Marton was born in Invercargill, Aotearoa, to Margaret Christine (Rayner), a nurse, and Márton Csókás, a mechanical engineer. His father is Hungarian and his mother is Australian (of English, Irish, and Danish origin). He inherited some of his talents from his father, a trained opera singer and at one time, a trapeze artist in the Hungarian Circus.
His academic training began at Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand, where he commenced a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Art History, and then transferred to, Te Kura Toi Whakaari o Aotearoa/ The New Zealand Drama School, graduating in December, 1989. His first acting role was in Te Whanau a Tuanui Jones by Apairana Taylor at the Taki Rua Theatre in Wellington New Zealand, (1990). He has since had an eclectic career of theatre, television and film.
He appeared in the 1994 movie Jack Brown Genius in which he played the role of Dennis. After starring for 2 years in the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street, he starred in the 1996 movie Broken English as Darko. After performing in a great number of theatrical plays, writing his own and co-founding his own theatre company, the Stronghold Theatre, Marton got the role of Tarlus in an episode of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. After that, he continued working with Renaissance Pictures, playing the roles of Khrafstar and Borias in the 1997-1998 seasons of Xena: Warrior Princess. He continued appearing in many other shows in both NZ and Australia, such as Farscape, BeastMaster, Water Rats, Cleopatra 2525, and more, returning for the role of Borias in three episodes of the 2000-2001 season of Xena: Warrior Princess. He was also in many movies produced in NZ and Australia, such as Hurrah, The Monkey's Mask and the mini-series The Farm. He is a citizen of the European Union and Hungary, and is a permanent resident of the United States.
Most recently, Csokas starred opposite Denzel Washington in Sony's hit film The Equalizer. He played a brutal fixer for the Russian mafia and a formidable villain to Washington's reluctant hero.
Csokas appeared in Darren Aronofsky's Noah as well as Robert Rodriguez's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, a sequel to the 2005 hit film Sin City. Csokas also played the psychiatrist, "Dr. Kafka," in the hit movie sequel, The Amazing Spiderman 2, alongside Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx.
Csokas most famously starred as "Lord Celeborn" in one of the highest-grossing film series of all time, Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Some of his other film credits include 2010's The Debt opposite Jessica Chastain and Paul Greengrass' The Bourne Supremacy with Matt Damon. His depth of experience is illustrated in Asylum in which he starred opposite Natasha Richardson and Ian McKellen, as well as the Ridley Scott epic, Kingdom of Heaven, with Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson and Liam Neeson.
On the small screen, Csokas recently starred on the History Channel's miniseries Sons of Liberty as well as Discovery Channel's miniseries Klondike with Tim Roth and Sam Shepard.
On stage, Csokas continues to work internationally, most recently starring in a production of Lillian Hellman's "Little Foxes" at The New York Theatre Workshop by acclaimed director, Ivo van Hove. The play was noted by Time Magazine as one of the "Top 10 of Everything of 2010." The actor has numerous classical credits, including 'Orsino' in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" at the National Theatre of Great Britain, 'Anthony' in "Anthony and Cleopatra" at the Theatre of a New Audience, 'Brutus' in "Julius Caesar" and as 'Septimus' in Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia" in his birthplace of New Zealand. On the Australian stage, Csokas has appeared as 'George' in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," directed by Benedict Andrews of the Schaubuhne Theatre in Berlin and in "Riflemind," directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman at the Sydney Theatre Company.
Paul Greengrass started his filmmaking career with a super 8 camera he found in his art room in secondary school. Those short movies were animation horror films he made using old dolls, artist dummies, and the general art room clutter.
After studying in Cambridge University he got into Granada Television School and spent the first ten years of his career roving global hot spots for the hard-hitting documentary series, World in Action. By this time he became very interested in the Northern Ireland conflict.
In 1989, he directed his first fiction movie, "Resurrected", that won an award in Berlin. He continued his career as a fiction filmmaker with a serial of TV movies dealing with social and political issues: Open Fire (a police scandal about a policeman accused of murder), The One that got away (about a military operation during the first Gulf War).
His documentary style became more dynamic and intense with each movie. In 2002, Bloody Sunday achieved international acclamation and won the first prize in the Berlin Festival. After that he has continued his career in the United States with "The Bourne Supremacy" starring Matt Damon.
