Born and raised on the shores of Lake Superior in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Marie grew up fishing, hunting and camping alongside the fire, where she spent more of her free time outdoors. It was there, in the shadow of "The Sleeping Giant", a world famous natural monument, that she would learn the survival skills needed for fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming an action heroine. After she studied Broadcast Journalism for 2 years in her hometown, Marie made a passionate decision to leave for Europe with nothing but a backpack on to soul-search. After several months she finally decided she was going to make the switch to the west coast of Vancouver, BC Canada to chase her dreams. Her first break in the Entertainment Industry came when she was 21 as a result of her favorite hobby since she was 16...playing drums. The timing was perfect as a friend had alerted her to a casting call in Vancouver which happened to be looking for drummers. An agent had recognized the young rockers talent & the opportunity landed her to appearing in various national commercials. She immediately caught the eye of director Chris Columbus ("Harry Potter", "Rent", "Mrs Doubtfire", "Home Alone") who hired the budding actor in her first feature role for "I Love You, Beth Cooper". While living on the West Coast she booked many Guest Star appearances on major networks (FOX, CW, NBC, CBS) on shows such as "Supernatural", "Fringe", "Eureka", & "Human Target" to name a few. In 2011, Marie landed a role alongside Seth Rogan, & Joseph Gordan-Levitt on the big screen in Golden Globe Nominated film, "50/50" . After gaining success in Vancouver Canada, Marie was ready for more and headed down to Southern California with her Harley Davidson motorcycle, her 110LB Cane Corso, without papers & a do or die attitude. "The City of Angels" had welcomed Marie with its challenges of being the new girl in town. In a short amount of time, Marie was approached with an entire team of professionals who saw the starlets unusual talents for being able to capture someones attention with her quick wit, acting abilities, potty mouth and tom-boy quirks. Six months later, her papers came through the door which led way for roles to pour in on US National Commercial Campaigns, a leading role on Lifetime Movie Network, and a recurring role on MTV's "The INbetweeners". After an exhaustive search looking for the hottest new actress between the borders of US and Canada, Marie was offered the lead role on a Pilot called "Fugitive At 17". An incredible track record for only being in the US for one year. Although her thriving career has earned her a lot of attention as of late, Marie continues to prove that she hasn't forgotten her small town roots. When she's not on set, she can be found surfing, fishing, camping ,riding her motorcycle, & making music. Marie resides in Los Angeles California.
Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Ohio, Chris Columbus was first inspired to make movies after seeing "The Godfather" at age 15. After enrolling at NYU film school, he sold his first screenplay (never produced) while a sophomore there. After graduation Columbus tried to sell his fourth script, "Gremlins", with no success, until Steven Spielberg optioned it; Columbus moved to Los Angeles for a year during rewrites on the project in Spielberg's bungalow at Universal. After writing two more scripts for Spielberg, "The Goonies" and "Young Sherlock Holmes", Columbus' own directing career was launched a few years later with "Adventures in Babysitting". He is best known to audiences as the director of the runaway hit "Home Alone", written and produced by John Hughes its sequel "Home Alone 2", and most recently "Mrs. Doubtfire".
You could almost say David Price's career began at birth. Price is the son of former Columbia and Universal studio President and Producer, Frank Price. (Ghostbusters, Gandhi, Tootsie, Out of Africa) and grandson to television pioneer Roy Huggins (Maverick, The Fugitive, 77 Sunset Strip)
Price is co-producing "Knight Rider 2010" for the Weinstein Company with creator Glen A. Larson.
David is also writing and set to produce and direct "The Dolphin of Dingle Bay". Picture is centered around the true story of a boy and a dolphin in Ireland. Picture will be produced by Stephen Evans (Madness of King George).
Price recently produced and directed Miramax/Disney's "Passport to the World", a family travel series which he created. Passport takes families through a city with kids in mind. Passport to the world features presenters - Gail Porter and Reggie Yates.
David is also co-Executive Producing (with ex-wife, British actress Lysette Anthony) two projects for Granada Television USA; "Case Closed", an hour action adventure drama television series and "The Old Maid" , a made for television movie based on the Edith Wharton novella. Hesper Anderson (Oscar nominee "Children of a Lessor God ") is writing.
