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Lakeith Stanfield

Lakeith Lee Stanfield is an actor and rapper from Victorville, CA. At the age of 15, Lakeith attended the John Casablancas Modeling & Career Center in Orange County. A few years later, he auditioned for Destin Cretton's then college thesis film Short Term 12. Later, the newer version of Short Term 12 would mark Lakeith's debut as a professional actor. Subsequently, he landed a role in the Martin Luther King biopic, Selma.

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Dee Lohan was born in New York City on 2 July 1986. Her mother, Dina Lohan (née Donata Melina Nicolette Sullivan), is a former Wall Street analyst, and her father, Michael Lohan, is a businessman and former Wall Street trader. She has Irish, Italian, and German ancestry.

Lohan began her career at age three as a model at the Eileen Ford Agency, and made appearances in over 60 television commercials, including spots for The Gap, Pizza Hut, Wendy's and Jell-O (opposite Bill Cosby). Lohan made her acting debut in 1996 as the third actress to play Ali Fowler in the television drama Another World. Shortly afterward she was hand-picked by Oscar-nominated writer Nancy Meyers as estranged twin sisters in an adaptation by Walt Disney Pictures of a novel by Erich Kästner, which marked Meyers' directorial debut. Lohan's first feature film, The Parent Trap, a remake of The Parent Trap, was a modest commercial success, earning her widespread critical acclaim and a Young Artist award for Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film, as well as Blockbuster Entertainment and YoungStar award nominations.

After signing a three-movie contract with Disney, she returned to the small screen to star in the made-for-TV movies Life-Size (opposite Tyra Banks) and Get a Clue (opposite Bug Hall). She also appeared as Rose in the pilot episode of the short-lived comedy series Bette, which starred Bette Midler.

In June 2001 Lohan took a brief hiatus from acting. Her music career was launched over a year later, when Estefan Enterprises made a five-album production deal with her in September 2002, and she signed a recording contract with the reactivated Casablanca Records.

However, Lohan was not turning her back on her blossoming acting career. Just over a month previously she had been cast opposite Jamie Lee Curtis for another Disney adaptation of a novel, this time a fantasy comedy by Mary Rodgers. Freaky Friday, a remake of Freaky Friday, was a huge hit (generating over $160 million in worldwide box office receipts) and critics were spellbound by delightful performances from Lohan and Curtis (who went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for her work). In addition, Lohan won the 2004 MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Female, as well as a Saturn award nomination and another Young Artist award nomination.

Lohan relocated permanently to Los Angeles between projects and moved into an apartment with fellow actress Raven-Symoné. She also dated pop star Aaron Carter for a short time.

Her next acting role was the title character in the comedy Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, a Disney adaptation of the novel by Dyan Sheldon. The film received scathing reviews upon its release and died a quick death at the box office, but even the harshest of critics were impressed by Lohan's charming turn as aspiring actress Lola.

Lohan's next project, Mean Girls, saw her reunite with Freaky Friday director Mark Waters. Inspired by a non-fiction book by Rosalind Wiseman and written by Saturday Night Live scribe Tina Fey, the high-school comedy-drama opened to glowing reviews and grossed $86 million in the US. This earned her status as a bankable actress, and a salary of $7.5 million for the Donald Petrie romantic comedy Just My Luck.

One of the most sought-after young actresses in the industry, she starred in Bobby (opposite Demi Moore and Sharon Stone), the Disney fantasy adventure Herbie Fully Loaded (a pseudo-sequel to The Love Bug) and the critically acclaimed A Prairie Home Companion. On top of a thriving film career Lohan also launched a music career, releasing her debut album, "Speak," which hit shelves in December 2004.

In 2009 Lohan launched her own fashion line titled 6126, mainly focusing on the production of women's leggings. By spring she launched a self-tanning spray line titled "Sevin Nyne" and by the end of the year she became an artistic designer for fashion house Ungaro.

Lindsay continues her career in acting, having played a supporting role in the action film Machete.

Jean Reno

Jean Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez in Casablanca, Morocco, to Spanish parents (from Andalucía) who moved to North Africa to seek work. His father was a linotypist. Reno settled in France at 17. He began studying drama and has credits in French television and theater as well as films. His first two marriages both ended in divorce, and he had two children with each of them. He keeps homes in Paris and Los Angeles.

Kyle Gallner

Kyle Gallner was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He started his career by following his sister along to one of her auditions.

Perhaps best know for his role as Cassidy "Beaver" Casablancas on the CW's lone hit series, "Veronica Mars" (2004- ), actor Kyle Gallner had been appearing in films and on television since his early adolescence. Born on Oct. 22, 1986 and originally from Philadelphia, PA, Gallner made his first screen appearance on an episode of "Third Watch" (NBC, 1999-2005). After making his feature debut with a small role in the bizarre Michael Showalter comedy, "Wet Hot American Summer" (2001), he returned to television with episodes of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ) and "Touched By an Angel" (CBS, 1994-2003). He next appeared in the series finale of "The District" (CBS, 2000-04) before playing his first recognizable role - that of Bart Allen (a.k.a. "The Flash") on "Smallville" (CW, 2001- ) during the 2004-05 season.

In 2005, Gallner joined the cast of "Veronica Mars" for the last three episodes of the first season, giving him the opportunity to carry over his role of Beaver into the next season. During his run on "Veronica Mars," Gallner continued making guest spots, appearing in episodes of "Jack & Bobby" (WB, 2004-05), "Cold Case" (CBS, 2003- ), "CSI: New York" (CBS, 2004- ) and "Bones" (FOX, 2005- ). Gallner began a recurring role as a devout Mormon in the controversial HBO series, "Big Love" (2006- ). Meanwhile, Gallner revived his "Smallville" role in early 2007, returning as Impulse rather than The Flash - due to a feature film with the same character being developed by Warner Bros.

Made acting debut in an episode of NBCs Third Watch.

Made his film debut in the comedy cult film Wet Hot American Summer.

Had a recurring role as superhero Bart Allen in Smallville (The WB, 2001-2006; The CW, 2006-2009).

Appeared in two episodes of The WB s Jack & Bobby.

Joined the cast of UPN s Veronica Mars as Cassidy Casablancas; became a regular during the show s second season.

Had a recurring role as Reed Garrett, the son of Detective Taylor's (Gary Sinise) late wife on CSI: NY (CBS)

Played Jason Embry, best friend of Ben Henrickson, on the critically-acclaimed HBO drama Big Love.

Featured in the independent film Sublime.

Appeared in three episodes of The Shield (FX).

Had a supporting role in the Diablo Cody penned dark comedy Jennifer's Body.

Played the lead role in the horror film The Haunting in Connecticut.

Cast as the lead male, Quentin, in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Gallner has in his filmography acclaimed Independents films as Gardens of the Night (2008), Beautiful Boy (2010), Red State (2011), Little Birds (2011), Magic Valley (2011) and Smashed (2011).

In 2013, Gallner appeared in the film Beautiful Creatures (2013)_, directed by Richard LaGravenese.

P.J. Soles

P.J. (Pamela Jayne) Soles was born on July 17, 1950 in Frankfurt, Germany. Her father came from Holland and her mother from New Jersey. Because her father was working for an international insurance company, the family moved all over the world. P.J. lived in Casablanca, Morocco, and Maracaibo, Venezuela, where she learned to speak fluent Spanish, and then Brussels, Belgium, where she went to high school at the International School of Brussels. When she was at Briarcliff College, she wanted to become the first woman ambassador to the Soviet Union. This career goal changed when she visited the Actors Studio in New York City. She moved to Manhattan and began acting in commercials and modeling for fashion magazines. She was married to J. Steven Soles during her years in New York, but then made the move to Los Angeles to work in television and movies. At this time, she and Soles' got divorced, but she decided to keep her name as P.J. Soles. She was among the hundreds of actors auditioning for Brian De Palma and George Lucas in their joint casting session for Carrie and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. After Carrie, she went to Georgia to film Our Winning Season and met actor Dennis Quaid. They were married in 1978 in Texas on a dude ranch.

P.J. starred in Rock 'n' Roll High School with Ramones. Next she filmed Private Benjamin and then Stripes. She and Quaid were divorced in 1983. P.J. continued doing numerous television and film roles, and then married Skip Holm, who was the stunt pilot on The Right Stuff. They have two children and were divorced in 1998. Still active in television and film, P.J. manages not to let her fans down, but keeps them interested in her work, which keeps on getting better, making her one of the most versatile actresses of her time.