Karel Roden is an internationally known actor who was most recently seen in the United States in director Jaume Collet-Serra's "Orphan," starring Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard, and in Guy Ritchie's "RocknRolla," opposite Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson and Thandie Newton. His work can also be seen in such films as the hit comedy "Mr. Bean's Vacation," starring Rowan Atkinson; Wayne Kramer's "Running Scared," opposite Paul Walker and Vera Farmiga; Paul Greengrass' wildly successful "The Bourne Supremacy," the second film in the franchise starring Matt Damon; Guillermo del Toro's comics-based action thrillers "Hellboy" and "Blade II"; "Bulletproof Monk," starring Chow Yun-Fat and Seann William Scott; and "15 Minutes," starring Robert De Niro and Edward Burns.
Roden has been nominated several times and recently won a prestigious Czech Lion Award for Best Actor for his work in the film "Guard No. 47," produced in his native country, the Czech Republic. He has acted in numerous Czech films, including "Jménem krále"; "The Eye"; "Holka Ferrari Dino"; "Bathory"; "Little Girl Blue"; "Bestiar"; "Vaterland - Lovecký deník"; and "Wild Flowers." Roden has also acted in a variety of films produced throughout Europe, including France's "Largo Winch," from director Jérôme Salle and starring Kristin Scott Thomas; Spain's "The Abandoned," Poland's "Summer Love"; and the UK's "Shut Up and Shoot Me" and "The Last Drop." He appeared as himself in Jan Nemec's documentary "Late Night Talks with Mother."
On the small screen, Roden has appeared in the US series "The Philanthropist," the UK series "MI-5" and "The Scarlet Pimpernel," and in countless Czech productions, including the series "Trapasy" and the telepic "A Christmas Tale."
A graduate of the Prague Dramatic Academy of Fine Arts, Roden hails from a long tradition of Czech actors: his younger brother, Marian, is also an actor, and both men followed in the footsteps of their father and grandfather. Roden's upcoming films include the horror thriller "Andrassy Street 60.," opposite Talia Shire and Barry Corbin; the German period drama "Habermann"; and "Alois Nebel," an animated feature from the Czech Republic.
Chicago native Tim Griffin, often known as, "the actor who is in everything," has amassed a dizzying list of credits, and over the years has solidified his reputation as one of Hollywood's nicest, most charming and versatile actors.
The son of a pediatric cardiologist, he first discovered acting after being cast as Oliver Twist in a school performance of the musical "Oliver!" As a teen Griffin would star in numerous theatrical productions for "The Body Politic" and "New Haven Playhouse," as well local movies and commercials. After graduating from Francis Parker High School (among classmates Paul Adelstein, Anne Heche, and novelist Brad Thor), Griffin made the choice to put acting on the back-burner to enroll in the University of Vermont (UVM) where he graduated with a double major in political philosophy and English literature.
Griffin performed as a regular member of the UVM Players (as Claudio in "Much Ado About Nothing" and Riff in "West Side Story"). Fate intervened his sophomore year while driving back to Chicago when his car broke down outside New York City. While waiting for it to be repaired, his agents asked him to audition for a TV movie called "Taking A Stand." He was cast in the leading role of the all-star production (Betty Buckley, Jane Adams, Michael Beach). The show went on to win a Daytime Emmy for "Outstanding Children's Special."
Following this success, Griffin turned down a scholarship to study abroad at the University of Kent in England, and went to Hollywood. Giving himself the extreme grand total of one year to make or break his career, he enrolled in classes at UCLA and signed with Writers and Artists. He quickly went on to star in high-profile TV shows and movies of the week, including "China Beach," "In The Heat of the Night," and Michael Zinberg's autobiographical, coming-of-age drama "For The Very First Time."
Rejecting the advice of his agents, he elected to return to the University of Vermont to finish up his Bachelor's Degree. He considered attending graduate school for political philosophy, but his academic mentor convinced him to return to the West Coast and continue to pursue his acting career, noting that the scholarly life would always be there to fall back on if "things didn't pan out."