With Dimension films, Price is developing "Prince of Lies" described as a supernatural thriller set in Rome and New Orleans. Dimension is responsible for such hits as "Scream" and "Scream 2" as well as the successful "Hellraiser" and "Children of the Corn" franchises.
In 1996 Price directed and created Savoy Pictures' "Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde". A comedy based on the Robert Louis Stevenson classic, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. Dr. Jekyll & Ms. Hyde stars Sean Young ("No Way Out", "Ace Ventura"), Tim Daly ("Diner", "Wings"), Lysette Anthony ("Husbands & Wives" ) and Harvey Fierstein ("Mrs. Doubtfire"). The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "An amusing sex farce buoyed by spirited performances and state of the art effects". Starburst Magazine said: "Price's impressively mounted fantasy... hits the belly laugh button more than once and causes a constant stream of sniggers... exactly the right commercial note. Price keeps the pace at breakneck speed".
In 1992 Price directed the highly successful Miramax/Dimension film, Children of the Corn II; grossing over 10 million dollars at the U.S. boxoffice. Playboy magazine noted: "Price has the right stuff." and The Los Angeles Times wrote: "Director David Price doesn't flinch... Price's direction is better than this material deserves." From overseas, Britain's Starburst Magazine touted: "..the Price is right!... a well-mounted continuation of the 1984 saga... Skillfully paced horror from David Price."
With just under a million dollars to make the film, Miramax was elated with the results. In October '93, Corn II was released on video with over 80,000 units being shipped... adding an additional $4,000,000 to its domestic till. Corn II's worldwide gross is expected to reach over $25 million dollars. Children of the Corn II was added to Variety's Winner Circle list of 1993 for all time highest grossing Independent films.
Soon after Price produced, Leprechaun (Trimark) starring Jennifer Aniston. Over eight sequels have been filmed since, making it Trimark Pictures' biggest box office success.
David Price's professional career began as an actor. He studied at the highly acclaimed Lee Strassberg Institute and The Loft. Price appeared in such films as 9 to 5, Mommie Dearest and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Having always been intrigued by the "behind the scenes" of motion pictures, he then decided to try the other side of the camera. He began as an assistant to producer Ray Stark ("Funny Girl", "The Way We Were" and "Secret of my Success"). While working for Stark, Price worked on such productions as Annie, Blue Thunder and The Toy.
It was while working on The Toy that Price met director Richard Donner (Superman, Lethal Weapon). He went on to spend the next two years as Donner's assistant. This included filming six months in Italy on the film, Ladyhawke.
After returning from Italy, Price attended The University of Southern California (USC). Price majored in Film and Italian.
Following U.S.C., Price made his directorial debut with the motion picture, Son of Darkness:To Die For 2 ('91). Daily Variety noted, "One of those genuine rarities: a sequel that's much better written, directed and acted than its predecessor". VideoHound's Video Guide® declared: "The acting, stunt work and special effects are first rate". Having cost just $500,000 to make, it was one of Trimark's top ten releases for 1991.
For television, Price directed multiple episodes of the successful syndicated series, "Nightman" for Glen Larson and Tribune.
David is co-owner of the restaurant Terra in Malibu, California and is a certified Cordon Bleu Chef
David holds both Irish and American passports.
David Berenbaum is a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He is best known for writing the 2003 Will Ferrell Christmas comedy classic, "Elf". He also wrote "The Haunted Mansion" for Disney, based off the famous theme park ride; the film starred Eddie Murphy. In 2014, it was announced Berenbaum was penning the sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire.
