Janice Williams joined Groundswell Productions, Michael London’s financing and production company, in early 2007 and is now the company’s president of production.
At Groundswell, Williams has produced director Daryl Wein’s Lola Versus, starring Greta Gerwig; and writer-director Naomi Foner’s Very Good Girls, starring Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen and Boyd Holbrook. She was the production executive on Appaloosa, starring and directed by Ed Harris; Gus Van Sant’s Milk, starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and James Franco; and Andrew Jarecki’s All Good Things, starring Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella. Other credits include The Visitor, Smart People and Mysteries of Pittsburgh.
Together with London, Williams is producing a number of upcoming projects including director George Nolfi’s XOXO, written by Mark Heyman, for Lionsgate/Summit; Final Girls, a horror comedy in the vein of Back to the Future to be directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson; HBO Films’ A Rope and a Prayer, written by Michelle Ashford, to be directed by Greg Barker; and writer-director Tom Bezucha’s Keeping Apart.
Groundswell made its first foray into television in 2013 with the Amazon Studios series Betas. Other television projects include Single With Kids, a docu-reality show being created with Catherine Hardwicke for Participant TV; and Orphans, from a script and concept by Todd Komarnicki, for New Regency.
Williams was born and raised in Glascow, Scotland. After graduating from college, she moved to London and started her entertainment career in the music industry. She spent five years managing record producers and engineers in both London and Los Angeles before beginning a seven-year association with singer Mick Jagger, assisting him and managing recording activities for both his solo work and albums for the Rolling Stones. She also worked with him to found his independent production company, Jagged Films.
Williams’ career in film began in 1996 working for acclaimed British producer Brian Eastman (Shadowlands) at his Carnival Films. In 1998, she moved to New York where she was production manager/supervisor on many films including Woody Allen’s The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Hollywood Ending and Anything Else; Michel Gondry’s Dave Chappelle’s Block Party; Lasse Hallstrom’s The Hoax; and James Gray’s We Own the Night.