Unsure whether working as a "teen actor" came with an expiration date, he picked up right where he left off, landing recurring stints on "General Hospital," the critically acclaimed "Against The Grain" (co-starring "Southland's" Mike Cudlitz, and Ben Affleck), and a near-unrecognizable turn as the autistic Richie Grayson on "Party of Five." His reputation as a multi-talented actor began to grow, and in 1996, director John Singleton gave Griffin his first break into features, casting him in "Higher Learning" (Jennifer Connelly, Lawrence Fishburne) as the orientation announcer at a pep rally whose booming message was "How many people came here to change the world?!"
In his hilarious recurring role as T.R. Knight's brother, Ronny O'Malley," on "Grey's Anatomy," Griffin is best know for shooting his own dad in the butt. He became even more recognizable in 2004 when he was cast in "The Bourne Supremacy," the second installment of the legendary franchise. As "Nevins", a hapless CIA agent who interrogates the eerily silent Bourne (Matt Damon), he's repeatedly stonewalled and smugly says "You're going to play ball one way or another..." During filming, Damon (by pure accident) really cracked Griffin across the bridge of his nose, giving him a deviated septum.
Griffin's blockbuster streak continues with credits that include Jon Favreau's "Iron Man," and more than a few projects for the brilliant J.J. Abrams, such as "Cloverfield," "Star Trek"(where Abrams directed him as the doomed UFSS Kelvin's Chief Engineer in the opening sequence) and in the upcoming "Super 8"(Elle Fanning).
Being handpicked to star alongside and be directed by George Clooney in the 1920's football romp, "Leatherheads" (also starring Renee Zellweger) was a huge thrill. He re-teamed with Clooney again in the comedy "The Men Who Stare at Goats" (featuring Academy Award winners Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges). Griffin earned critical praise for his work in Doug Liman's true-life spy drama "Fair Game" as Paul, the lead CIA analyst charged with the unenviable task of taking on Scooter Libby (David Andrews) over the now infamous "yellow cake uranium." Starring Academy Award winner Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, "Fair Game" was awarded screen writing honors by the Writer's Guild of America, and a New York Film Critics award.
In addition to multiple recognizable commercial campaigns and television spots, Griffin has had numerous high profile projects in the past few years, including roles in feature films such as Chris Weitz's "A Better Life," John Singleton's "Abduction" starring Taylor Lautner and Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper."
On television, Griffin has starred in the Peter Berg produced NBC primetime drama "Prime Suspect," with Maria Bello and Aidan Quinn and had a major arc on the hit USA drama "Covert Affairs" opposite Kari Matchett. Up next, Griffin will play Special Agent "Adam Hassler" in the Fox event series "Wayward Pines" from M. Night Shyamalan.
Griffin lives with his wife and their two children in L.A. With his wife, he has built and remodeled several homes. He's a proud Irish-American ridiculously devoted to the Chicago Cubs.
Jessica Marshall-Gardiner was born in Arizona but grew up almost entirely in London, England, where she attended Theater School and was classically trained in drama, singing and dance. Appearing in her first film when she was five, Jessica went on to work steadily in film, television and theater. She played young Cosette in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Les Miserables, in London, and she was Rebecca Gibbs in Our Town, alongside Alan Alda and Robert Sean Leonard.
Jessica worked consistently for the BBC, and she played Sophie in the British adaptation of Sophie's World, directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum).
Before leaving England, Jessica received the honors award for drama from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). She now lives in Los Angeles, California.
Well respected and sought after Action Director Darrin Prescott, known for his stylized and visceral action in films such as Baby Driver (2017), Captain America: Civil War, John Wick, John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017), Drive, 2 Guns, and his Screen Actors Guild award-winning car chase work in The Bourne Ultimatum, got his start in the film business in 1994.
A stunt double for actors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger (Batman & Robin), Hugo Weaving (The Matrix Reloaded & Revolutions), Darrin made a name for himself as a talented and hard-working stuntman/stunt coordinator. With an impressive resume of more than 100 films, including The Bourne Supremacy, Spiderman 2, the Hangover, Independence Day, Darrin has seamlessly transitioned to creating and directing the action on some of Hollywood's most exciting films.
A 2001 X-Games competitor, Darrin has spent his life training in martial arts, snowboarding, surfing, driving, motorcycles and more.
Married to his wife Suzanne since 1996, they have 2 children together, Tanner Prescott and actress Kalia Prescott.
