George Timothy Clooney was born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky, to Nina Bruce (née Warren), a former beauty pageant queen, and Nick Clooney, a former anchorman and game show host (who was also the brother of singer Rosemary Clooney). He has Irish, English, and German ancestry. Clooney spent most of this youth in Ohio and Kentucky, and graduated from Augusta High School. He was very active in sports such as basketball and baseball, and tried out for the Cincinatti Reds, but was not offered a contract.
After his cousin, Miguel Ferrer, got him a small part in a feature film, Clooney began to pursue acting. His first major role was on the sitcom E/R as "Ace", an orderly. More roles soon followed, including "George Burnett", the handsome handyman on The Facts of Life; "Booker Brooks", a supervisor on Roseanne; and "Detective James Falconer" on Sisters. Clooney had his breakthrough when he was cast as "Dr. Doug Ross" on the award-winning drama series, ER, opposite Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, and Julianna Margulies.
While filming "ER", Clooney starred in a number of high profile film roles, such as Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn, and One Fine Day, opposite Michelle Pfeiffer. In 1997, Clooney took on the role of "Batman" in Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin. The film was a moderate success in the box office, but was slammed by critics, notably for the nipple-laden Bat suit. Clooney went on to star in Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight, Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line, and David O. Russell's Three Kings.
In 1999, Clooney left "ER" (though he would return for the season finale) and appeared in a number of films, including O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Perfect Storm, and Ocean's Eleven. Collaborating once again with Steven Soderbergh, "Ocean's Eleven" received critical acclaim, earned more than $450 million at the box office, and spawned two sequels: Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen.
In 2002, Clooney made his directorial debut with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, an adaptation of TV producer Chuck Barris's autobiography. This was the first film under the banner of "Section Eight Productions", a production company he founded with Steven Soderbergh. The company also produced many acclaimed films, including Far from Heaven, Syriana, A Scanner Darkly, and Good Night, and Good Luck.. Clooney won his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in "Syriana", and was nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for "Good Night, and Good Luck".
In 2006, "Section Eight" was shut down so that Soderbergh could concentrate on directing, and Clooney founded a new production company, "Smokehouse Productions", with his friend and long-time business partner, Grant Heslov.
Clooney went on to produce and star in Michael Clayton (which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor), directed and starred in Leatherheads, and took leading roles in Burn After Reading, The Men Who Stare at Goats, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Jason Reitman's Up in the Air. Clooney received critical acclaim for his performance in "Up in the Air" and was nominated for several awards, including a Golden Globe and Academy Award. He didn't win that year, but took home both Best Actor awards (as well as countless nominations) for his role as a father who finds out his wife was unfaithful as she lay in a coma in Alexander Payne's The Descendants. Throughout his career, Clooney has been heralded for his political activism and humanitarian work. He has served as one of the "United Nations Messengers of Peace" since 2008, has been an advocate for the Darfur conflict, and organized the "Hope for Haiti" telethon, to raise money for the victims of the 2010 earthquake. In March of 2012, Clooney was arrested for civil disobedience while protesting at the Sudanese embassy in Washington, D.C.
Clooney was married to actress Talia Balsam, from 1989 until 1993. After their divorce, he swore he would never marry again. Michelle Pfeiffer and Nicole Kidman bet him $10,000 that he would have children by the age of 40, and sent him a check shortly after his birthday. Clooney returned the funds and bet double or nothing he wouldn't have children by the age of 50. Although he has remained a consummate bachelor, Clooney has had many highly publicized relationships, including with former WWE wrestler Stacy Keibler. In 2014, he married lawyer and activist Amal Alamuddin.
Shannon Amos was born in New Jersey, the daughter of veteran actor John Amos and artist Noel Mickelson. Her father is of African-American, as well as Ghanaian ancestry. Her mother is Ashkenazi Jewish, a descendant of Eastern Europe.
Shannon was exposed to Hollywood at an early age, growing up on the sets of popular sitcoms and movies such as "Good Times" and "Coming To America." Observing the production process from behind the scenes provided invaluable experience for Shannon, as her father encouraged her to learn the business side of Hollywood. Mr. Amos took her along to meetings with agents, managers and attorneys and instructed her to listen. After high school, she landed a job as an intern working with Director Spike Lee on his film "Mo Better Blues," which starred Denzel Washington and Wesley Snipes; it was Shannon's first step toward her dream of becoming a producer.