James Arness

American leading man famed as the star of one of the longest-running shows in U.S. television history, Gunsmoke. Born of Norwegian heritage (the family name, Aurness, had formerly been Aursness) in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Rolf and Ruth Duesler Aurness. His father was a traveling salesman of medical supplies and his mother later became a newspaper columnist. James attended West High School in Minneapolis. Although he appeared in school plays, he had no interest in performing, and dreamed instead of going to sea. After high school, he attended one semester at Beloit College before receiving his draft notice in 1943. He entered the army and trained at Camp Wheeler, Georgia, before shipping out for North Africa. After landing at Casablanca, Arness joined the 3rd Infantry Division in time for the invasion of Anzio. Ten days after the invasion, Arness was severely wounded in the leg and foot by German machine-gun fire. His wounds, which plagued him the rest of his life, resulted in his medical discharge from the army. While recuperating in a Clinton, Iowa hospital, he was visited by his younger brother Peter (later to gain fame as actor Peter Graves), who suggested he take a radio course at the University of Minnesota. James did so, and a teacher recommended him for a job as an announcer at a Minneapolis radio station. Though seemingly headed for success in radio, he followed a boyhood friend's suggestion and went with the friend to Hollywood in hopes of getting work as film extras. He studied at the Bliss-Hayden Theatre School under actor Harry Hayden, and while appearing in a play there was spotted by agent Leon Lance. Lance got the actor a role as Loretta Young's brother in The Farmer's Daughter. The director of that film, H.C. Potter, recommended that he drop the "u" from his last name and soon thereafter the actor was officially known as James Arness. Little work followed this break, and Arness became something of a beach bum, living on the shore at San Onofre and spending his days surfing. He began taking his acting career more seriously when he began to receive fan mail following the release of the Young picture. He appeared in a production of "Candida" at the Pasadena Community Playhouse, and married his leading lady, Virginia Chapman. She pressed him to study acting and to work harder in pursuit of a career, but Arness has been consistent in ascribing his success to luck. He began to get small roles with frequency, often, due to his size, villainous characters. Most notable among these was that of the space alien in The Thing from Another World. While playing a Greek warrior in a play, Arness was spotted by agent Charles K. Feldman, who represented John Wayne. Feldman introduced Arness to Wayne, who put the self-described 6' 6" actor under personal contract. Arness played several roles over the next few years for and with Wayne, whom he considered a mentor. In 1955, Wayne recommended Arness for the lead role of Matt Dillon in the TV series Gunsmoke. (Contrary to urban legend, Wayne himself was never offered the role.) Arness at first declined, thinking a TV series could derail his growing film career, but Wayne argued for the show, and Arness accepted. His portrayal of stalwart marshal Dillon became an iconic figure in American television and the series, on the air for twenty seasons, is, as of 2008, the longest-running dramatic series in U.S. television history. Arness became world-famous and years later reprised the character in a series of TV movies. After the surprising cancellation of "Gunsmoke" in 1975, Arness jumped immediately into another successful (though much shorter-lived) Western project, a TV-movie-miniseries-series combination known as "How The West Was Won." A brief modern police drama, McClain's Law, followed, and Arness played his mentor John Wayne's role in Red River, a remake of the Wayne classic. Following the aforementioned "Gunsmoke" TV movies (the last in 1994, when Arness was 71), Arness basically retired. His marriage to Virginia Chapman ended in divorce in 1960. They had three children together, one of whom, Jenny Lee, died a suicide in 1975. Arness subsequently married Janet Surtrees in 1978.

Joan Severance

Joan Severance was born and raised in Houston, Texas. At the age of 18 and at the sole urging of John Casablancas of Elite models, she went to Paris, France to begin a modeling career that would turn out to be well worth the price of the ticket Casablancas sent her. Within months she graced the covers of all the international magazines and was doing shows for all the top designers. She landed campaigns for Chanel and Versace. After eight months she moved to NYC to pursue the US market and was quick to land several national commercials for Windsong perfume, Breck shampoo, Clairol, English Leather, L'oreal, Revlon and Maybeline.

After several dozen commercials and a very high profile editorial career, she quit the modeling industry to head to Hollywood. Within weeks, she had a manager, an agent and was studying with several different acting coaches. It was six months later that she landed her first role on a major television series for CBS called Wiseguy,starring Ken Wahl and Kevin Spacey. It was only a matter of time that director Arthur Hiller cast her in See No Evil, Hear No Evil with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor and her costar from Wiseguy, Kevin Spacey. That same year she did Bird on a Wire with Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn and No Holds Barred with Hulk Hogan. Later starring in several films, including Zalman King's Lake Consequence with Billy Zane,

She has appeared in over fifteen films. She has worked with Robert Urich on Aaron Spelling's Love Boat: The Next Wave and with Ann-Margret on Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story for Lifetime. SMs. Severance has been in many popular TV shows like Masters of Sex and One Tree Hill and CSI: Miami

Her hobbies include interior, landscape and fashion design, cooking,reading, entertaining, writing and anything to do with horses. Severance has finished her first book, Manifest Your Mate: a Journal for Attraction. Science, health and the unknown spark her interests. She has a gourmet cooking degree from Roger Verge from The Moulin du Mougin in the South of France, owned and was the chef of a restaurant in upstate New York, owned a catering company in New York, and has taught commercial acting classes.

Ms. Severance has a Bachelors Degree in Natural Health. She desires to develop a television talk show aimed at a younger audience about alternative and holistic lifestyles choices. Ms. Severance created, txTylz®, a communication game and is developing it for a mobile app.

Bianca Brigitte VanDamme

Bianca Bree grew up in the film industry watching her father, martial artist/actor Jean-Claude Van Damme preform on sets all over the world and is extremely athletic due to her mother, ex-bodybuilder and fitness competitor Gladys Portugues.

Having two very athletic parents, Bianca was thrown into sports at a young age such as karate, kick-boxing, boxing, ballet and figure skating. After repetitively watching the Olympics on television, she realized that going to the Olympics was a dream of hers. The cattiness of figure skating made Bianca dislike the sport, many times she was close to quitting but the love she had for the ice kept her sane. Fortunately she came across short track speed skating and that's when she decided her goal was the 2010 winter Olympics. Within the year of 2002, Bianca trained like an animal, she was entered in many competitions winning all but two. She was also given many awards including one of the hardest awards to receive, "Most improved". Her motivation was manic until she was told by her parents that they were moving to Vancouver, Canada. Bianca fell into a depression causing a back injury from a crash during her last race, placing first. Bianca continued skating with the Canadian Olympic team until she couldn't handle the pain from her injury, causing her to make the choice she never thought she would consider.

Bianca graduated high school at the age of 16, she then went to John Casablanca's in Vancouver to study acting. When she got offered a scholarship, she made the quick decision to assist her father around the world from film sets to business trips. Knowing she had an advantage, Bianca was very adamant when it came to educating herself about the film industry.

In 2007, Bianca was asked to make her first film debut in The Shepherd as Kassie Robideaux. In 2010 she appeared in Soldiers as Bianca Banks, which was written, directed, produced and starred by her father, Jean-Claude Van Damme. In 2010 she played the role of Anna Flint in Assassination Games.

Bianca moved back to California and started speed skating again. But in 2011 a British TV network, ITV, approached Bianca's family to do a documented reality show titled; Jean Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors. After the TV show was released, Bianca got an email from director Dominic Burns offering her the part of Carrie, lead role of his film Alien Uprising. Being her first genuine offer, Bianca took the chance and went to the UK to start shooting, given the opportunity to do her own stunts and gained a great relationship with Dominic Burns, as well as being in his next upcoming projects. When Alien Uprising wrapped, Bianca was sent straight to Romania to play the role of Amalia in 6 Bullets. After shooting two back to back films, Bianca made the smart decision to take her acting career more serious. The next year of 2012, Bianca played the role of Ashley in the film Welcome to the Jungle.

Until Bianca starts her next upcoming projects, she occupies herself by staying in shape and expressing herself through poetry.

Gene Simmons

Best known as the fire breathing, blood splitting and larger than life co-founder of hard rock supergroup, KISS. Simmons was actually born Chaim Witz in August 1949 in Haifa, Israel, the son of Hungarian Jewish parents, Flóra "Florence" (Klein or Kovács) and Feri Yechiel Witz. He moved to New York as a young child. Like many American teenagers of the 1960s, he was influenced by a fascination with comic book super heroes, monster movies and rock and roll music, thus the teenage Simmons set about creating what he perceived as the ultimate music supergroup.

Simmons eventually crossed paths with like-minded musician / songwriter Paul Stanley (born Stanley Eisen) in the early 1970s, and after several failed attempts to create their dream band, they recruited fellow New Yorkers spaced out guitarist Ace Frehley (born Paul Daniel Frehley) and "do anything to make it" drummer Peter Criss (born Peter Crisscuola).

The four struggling young musicians practiced relentlessly in a rundown loft in New York City refining their music & stage show before eventually launching themselves on the New York live music scene in the early 1970s with their blitzkrieg style of hard rock, kabuki stage make up and unforgettable high energy performances. After bombarding media, TV & public relations identities with invites to their shows, Simmons and Stanley soon brokered a deal with Madison Ave executive Bill Aucoin for him to manage the band, and Aucoin soon scored KISS a record deal with the fledgling Casablanca Records & Filmworks.....and the rest as they say is KISStory!

Since their first album debuted in 1974, KISS have sold over 80 million albums and played over 2,000 shows to millions of loyal fans (known as the KISS Army) right around the globe. Never one to keep still for too long, the charismatic Simmons made his first feature film appearance as his alter ego (The Demon from KISS) in the 1978 telemovie KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, which received scathing reviews in the USA from TV critics. However KISS fans internationally loved the film and it played theatrically to strong box office business in dozens of countries, and has since become something of a cult film....despite its corny, cartoonish plot! Since KISS didn't drop wearing their distinctive make up until 1983, it was several years before Simmons appeared in front of the cameras again (this time without the Demon make up), as an evil techno-junkie killer battling Tom Selleck in the thriller Runaway. Simmons has since continued to turn up in low-key roles in B-grade thrillers such as Wanted: Dead or Alive and Red Surf that utilize his ability to glower and look menacingly into the camera. In addition, Simmons has appeared in minor guest roles in several TV crime shows including Miami Vice, Millennium and, most recently, in Third Watch.