Peter Andrikidis was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to Australian society and Australian film production.
Peter Andrikidis graduated from AFTRS (Film Direction) in 1981 as one of the youngest students. He was immediately recruited to Crawford Productions where he went on to direct numerous dramas productions culminating in producing a series of 'Flying Doctors' (RFDS). Peter believes his real 'coming of age' was on the ABC drama 'G.P.' which he also became Producer.
'Wildside', the groundbreaking drama series, is Peter's greatest directing achievement, he thinks. Two episodes, which Peter directed, won a total of eight AFI's including Best Direction.
He then went on to direct the entire ABC series 'Grass Roots' written by Geoffrey Atherden. This series went on to win seven AFI's over two seasons including Best Direction. It also won a New York Festival Award.
In 2001 he directed the telemovie 'My Husband, My Killer' with Colin Friels and David Field, which also won numerous awards and his third AFI for Best Direction. This film was the first for Screentime and would form the foundation for a great creative relationship with writer Greg Haddrick and Executive Producer Des Monaghan.
In 2002/3 'Heroes' Mountain' (drama telemovie about the Thredbo Rescue) and 'Jessica' (mini-series with Sam Neill) each won a Silver Hugo for Best Direction and a Gold/Silver Plaque for Best Drama at the Chicago International Television Awards. Sam Neill also won a Silver Logie along with the 'Jessica' production for Best mini-series. This formed another great working relationship with long-time Producer Tony Buckley ('Heroes' Mountain' and 'Jessica').
In 2004/5 Peter directed five telemovies of 'BlackJack' for the Ten, which again won numerous awards including best direction twice in Chicago. 2006 saw Peter direct the $15 million dollar co-production with the Granada - ITV, Screentime and Power-TV 'The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant' with Romola Garai, Jack Davenport and Sam Neill. This screened to eight million viewers in the UK. It won an AFI, a Logie, and a New York Festival Award for Best TV Mini-series and a Silver Plaque for Best Direction at the Chicago Awards.
In 2007 he directed the SBS mini-series 'East West 101'. A drama about what it means to be Muslim in Australia after September 11, 2001. The cast includes Don Hany, William McInnes and Susie Porter. In that year he also directed the groundbreaking mini-series that not only received critical acclaim and seven AFI Awards (Best Direction-Peter Andrikidis) it also blitzed the ratings for the Nine Network in Australia
In April 2006 he was voted one of the Top Ten Directors in Encore Magazine 'Celebration of the Industry's Finest'. The list included Baz Luhrmann, Gillian Armstrong, Phillip Noyce and Rolf De Heer.
Peter was awarded with a Centenary Medal for 'Outstanding services to Australian Society and Film Production' in 2003. He has a reputation for getting excellent performances from actors (an actor's director) and bringing exciting visual flair to each production he undertakes.
In 2008 Peter directed the telemovie 'The Informant' with William McInnes and Colin Friels for Ten and Screentime and directed and produced the UK-TV, Power-TV and Screentime mini-series 'False Witness'. The cast includes Dougray Scott, Claire Florlani, Rachael Blake and Richard Roxburgh. 'False Witness' won the AFI for best min-series.
In 2009 Peter directed another season of 'East West 101' which won three AFI's including best direction. He directed a feature film for cinema release 'Kings of Mykonos' for Paramount, which was the third highest-grossing film in Australia and the number one highest-grossing film in Greece.
In 2010 he directed a mini-series 'Killing Time' with David Wenham, Colin Friels and Diana Glenn for Fremantle International. Also the final season of 'East West 101' which won rave reviews. The following year he directed the telemovie 'Blood Brothers' with Lisa McCune, Tony Martin and Michael Dorman and the ABC series 'The Straits' with New York based actor Brian Cox (Bourne Supremacy).
He just finished directing all of the 6 part series 'Brothers in Arms' with Matt Nable, Cal Mulvey, Susie Porter, Tony Hayes and Maeve Dermody, which is about the psychology behind the eruption of violence between two bikie gangs. He is currently directing Serangoon Road with Joan Chen and Don Hany in Singapore for HBO/ABC.
