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Peter Berg

Peter Berg is an American actor, director, writer, and producer. His first role was in the Adam Rifkin road movie Never on Tuesday. He went on to star in the Word War 2 film A Midnight Clear. Roles in Fire in the Sky and Cop Land followed, and the Tom Cruise films Collateral and Lions for Lambs.

Peter has since moved behind the camera, directing films such as as Very Bad Things and Hancock. He has also turned pen-to-paper and scripted many projects including Friday Night Lights and The Losers. He is best known on-screen for his role as Dr. Billy Kronk in Chicago Hope.

Andrea Bogart

Born and raised in St Charles County, Missouri, Andrea Bogart's love of acting and dancing thrust her to the front of the camera. While she's a small town girl at heart, the world has been her oyster having traveled for work in places as far as Japan and Fiji.

Andrea's small screen appearances on a variety of popular shows include "NCIS", "Castle," "CSI: Miami," "Rizzoli & Isles," "The Mentalist," "Two and a Half Men," "Nip/Tuck," My Boys," "Ghost Whisperer," "CSI: NY," as well as others. Gaining even more success in 2010 she captured the hearts of many portraying the role of Abby Haver in over 100 episodes on the Emmy award winning series "General Hospital." In the 2013 release of Steven Soderberghs' "Side Effects," Bogart has a supporting role opposite Jude Law. Her other feature credits include lead roles in "Wingman," "Life's An Itch," "Dark Ride" (Lion's Gate Films), "The Last Run" (New Line) and supporting roles in "Old Days," "The Secret Lives of Dorks" and "Bar Starz".

No stranger to the small screen, Andrea's nationally run commercials include Direct TV, a Super Bowl ad for Coors Light, AT&T (Dir. Peter Berg), Cadillac (Dir. by Joe Carnahan), Electrolux, Taco Bell, Pantene, Nike (Dir. David Fincher), Bud Light, Gap and many more as well as leading roles in music videos for Smash Mouth, 98 Degrees, Moby and Marc Anthony.

She has also appeared on the small stage in leading performances in "Burn This" and "Postcards From LA."

When Andrea is not pretending to be someone else on set she finds just being herself and staying active the most fun. Her love for practicing Yoga inspired her to get certified and is now an instructor. She continues to live out her passion for dance by teaching ballet, tap, tumbling & hip-hop to young children and often catches herself journaling and writing sketches about her many experiences through out life. Bogart is thrilled she gets to put many of these passions to work by volunteering with the Young Story Tellers Foundation.

Bogart resides in Los Angeles.

Rohan Chand

Rohan Chand was born in New York City.

At the age of 6, while playing little league baseball, he caught the eye of a prominent New York-based casting director that cast him in the role of Adam Sandler's adopted son in Jack and Jill (2011). Rohan embraced every aspect of his new career, and his enthusiasm for his work led him next to his memorable role of Issa in the critically acclaimed Showtime Series, Homeland (2011). With his keen interest in the process of movie-making, Rohan uses every opportunity to learn as much as possible about his film community as he continues to hone his acting skills in diverse and challenging roles. He has recently been seen in Peter Berg's Lone Survivor (2013) with Mark Wahlberg and can now be seen in his co-leading role in Jason Bateman's directorial debut, Bad Words (2014). Upcoming films include The Hundred Foot Journey (2014), directed by Lasse Hallström, and he is currently voicing a lead role in a DreamWorks Animated Feature (2016).

In his spare time Rohan enjoys spending time with his family and playing soccer and tennis.

Tim Griffin

Chicago native Tim Griffin, often known as, "the actor who is in everything," has amassed a dizzying list of credits, and over the years has solidified his reputation as one of Hollywood's nicest, most charming and versatile actors.

The son of a pediatric cardiologist, he first discovered acting after being cast as Oliver Twist in a school performance of the musical "Oliver!" As a teen Griffin would star in numerous theatrical productions for "The Body Politic" and "New Haven Playhouse," as well local movies and commercials. After graduating from Francis Parker High School (among classmates Paul Adelstein, Anne Heche, and novelist Brad Thor), Griffin made the choice to put acting on the back-burner to enroll in the University of Vermont (UVM) where he graduated with a double major in political philosophy and English literature.

Griffin performed as a regular member of the UVM Players (as Claudio in "Much Ado About Nothing" and Riff in "West Side Story"). Fate intervened his sophomore year while driving back to Chicago when his car broke down outside New York City. While waiting for it to be repaired, his agents asked him to audition for a TV movie called "Taking A Stand." He was cast in the leading role of the all-star production (Betty Buckley, Jane Adams, Michael Beach). The show went on to win a Daytime Emmy for "Outstanding Children's Special."

Following this success, Griffin turned down a scholarship to study abroad at the University of Kent in England, and went to Hollywood. Giving himself the extreme grand total of one year to make or break his career, he enrolled in classes at UCLA and signed with Writers and Artists. He quickly went on to star in high-profile TV shows and movies of the week, including "China Beach," "In The Heat of the Night," and Michael Zinberg's autobiographical, coming-of-age drama "For The Very First Time."

Rejecting the advice of his agents, he elected to return to the University of Vermont to finish up his Bachelor's Degree. He considered attending graduate school for political philosophy, but his academic mentor convinced him to return to the West Coast and continue to pursue his acting career, noting that the scholarly life would always be there to fall back on if "things didn't pan out."

Unsure whether working as a "teen actor" came with an expiration date, he picked up right where he left off, landing recurring stints on "General Hospital," the critically acclaimed "Against The Grain" (co-starring "Southland's" Mike Cudlitz, and Ben Affleck), and a near-unrecognizable turn as the autistic Richie Grayson on "Party of Five." His reputation as a multi-talented actor began to grow, and in 1996, director John Singleton gave Griffin his first break into features, casting him in "Higher Learning" (Jennifer Connelly, Lawrence Fishburne) as the orientation announcer at a pep rally whose booming message was "How many people came here to change the world?!"

In his hilarious recurring role as T.R. Knight's brother, Ronny O'Malley," on "Grey's Anatomy," Griffin is best know for shooting his own dad in the butt. He became even more recognizable in 2004 when he was cast in "The Bourne Supremacy," the second installment of the legendary franchise. As "Nevins", a hapless CIA agent who interrogates the eerily silent Bourne (Matt Damon), he's repeatedly stonewalled and smugly says "You're going to play ball one way or another..." During filming, Damon (by pure accident) really cracked Griffin across the bridge of his nose, giving him a deviated septum.

Griffin's blockbuster streak continues with credits that include Jon Favreau's "Iron Man," and more than a few projects for the brilliant J.J. Abrams, such as "Cloverfield," "Star Trek"(where Abrams directed him as the doomed UFSS Kelvin's Chief Engineer in the opening sequence) and in the upcoming "Super 8"(Elle Fanning).

Being handpicked to star alongside and be directed by George Clooney in the 1920's football romp, "Leatherheads" (also starring Renee Zellweger) was a huge thrill. He re-teamed with Clooney again in the comedy "The Men Who Stare at Goats" (featuring Academy Award winners Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges). Griffin earned critical praise for his work in Doug Liman's true-life spy drama "Fair Game" as Paul, the lead CIA analyst charged with the unenviable task of taking on Scooter Libby (David Andrews) over the now infamous "yellow cake uranium." Starring Academy Award winner Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, "Fair Game" was awarded screen writing honors by the Writer's Guild of America, and a New York Film Critics award.

In addition to multiple recognizable commercial campaigns and television spots, Griffin has had numerous high profile projects in the past few years, including roles in feature films such as Chris Weitz's "A Better Life," John Singleton's "Abduction" starring Taylor Lautner and Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper."

On television, Griffin has starred in the Peter Berg produced NBC primetime drama "Prime Suspect," with Maria Bello and Aidan Quinn and had a major arc on the hit USA drama "Covert Affairs" opposite Kari Matchett. Up next, Griffin will play Special Agent "Adam Hassler" in the Fox event series "Wayward Pines" from M. Night Shyamalan.

Griffin lives with his wife and their two children in L.A. With his wife, he has built and remodeled several homes. He's a proud Irish-American ridiculously devoted to the Chicago Cubs.

Anton Narinskiy

Anton Narinskiy was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is the middle child of Andrey Narinskiy and Svetlana Narinskiy. When Anton was 7 years old, his parents left Russia and moved to Cleveland, Ohio.

Anton excelled both academically and athletically at Kenston High School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a 4.0 GPA and was a nationally ranked wrestler and football player. He received over a dozen full scholarships to colleges across the country. However, Anton accepted a full scholarship to play football in the Big Ten at the University of Iowa while playing football for a nationally ranked team.

Anton was drawn towards acting from an early age. Being the middle child of immigrant parents who were always working, Anton had a propensity for attention. This was the seed to his acting career as he always enjoyed the stage. Though football was the primary focus through college, he took a few classes in theater. After graduation, however, while working in Detroit, Michigan, Anton began taking acting classes at the Actor's Workshop. He quickly got involved with the acting scene in Detroit, working on several independent films and regional commercials. It did not take long for Anton to pursue his passion for acting full time. After working for a year as an actor in Detroit, he decided to make the full time move to Los Angeles.

In Los Angeles, Anton has had the opportunity to work on numerous films, shows, and national commercials. He has worked on shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds, and Days of our Lives. He has worked with many great directors, such as Craig Gillespie, James Franco, Peter Berg, Ruben Fleischer, Christopher Riggert, Matthijs Van Heijningen, and many others. Furthermore, Anton continues to train and take classes in scene study, on camera work and improvisation with teachers such as Scott Caan, James Franco, Val Lauren, Jim Parrack, Robert Carnegie and many others. He continues to keep extremely fit and excels in sports and martial arts.

Erick Lopez

Raised in Dallas, Texas, he began his acting career his senior year of high school appearing in a Dick Sporting Goods commercial directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Hancock, Lone Survivor).

He eventually found his way to Los Angeles, CA, booking co-star and guest star roles in Switched At Birth, Shameless, NCIS, Castle, and the Robert Rodriguez directed pilot episode of Matador. Can be seen in the recurring role of Tommy on the MTV show Faking it, winner at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards for Breakout TV Show. Has also done professional theatre at the Kirk Douglas in Culver City, originating the role of Frankie in Kimber Lee's "Different Words For The Same Thing".

Allan Graf

Graf is one of Hollywood's premier 2nd unit directors and stunt coordinators whose 35 year career behind the cameras includes the staging of stunts in over five dozen films while directing second unit action on three dozen features, including such recent films as Todd Phillips' comedy "Due Date, "Walt Disney's "The Muppets" (2011, on which he also cordinated stunts) and Phillips' independent feature, "Project X" (2012).

A native of Southern California, Graf first made his mark on the gridiron, where he captained the 1967 San Fernando High School city championship team, winning All-American honors. He won a full athletic scholarship to the University of Southern California, and played offensive guard for John McKay's powerhouse Trojans. Graf started on McKay's legendary, undefeated (12-0) 1972 NCAA National Championship team, and was one of the heroes at the 1973 Rose Bowl, when USC defeated Ohio State 42-17. He next played in the 1973 college all-star game against the NFL's undefeated Miami Dolphins at Chicago's Soldier Field.

Following graduation, Graf became a free agent with the Los Angeles Rams before joining the World Football League's Portland Storm during their inaugural 1974 season. When the league abruptly folded, Graf tackled a career change when he fatefully won a role as former Chicago Bears player Dick Butkus' stunt double in the 1976 Disney film, "Gus," a comic opus about a field-goal kicking mule.

Following his debut, Graf worked as a stunt player for several years on a variety of projects, notably Walter Hill's "Southern Comfort," "The Driver" and "The Long Riders," John Carpenter's "They Live," Paul Verhoeven's "Total Recall," "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," "Raising Arizona," "Action Jackson," "S.W.A.T.," "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," "Independence Day" and, most recently, "Captain America: The First Avenger."