Mary Mackey was born in Berkeley but grew up in beautiful Los Gatos, California. Mary's family was always very important to her. She gratefully spent many holidays with over 35 family members including Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, & Grandparents along with her mom, dad, brother Bob and sister Pam. When Mackey became interested in modeling and acting during her senior year, her sister encouraged her to compete in the Miss Northern California Beauty Pageant. At age 19, Mackey competed in and won the Miss Northern California pageant and went on to the Miss California pageant as Miss San Francisco. Mackey then parlayed her pageant wins to enter the world of professional modeling. Mary became a successful San Francisco-based fashion model, and graced the runway for world-renowned designers including Donna Karan, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrera, Bob Mackie, Galanos, Adolfo, Karl Lagerfeld, Oscar de la Renta, and many others. When designer Christian Lacroix first arrived in the United States to launch his collection, Mackey was selected to model for his debut runway show at 20th Century Fox Studios. Mary became a member of SAG-AFTRA as a result of booking several department store commercials, which lead to various regional and national commercials. With film being the next logical step in the evolution of career, she notified the casting arm of her agency that she was interested in extra work in films. Her first experience on a film set was when she shared a scene with the incomparable Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire in what was perhaps one of the most memorable comedy "reveal" scenes of all time. To this day, Mackey considers those 14 days on set at Bridges Restaurant & Bar in Danville, CA., with the amazing trio of Robin Williams, Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan as one of her most cherished acting experiences. Subsequently, Mackey's first TV role was playing a judge opposite actor and series star Don Johnson in Nash Bridges, which was filmed in San Francisco. Mackey studied at the respected film acting school, Full Circle Productions, and with acting coaches Billie Shepard and John Howard Swain in San Francisco. She then went on to become a faculty member of Full Circle Productions, where she taught film and commercial acting. While continuing to grow her acting resume in the San Francisco area, Mackey began working regularly in the Los Angeles market, to where she relocated in 2006. Shortly after arriving in L.A., fueled by her love of stage acting, Mackey joined The Actors Gang Theatre ensemble in Culver City, CA., guided by Founding Artistic Director Tim Robbins where she worked both on stage and behind the scenes in many productions. Mackey continues to amass a growing body of work in film, television, web series, and commercials. Her work as a volunteer for several non-profit organizations is very important to her. She has been reading to children through the SAG Foundation BookPALS program continuously since 1998. She believes that encouraging kids to believe in themselves and to love reading is life-changing and one of the greatest gifts of all.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Bettina Devin was fortunate to have parents who believed in the value and necessity of on-going and never-ending training, and put their money where their mouths were.
She began studying classical singing (Bel Canto) as a 15 year old, and eventually applied that training to her burgeoning passion for Broadway and Jazz repertoire. Her formative influences came from a diverse group including Dionne Warwick, Julie Andrews, Ella, Sara, and Streisand.
Imitating them helped to forge her mixed style of singing, a versatility which turned out to be a curse as well as a blessing. It made it harder to categorize her style in later years in L.A. when record companies were looking for specific marketing hooks for artists, but also, most undoubtedly paved the way for her versatile career.
In the 80's in L.A., she worked for a company that produced demos for would-be songwriters from all over the company, that called for vocalists who could sing in any style. She was called on to record vocals in the styles of R&B, Country, Jazz, and Pop. Her first headlining gig was at the premiere jazz room in San Diego (The Catamaran), a popular venue for the likes of jazz greats like Sara Vaughan and Carmen McRae.
Soon thereafter, she landed a voiceover agent in L.A., and moved there. She continued to sing in L.A. at well-known night spots, including The Playboy Club, Vine Street Bar and Grill, and Le Cafe.
In 1981, Bettina auditioned for and was accepted into the venerable L.A. acting company, Theater West, where her role as the 18 year-old virgin, Anne (she was 30!) in their production of Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" helped initiate her friendship with the inimitable Betty Garrett (On the Town, All in the Family, Laverne and Shirley). In 1984, the Emmy-Award winning composer, Billy Goldenberg (Ballroom) chose her to be Guest Artist with the San Francisco Symphony for the San Francisco Ballet's 50th anniversary and participation in the Olympic Arts Festival.
Having more of a taste of what it was like to act on stage, without the demands of being all-in-one singer/producer/marketer as she was for her club act, Bettina began to focus more on acting and voiceover. Her first starring role on film (Mark Sobel/Nancylee Myatt's "Little Secrets") came as a result of her affiliation with Theater West. Soon thereafter, under the tutelage of her acting coach, Joan Darling (Chuckles Bites the Dust), she started booking roles on T.V. and film (Paramount's "Grease II" with Michelle Pfeiffer, "Who's the Boss?", "Alice", "The New Love American Style", and "Throb" (with Frasier's Jane Leeves.)
