A vibrant, diversely talented, and charming actress, Zoey Deutch is steadily building on her body of work with dynamic roles alongside notable actors and filmmakers.
Deutch co-stars in Richard Linklater's latest film EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!, a film about a group of college kids navigating their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. The film, which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival, was released by Paramount in April 2016.
Starring opposite Bryan Cranston and James Franco, Deutch's next project is WHY HIM?, a film about an overprotective but loving dad (Cranston) who visits his daughter at Stanford and meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). Directed by John Hamburg (I LOVE YOU MAN), the film will be released by 20th Century Fox on December 25th.
Deutch is also set to appear in Danny Strong's upcoming film REBEL IN THE RYE opposite Kevin Spacey and Nicholas Hoult. Based on a true story, the film follows author J.D. Salinger (Hoult) as he prepares to write his classic novel, CATCHER IN THE RYE. Deutch will play Oona O'Neill, the daughter of legendary playwright Eugene O'Neill, who has an affair with Salinger.
Deutch appears in VINCENT N ROXXY, a film that follows a small town loner and a rebellious punk rocker as they unexpectedly fall in love and are forced on the run, that had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2016. She co-stars in the film opposite Emile Hirsch, Zoe Kravitz and Emory Cohen.
Zoey was also seen in the comedy DIRTY GRANDPA opposite Robert De Niro and Zac Efron. Directed by Dan Mazer, the film centers on a wacky road-trip that unfolds as an uptight man (Efron) is tricked into driving his horny grandfather (De Niro) to Florida for spring break. In 2014, Deutch played the lead role in the Weinstein Company's VAMPIRE ACADEMY. Starring as "Rose Hathaway," the actress' performance as a Dhampir- half human-half vampire, garnered her a Teen Choice Award nomination for Choice Movie Actress: Comedy. In addition, she was featured alongside Viola Davis and Emma Thompson in the film adaptation by Warner Bros. of the best-selling novel BEAUTIFUL CREATURES.
On the independent film front, Deutch has wrapped production on several projects. She stars in BEFORE I FALL for director Ry Russo-Young, the adaptation of the 2010 YA novel by Lauren Oliver for Awesomeness Films. The film centers on "Samantha Kingston" (Deutch), a high school senior who finds that she may be living the last day of her life over and over until she gets it right. In addition, she recently starred opposite her sister Madelyn Deutch in THE YEAR OF SPECTACULAR MEN, which was the feature directorial debut of their mother Lea Thompson, and written by her sister. The film, which follows a young woman (Madelyn Deutch) fresh out of college as she strikes up and torches relationships with several men, shows Deutch in a contrasting role as the movie star sister with a loving boyfriend (Avan Jogia). She stars alongside Julia Garner, Nicholas Braun, and Dayo Okeniyi in the comedy GOOD KIDS, which tells the story of four overachieving high-school students living in Cape Cod who decide to reinvent themselves following graduation. The script, written by Chris McCoy, made the 2011 Black List.
Deutch first became known for her role as "Maya" on Disney channel's THE SUITE LIFE ON DECK, which earned her further roles as a rising star in Hollywood. She also starred as "Juliet Martin," Sarah Michelle Gellar's troubled stepdaughter, in the CW's RINGER. Committed to several charitable causes, Deutch is a strong supporter of the Corazon De Vida Orphanage in Tijuana, and has performed for The Alzheimer's Association, What A Pair, and Race to Erase MS benefits. She also works with Water.org for their Give.Water.org campaign. The actress currently resides in Los Angeles, CA
Emma Thompson was born in London on April 15, 1959, into a family of actors - her father was Eric Thompson, who has passed away, and her mother, Phyllida Law, has co-starred with Thompson in several films (her sister, Sophie Thompson, is an actor as well). Her father was English-born and her mother is Scottish-born. Thompson's wit was cultivated by a cheerful, clever, creative family atmosphere, and she was a popular and successful student. She attended Cambridge University, studying English Literature, and was part of the university's Footlights Group, the famous group where, previously, many of the Monty Python members had first met.
Thompson graduated in 1980 and embarked on her career in entertainment, beginning with stints on BBC radio and touring with comedy shows. She soon got her first major break in television, on the comedy skit program Alfresco, writing and performing along with her fellow Footlights Group alums Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. She also worked on other TV comedy review programs in the mid-1980s, occasionally with some of her fellow Footlights alums, and often with actor Robbie Coltrane.
Thompson found herself collaborating again with Fry in 1985, this time in his stage adaptation of the play "Me and My Girl" in London's West End, in which she had a leading role, playing Sally Smith. The show was a success and she received favorable reviews, and the strength of her performance led to her casting as the lead in the BBC television miniseries Fortunes of War, in which Thompson and her co-star, Kenneth Branagh, play an English ex-patriate couple living in Eastern Europe as the Second World War erupts. Thompson won a BAFTA award for her work on the program. She married Branagh in 1989, continued to work with him professionally, and formed a production company with him. In the late 80s and early 90s, she starred in a string of well-received and successful television and film productions, most notably her lead role in the Merchant-Ivory production of Howards End, which confirmed her ability to carry a movie on both sides of the Atlantic and appropriately showered her with trans-Atlantic honors - both an Oscar and a BAFTA award.
Since then, Thompson has continued to move effortlessly between the art film world and mainstream Hollywood, though even her Hollywood roles tend to be in more up-market productions. She continues to work on television as well, but is generally very selective about which roles she takes. She writes for the screen as well, such as the screenplay for Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility, in which she also starred as Elinor Dashwood, and the teleplay adaptation of Margaret Edson's acclaimed play Wit, in which she also starred.
Thompson is known for her sophisticated, skillful, though her critics say somewhat mannered, performances, and of course for her arch wit, which she is unafraid to point at herself - she is a fearless self-satirist. Thompson and Branagh divorced in 1994, and Thompson is now married to fellow actor Greg Wise, who had played Willoughby in Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility. Thompson and Wise have one child, Gaia, born in 1999.
One of Brazil's most talented and famous actors, Rodrigo Junqueira dos Reis Santoro was born in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Maria José Junqueira dos Reis, an artist, and Francesco Santoro, an engineer. His father is Italian, while his mother, who is Brazilian, has Portuguese ancestry.
Santoro is known for his performance in Warner Bros. 300, based on the Frank Miller's graphic novel, which broke box office records throughout the world. Rodrigo starred as Xerxes, the Persian King who sent his massive army to conquer Greece in 480 B.C. He was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain. Rodrigo has also gained attention for his role of Paulo in ABC's hit series Lost.
In 2008, Santoro was featured in writer/director David Mamet's film Redbelt, the story of Mike Terry, a Jiu-jitsu master who has avoided the prize fighting circuit, instead choosing to pursue a life by operating a self-defense studio in Los Angeles. Also in 2008, Rodrigo was honored to receive the Ischia award for International Contribution at the 2008 Ischia Global Film Festival in Italy. In 2007, at the Cancun International Film Festival Rodrigo received a Best Actor award for his portrayal of an obsessive photographer in the Brazilian film "Nao por acaso" (Not By Chance).
Santoro can be seen as Raul Castro, in Steve Soderbergh's film, Che. He can also be seen in Lion's Den by Pablo Trapero, which competed against Che at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2009, Rodrigo starred in Fox Searchlights' Post Grad along side Michael Keaton and Carol Burnett. You will also see Rodrigo in I Love You Phillip Morris with Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as Jim Carrey's first love.
Rodrigo was part of the star-studded ensemble cast of Universal's romantic comedy Love Actually, starring alongside Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth and Liam Neeson. In the role of Karl, he starred opposite Laura Linney as co-workers grappling with the dicey protocol of an office romance. Prior to this film, Rodrigo made his American debut in the highly sought after role of Randy Emmers in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, directed by McG, starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu.
Rodrigo has also been seen starring as the "mystery man" opposite Nicole Kidman in the Baz Luhrmann directed commercial for Chanel.
In 2004 Rodrigo's starred in the Brazilian film, Carandiru, directed by Hector Babenco, which broke all Brazilian box office records for Brazil's entry in the Foreign Film category for the Academy Awards. Carandiru premiered at the Cannes Film Festival where Rodrigo received the Chopard Award for Male Revelation of the year. For his role in Carandiru he was also nominated for the Cinema Brazil Grand Prize of Best Actor and won for Best Supporting Actor at the Cartagena Film Festival. The movie was distributed in the US by Sony Pictures Classics and was a groundbreaking portrayal of the largest penitentiary in Latin America, the Sao Paulo House of Detention, and the lives of the people in it. Dr. Dráuzio Varella based the movie on the best-selling book "Carandiru Station".
Rodrigo has won a total of eight Best Actor awards, including the first ever award for Best Actor from the Brazilian Academy of Arts and Film, for his portrayal of a young man forced into a mental institution by his parents in Brainstorm, the critically acclaimed film by director Lais Bodansky.
For Rodrigo's role in Bicho de Sete Cabecas (2001) he won five of his eight Best Actor awards including, Best Actor for the Brazilia Festival of Brazilian Cinema, Best Actor for the Cartagena Film Festival, Best Actor for Cinema Brazil Grand Prize, Best Actor for Recife Cinema Festival, and Best Actor for the Sao Paulo Association of Art Critics Awards.
He has also been celebrated for his performance in the Miramax film Behind the Sun directed by Walter Salles (Central Station), in which he played Tonio, the middle son of a Brazilian family caught in the middle of an age-old family feud in 1910. He is forced by tradition and honor to kill a member of the neighboring family, positioning him next in line to be killed. The heart of the movie finds Tonio and his little brother discovering a world outside their family and home. Behind the Sun was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2002 for Best Foreign Language Film.
Previous to that Rodrigo appeared opposite Helen Mirren, Olivier Martinez and Anne Bancroft in The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, directed by Robert Allan Ackerman, for Showtime. Based on the novella by Tennessee Williams, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone was nominated for five Emmy Awards in 2003.
Rodrigo Santoro resides in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Eliza Bennett was born in 1992, in Reading, Berkshire, England. Eliza started acting at a young age when she appeared in stage productions at school, and even appeared professionally as part of the original cast of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". Eliza, wanting to get more involved in acting, so she signed with Sylvia Young Theatre agency. Her first big movie role was as Princess Arabella in "The Prince & Me". She then appeared in the TV miniseries "Supernova" as Haley Richardson. Her big break came in in "Nanny McPhee" (2005), which also starred Colin Firth and Emma Thompson. Soon after she portrayed the role of Nora in "Marple: By the Pricking of My Thumbs" (2006).
