William Horberg is an independent producer who, along with Mike Medavoy and Eric Esraillian, recently produced Terry George’s “The Promise” starring Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac and Charlotte LeBon, and “Crash Pad” a romantic comedy starring Thomas Haden Church and Domhnall Gleeson and directed by Kevin Tent for Sony.
He is the founder of Wonderful Films, and produced the Gospel-themed musical Black Nativity, directed by Kasi Lemmons and starring Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson for Fox Searchlight. His other recent productions include Disconnect, directed by Henry-Alex Rubin and starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Alexander Skarsgard and Andrea Riseborough, and Therese Raquin, starring Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac and Jessica Lange, for Liddell Entertainment. Horberg was also a producer on The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, starring Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood and Mads Mikkelsen for Voltage Pictures, and “Death At A Funeral” starring Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence and Tracy Morgan for Columbia Screen Gems.
Previously, Horberg was the President of Production at Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. During Horberg’s tenure there, SKE, in association with Universal Pictures, financed Academy Award nominee Paul Greengrass’ critically acclaimed United 93, as well as executive-produced Billy Ray’s Breach. The company’s other productions, which Horberg executive-produced, include Kasi Lemmons’ Talk to Me, starring Don Cheadle and Independent Spirit Award winner Chiwetel Ejiofor; Frank Oz’ HBO Comedy Arts Festival Audience Award-winning Death at a Funeral; Jon Poll’s Charlie Bartlett, starring Anton Yeltsin and Robert Downey, Jr.; Ira Sachs’ Married Life, starring Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, and Rachel McAdams; Craig Gillespie’s Lars and the Real Girl, starring Ryan Gosling, and written by Academy Award nominee Nancy Oliver; and Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York, starring Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Michelle Williams and Samantha Morton.
Additionally, Horberg served as an executive producer on Greg Mottola’s Adventureland (a Miramax co-production), starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and Ryan Reynolds; and Stephen Belber’s Management, starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn, and Woody Harrelson. Horberg was also an executive producer on Focus Features’ Milk, starring Academy Award winner Sean Penn and directed by Gus Van Sant. He was also the producer of Marc Forster’s The Kite Runner based on the international best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini, for Dreamworks and Paramount Vantage.
Prior to forming Wonderful, he was partnered for 11 years with Academy Award-winning filmmakers Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella in their film and television production company, Mirage Enterprises. During Horberg’s tenure at Mirage, he produced such films as Mr. Minghella’s Cold Mountain, for which Renée Zellweger won an Academy Award and The Talented Mr. Ripley, starring Matt Damon and Academy Award nominee Jude Law; Phillip Noyce’s The Quiet American, starring Academy Award nominee Michael Caine; Tom Tykwer’s Heaven, starring Cate Blanchett; Peter Howitt’s Sliding Doors, starring Gwyneth Paltrow; and Steven Zaillian’s Searching for Bobby Fischer.
Horberg was formerly a Senior Vice President of Production at Paramount Pictures.