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Phil Cooke Podcast

Aug 20, 2019

Known for X-Men, Star Trek and Fantastic Four franchises, Hollywood producer Ralph Winter’s projects have grossed over $2 billion. In this interview with Phil Cooke, Ralph shares behind the scenes stories plus tips for up and coming producers on how to leverage their talents in the film and television industry.


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More about this episode: X-Men Producer Ralph Winter Interview

Ralph Winter shares his journey from making industrial videos to becoming a top Hollywood producer. Find out how to leverage your talents and experiences to become a valuable asset in the film and television industry with these behind the scenes stories from some of his movie successes. Includes tips on team building, casting vision, and finding stories and IP that studios are looking for.


Ralph has proven to be one of Hollywood’s most profitable assets, producing motion pictures and television. Winter produced the first three X-MEN films, Tim Burton’s PLANET OF THE APES, the FANTASTIC FOUR movies, and WOLVERINE: ORIGINS with Hugh Jackman.  In 2013, Ralph Executive Produced THE GIVER, starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alex Skarsgard, and Taylor Swift, directed by Phillip Noyce.  Also CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON: THE GREEN DESTINY, filmed in New Zealand and China for Netflix’s first original movie, starring Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh.  


Outside the majors, Ralph has made various indie movies.  CAPTIVE, starring David Oyelowo and Kate Mara, based on the true story of Ashley Smith, released by Paramount Pictures.  In Spain, Malta, and Portugal, Ralph produced THE PROMISE with Christian Bale and Oscar Issac, with Terry George (HOTEL RWANDA) directing.  An epic love story set against WWI and the fall of the Ottoman Empire; this is the story of the Armenian Genocide in 1915.


Recently Ralph executive produced the pilot of ALTERED CARBON (“Blade Runner meets Game of Thrones”) for a series at Netflix released in February 2018. And a movie in Fiji and New Zealand, ADRIFT, starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin, directed by Baltasar Kormakur (EVEREST, THE DEEP, 2 GUNS).


Currently he is producing a series for FX called HUE 1968, based on the book of the same name, about the key battle in the Vietnam War. Michael Mann (THE INSIDER, COLLATERAL, LAST OF THE MOHICANS) is writing, directing, and executive producing this 9-episode high profile series in Thailand, shooting this November.


A graduate of UC Berkeley, Ralph is active in community affairs and performing arts projects, speaks in the US, overseas at universities and film festivals, and serves on several film advisory boards.  He is an active member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the DGA, and the PGA. Follow Ralph Winter on Twitter @rwinter1955



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