Eliza also played Young Anne in the 2006 film "Victims", and was Emily in "The Contractor" (2006). She then had her audition to play Meggie Folchart in the anticipated film "Inkheart", based on the novel by Cornelia Funke. Eliza beat over hundreds of girls for the coveted part, and in early 2007 was in Italy filming the movie.
She then got the role of Susan in Julian Fellowes film "From Time to Time" which Was also shown on the BBC. She played a blind girl set in 1805. Most recently she starred in Johannes Roberts's horror film "F" which was chosen for Channel 4 Frightfest in 2010. Eliza then worked with the same director again in a ScFi horror for the US Syfy Channel called "Roadkill" which was released April 2011.
Hattie Morahan was born in London in 1978. Her father, Christopher Morahan, is a television and stage director, who is perhaps best known for his television adaptation of The Jewel in the Crown. Her mother, Anna Carteret, is an actress whose most high profile role was that of Inspector Kate Longton, whom she played in the BBC police drama series Juliet Bravo between 1983 and 1985. Hattie was educated at the Frensham Heights School. Whilst she was at school people would recognize her mother because they had seen Anna on TV in Juliet Bravo. Hattie has said in interviews that for a long time she thought that Manchester was in India because her father was working for Granada but he kept going away to India. In 1995, when she was sixteen years old, her father cast her as Una Gwithiam in a television adaptation of The Peacock Spring, which was broadcast on British television on 1st January 1996.
Hattie studied English Literature at New Hall, Cambridge between 1997 and 2000. This Cambridge University college has since been renamed Murray Edwards College. Whilst she was at Cambridge, she acted in several student drama productions. Hattie played Snowball, the pig based on Trotsky, in a stage adaptation of George Orwell's novel, 'Animal Farm', at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge from 18th to 22nd November 1997. She returned to the ADC Theatre in February 1998 as part of the cast of 'Ticklebang', a new comedy written by Dylan Ritson, and she was part of the cast when the play was put on at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 1998. In November 1998 Hattie decided to switch for the time being from acting to direction, and directed 'The Suicide', a play by Nikolay Erdman, at the ADC in Cambridge, with Blake Ritson, the brother of Dylan, as her assistant director.
Hattie played the part of Catherine in Phillip Breen's production of Arthur Miller's modern classic, 'A View from the Bridge', at the ADC from 9th to 13th February, 1999. This production was re-staged at the National Student Drama Festival at Scarborough in April 1999 and Hattie won the best actress award at the festival. In July 1999 she played Cecily Cardew in an outdoor production of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners, 'The Importance of being Earnest', with Phillip Breen as director and Blake Ritson in the role of Jack Worthing. This played at a number of outdoor venues in and around Cambridge. It was later staged at the ADC in Cambridge from 11th to 13th October 1999.
Towards the end of her time at Cambridge, Hattie played Isabel in Pedro Calderon De la Barca's play, 'The Mayor of Zalamea', at the Cambridge Arts Theatre in the summer of 2000, and in that summer she graduated with a degree in English from Cambridge University. At this point, she was clear that she wanted to pursue a career in acting. Her parents recommended that she enroll at drama school. However, Hattie was eager to get started on her professional acting career. She made a deal with her parents that if she did not get much work in the next twelve months, she would follow their advice and go to drama school.
As it turned out within a few months Hattie had won a contract with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), and whilst she was there she was able to take advantage of the technical classes and voice coaching to improve her acting technique. Her first professional engagement was as one of the players in a production of 'Hamlet' directed by Steven Pimlott. This was staged first at the Swan Theatre in Stratford upon Avon from 31st March to 13th October 2001 and then at the Barbican Theatre in London from 6th December 2001 to 2nd April 2002. As well as her part as one of the players, Hattie also understudied the role of Ophelia. She was with the RSC for over a year and her other roles for the company included the part of Lucy in 'Love in a Wood', a Restoration comedy by William Wycherley which was staged at the Swan Theatre in Stratford between 12th April and 12th October 2001; Emela in 'The Prisoner's Dilemma' by David Edgar, which was performed at the Other Place in Stratford from 11th July to 13th October 2001; and Tracy, the hotel receptionist, in 'Night of the Soul', a new play written and directed by David Farr, which ran at the Barbican Pit in London from 19th April to 11th May 2002.
After she had completed her time with the RSC, Hattie played the part of Elizabeth in a revival of Somerset Maugham's play 'The Circle' directed by Mark Rosenblatt. This production went on a tour of English regional theaters in the autumn of 2002 starting at the Malvern Theatre, (27th to 31st August), and finishing at the Arts Theatre in Cambridge, (21st to 26th October). In 2003 she played Elaine Harper in 'Arsenic and Old Lace' for Katharine Dore Management at the Strand Theatre in London from 14th February to 31st May, and Louise De la Valliere in 'Power', a new play written by Nick Dear, at the National Theatre in London from 3rd July to 29th October. In 2004 she played Ruby in Peter Flannery's play 'Singer' at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn from 10th March to 10th April. She appeared as Totty Vogel Downing, an expert on art fraud seconded to the unsolved case squad in one episode of New Tricks, the popular BBC1 crime drama series, and she took part in a presentation of Eve Ensler's play, 'Necessary Targets', directed by Anna Carteret at the Arts Theatre in London on Sunday 10th October 2004 .
Also in 2004, Hattie took part in a rehearsed reading of 'Othello' at the Globe Theatre in London and she played the part of a receptionist in 'Out of Time', a short film written by Dylan Ritson and directed by his brother Blake. However, Hattie's breakthrough as a stage actress was probably her performance in the title role in a 2004 revival of Euripides' play, 'Iphigenia at Aulis'. This was staged at the National Theatre in London and ran from 12th June to 7th September 2004. The play's director, Katie Mitchell, is a controversial figure in contemporary British theatre, but Hattie is an admirer of her work, and as it turned out 'Iphigenia at Aulis' was the start of a long running collaboration between the two women.
In 2005 she played Beth Lucas, a regular character in the second season of the BBC3 medical drama, Bodies, and she made a guest appearance in the radio version of Trevor's World of Sport. She played Carrie, a media studies graduate interested in a career in talent management, who goes on a work placement at TS Sports Stars. The episode was entitled 'Work Experience' and it was broadcast by BBC Radio 4 on 29th November 2005. In the autumn she played Viola in a well received production of William Shakespeare 's play 'Twelfth Night' at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. This production ran from 17th September to 22nd October 2005. In 2006 she played Penelope Toop in 'See How They Run' for ACT Productions in a tour of regional theaters starting at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, (15th to 18th February 2006) and finishing at the Malvern Theatre, (4th to 8th April 2006). 'See How They Run' was directed by Douglas Hodge, a good friend of Hattie's fiancé, Blake Ritson. Also in 2006 she played Alice in a BBC Radio 4 production of David Hare's play, 'Plenty', broadcast on 30th September 2006, and in the summer of 2006 Hattie was reunited with Katie Mitchell, who directed her in Anton Chekhov's play 'The Seagull' at the National Theatre. The play ran from 17th June to 23rd September and Hattie won an Ian Charleston award for her performance as Nina in this play.
Hattie was part of the cast in 'Asylum Monologues', an event organized by Actors for Human Rights, at Cambridge University on 18th October 2007. She was also busy filming various television and film projects in 2007. She played the part of Sister Clara in New Line Cinema's film of The Golden Compass, which went on general release in Great Britain on 5th December 2007, as well as playing Gale Benson, the daughter of a Conservative member of parliament who becomes involved with the black power movement, in Roger Donaldson's film, The Bank Job. The Bank Job went on general release in Britain on 29th February 2008. On television she was in two comedies made by Hat Trick productions, namely Outnumbered and Bike Squad. She won widespread acclaim for her performance as Elinor Dashwood in Andrew Davies' adaptation of Jane Austen's novel, Sense & Sensibility. This was broadcast on BBC1 between 1st and 13th January 2008. This television adaptation was inevitably compared with the 1995 Columbia Tristar film of the same book in which Emma Thompson had played Elinor, although in her preparation for the role Hattie had deliberately avoided watching the film again and decided not to think about Emma Thompson. Hattie won the best actress award at the Shanghai Television Festival for her performance as Elinor Dashwood.
She appeared in several radio dramas in the first quarter of 2008, including 'What I think of my Husband', a radio play by Stephen Wakelam about Thomas Hardy's relationship with his second wife, Florence Dugdale. This was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between 31st March and 4th April 2008, and featured excellent performances from both Nigel Anthony as Hardy and Hattie as Florence. She also played the part of Constance in a radio adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's 1945 film Spellbound. This was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 16th February 2008. Her co-star in this radio play was Benedict Cumberbatch, with whom she appeared in Martin Crimp's play, 'The City'. This play opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London on Thursday 24th April 2008 and ran until Saturday 7th June 2008. It was directed by Katie Mitchell, who also directed Hattie in 'Some Trace of Her', an experimental stage version of Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel, 'The Idiot'. This opened at the Cottesloe stage of the National Theatre in London on Wednesday 23rd July and ran until Tuesday 21st October 2008. She was also in the cast of A Pocket Full of Rye, an Agatha Christie TV drama starring Julia McKenzie as Miss Marple, in which Hattie played Elaine Fortescue, the daughter of a murdered businessman.
In the autumn of 2008 Hattie played the role of Jane again in the second series of the BBC1 situation comedy Outnumbered. On Sunday 2nd November 2008 she returned to Cambridge University, where she gave a talk on her acting career at the Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio. She was one of the readers for 'Active Resistance to Propaganda' by Vivienne Westwood, the Royal Shakespeare Company's Alternative Christmas lecture, which was staged at Wilton's Music Hall in London on Sunday 16th December 2008. She also played the part of Mary in a revival of the T.S. Eliot play 'Family Reunion' at the Donmar Warehouse in London. This play opened on Thursday 20th November 2008 and ran until Saturday 10th January 2009. The play was in a very real sense a family reunion for Hattie since the cast included Hattie's mother Anna Carteret.