A move back to the Bay Area led to her long-standing and still vibrant working relationship with 2-time Emmy-Award winning songwriter, Rita Abrams.
In 2004, she landed the role of Idina Menzel's clueless Mom in Chris Columbus' film version of the Pulitzer Prize/Tony Award- winning musical, "Rent". Columbus was just coming off a long list of hit movies including "Harry Potter", "Mrs. Doubtfire", and "Home Alone".
Bettina's voice can be heard on many regional and national commercials as well as on CD Roms for Disney, Lego, and Leapfrog, for whom she created 100 voices. Hers was the voice on the theme song for the NBC-TV mini-series "Moviola". On the Disney/Pixar CD Rom "Jessie's Wild West Rodeo", based on the Toy Story character of Jessie, she recorded the voice of Jessie. Her ability to access the childlike part of her voice has made her a natural for such Disney Records recordings as "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Goldilocks". But her considerable acting skills have contributed to her creation of multi-characters on voice-over projects like the feature, "Film Noir", for which she voiced 8 characters, ranging from a 6 year old girl to an elderly Eastern European woman...as well as the voice for the leading female character.
Since moving back to Northern California, Bettina has built a solid career in the film community in the fields of casting and producing, as well as establishing herself as one of the most sought after acting/dialect coaches in the area. Her jazz CD, "Dangerous Type", released in 2004 and produced by Gualtiero Negrini, continues to be played on top jazz stations across the US.
A 2007 diagnosis of a rare voice disorder, Spasmodic Dysphonia (Diane Rehm/Scott Adams, Robert Kennedy, Jr.), threatened to end her acting and singing careers. However, using the very singing technique she teaches, she managed to triumph over the disorder, and continues to be a busy on-camera and voiceover actress, as well as acting and singing coach. Her personal battles with physical challenges has helped her evolve into a sought-after motivational coach, focusing on the arts, pushing her to her mantra, "Never Say Never".
Vladimir Nikolov Penev was born on October 24, 1958. He is a Bulgarian actor , performing roles in film, television and theater. In 2013, he became culture minister in the caretaker government of Marin Raykov. Penev was born in Sofia , Bulgaria . His father was the Nikola Penev , a journalist from the newspaper "Agricultural flag." Vladimir Penev ends his secondary education at the School number 8, in Sofia. In 1982 he graduated in Acting for Theatre in the class of Professor Nikolay Lyutskanov with assistant Margarita Mladenova in National Academy for Theatre and Film Art, Sofia, Bulgaria. From 1985 to 1992 he was in the trope of the Youth Theatre in Sofia. Then he became an actor in the National Theatre "Ivan Vazov". Since 2003, he plays in the troupe of "Small City Theatre behind Channel". Among his many awards are the "Golden Mask" at the International Theatre Festival "Ohrid Summer", The Union of Bulgarian Actor's Award "Icarus" for his portrayal of Edgar in the show "Dance of Death"; the Award "Asker" in 1996 for the Husband of "Nirvana" by Konstantin Iliev, directed by Margarita Mladenova; the Award "Asker" in 2007 for Edgar of "Dance of Death": Best Actor Award in Rijeka, 2007 for; Best Actor Award "Golden Chest" in 2000 for the movie "Hourglass", directed by Georgi Djulgerov. In 2010 he was nominated for the Award "Asker" for Supporting actor in " Pleasantly Scary " at Theatre 199 . Penev deals with the dubbing of commercials, films and series from the late 80th of last century. He participated in synchronous dubbing of " Mrs. Doubtfire ," which is the first made-for-TV. Penev is better known for his work on US series like " Twin Peaks ," " The diaries of red shoes ," " Highlander ," " The X-Files ," " Monk ," " Two and a Half Men " (from second to eighth season) ", CSI: NY " and " Desperate Housewives ." On 20 December 2013 he was awarded the Prize Dublart Lifetime Achievement.
Vance started making movies at the age of thirteen. That's when he knew he wanted to be a cinematographer. He got his degree in Cinema Production from the University of Southern California (USC) and started working in Hollywood.