Shannon's next step took her to college, but, after her freshman year and a chance meeting with Director Ted Demme, she traded a college degree for practical experience when he hired Shannon as a production assistant on MTV's first hip-hop show "Yo! MTV Raps." She quickly rose up the ranks from production assistant to associate producer.
Ambitious and determined to create her own show, Shannon moved to Washington, D.C. in hopes of working for BET Networks, the first cable network to exclusively feature African-American programming. Determined to get hired, she mailed her resume every week for months. In the meantime, she landed a job as a segment producer on the Emmy Award-winning series "America's Most Wanted," the first TV series that helped law enforcement successfully catch criminals. Continuing to solicit BET for work, Shannon's persistence finally paid off nearly a year later when she was hired as a producer. Her talents were quickly recognized, and she advanced from a producer to show creator and director of original programs.
When BET was sold to Viacom in 2001, Shannon left the company and moved to Los Angeles where the music industry was thriving. She began producing music videos for numerous hip-hop and R&B artists, including Snoop, Jodeci, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.
Meanwhile, the digital revolution was taking place as NAPSTER and other new digital download technology rocked the music industry. Music video budgets were slashed as labels made cut-backs, but DVD sales were on the rise. With direct-to-video as a new option for distribution, Shannon produced her first independent feature film starring her father and comedians J.B. Smoove and Corey Holcomb. The raucous urban comedy film received a DVD Exclusive Award nomination and was distributed by Blockbuster.
Shannon's talents then lead her to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment where she was hired as a creative executive and drove the success of their DVD sales. Shannon executive produced a host of multi-million dollar ad campaigns, including Academy Award-winning films such as "Blood Diamond," "Letters from Iwo Jima," and "Good Night and Good Luck."
By 2009 Shannon recognized another shift taking place in the industry as DVD sales began to plummet. She believed digital technology and YouTube would be the new wave. Shannon stepped out on her own to launch Afterglow Multimedia, LLC, a boutique talent management and production company. Being a trend-spotter, Shannon's company quickly became the success that she anticipated. Shannon now produces digital and TV content and manages the careers of several YouTubers while branding them across multiple platforms, including live shows, music, TV and film.
Afterglow's client list includes, Turner Originals, ESPN, TVOne, BET, Dormtainment.com, Tracey Edmond's AlrightTV, Russell Simmons' All Def Digital and All Def Music and Brian Robbin's AwesomenessTV. Shannon's mission is to successfully connect talent, brands, storytellers, music, products and content owners to create a cultural phenomenon for their offerings. Shannon Amos resides in Los Angeles, CA with her partner and daughter.
Klement Tinaj was born in 1990, in Selcë of Kelmend in Albania, also known as Great Highlands (alb. Malësi e Madhe). The breathtaking area lies north of the Albanian Alps. Tinaj spent his youth eternally on the move, and by the time he was 15, had attended 5 different schools in the US and Albania. He finally settled in 2005 in Yonkers, New York. While in high school, he developed an interest in acting and abandoned his plans of becoming a farmer, and at age sixteen he played the role Mr. Kirby in the show "You Can't Take It With You". After this show Tinaj was cast in three more shows "Lysistrada 2008", "Room Service" and "Julius Caesar" at Lincoln High School in Yonkers New York. Tinaj attended Five Towns College in 2009 and in his freshman year acted in three shows; "Macbeth", "The Full Mounty" and "Golden Parachutes". During the summer he worked on "Shakespeare on the Sound", and "Broadway Bears" where he assisted in building the set.
Through out his time in Five Towns College he starred in many shows such as "Aladdin", "Dora", "Twelve Angry Men", and "Ragtime".
Aside from the schools production, Tinaj starred in the play "Stolen", "Extra Special","American Dating Catastrophes Vol. 11" "The Table" and "X's & O's".
While pursuing his acting career Tinaj continued training in Tae Kwon Do as well as teach students ranging from all levels of the sport. The skills he acquires from training and his love for the martial arts led him to create the film "The Attacker" and "Bad Fate". Tinaj wrote, directed, produced and starred in the two films.
He also had play the lead role in following films, "Good Night and Good Luck", "My Diseased Love", "Have You Ever Thought...?" and supporting roles in "The Wrecked" and Russel Brothers". He was the producer of the film "Still Meadows". Tinaj directed, produced, and fight choreographed the play "Some Kind of Love Story" written by Arthur Miller. The show opened in Dix Hills Performing Arts Center and then traveled to New York City off-Broadway at Producers Club Theaters.