In 2009 Hattie played Claire in 'Love Hate'. This was a short film about a charity worker who falls in love with a mysterious woman. It was written and directed by the Ritson brothers, and the cast also included Ben Whishaw, with whom Hattie had previously co-starred in stage productions of 'The Seagull' in 2006 and 'Some Trace of Her' in 2008. In the spring of 2009 Hattie returned to the National Theatre in London to play Kay Conway in 'Time and the Conways' by J.B.Priestley. The play opened on Tuesday 28th April 2009 and completed its run on Sunday 16th August 2009. Hattie played Elizabeth in Meredith Oakes' unusually entitled social comedy, 'Alex Tripped on my fairy', which was broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 21st March 2009. She was one of the readers for an edition of the BBC Radio 3 show, 'Words and Music', which went out on Sunday 29th March 2009, and she also narrated a ten part dramatization of 'Lady Audley's Secret' by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. This was broadcast by BBC Radio 4 between Monday 20th April 2009 and Friday 1st May 2009.
Sam Keeley is an Irish actor who began his acting career in the role of "Killen" in the Irish film "The Other Side of Sleep" directed by Rebecca Daly. He was chosen for this role after attending an open casting in his home town of Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland in 2010. Since then he won a role in the Bafta award winning series "Misfits" appearing in Series 2, Episode 2, as Jamie, Nathan's brother. Shortly after this Sam was cast as Desmond in Paulo Sorrentino's "This Must Be The Place" starring "Sean Penn" and "Frances Mcdormand" which was shot predominantly in Ireland. Both "The Other Side of Sleep" and "This Must Be The Place" premièred at the 2011 "Cannes Film Festival". Since then Sam has appeared in the TV3 Magma Productions series of "Jack Taylor" films starring alongside Iain Glen in The Pikemen.He worked on a post production project for 'Dream House' with Jim Sheridan, and Season 4 of "Raw", an Irish original TV Series where he had a leading role. He played the part of Conor Harris in the feature film "What Richard Did" directed by Lenny Abrahamson which was released to great acclaim in 2012. Sam was cast in his first lead role of Michael in the Si Fi Sequel "Monsters Dark Continent", which is due for release later this year. From there Sam was cast as "Charles Ramsdell" in the "Ron Howard" epic "In the heart of the sea" along side "Chris Hemsworth", "Cillian Murphy", and "Brendan Gleeson". This movie is due for release on March 15th next year (2015). Summer 2014, sees Sam in London playing the role of "David" opposite "Bradley Cooper","Uma Thurman" "Sienna Miller" "Jamie Dornan" "Emma Thompson" "Omar Sy" and Daniel Bruhl" In the "Weinstein Company" production "John Wells" directed "Adam Jones".
2015 see's Sam in London filming "Alley cats" Directed by "Ian Banhote" co-staring with "Eleanor Tomlinson" and " John Hannah" , This is due for release later on in the year. From there, on to South Africa to work on the true Irish peacekeeping story of "Jadotville" with "Jamie Dornan" "Greg Strong"and "Jason O' Mara".
|Stephanie Katherine Grant
Stephanie Katherine started singing at six months and made her onstage debut at Dollywood at two. At the ripe old age of four, she took up the cello. This focused young girl soon realized that her true calling was acting and hasn't looked back since turning seven.
In 2009, (age nine) Stephanie Katherine's family moved from Kingsport, Tennessee to Los Angeles to nurture her career. Within weeks, she booked her first short film followed by a guest role on CBS' Criminal Minds.
Stephanie Katherine was featured in the 2013 Cannes hit, Max Rose, playing the granddaughter of the legendary Jerry Lewis. She is attached to lead roles in the upcoming independents, And The Snow Lay Around (executive produced by Emma Thompson and George Pelecanos) and the German dramatic feature, Wonder Girls.
In 2013, she guest starred on Nickelodeon's hit series, Dead Time Stories, playing Princess Giana, a friendly ghost trapped in a medieval castle.
Numerous roles on network television pilots include the 2013 ABC Rob Cordry comedy, Spy, based on a popular UK series as well as the first episode of NBC's Save Me, starring Anne Heche. Sky has also been seen on the popular website Funny or Die in Grandsons of Anarchy, as a street tough pickpocket named Madonna.
S.K.'s stage work includes Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse production of Coney Island Christmas (2012). During her run at the Geffen, SK booked an Amazon Kindle commercial, who was so committed to the young actress that they arranged their shoot dates around her Geffen availability. Within minutes of shooting, the director who has worked with Meryl Streep said, "Mark my words, this kid is a Streep."
It's clear that the sky is the limit for young Stephanie Katherine Grant. There aren't many thirteen year olds who speak Greek, French and Kirwandan, are award-winning cellists, and have won first place in the Tennessee State Fair Singing Competition performing "Part Of Your World" from The Little Mermaid. An adult came in second.
Sabine Crossen is a bilingual actress (French mother, American father) who was born in the United States but grew up in NZ. When she was 20 years old she moved to Paris to study acting at the Actorat Dramatic Arts College where she landed her first role playing the Virgin Mary.
Sabine's first role in a feature film was playing an Elf in Lord Of The Rings.
In 2003 she had her first lead role portraying Kim Lee in the independent feature film Shadow Girl that won several awards; Platinum Award Houston (USA) and Thessaloniki (Greece) Best Image.
During this time Sabine was also on the primetime Canal+ Hypershow presenting stars like David Bowie, John Malkovitch, The Cranberries and Adrien Brody.
She has written songs for several compilation albums winning 3 gold discs.
In 2005 after playing the Rita in Surface Sensible the blockbuster The Brice Man (starring Jean Dujardin star of The Artist) came out where she plays his young mother-in-law.
During this time Sabine also presented for the Alcatel web TV filming in France and Spain over several years.
2006 brought In Memoriam II: The Last Ritual (In Memoriam won the 2003 best game award world), which gave her the lead role of Jessica Moses. Filming took place in Canada, USA, Portugal, Scotland and France.
Then in 2007 Sabine played the lead female part of the alien Dragonfly Fairy in Car Academy, also interpreting the song "Superman" for the original soundtrack. The DVD won a double diamond disc in France.
Sabine then discovered motion capture and had the opportunity to play in several video games; Heavy Rain, Red Steel 2, Lana Del Rey. She then had the privilege of playing June in the game that became the film Hitman with Timothy Olyphant and Olga Kurylenko.
3 years later she seduces Philippe Lellouche and Franck Dubosc in the movie Bienvenue A Bord (Welcome A Bord)
In 2012 things start to accelerate for Sabine who flies to Hong Kong and China to film S.O.L.I.I.D a pre-quel for the feature film where she will play the lead of a dangerous android. She then returns to Hong Kong to film the role of Joan in The Borderland starring Seydina Baldé.
Back in Paris she films Le Grand Méchant Loup(The Big Bad Wolf) playing a naughty dominatrix and then the role of a reporter in Crossing Lines directed by Daniel Percival and finally a Texan facing Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson in The Love Punch. Coming out in 2013.
Kevin attended PACE Theatre Company as a youngster and decided at a relatively young age to try Acting. He trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama.
In 2013 Kevin was cast in the lead role as Ally in Dexter Fletcher's Sunshine on Leith. In 2014 Kevin was cast as lead, Ewan Tavendale in Terence Davies' screen adaptation of the Classic Scottish novel Sunset Song (2014), alongside Agyness Deyn and Peter Mullan. As well as Callum MacPherson in Robert Carlyle's The Legend of Barney Thomson with Ray Winstone and Emma Thompson.
Born in January 1991 to an American Mother and a British Father, Matt Kane is an actor with dual UK/USA citizenship. He grew up near Bristol in the west of England. He began his acting training at the age of nine at the nationally-known ITV West Television Workshop with Emma Thompson & Ken Loach as the workshop Patrons. He played in numerous short films and stage productions and made his first appearances on nationally-broadcast Television. He now splits his time between London and Los Angeles working with a team of representatives to develop and manage his acting career.
|Lance E. Nichols
Distinguished New Orleans actor, Lance Nichols, stars in the Emmy nominated HBO drama series TREME, which follows several New Orleans natives as they try to rebuild their lives after the devastation left behind by Hurricane Katrina. Nichols plays the dentist 'Larry Williams', supportive and devoted husband to 'LaDonna Baptiste-Williams' (Khandi Alexander) and loving father to his two stepchildren.
Born in the 12th ward of New Orleans, Nichols grew up attending McDonough 35 and remained in the city through his college years, attending the University of New Orleans in 1973. Having begun as a pre-med major, Nichols knew quickly that this was not his calling. A freshman drama class spurred his decision to change his major, which resulted in a GPA jump and a Bachelors degree in Dramatic Arts and Communications. After attending a national dramatic audition for graduate studies, Nichols was offered entrance into seven different programs. Budget cuts eventually made it impossible for him to attend, however, and he remised to manual labor work, loading trucks for UPS.
Not one to give up on his true passion for acting, Nichols made the decision to move to Los Angeles in 1978 where he quickly landed his first on-screen gig on the widely popular game show "The Dating Game." Though love never sparked for him on the show, following his appearance he was fortunate enough to run into another New Orleans native at a Baskin Robbins, whom he married less than a year later. Today, after 31 years of marriage and three children, the couple are still going strong, having battled the plight of Hurricane Katrina not only on the small screen of TREME but also in real life as a working family.
Nichols is most widely known for his role as the preacher in the 2008 Academy Award nominated film, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, alongside Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. Following the success of this role, Nichols landed a part in the Warner Bros. summer blockbuster THE CAMPAIGN (2012), starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. Throughout his 30+ years of acting, spanning from the early 80s to present day, Nichols has made over 75 appearances on multiple award winning and critically acclaimed television series including: CHEERS, MURDER SHE WROTE, MATLOCK, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES. After a long stint in Los Angeles pursuing his passion, Nichols returned to his roots in New Orleans where he landed a role close to his heart - his current role on TREME.
Nichols is currently filming the fourth and final season of TREME and has recently wrapped filming on the feature film adaptation of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES alongside Academy Award nominee Viola Davis and Academy Award winning actress Emma Thompson. When he's not on set, Nichols and wife Zardis stay busy operating Lanzardis Productions, their company that specializes in acting and dialogue coaching. In his free time, Nichols can be found at home in New Orleans with his wife and kids, most likely at a Saints game cheering his team to victory.