Paula Milne, one of Britain's leading screenwriters, left school when she was fifteen years old with no academic qualifications. She studied Fine Art at the Central School of Art and Design as well as film-making at the Royal College of Art. Her career in television began as a script reader at ATV, followed by two years at the BBC as script editor in the series department where she created the ground breaking hit show Angels.
In the 90s Paula was part of a cultural delegation which visited Central America, in particular Nicaragua and Honduras. Later she spent some time in the Brazilian rain forests researching a feature film Terra Roxa. Paula also spent time in Minnesota, researching a feature film Blue Earth about Aids and has extensively traveled in the United States researching her other feature films.
Paula's first feature film in Hollywood was made - Mad Love, a road movie starring Drew Barrymore and Chris O'Donnell. It was followed by the critically successful Hollow Reed which led Variety to comment, "One cannot be unmoved by sensitive portrayal the terrible pain at the story's center, especially when it's caused by good intentions." The film scooped the Prix de Publique at the Dinard Film Festival. Loosely based on a true story it portrays a gay custody case. When a young boy is being physically abused by his step father, his gay father fights for custody and comes up against institutionalized homophobia in the justice system.
Paula also wrote I Dreamed of Africa, which was shot in Africa and stars Kim Basinger, directed by Hugh Hudson about a husband and wife attempting to build a new life for themselves in the Rift Valley. Once again, Paula spent extensive time researching the film in Kenya with Kuki Gallman on whose life the movie is based.
She also wrote a script for Tom Cruise, a Cruise/Wagner/Paramount production, entitled BoltFlash, based on a doctor who suffered a devastating stroke and later became an acclaimed artist. Other Hollywood projects include her adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel for Fox 2000.
She also wrote a feature film in Hollywood, based on her highly acclaimed mini series Second Sight, to star Clive Owen.
Her award winning movie screenplay Endgame is a dramatized account of the secret highly charged negotiations in the UK between the ANC in exile and leading Afrikaaners which contributed to the fall of Apartheid in South Africa. Paula spent time in South Africa meeting key players in the negotiations, including the then President Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma (the current President) and others. This film, directed by Pete Travis, was shown in the Premier division at Sundance in January 2009 to unanimous critical acclaim. The Hollywood Reporter said of it... "This is a hypnotically gripping account of secret talks held in the secluded English countryside that laid much of the groundwork for negotiations that brought racial warfare to an end. Writer Paula Milne meticulously selects the vital personalities and scenes to movingly recount this episode." It was produced by David Aukin/Hal Vogel for Daybreak/Mentorn Productions. It stars William Hurt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jonny Lee Miller, Mark Strong, Derek Jacobi and Timothy West. It aired on PBS in the U.S. in the autumn of 2009 and received cinema distribution in the U.S. that year also. Chewetel Ejiofor was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance as Thabo Mbeki. Endgame was nominated for an RTS Award, a prime time EMMY and won the Grierson Award for Best Factual Drama as well as the George Foster Peabody Award.
Paula also has a vampire movie script in development - a contemporary Gothic reworking of Jane Eyre called The Red Room.
Paula recently won the UK Film Council and Women in Film and Television award for her "outstanding contribution to screenwriting".
Among her numerous original dramas is the critically lauded Die Kinder a six part political thriller for the BBC about the Baader Meinhofs which starred Frederic Forrest and Miranda Richardson and her 9 hour feminist serial Driving Ambition and Swalk her six part serial for C4. Her numerous television plays include A Sudden Wrench, John David, Queen of Hearts and CQ for Channel Four. Her films for the BBC include Frankie and Johnnie directed by Martin Campbell which was followed by her highly popular detective series Chandler & Co which the Daily Telegraph declared was, "...a splendidly irresistible drama series."
Her work with Channel Four Television in the UK has been phenomenally successful. The Politician's Wife, her three-part drama series starring Juliet Stevenson and Trevor Eve, won her an enviable clutch of awards including an Emmy award, the BAFTA award for Best Drama Serial, the Annual Writers' Guild Award for Best Original Serial, the Original Creativity Award from Women in Film and Television, the Best Independent Production award and the prestigious George Peabody Award in the United States. She then went on to write the highly acclaimed The Fragile Heart, a powerful serial tackling medical ethics starring Nigel Hawthorne. It too received many nominations and scooped prestigious BAFTA and BANFF awards.