He taught Art of Combat for New York Educational Theatre Festival in 2012 hosted by The American Academy of Dramatic Arts sponsored by The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and Los Angeles.
Tinaj graduated from Five Towns College with his B.F.A in Theatre Arts in December of 2012. January 24, 2015, Tinaj received his MFA in Acting for Film in New York Film Academy in Los Angeles.
Tinaj has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast to a major movies such as Fast & Furious 7 and The Second Coming of Christ.
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. Always the class clown, Richard enrolled in the CSUN teenage drama workshop. This is where he directed a scene from Marx Bros "The Cocoanuts". Then in high school he was involved in play production,speech club & film club. He directed the play "God" by Woody Allen, directed several short super 8 films & won several speech & drama awards. He then began a short acting career having several bit parts in the 1980s on "General Hospital", "Diff'rent Strokes", "Silver Spoons", "Spencer", "The New, Love American Style", "What's Happening Now", "Stingray", "Free Ride", "Like Father, Like Son". Then nothing. A friend called asking, would you like to PA on "Unsolved Mysteries" and from 1989 till 1993, he traveled all over the western United States with the show. Richard began to PA on several movies "Volcano", "Face/Off", "Virtuosity", "Metro" to name a few. Another friend called and asked if he wanted to AD on a low budget movie. So from 1994 till 1996, he worked as a non-union AD till he had enough days to join the DGA. In 2005 he was nominated for a DGA award as part of Director George Clooney's DGA team for "Good Night Good Luck". Recently he has been directing a series of short films that have been hitting the film festival circuit. "Mystery Man" (Best Family film Tulipanes Film Fest 2004) & "Capt. Undergarments" (LA ShortsFest 2005) (Audience Award Valley Film Fest 2006), (Films For Play 2007) (Afternoon In The Absurd 2007), (best narrative short winner Ava Gardner Film Fest 2007) & "The New Old Capt. Undergarments" (LA ShortsFest 2006) (Tromadance 2007) & "My Wallet" (Nosotros Film Fest 2006) & "Obama or your Mama" (Ava Gardner Film Fest 2009).
Melinda Esquibel is an award nominated producer and encompasses fourteen years of experience in the entertainment industry. Esquibel's current projects include producing and directing a documentary on the famous disappearance case of Tara Calico, producing National Wildlife Federation's Campus Chillout! (campus solutions for the climate crisis), a feature film entitled: PAIS: The Untold Story of Cuban Revolutionary, a feature documentary, and an all encompassing book on the life and death of Frank Pais.
Other projects Esquibel has produced include Shepard Fairey's Vote for Change and Hopes for Change Campaign, FOADAC's Virtual Telethon and Green Means Go (celebrity solutions for greener living).
Previously Esquibel worked in the Social Action Team at Jeff Skoll's company, Participant Media, and was the Campaign Manager for the Oscar nominated documentary, Muderball (which included raising $350,000 for program development at the Paralympics for Iraq war veterans who have come home with spinal injuries), and has been a Campaign Contributor to films such as: Oscar winner and Nobel Prize winner, An Inconvenient Truth, with Al Gore - the Train the Trainer Program and AIT school curriculum , Charlie Wilson's War, Angel's in the Dust, Good Night and Good Luck, Fast Food Nation, Syriana and North Country.
Prior to Participant Productions, Esquibel previously served as the Live-Action Production Supervisor for Fox Family Worldwide. A key player at Fox Family Productions, some of her credits include: Addams Family Series & Movie, Captain Kangaroo, Casper Meets Wendy and Power Rangers Series and Movies.
While at Fox Family, Esquibel served and was a founding board member on the Diversity Advisory Board at Fox Entertainment Group. This committee was created to increase minority vendor spending and diverse presence throughout the studio in compliance with the Multi-Cultural Coalition. Esquibel has also served on the Board of Directors of the Imagen Foundation and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Orphan Abandoned and Disabled African Children.
Esquibel has been awarded for her work by the Environmental Media Awards and was nominated for an Imagen Award in 2009 for Best National Informational Programming for National Wildlife Federation's Campus Chillout! Campus solutions to the climate crisis.