Seamus McGarvey BSC, born 29 June 1967 in Armagh, Northern Ireland, is an Irish cinematographer who began his career as a still photographer before attending film school at the University of Westminster in London. Upon graduating in 1988 he began shooting short films and documentaries, including Skin, which was nominated for a Royal Television Society Cinematography Award, and Atlantic, directed by Sam Taylor-Wood, nominated for the 1998 Turner Prize. He also photographed and directed over 100 music videos, for such artists as U2, The Rolling Stones, PJ Harvey, Robbie Williams, Sir Paul McCartney, Dusty Springfield and Coldplay. In 1998, the British Society of Cinematographers invited McGarvey to join. In 2004 he was awarded the Royal Photographic Society's prestigious Lumiere medal for contributions to the art of cinematography. His credits as a cinematographer include Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, starring Nicolas Cage, The Hours, directed by Stephen Daldry, starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore, for which he earned the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Technical/Artistic Achievement; the action-adventure film Sahara, starring Matthew McConaughey and Penélope Cruz, for which he won the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Cinematography; Along Came Polly, starring Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston; High Fidelity, directed by Stephen Frears, starring John Cusack; Wit, starring Emma Thompson, directed by Mike Nichols; Enigma, directed by Michael Apted; The War Zone; Butterfly Kiss; The Winter Guest; The Actors; A Map of the World; Charlotte's Web; Atonement, for which he has received an Academy Award nomination (2008),a BAFTA nomination (2008) and the Technical Achievement award in the Evening Standard British Film Awards for 2007 and won the 2008 Irish Film and Television Award for Best Cinematography; A 2007 television advert for Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle campaign; and The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency directed by Anthony Minghella. In 2008 he shot The Soloist for director Joe Wright in Los Angeles. He shot "Nowhere Boy" for director Sam Taylor-Wood and reunited with director Joe Wright for the short film Cut. He shot the acclaimed Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin, starring Tilda Swinton, in New York and Connecticut for which he won the 2012 Irish Film and Television Award for Best Cinematography. He shot The Avengers for director Joss Whedon which is the third biggest grossing movie of all time. He recently shot Anna Karenina for Joe Wright. He is currently working on Godzilla for director Gareth Edwards.
Jordan Jones is a Los-Angeles based actor born in Hartford, Connecticut, and raised in Jasper, Indiana. Jones was exposed to the arts at an early age, with his parents being his leading inspirations. His father Michael was a theatre actor and director, and his mother Caroline was a dancer and choreographer. The two of them became Jordan's acting instructors once they saw he was serious about becoming an actor.
While Jordan didn't love going to school as a child, he cherished the opportunity to learn and often enjoyed reading books about acting, philosophy and martial arts. During the summer months Jordan would play soccer and spend time working with his father and grandfather at the family farm. In middle school, he found joy participating in theatre and choir. In high school, Jordan was a four year letterman for his soccer team, captain for two years, and made the Olympic Development Program State Team three years in a row. He won the statewide "Top Team Player" award during his senior year, and was honored with an award created after him in his freshman year called "The 12th Man Award." He also earned awards in other sports and in theatre.
After high school, Jordan briefly attended university in Indiana and then made the pivotal decision to move to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. He continued his education in LA, where he chose to study philosophy and theatre. Within two months of arriving in LA, Jordan landed his first writing and hosting job. After relentlessly pursuing film and television opportunities in LA, and continuing to refine his craft by studying with several prominent acting coaches, Jordan lived in Paris with the goal of leveraging his fluency in the language and to pursue acting opportunities there. He acted in several film projects, including "The Love Punch" with Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson. Other English-speaking films in which Jordan acted while in Europe were Killing Uncle Roman, In The Shadow, Dear Brother, and Wrong Tone. Shortly after returning to LA, Jordan was cast as Tony Stark in Marvel Universe Live, in which he performed in more than 300 shows across 40 US cities. He also began developing a web series, and as a writer, has several feature films in development with independent production companies. In his infrequent spare time, he enjoys indulging in playing video games and watching Japanese Anime.
Cindy Hogan was born in Los Angeles and raised in Southern California. With numerous feature film credits, including 10 Cloverfield Lane with John Goodman, Life Briefly with Ashley Judd and Bill Paxton, Beautiful Creatures with Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons and Viola Davis. Her recurring roles on TV include Dr. Lewis on Army Wives, Veronica Mars, PUSH and a series regular on the hit web series Exposure. Her guest starring roles include NCIS-New Orleans, Orange Is The New Black, Drop Dead Diva, and others. She is the Voice Host of the International travel show, Getting Away Together. Her resume includes hundreds of commercials, industrials and Voice work.
In 1996 and 97 SAG and AFTRA voted her "Member of the Year" for outstanding service for her coaching. In 2010 Cindy was voted the "coastie award" for best workshop of the year.
Her most privileged role has been that of Zachary and Garrett's Mother and her proudest role is being Mrs. Patrick Blackwell.
Jemma Danielle Bolt was born in the 1980's in Poole, Dorset. Daughter of British parents Derek and Hayley. Jemma started performing on the stage from age 3 when she joined a local dance academy. Self-described as "driven, independent and playful" Jemma left home at the age of 15 following her parents break up. At the age of 16, she studied for a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts at The Jellicoe Theatre. Two years later she was awarded a place at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts. This is where her love for theatre really grew having the opportunity to play characters as diverse as Abigail Williams, in the stage version of The Crucible and Mr. Toad in The Wind in the Willows. Not quite ready to settle permanently in London, Jemma lived abroad in sunnier climates and trained as a ski guide- a hobby she still loves very much. On her return to the UK, Jemma got back into the swing of things after signing with her agent and landing small roles in How To lose Friends and Alienate People starring Simon Pegg and Last Chance Harvey with Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. 2011 brought Jemma her first leading role in Rupert Bryan's horror film, 'The Hike' which has been released on both sides of the Atlantic via Lionsgate Films. Jemma actually performs her own stunts in the film, something she is always keen to do.
Don Baker was born in Whitehall, Dublin in 1950, into a dysfunctional family. Essentially abandoned and left to fend for himself, largely due to an alcoholic father, the desperate conditions of his early childhood resulted in TB and hospitalisation at age 7. While in hospital Don came upon a harmonica player and was quickly charmed by the instrument. He then acquired a harmonica of his own and drove the matron crazy. Not surprisingly, the young Don Baker drifted into petty crime, landing up in a remand home for a month at the age of 11. Frequently in trouble with the police, Baker was in and out of prison until the age of 19. While in prison, he took up the guitar and according to Don "never looked back". After prison, Don lived in the Corporation Buildings in run down inner city Dublin. He was soon introduced to blues music. Leaving Ireland for the continent of Europe aged 22, he traveled throughout Germany, Austria, Holland and France, playing all the while. He moved on to jazz and blues clubs and the odd support slot at a major concert, with the help of a newly acquired agent.
Ten years was spent on the road, going from country to country. During this time he mostly lived on trains, and on people's floors. He began drinking excessively, probably using alcohol to dull repressed emotions dating from childhood. The drinking continued for many years until he finally sought help and at last kicked the booze habit. In 1979 he was asked by one of Ireland's top TV shows, the Late Late Show, to write a song about inner city Dublin. Don wrote 'Dublin's Inner City' which became a huge hit for The Jolly Beggarmen, reaching No. 2 in the Irish charts.
Baker has since built a wide reputation as a harmonica player. Mark Feltham (who has played with Oasis, Joe Cocker and Rory Gallagher) rates him as the greatest acoustic harmonica player in the world, as does Charlie McCoy and U2's Bono. He is the author of several instruction books on the harmonica, which are on sale in several languages and are distributed throughout the world, as well as five teaching videos. He also adjudicates bi-annually at the World Harmonica Championships in the blues category. Don Baker's harmonica (or harp) playing is influenced by blues players such as Sonny Boy Williamson and Sonny Terry. Don was also greatly influenced by Charlie McCoy, who has since become a friend and recorded the Don Baker composition, 'Jordanna'. Don recorded the Charlie McCoy composition "Funky Duck" on his latest album "Miss You". A fine guitar player, Don learned blues guitar by listening to the great country blues players - Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Blake, Robert Johnson, and Scrapper Blackwell.
Don's acclaimed acting debut was in the film In the Name of the Father. He featured in the role of "Joe McAndrew", the head of the IRA in the prison where Gerry Conlon (Guildford Four) was detained. The movie, directed by Jim Sheridan, starred Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson and Pete Postlethwaite. Don has since had many successful roles including Mia, Liebe meines Lebens, starring alongside Claudia Cardinale and On the Nose, starring alongside Dan Ackryod and Robbie Coltrane.
Jackie Hayden, a director of Hot Press Magazine and Music Industry Consultant, has documented Don's experiences in the recently published 'Best Sellers List' biography "The Winner in Me" published by Marino Books / Mercier Press.
Emma Jane Fletcher was born in London, England. She was raised by her maternal grandparents and occasionally found herself in the care of her baby-sitter, the popular Irish singer Dana. Her birth mother was a model for Christian Dior, whilst her father was a member of the band The Gobbledegooks. The band found success in the 60's with a number of chart hits and toured as support act to the legendary soul singer Dusty Springfield and also to The Rolling Stones at The Royal Albert Hall.
Born into a show-business dynasty (her cousins are actor Warren Mitchell Till Death do us Part and In Sickness and in Health and writer Ronald Wolfe, On the Buses and The Rag Trade, her uncle Martin Drew was the drummer in Ronnie Scott's quintet and her great-uncle married legend Josephine Baker), Emma was bitten by the acting bug from a young age and became inspired by the art of performing early in life. From the age of five, she became actively involved with amateur dramatics, acting and singing and was later classically trained in piano.
Emma's career in the public eye started as a teenager, with a successful modelling career. Modelling various shoots for Cosmopolitan photographer Angelo Valentino and for the TV show The Clothes Show, she also appeared on the catwalk in the prestigious London department store Selfridges and at The Ministry of Sound, in conjunction with Flame Modes, Scene and OK! Magazines and Sky TV, alongside FHM's super-model, Lucy Becker. Emma recently modeled for a calendar shoot for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and The Firefighters' Benevolent Fund.
She later went on to train at the prestigious acting school East 15, on their classical theatre course. Immediately after graduating in October 2006, Emma understudied for both Sabina Franklyn (Full House) and Sarah Manners (Moving Wallpaper and the The Bill), in a national tour of Ian Dickens' production of The Decorator starring Leslie Grantham (EastEnders).