He has worked on over 50 movies thus far in his career. These include "The Terminator", "At Close Range", "La Bamba", "The Dead Pool", "Turner & Hooch", "I Married an Axe Murderer", "Mrs. Doubtfire", "Contact", "Forrest Gump", "The Rocketeer", "Back to the Future, Parts II and III", "The Hunt for Red October", "Jumanji", "Space Cowboys", "War of the Worlds", "The Island", "Evan Almighty", and most recently "Terminator Salvation" and "Avatar". He has also worked on over 150 TV commercials.
As a Director of Photography, he has made four Independent films to date. These are "Blue Movies", "Schemes", "Sonata" and "Graves End". He has also worked as a Director of Photography for Special Effects on "Star Wars I and II", "Pearl Harbor", and "Minority Report". He has also been Director of Photography on several award-winning television commercials.
Vance was personally thanked when "Forrest Gump" won an Academy Award for "Best Special Effects". He was given an award for "Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography" for the film "Sonata" at the Vision Fest Independent Film Festival in New York City in June of 2004. He was also voted "Best Cinematographer" at the California Independent Film Festival in November 2004 for "Sonata." He was nominated as "Best Cinematographer" for the movie "Graves End".
Born Stephen Alan D'Assis in Oakland, California, Steve began his acting career with appearances in musicals at Woodminster Amphitheatre in the Oakland hills. His first professional acting credits were with the TV shows "Midnight Caller"(1989), and "Nash Bridges"(1995). He is best known for "Pacific Heights" (1990), "Dogfight"(1991), "Sister Act"(1992), "Mrs. Doubtfire"(1993), "Golden Gate"(1994), "EdTV"(1999), "Rent"(2005), "Milk"(2008), "Hemmingway and Gelhorn"(2010), "Chasing Mavericks"(2012), "Quitters"(2013), as well as various commercials, industrials, and voice-overs.
Garrett Lewis, four time Academy Award nominated set decorator, dancer and actor, died January 29, 2013 at the age of 77. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1935 and died at his home in Woodland Hills, California of natural causes.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Garrett Lewis had a long and storied career as a dancer, actor and set decorator. His career began while still in college when he was offered the dance lead for a season at the Kansas City Starlight Theatre. After that one season of summer stock, he went to New York and immediately landed his first Broadway show My Fair Lady. This was followed by numerous roles in Broadway productions including Hello Dolly, Vintage '60 and First Impressions.
Lewis played the role of Cornelius in Hello Dolly starring opposite five different leading ladies. First, he went on national tour with Carol Channing. Hello Dolly was the first stage show at the newly opened Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles in 1965. He reprised the role with Mary Martin in London. Hello Dolly made its premiere in the West End at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on December 2, 1965, with the Queen Mother in attendance. Lewis also performed this role opposite Carole Cook, Dora Bryan and Patrice Munsel in various productions of the show.
Lewis was a featured performer on The Red Skelton Show and The Julie Andrews Hour. Aside from his television work, which included many major network shows at the time on both coasts, he appeared extensively in clubs across the country, supporting such leading ladies as Anna Maria Alberghetti, Arlene Dahl, Dorothy Provine and others. He was a soloist in The Lido Show in Paris, and appeared as the male lead in Little Mary Sunshine in Paris. Garrett transitioned into film and appeared in both Star! with Julie Andrews and Funny Lady.
By the time Lewis finished Funny Lady in 1975, musicals were becoming rare. Lewis' friends, agent Sue Mengers and her husband Jean-Claude Tramont, purchased a home in Bel Air in 1975. They admired the way Lewis had decorated his own home, and asked him to redesign their new one. This lead Lewis to designing private homes for celebrities including Barbra Streisand, Herbert Ross, Barry Diller and many others. He effortlessly segued into a second career.
In the late seventies when Herbert Ross was directing The Turning Point he asked Lewis to decorate several sets. Later while filming California Suite, Ross called him in again to assist with the art direction. While his title was "Pictorial Consultant", his third career as a set decorator for films was launched.