Amy Steel

Amy Steel's acting career began in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1973 when she attended Westtown school of dramatic arts. After two summers of dramatic training, Amy joined Barley-Sheaf Players and starred in two productions. She temporarily left the theatre to further pursue her academic career at the prestigious Kent school in Kent, Conneticut. After three years at Kent, Amy left to attend a small college in Palm Beach, Florida where she majored in communications and broadcasting. It was there that John Casablancas, President of the renowned Elite model Agency discovered her.

Amy left Florida for New York in June 1979. Career opportunities in modelling, television and film soon followed. Amy has appeared in many television commercials, several soap operas and many hit movies. Today her film and TV career continues to shine.

Michael Cristofer

Michael Cristofer was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and an Antoinette Perry "Tony" Award for the Broadway production of his play, The Shadow Box. Other plays include Breaking Up (Primary Stages), ICE, (Manhattan Theatre Club); Black Angel, (Circle Repertory Company); The Lady and the Clarinet starring Stockard Channing, Amazing Grace starring Marsha Mason and Man in the Ring, the story of prize fighter Emile Griffith, which received the American Theater Critics Award for best American play in 2017. Mr. Cristofer's film work includes the screenplays for The Shadow Box directed by Paul Newman (Golden Globe Award, Emmy nomination), Falling In Love, with Meryl Streep and Robert DeNiro, The Witches of Eastwick with Jack Nicholson, The Bonfire of the Vanities directed by Brian DePalma,, Breaking Up starring Russell Crowe and Salma Hayek, Georgia O'Keeffe (Writers Guild Award) with Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons, Casanova starring Heath Ledger and Chuck starring Liev Schreiber. His directing credits include Gia, for HBO Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, Mercedes Ruehl and Faye Dunaway which was nominated for 5 Emmies and for which he won a Director's Guild Award. He next directed Body Shots for New Line Cinema and Original Sin starring Antonio Banderas. For eight years he worked as co-artistic director of River Arts Repertory in Woodstock, N.Y., where he wrote stage adaptations of the films Love Me Or Leave Me and the legendary Casablanca, directed Joanne Woodward in his own adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts and produced the American premier of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women - a production which later moved to Off-Broadway. His most recent works for the theater are in workshop at the Actor's Studio where he is a member. After a fifteen year hiatus, Mr. Cristofer has returned to his acting career appearing in Romeo and Juliet (NY Shakespeare Festival), Trumpery by Peter Parnell, Three Sisters (Williamstown Theater), Body of Water with Christine Lahti, and the acclaimed Broadway revival of A View from the Bridge with Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson. His film work includes Girl in the Book, The Other woman with Natalie Portman and Michel Franco's Chronic with Tim Roth. He created the role of Gus in Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual... at the Public Theater and starred in Stephen Belber's Don't Go Gentle at MCC Theater. He appeared as the infamous Truxton Spangler in the AMC series Rubicon and was recently seen in the NBC series, Smash, American Horror Story, Showtime's Ray Donovan. On the USA series, Mr Robot , he plays Evil Corp CEO, Philip Price.

Jon Peters

Peters made his Hollywood debut in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments as the boy on the donkey crossing the Red Sea. He went on to be a hard-case kid who spent his formative years in and out of reform school. Peters entered the family business of hairdressing at age 14. Armed with an instinctive genius for self-promotion, he amassed a huge celebrity clientele at his trendy Jon Peters Salon on Rodeo Drive, raking in millions by merchandising the salon's ancillary cosmetic products. Privy to confidences that the rich and famous only reveal to their hairdressers, Peters became hip to the ways and means of Hollywood. In 1974, he fell in love with his client Barbra Streisand and proceeded to manage her early music and film career. He produced her 1976 remake of A Star Is Born which yielded over $100 million at the box office and four Oscar nominations including the Oscar-winning song, "Evergreen". Peters went on to produce a string of best-selling Streisand albums, "The Main Event", The Eyes of Laura Mars" and "Caddyshack". Peters blossomed into an A-list producer, a status he's maintained over 30 years.

In 1980, Peters teamed with former Casablanca Records and Filmworks exec Peter Guber; together with Neil Bogart, Peters and Guber formed the Polygram Productions, later renamed the Boardwalk Company. A series of mergers and sell-offs later, Guber-Peters was born in 1983. The team's willingness to take enormous chances with huge amounts of money transformed Guber and Peters into the wunderkind of Hollywood, especially after such critical and financial successes as Missing (1982), Flashdance (1983), The Color Purple (1985), Witches of Eastwick (1987), Gorillas in the Mist (1988), and Rain Man (1989). Guber-Peters acquired Chuck Barris Productions (The Gong Show, The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game), cementing their role in television as Guber-Peters-Barris. The partnership took its biggest risk and scored its biggest hit with Batman (1989) which won Peters and his partner a multimillion-dollar seven-year WB contract. Within months, they were wooed away by Sony Corporation, which offered Guber and Peters one billion dollars to assume chief executive posts.

Peters left to start Peters Entertainment which has produced such blockbusters as Batman Returns, Wild Wild West, Ali, and Superman Returns. Peters has received over 254 nominations, and won multiple Oscars, Golden Globes, and Grammys. The producer's combined grosses exceed $6 Billion worldwide and will continue to soar with two Superman sequels and a Star is Born remake in development. Peters is the proud father of five children: Christopher, Caleigh, Jordan, Skye, and Kendyl. Through the Peters Family Foundation he supports the Christopher Reeve Foundation, Life Rolls On, Homeboy Industries, My Friend's Place, Cambodian Children's Fund, Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation, Heartfelt Foundation, The Laurence School, the Sheriff's Youth Foundation, and countless other youth charities.


Lilimar Hernandez Ruiz, better known by her artistic name "Lilimar" was born on June 2nd, 2000 in Venezuela. She has always been a creative and fun little girl. Since a very young age she was inclined towards the artistic world. At the age of 4 her artistic talent began as a Model where she ran as "Queen of the carnival" in a beauty pageant in her native country. In 2006 she moved to Miami, Florida where she studied Modeling at John Casablancas Career Center, and then completed courses of acting and Media. Lilimar's career as Model, Actress, and Host became reality by doing national and international commercials, multiple music videos, TV Pilots, webisodes, films as the leading role, print and runway works for national and international designers. In 2012 she was chosen as one of the actresses from their segment through Univision of Humor with the Kids for the Chilean spanish speaking television program "SÁBADO GIGANTE". Lilimar was part of a spanish speaking soap opera "Rosario" for both Univision and Venevision. Recently she worked as a presenter in the radio show "Pangea Kids". Now, she has moved to Los Angeles to play the role of "Sophie" on Nickelodeon's newest show, Bella and the Bulldogs.

Paul Henreid

Paul Henreid was born Paul Georg Julius Freiherr von Hernreid Ritter von Wasel-Waldingau in Trieste, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was the son of Marie Luise Heilig (Lendecke) and Baron Karl Alphons Hernreid. His father was an aristocratic banker, who was born to a Jewish family whose surname was changed from Hirsch to Hernreid.

Paul grew up in Vienna and studied at the prestigious Maria Theresa Academy (graduating in 1927) and the Institute of Graphic Arts. For four years, he worked as translator and book designer for a publishing outfit run by Otto Preminger, while training to be an actor at night. Preminger was also a protégé (and managing director) of Max Reinhardt. After attending one of Henreid's acting school performances, Preminger introduced him to the famous stage director and this led to a contract. In 1933, Paul made his debut at the Reinhardt Theatre in "Faust". He subsequently had several leading roles on the stage and appeared in a couple of Austrian films. Paul, like his character Victor Laszlo in Casablanca, was avidly anti-fascist. He accordingly left continental Europe and went to London in 1935, first appearing on stage as Prince Albert in "Victoria the Great" two years later.

Henreid made his English-speaking motion picture debut in the popular drama Goodbye, Mr. Chips, as the sympathetic German master Max Staefel, who proves to be Chipping's truest friend and ally. After that, however, he became incongruously typecast as Nazi henchmen in Mad Men of Europe and Night Train to Munich. That year, he moved to the United States (becoming a citizen the following year) and quickly established himself on Broadway with "Flight to the West", as a Ribbentrop-type Nazi consul. His powerful performance led to radio work in the serial "Joyce Jordan-Girl Interne" and a film contract with RKO in 1941.

This marked a turning point in Paul Henreid's career. He finally escaped the stereotypical Teutonic image and began to play heroic or romantic leads, his first being Joan of Paris, opposite Michèle Morgan, as French RAF pilot Paul Lavallier. Significantly, his next film, Now, Voyager, defined his new screen persona: debonnaire, cultured and genteel, lighting two cigarettes simultaneously, then passing one to Bette Davis. According to Henreid, this legendary (and later often lampooned) scene was almost cut from the film because the director, Irving Rapper, had concerns about it. Next came "Casablanca", where Henreid played the idealistic, sensitive patriot Victor Laszlo; the poorly received Bronte sisters biopic Devotion, as an Irish priest; and a stalwart performance as a Polish count and Ida Lupino's love interest, In Our Time.