In 2000/1 Paula created and wrote Second Sight, starring Clive Owen as a detective progressively going blind, who uses his disturbing hallucinations to help solve a homicide case. The mini series aired on Sunday nights on BBC 1 and a six hour series was produced based on Paula's concept and was transmitted on BBC 1. It was voted Best Mini series by the Los Angeles Times in 2002 and led PBS winter schedules in America to huge critical acclaim and helped launch Clive Owen's Hollywood career. It has recently been commissioned by CBS to be made as a pilot directed by Michael Questa (Homeland).
Paula has also written a four hour political thriller mystery for ITV called Thursday 12th. This serial was transmitted in the United States to excellent notices. Her two part thriller State of Mind was transmitted on ITV in January 2003.
She has written a screenplay based Anne Robinson's autobiography Memoirs of An Unfit Mother for Tiger Aspect/BBC with Paul Greengrass (Bourne Supremacy) producing.
Her 4 x hr epic serial The Virgin Queen based on Elizabeth 1st for BBC 1 was made on location and at Shepperton Studios. It stars Ann Marie Duff and was transmitted on PBS in November 2005 and on BBC 1 in January 2006 - once again to critical acclaim. It received an Emmy nomination for outstanding Mini Series of 2006 and was nominated for a BAFTA.
Paula's TV film Whatever it Takes, a contemporary morality tale about our celebrity obsessed culture and phone hacking that was transmitted on ITV in the summer of 2009.
Her critically acclaimed adaptation of the epic Orange winning novel Small Island about the first wave of "Windrush" immigrants was the centerpiece of the BBC 1 Autumn schedule in 2009. It starred Naomi Harris, David Oyelowo, Ashley Walters and Ruth Wilson. It aired on PBS in the U.S. in April 2010 and won the Broadcast Award, an RTS nomination and an International EMMY for Best Mini-series.
In 2010 Paula's adaptation of Sarah Waters The Night Watch was transmitted on BBC 2 to universal acclaim.
In 2012 her original six part serial for BBC TWO entitled White Heat which traces a group of people through the political maelstrom of the sixties until the present day was transmitted in 2012 and The Politician's Huband (Emily Watson, David Tennant) was transmitted in the spring of 2013 to further critical acclaim.
Her most recent credit was one off the film Legacy in November of 2013 on BBC2 - her screenplay attracted another stellar British cast, including Simon Russell Beale, Andrew Scott and Romala Garai, with Pete Travis directing, based on the book by Alan Judd about Cold War espionage.
She is also the creator and writer for a 6 part drama serial The Same Sky, about spies and a family divided by the Berlin Wall, set in 1973 which starts filming in August 2015, Oliver Hirshbeigal directing.
The BBC have also commissioned Paula to write an original 3 part Gothic drama based on the famous love story of Elizabeth Barratt and Robert Browning called Love Among the Ruins.
The BBC are also currently negotiating the rights on Pat Barkers award winning first world war trilogy Regeneration for Paula to dramatize.
Her three part horror drama Him, a teenage male version of Carrie, has been green lit by ITV and goes into pre-production in November 2015.
She is currently (as of November 2015) writing the pilot for another original series Palace of Dreams a family saga based around a London musical theatre in the 19th century and the Shakespearean power struggle between estranged identical twins.
Akshay Roy was born in Mumbai on 25th of April, 1979. He spent the early years of his life in Nigeria, where his parents moved once his father got a job there. At the age of 10 he joined a boarding school, Mayo College, Ajmer where he studied till class 12. He was an active sportsman and ended up as the school basketball and cross country captain in class 12. Besides that he was a college monitor and house captain in his final year as well. While at Mayo, he also took part in various debates and plays and won the school cravat in both spheres. He also went from Mayo to Radley College in the UK on a exchange program in class 11.
From Mayo, Akshay joined St.Stephens College, Delhi where he studied English Honours. It was here that he got fully drawn into theatre in the college's Shakespeare Society and performed in and directed various plays like The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, The Glass Menagerie and In Camera among others.
Post St.Stephens, Akshay joined the Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC), Jamia for a 2 year MA in Mass Communication course, where he studied filmmaking.
