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Born in Framingham, Massachusetts in 1984, Hugo earned a B.A. in Film Studies from Columbia University in 2006. While studying at Columbia, Hugo interned for production companies, worked on various movie sets and worked in script development.
After graduating from Columbia, Hugo co-founded The Group Entertainment, a talent management and film production company, with 3 other partners. The company represents 25 leading film, television and theatre actors, and produces 3-5 films per year.
After 6 years, Carly left the company with her producing partner Matt Parker to found Loveless, a production company.
Hugo produced the video for Beyoncé’s “Rocket,” Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut, Higher Ground (2011), the documentary Hot Coffee (2011), which was awarded a Television Academy Honor from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and indie-hit Bachelorette (2012), starring Kirsten Dunst and Rebel Wilson. Carly also produced Mother of George, a film that recently won Best Cinematography at Sundance. Carly is also currently in production on the film Everything is Copy, a documentary for HBO about the late writer Nora Ephron.
Challenges as a woman…
I mean, to be honest with you… there’s been a few people on either the director and producer side that I’ve sensed a little bit of, “Who is the is young chick, and why does she think she can boss us around?”
I mean I did all my work, and I would always make sure that I was setting a good example and being the first one there, the last one to leave and genuinely working my ass off all day long.
There’s times where I felt someone was disrespecting me because they thought I didn’t know what I was doing, but then I just answer that by doing my job really well. And I feel like that’s the best way to fix that.
Cinematography: Danielle Calodney
Audio by: Andreina Velazquez
Edited by: Danielle Calodney
Interviewed by: Isabel Castro