After several dull romantic leads, Henreid reinvented himself yet again. He played a memorably athletic and lively Dutch pirate, the 'Barracuda', in RKO's colourful swashbuckler The Spanish Main. Another of his best later performances was as a sadistic South African commandant in the underrated film noir Rope of Sand, which re-united him with his former "Casablanca" co-stars Peter Lorre and Claude Rains. After the Arabian Technicolor adventure, Thief of Damascus, Henreid's star began to fade. His last noteworthy appearance during the fifties was as an itinerant magician in the oriental extravaganza Siren of Bagdad . The most memorable of several in-jokes, had Henreid lighting two hookahs (water pipes) for one of his harem girls, spoofing his famous scene from "Now, Voyager".

Outspoken in his opposition to McCarthyism and adhering to his rights under the First Amendment, he was subsequently blacklisted as a "communist sympathizer" by the House Committee on Un- American Activities. In spite of the damage this did to his career, he re-emerged as a director of second features and television episodes for Screen Gems, Desilu and other companies. In 1957, Alfred Hitchcock (in defiance of the blacklist) hired him to direct several episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Towards the end of his career, Paul Henreid directed his former "Now, Voyager" co-star Bette Davis in the camp melodrama Dead Ringer and toured with Agnes Moorehead on stage in a short-lived revival of "Don Juan in Hell"(1972- 73). Henreid died of pneumonia in a Santa Monica hospital in April 1992, after having suffered a stroke. He has the distinction of having not just one but two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for his films, and one for his television work.

Gad Elmaleh

Gad was born in Morocco in April 1971. His father was a mime. He was a student at Georges Bizet school and Lycée Lyautey in Casablanca but didn't like school much. In 1988, Gad left Casablanca to go to Montreal. He stayed there for 4 years, during which he was a political science student for one year, worked on radio, wrote humorous stories and played them in night clubs.

In 1992, he came to Paris and took Le Cours Florent course where he has, among others, Isabelle Nanty as a teacher. He wrote a one-man show named 'Décalages' which told a lot about his experiences in Montreal and Paris in 1996. Three years later, he presented his second one-man show named 'La Vie Normale', again staged by Isabelle Nanty. Gad was revealed as a humorist but is also a great actor who starred in various French movies. Gad lived with French actress Anne Brochet and has a son, Noé. One of his best friends in business is Jamel Debbouze.

Stephanie Seymour

Stephanie Seymour was born on July 23, 1968 in San Diego, California. From her early teens it became obvious that the towering, stunningly beautiful young woman was ideal modeling material, and she immediately began getting some local print work. Having entered a modeling contest sponsored by Elite, Seymour caught John Casablancas's eye and moved to New York to work for him at Elite as a model, eventually carrying on a relationship with Casablancas as well, who left his wife to live with the youthful Seymour.

She had great success, including the beginning of a long relationship with Victoria's Secret and work on the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues, but it was not the truly spectacular success Seymour sought, so she posed for a spread in Playboy Magazine in 1991 (it would be the first of several). Sure enough, this served as an accelerant to her career, and soon she had achieved the status of supermodel, appearing as well in several music videos, which further increased her status.

Meanwhile she also achieved a degree of notoriety with rumors of difficult, diva-like behavior and a personal life that was wild even by supermodel standards -- the nude spreads in Playboy; tales of drugs and wild partying; a short-lived marriage; a relationship with Warren Beatty, callously ended to take up with rock star Axl Rose, which then ended with mutual accusations of physical abuse and mutual law suits (which eventually settled); and an affair with publisher, producer and father of five Peter Brant, who eventually left his wife and married Seymour in 1995. Despite her often gossip-generating behavior (some might say because of it), Seymour is still a busy model and continues to be one of the world's most recognized faces.

Besides the music videos and a role in a live-action video game, Seymour's acting resume is limited to a very small part in Pollock, which Brant produced, and an episode of the television program Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Seymour has four children.

Joy Page

Actress Joy Page (nee Joy C. Paige) received her exotic good looks from her father, actor Don Alvarado (real name Jose Paige), who played dashing Latin-lover types in silent films. Her mother was actress Ann Boyar (1908 - 1990). Following her parents' divorce, Joy's mother married Warner Bros. studio chief Jack L. Warner and it was this association that jump-started her acting career, with a minor role in what is often considered the greatest American film ever made: Casablanca. Joy played Bulgarian newlywed Annina Brandel, whose virtue is on the line because, if her young husband (Helmut Dantine) keeps losing all their money at Rick's roulette table, the only way they will get out of Casablanca is if she sleeps with Capt. Renaud (Claude Rains). Despite the meager role, she made quite an impression and it is still considered her best performance of the handful of films in which she's appeared. Being the stepdaughter of such a powerful producer as Jack Warner should have produced better results for her, but it didn't. In 1945 she married actor William T. Orr, whose own career was on the wane. Warner made him a producer almost overnight and later put him in charge of Warner Bros. Television. Film roles were few and far between after her auspicious debut and, other than Bullfighter and the Lady with Robert Stack in which she played a sultry senorita whom Stack tries to impress, the films were thoroughly routine. In 1959 she appeared in the first season of Walt Disney's "Swamp Fox" series, then retired. She divorced Orr in 1970. Their son, Gregory Orr, is a TV writer and producer of documentaries.

Uldouz Wallace

Uldouz Wallace was born in Teheran, Iran. Her Parents moved to Uppsala, Sweden when she was 5 years old, when she turned 9 years old she moved to Stockholm, Sweden. In her journey from Iran to Sweden she was still able to maintain the language Farsi (Persian) as well as learning the languages Swedish and English fluently.

John Singleton discovered Uldouz Wallace; he recognized her talent and assisted her with her own sketch comedy series "Living an Uldouz Life". Her sketch comedy show was also appreciated by Will Ferrell's Funny or Die, where she also wrote & made sketches then she later joined forces with Marlon Wayans at What the funny to work in their sketch comedy & Vine department to create content.

She also appeared on Case 39 with Renee Zellweger and Bradley Cooper as well as Good Luck Chuck with Dane Cook, and the hit show Smallviel as well as Cocked with Jason Lee and Brian Dennehy.

Uldouz has accomplished many things, such as finishing her Masters in Marketing and Advertising, also a Business Administration Diploma as well as an Acting Diploma. She studied at Groundlings, John Casablanca and Richard Lawson's Studios. Besides acting Uldouz is also a Writer & a Major Social Media Influencer with millions of followers across her Social Media Platforms.

This unique and versatile actress is striving to make her mark in this industry and is committed to advancing in her craft and working on projects that allows her to display all aspects of her abilities and skills.

Rodolfo Acosta

Mexican character actor Rodolfo Acosta (born Rodolfo Acosta Pérez) achieved his greatest success in the US, primarily as a villain in westerns. He was born in Chamizal, a section of land disputed by Mexico and Texas due to changes in the Rio Grande river which forms the border. At the time of Acosta's birth, the area was generally accepted by both Mexican and Texas governments as U.S. territory, and Acosta was born an American citizen. He served in the U.S. Navy in naval intelligence during World War II and married Jeanine Cohen, a woman he met in Casablanca during the North African campaign. (She later filed for divorce as a result of his affair with actress Ann Sheridan in the 1950s.) After the war, Acosta worked in Mexico in films of the great director Emilio Fernández, which led to a bit in John Ford's film The Fugitive. He came to the US and was signed by Universal for a small role in One Way Street. He stayed in the US and his sharp, ruthless features led him to a long succession of roles as bandits, Indian warriors and outlaws. In The Tijuana Story, he actually had a sympathetic leading role, but in general he spent his career as a very familiar western bad guy. He died of cancer in 1974 at the age of 54, leaving five children.

Kimberley Conrad

Strikingly tall (5' 9"), slim, and drop-dead gorgeous blonde knockout Kimberley Conrad was born Kimberley Coonradt on August 6, 1962 in Moulton, Alabama. Kimberley's family moved to Reno, Nevada when she was four and moved a second time to British Columbia, Canada when she was twelve. Conrad began modeling at age seventeen: She modeled for John Casablancas Elite as a teenager and worked in the fashion industry in Vancouver, Canada. Local Vancouver photographer Ken Honey talked Kimberley into posing for "Playboy." Conrad was the Playmate of the Month in the January, 1988 issue of "Playboy." She was named Playmate of the Year in 1989. Kimberley married "Playboy" founder/publisher Hugh Hefner on July 1, 1989; the couple had two sons before separating in 1999. Conrad's sole foray into acting was a guest appearance on an episode of TV series "Highway to Heaven." Kimberley has been featured in numerous "Playboy" videos and even had a "Playboy" newsstand special edition completely dedicated to her. A vegetarian and avid snowboarder, Conrad has worked for PETA and various animal rescue groups in Los Angeles, California. She filed a lawsuit against Hugh Hefner in August, 2009.