He has coordinated stunts on several other projects, including "Punch Drunk Love," "Domestic Disturbance," John Woo's "Broken Arrow," "Wayne's World,""The Hangover, Part II" (the highest-grossing, R-rated comedy of all time), and several of director Hill's actioners, including "Supernova," "Geronimo: An American Legend" and "Wild Bill," on which he also directed the films' 2nd unit. On Hill's 1990 sequel, "Another 48 Hrs.," Graf, as the film's 2nd unit director and stunt coordinator, was the very first stuntman to cannon roll a bus at 60 mph. He subsequently flipped a bus again on the Jean-Claude Van Damme actioner, "Nowhere to Run," cannon rolling a 40-foot bus underneath a 60-foot wide freeway overpass.

The former college football great is also one of Hollywood's best known football coordinators and 2nd unit directors, designing and staging the gridiron action for such films as Oliver Stone's epic, "Any Given Sunday," Howard Deutch's comedy, "The Replacements," "The Program," "The Waterboy," "Necessary Roughness," "Man of the House," Gary Fleder's football biopic, "The Express," Cameron Crowe's Oscar®-winning "Jerry Maguire" and Peter Berg's acclaimed football classic, "Friday Night Lights." His work on "Friday Night Lights" and "The Express" all earned ESPY Awards.

To further add to Graf's slate of talents, he has also logged several supporting acting roles, including that of 'Captain Turner' on HBO's "Deadwood" (again working with Walter Hill) along with many other projects such as "L.A. Confidential" (the abusive husband beaten down by Russell Crowe in the film's early moments), "The Replacements," Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia" and "Boogie Nights," Oliver Stone's "The Doors," Hill's "Red Heat" and "Another 48 Hrs.," "Poltergeist" and "Verhoeven's "RoboCop," among dozens of others.

Graf penned an original screenplay entitled "Turning the Tide," a football drama which depicts the historic 1970 gridiron contest between McKay's USC Trojans and Bear Bryant's Crimson Tide of Alabama. The film is currently in development.

Graf most recently reteamed with filmmaker Brian Helgeland on "42" after having served as 2nd unit director on his 2001 adventure film, "A Knight's Tale," for whom he designed and directed all the jousting sequences.

Andrew Lauer

Mr. Lauer, an actor as well as feature and documentary filmmaker has mentored under the direction of filmmakers Oliver Stone, David Fincher and James Burrows. He has shot on HDV, DSLR, Beta, 16, S16, 35, etc. In the toughest of conditions (The North Pole) and the most unique situations (underwater, inside shark cages) He's best know as 'Charlie' in the long running hit TV show Caroline in the City. Lauer's current feature The One I Write For You with Kevin Pollack (A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects), Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future) and Broadway sensation, Cheyenne Jackson (Blue Skies) is due in theaters in Winter 2014 Lauer's current project, Gridiron Heroes, recently won Best Feature Documentary at LA Film and Script Festival and Best Direction at NY International. The film follows fallen High School footballers and features actor Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) Football legends Mike Ditka, Kurt Warner, Deacon Jones, Commentator Al Michaels. And a sister-project Executive Produced by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Batleship) titled Head's Up Tackling His prior films include Going Beyond about a ragtag but heroic group working together to fight HIV in India with Academy Award winner, Jeremy Irons and Adventures of a Teenage Dragon Slayer starring Lea Thompson and Wendie Malick which remained on the family charts for 28 consecutive weeks. He also had triple duties directing/writing/producing The Tehuacan Project, a tender story about deaf children defying incredible obstacles in rural Mexico. Brad Pitt executive produces. Adrien Brody narrates with Esai Morales. Lauer is represented at Brillstein Entertainment Partners. He's a father of three and a damn good soccer coach.

Stella Allen

Stella Allen is a young actress, known for Deepwater Horizon (2016), The Astronaut Wives Club (2015) and The Sound and The Fury (2014). Stella was born in Selma, Alabama to Jennifer Allen, a homemaker and Leigh Allen, a business owner. She also has two younger siblings, Lucy and Bennett. Stella was just 5 years old when she took her first acting class and a year later was cast in her first of many local community theater productions. She was later cast in James Franco's feature film The Sound and The Fury (2014) in the role of young Caddy Compson.

While managing the workload of school, she was cast in her first television productions, The Astronaut Wives Club on ABC and the CBS thriller, Zoo. Shortly thereafter, she landed the roles in Caged No More and Free State of Jones, directed by Gary Ross and opposite Matthew McConaughey. Stella then nabbed the only child role in Summit Entertainment's Deepwater Horizon directed by Peter Berg which is set to be released September 2016. The cast includes Mark Walhberg, Kate Hudson, Dylan O'Brien among other A-Lister's.

Themo Melikidze

Temur "Themo" Melikidze was born on February 21, 1992 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He is the oldest of three children a younger brother and a younger sister. His father Avtandil Melikidze was a civil engineer and his mother Nino Noniashvili was a working nurse. In 1999 due to the countries political crisis his family made the move to Belgium. Themo got introduced to martial arts by his father who was a martial artist in Georgia. At the age of 9 Themo began practicing Taekwondo at the Chin Do Jang Bruges, under the guidance of Master Chin Yun Sup. Themo gained his black belt within 5 years and started competing nationally and internationally. After winning numerous tournaments (Flanders Cup, BeNeLux Open, Belgian Open International Championship, etc..) he earned a spot on the national team to continue his training. Simultaneously Themo performed with the National Taekwondo Demonstration Team of Belgium. Themo and his younger brother Giorgi Melikidze used their shared passion for martial arts as well as their remarkable physical abilities and skills to Choreograph fight scenes and began performing nationally and gained a reputation for their unique style of performance..

Fascinated with physical movements and athletics, Themo enrolled at the VHSI Athletic institute in Bruges, majoring in Sport and Physical studies. In a short period he excelled in various athletic fields such as gymnastics, track and field, parkour, calisthenics and dance. Competing with the top tier students, and performing in various shows with the school dance and theater club. Themo graduated in 2011 as the highest scoring athlete in gymnastics. During his senior year, Themo became determined to study acting in the United States. While finishing high school in Belgium, Themo sent an audition tape to the New York Film Academy and within two months he received a scholarship to move to New York City.

During Themo's first year of acting conservatory in NYC, he was selected to perform at the prestigious Players Club Theater, bringing Theresa Rebeck's "The Actress" directed by Dan Winnerman to life together with Rosie Johnson. In 2013 Themo's exceptional performance at his graduation industrial screening, got the attention of Carlo D'Amore, the CEO of the The LiveInTheater, who offered him a contract to begin his career with the award winning Off-Broadway theater. Themo started performing for The LiveInTheater for a full season, appearing in the Drama Desk Nominated show "They Ryan Case 1873" as well as "The Lombardi Case 1975" and "The Murder of Venus Xtravaganza".

While still performing at The LiveInTheater, Themo appeared in countless other projects including the short films "Faceless 2014", "City Of Revenants" and the feature film "Beautiful Something" directed by Joseph Graham. In 2015, Themo made his move to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. Within the first four months of his arrival, Themo was scouted by a talent coordinator and was signed by Adam Park at the Park Noack Agency. Being represented and having more exposure in the industry Themo got the opportunity to audition for an upcoming movie directed by Peter Berg. After back to back auditions and callbacks Themo was officially cast for his breakthrough part as "Tamerlan Tsarnaev" the main bomber and the mastermind behind the Boston Marathon Bombings. He will be starring next to Mark Wahlberg, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon and Michelle Monaghan in the movie "Patriot's Day" opening in December 2016.

Rich Ting

Rich Ting was born in Los Angeles, California. He was a five-sport athlete growing up and played collegiate football at Yale University. Thereafter, achieved a dual J.D./M.B.A. degree, switched career paths and pursued his interest in the entertainment world.

His career as an actor began in Los Angeles, cast for "Lenny" in the TV series, "Beyond the Break" (2007-2009) and "Heatblast" in the Cartoon Network movie, "Ben 10: Race Against Time" (2007). In 2008, Ting under director, Christopher Robinson, played the role of "Link," in the Honda Civic series, entitled, "Civic Coup." In 2009, he debuted on the big screen alongside Angelina Jolie in the film entitled, "Salt." Ting then filmed in Asia being cast for the lead role of "Xon Sa Ma" in the historic film, "Huyen Su Thien Do" (2010), commemorating one thousand years of Thang Long - Hanoi. He also starred as "Michael" in a Korean-based drama television series, "Two Families" (2010).

With a background in martial arts (1st-degree black belt/Tae Kwon Do/Jeet Kune Do/Wing Chun), Ting also performed stunts featured in: "Stand Up Guys" (2013), "The Green Hornet" (2011), "Salt" (2010), "Gamer" (2009), "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra" (2009), "Deadly Impact" (2009), "Crank 2: High Voltage" (2009), and "Mask of the Ninja" (2008).

2011 Ting cast for the role of "Oku" in "Make Your Move 3D" (2013) written and directed by Duane Adler (script writer for "Save the Last Dance" and "Step Up") starring Derek Hough and Korean-Pop superstar, BoA.

2012 Ting was cast as Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class, "James Suh" in "Lone Survivor" (2013) directed by Peter Berg starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, and Eric Bana, based on the true story and events of Seal Team 10 mission, "Operation Red Wings," targeting the capture and/or kill of Taliban leader, Ahmad Shah, on June 28, 2005. The movie premiered in January 2014.

2013 Ting made his Korean debut in the KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) espionage TV drama series entitled, "Iris 2: New Generation." Cast for the role of North Korean terrorist, "Lee Cheol Min," Ting starred with Korean actors Jang Hyuk, Lee Da Hae, Lee Bum Soo, Oh Yeon Soo, Im Soo Hyang, MBLAQ's Lee Joon, BEAST's Yoon Doo Joon, and Baek Sung Hyun. Directed by Pyo Min-Soo & Kim Tae-Hoon, "Iris 2: New Generation," is the sequel to 2009's "Iris" with actor Lee Byung Hun.

Following "Iris 2: New Generation," Ting was cast for the role, "Asing," in the film entitled, "No Tears For the Dead" (2014). Directed by Lee Jeong Beom, who also directed "The Man From Nowhere" or "Ajeossi"(2010), Ting stars alongside Korean actor, Jang Dong Gon.

2014 Ting was cast as a series regular on FOX's, "The Novice." Directed by Robert Schwentke, "The Novice" is scheduled to premiere on the USA Network. Ting was also cast as "Hayashi" in the film, "Seoul Searching" as well as a guest star in the CW TV series, "The Messengers."

2015 Ting was cast as "Chang" in the NBC TV Series, "Chicago P.D."

National and international commercials involvements include: Chase Credit Card, McDonald's, and Motorola. He continues to model overseas and in the U.S as a runway and print model for the following designers and labels: Gucci, Samsung, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Ed Hardy, Smet, Christian Audigier, Rock Fabulous, Clade, Tallia Orange, American Rag, Roberto Cavalli, Gianni Versace, Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Banana Republic, Gap, Adidas, Saks Fifth Avenue, Canali, Guess, Kenneth Cole, Macy's, Bvlgari, Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., Marc Ecko, Express, Metro Park, Dillards, Honolua Surf Company/Beachworks, Tommy Bahama, and Mango.

John David Coles

John David Coles most recently served as the executive producer and director of the Emmy Award winning Netlfix series House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey. His feature directorial debut, Signs Of Life, starring Vincent D'Onofrio and Mary Louise Parker won the International Critics Prize at Deauville. Other long form credits include Rising Son with Matt Damon and Brian Dennehy, Darrow with Kevin Spacey, and The Good Fight with Christine Lahti.

Television directing credits include the Emmy Award winning Sex and the City, The West Wing, and Damages. Next Coles will direct the Emmy winning Showtime series Homeland starring Claire Danes, and the upcoming Hulu series 11/22/63 based on the novel by Steven King and starring James Franco. Executive Producer credits include Thief, which received the Emmy award for Andre Braugher, Elementary with Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Lui, Unforgettable with Poppi Montgomery and Dylan Walsh, 3LBS with Stanley Tucci, Law and Order: Criminal Intent with Jeff Goldblum, New Amsterdam with Nikolaj Coster Waldau, and Wonderland from creator Peter Berg.