Coming to Mumbai after that, he worked as an Assistant Director with Farhan Akhtar on 'Lakshya', Mira Nair on 'The Namesake' and 'Vanity Fair', Deepa Mehta on 'Water', Paul Greengrass on 'The Bourne Supremacy' and John Hay on a BBC film.
He has directed several short films including 'A Shoe Story', 'All is Well', 'The Last Dance' and 'The Finish Line' that have showcased in various International Film Festivals (the Montreal World Film Festival, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, the Indo American Arts Council Festival in New York, the Independent South Asian Film Festival in Seattle, the Bollywood and Beyond festival in Stuttgart and the Kerala, Mumbai and Pune International Film Festivals. His short films have also won various awards including the Best Film at the Orion Film Festival, the 0110 British Council Film Festival and the French Embassy awards.
In 2011, he won a National Award for his short film 'The Finish Line'.
Akshay's short foray into advertising, directing the Dove 'Inner Radiance' film for Ogilvy, won him a silver at the Hero Awards.
He was, till recently. directing a film that was being co produced by Karan Johar and Ekta Kapoor.
Casting director Brendan McNamara has been working in casting since 1998. Starting as a runner at Hubbard Casting, Brendan was privileged to gain experience at one of the worlds premiere casting companies. He returned to Dublin to complete a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies in Trinity College Dublin. After finishing his studies Brendan returned to Hubbard casting working on projects such as 'The Bourne Supremacy,' 'Churchill The Hollywood Years,' 'Silver City, directed by John Sayles and 'Omagh.' During this time Brendan was also casting assistant for two series of 'Taggart.' Upon leaving Hubbard Casting Brendan freelanced for several other casting companies. Working on music videos for 'The Streets' and 'Franz Ferdinand' and many TV commercial campaigns. Since Beach Casting's inception in May 2007 the company has had early success in establishing a name for itself. Working on projects such As 'Katy Brands Big Ass TV Show' for ITV and 'The Agent' a British independent feature film directed by Lesley Manning indicates the reward for working professionally and efficiently for our clients. More recently Brendan has cast an animated feature film for War Hammer 40K featuring Terence Stamp, Sean Pertwee and John Hurt, 'The Secret World of Sam King' for BEBO/ Universal Records and the a new campaigns for NSPCC, McDonalds, Tesco and VW. Last November Brendan cast Treacle Junior an independent British feature film directed by Jamie Thraves staring Aidan Gillen and Tom Fisher. . Brendan also wrote 'Its the Audition, Stupid!" which was published in 2010 by Pinter and Martin Publishers.
Victoria Unikel is a talented Russian singer, model and actress with numerous soundtracks and feature films. She is well-known not only in Russian entertainment circles, but also all throughout Eastern and Western Europe, making her way on the U.S. market. Victoria Unikel was born October 30, 1977 in Moscow. She graduated from the Gnesin Music High School majoring in cello. From various music contests, she went on to win the recognition as a top model under the contract with the Modus Vivendis Agency, and throughout the end 90s appeared on dozens of magazine covers and ads. Victoria also took various acting classes at that time. In 1998 she was accepted to the Russian Academy of Theatrical Arts and graduated with honors. After graduation she was ready to conquer Russian show business. She broke into show business as lead actress in the most popular Russians TV shows like «Undina na green volny» 92 episodes, «Afromoskvich 1» «Afromoskvich 2» 64 episodes, «Dasha Vasilyeva-2» 4 episodes, «Pravo na lubov» (Ukraine)16 episodes, «Slova i musika» (Russia-France) episode, she also got parts in movies "The Bourne Supremacy" director Paul Greengrass (USA-Germany) etc. Victoria is a producer, composer, author, recording engineer, singer in musical project «Exorcist», «Unikel», «Balance». The project «Exorcist» was released 25,000 copies and has been successfully sold in Russia and Germany. Victoria Unikel's music was used in the trailer for the film with Eric Roberts «Contamination» (US-Russia). In 2014 Victoria was the composer of the film «JERUSALEM SYNDROME», participant of the Cannes festival. Also successfully held her own show «Reborne» in Russia and Germany. Mastering the music produced in the studio «Waveflow» in Los Angeles, and Andy Jackson (Pink Floyd). Victoria Unikel several times participated in concerts in Germany in support of AIDS patients «AIDS GALA» hosted by German senator Klaus Wowereit in Berlin.
