Newswire: R.I.P. indie film producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr.

As confirmed by The New York Times, influential independent film producer Saumel Goldwyn died on Friday of congestive heart failure. He was 88.

Though he was the son of legendary film mogul Samuel Goldwyn—co-founder of Goldwyn Pictures, which eventually became the “Goldwyn” of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer—Samuel Jr. wasn’t content to work in his father’s shadow. Instead, he ventured out on his own and, in 1979, he founded the Samuel Goldwyn Co., a pioneering independent film studio that laid the groundwork for modern indie labels like Fox Searchlight and Sony Pictures Classics. As a producer, Goldwyn was known for supporting a number of up-and-coming directors long before they became the big-names they are now, including Ang Lee and Kenneth Branagh. The New York Times also credits him with giving Julia Roberts “her big break,” thanks to his support of 1988’s Mystic Pizza.

In 2004, Goldwyn received a best-picture …

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