The Marx Brothers

The Marx Brothers, Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo are a group of actors known for Duck Soup (1933), Animal Crackers (1930) Horse Feathers (1932) A Night in Casablanca (1946) A Day at the Races (1937) and A Night at the Opera (1935). They began their careers in Vaudeville, before becoming stars in the movies.

Brian Wolfman Black Bowman

Brian Bowman, a native of Detroit, Michigan now living in Columbus, Ohio, holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and business administration along with a MBA from Franklin University. He's also a graduate of John Casablanca Modeling and Talent Management, A devoted husband as well as a father of four and grandfather of seven, he works as a manager, head writer and CFO for BLACK JACK ENTERTAINMENT AGENCY LLC. which happens to be a company that he co-founded. His love for scary movies helped inspire him to create two horror novels. "MY BROTHER'S KEEPER" is the title of the first book which was published in the spring of 2008. Mr. Bowman was blessed enough to publish his second novel "I LOVE YOU" through his own company in the spring of 2011. He is currently working on his third horror novel titled "WET". Brian Bowman has also maintained a continuous involvement in community events. He is one of the co-founders of THE ANNUAL EASTER FEAST where they feed approximately 300 people. His company sponsors THE ANNUAL GOSPEL SHOWCASE AND DINNER which showcases local talent at no cost. He has delivered motivational speeches at Community Connections and the Day Reporting Program, managed a local artist, hosted several entertainment events, mentored young adults, and played an important role of the construction and publication of three completely positive community magazines. He is also one of the host of an internet radio show called THE ORDER RADIO where local talent is interviewed and community issues are brought to light. Mr. Bowman found his love for acting by appearing in the following local stage plays: What Color is Trouble?, The Promise, The Bell Ringer, A Wing and a Prayer, Secrets of a Dark Skinned Sister, The Holy Shop and 1940s Radio Hour. This lead Mr. Bowman trying his hand at screen acting and to write, co-directed and star in MY BROTHER'S KEEPER THE SERIES which is based off of the novel he wrote. The success of those projects is what lead him to write, produce and star in a feature length film called THE GAME DONE CHANGED which premiered to a sold out crowd at an AMC theater. Brian's ambition would lead him to act in a number of other motion pictures: Madtown, UFO, Church Gossip, St. Gabriel, Fast 8, Life & Death of John Gotti, Liberty Mean, Girl From Compton, First Kill and a huge principle role in Miles Ahead which was written and directed by Don Cheadle. He is currently working on other film projects and has a screenplay and TV pilot that's being shopped around. Brian Bowman's ultimate goal is to create a culture of positive adults that the youth can relate to and learn from. He lives by the slogan of, "Keep ya head up, stay strong and stay focused!"

István Szabó

Istvan Svabo was the first Hungarian director to win an Oscar (Although a Hungarian-American director, Michael Curtiz [Mihaly Kertesz], also won an Oscar previously for directing Casablanca). He received the award for his 1981 movie Mephisto. In January 2006, it became public that he had been an agent of the III/III department, a former communist agency of interior intelligence. After the revolution in 1956, he was blackmailed and forced to cooperate, though later he was considered willingly cooperative. Allegedly, he wrote reports about fellow Hungarian directors, actors and actresses such as Miklós Jancsó, Mari Töröcsik, Károly Mécs. An acknowledged Hungarian journalist Zsolt Bayer has said the following about it: "This is the time to re-watch Mephisto. It has just become obvious that Szabo directed his own life in the movie, masterfully." Szabo has never denied the charges and considers his agent work heroic and needful, claiming he saved the life of a friend sentenced to death for his involvement in the revolution of 1956.

Zane Casablanca

Zane Casablanca was born in Morocco, where he was raised in the city of Casablanca until the age of eighteen, when his father moved the entire family to New York. At the age of twenty, Zane joined Columbia University where he majored in political science, and graduated with honors. Upon His graduation form Colombia university, Zane landed great Job at the United Nations where he spent several years traveling the world as a UN Interpreter, and a Middle East liaison officer. After the unfortunate tragic terrorist attack in New York, Zane was approached by an elite section from( D.O.D) Department of defense He was immediately recruited as an officer due to his ethnic background and his multilingual abilities. He underwent intensive training at a Government Special training center. This was quiet a contrast to Zane's normal life, living in New York and traveling the world as a united nations representative. Upon completion of his training, Zane was abruptly deployed to Camp Cobra in Baghdad. While in Iraq, Zane was embedded with a small squad of US marines belonging to an Elite sector of the D.O.D under the supervision of the (NSC) National security council, and thus the president. He was to serve as their intelligence Officer. The day to day activities of this unit is to gather intelligence, locate terrorists safe houses, conduct raids, detain and interrogate the culprits that were wrecking havoc in Iraq. Zane was in the front lines of the most ominous and confusing situations...He was nicknamed "The General" due to his utter confidence and take-charge attitude. After serving seven long and honorable missions in Iraq, he was deployed to Afghanistan where he sustained several injuries. Zane returned to New York and resigned from the D.O.D due to his injuries. He then was offered a position with the (NSA) National security agency where he spent five more serving as chief intelligence examiner and language specialist. Zane Spent two years studying acting At the Stella Adler studio In New York City, he then moved to Los Angeles and launched a prestigious Intelligence firm catering only to government agencies. While on his first audition in Los Angeles, casting directors Sharon Bialy and Sherry Thomas introduced Zane to Director David Mamet who gave Zane his first break hence leading to his prime time television debut where he guest-starred as the Arab arms dealer in "The Unit", opposite Dennis Haysbert.

Marina Anderson

Marina Anderson is a dual citizen (American-Canadian), multi-hyphenate. A noted actress, voice-over artist, writer, producer, makeup artist, acting coach, personal manager and career consultant. Marina has ventured in practically every facet of the entertainment industry in front of and behind the camera.

She was singly responsible via her efforts as personal manager and publicist, for resurrecting the career of actor David Carradine (her now, ex-husband), which culminated with his being cast in Quentin Tarantino's film Kill Bill. It was Marina who befriended and introduced Tarantino to Carradine, which ultimately led to his being cast in the film. During their six years together, her life and career with Carradine has been highly publicized worldwide. It was publicly acknowledged that Marina was the sole motivating factor of his sobriety after many years of alcohol abuse (E! True Hollywood Stories and E! Hollywood Wives Tales). Marina combined her skills to rebuild his career as well as pursuing her own. All is recounted in her memoir, David Carradine, The Eye Of My Tornado, which is being developed as a film. Originally published 2010, the book takes readers through Anderson's very private journey and beyond her publicized marriage and divorce to Carradine. Endorsed by Dr. Drew Pinsky, a new, updated version is selling worldwide.

During this time and throughout her career, Marina has been cast in unique and diverse starring, recurring, and supporting roles in many independent feature films. Her talents as a skilled, versatile character actress were showcased in many comedic and dramatic films and television shows where she displayed chameleon like qualities in roles from murderers to moms, attorneys to bimbos. She has achieved notoriety and recognition in her own right within the indie movie circuit as well as prime-time mainstream distribution. Her talents have lent themselves to hosting, reporting and other journalistic ventures as well.

Marina was voted YouTube's #1 TV Executive from the four-million viewership web series Pure Pwnage, and co-lead in Sophie Chase, (which was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award -- the first in the history of the TV Academy) Outstanding Achievement In Video Content For Non-Traditional Delivery Platforms (New Media - iPod, Broadband), Canada's four Genie Award (Canada's Oscars) winning film (including Best Picture and director) 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould, directed by Francois Girard and co-lead in The Motion Picture Academy Award and The Carl E. David Award winning film short Legacy.

She has also been cast as the co-lead in an episode of Unsolved for NBC Universal as well as appearances on: Bones (opposite Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz), The Mentalist (opposite Robin Tunney), Dexter (opposite Jennifer Carpenter), Law & Order LA, Desperate Housewives, supporting and guest star roles: Sex & Mrs. X (for Hearst/Lifetime opposite Linda Hamilton), Forever Knight, Dracula: The Series, and recurring guest on Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (opposite David Carradine), Largo Winch, and CBC's highly rated series Scales of Justice.

Many other television appearances include: Seinfeld, Big Time Rush, Jane By Design, Parenthood, Ghost Whisperer, Side Order of Life (Becca's mom), 12 Miles of Bad Road, and Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip and many national on camera and voice-over commercials including Federal Express, Pillsbury crescent rolls, Jell-O pudding, Home Depot, Safeway markets, Thicker Fuller Hair, Pacific Horizon furniture and Alburtus Magnus College.

Film credits include starring and supporting roles: Natural Selection (stars Breaking Bad's Uncle Jack - Michael Bowen), co lead role in Dangerous Curves (opposite David and Robert Carradine), Macon County Jail (opposite Ally Sheedy), Licensed To Wed, Wild Hogs, Rendition, Kiss Of A Stranger (opposite Mariel Hemmingway), My Little Hollywood (Sylvester and Frank Stallone, Dennis Hopper), Naked Movie (Christian Slater, Tori Spelling), Shepherd (opposite Roddy Piper), co-lead in The Donor/La Donneuse, American Reel, three films for famed director Walter Hill, AOF award winning film, The Red Maple Leaf (stars Michael Pare, Kris Kristofferson, Mia Sorvino, James Caan and a long list of other luminaries).