Coles creates original dramas through Talking Wall Pictures, where he co-created and executive produced the series Crash and Burn and produced the CBS drama Songs in Ordinary Time (based on the Oprah Book Club pick) starring Sissy Spacek and Beau Bridges .

Boni Yanagisawa

The daughter of a Japanese Hawaiian Dad and Caucasian Mom from Pasadena, Boni Yanagisawa grew up in So Cal working in her parents' nursery business. No surprise Boni was a girl scout,a cheerleader, homecoming queen and Miss Lake Elsinore.

Against her father's wishes, she set out to study martial arts, earning a black belt and opening her own dojo and teaching karate.

Competing internationally with Team Kani, Boni holds a 1999 National Blackbelt League Hall of Fame title. In 2000, she was recognized for excellence and inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame for her outstanding contributions to the martial arts and is a proud member of V10 Women Stunt Professionals.

Boni has appeared 3 times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has done stunts for Halle Barry, Zoe Saldana, Lucy Lui, Vanessa Williams, Eva Mendes, BaiLing, Lindsay Price, Gong Li and Jolene Blalock in Star Trek : Enterprise.

Boni recently worked on "Battleship" directed by Peter Berg and the comedy "Zookeeper" with Kevin James, as Maggie Q's stunt double "Priest", Jessica Alba's stunt double in the recent production of "Spy Kids 4" and Demi Moore's stunt double in "Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle" and thriller Mr. Brooks, with Kevin Costner & Dane Cook.

Boni's long and successful career includes stunt work in over 100 television & movie titles and well over a dozen acting credits.

Ahd

Ahd is an actress, filmmaker from Saudi Arabia. She is most well known for her starring role in 2012's high profile festival favorite, critical darling and BAFTA nominee, 'Wadjda', which is Saudi Arabia's first feature film. The fluently English-speaking, American educated, multi-lingual Saudi Arabian native launched her film career in 2005 with a string of internationally successful short films; all three which have won prestigious festival awards.

Ahd moved to New York City in 1998 to study Law at Columbia University, then completed her BFA in Animation & Communication from Parsons School of Design, after which, she further diversified her education, obtaining a Directing degree from the New York Film Academy. Still not satiated, Ahd then went on to study Acting under the personal tutelage of William Esper at the Esper Studio.

Her first lead role earned her the Golden Gate Award for Best Actress at the San Francisco International Film Festival. 'La Sainteté', her 2nd directorial short, in which she also starred, received a Golden Bear nomination at the Berlinale in 2013 and won the Golden Aleph in Beirut International Film Festival, 2013. Her move into the world of English language features began with a position as technical advisor on 'Peter Berg''s 'The Kingdom'. Ahd was presented with a Cloeween Connection Award from 'Spike Lee', by the Abu Dhabi Authority of Culture and Heritage as an emerging Arab filmmaker. Ahd is a certified 300 hr Jivamukti yoga teacher.

Sebastian James

Soon after the Deep Water Horizon tragedy (also referred to as the B.P Oil Spill) Louisiana native James Rawlings found himself unemployed. With bills quickly piling up and a daughter to care for he figured then was the time to choose a new career path. With nothing to lose, except his cloths, James (aka Sebastian) joined the L.A Harbodies; Louisiana's hottest all male dance review. Sebastian was an instant sensation with his James Bond and Patrick Swayze dance skits. While touring the south coast with sold out performances he then realized that he was very marketable. With his new found fame he set his sights to bigger and better things.

James quickly learned about Louisiana's tax incentive for the film and television industry, which was put in place by Louisiana's Governor Bobby Jindal. With the film industry booming James acquired a two year scholarship John Robert Powers. During his second semester at John Robert Powers James began working as an extra to learn how things worked behind the scenes. While working as an extra on Never Back Down 2 he was quickly noticed by the likes of actor / director Michael Jai White. White had no room for error being Never Back Down 2 was his directorial debut. White seen something in James and granted him with a Taft Hartley.

Not long after his Taft Hartley on Never Back Down 2 James found himself onset of Hasbro's big budget sci-fir epic "Battleship". Again James caught the attention of Naval Advisor Captain Rick and director Peter Berg and was promoted to Taylor Kitsch & Rihanna's team to hunt down aliens.

Finally James landed a small stunt bit on "Dragon Eyes" featuring the legendary Jean Claude Van Damm. James learned a lot about stage combat from the project. Dir. John Hyams was impressed with James' performance on "Dragon Eyes" and brought him on-board of the "Universal Soldier: A New Dimension" project.

Today James is still pursuing his acting/stunt career.Having worked with many great actors and stunt men/women. He feels blessed and is humbled by his experiences. He recently landed a small role on "Focus" along side Margot Robbie. He also has a new born baby boy due on Dec 2013. He will name his son Malcolm Remy Allistar Rawlings.

Grover Coulson

Born in Hubbard Texas November 2,1947, to parents, Grover and Odessa Coulson, Graduated from Dunbar High School, Ft. Worth Texas, 1966. The next year enrolled at Tarrant County Jr. college to study theater. After one semester he went into the Army for two years ,and upon discharge, returned to college to continue his studies in acting.. Learning of an audition at a community theater he met and audition for the very Talented writer, director, Johnny Simons, of the Internationally known ( Hip Pocket Theater ) and for the next 10 years worked, learned, and grew as an actor at H.P.T.,An interesting highlight. H.P.T. was the first theater company from Texas ever invited to perform at the Edinburgh theater Festival in Scotland.also the first theater company to preform at Queen Elizabeth Hall of London . An unexpected invited to audition for a play, " In The Middle Of Nowhere " at Dallas's Theater Three landing his first professional live theater acting job. During one performance of that show, the then artistic director of The Dallas Theater Center, Ken Bryant, saw his performance and invited Grover to audition for him at the Dallas Theater Center where he was cast in "Prologue to All The Kings Men ",and for the next several years he worked between these two Dallas Theaters and Ft. Worth's, Jubilee Theater ,Stage West Theater & Hip Pocket Theater. After one show at H.P.T. Grover was approached by an agent who took him on as a client and on his first TV audition for the hit TV show ", Dallas" was cast in his first television show opposite , Larry (J. R.) Hagman .. It was then he ,started to transition from stage to screen. In 2003 he auditioned for the movie " Friday Night Lights" directed by Peter Berg and landed the co-staring role,( L.V. Miles ). That role has to many acting opportunities, Life is good.

Chris Muto

Chris Muto was born and raised in upstate New York. He started out professionally modeling in New York and Milan. After working with various top fashion designers including Tommy Hilfiger, Prada and Zegna, Chris transitioned into acting in 2005 when he booked his first on-screen job on Days of Our Lives playing opposite of Allison Sweeney. Following this, he landed his first play in Hollywood, The Graduate. Next came the lead in the play Brooklyn USA, and he hasn't looked back since. He has also booked several national commercials including McDonald's, Gateway, Charter Communications, Craftsman and Discover Card which was directed by Peter Berg. He has worked opposite of some of Hollywood's top actors such as Ryan Gosling in Drive, Alley Sheedy in Citizen Jane and James Remar in Decommissioned. Chris continues to work hard, having recently wrapped on a TV pilot that he wrote and produced called Meat.

Lauren Selig

Lauren Selig is an entrepreneur and executive with a 18-year track record of global impact in the entertainment, real-estate and start-up communities. In 2012, Selig founded Shake and Bake Productions, and finances and produces high quality independent studio pictures, television and virtual reality.

Selig's up and coming development projects include the last Kurbick script The Downslope, Neal Stephenson best selling sci fi The Diamond Age, Mel Gibsons Hacksaw Ridge, Sonys Jumanji 2, Daniel Radcliffe's Imperium, Christopher Yost and Wetaworks The Monkey King, the television series Torn with academy award winner Michael Sugar and Ritz with Vikings producer Alan Gasmer.

Selig Executive Produced the Universal Studios and Working Title adventure Everest, directed by Bathasar Kormákur and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Sam Worthington, Jason Clarke and Robin Wright. The same year she Executive Produced Warner Brothers Black Mass, Sony's Pride Prejudice and Zombies and Tom Cruiise's Mena.

In 2013, Selig Executive Produced Lone Survivor, directed by Peter Berg starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, and Emile Hirsch. Lone Survivor was the highest grossing movie during the month of January in 2014, won the Critics Choice Award, and was nominated for two Academy Awards. In 2012, Selig Co-Executive Produced Parkland, directed by Peter Landesman and featuring an ensemble cast which includes Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thorton, Jacki Weaver and Paul Giamatti. Parkland made its debut at the Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival in 2013.

In 2013, Selig co-produced Begin Again (formerly known as Can a Song Save Your Life), written and directed by John Carney and starring Keira Knightly, Mark Ruffalo and Hailee Steinfeld. Begin Again was acquired by The Weinstein Company during an all-night bidding war resulting in the single most lucrative deal of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Selig's other releases include the hammer horror film The Quiet Ones, which was quickly sold to Lionsgate for release in April 2014; The Liam Neeson movie A Walk Among the Tombstones, directed by Scott Frank, and the romantic comedy Two Night Stand starring Miles Teller, which was sold to Entertainment One. Selig also Executive Produced Warner Bros.' crime drama Black Mass to be directed by Scott Cooper and starring Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton, which is set to shoot later this year. Sundance 2015 movies include James Franco's I Am Michael, the documentary Finders Keepers and the upcoming James Franco, Seth Rogan and Will Ferrell movie Zeroville.

Formerly, Selig was the president of business development and strategy at IndieFlix, one of the largest collections of independent films online. Selig served in the role of director of development at her private family office, managing the asset allocation and portfolio management of family investments in startups as well as organizing family philanthropy. In this role she was also responsible for the development and management of over 6 million square feet of office space and land, and investment into dozens of start-up companies.

Selig was the youngest employee at Microsoft's Platforms Business Development group, handling analysis and acquisition of external companies. She practiced international licensing for music company PlayNetworks, wrote for Variety and was a story editor at Dreamworks for producer Mark Johnson.

Selig holds a B.S. in international relations from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and London School of Economics, as well as a JD-MBA in technology management from Northwestern and University of Washington. Selig is a writer, a mom of two daughters, and is active in the Los Angeles and Seattle communities serving on the boards of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, The Seattle Theatre Group, the Sotheby's Young Art committee, organizing committee for the North Atlantic Council, Musicians On Call and committee for the X Prize for Avatars.

Paul Lazarus

Paul Lazarus is a director, producer and writer of television, film and theater projects. He recently completed work on a feature length documentary called SlingShot about noted Segway inventor Dean Kamen and his work to solve the world's safe water crisis. Lazarus directed and produced the feature film, "Seven Girlfriends," starring Tim Daly, Mimi Rogers, Jami Gertz and Melora Hardin. Produced independently, "Seven Girlfriends" was released by Castle Hill Productions and was featured on HBO and Comedy Central. For Dreamworks SKG, he voice directed the animated musical feature, "Joseph," starring Ben Affleck.

Lazarus resides in Los Angeles where he has been directing many notable prime time television series. Most recently he directed "Pretty Little Liars" for ABC Family, "The Middle," "Better Off Ted," "Samantha Who?" and "Ugly Betty" for ABC, the new "90210" for the CW network and "Big Time Rush" for Nickelodeon. Past shows include: "Friends," Psych," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Las Vegas," "Grounded For Life," "Mad About You," "LA Law," "Melrose Place," "Dream On" and the pilot for MTV's "2Gether."

