for the Disney Pixar animated feature ‘Up’, co-written with Pete Docter and Bob Peterson, received an Oscar nomination in 2009. His most recent writing/directing endeavor ‘Win Win’, starring Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan, was released by Fox Searchlight to critical acclaim and was nominated for Best Original Screenplay by the Writer’s Guild of America and the Independent Spirit Awards.
Park Pictures Owner/Executive Producer Jackie Kelman Bisbee notes: “Filmmakers of Tom’s caliber do not come along often, and we are excited to bring his storytelling abilities to the commercial arena.”
Previously known primarily for his acting (‘The Wire’), McCarthy burst onto the filmmaking scene in 2003 as writer/director of his debut feature, ‘The Station Agent’, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it received the Audience Award and the mega-prestigious Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Additional recognition included the BAFTA Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards and the Writers Guild Awards, among others. His next feature ‘The Vistor’ premiered in 2007 to similar acclaim, winning the award for Best Screenplay from the San Diego Film Critics Society, the Satellite Award for Best Screenplay and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Direction.
After receiving a 2009 Oscar nomination for his shared story credit on the hit animated feature Up, McCarthy went on to write and direct the 2011 dramedy ‘Win Win’, which won the Humanitas Prize that year for film and television writers whose work explores the human condition in a nuanced, meaningful way.
In addition to his writing and directing, McCarthy continues his career as an actor with credits in such films as ‘Flags of Our Fathers’, ‘Syriana’, ‘All the King’s Men’, ‘Duplicity’ and ‘The Lovely Bones’. He was also featured on the final season of the hit HBO drama series ‘The Wire’.
McCarthy has an ongoing overhead, development and production deal with Odd Lot Entertainment.