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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.
So, I had the wonderful fortune of being like 24 when the stock market crashed or something like that, so I was just getting on my feet then all of a sudden indie film went away. And in like 2008, 2009, it was super tough. I was literally taking any paying job I could get. I literally had no money. I was writing down every coffee I got to like make sure I didn’t bounce my checking account. And that was a really hard time, but at the same time I was so excited about what we were doing. I don’t know if I could have gone another 6 months like that though.
And I think my friends and family can see that I was so passionate about this and had so many ideas about how to concretely make this happen that everyone was really sort of nice and would pick up my drinks tabs sometimes.
Cinematography: Danielle Calodney
Audio by: Andreina Velazquez
Edited by: Danielle Calodney
Interviewed by: Isabel Castro