To add to her schedule, Marina has her own jewelry line -- The Flying Goddess(TM) which has been covered in the media and is in the possession of celebrities such as: Shirley MacLaine, Fran Drescher, Dr. Maya Angelou, Jillie Mack (Mrs. Tom Selleck) and Jan (Mrs. Mickey) Rooney. She is also a columnist for Headlines & Global News (HNGN) and freelance writer for other publications.

2012, Marina opened her own publicity company, The Media Hound PR specializing in the entertainment industry, publishing, book launch campaigns and various events (for celebs such as Dick Van Dyke and Gary U.S. Bonds) and branding (Morgan Brown Designs). Clients have included actor-environmentalists Ed Begley Jr, and Rachelle Carson-Begley, actor-author Robby Benson, music icons Alan Parsons, Scott Harris (Building Construction Group), Blanche Garcia (expert Interior designer/consultant Travel Channel), Cari Cucksey (star of Cash & Cari HGTV), Mark Breslin (owner/founder Yuk Yuks Canada), Malibu Playhouse, just to name a few.

Marina is also developing film, TV, reality projects, paints, sculpts, enjoys playing guitar, singing, dancing, horseback riding, jet skiing, golf and bowling! Previous owner of Lulu The Collie (who was Lassie IX's sister and a Ralph Lauren Model) and three cats, Marina actively supports animal and children's rights groups (American Oceans, World Wildlife Foundation, PETA. MADD, ASPCA, Children Uniting Nations, LA Family Housing, to name a few). She is also writing a series of inspirational children's books.

Marina began her acting and modeling career in the San Fernando Valley at age 13, appearing in various commercials and television shows. An Art major at Ulysses S. Grant High School, she later attended Los Angeles Valley College where she became their first female DJ (KLAV). After attaining her Associate Arts degree in Theatre/Cinema, Coco received the ASO scholarship, which allowed her to pursue Journalism and Broadcasting at California State University Northridge and UCLA. Originally trained in theatre, Marina has performed leads in over twenty productions and touring companies including Taming Of The Shrew, Twelfth Night, Butterflies Are Free, My Fair Lady and Company. Marina has also hosted her own roving reporter on-the-town interview show for WCCO radio Minneapolis.

As an artist, she sold her Grandma Moses style primitive paintings (as Nina Penn) to various galleries in Southern California and also ran her own basket decorating company (The Basket Lady), which sold worldwide high-end, one-of-a-kind creations she crafted herself, to famous Hollywood clientele.

Entertainment runs in Marina's family. Her mother (Mariana Dottore, the Sicilian side) was a contract singer for Warner Bros. in the 40's, also Pasadena Civic Light Opera as well as appearing in various noted nightclubs. She is related to famed Cardinal d'Este (Villa d'Este in Italy) and Lucrezia Borgia. Coco's father (Joseph Benjamin, Lithuanian descent) was a professional musician, inventor, aerospace engineer and Imagineer for EPCOT/Disney. Her father's uncle was film and TV producer, Harry Joe Brown (Randolph Scott westerns, classic films such as Cpt. Blood starring Errol Flynn). Via Brown, Marina is related to acclaimed actor Peter O'Toole and Academy Award winning lyricist, Ray Evans (Mona Lisa, Que Sera Sera, Silver Bells, Mr. Ed and Bonanza themes). Marina has one older brother, Daniel who is also a professional musician as well as a computer programmer and analyst. He is happily married to Maggie Lew (Benjamin), a real estate investor born in Hong Kong).

In 1990, Marina returned to acting and moved to Toronto, Canada, where she received her dual citizenship, wrote and developed comedy projects as well as guest starred in many Canadian-American TV and film projects (as Marina Anderson). It was there in Toronto, where Marina had recurring guest star roles on the show Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, where she met Carradine (1992). They did not start their relationship until 1995.

On February 20, 1998, Marina and David were married in a highly publicized ceremony on Laramie Street of the Warner Bros. Studio's Western street back lot where they first met in the 70s. David was filming the original series Kung Fu and Marina was taking acting classes located on the lot. Marina divorced David December 12, 2001 and changed her name to Coco d'Este for a time.

Marina enjoys working on the other side of the camera "at practically every studio in town in just about every capacity from production assistant to Executive Assistant of company's CEO's to producing". Marina co-owned American Biograph Productions, where she held the position VP of Publicity and was the youngest producer at that time to join the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences. The company produced commercials and live-action promotions for record companies such as Motown and Warner Bros.

Freelancing in other areas over the years, Marina has held the positions of: Script Analyst for ShowTime/Viacom, makeup artist (specializing in glamour makeovers, personal makeup artist to Yoko Ono), Director of Publicity for various companies, and freelance journalist and screenwriter. She has worked as Director of Publicity for various companies and publications and as a modeling, makeup and acting teacher (John Casablancas/Elite, John Robert Powers, Sutherland Models (Canada), Film Actors Lab, and others).

Appearances (as herself) include: Marilu Henner, Larry King (subbing host Joy Behar) Inside Edition, Insider, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, AM LA Hard Copy, Celebrity Justice, CNN, Radaronline.com, various news networks and Internet worldwide, Date My House, No Love In LA (Documentary), Your SCV TV, Global Village Television.com, Home Shopping Petwork (HSP), LA San Fernando Valley International Film Festival Gala Awards Presenter, Paris Hilton Documentary Warner Bros., Howard Stern, E! Hollywood Wives Tales, E! True Hollywood Story, E! Fashion Emergency, Q Television Brunch, Music +, 2001 Oscars pre show, Celebrity Justice, Crossing Over With John Edward, Home and Family Show (2), DogCatRadio.com, First Miss Dog Beauty Pageant, Telegado Awards, Woof! Woof! Mathew Margolis' Guide to Dog Training, American Oceans Celebrity Sports Invitational (jet ski competition), Dream Foundation Celebrity Sports Invitational (jet ski competition), Night of 101 Stars Academy Awards, Hollywood Santa Clause Lane Parade Starring (6 productions) KLAV Los Angeles DJ/radio talk show, WCCO radio (Twin Cities/MN) Roving Reporter/LA Laison, SUN TV - Host/roving reporter, Balance Bracelets infomercial, SCVTV The Beauty Spot (her own show).

Zenza Raggi

The tall (6'1") and handsome Zenza Raggi was born Karim Sabaheddine on October 24, 1970 in Casablanca, Morocco. Raggi first became involved in the adult entertainment industry in 1991 and started performing in explicit hardcore movies in his mid 20s in 1994. Besides acting in a slew of porn films, Zenza has also directed a few adult features. Raggi was nominated for AVN Awards for both Best Threeway Sex Scene and Male Foreign Performer of the Year in 2009. He lives in Budapest, Hungary.

Jamie Lee Redmon

Jamie has been acting since the age of six. She has studied with Andrew Magarian, John Homa, Michael Woolson, Robert Carnagie, Scott Caan and Val Lauren. Prior to her interest in theatrical acting, Jamie starred in approximately 15 commercials, where she was bit hard by the acting bug. Her love of acting in commercials soon turned from hobby to career choice. Jamie also has a love of writing and has written several screenplays. Her love of literature, no doubt comes from her father, who is an English professor at Chapman University as well as Cal Poly Pomona. Jamie's love for film has been instilled by her mother, an adamant movie viewer. She and Jamie would sit for hours watching the classics such as Gone With The Wind, Casablanca, Citizen Cane, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Godfather trilogy just to name a few.

Carl Esmond

Born Willy Eichberger in Vienna, Austria, he changed his name to the ethnically nondescript Carl Esmond and went on to become a well-regarded actor both here and in Europe, a career that sustained itself for nearly 50 years. He initially studied drama in Vienna at the State Academy of Dramatic Arts and started things off with the German film The Emperor's Waltz [The Emperor's Waltz]. He had developed into a matinée idol in both Germany and Austria with such films as Die Liebe siegt [Love Conquers] by the time he moved to London. He started treading the marquee boards there in such plays as "Victoria Regina" with a repertoire that would include everything from Shakespeare to Shaw.

In the late 1930s Esmond made a strategic career move to the United States, where he briefly changed his name yet again to Charles Esmond before reverting back to Carl. He eventually became an American citizen. Over the years, the slick, mustachioed, well-groomed actor poured on the charm in a number of popular war-era films as both cultivated romancers and urbane villains, in addition to the nefarious Teutonic officers he customarily played. Making his debut with the classic The Prisoner of Zenda, Esmond went on to appear opposite Errol Flynn in The Dawn Patrol, Gary Cooper in both Sergeant York and The Story of Dr. Wassell, Ray Milland in Ministry of Fear, Susan Hayward in Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman and Gregory Peck in The World in His Arms.

By the 1950s Carl was a steady fixture on television drama and portrayed Victor Lazlo in a 1955 presentation of "Casablanca." A guest star of such series as "77 Sunset Strip," "Maverick," "the Big Valley" and "McMillan and Wife," his last film was the very forgettable Agent for H.A.R.M.. Sporadically seen after that, he retired following his appearance in the TV mini-movie My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn, a biopic of his 30s co-star Errol Flynn. Long wed to literary agent Ruth Taub, who predeceased him, he died of natural causes at 102 years.