Chris Adams is an internationally recognized new media pioneer, entertainment executive and media, entertainment and technology executive with twenty years of experience in creating partnerships, programs and revenue-generating initiatives between and to the benefit of brands, their customers and users around the world.
In 2011, he co-founded a Beachball Media, a joint-venture partnership with boutique agency Me+Bond to build a global, digital practice that leverages best-of-breed partners to create and execute on best-of- breed ideas. The company won a multi-million dollar global campaign with one of Australia's leading energy companies; led all marketing behind 'Cowboys & Aliens: The Kids" children's Application storybook and is pitching brands across the globe.
His consulting company, Orbit Media Group offers global clients business acceleration, idea and strategy generation plus product execution through its team of top media professionals across sales, business development, marketing and management. Orbit specializes in helping companies achieve greater market-share, revenues and traction through speed, experience and access to decision makers and influencers.
OMg's clients list includes Facebook, for which he helped to create and Produced "Facebook Diaries," the first-ever hybrid user- generated video/reality TV show distributed on Facebook.com, Ziddio.com, Comcast VOD and the IFC Channel; HBO; Comcast Cable and Interactive; Glam.com where he built GlamTV; Amazon.com, Lycos.com and many others.
Orbit's latest project is an interactive children's storybook Application for Apple iOS and Android devices called "Cowboys & Aliens: The Kids" which is an original story from the creator of the NY Times Best Selling Graphic Novel, "Cowboys & Aliens" which was released July 29, 2011 as a major motion picture starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, Directed by Jon Favreau, Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg and Produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer). Each App sold will benefit Starlight Children's Foundation. Orbit is proud to announce that the App has been nominated for two AIMIA (Australian Interactive Media Industry Association) awards in the "Best Children's" and "Best Use of a Tablet or Mobile Device" categories
In 2003, Chris joined with eBay's Jeff Skoll as Chief Vision Officer to help build ParticipantMedia.com, serving as the company's Chief Vision Officer through its first slate of movies: Syriana, North Country, Good Night and Good Luck and the documentary Murderball - were nominated for an unprecedented 11 Academy Awards in 2005. Chris is also proud to have identified and help develop An Inconvenient Truth for former Vice President, Al Gore that, in addition to winning an Academy Award for Best Documentary, contributed to Gore being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 2009 he formed Adams/Kearney a film development company with producing partner Steve Kearney which has offices in Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia dedicated to celebrating Australian ideas and filmmakers at the global level. Adams and Kearney Executive Produced "Jucy," which premiered at the 2010 Toronto FIlm Festivals and is currently in theaters across Australia and available on Netflix, Blockbuster and Amazon.com. The company has several other projects in development, including the "Evo Gun" documentary with Beyond Entertainment (with whom Adams/Kearney has an overall deal) and several feature film and TV concepts.
Early in his career, Chris was already laying the groundwork for his multi-disciplinary career by achieving success as a filmmaker, writer and business/ strategic development executive. At the age of 25, Chris wrote and Produced the short film, The Middle Passage, which went onto win 9 Best Picture Awards at various film festivals and was in competition for the 1995 Academy Award nomination. As a writer, Chris has been published in The Washington Post, The Denver Post, Triathlete Magazine, SPORT Magazine and wrote on Columbia TriStar's/USA Network's hour-drama "The Net."
He is a frequent Key Note speaker with engagements at the V21/AIMIA Conference, AIMIA Connect, The TV 3.0 Conference, Digital Hollywood (both LA and NYC), CTIA, The Opportunity Green Conference, ideaCity, X-Media Labs (Wellington, NZ and Melbourne, AUS), The Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) and the Screen Production and Development Conference (SPADA) in Auckland, NZ and OnHollywood Conference. He is an Advisory Board member of Splashlife.com and Edgevertise.com, and serves as on the Expert Panel at MediaWave.tv.! He is also a resident guest lecturer at Queensland University of Technology in their Creative Industries School where he is working on his second PhD.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Chris graduated from the University of Denver with a double-major in English Literature and Mass Communications. He received his MFA from USC's School of Film and TV and his MFA/PhD with honors from USC's School of Professional Writing, pursuing both degrees concurrently.
Chris is also a published children's book author with the release of his first story: "Sam The Biggest Fire Truck" and serves on the Global Advisory Board of The Global Poverty Project, which is dedicated to eradicating extreme poverty.
Chris lives in Brisbane, Australia with his wife Sharon and their son, Cooper and is an avid surfer, writer and reader.