After The Decorator Emma was offered her first commercial, becoming the face of the advertising campaign for Activia Yoghurt in the UK, alongside British presenter Nell McAndrew. On the back of this advert, she found herself being offered a number of acting roles and it wasn't long before she started carrying out many high profile productions, both on stage and in film.
Since this time, her theatre credits include: the lead of Elfriede Geiringer at London's famous Criterion Theatre and UK tour of the award winning play And then they came for me - Remembering the World of Anne Frank. This production of the show, which was directed by politician Nic Careem in association with Anne Frank's stepsister Doctor Eva Schloss, was the first theatre production to perform at London's Scotland Yard. Emma reprised her role in 2011 for a special one-off performance filmed for British Television. Other theatre performances include Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, in association with The Helen Bamber Foundation (chaired by actress Emma Thompson), at London's Gatehouse theatre and a main character in the play The Muddy Pool, by new writer Jill Bristow. The play was chosen by acclaimed author Fay Weldon for an award, as part of The Windsor Marriott awards. Emma also reprised this role in 2011 as part of the renowned Lost Theatre Company's annual festival. She also appeared as Wanda in The Power and the Glory at London's prestigious Soho Theatre in a night of one-act plays, alongside actress Alicia Duvall. More recently she has appeared onstage as co-lead to legendary actress Hildegard Neil (Antony and Cleopatra and The Professionals) and television star Ben Onwukwe (London's Burning) in Stephen Hunt's play Impossible Steps (a.k.a. I Am Not An I) and as part of the ensemble in Ditch, at Kevin Spacey's The Old Vic Theatre in London. She has also taken the lead in a rehearsed reading for director Peter-Frank Dewulf, for the new play Into the darkness at the famous Shakespeare Globe in London.
Television commercial credits have seen Emma appear as lead in a number of prolific TV commercials such as: The No! No! hair removal, Wink Bingo, Balfor Legal and Claims Today Solicitors, Andrea Bocelli's album release, The Circulation Booster, Nintendo, Gamucci, Lytess Body Shaper, Relate, Juvederm, JML, Lightwave, the Light n Easy range (UK & US airings), The Snore Wizard and Scale Wizard, Tampap, My WUN, We Read For You, Lyons Learning, AMV Internet dating and more recently in a commercial for a new game show produced by international entrepreneur Youcef Aden. She was also in the series of popular British television adverts for the 118 118 telephone campaign and more recently could be found promoting a new product called the Ecoegg, alongside Britain's famous Queen of Clean, Kim Woodburn (commercial nominated for an award). Emma also filmed a commercial against DVD and Film piracy, for well known film company Constantine Film AG. Virals include: BT, JD Wetherspoon, Virgin, Twinings Tea, Kraft Foods, Homebase, Argos, Hypnia, Zleeps, the Ministry of Defence and a series of infomercials for the NHS. She also carried out a TV ident for American owned channel Current TV and a viral for Simple TV in association with the British Film Institute. More recently she filmed an ident for Bizcrowd and CNBC, in sponsorship with The Business Class Show. Photo-stills include: Halifax and T-Mobile international campaigns, Sony VAIO, Pilsner beer, The War Against Rape and a series of shots for Getty Images. Additionally Emma has also recently been turned into a 3D CGI character for a commercial for Bold washing powder, which was aired in both Britain and the US. One of Emma's latest television appearances also saw her playing a cheeky wedding guest in a mock-up of Will and Kate's Royal Wedding, for a series of short vignettes filmed for the competition slot, for the popular British morning television show, The Lorraine Show, on ITV's Daybreak.
Emma's film & television credits include cameo appearances alongside Frazer Hines in full-length feature Two Days in the Smoke, starring Matt Di Angelo, Velibor Topic and Stephen Marcus and Darkly Dreaming Billy Ward, which was partly directed by award-winning director Ian David Diaz. She has also taken lead roles in two of director Paul Burton's films for satellite television, Amy and Resentment, playing alongside Vicki Michelle (Allo Allo! and Emmerdale) in the latter. More recently Emma played the controversial Tudor, Queen Elizabeth, in Season 2 of Parthenon's ever popular, award winning television series The Mystery Files, which aired on both the National Geographic Channel in the UK and Discovery Channel in the USA. Emma has also appeared as one of the main characters in a DramaNet and Evans & Finch Production of the children's soap Children of Herne. In 2011 she played a school teacher in director Obi Emelonye's multi-award winning feature The Mirror Boy. The film, which was profiled by CNN on their New Nigeria Cinema trail on the Inside Africa programme and also by Afrobuzz and The Magazine Show on Ben TV, won 17 awards, including 3 African Movie Academy Awards (AMMAs). The film sold out on its first day of release, making it the biggest opener for Odeon Cinemas in the UK. Other film work has seen Emma play the sufferer of Bi-Polar disorder in a feature length film for award winning company Artefacts Edutainment, in association with the famous British theatre the Albany, titled Hoods n Halos.
She can also be found on screen in various music videos for bands Diamond Chique, playing a 40's movie star alongside Leon Lopez (Brookside), the lead role in the chart-topping dance video Hold On for the band Tune Shock, playing the lead of a nefarious mother in rock band Sanguine's music video For love and a brief appearance in If You Allow Him, by up and coming new rap artist Lemoy the Siamese Empress. Emma also played a Hillbilly in KTD's first music video release, Intimacy Dies, directed by Matthew Cummins and prestigious, world renowned, DP Genki McClure (Captain America: The First Avenger). She more recently appeared as a dancer in a music video with up and coming, exciting new band Rebel Control, for their new single Whine Your Body Down. Emma was also featured in Dizzee Rascal's comeback video 'Bassline Junkie' and Kwes' music video 'Bashful' and plays a lead role in Laady MJ Warrior's video 'Keep on Fighting' as well as in Shawn Ward aka FM Attack's re-release of his track 'Sleepless Nights'.
Emma's singing credits include: Friday nights at Bill and Tom Kenwright's restaurant Azzuro, singing her own compositions at the London Palladium, at Cutting Crew Tony Moore's famous Kashmir Klub and also at the premiere of Drew Barrymore's film Never Been Kissed. She also appeared again at the London Palladium in the charity performance Broadway Melodies.
She also found herself following her father's footsteps and treading the famous tiles of the Royal Albert Hall stage in 2011, for a charity performance in aid of MacMillan Cancer. The performance For Dusty was in memory of the late, great 'white lady of soul' Dusty Springfield. The show was directed by renowned musical director Matthew Jones and celebrated Dusty's work with performances from a host of stars, ranging from both past and present alike, including: Mike Hurst and The Springfields, Joanna Marie, Lucie Silvas, Kenny Lynch, Mica Paris, Julie Felix, Rick Astley, Hazel O'Connor, Dennis Locorriere, Shelby Lynne, Carol Decker and Boy George. Other music work includes producing studio recordings for the BBC and working with music producer and composer Roger Limb from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. She has also worked with prolific record producer Denis Ingoldsby (First Avenue Records) and Guy Sigalov (OptiMusic).
Emma has also presented on television for the channels R.E.D. TV and Legal TV and hosted Vox Pops for actress Aisylene Horgan Wallace's Celebrity Stars at Work.
In February 2011 Emma launched her autobiography If the Shoe Fits both in the UK and the USA. The book launch in the States took place at the Doctor Who Catch 22, Gallifrey One Convention. She also appeared in the live game-show for TV and radio Just a Minute, at the convention, alongside fellow actors Chase Masterson (Star Trek and Deep Space) and Ian McNeice (Doctor Who and Winston Churchill), comic writers Richard Dinnick and Tony Lee (Doctor Who) and Ken Deep.
She was offered lead roles in television commercials for All Bran Cereal and The Saturday Times and approached to star in the Minxy Bingo TV commercial. She was also offered a featured role in a music video for the band Lightspeed Champion. She had to turn all four roles down due to other acting commitments. The latter was to be filmed by director Saam Farahmand at Partizan Films, who is renowned for shooting videos for Janet Jackson. More recently Emma was approached by director Obi Emelonye to play a pilot in his film The Last Flight to Abuja, alongside leading Hollywood star Hakeem Kae-Kazim (24, Lost, Pirates of the Caribbean and X-Men: Wolverine). Unfortunately Emma had to turn the role down due to a prior commitment to another acting project.
Mimi Sagadin began her acting career in Chicago during the 90's and studied improv at The Players Workshop of the Second City.
She's performed children's shows on the infamous main stage of The Second City, co-founded the improv troupe, Mission IMPROVable, and has been an active ensemble member of numerous troupes for the past 20 years.
Sagadin has acted on several stages throughout the Windy City and in the spring of 2010, she was cast in Provision Theater's production of the Jeff nominated and World Premiere play, "The Hiding Place."
Since beginning her Film and TV career in 2005, she has appeared in over 40 projects.
As an actor she has worked directly with Vince Vaughn, Ron Howard, Emma Thompson, Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, Marc Forster, Katherine Heigl, Kurtwood Smith, Lisa Ann Walters, and John Rhys-Davies in "Return to the Hiding Place", which she has the honor of playing Holocaust survivor, Corrie ten Boom.
Justin was featured in Screen International's Stars Of Tomorrow Lineup in 2008. After gaining a university degree he trained as an actor at LAMDA. He then started directing theatre before joining Working Title Films for four years, cutting his teeth a script editor by collaborating with some of the most respected talent in the world, including Paul Greengrass, Joe Wright, William Nicholson, Emma Thompson, Roger Michell and Edgar Wright. The experience inspired him to produce, write, direct, photograph and co-edit the no-budget short film Timekilling. Encouraged by the reaction to this he left Working Title to direct the science fiction short Life: XP from his own script, and to write full-time. His debut feature Narcopolis, a futuristic thriller, is due to be released in 2014.
In January 1990, Doug started DAA with one client, a typewriter, and a pregnant wife. A month later, that first client was nominated for an Academy Award, Doug's daughter Lindsay was born, and production artists were noticing Doug's generous sharing of development data and practical political guidance. The typewriter was replaced by a Mac Plus, and the Oscar Nominee... Doug and his wife Andrea accompanied the late Elizabeth McBride to the Oscars.