Fernando Trueba

Trueba studied Imagen at the Facultad de Ciencias de la Información, was cinema critic for the newspaper 'El País' and for 'La Guía del Ocio' and also founded the journal "Casablanca". At the movies his first success was Opera Prima following the style of the "comedia madrileña". He had major success with Sé infiel y no mires con quién starting a longer colaboration with the producer Andrés Vicente Gómez.

Bruce Berman

Bruce Berman is Chairman and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures. The company has a successful joint partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures to co-produce a wide range of motion pictures, with all films distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Under the Village Roadshow Pictures banner, Berman has executive produced such wide-ranging successes as Clint Eastwood's Oscar® nominated "American Sniper," starring Bradley Cooper; the animated adventure "The Lego Movie," directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller; director Baz Luhrmann's box office hit "The Great Gatsby," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire; director Guy Ritchie's hit action-adventure "Sherlock Holmes," starring Robert Downey, Jr., and Jude Law and its sequel "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,"; the "Ocean's," series starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney; the acclaimed drama "Gran Torino," directed by and starring Clint Eastwood; the blockbuster "I Am Legend," starring Will Smith; and George Miller's Oscar® winning animated adventure "Happy Feet."

Berman's upcoming credits include George Miller's post-apocalyptic action-adventure "Mad Max: Fury Road," starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron; Brad Peyton's action-thriller "San Andreas," and starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson; Ron Howard's action-adventure "In the Heart of the Sea," based on the Nathaniel Philbrick's bestseller about the dramatic true journey of the whaling ship Essex starring Chris Hemsworth; and "Concussion," a National Football League sports drama starring Will Smith.

Berman was named Chairman and CEO of VRP in February 1998. Previously, he spent 14 years at Warner Bros., joining the company in 1984 as Production Vice President and then serving as Senior Vice President of Production. In September 1989, he was named President of Theatrical Production and two years later, Worldwide President of Theatrical Production. During his tenure at Warner Bros. he produced and distributed numerous films including "Twister," "A Time to Kill," "Batman Forever," "The Fugitive," "The Client," "Outbreak," "Disclosure," "Dave," "The Bodyguard," "Under Siege," "Malcolm X," "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "Goodfellas," "Presumed Innocent," and the Oscar®-winning Best Picture "Driving Miss Daisy." In May of 1996, Berman started Plan B Entertainment, an independent motion picture company based at Warner Bros.

Berman graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 1975 with a degree in United States History. He also attended Cal Arts Film School and Bennington College. Berman got his start in the motion picture business working with Jack Valenti at the MPAA while attending Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C. After earning his law degree, he landed a job at Casablanca Films in 1978. Moving to Universal, he worked his way up to a production vice president in 1982.

Nawal Bengholam

Nawal Bengholam is originally from Casablanca, Morocco. She grew up there and after high school spent a year in Paris, Madrid and Barcelona, then moved to San Diego to do her pre-medical studies at the University of California, San Diego. She double majored in Animal Physiology & Neuroscience and French Literature.

She got very involved with several non-profit medical organizations such as Medicine for Humanity and The Flying Samaritans and worked on the field as well as behind the scenes in fundraising. Because she is fluent in French and Arabic, she also pursued a career in multimedia adapting software to foreign markets, and worked full time while in school.

During her last year at UCSD, she took a couple of acting classes as electives and caught the bug instantly. Even though socially conscious, she decided not to pursue a career in medicine but rather acting which has proved to be a stronger passion.

In her spare time, she loves to travel, read, do yoga, and cook big meals, red wine in hand while listening to Andrea Bocelli VERY loud! And then, there's her love for shoes...

Pierre Perea

Pierre is a whirlwind of talent: originally from New York, culturally diverse - with European, Italian and French from his mother's side and father's Spanish, Jewish and American Indian cultures giving him great range and depth from which he draws upon along with decades of training and securing award winning performances. Yes he can be a gentleman and a scoundrel, a priest and a wall street broker - a pirate or an Admiral.

Pierre joined the acting cirque much later than most. His first movie experience was with Candice Bergen in Mayflower Madam, and most recently gaining more global exposure working on Drop Dead Diva as a Co-Star with Tony Goldwyn of 'Scandal' and lead Brooke Elliot - directed by Michael Grossman and again Guest starred on Necessary Roughness with Director James Hayman.

Perea's next opportunity, pronounced 'PEAR_EE_AY ' came alongside Rebecca DeMornay, Randy Quaid and Michael O'keefe in The Slugger's Wife, where once again he gained great experience working with notable talent. His diversity was recognized in the start of his career when he was the only talent invited back to the set of 'In the Heat of the Night' by Fred Silverman and Carroll O'Connor as two different Characters.

Pierre's chiseled features, handsomeness and charismatic charm attracted industry professionals and he was in top fashion magazines and live runway shows for GQ , Calvin Klein, International Male and worked with Elite, L'Agence, Casablanca and Ford Agencies. . He dove into acting and took Master Classes at Strasberg in Manhattan after a few years of 3 disciplines simultaneously, Theatrical at the Alliance Theatre / Woodruff Arts Center, Dorsey Studios - Stanislavski 'Method' and Commercial Acting with Don Slaton. These experiences intrigued Perea regarding the 'Art' of acting. Over the past 3 decades Pierre studied with many other teachers in different states and various techniques to continue to hone and exercise his talents. Pierre then worked on Quiet Victory, the Charlie Wedermeyer Story, as Young Charlie with Michael Nouri and Pam Dawber.

Meanwhile, he toiled in the kitchens of Atlanta - from assistant to Executive Chef at the only full service, white glove restaurant open past 10 pm. A most progressive kitchen in the states, cooking in an open kitchen - right in front of the entire restaurant - inventing new and fun ways to display culinary excellence, add showmanship and strike up lively conversations with the guests. The 'A' list of Celebrities he served in the mid 1980's is timeless. Yes, he was the beginning of the Celebrity Chef Shows that are so common now. Simply put, way ahead of his time!

Meanwhile he did many community theatre productions including the Jewish Theatre, the Alliance Theatre and did the early and award winning shows at the Actors Express, studied with the Shakespeare Company and even wound up on the big stage at the FOX Theatre in an opera called 'Tosca' working along with Jay Lesinger and Maestro William Fred Scott.

Pierre saved his money, turned down a Food & Beverage position at the brand new Buckhead Ritz Carlton Hotel and in the early 1990's moved back to NY and rented a corner, 13th floor apartment in Chelsea just blocks away from the Strasberg Film and Theatre School at Union Square in Manhattan. During his tenure at Strasberg, he has worked with amazing and legendary teachers, and performed in many Off-Broadway productions including Speed the Plow and Curse of the Upper Class.

As a part of the Strasberg family and culture, Perea is graced to be a part of the who's who list of alumni including: Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, Alec Baldwin, Uma Thurman, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson and Callie Khourie creator of Nashville. Perea was often chosen for Scene Nights with Anna Strasberg based on in-class work, strong attendance and in depth participation levels.

Raised with 3 siblings mostly by a single mother, times were not easy.Born on April 3rd, 1962 at 1:01 am, to Yvonne Maria Teyssier, who left Pierre's biological father 6 months before he was born.After the long haul from the west coast back to her home town of Elmira, New York. Pierre's early years were spent with his mother and 18 month older brother Michael Valentine Perea in the rural Upper Appalachian Mountain Regions, She met Angelo Sabatini when he was 3 and until 11 years old - enjoyed: fishing, hiking, hunting, camping, blizzards and fossil hunting on and around the South Mountain as a part of his typical days.

However, when his mother married into the close-knit, Italian culture, "FAMILY" - to Angelo Sabatini - they moved to NYC, where Pierre, after moving to was now known as Petey Sabatini, "Petey was tall, skinny and awkward as a child and could only endure the rough play from his brother and much bigger cousins by going stealth and inventing ways to give em' childhood payback. Pierre also had to learn the ways of Ozone Park in Queens NY and Howard Beach - enjoying colourful - but loyal Family and childhood friends like - Robby 'the Rogue', Richy 'Rooster', Louie 'D', Johnny 'One Eye', Tony '2 Toes', Sal 'the Pretender' and James 'Cassidy' to name only few. During these years Pierre saw more than most kids should ever see and experience in a lifetime.

Meanwhile, Pierre and his hooky playing past time favorite was to climb the Twin Towers in Manhattan as they were being built, follow his older brother and keep watch as 'Mikey' did graffiti on the trains.When close to being caught, they toyed with the detectives that simply couldn't run as fast.

Pierre's Mother divorced in 1976, left the Queens Family in his teen age years and he was immersed once again in another diverse culture- 'the Great South' - having moved to Atlanta Georgia, USA. His mother was single and taking care of 4 children now - they had to work as a team. Even so, Pierre was always in advanced, special education classes and even though he took a whole year off from high school, when he returned, Pierre still graduated on time.

Being the bookworm that he was, Math never lied, Shakespeare enticed rhythm and prose, Whitman exposed the bombastic and Baudelaire opened his world for language and further intrinsic interpretation. His love of language ensued as he continued to find his own voice.