For the Hollywood Bowl, he produced and directed the acclaimed 75th birthday tribute to Stephen Sondheim. That evening featured the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Barbara Streisand, Warren Beatty, Angela Lansbury, Carol Burnett, Eric McCormack, Jason Alexander and Bernadette Peters among many others. His new play, "A Tale of Charles Dickens," co-written with Janet Jones, was produced and recorded for radio by Los Angeles Theater Works in association with the Antaeus Theater Company. Other recent credits include directing John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" and Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" at the Pasadena Playhouse, directing Kristin Chenoweth in her solo concert debut and the world premiere of a new musical, "The People vs. Mona," also at the Pasadena Playhouse. Other favorite Los Angeles theatrical projects include directing the world premieres of Mark St. Germain's play "Camping With Henry and Tom" starring Robert Prosky, Ronny Cox and John Cunningham and "The 24th Day" starring Noah Wyle and Peter Berg. "Camping..." received the Outer Critics' Circle and Lucille Lortel awards for best off-Broadway play. "The 24th Day" received six Los Angeles Dramalogue awards including Best Director and four LA Ovation award nominations.

In the early 90s, he served as the Artistic Director of the historic Pasadena Playhouse. Lazarus has directed over eighty plays and musicals in such prominent theaters as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizons, The Manhattan Theater Club, Circle Rep, The Actors Studio, La Mama ETC and The Goodspeed Opera House, to name a few. Highlights include: receiving a Drama Desk Nomination for directing the hit Off-Broadway musical, "Personals," which was written by David Crane, Seth Friedman and Marta Kauffman and composed by Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken; directing Anouilh's "Antigone" for the Lincoln Center Institute; serving as associate director for the celebrated concert version of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" starring Carol Burnett, Lee Remick and Mandy Patinkin; and staging the premiers of Jon Klein's drama, "Life Class," for the Art Institute of Chicago; David Crane and Larry Coen's comedy, "Epic Proportions" for the Manhattan Punch Line; and Mark St. Germain and Randy Courts' AT&T award-winning musical "Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller" for the George Street Playhouse.

Early in his career, he produced and directed "A Stephen Sondheim Evening," which starred Angela Lansbury, George Hearn and Mr. Sondheim. That evening was recorded by RCA Records and received a Grammy nomination. He produced and hosted "Anything Goes," an award-winning radio series celebrating the American musical theater past, present and future for WBAI-FM in New York and National Public Radio. For twelve years, he has served on the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Lazarus apprenticed with the Royal Shakespeare Company in England.

Edward Bass

Golden Globe nominated Edward Bass is a Producer, Director, Writer, Actor and Philanthropist and Satirist. His Producing Partners include Sir Anthony Hopkins, on the motion picture Bobby, which was nominated for many awards (including the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture). He also produced with Guillermo del Toro (While She Was Out), Kevin Spacey (Mini's First Time), Peter Berg (The Hill That Chris Climbed: The Gridiron Story) and Stanley Kramer (Something a Little Less Serious, a documentary on It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

His films have been accepted into most of the world's major Film Festivals (Bobby opened the L.A. Film Festival and won the Biografilm Award at Venice, Slingshot-- in competition at Tribecca, and Come Early Morning -- nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, Sundance.

Bass was born and raised in Beverly Hills. His indoctrination to the entertainment world began early in life. Between ski trips and weekends in New York and Vacations in Las Vegas, his family arranged backstage visits with notables such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.. He met Milton Berle when he was 9 years old and promised to manage him, and did, albeit when Berle was 85.

Bass went on to manage and/or serve as an advisor to a range of talents, including Julio Caesar Chavez, whom under Bass' wings was made the highest priced super middleweight boxer in the history of the sport.

In 1991, In June of 1991, Bass and The American Foundation for the Performing Arts presented John Gary with an Award at a "A Tribute to John Gary" to Benefit the John Gary Recovery Fund for Cancer Treatments. The event included Liza Minelli, Perry Como, Mel Torme, Johnny Mathis and Henry Mancini produced by Bass and Karen Kramer.

Bass founded Bold Films in 2004, along with his lifetime friend Michel Litvak. Bold Films produced four motion pictures during that time

Although Bass left Bold Films in 2006 to pursue his creative vision, Bold continues the pattern established by Bass as producing relatively inexpensive films that receive critical acclaim with Drive, nominated for an Oscar, and Only God Forgives, up in 2013 for a Palme D'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival. While at Bold Films he initiated Bold Films' annual Cannes sponsorship of AMFAR resulting in an increase of revenue in the millions to that organization.

In 2008, Bass created Edward Bass Films to continue his prolific film production activities, including work on 13 films in 5 years.

In 2014, Bass expects to take his much-touted project Belle into pre-production and is developing Wrong Number with Abigail Spencer and James Franco.

Bass' other activities include his philanthropic work - he is the founder of "Born Warriors", an organization initiated to get handicapable children involved in film.

He is also is working with the Royal Family of Iran in developing a project about Princess Ashraf Pahlavi, the twin sister of the country's last shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was noteworthy for her support of women's rights.

As a journalist for Splash Magazine, he covered such topics as the death of Amy Winehouse, Justin Timberlake, and some of his memoirs including the time Bass arranged for President Gerald Ford and his wife Betty to present his partner Stanley Kramer with a special accommodation to a roomful of Democrats at the unusual venue of The Roxbury Nightclub.

Brandt Andersen

With his company Row 1 Productions, Brandt Andersen is an American entrepreneur, film and television producer known for films such as Baltasar Kormákur's Everest staring Jake Gyllenhaal; Peter Berg's Lone Survivor starring Mark Wahlberg; and Baltasar Kormákur's 2 Guns starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Most recently, Andersen produced Garry Marshall's Mother's Day starring Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, and Kate Hudson which will be released on April 29th by Open Road Films and Martin Scorsese's Silence starring Liam Neeson.

Two of his films have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; the adventure-comedy Don Verdean directed by Jared Hess, and Stephen Frears' Lay the Favorite starring Laura Prepon and Bruce Willis.

Other credits include: Escape Plan with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger; Allen Hughes' Broken City starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones; and November Man starring Pierce Brosnan.

In an entrepreneurial role, Andersen has led several successful business ventures. In 2013, he sold an NBA Development League franchise team to the Philadelphia 76ers after seven years as owner and four playoff seasons. Previously, while attending University and working in a film studio, Andersen started a technology company called uSight, a banking transaction software application for small businesses. In 2004 Inc Magazine named uSight the second fastest growing company, making Andersen the youngest CEO on its annual Inc 500 list. He later sold the company and returned to school where he graduated with a BA in Fine Arts.

Andersen is involved and committed to various philanthropies which often take him overseas to assist with humanitarian efforts. He currently resides in Malibu, California.

Paul F. Bernard

Paul Bernard is an established producer, director and assistant director in film and television. Having over 20 years of experience in the industry, he lived and worked in New York City for 15 year, before relocating to Los Angeles 7 years ago, and has traveled all over the world producing film and television. Along with his producing partner, James Scura, Bernard specializes in producing studio quality movies on independent budgets, but is no stranger to working on films with $100 million budgets.

Throughout the years, Mr. Bernard has had the opportunity to work closely with many talented directors and producers, such as Oliver Stone, Woody Allen, Michael Ritchie, Brian DePalma, Tim Burton, Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Peter Berg, Neil Jordon, Michael Mann, James Brooks, John Singleton, Doug Liman, James Wong, Cameron Crowe, among many others, and has maintained good working relationship with all of them.

Between 2008-2012, Bernard produced and co-executive produced five seasons of the TNT hit television series, Leverage, executive produced by Dean Devlin (Independence Day, The Patriot), created by John Rogers (Transformers), and starring Academy Award Winner, Timothy Hutton.

During the fall of 2011, Bernard co-executive produced a FX pilot, Legit, while simultaneously producing a CBS pilot, Scent of the Missing, for Executive Producer, Carol Mendelsohn (Executive Producer of CSI: Miami, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: New York).

In 2010, Bernard produced White Irish Drinkers, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. Written and directed by the creator of Ghost Whisperer, John Gray, the film features the talents of Stephan Lang (Avatar) and Karen Allen (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), and was nominated for the 2010 Gotham Independent Film "Genius Award."

Other notable credits of Mr. Bernard's include, A Fork in the Road, directed by Jim Kouf, featuring Jamie King; Follow the Profit, directed by Drew Ann Rosenberg, featuring Robert Chimento, Diane Venora, Annie Burgstede; Blank Slate, directed by John Harrison, featuring Eric Stoltz, Clancy Brown; The Air I Breathe, directed by Jieho Lee, featuring Forest Whitaker, Kevin Bacon, Brendon Fraser; The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines, directed by Jonathan Frakes, featuring Noah Wyle, Gabrielle Anwar; Trust the Man, directed by Bart Freundlich, featuring Julianne Moore, David Duchovny, Billy Crudup; Venus and Vegas, directed by Demian Lichtenstein, featuring Donald Faison, Jamie Pressly; Passionada, directed by Dan Ireland, featuring Jason Isaacs, Sophia Milos, Emmy Rossum; and Loose Woman, directed by Mr. Bernard himself, featuring Charlie Sheen, Keith David, Giancarlo Esposito.

In addition to Producing, Mr. Bernard has accumulated numerous Assistant Director credits in both TV and film throughout his career. Such credits include, Leverage, White Irish Drinkers, Sugarloaf, The Marc Pease Experience, Dragonball Evolution, A Fork in the Road, Follow the Prophet, The Air I Breathe, The Kingdom, Ghost Whisperer, Trust the Man, NYPD Blue, Raising Helen, Spanglish, Leo, Day After Tomorrow, Vanilla Sky, The Patriot, Any Given Sunday, Three Kings, The Siege, Godzilla, Mars Attacks!, Mission: Impossible, City Hall, Die Hard With A Vengeance and Interview With A Vampire.

In addition to his background in film production, Mr. Bernard also has experience producing music events and concert tours, serving as Line Producer and Production Manager for the Grateful Dead Summer Tour 92', Billy Joel PBS Concert 93' and Pete Towndsend's Psychoderelict 93'.

Mr. Bernard graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Film from the University of South Carolina.

Marinko Radakovic

Marinko (Marco) Radakovic is a Croatian-American actor living on the North Shore of Boston, Massachusetts. He was born in Zagreb, Croatia (former Yugoslavia) and grew up in the middle-class neighborhood of Dubrava, a suburb of Zagreb.

At the age of 14, Marco was selected for the Croatian National Soccer Team and in high school led his team to a national title along with some world-famous international players including Alen Peternac of Real Valladolid and Zvonimir Soldo of Stuttgart. He attended the University of Zagreb Law School (Sveuciliste u Zagrebu Pravani Fakultet) in Croatia following high school while also pursuing a career in professional soccer. These activities were cut short, however, due to the Croatian Civil War. When the war was over, having completed his honorable military service, Marco moved to the United States to resume his career in professional soccer which abruptly ended 1.5 years later due to a career-ending injury.

Undeterred, Marco left professional sports and returned to his studies, this time at Salem State University in Massachusetts, graduating with his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice / Political Science. It was during this time he began modeling and acting, which has turned into his life's passion.

Marco has been fortunate to earn roles in successful movies directed by and starring award-winning artists such as: "Patriots Day" (2016) directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg; "Ghostbusters" (2016) directed by Paul Feig and starring Melissa McCarthy and Matt Walsh; "Black Mass" (2015) directed by Scott Cooper and starring Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton; "Equalizer" (2014) directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington; and "The Drop" (2014) directed by Michael Roskam and starring Tom Hardy and (the late) James Gandolfini to name a few.

In television, he has appeared in successful shows such as "Person of Interest","Elementary", "Black List", and "The Jack and Triumph Show". Marco continues to appear in commercials and in print as well as proprietary training videos.

Marco is a dual-citizen of the United States and Croatia and resides on Boston's North Shore. He is available for modeling and acting work in the US and internationally.

Christie Will

Early Life: Christie Will grew up in Ontario Canada, and in 1995 was the recipient of the 'Terry Fox Humanitarian Award' given by the Canadian Government. The award recognizes adolescents who have demonstrated the highest ideals and qualities of citizenship and humanitarian service while in pursuit of excellence in academic, amateur sport, fitness, arts, health and voluntary community service.

