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We had the pleasure of sitting down with iconic independent film producer Gary Michael Walters. Walters is the man behind such memorable films as WhiplashDrive and Nightcrawler. Most recently, Walters produced The Guilty with Jake Gyllenhaal starring and Antoine Fuqua directing for Netflix, and he was Emmy-nominated for Oslo for HBO. Walters just ended a twenty-year run as CEO of independent film studio Bold Films to found his own shop Walters Media Group.

You had a truly remarkable reign at Bold Films. How do you feel about leaving?

I had so many great experiences and such an incredible slate of projects. But ultimately, it was time to do my own thing. I need to be an owner-entrepreneur, not simply an employee. In some respect it’s risky to leave the feathered nest of a super wealthy backer, but I decided to bet on myself.

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