After twenty five years, respected directors with whom DAA clients have collaborated (and some as a direct result of Doug's introduction) include: Lasse Hallstrom, Martin Scorsese, Ang Lee, Jonathan Demme, Marc Forster, Michael Mann, Oliver Stone, Frank Darabont, Robert Zemeckis, Patty Jenkins, Joel & Ethan Coen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Michael Apted, Robert Redford, Bruce Beresford, Francis Ford Coppola, Jodie Foster, Brian De Palma, Steven Soderbergh, David Mamet, Gary Ross, Robert Benton, Stephen Sommers, Barry Sonnenfeld, Peter Weir, Ron Howard, David O. Russell, and Ed Zwick.
In 1976, Doug began his entertainment business career in San Francisco as a volunteer arts lawyer. A year later, he came to Los Angeles and began building his own arts law/personal management practice for musicians, comedians, and TV producers. In 1980, a job at Paramount Pictures offered three years to serve as one of its youngest business affairs lawyers. After Paramount, to 20th Century Fox for a year of the same, and then three years of creating, writing, and licensing programming to first-run, pay TV, and video suppliers. In 1987, Doug began his agent career at the former Smith/Gosnell/Nicholson Agency.
In 2005, Doug successfully 'transitioned' editor David ("Finding Nemo") Salter into a director deal with Jeffrey Katzenberg and his DreamWorks Animation.
In 2014, after four years of Doug's development, "Barney Thomson" commenced feature photography in Glasgow, Scotland. Opening the 2015 Edinburgh Film Festival, and a UK release, Barney won Best Picture and Best Actress (Emma Thompson) at the 2015 Scottish BAFTA Awards. Barney's US release on IVOD is February 5, 2016 followed by a theatrical run.
Doug's creative pursuits have also included: original articles in periodicals including Costume Designers Guild Newsletter, American Cinematographer, and LA Editors (Local IA 776) Magazine; pro still photography; construction; house painting; and study/performance in ballet, jazz dance, improv, and stage acting. Doug is a former (and reformed) CA attorney, used to ride a road bike, and has completed one sprint triathlon.
A proud native of Brooklyn, NY, Doug lives in West LA with his wife of thirty-five years Andrea Gardner Apatow, with whom he has two young adult children, Lindsay and Ben.
Ernie Malik has worked in motion picture marketing for over 30 years after commencing his industry career in movie exhibition (i.e. movie usher) in a local cinema during his high school days in his home state of New Jersey.
While studying for his M.A. in Cinema Studies at New York University, Malik worked for a small film distribution company in New York before beginning a lengthy tenure at United Artists (first as a computer technician, then in international publicity). He relocated to Los Angeles in 1983 upon MGM's purchase of United Artists. Less than a year later, he moved once again, this time to Chicago, where he assumed the duties of the company's Midwest publicity coordinator.
In 1988, he branched out into the freelance market as a production publicist. Over the past quarter century, he has compiled a list of 60+ feature credits that includes on-set publicity for such films as the "Home Alone" trilogy, "There's Something About Mary," "Jurassic Park III," "12 Monkeys," all three "Chronicles of Narnia" films, "Matchstick Men," "A Good Year," "Body of Lies," "Friday Night Lights," "The Kingdom," "Oz The Great and Powerful," "Saving Mr. Banks," "42" and two Oscar-nominated titles -- "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile," both directed by Frank Darabont. He re-teamed with Darabont on his 2001 feature, "The Majestic."
His industry collaborations include work with such actors as Bruce Willis (four films), Tom Hanks (twice), Jim Carrey (two films), Billy Bob Thornton (two features), Sam Neil (twice), Sam Rockwell (two films), Harrison Ford, Russell Crowe (two films), Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey (twice), Ben Stiller, Tim Robbins (twice), Morgan Freeman, David Strathairn (twice), Robert DeNiro (two films), Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Garner (twice), Jennifer Connelly, Mira Sorvino, Emma Thompson, Tilda Swinton (three times), Uma Thurman (two films), Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and directors Darabont (three projects), Chris Columbus (four projects), John Hughes (seven projects), Peter & Bobby Farrelly (five features), Peter Berg (three films), Terry Gilliam, Ridley Scott (three films), Walter Hill, Ron Howard, Michael Apted (two films), John Carpenter (twice), Andrew Adamson (three projects), John Lee Hancock (two projects), Sam Raimi and Miguel Arteta.
For his marketing contributions over the years, Malik has been recognized by the Publicists Guild of America with the 1998 Motion Picture Showmanship Award as part of the publicity team on 20th Century Fox's hit comedy, "There's Something About Mary." In 2002, he was nominated for the PGA's Les Mason Award, its highest honor, which recognizes the year's top movie/TV publicist. He also shared a 2005 Motion Picture Showmanship Award nomination for his work on the Disney/Walden project "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," with a third nomination on the 2013 Disney feature, "Saving Mr. Banks." In addition to his on-set duties, he also authored the 2008 book, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian -- The Official Illustrated Movie Companion, published by HarperOne.
Marietta Meade is a Belgian-American actress, voice talent, translator, author, and writer (poetry) who has acted in numerous TV shows and movies.
Meade is the German voice of Jane Seymour (("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"), Hunter Tylo ("The Bold and the Beautiful" / "Reich und schön"), Tilda Swinton, Emma Thompson, Joanne Walley-Kilmer, Geena Davis, Dame Diana Rigg, Uma Thurman, Patsy Kenst, Carole Bouquet, Miriam D'Abo, Sela Ward, Marisa Berenson, Mary Elisabeth Mastrantonio, Veronica Hamel, Muriel Hemmingway, and many more.
Meade speaks English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and Hebrew.
From 2000-2006, Meade ran the European office of UK-based Credence Publications. In addition, she translated 3 of British investigative journalist, Phillip Day's notable books; "Cancer - Why We Are Still Dying to Know the Truth"; "Health Wars"; "Food for Thought", from English to German.
In 2004, Meade and her husband, Dr. David R. James (1948-2009) published their book "Tatwaffe Handy - Das (un-) heimliche Legat" which Meade would later translate (English title: "A Handy Way to Cook Your Brain - What's the Damage?"). In 2009, Meade published the updated and abridged version, called "Cellular Radiation: Is This Our Next Titanic?").
"Fish, Sin and Moon" is the title of Meade's collection of selected prose (1997-2008).
Meade is the president of US-based company, eSmog Responders, International.
Damien Charles Glencross Warren-Smith was born in Inverness, Scotland. His parents, Gail (Lynch) and Robin Warren-Smith, a BBC journalist, moved the family to Australia when he was less than one year old, and raised him and his brother Jason in the town of Cooma, NSW.
Warren-Smith graduated from ACA (Actors Centre Australia) in 2004 at the age of 22. His first role was in the multi-award-winning Australian drama series 'Love My Way' which starred Sam Worthington and Ben Mendelsohn.
In 2005 Damien returned to the UK where he has worked on shows such as 'Law & Order: UK' for Kudos Film and Television and 'The Persuasionists' for the BBC.
Warren-Smith made his professional stage debut with the prestigious Hull Truck Theatre Company in their production of 'Ladies Down Under' which brought him to the attention of director Sue McCormick who cast him in her highly acclaimed production of Hamlet at Lancaster Castle. The production went on to be shortlisted for a Peter Brook Empty Space Award in 2008.
In 2013 Damien trained with legendary clown teacher Philippe Gaulier whose long list of alumni include Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, and Emma Thompson. In 2014 he formed the comedy troupe 'Plague of Idiots' with some fellow graduates of the school and toured to theatre festivals around the world before teaming up with comedy director Cal McCrystal (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Dictator, and The World's End) to take the show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Jean-Michel Bernard began playing the piano at the age of two. When he was 14, he received first place at the Bordeaux Conservatory and later graduated from the Paris 'Ecole Normale de Musique'. At 19, he recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, while also pursuing a career as a jazz musician, performing with prominent Jazz artists such as Wild Bill Davis, Jimmy Woode and Eddie Davis. His career as a composer began with animated films, then as musical director of the successful radio show « L'Oreille en Coin » on National Pubic Radio France Inter from 1987 to 1991. Collaborators include Philip Kaufman, Lalo Schifrin, Ennio Morricone, Claude Bolling, and many more. In 2000, he performed with the Ray Charles Quartet on the European and Australian tours. He frequently works with director Michel Gondry. In 2000, he composed songs for the film Human Nature written by Charlie Kaufman and interpreted by Patricia Arquette. In 2006, he scored the film The Science of Sleep, which screened at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals. He also had a cameo as a music-loving police man. He was nominated for the World Soundtrack Awards in 2007 and won the France Musique/UCMF award at the Cannes Film Festival the same year. His solo piano album Message to Ray was released in November 2005 on Opus Millesime, and in partnership with National Public Radio France Musique. Felix W. Sportis from Jazz Hot wrote about the album: « Among the tribute albums to the Genius that have been released or will be, this is the very special one».
In 2008 he scored the music for Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind , Cash by Eric Besnard, and L'Emmerdeur by Francis Veber. The same day Be Kind Rewind was shown at Sundance Festival, Jean-Michel Bernard performed alongside rapper/singer Mos Def and Gondry, an avid drummer. The following year, the Cannes Film Festival invited him to represent France in the film music concert program. He also receives an award for his achievement outside of his native country from the European Union of Film Music Composers (UCMF). HBO also choses him to elaborate the sound design of the channel and for the website.
In 2010 he collaborated with French actress and director Fanny Ardant on her film Chimères Absentes. In 2011, he composed the music of Paris-Manhattan by Sophie Lellouche starring Woody Allen, Anne Giafferi's movie Qui a envie d'être aime ? , Eric Lavaine's Bienvenue à Bord . He also worked on Academy award winning Hugo by Martin Scorsese. In this backstory and primary features of Georges Meliès'life, Jean-Michel Bernard manages to capture Paris atmosphere of the early 1900s, recording over 10 songs for the dance scenes with accordion music.
In 2013, he collaborated again with Fanny Ardant for her movie Cadences Obstinees starring Gerard Depardieu. He also scored the music of Love Punch starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson. He has also participated in a series of concerts with Michel Gondry for the Film Factory at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris. JMB has conducted master classes at Cannes Film Festivals and in various others in Montreal, Angers, La Rochelle, and more recently in Aubagne, where he preformed a live version of Jazz For Dogs (Cristal Records), an album co-created with Kimiko Ono and featuring numerous prestigious guests like Charles Papasoff, Philippe Chayeb and Laurent Korcia.
