Judy Cairo has been a producer of films and other forms of media for over 25 years. Crazy Heart, which Cairo produced for Informant Media, won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, as well as the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and Best Actor. Cairo and her Informant partners arranged the financing for the motion picture, which was released by Fox Searchlight in December 2009 and became one of Searchlight's top grossing films of all time.
Under the television production banner Cairo Simpson Entertainment, Cairo produced 20 made-for-television films including the four-hour mini-series “Elvis,” starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers for which he won a Golden Globe; the Emmy-nominated biopic “Gleason,” the story of the TV legend; and “The Boy King,” a drama about Martin Luther King, Jr. as a child, for which Cairo worked closely with Coretta Scott King and Christine King Farris, Martin's sister, to portray the childhood influences which shaped Dr. King's life. The motion picture was Cairo's first, and won the George Foster Peabody, the broadcast industry's equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. Her other films have garnered Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards, the Christopher Award, IPA Satellite Awards and numerous Emmy nominations.
Cairo’s calling card is identifying quality material, bringing the right team together, then helping the director and other artisans realize their vision in a way that also satisfies the studio or financiers. She has produced for Sony, Lions Gate, Paramount, MTV Networks, Hearst, Jaffe/Braunstein Films, Robert Greenwald Productions, Lifetime, NBC, CBS, ABC Family, and ABC.