Christie Will studied at Emerson College in Boston MA, and the College of Charleston in SC. She earned a BA in Business Arts Management, in addition to a BA in Theatre Performance (concentrating in Music Theatre and Film). Christie also earned a BFA in Art History, along with receiving a 'Leadership in the Arts' Distinction Award, upon graduation.

Following University, Christie graced stages across North America, before moving to Los Angeles where she worked as an actress, model, and emerging director and writer. During this time, she split the year by living between Vancouver Canada and Los Angeles California. In Vancouver, Christie founded the first avant-garde black box theatre; The Beaumont Playhouse (based on the teachings of Sanford Meisner; Christie was a long time student of Robert Carnegie's 'Playhouse West' in Los Angeles). It was during her time back in the theatre that Christie honed in on her writing and directing for the stage. After finding success and audiences within the theatre scene, Christie soon transposed her efforts into film.

Career: Her first short film 'Dysfunction' was received with critical acclaim, encouraging Christie to focus her creative aspirations to further writing and directing for the big and small screen. She worked as Peter Berg's director's assistant (Smokin Aces, Friday Night Lights, Hancock, The Rundown), before moving into Senior Executive in Business Development for singer/ entertainer Paula Abdul (responsible for the development of Paula's first reality show 'Hey Paula'). From this position, Christie focused her sights on directing electronic press kits for feature films, and learning the business of movie production. Her sharp story telling, and creative approach to these electronic press kits, made for happy distributors and producers. She quickly moved into a producers seat, after earning the respect from her colleagues and peers.

After successfully producing (co-producing & associate producing) on various film and televised projects, Christie naturally segued into writing and directing feature films.

As a new female writer, director, producer on the Hollywood scene, Christie's work has been described as "fresh, often providing an uncontrived social commentary on Hollywood" (ref: TS 2006). Her writing and directing has also been described as "authentic, uncensored, and female centric; Christie Will is one of those emerging talents to keep your eye on" (The Sun)

Christie lives on the West Coast between Los Angeles California USA, and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada.

Brandon Scales

Brandon Scales is an American actor known for his most recent performance in Patriot's Day (2016) which he was originally casted as a background extra and later upgraded to a principal actor impressing director Peter Berg. He is also known for District C-11 (2016), Live by Knight (2017), Ted 2 (2015),and Bon Vida Skool (2016).

Born "Brandon Scott Scales" to Valerie Scales in Fort Smith, Ark. on July 6, 1981, Brandon has had to overcome many obstacles and heartache in his early years. By 1986, he, his brothers, and his mother moved to a rough project community is Springfield, IL where many of his life lessons began. He was exposed to a dangerous lifestyle by the age of 4 and by 7 was placed into the foster care system where he was separated from his brothers. After spending more than a year in the foster care system, he and his brothers were reunited with their mother who moved them back to Arkansas in 1990 and then to Killeen, Tx in 1991. His love for the stage began in a 4th grade Christmas play where he played a camel. From there he auditioned for many school plays eventually joining the school drama club.

In 1993, he and his brothers were once again separated and placed into the foster care system. In late 1994 the boys went to live with their grandfather James A. Scales a strict god-fearing ex-drill sergeant in Brockton, Massachusetts who made it his mission to teach his grandsons to be men. Life wasn't easy living with his grandfather but necessary. It was here where he learned core values that would propel him in his life as an actor.

Brandon is military trained, fought as an amateur boxer out of the Petronelli gym in Brockton, Ma

Michael Ferris

Michael Ferris Cinematography

Michael Ferris . Biography . Camera Operator . Director of Photography

Born in San Diego, Michael Ferris spent his formative years in California and New York. After earning a BA in Psychology and Literature he served four years active duty in the United States Air Force. Honorably discharged as Captain after remote duty overseas he joined the firm of Bache and Co. on Wall Street. In 1970 he left the East Coast for Los Angeles to pursue a career in the motion picture industry.

Within three months he was working with Orson Welles on The Other Side of the Wind in 1971. In 1972 he met and became closely involved with John Cassavetes as his cameraman on A Woman Under the Influence, Mikey and Nicky, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and Opening Night. During this time he entered the Masters Program in Film at UCLA on the G.I. Bill and pursued this goal between film projects.

After several years as an assistant cameraman he joined John A. Alonzo, ASC as his operator. During a long collaboration they teamed to photograph Blue Thunder, Cross Creek, Scarface, Internal Affairs, Jo Jo Dancer, Navy Seals and many others.

Other operating credits include: Colors, Rambo III, Diehard, Back to the Future II and III, My Life, Speed, Forrest Gump, Waterworld, The Crow-City of Angels, A Very Brady Sequel, She's De Lovely, George of the Jungle, The Conspiracy Theory, Twilight, The Truman Show, Paulie: A Parrot's Tale, The Faculty, The Wood, End of Days, Me, Myself and Irene, Blow, Baby Boy, Jurassic Park III, Scary Movie 2, The Majestic, Men in Black II, Blood Work, Constantine, S.W.A.T., Hollywood Homicide, Behind the Smile, Supercross, Seraphim Falls, Fast and Furious 3, Snakes on a Plane, Little Man, The Soloist, The Runaways, Justified, X-Men: First Class, Hawaii Five-O and CSI:Miami

He has worked with directors Orson Welles, John Cassavetes, Martin Ritt, Tony Richardson, Richard Donner, Robert Zemeckis, Bruce Beresford, Bruce Joel Rubin, Paul Verhoeven, Mike Figgis, Irvin Kershner, Ricou Browning, Brian DePalma, John Badham, Charles Jarrott, Haskell Wexler, John McTiernan, Philip Noyce, Joan Tewksbury, Jerry Zucker, Peter Hyams, Jan De Bont, David Fincher, Robert Benton, Nick Cassavetes, Dean Semler, Frank Darabont, Barry Sonnenfeld, Pat O'Conner, Robert Rodriguez, Ted Demme, Jean Pierre Jeunet, Bobby and Peter Farrelly, Michael Flatley, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Clint Eastwood, Steve Boyum, Terry Leonard, David Ellis, Damon Wayans, David S. Goyer, Joe Wright, Roman Coppola, Matthew Vaughn, Julian Whatley, Steven Bernstein, Peter Berg.

His specialty in underwater cinematography along with extensive credits in commercials, documentaries, industrial and educational films have taken him to locations all over the world.

Michael Ferris is the 2011 recipient of the Society of Operating Cameramen's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Feature articles in the May 2011 issue of the International Cinematographers Guild magazine and his hometown Malibu Times in June 2011 detail his career origins and highlights. His interview discussing career and work values can be seen on the ONE Hollywood media website for industry notables. His full resume can be viewed on IMDB.

Todd Thaler

Todd Thaler is a Casting Director, Acting Teacher, and Private Audition Coach. (see: toddthaler.com) In addition to casting, he is on faculty at the Atlantic Theater Acting School and an adjunct professor at NYU/Tisch, Columbia University and Brooklyn College. His most recent credits: John Turturro's Fading Gigolo and Diane Crespo's Clutter. Other credits include: Luc Besson's The Professional, Todd Field's Little Children, Sidney Lumet's Running on Empty, Ed Harris' directorial debut Pollock, Barbra Streisand's The Mirror Has Two Faces, James Foley's Perfect Stranger, Stacy Cochran's My New Gun, Irwin Winkler's Night and the City, John McNaughton's Mad Dog and Glory, Gavin O'Connor's Tumbleweeds, John Turturro's Mac, Illuminata, Romance & Cigarettes, and his most recent Fading Gigolo, James Mangold's Heavy and Cop Land, and Wayne Wang's Because of Winn-Dixie and Maid in Manhattan. For television, Are We There Yet? for TBS, Peter Berg's short-lived Wonderland, and the NBC comedy, Ed, for which he was nominated for the Emmy Award.

Grace Karman Graham

Grace Karman Graham moved to Hollywood, CA after being accepted to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She went on to get acting roles on the TV series "Sisters" with George Clooney, David E Kelley's "Chicago Hope" with Peter Berg and "Nash Bridges" with Don Johnson and Cheech Marin as well as an award winning short, various pilots & commercials. She also worked at Propaganda Films alongside David Fincher and went on to work on his films "The Game" and "Fight Club". In addition to being a SAG-AFTRA actor, Grace Karman also works in set decoration, best known for HBO's "Eastbound and Down" and wardrobe (costume design) for film & TV. She is also a screenwriter after attending The Sundance Writers Lab twice with Robert Redford & graduating from UCLA in screenplay writing with Viki King. She mentored AFI students in all aspects of production for many years and owns Grace Karman Designs and loves to create. She lives in Beverly Hills, CA.

Richard P. Rubinstein

Richard P. Rubinstein is an established and broadly diversified producer of Feature Films, Event Miniseries, TV movies and anthology formatted television series. Rubinstein is also known for his willingness to take a chance on directors, writers and actors early in their careers.

In 1979, Rubinstein took Laurel Entertainment, the production company that he had founded with director George A. Romero, public. The objective was to raise sufficient capital to allow the company to internally finance development in order to retain a higher degree of creative control and financial participation in the feature film and TV programming that the company created. In 1984, Romero resigned from the company to pursue his creative interests without public company responsibilities. In 1988, with respective shareholder approval, Rubinstein and Aaron Spelling agreed to merge Laurel and Spelling Television as subsidiaries of a new American Stock Exchange listed company, The Spelling Entertainment Group. Under Rubinstein's continued management as CEO, Laurel became the NYC based East Coast development and production arm of the new public company. As part of the same merger, Spelling also acquired Worldvision, a television distributor with a large library of programming.

In 1992, Spelling and its subsidiaries, including Laurel, were acquired by Blockbuster Entertainment and in 1994, Viacom acquired Blockbuster and Laurel became an operating unit of Viacom. In 1995, seeking a small-company working environment, Rubinstein resigned from Laurel/Viacom and founded another NYC based production company, New Amsterdam Entertainment, Inc. More recently in 2008 New Amsterdam announced that the company would develop a new feature film version of Frank Herbert's science fiction classic "Dune" for Paramount Pictures with Peter Berg attached to direct and Rubinstein and Kevin Misher attached to produce.

In 2004, New Amsterdam provided the services of Rubinstein as producer for a remake of the Rubinstein produced 1979 horror film classic, "George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead". The 2004 "Dawn of the Dead" remake was directed by first-time feature director Zack Snyder and starred Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames and Mekhi Phifer. Distributed by Universal, the remake has grossed in excess of $110M worldwide and was critically honored as an "Official Selection" of the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

Rubinstein's feature film producer credits also include his 1989 production of Stephen King's "Pet Sematary" (Paramount), based on the novel and screenplay by Stephen King, and directed by second-time feature director Mary Lambert. The $10 million film earned $57 million in domestic box office gross and earned over $120 million worldwide. Other Stephen King based features produced by Rubinstein include "The Night Flier" (New Line, 1998), "Thinner" (Paramount, 1997), and "Creepshow" (Warner Bros., 1982), with a cast that included Leslie Nielsen, Hal Holbrook, E.G. Marshall and Ted Danson (before he went on to star in "Cheers"). In 1990, Rubinstein produced "Tales from the Darkside: The Movie" (Paramount) directed by John Harrison in his first feature film assignment. The ensemble cast included Julianne Moore in her first feature film appearance, Steve Buscemi, Christian Slater and Debby Harry. Rubinstein was a producer of several other George A. Romero directed films including "Martin" (Libra Films, 1977) and "Knightriders" (United Artists, 1981), which starred Ed Harris in his first feature leading role.