Lewis worked on 39 films as a set decorator and as such was nominated for four Academy Awards for Art Direction - Beaches, Glory, Hook and Bram Stoker's Dracula. He was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his work on Gepetto. He created everything from Civil War tents for Glory to lavish Bugatti inspired furniture for Bram Stoker's Dracula, a particularly special film for him. His film credits include Mrs. Doubtfire, Pretty Woman, Steel Magnolias, Backdraft, Hidalgo, Against All Odds, as well as countless others. His work as a set decorator took him to Morocco, Canada and all parts of the United States. A longtime member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, he served on the Executive Committee for the Art Director's branch.
Born in London, England. College-educated, BA in Graphic Design & Photography from Chelsea School of Art, London. Moved to Paris, France and lived there 7 years (1975-82) working as a photographer, then in the music business for Pathe-Marconi EMI, then Arista/BMG.
Travelled extensively. Moved back to London to work for fledgling Virgin Records, run by Richard Branson and Simon Draper. Worked with Peter Gabriel, Culture Club, Simple Minds, OMD, Human League and on the soundtracks to "Risky Business", "Cat People", "1984", "Pretty in Pink" and "The Breakfast Club". Helped sign "The Mission" soundtrack.
Transferred to Los Angeles in 1987 when Richard Branson opened Virgin America. Worked with Roy Orbison, Soul II Soul, Ziggy Marley, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Abdul, Warren Zevon and created Virgin Movie Music, a small label dedicated to releasing soundtrack albums, mainly scores. Acquired "The Last Emperor", "The Sheltering Sky", "Rambling Rose", "sex, lies & videotape", "Kafka", "Betty Blue", "The Big Blue", "The Moderns", "Dangerous Liaisons" and "Sliver".
1993-1994 - Worked for Clive Davis at Arista as head of Soundtracks, and worked on "Boys on the Side", "Nell", "Mrs Doubtfire", "Speed 2" and "Airheads".
1995-1999 - Head of Soundtracks at PolyGram. Acquired soundtrack rights for different PolyGram record labels (A&M, Def Jam, Island, London, Mercury, Motown, Polydor, Verve, Decca, Philips, London and DGG). Soundtracks included "Grosse Pointe Blank", "Elizabeth", "Tomorrow Never Dies", "Mission Impossible", "Shine", "Get Shorty", "Braveheart", "Mr. Hollands Opus", "Mr. Bean", "Portrait of a Lady", "Sleepers", "The Truth About Cats & Dogs", "French Kiss", "Next Stop Wonderland", "Richard III", "Kolya", "Mandela", "SlingBlade". Commissioned, produced or placed songs by the labels' artists to help further their careers: e.g. 98 Degrees recording the end title song with Stevie Wonder for Disney's "Mulan"; Sheryl Crow writing and recording the theme to the Bond film, "Tomorrow Never Dies", Renee Fleming recording an aria for A "Midsummer Night's Dream".
1999 - Worked as Soundtrack head for Island Def-Jam, after Universal/Polygram merger: Soundtracks included: Sundance `99 favourite, "Three Seasons" (Octber Films), the Julia Roberts-Hugh Grant romantic comedy, "Notting Hill" (Universal), the Claire Danes vehicle, "Brokedown Palace", and the Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer-starrer, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Fox).
2000-present - VP Creative, Fox TV Music: Works, from a creative, music aspect, on all Fox-produced shows, including "Tru Calling", "Family Guy", "The Simple Life", "The Simpsons", "The Shield", "Judging Amy", "Bernie Mac". Gets songs written for TV themes, finds composers, helps choose songwriters to demo theme songs, books on-camera performances, cameo music roles, and produces soundtrack albums to Fox shows. Fox TV Soundtracks include: "Malcolm in the Middle" (Restless Records), A Very Ally Xmas and Ally McBeal: "For Once In My Lifetime" (Epic/Sony), "Dark Angel" (Artemis), "Simple Life 2 - Road Trip" (Virgin), "Bernie Mac Show - Non-Stop Funk Party" (EMI/Capitol), "Roswell" (Nettwerk) and "Buffy - Once More With Feeling"; The Musical Episode (Rounder), and "Radio Sunnydale; The Best of Buffy" (EMI), "Angel - Live Fast, Die Never" (EMI/Rounder), and "24" (EMI/Varese).