In 2014, Jean-Michel Bernard began teaching classes at the Paris Conservatory, and in November, three major Festivals will have him as guest of honor: Audi Talent Awards in Paris, Braunschweig Festival, and Cologne Soundtrack Festival.
In 2015, he'll score "Ange et Gabrielle" by Anne Giafferi at Abbey Road Studios with the LSO in London, and will be the guest of The Tenerife film festival.
Jennifer Burnham was born in Vallejo, California and grew up near Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from Franklin High School saludatorian of her class and then attended Princeton University, majoring in theater and anthropology. Jennifer received the Francis LeMoyne Page Drama Award at Princeton and graduated Summa Cum Laude (With Highest Honors) as well as Phi Beta Kappa (top of her class). Upon graduating, she moved to London and trained at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier, where Emma Thompson and Mark Feuerstein have also studied. On returning to the States she began working in television, film and theater, including in the off-Broadway production "A Bird Like Other Birds" written, produced & performed by the founding performers of "Stomp!". Her official film debut came with "Stargeeks" (winner of the NoDance Film Festival Audience Best Award & Hoston Film Festival Jury Best for Comedy), followed by "The Adventures of Levin Bedford", "Joanna", "Stuck On You" written by the Farrelly Brothers, and most significantly the Sony Pictures film "The Holiday", directed by Nancy Meyers, soon to be released, in which she plays the wife of Jude Law. In addition to these credits Jennifer continues to work in independent film, television and commercials, building a reputation throughout the industry for both talent and range.
Cole Phoenix is an Australian actress, artist, singer-songwriter, scriptwriter, writer, producer and director. Filmography- Features: 2008, The Ruins, Role: Extra and Hand Modeling 2012, Men In Black 3 Considered for Young Agent O (Olivia) Role 2016, The Phoenix (In-Development) Lead Female - Nia Short Films: 2010, Short Film: Love or Loathe, Role: Herself Short Film: At the Fair, Female Lead Television 2007, Mini-TV Series: Starter Wife, Role: Stand In for Judy Davis and Extra Theatre: Macbeth, Role: Lady Macbeth Jailbirds, Role: Lead Role Sam Streetcar, Role: Blanche DuBoise The Poisoned Apple, Role: Lead Female Musical Theatre: Swinging On a Star, Role: Female Lead Betty Company, Role: April Kids in America, Role: Lead Role Kate Raggy Dolls, Role: Lead Singing Raggy Doll
Her music harks back to the 1980s and earlier - but although the beats breathe classic style, they are infused with a distinctly modern pop-rock edge. She came to Vancouver BC in 2011 to Produce her singles and remix several other originals making her self-titled 'Cole Phoenix' commercial debut album with producer Jeff Dawson ('Bad Day' Daniel Powter 2006).
As an emerging soloist with an untainted perspective, Phoenix is currently signed with Noble NoBull Productions, she released her singles 'Cannibal', 'Falling For You', 'Cougar' from the album "Cole Phoenix" and is currently producing the singles for the upcoming album "She's on Fire."
The first single 'UFO' from this album "She's on Fire" was released 20th January 2014 to orbit iTunes and hit the USA STS/New Music Weekly Charts - succeeding after 20 weeks (13th of June) at placing #1 in Top40 Internet, #28 in Top40, #4 in AC/Hot AC, #3 in AC/Hot AC Internet, #8 in Top 100 (Top40 and AC/Hot AC Formats) and #10 in the Hot 100 Singles (Top40 and AC/Hot AC Formats) Charts.
When is was released on YouTube, the Official "UFO" Music Video achieved over 17,000 views in one week and spread over 25 Broadcasting NorthAmerica and UK networks during the campaign. "UFO" music video was directed by Nicolas Jacobi and Cole Phoenix, 3rd April 2014 which featured Cole Phoenix with ethereal wings singing in a space club complete with exterior space windows, avatar inspired lighting, dancers and a real albino corn snake climbing the daring Cole Phoenix herself. Phoenix plays both angelic hero and seductive villain while belting this sure fire hit "UFO"!
Cole's previous single "Cannibal" from album "Cole Phoenix" created some fire to her standing credit and reputation in the music industry that "UFO" will no doubt fuel. Cannibal - an anti bullying dance track from "Cole Phoenix" was short listed in the 2013 International Songwriting Competition for Dance Electronica category.
For its Anti-Bullying theme it was promoted in New York Times Square and the Strip Las Vegas. Before entering the industry Cole was awarded Senior Dux of the School, many awards for academic merit and received state and nation-wide accolades for Drama, English, History and French competitions. Ranking first for English, English Extension, Ancient History, French, Australian Constitutional Studies and Speech and Drama at the conclusion of the senior year.
She wrote a fictional crime novella that was awarded Most Publishable in a state-wide competition and a historic script on Spartan King Leonidas, shortlisted in the Queensland Young Playwrights' Awards. She has always had a passion for creative expression and artistic endeavors. Although in University (Griffith) her fictional works were published and Cole was awarded High Distinctions - she discontinued the study of Creative Arts majoring in Writing and Theatre to concentrate on writing a young adults' novel and working on an album.
Her previous script is in development of international release with Noble NoBull and other producers to be produced in Australia.
She was interested in singing throughout her childhood, taking principal roles in various musicals but it was not until after school that she was inspired to write songs. After producing the first album "Wild Love" and releasing single "Love or Loathe" a music video was filmed in Queenstown, New Zealand (40 min south from "Lord of The Rings" Filming Location -Milford Sound) she then came to LA, California and Vancouver BC to produce first commercial album 'Cole Phoenix' - starting off releasing the single 'Falling For You.' During the production she was considered by casting director Ellen Chenoweth for young Emma Thompson role Olivia in Will Smith's MIB 3. She has worked with director Jon Avnet on Mini Series "Starter Wife" alongside Judy Davis, Debra Messing, Stephen Moyer and fellow Australian Miranda Otto.
Don Levy has been at the forefront of the entertainment industry's digital transformation, developing "the intersection of entertainment and technology" throughout his career and at Sony Pictures Entertainment (Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Digital) from 1995-2012.
During his tenure at SPE, he was a key member of Sony Pictures Digital's senior executive team, involved in the management, marketing, communications, public relations, organizational development and digital policy functions of his division and the company. He was instrumental in the growth of SPE's visual effects, animation, post-production and digital entertainment businesses. Levy originally joined Sony Pictures as the studio's awards campaign consultant where his efforts resulted in a Best Picture nomination for "Sense and Sensibility" and the Academy Award for its screenplay adaptation by Emma Thompson. At Sony Pictures Imageworks and for Sony Pictures Animation, he helped earn more than a dozen Oscar(TM) nominations and Academy Awards for Best Animated Short (The ChubbChubbs) and Best Visual Effects (Spider-Man 2).
Don is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, serving on its feature animation nominating committee and recently chaired a working group for the Science and Technology Council. He also is a member of The Television Academy's Interactive Peer Group, The Visual Effects Society, ASIFA Hollywood, the International Photographers Guild and METAL, the Media, Entertainment and Technology Alpha Leaders organization.
Levy is a frequent speaker on the subjects of innovation, digital creativity, education and visual effects. His 2012 talk on the principles and evolution of visual effects at the TED Conference in Long Beach, CA was posted on ED.com in January 2013. In 2013, he organized a 3-hour seminar on visual communication at the FMX Conference in Stuttgart, Germany, a complete track on blockbuster production at Digital Hollywood, and series of symposia in Chile. Don also is active in education issues, from public school funding to the future of education, and the relationship between art, science and invention. He moderates and/or speaks at various conferences around the world. He is a longtime attendee of the TED Conference and produces the independently organized TEDxConejo, which he produces with the Conejo Valley (California) Unified School District and sells out annually.
Levy is on the faculty of Boston University's L.A. Program, where he teaches Entertainment Marketing. He holds a visiting scholar post at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, exploring collaborative production models, and he is a consultant to USC's Entertainment Technology Center. He is an advisor to Cosmic Forces, a content start-up specializing in animation and mobile applications, and serves on the board of advisors for BLUE, the Ocean Film Festival and Conference, a leading forum for filmmakers, researchers and individuals actively engaged in the study and protection of the oceans.
In 2012, Don created Smith Brook Farm, a creative consultancy to help thought leaders and businesses grow.
Levy received his B.A. from the University of Denver and certificates from UCLA's Anderson School of Business.
He began his career in entertainment as a unit publicist working on such films as The Lost World: Jurassic Park, A Soldier's Story, Poltergeist, 2010, Clear and Present Danger, Iceman, National Lampoon's Vacation, and Coming Home. He went on to lead production publicity at Paramount Pictures for 6 years before leaving to work on The Air Up There, shooting on location in Africa.
For a period of seven years, until 1998, when he resigned to move to Europe and form his own production company, Schulberg was under contract to New York-based Hallmark Entertainment. With an annual turnover of $275 million, Hallmark Entertainment was the world's leading producer of movies and miniseries for television, and the third largest producer of American primetime programming. Schulberg held a number of senior level positions including Worldwide Production Supervisor and Sr. VP, Worldwide Marketing.
As Worldwide Production Supervisor, he was the number-two production executive, overseeing the company's extensive slate of films.
In his capacity as head of worldwide marketing, Schulberg crafted the company's corporate image and the international and domestic marketing campaigns for every film in the company's production slate of 60-80 films per year. He presided over a golden era at Hallmark Entertainment when the company won the top slot in audience ratings and awards across all the major networks.
Productions for which Schulberg was directly responsible included Gulliver's Travels (5 Emmy Awards), starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole and Ted Danson; The Odyssey, directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, starring Isabella Rossellini, Vanessa Williams and Armand Assante; Streets Of Laredo (2 Emmy Awards) by Larry McMurtry; Gypsy (National Board of Review winner) starring Bette Midler; and Scarlett, The Sequel To Gone With The Wind (3 Emmy Awards).