Under the New Amsterdam banner, Rubinstein's Executive Producer credits for television include the highly rated and critically acclaimed miniseries "Frank Herbert's Dune". Produced in association with Disney the six-hour Emmy-award winning miniseries premiered on the Sci Fi Channel in December 2000 with first-time miniseries writer/director John Harrison choreographing an ensemble cast led by William Hurt and photographed by three-time Academy Award winning Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. Emmy-winning "Frank Herbert's Children of Dune" directed by Greg Yaitanes and scripted by John Harrison followed soon after. Adapted from the 2nd and 3rd novels in Frank Herbert's saga and produced in association with Disney and Hallmark, the six-hour TV event was the first high profile major miniseries to be shot with "24P" High Definition digital cameras. The mini premiered in March 2003 on the Sci Fi Channel with Susan Sarandon leading an ensemble cast which included the now well known James McAvoy. ("The Last King of Scotland" and "The Chronicles of Narnia")

Rubinstein's Executive Producer credits for television include Stephen King's "The Stand" (1994) an eight-hour miniseries for ABC (20.3 rating, 30 share) starring Gary Sinise (before "Forest Gump" and "Apollo 13" best supporting actor nominations) and Stephen King's "The Langoliers" (1995) a four-hour ABC miniseries starring Patricia Wettig, Dean Stockwell, Bronson Pinchot and David Morse (19.4 rating/30 share). Both miniseries were the highest rated long form movies on any network in their respective broadcast years. "The Stand" also garnered Mr. Rubinstein and Mr. King nominations for Best Miniseries. Earlier in the 90s Rubinstein Executive Produced "Stephen King's Golden Years," an eight-hour miniseries for CBS which co-starred Felicity Huffman ("Desperate Housewives") in her first leading role on television.

Rubinstein Executive Produced, (with Aaron Spelling and David Brown), the hit CBS Miniseries "A Season in Purgatory" (1996), starring Patrick Dempsey and Brian Dennehy based on the Dominick Dunne best seller; "Kiss & Tell" (1996), a two-hour movie for ABC starring Cheryl Ladd; and "Precious Victims" (1993), a two-hour CBS TV movie based on a true crime novel. Rubinstein also Executive Produced (with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) "The Vernon Johns Story," a 1994 two-hour TV movie starring James Earl Jones, which received four Monte Carlo TV Festival Awards and a Christopher Award for "A TV Program Affirming the Highest Values of the Human Spirit." Rubinstein has also served as Executive Producer on two very successful syndicated anthology TV series distributed by Tribune Entertainment, "Tales From The Darkside" (90 episodes) and "Monsters" (72 episodes), with many well known actors in the lead role including Jerry Orbach and Jerry Stiller as well as then up-and-coming talent like Chris Noth ("Law & Order"), Lisa Bonet and Marcia Cross ("Desperate Housewives").

Born in Brooklyn, NYC, Rubinstein received his undergraduate BS. degree from The American University in Washington, D.C. and received his M.B.A. from Columbia University in NYC. He began his film career as a production assistant for a producer of TV commercials, and he received his first credit as Associate Producer of "A Night with Nicol Williamson," a made-for-pay-cable one-hour special produced by Dore Schary. In 1974, Rubinstein independently produced and licensed to the ABC Network a one-hour special profiling O. J. Simpson at the height of his football career. He then produced "The Winners," a syndicated TV series of twelve one-hour biographical profiles of other well-known sports heroes including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mario Andretti, Reggie Jackson, and Franco Harris.

Rubinstein is a member of the Producers Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He is also a Benefactor of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, a former twenty-year member of the National Advisory Board of the Sundance Film Festival and a member of the "Third Decade Council" of the American Film Institute. In addition, he served for six years on the Board of Directors of the New York founding chapter of The Independent Feature Project. Rubinstein is also on the Board of Directors of Chashama, a non-profit, that matches up emerging artists in need of studio and exhibition space with commercial landlords who have short term vacancies to donate. Rubinstein regularly guest lectures about his experience in the entertainment industry. He also developed and co-taught a course in Entrepreneurial Producing for two semesters at the NYU/Stern Graduate School of Business. In September of 2007, Rubinstein became a trustee of The Town Hall, one of New York City's preeminent performance venues.

Norman Vincent McLafferty

"Mac" landed the part of the Old Salt in Peter Berg's military science fiction war film Battleship at the ripe age of 90. Having had a naval career for 27 years and being a veteran of four wars, a military war film was a thrill for him to shoot aboard the battleship Mighty Mo. Mac served aboard the U.S.S. Oklahoma until July 1941 when, by winning a coin toss, was able to take shore duty to spend more time with the hapa haole sweetheart he would eventually marry.

But, it wasn't long before he found himself aboard another vessel bound for Palmyra Atoll, 1000 miles south of Hawaii. It was there that they received the announcement over the radio on December 7, 1941, "This is no drill." Whenever he remembers that day, his smile invariably fades as he remembers the feeling of knowing that Battleship Row was being attacked back in Honolulu, that his ship, his shipmates, were in the midst of it. He thought of that coin toss; thought of those he left behind.

Norman McLafferty isn't entirely new to movie making. In 1964 he met the "Duke" while filming In Harm's Way, the acclaimed World War II film that landed him a speaking part.

Seventy years later and he's still married to his Hawaiian sweetheart from Kapahulu who he met in that summer of 1941 and married in March 1943. Together they have lived abroad in Japan and together have traveled to all the states except seven.

Until recently, Mac has been an avid golfer and teacher of golf. It's game he's played more than eighty-five years. He's also an artist, who enjoys watercolor painting. Three of his paintings hang in the Tripler Army Medical Center outside the offices of the Adult Medicine Clinic, a donation from Mac to the hospital that has cared for his ten children, himself and his wife over many decades.

At 94, he's still a formidable Old Salt and always thinking about what he's going to do next.

Jon Braver

Jon is a director for film and theatre as well as a stuntman and stunt coordinator. After years of work with the the top stunt coordinators and directors on film, such as Spielberg, Nolan, Peter Berg, Jon Favreau plus many more, Jon has learned on-the-job training regarding the many complexities of filmmaking. He also created the first ever interactive horror theatre company called Haunted Play. Jon wrote and directed HP's first interactive tale titled "Delusion" in 2011. The show became a wild hit in Los Angeles as it literally evolved live entertainment as we know it. For 2012, HP created "Delusion: The Blood Rite"; an all new, more interactive and disturbing horror story. The Blood Rite quickly became the hottest ticket in LA. Neil Patrick Harris signed on as producer as well. Jon's directorial debut in film was with the short psychological adventure "The Hypnotist". The film will make its premiere at the Telluride Horror Film Festival in 2014. "The Hypnotist" is now in development to become a feature and/or TV series, while Delusion's nationwide notoriety flourishes.

Victorino Noval

Victorino Noval interests lie in film, music, and television and new media based in Spain.

Noval's current projects include Executive Producing the Michael Jackson behind the scenes biopic Michael: The Last Photo Shoots, and the Abigail Spencer film Wrong Number. Victorino recently teamed up with James Franco for Black Dog, Red Dog with Noval as Executive Producer and Franco, Olivia Wilde and Chloë Sevigny, and The Color of Time with James Franco, Mila Kunis and Jessica Chastain.

Victorino Noval Productions also produced Jeremy Irons documentary Sahaya Going Beyond and with Peter Berg he made The Hill that Chris Climbed. .

The Victorino Noval Foundation is active in supporting the arts through the multi-cultural media community. The Foundation was created in memory of Victorino Noval, an entrepreneur and generous donor to numerous worthwhile causes. Victorino Noval, his son, who is very proud of his own son Franco Noval, who heads the organization, and ensures the Foundation runs as a loving legacy to improve Cuban-American relations and promote students interest in film careers, including working with Reel Aid.

The Victorino Noval Foundation benefits organizations globally by sponsoring cultural exchange programs, education sports and fitness programs for kids, science and technology as well as emerging artists that otherwise might never have a chance to pursue opportunities. The Foundation has also helped raise millions of dollars through its participation in charitable events held at The Vineyard Beverly Hills featuring numerous guests including James Cameron, Halle Berry, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, Jimmy Kimmel, Salma Hayek, and more.

The Vineyard Beverly Hills also hosted the first ever Diamond Ball featuring Rihanna who headlined on behalf of the Clara Lionel Foundation. The Vineyard Beverly Hills has been called one of the most beautiful properties and will be used to house major art installations

Yasmine Hanani

Yasmine Hanani was born in Baltimore but grew up in Southfield, Michigan and later lived in Orange County, California. She is a high honors graduate of the University of Southern California. After working as an investment banking analyst on Wall Street, the former child actress made her return to the industry working on the 2004 documentary "Voices of Iraq". Other documentary work includes "My Country, My Country" and "The Blood of My Brother". Yasmine has quickly gained attention as a skilled performer on stage and screen and will next be seen in Peter Berg's "The Kingdom" (2007) and starring in Nick Broomfield's "Battle for Haditha" (2008).

Aaron Speiser

Aaron Speiser has been training and coaching actors for over 25 years. Working with the most acclaimed actors, directors, and producers in the industry, Speiser helps actors by bringing his vast experience and depth of knowledge of the craft of acting to his students in a simple, straightforward, practical, and inspirational way.

Aaron Speiser coaches Will Smith and Virginia Madsen, both of whom have recently been nominated for Academy Awards with his help. He has also coached Jennifer Lopez from the beginning of her career. LL Cool J, Mandy Moore, The Rock (Dwayne Johnson), Brooke Shields, Jeff Foxworthy, Shannyn Sossamon, Ashley Johnson, Shawn, Marlon, and Kim Wayans are some of the accomplished actors who round out the list.

Working with such renowned directors as Oliver Stone, Michael Mann, F. Gary Gray, Adam Shankman, Wayne Wang, and Peter Berg, to name a few, has enabled Speiser to bring the latest Film and Television techniques to his studio and clients.

Speiser started his professional career in New York City and then went on to earn a Masters Degree of Fine Arts in Acting from Brandeis University in Boston. After graduation he studied with Uta Hagen, Bill Hickey, and his mentor Kenneth McMillan at HB Studio in New York. He worked as a professional actor and director in numerous stage and TV productions for 15 years before moving on to teaching. His feature film, "Talking About Sex", which he directed, produced, and co-wrote won "Best Film Award" at the Breckenridge Film Festival.

Sancho Martin

Sancho Martin was born in Zilina, Slovakia, on March 30th, 1987. Sancho's mother has Slovakian, Spanish and Native American ancestry and his father is Slavic descent. His mother is a former gymnast-dancer and his father is a holistic-nutritionist and a national champion in power-lifting. Most of Sancho's childhood was spent in Kysucke Nove Mesto. Sancho was greatly influenced by his father's and mother's athleticism and optimum lifestyle and since his early childhood knew he wanted be a winner and become famous.

In (2007), Sancho graduated from the Associated Secondary School of Hotel Services and Commerce in Cadca, Slovakia with a major in Hotel Services and Culinary Arts. He completed four semesters at the University of Zilina Faculty of Science with a major in Mass Media Communication (2010). While studying at the University, Sancho decided to study holistic nutrition following in his father's footsteps. Deciding to dedicate himself to the world of dance, Sancho still passionately encouraged and worked with dancers and other professionals encouraging healthy eating and life choices in order to flourish holistically and live wholly.

Sancho Martin's professional career started in 1999, and almost instantly he began to win countless awards in the areas of movement and contortionist. Recognized for his outstanding and unique movement skills and achievements, Sancho participated as a judge at the international talent competition, "The Big Bang" in Brugge, Belgium (2009). In 2010 Sancho won 1st place at the Talent Awards, the Biggest European Talent Competition, which took place in Prague, Czech Republic.

Since 2014 Sancho has been starring as a motion capture actor/suit performer in the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) The Real Cost anti-smoking national commercial campaign entitled "The 7000 Chemicals" where he worked with the A-list American actor and former contortionist Doug Jones and American special effects studio Legacy Effects. He was placed in Nabisco's Oreo Cookie national commercial campaign entitled "DSRL Team" starred Shaquille O'Neal and directed by renowned director and producer Brett Ratner. He was remarkably Body FX Live Casted on the critically acclaimed horror TV series, American Horror Story and had a contortionist solo on Fox's hit Glee (TV series). He has also performed as a motion capture actor for Vicon and House of Moves.