Riccardo Neri started his film carrier in 1989 covering all the positions in the production departments. In 1996 he worked on his first international film "Portrait of a Lady" directed by Jane Campion and he continued his career in Italian and international productions working for Martin Scorsese in two movies: "Kundun" and "Gangs of New York". He also worked on "The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean" by Giuseppe Tornatore, "Harem Soiree" by Ferzan Ozpetek, "The Bourne Supremacy" by Paul Greengrass, "Under the Tuscan Sun" by Audrey Wells and many others.
As Executive Producer Riccardo produced "The Listening" by Giacomo Martelli, "Mary" by Abel Ferrara, "L'imbroglio nel lenzuolo" by Alfonso Arau, "Third Person" by Paul Haggis and "Hungry Hearts" by Saverio Costanzo, winning 2 Coppa Volpi at the Venice Film Festival 2014.
In 2005 Riccardo created his own company Lupin Film, through which he produces Italian and international projects. Over the years, the company produced "Nero Bifamiliare" by first time director Federico Zampaglione, the award winners social documentaries "H.O.T. - Human Organ Traffic" and "A Mao e a Luva" both screened in many international festivals, and "Odyssey in Rome" starring Abel Ferrara, Juliette Binoche and Forrest Whittaker. Riccardo's most recent production are the feature film "The Elevator" by Massimo Coglitore and "Ombre della Sera" by Valentina Esposito. In developing status are "The Straight Path" by Massimo Coglitore and "Good Guys" by Michael Haussmann in coproduction with Pulse UK and Person Films US, "Ni Zai Ma?" by Tayu Vliestra and "Love & Anarchy" by Agustina Macri in coproduction with Cinema7 (Argentina), Central Films (France) and Muse Film (USA).
2-time Film And TV Music Awards winner Tom Erba is rapidly establishing himself as a strong creative musical force in film and television.
In 2005, Warner Brothers produced 13 all-original episodes of the classic animation cartoon Tom & Jerry. In his first-ever submission for a television series, Tom's orchestral demo caught the ear of veteran animation producer Tom Minton, who hired Tom as the newest composer at Warner Brothers Animation, beating out a large pool of veteran, incumbent composers, many of them 20 years his senior, for the coveted classic cartoon. Tom wrote the new orchestral theme song for Tom And Jerry, and delivered 30 minutes of classic animation orchestra with no dialogue each week through all 13 episodes, to an excellent reception from the animation community. An instant hit, Tom & Jerry Tales became the number one animated television show on Saturday morning both domestically and internationally, airing in over 100 countries.
Also a prolific songwriter, Tom has had many featured songs in television shows and feature films, including The Shield, Desperate Housewives, and CSI: Miami.
In 2007, Tom won 2 Film and TV Music Awards - one for Best Score In An Animated Television Series for Tom And Jerry Tales, beating out legendary composer Alf Clausen's score for The Simpsons. He also won Best Use Of Song In A Feature Film for his Driving Hip Hop Anthem, "Bring It On", co-written and performed with recording artist Aloe Blacc for the feature film Undisputed II: Last Man Standing, beating out Grammy Winner Moby's "Mysterious Ways" In The Bourne Supremacy.
Born in Rochford to mother Gill and father David, Adam Jennings is an original 'Essex Boy'! Originally trained as an actor, Adam racked up an impressive list of theatre credits, his work on film and screen has been varied and usually comedic.
In 1996 he set up a digital entertainment agency, The Red Box Group, (www.redboxgroup.net), which provided digital support for arts based companies and charities; where he has turned his hands to combining the Internet with entertainment.
He has created the official UK websites for "The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen" and "Untold Scandal" and worked on the official UK websites for many films including, "Racing Stripes", "The Bourne Supremacy", "Van Helsing" and "9 Songs". He has worked as Head of Internet for computer games developers Rebellion, Senior Designer for Europe's largest ISP Tiscali and is currently on contract to Microsoft. With Simon Furman and Andrew Wildman, he is the co-creator of a webcomic called The Engine.
In January 2004 he set up Peanut Films, an independent British film production company. In summer 2004 Peanut Films' first films went into production and 2005 will see further development on a number of projects.