A technologist and many year veteran of the consumer electronics, digital media and motion picture industries, Brian created and directed the Connected Entertainment strategic initiative, a consumer electronics market "iTunes for the rest of us" global program for Zoran Corporation, world leader in the development of semiconductors and reference designs across a broad range of consumer media products. Brian has over 20 years experience in the building and selling of companies, creating software & mobile applications, electronics and associated media delivery systems, and has driven two M&A events in the process. Brian has been instrumental in co-founding several entrepreneurial ventures doing mobile client and cloud services applications over the last several years including Trusight, Enconcert and SOCXS while also consulting to Silicon Valley companies. Prior to his position as CEO at Sen-CE a consumer media play spun-out from Zoran, Brian served in multiple management and product marketing positions, and has been responsible for creating and defining a variety of new video and audio products and services for the global consumer electronic market. He was responsible for creating, defining and executive producing the consumer experience and associated interfaces, media and campaigns these new products require for product launch, as well as hiring and managing the teams that created them. Brian has also managed business units driving revenues of close to $100M.
Born in Los Angeles of three generation entertainment family, Brian began his uniquely merged entertainment and technology careers by moving up the studio ladder with a variety of production roles on feature films such as "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Nine Months," "Beverly Hills Cop 3," "Joy Luck Club," and others. Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Specialties - HDR/SDR transforms, Strategic direction and vision, Product development, Team building, BU and P&L Management, Video and Audio Applications and Systems Development (Software and Hardware), Entertainment and New Media
Eddie was born Edwin Jacob Wenrich on September 8th 1984 in West Reading Pennsylvania. He is the son of Beulah Wenrich (Helton) and Edwin Monroe Wenrich. He was thought from an early age by his father about entertainment as his dad did odd jobs here and there for MGM in the mid 70's and stunt work for the fictional town of Bitter Creek Arizona for Bob Bradshaw. He started watching movies at a young age such as A Nightmare On Elm Street, "IT", Halloween, and then moved on to other films such as Forrest Gump, Back To The Future, Jurrassic Park, and Scarface. His idol growing up was and still is The late amazing Robin Williams, he idolized his work in film and Stand up comedy. In the 3rd grade he dressed up as his own version of Mrs. Doubtfire at school and was sent home and then called a drag queen because of it. He also began to study voice acting and different dialects as his idol was a master of voices. At the age of 17 he was introduced into Haunted Attractions and worked at a local but nationally known haunted theme park called Shocktoberfest and quickly developed a passion for design and special effects makeup. It was at that point where he also was introduced to theater and began doing all types of shows and then short films. As he entered college at a late age his daughter was born and he concentrated on her but now he has his daughters support and wants to do what he loves.
Composer Thierry Boulanger is a writer for his two loves: screen and stage.
His most recent musical, La Nuit d'Elliot Fall, was nominated Best Musical in the 2011 Molière Awards (the French equivalent of the Tony Awards). Other original musicals include C'est Pas la Vie?, Secret Défense, Popper, Non, Je Ne Danse Pas and Jusqu'aux Dents. He has written the stage music for Mrs. Doubtfire starring Michel Leeb and has been awarded the 2006 Maurice Yvain Prize for achievements in his field.
As Music Director and arranger, he has worked for numerous theatrical productions:La Cerise sur le Gâteau (Sylvie Joly), Natalie Dessay chante Michel Legrand, D'amour et d'Offenbach, I do I do, Souingue, Et Vian - en avant la zique!, and most recently, Rendez-vous (She Loves Me) with Kad Merad.
He has composed the music for several feature length films including Tenir Tête, L'Orpheline Avec en Plus un Bras en Moins, and Essuie tes Larmes. In the last decade, he has wriiten more than 100 songs, the scores for numerous short films, as well as the music for a documentary on the life of Louis Malle for Arte. He became the subject of a documentary himself when he wrote and conducted live with orchestra the film score for La Faute d'Orthographe, a silent movie from 1918 by Jacques Feyder, at the Sablé-sur- Sarthe Film Music Festival.
He has also written the music for the hit series, Plaisir de Nuire, Joie de Décevoir (Orange Ciné).