He is currently part of the 2015-2016 Discover Card national commercial campaign entitled "Freeze It" directed by renowned film director, producer and writer Peter Berg and the 2016 Acura MDX national commercial campaign entitled "Festival" directed by Sweden director Fredrik Bond.

In 2016 Sancho is set to appear as Skinny Braid-Ghost Nation Warrior in the HBO's science fiction western TV series Westworld.

Larry Wegger

Born and raised in Wisconsin, an all around athlete in high school excelling in football, basketball and baseball and also a member of the National Honor Society. In 1973, on a whim, he tried out for a community theater production and got the part which led to 30 productions over the next 25 years. Starting in small roles and learning "on the job", the parts got bigger and eventually he performed with many community theater groups as well as the Madison Repertory Theater. Developing his acting skills, he tackled drama, comedy and musicals and eventually was introduced to TV commercials, training films and TV drama. He and his wife moved to Hawaii in 1995 and soon was getting work in local TV commercials which led to a national TV spot for Nike (2000), an audition for Michael Bay who cast him in "Pearl Harbor" (2001) only to be edited out in the final version and a co-starring role for Brian Trenchard-Smith in "Tides of War" (2005) with Adrian Paul and Kent McCord. He's also done background on "Lost"(2004) and "Special Delivery" (2008) with Lisa Edelstein as well as Japanese TV commercials.

In 2011 appeared as a background actor in "The Descendants" as well as a stand in for Milt Kogan. He landed a principal role of "Old Salt WO' in Peter Berg's summer blockbuster "Battleship" from Universal. He started as an extra but was upgraded by military advisor Captain Rick Hoffman and director Peter Berg to the principal role as the boss of the CEC.

In April 2013 co-starred on Hawaii Five-O Episode 20, Season 3 as McGarrett's commanding officer, Vice Admiral Janderman in Irag. Appeared with Terry O'Quinn, Alex O'Loughlin and Robert Picardo directed by Joe Dante.

2014 was cast as Admiral Wells for Warner Bros/Legendary Films "Godzilla" directed by Gareth Edwards but scenes filmed on board the U.S.S. Missouri were deleted in the finished film.

He met his wife, Dawn, while appearing in a theatrical production in which she was a "techie" running sound. She is an accomplished dancer and they have performed together dancing hula and also appeared in a musical variety production.

Proud grandparents of eight grandchildren one of which has caught the acting bug and appeared in his first production in 2008.

Paul Kurta

Paul Kurta began his career in film and television production in New York City. Kurta worked as a freelance Production Manager and Producer of commercials and documentaries until 1980-81 when he produced two seasons of the syndicated mystery/comedy series Tales Of The Unexpected for the academy award winning director/writer, Bert Salzman. Kurta's first feature assignment, "Q" The Winged Serpent, would be one of six collaborations (Blind Alley, Special Effects, Island of The Alive, The Stuff and Original Gangsters) with the legendary writer-director Larry Cohen.

Kurta wrote (with Kevin Scott) and produced (with Mitchell Maxwell), the feature adaptation of Kevin Wade's hit play, Key Exchange, directed by Barnet Kellman. On location in Iowa, Kurta produced (with Fredrick Zollo), Miles From Home which starred Richard Gere, Kevin Anderson and John Malkovich. The film, written by Chris Gerolmo and directed by Gary Sinise, was an Official U.S. Selection to Cannes in 1988. That same year, Kurta line-produced the Ace Award winning film, Long Gone for HBO which marked the first of five collaborations with writer-director, Martin Davidson. (Heart Of Dixie, Hard Promises, Lovers Of Deceit, Looking For An Echo)

Next Kurta co-produced She Said No and Joshua's Heart, two movies for television with Producers Steve White and Barry Bernardi. For Producer Steve Tisch, Kurta produced the award-winning HBO film, Afterburn, starring Laura Dern.

For Warner Brothers and Producers Arnon Milchan, Alan Riche and Tony Ludwig, Kurta co-produced and was the second unit director on Empire Records. Directed by Allan Moyle, the film became a cult classic and starred relative unknowns Renee Zellwegger, Liv Tyler and Anthony LaPaglia. Before re-uniting with Producers Riche-Ludwig on the Sony comedy, Tomcats by Greg Poirier, Producers Mark Burg and Jeremy Tannenbaum asked Kurta to line-produce John Grisham's The Gingerbread Man for the legendary director Robert Altman. Starring Kenneth Branagh, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Daryl Hannah, Tom Berenger and Embeth Davidtz, the effects-driven film was shot entirely on location in Savannah, Georgia.

For Executive Producer/writer/director Kenneth Johnson and Fox Television, Kurta produced two popular Alien Nation MOWs; Body And Soul, Millenium. Then again for Fox, Kurta produced Rise And Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story, starring Peter Berg and directed by Michael Dinner.

Showtime's, Going To California proved to be one of Kurta's most challenging and gratifying production accomplishments: 20 consecutive episodes "on the road" in five states: Creator/writer, Scott Rosenberg, Exec.Producer Jeff Melvoin and writers Andre Nemic and Josh Applebaum.

By 2004, Executive Producers Rob Thomas and Joel Silver invited Kurta to produce the pilot and critically successful first season of Veronica Mars starring Kristin Bell and Enrico Colantoni.

Kurta traveled to New Orleans to produce the pilot for the F/X hit show The Riches. Created by Dmitri Lipkin (Hung) and directed by Carl Franklin, the show starred Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver.

Playing Albuquerque for Pittsburgh, Kurta then produced the critically acclaimed Syfy Network mini-series, The Lost Room starring Peter Krause and Julianna Margulies.

Kurta re-teamed with Executive Producer Joel Silver and creators Ron Koslow and Trevor Munson to produce the pilot and first and only season of Moonlight for CBS and Warner's.

In 2009 Kurta produced the Mental Health Advocacy documentary, Speaking For Ourselves. Kurta also was the Executive Producer of Cherry, an independent feature shot in Michigan for writer/director Jeffrey Fine. The film stars Laura Allen, Kyle Gallner and Britt Robertson.

In 2010 Kurta produced another CBS pilot The Odds for Exec. Producers Joel Silver. He also produced the AMC pilot Hell On Wheels for Exec. Producers, Tony and Joe Gayton and Jeremy Gold. In 2011, Kurta produced the pilot Pan Am for ABC and AMC's new series Hell On Wheels.

Paul Kurta is married to Jacqueline Burnham Kurta and has two daughters, Michelle and Roxanne.

Kelli Serio

A native of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Serio had a promising career as a model before she decided she wanted to see the world--and not just Milan and Paris. Soon after high school, she joined the U.S. Navy, and was on a runway of a different kind--that of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. An assistant navigator on the vessel, Jones did everything from driving the 97,000 ton vessel to helping chart its course. Toward the end of her enlistment, Jones's life made its own course correction, when she was selected to appear in a Navy recruiting commercial directed by Peter Berg. The experience acting in the spot, titled, "The Rescue," ignited a spark within Jones, who began taking acting lessons. After her honorable discharge, Jones began working almost immediately in Hollywood, receiving numerous acting and modeling projects. Jones, who taught herself guitar while sailing the Pacific, is an aspiring vocalist, who hopes to record her own album in the future.

Alex L. Worman

After earning a BA in Film & Television production, Alex Worman began his movie career as a staff publicist at New Line Cinema in the 1990s where he worked on campaigns for a diverse slate of films including "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "The Mask," as well as the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street" franchises. Following a passion to work on the production side, in 1994 Alex segued into a new role as an independent production publicist.

In the years since, as a unit publicist Alex has worked with most of the major studios on over 50 feature films including Oscar® nominees "Captain Phillips" and "Moneyball," and perennial favorites like "Dumb and Dumber," "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," "Galaxy Quest," "Star Trek: First Contact," "The X Files," and "The Ring."

Other notable credits include Robert Zemeckis' "Flight" starring Denzel Washington, David Ayer's "End of Watch," Ben Stiller's "Tropic Thunder," Gary Ross' "Free State of Jones" with Matthew McConaughey, "Concussion" starring Will Smith, and the Brian Wilson biopic "Love and Mercy,"

Most recently, Worman handled production publicity on Peter Berg's "Patriots Day" starring Mark Wahlberg, and John Lee Hancock's "The Founder" starring Michael Keaton.

Brien Varady

This off beat Actor is known for such roles as Allard the eccentric homeless guy in Nowhere land (1990), the loner Cliff Vasco in The Dance King (1992), John the tormented lover in Pure Sex, Simple Minds (1992), and Chris the smart friend of Peter Berg in John DahlÕs The Last Seduction (1994). A native of Los Angeles, where as a boy he snuck onto Studio back-lots and knew from an early age that he wanted to be an actor. He began his career doing television commercials and the mini-series Captains and the Kings (1976). He studied with the great acting legend Kim Stanley and was mentored by actor Michael Lerner. Later he went on to produce Naked In The Cold Sun (1997), which he also acted in as the crazy undercover detective Marcus DÕAntonio. He worked with Mr. Dahl again in a cameo role as the wounded paramedic Joe in Joy Ride (2001). He is a delight to watch as the workaholic husband Patrick Maloney in Lamb To The Slaughter (2002).

Jeff Gibbs

A film professional of over 16 years, Jeff Gibbs has been integrally involved in most aspects of the production of film and television.

As an artist, he has a unique understanding of what makes a successful project, whether stage, commercial, TV or film. And as a business asset, Jeff brings at talent for forging together the functioning network of professional resources necessary for development and production of marketable films.

As a producer, Jeff offers experience through which budgets will be met by acquiring the best available resources for the greatest efficiency in cost and time. He has witnessed good projects made for almost no money as well as not so good movies made for fifty million dollars. These films included working with Sir Alan Parker and Kevin Spacey in The Life of David Gale, Peter Berg in Friday Night Lights the movie, Oliver Stone and Josh Brolin in 'W'., as well as others.

Employers have included Universal Studios, Paramount Entertainment, MTV Studios, NBC and ABC.

Directors that have worked with Jeff recognize he is a visual mathematician; able to see the big picture and creatively solve problems.