Prior to joining Hallmark, Schulberg was an independent producer and film executive who worked on more than twenty-five feature films, including the Universal Pictures release, King Of New York, directed by Abel Ferrara, starring Christopher Walken, Wesley Snipes and Laurence Fishburne; the U.S. shoot of Luc Besson's The Big Blue, produced by Gaumont, starring Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno and Rosanna Arquette; Waiting For The Moon (Sundance Grand Prize Winner) starring Oscar-winner Linda Hunt; and Candy Mountain, directed by Robert Frank, starring Tom Waits and Leon Redbone. In 1990, just prior to joining Hallmark, Schulberg produced Rebecca Miller's first film, the award-winning Florence, starring Oscar-winner, Marcia Gay Hardin Leaving Hallmark in 1998, Schulberg moved to Europe and acquired Paris-based production company, The Stellar Group. The Stellar Group is a 62,500 euro S.a.r.l., originally founded in 1991. Schulberg broadened the mission of the company to include film, television and music consulting, talent management of musical artists and the production of feature films and television products. The company quickly secured consulting contracts with a wide array of clients including: Pandora Cinema, The Film Festivals Entertainment Group, EMI Music Publishing/France, Dennis Davidson Productions, The European Film Awards, 3DD Entertainment and France Telecom/Noos.
From 1999-2001, Schulberg, through the Stellar Group, was contracted by Pandora Cinema, the company responsible for such notable award-winning productions as Shine, Kolya, Like Water For Chocolate. Films produced by Pandora during Schulberg's term included, Trixie, directed by Alan Rudolph, produced by Robert Altman, starring Emily Watson and Nick Nolte; Maybe Baby, directed by Ben Elton, starring Joely Richardson, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson and Rowan Atkinson; The Old Man Who Read Love Stories, starring Oscar-winner Richard Dreyfuss; and Honest, directed by Dave Stewart (co-founder of the Eurythmics), starring three members of female British pop group, All Saints.
In the realm of music, The Stellar Group was instrumental in forging the European success (Gold Record) of Portland-based retro-chic band, Pink Martini, managing their first European tour. The Stellar Group also managed the career of young European-born sensation, Sabina, who recently signed with Universal/Verve records in New York through her group, Brazilian Girls.
The Stellar Group's production and development slate includes a number of projects for both cinema and television, including: Emily, starring Calista Flockhart, Romy a miniseries on the life of Romy Schneider, The Dare, based on the short story by Budd Schulberg, The Tattooed Princess; and The Wide World Of Music, a series of feature-length music documentaries.
Schulberg has a B.F.A. in Directing from Carnegie-Mellon University's famed school of theater. He has been guest lecturer at both Columbia University and NYU Graduate Film Schools. He has been invited to participate in the Cinemart Producer's Panel at the Rotterdam International Film Festival for the last three years and was also invited to the inaugural Berlin Film Festival co-production market. Additionally, he has twice served on the jury of the Avignon/New York Film Festival and is a member of the European Film Academy.
Schulberg is a third-generation film executive. His grandfather, B.P. Schulberg, produced over 50 films, including the first film to win the Academy Award, Wings(1927) and ran Paramount Studios during Hollywood's Golden Era from 1927 until 1935. His father, Stuart Schulberg, was an independent producer/director and prominent television producer who served for ten years as executive producer of The Today Show. His uncle, Budd Schulberg, penned the screenplay for On The Waterfront (8 Academy Awards) and wrote the seminal Hollywood novel, What Makes Sammy Run?
Cheryl Farney is a stage actress based in Chicago, Illinois. Recent stage credits include Melissa in Eve Ensler's Necessary Targets. She is an avid runner and yogi. Cheryl's favorite film is Much Ado About Nothing starring Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson.
Cheryl grew up in Rochester, New York, graduating from private school Allendale Columbia. She holds a BA in Theatre and Classics from the College of Wooster in Ohio.
David McNiven was a musician and composer whose work featured in theatre, on radio and on television - he provided the music for Rab C Nesbitt amongst other shows - as well as winning his group Bread Love and Dreams cult status among aficionados of progressive rock and acid folk music.
The group's three albums, recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s, sold disappointingly at the time but now fetch three- and four-figure sums among collectors of vintage vinyl.
Born in Dennistoun, McNiven was given his first instrument, a banjo, by his grandmother and used it to write his first song. He also played clarinet and saxophone and when, in his teens, he met and became friends with another Dennistoun boy on holiday in Millport, the actor Bill Paterson, he formed his first performing partnership.
The two would busk on the streets of the resort as strolling players, Paterson reciting scenes from Shakespeare while wearing a white sheet and McNiven singing and accompanying himself. They came to the attention of Duncan Macrae, the actor and comedian, who had a house in Millport and became a mentor and friend, inviting them to his house in Glasgow to watch the ground-breaking satirical television show That Was The Week That Was and sip cider.
At school, after Dennistoun Private School he attended the High School of Glasgow - McNiven hated classical music lessons but he was encouraged by his English teacher, Donald MacCormick, later a broadcaster and Newsnight presenter. MacCormick gave McNiven a room to himself and told him to get on with playing guitar and writing songs.
McNiven went on to study drama and did various jobs, including bingo caller, bus conductor and laborers at an iron works before, in 1967, he formed Bread Love and Dreams with singer-guitarist-keyboards player Angie Rew, who became his wife, and guitarist Carolyn Davis. While appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe, the group came to the attention of and were subsequently championed by Ray Horricks, a producer and A&R man at Decca Records who had overseen guitar legend Davy Graham's recordings, and they released their eponymous first album in early 1969.
Despite the group touring the UK extensively with Tyrannosaurus Rex and Magna Carta to promote it, the album sold poorly and Davis left. McNiven kept writing and developed a relationship with the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. One of the pieces intended for the next Bread Love and Dreams album, Mother Earth, was adapted for the theatre group and performed in Edinburgh, then toured to London and Europe.
In 1970, Bread Love and Dreams went back into the studio with session players including The Pentangle's rhythm section, bassist Danny Thompson and drummer Terry Cox, and recorded enough material for a double album. This eventually appeared as two separate albums, The Strange Tale of Captain Shannon and The Hunchback from Gigha and Amaryllis, after which McNiven decided to pursue theatre projects.
He acted with the Traverse Theatre Workshop then the Young Lyceum and joined the 7.84 Theatre Company, going on to form its music offshoot, Wildcat, with Rew, keyboardist Dave Anderson and singer Terry Neason. Shows for Neason, including Jenny and the Poison Factory, and work on Liz Lochhead's Dracula followed and as well as leading the backing band for Emma Thompson's breakthrough Edinburgh Fringe show McNiven composed for BBC Scotland's Naked Radio, subsequently moving on to television work with A Kick up the Eighties and Naked Video and composing the theme for Ben Elton's Happy Families, which was played by the Halle Orchestra.
At one point McNiven was commuting daily between Granada Television's studio in Manchester, where he was working on Alfresco with Robbie Coltrane and Stephen Fry, and Edinburgh, where he had a rock version of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera running at the Lyceum. For Rab C Nesbitt he not only wrote the theme tune and all the incidental music, he also played the parts of Marshall Gormley and Clatty McCutcheon. Altogether he composed the themes for more than twenty television series including Atletico Partick.
In more recent times McNiven worked with children and adults with special educational needs notably with Drake Music Scotland. Here he successfully campaigned for the Scottish Qualifications Authority to recognize the Brainfingers system, which allows pupils with cerebral palsy to create music with a laptop and to interact with other musicians, as just as valid as conventional musical instruments. Share article
He is survived by his wife, Angie, daughters Anya and Lucille and son Martin.
Toria Burrell was born in Crawley, West Sussex, England. Before moving to the US, she was known as "Victoria" to her family and "Vicki" to her school friends. She won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, London, and attended there as a Junior Scholar from age 14 - 18. While there, her "first study" was flute, her "second study" was piano, and she also had training in orchestral playing, singing, theory and composition.
She then went on to do a Masters Degree in English Literature at Clare College, Cambridge. While there, she sang with Queens Chapel Choir, played flute in the Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra, and various other music ensembles.
She also spent a year acting with "Footlights", the Amateur Dramatic Club of Cambridge. ("Footlights" boasts many famous alumni from Cambridge, such as Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, and John Cleese, among others).
Toria met her husband, David Hrencecin, while at Cambridge, and moved to the US with him in 1996. Since moving to the US, Toria has continued her extensive music career. In 1999, she founded and directed the Chicago Chamber Choir, and later became their composer-in-residence. After taking a hiatus for a few years, she came back to the CCC, as a full time singer, board member, and assistant to Timm Adams, the director. In 2012, Toria was asked to join the professional choir, Cor Cantiamo, and is a full-time alto with the ensemble, working with director, Eric Johnson.
For many years, Toria was a private instructor of piano, flute, composition and voice. She continues to be a professional pianist, accompanist, flautist and singer for weddings, parties, shows, concerts, etc.
Toria is also a writer, Reiki practitioner, and certified Doula. And mother of 2 children: Tristan 14, Sophie 11.
Jim Fagan is a NYC based TV writer/director. He is co-president of The New York Picture Company with whom he writes, directs, edits, and stars in The NYPC Sketch Show. He is also a TV writer on AMC network's Story Notes. Recent directing credits include livestreams of A Tribute To Pete Seeger (Featuring Judy Collins and Peter Yarrow) and for Lincoln Center Presents American Songbook. Other NY TV credits include working on productions of The Nance, Tucker opera gala, and Go Back Home: Audra McDonald with Live! From Lincoln Center on PBS. In addition to NYPC SS, Jim also created and starred in NYPC's other works including an award winning Frito Lays Commercial, web-pilot Logan Davenport: Soap Opera Star and commercials for CLR, Dave & Busters, and ASPCA.
Jim is also an accomplished theater director. He recently assistant directed with Lonny Price on Sweeney Todd (starring Emma Thompson) at the NY Philharmonic, and directed Audience Participation, winner of Best Production at the Manhattan Rep One Act Competition. Jim's play Love Always, written at Boston College, is published with Playscripts and has been performed throughout the country.
Jim is a UCB trained improv actor and performed in the main cast of Improv Boston's "Face Off" before getting his masters in directing at the Actors Studio Drama School. He is a proud WGA east member and SDC associate member, and lives with his beautiful wife, Carolyn (BC '08), in Queens.
Sherilyn Amy Lovell is an American actress, from Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Born June of 1992, her interest in film began at a very young age, as she imitated her favorite stars, memorizing and performing monologues from movies and television. After a chance meeting with Emma Thompson in 2011, who encouraged her efforts, Sherilyn began actively pursuing a career in film. At this time, Sherilyn is self-represented.