Tony Angellotti

Entertainment public relations executive Tony Angellotti has implemented, supervised and/or executed the publicity campaigns for more than 150 motion pictures, as well as scores of television projects, entertainment companies, and filmmakers. During that time he has headed the publicity departments of two motion picture companies, served as an executive at a leading public relations agency, as a partner in a prestigious boutique agency and as the owner/founder of his own agency. The Angellotti Company was founded in 1997, following Angellotti's 8-year partnership in Weissman/Angellotti. TAC plans and executes publicity strategies for films, filmmakers, production companies, industry events and notably Golden Globe and Oscar campaigns, including Best Picture winners Dances With Wolves, Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, and A Beautiful Mind. Angellotti has assisted Universal with all its awards campaigns since 2000, with such best picture nominees as Les Miserables, Frost/Nixon, Munich, Ray, Seabiscuit, best picture winner A Beautiful Mind, Erin Brockovich and nominees Straight Outta Compton, Steve Jobs, Bridesmaids, King Kong, Cinderella Man, American Gangster, United 93, Children of Men, Bourne Ultimatum, Steve Jobs, and Billy Elliot, among others. He has also managed Disney/Pixar's animation awards campaigns, beginning in 2001, including Oscar winners Inside Out, Big Hero 6, Frozen, Brave, Toy Story 3, Up, Wall-E, Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Spirited Away, and Oscar nominees Wreck It Ralph, Frankenweenie, Monsters, Inc, Cars, Princess and the Frog, Bolt, Howl's Moving Castle, and Lilo & Stitch, among many others. TAC has also represented numerous current and recent films including Free State of Jones, Blade Runner (sequel), Bastards, The 33, Zero Dark Thirty, Prisoners, and many others. He also spearheaded Miramax Films' awards campaigns from 1991 through 2000 (more than 100 Oscar nominations during this time), including best picture winners The English Patient and Shakespeare In Love, as well as best picture nominees Chocolat, Cider House Rules, Life is Beautiful, Good Will Hunting, Il Postino, Pulp Fiction, The Piano, and nominees Malena, Talented Mr. Ripley, Sling Blade, Wings of the Dove, Mrs. Brown, and all Miramax films during this time. He assisted Miramax with all its foreign language awards campaigns, including winners Life is Beautiful, Kolya, and nominees Iran's Children of Heaven, Brazil's Four Days in September, Red and Queen Margot, Japan's Shall We Dance and Hong Kong's Farewell My Concubine. TAC has also represented scores of additional foreign language films, including 2011 Globe-nominated Chinese The Flowers of War, directed by Zhang Yimou, 2010 Italian entry La Prima Cosa Bella, 2001foreign language winner No Man's Land, The Last Kiss, (Italy) Artemesia (France), Lower City (Brazil), Keys to the House, The 100 Steps (Italy), Burnt by the Sun, and dozens of others. He also worked previously on the Oscar campaigns for such films as Dances With Wolves, the Oscar nominated Secrets & Lies, GoodFellas, Presumed Innocent, and Reversal of Fortune among others as well as on numerous important feature films including and films for every major independent company. Angellotti has also represented dozens of documentaries, including We Steal Secrets from Alex Gibney, Catfish, The Kid Stays in the Picture, New York Doll, Uncovered: The War on Iraq, the award-winning Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol, Paris Is Burning, Erroll Morris's Mr. Death, Michael Moore's The Big One, and Barbara Kopple's American Dream. TAC later has also represented numerous IMAX format films, including Dolphins (Oscar nominee), Caves, and Jim Cameron's Ghosts of the Abyss. The Company has represented scores of "indie" release campaigns such as It's Kind of a Funny Story, Hot Fuzz, The Illusionist, Pride and Prejudice, Shaun of the Dead, Door in the Floor, all Kevin Smith's films, Gods and Monsters, Shadow of a Vampire, Hamlet, The Red Violin, Sliding Doors, and Mrs. Brown. The Company also represents and has represented production entities and creative talent, such as directors Brad Bird, Kathryn Bigelow, Marc Forster, Ryan Fleck and Anna Borden, Gary Ross, Peter Berg, Michael Pressman, Oliver Stone, Kevin Smith; producers/production companies Pixar, Davis Entertainment, Alcon Entertainment, Mark Boal, Misher Films, Larry Gordon, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, and the USC School of Cinematic Arts, among many others. Angellotti served as vice president of worldwide marketing and public relations for Empire Entertainment, responsible for worldwide publicity and promotions for the Los Angeles and Rome-based film company, which involved the marketing of the company's product at the major foreign film markets and festivals. Previously he was director of worldwide publicity and promotions at New World Entertainment, responsible for supervising corporate, film, and television. Prior he was a V.P. at ICPR, one of the largest entertainment publicity agencies at that time. Angellotti is a member of AMPAS and several of its committees, as well as the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He also recently won the prestigious Les Mason Award from the ICG Publicists Guild for excellence in entertainment publicity. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in English Literature and journalism minor.

David Hartzell

David Hartzell spent his early years in western New York, also attending college in Buffalo.

His unique experience in the military has led to special skills roles in both television and print. Hartzell earned a small role as Matt Sanders in Peter Berg's military docu-series "Live to Tell", as well as appearing on the cover of American Survival Guide. His latest role was a small part in Transformers 5 as a member of the TRF tactical team.

Jeffrey Scott Jensen

Jeffrey Scott Jensen was born in Monrovia, California and has lived in southern California all his life except for a few years in the tiny town of Heber, Arizona. His first break in Hollywood was a role in Genuine Risk playing a mobster who holds Peter Berg while the bad guys beat him up, Jeff has played a lot of Mafiosas, this puzzles him but he's not complaining.

Giovanni Zelko

After working thirty thousand hours on film sets in Hollywood during the past eighteen years as a crew member, Giovanni Zelko has recently completed his first feature film, The Algerian, which he wrote, directed, edited, shot and executive produced. He is also the executive producer and second unit director and second unit cinematographer of H4, a Shakespeare film adaptation of Henry IV. Zelko is currently developing three of his screenplays to direct and produce, which are poised to begin pre-production: Caesar, The Interview and Saint Mary's. The son of European immigrants, Zelko was born and raised in New York while spending numerous summers in his parents' native countries of Italy and Slovenia, giving him a unique mixture of European and American sensibilities that are pronounced in his various works as an artist. He was educated at Boston University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science for Film (see his book on film theory, Living the Dream, and his thirteen screenplays), as well as a Minor of Arts for English Literature (see his book of poetry, Body Of Poetry). During his four years at Boston University, he also pursued studies in history, where his field of concentration was European Medieval History (see his documentary script, The First Crusade & The Apocalypse). An accomplished photographer and painter, Zelko has created commercial work as well as fine-art gallery work (see his book, Body of Poetry, and online gallery with over 1,300 images, including large scale mixed medium paintings). A world traveler, Zelko has explored 49 countries around the globe, aiding his pursuit of experiencing far-reaching cultures, art and people. His passion for filmmaking began to blossom at a very early age as a freshman in high school where he first started shooting 8mm stop-animation films and began editing. His enthusiasm for filmmaking produced two early films, Bloodline and My Shadow. At the age of 16, Zelko wrote, directed, produced, starred in, shot, stunt-coordinated, costumed, sound scored and edited the 45 minute Bloodline, a film about vampires that he shot on video. This early film helped earn him an academic scholarship to the prestigious Boston University Film School. Once there, Zelko wrote, directed, produced, shot and edited My Shadow, an 8 ½ minute long 16mm film. This second film helped him acquire his internship in Los Angeles at Roger Corman Studios, which began his film career in earnest. During the past eighteen years, Zelko has logged thirty thousand hours on sets as a lighting technician for films, television, commercials and music videos for some of the world's greatest directors, actors and performers including James Cameron, Sam Raimi, Barry Levinson, Michael Mann, John Frankenheimer, Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner, Peter Berg, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Willis, Will Smith, Billy Bob Thorton, Bill Murray, Michael Cain, Tim Robbins, Martin Sheen, Jack Black, Dan Aykroid, Randy Quaid, Alec Baldwin, Ben Stiller, Patrick Stewart, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John Goodman, Tom Selleck, Gary Sinise, Angelina Jolie, Faye Dunaway, Kate Blanchet, Susan Sarrandon, Glen Close, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Amanda Peet, Julia Stiles and Madonna.

Ernie Malik

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.

Ed Tomney

Ed Tomney is a composer, synthesist and musician/artist based in New York. He has scored for feature film, dance, radio, television, theater and has performed as a multi-instrumentalist on numerous recordings and releases. His works in acoustic-art have included site-specific sound installations and performances in museums and galleries throughout the world. Some of his scoring works for broadcast include the Peter Berg series "Wonderland" for ABC, the David Lynch/Mark Frost production "American Chronicles" series for Fox, "Discover Magazine" series for the Discovery Channel, "Fabric Of The Cosmos", "The Elegant Universe" & "Secrets Of The Bible" series for NOVA and various science, history and documentary specials for PBS, History & Discovery channels. Feature film scores include the Todd Haynes feature "Safe" for Sony Pictures Classics, "When The Bough Breaks" directed by Michael Cohn, source music contributions for Oliver Stone's "JFK", "Persons Unknown" directed by George Hickenlooper and Tamra Davis' directorial debut "Guncrazy". Some of his other scores include "Getting Off" by Julie Lynch, "Spin The Bottle" and "Bobby G. Can't Swim" for Cineblast and "Threads" for Spanish Moss Productions, "The Pagans" for Cineblast/Luma, the Brett C. Leonard feature "Jailbait" for Belladonna Productions, "Exit 8A" for premier at Sundance, "Nicky's Game" and "Off Jackson Avenue" for Cineblast/TGE.

Recent projects include the documentary "How To Find Your Dragon" for Dreamworks, a short satire titled "A Heart Too Tender", a web doc for KPN in the Netherlands called "Good Life" and a new 3 part science series for NOVA, "Building Things".

Timothy Brouwers

Screenwriter Timothy Brouwers is a driven visionary on a mission to help others understand their lives through the power of film. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Timothy traveled extensively throughout his childhood. Through his early and later explorations, Brouwers discovered his passion for storytelling. His work is designed to share his life-changing experiences with the broadest possible audience.

Though the Netherlands (where he was adopted when he was 3 years-old) have always been home base, Timothy volunteered on ecological farms in both France and Israel from 2008 to 2009. While volunteering Brouwers underwent a spiritual and psychological transformation. He discovered that nature is not nearly so nice and orderly as most people believe. It requires strength, resilience, and fortitude to survive let alone thrive in the natural world.

Brouwers considers this introduction to the realities of Nature an important part of his spiritual journey. When describing this experience, he writes, "Necessity is the mother of creativity and Conflict is the father of progress". His inspiration to write stems from his own close brushes with death and experiences with nature. Through his stories of survival Timothy has discovered the depths of his own creativity and is eager to share his vision with the world.

Influences include Michael Mann, Peter Berg, Quentin Tarantino, and Guy Ritchie. He specializes in Action, Drama, and Scifi, adding new dimensions and depth to these classic genres. His unique vision is fueled by his own lived experiences and his ability to create dynamic, complex scenes. Timothy Brouwers is poised to take the world by storm with his stark observations, fresh vision, and innovative screen-writing style.

When he is not working on his screenplay, which is projected to reach completion in 2016, Timothy enjoys catching the latest cinematic action flick. He draws inspiration from the work being produced by his contemporaries. His hobbies include mountain biking, reading, and experiencing the vast and varied dining options the Netherlands have to offer.

Shawn Wayne Jones

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Shawn Wayne Jones is an award-winning screenwriter, who in 2005 formed the production company, Maverick FiVe23 Films as a production banner for a feature length documentary film that began shooting in April of that year about young men who were paralyzed while playing high school football in Texas. In a 2003 high school playoff game between Austin Westlake and San Antonio Madison, Shawn witnessed standout Madison defensive back, David Edwards suffer a life changing spinal cord injury after colliding with a Westlake receiver. Shawn, himself a former San Antonio Madison defensive back, through media accounts, followed David's journey over the next year and was so moved by David's amazing positive attitude and the generous support offered by the Westlake community, David's Madison community, and corporate support offered by KB Homes among others, coupled with the emergence of a new spinal cord injury organization formed only a few months prior to David's injury called Gridiron Heroes; made him realize this story was more than worthy of being told on film. David Edwards' injury was also witnessed by "Friday Night Lights" director, Peter Berg, who was shooting footage and doing research for "FNL" that fall prior to principal photography. David was Peter Berg's inspiration behind creating the "Friday Night Lights" TV series, which premiered on NBC in the fall of 2006.

La'Mont Pierce

Born La'Mont Andrew Pierce, July 1st, in Houston, Texas to George and Carol Pierce. He graduated from Barbara Jordan High School for Careers in 1993 and Paul D. Camp Community College with an AAS in Administration of Justice in Police Science, Magna Cum Laude. He served 10 years in U.S. Army as a 92Y - Supply Sergeant. He attends to Tower of Praise Empowerment Center, located in Prince George, VA; where the pastor is Pastor Michael Dudley. He appeared in films like: "Friday Night Lights" with Billy Bob Thornton and Derek Luke, directed by Peter Berg; "Resurrection: JR Richards Story" with Sara Stokes, David Ramsey, Kenya Moore, directed by Greg Carter; "Mayflower" and "Rain Curtain" directed by Mark White. "Mutiny on the Bayou" Black History Documentary; "Finding My Way Back Home" music video, Artist: LeAnn Womack and etc. His hobbies are poetry, music, cooking, playing sports, hanging around positive people, encouraging others, laughing and having a good time.

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