But life hasn't always been a dream. Since he was in 3 rd grade, Pierre dreamed of being a fighter pilot, an aerospace explorer, scientist and humanitarian. So. right out of high school he joined the United States Air Force as an Officer and Aerospace Candidate. His dreams were to transpire. He was an Assistant Kitchen Manager at TGI Fridays at the Prado in Atlanta, went to school from 6 am to 2 pm at Devry University for computer sciences to meet the prerequisites of an Officer and Aerospace Candidate.

Six months later and in the top of his National Class, tragedy struck. Pierre survived an horrific car accident when he was only 19 years old. The jaws of death were needed to pull him out. He closed his eyes and said wake me when I'm out. An amputee candidate now, a few operations later, Perea's shattered dreams of being an Air Force Pilot and his forever hopes for Aerospace Missions were destroyed.

Through the trials of his life - Pierre has chosen to live - pushing through the pain and the lost dreams, reinventing himself, falling in love with the creative world of acting, writing and directing where he found solace and further healing with intense Martial Arts training.

This driving force has fueled Pierre to never give up, always do his authentic best and embrace being a Servant leader. For his efforts, Perea has received numerous awards in acting, as well as, in his other worldly career as the only rookie to receive the Alvin B. Cates Award for exemplary skill sets, creativity and setting new professional benchmarks and standards in a commercial real estate transaction.

Although Perea's first film was MayFlower Madam with Candice Bergen, he has great hope and the drive to continue building his base of experience which has included these noteworthy celebs. Co starred with the late James Avery of Fresh Prince, on HoneyBee and working with Barbara Hershey, Jane Alexander, Michael Nouri, the late Carro lO'Connor and on set with many others including Salma Hayek, Stephen Baldwin, Bill Conti and Gabrielle Anwar.

Pierre has studied and mastered hard and soft Martial Art forms, 3rd degree Black Belt, close quarter combat, boxing and weaponry. He is an avid horseman, a proficient Polo player, created a spice line, called www.PierreSpice.com and is musically self taught - enjoying acoustic guitar, writing ballads and playing piano for relaxation and fun.

His therapy is Art in all forms - Family, Theatre, Polo, Martial Arts, Music, Poetry and sharing this love - off and on the set as he strives to be an amazing Father, a true artist and a philanthropist while maintaining his true and authentic self.

Brian Delate

Brian Delate was born in Trenton, New Jersey, but grew up mostly in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His father, Joseph, was a gifted tennis player and World War II veteran. His mother, Patricia, held a key position at Gallup and Robinson in Princeton, New Jersey. Delate was a below-average student for the most part, unless his passion was ignited by such things as sports, sailing, and tennis. After graduating from high school in 1967, he worked in a record store for a year before going into the army in 1968. He spent 1969 in Vietnam as a decorated non-commissioned officer. After addressing a long-time reading problem, he became an above-average student while attending Bucks County Community College, where he discovered theatre, then transferred to Rider University, where he received a BFA with a theatre track in directing and acting. He spent a good part of his senior year at Princeton's McCarter Theatre where he was selected to be a directing intern. He was also nominated for inclusion in the Who's Who of Colleges and Universities for 1975.

After college graduation, Delate moved to New York City and spent his first few years adapting, both professionally and personally, to the novelty and pace of the city. Delate's first professional acting work (and his very special association with the New York Shakespeare Festival) began in 1981, when he was cast in both of the plays performed in Central Park that summer - Henry IV, Part I and The Tempest. Other plays followed (including Joseph Papp's Hamlet with Diane Venora), and in 1984-1985, Delate received critical acclaim for his performance in the award-winning play, Tracers, which had successful runs in both New York (NYSF) and London (Royal Court). An abundance of daytime television and commercial work followed. In 1987, William Friedkin cast him in Python Wolf and not long after, David Jones cast him opposite Robert DeNiro and Ed Harris in Jacknife. Theatre, film and television opportunities all combined to help Delate thrive as an actor. He spent three seasons with the River Arts Repertory, and three seasons with Phoenix Theatre Company doing rotating repertory theatre, along with numerous theatre acting stints in and out of New York. One piece of trivia from that time was that Delate got to play the Humphrey Bogart role of Rick in the only sanctioned stage production of Casablanca permitted by Warner Brothers.

Delate has had the privilege to work with some of the most talented and creative directors and actors in the industry -- most recently in the acclaimed HBO Season 2 of The Comeback for Michael Patrick King. Brian did 5 episodes with its star Lisa Kudrow. Brave One (directed by Neil Jordan, with Jodie Foster), in Salome on Broadway, directed by Estelle Parsons and elsewhere and in the film, Salomaybe (both with Al Pacino), as well as in My Brother (directed by Anthony Lover), Buffalo Soldiers (directed by Gregor Jordan, with Ed Harris and Joaquin Phoenix), The Truman Show (directed by Peter Weir, with Jim Carrey and Laura Linney), American Wake and Home Before Dark (both directed by Maureen Foley, the latter with Katherine Ross), Sudden Death (directed by Peter Hyams), Far From Heaven (directed by Todd Haynes), Ash Wednesday (directed by Edward Burns), and The Shawshank Redemption (directed by Frank Darabont, with Tim Robbins).

Under the aegis of Liberty Studios, Delate has spent the last two years writing, directing and acting in, his first indie feature, Soldier's Heart (with James Kiberd and Cady McClain), which takes a promising look at the prolonged effects of PTSD caused by war, and the healing that's possible. Now near completion, Soldier's Heart will soon be making the rounds of the film festivals. Delate has also co-written the screenplays, Dante's Obsession and War Queen with Eric Pederson.

Delate resides in Los Angeles. His daughter Tirsa just graduated with honors from Bryn Mawr College.

Kenya McCoy

Kenya was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Kenya has loved being in front of a camera since she was one year of age. One day she was playing dress up in her mother's closet and came upon her mother's modeling portfolio. Her mother kept this part of her life secret because she quit trying to model years ago. This is when it all began Kenya's interest in modeling. Kenya relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina to pursue modeling and acting at the age of 17. She attended John Casablanca & Modeling Career Center of Cary, North Carolina. She majored in Modeling and TV/Print. She graduated in December of 2012. Kenya acquired a contract with Carolina Talent of Charlotte, North Carolina. Eventually Kenya decided to leave the talent agency. Kenya asked her mother to manage her modeling career. Under her mother's management Kenya has become one of the print models for CurveEnt. Kenya has been in numerous charity fashion shows. Kenya is the new face for a non-profit organization called Divine Pearls & Pumps, which donates prom dresses to teens that are less fortunate. Kenya loves to donate time to kids and to communities. Kenya has modeled LIVE on CBS twice in model segments on My Carolina Talk for Fashion blogger April Clark. Kenya was cast in a Kurin Keys Wine commercial which is coming soon once product is completed. Her mother submitted Kenya to her first extra role in the independent film called King Charles which she accepted an extra role. Recently, Kenya and her mother agreed that they needed more help, so they acquired a new agent by the name of Donald Norris Jr to help out. Mr. Norris has helped Kenya to venture more into acting. Donald Norris Jr. has submitted Kenya in her first extra role on a major network television show. Update coming soon to biography once television show air. Kenya is looking forward to expanding into more lead, supporting, and principal roles. She has stated acting and modeling are her passions. "I pray on it and try to stay positive." "It is awesome and fun." Kenya has the personality of sunshine and she can put a smile on someone face like no other.

Peter Guber

Peter Guber, Chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group, has been a force in the entertainment industry for over thirty years. He has leveraged his creativity and business acumen into record-breaking profits and critical acclaim, establishing him as an enormously successful executive and entrepreneur in the entertainment and communications industries. Films he personally produced or executive produced, including Rain Man, Batman, The Color Purple, Midnight Express, Gorillas In The Mist, The Witches of Eastwick, Missing and Flashdance, have resonated with audiences all over the world, earning over three billion dollars worldwide and garnering more than 50 Academy Award nominations.

Guber joined Columbia pictures in 1968 and within three years became Studio Chief. During his tenure at the creative helm, Columbia surged to record breaking profits on the strength of such box office hits as Shampoo, Taxi Driver, Tommy, The Way We Were and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

In 1976, Guber co-founded Casablanca Record and Filmworks. Its record operation included such superstars as KISS, Donna Summer and The Village People, and included some of the most successful soundtracks of all time including Flashdance, which sold more than 14 million albums. In 1979 Guber formed PolyGram Entertainment where he was Chairman of the Board and CEO. He sold his interest in Polygram in 1983 and formed and served as Co-Owner of the Guber-Peters Entertainment Company (GPEC) which established a major presence in motion pictures, television and music including producing the Grammy Award winning music and official soundtrack for the 1984 Summer Olympics. Within five years, GPEC became a public company and in 1989, was acquired by Sony Pictures Entertainment.

In 1989, Guber was named Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). Under his visionary leadership, the company re-framed its entire Loews exhibition circuit, introducing Sony's SDDS sound system, introduced the concept of IMAX theater and films integrated into multi-plex theaters and transformed the Sony lot into a state of the art digital production facility. Guber acquired for Sony the Magic Johnson Theatres and began an ongoing twenty year business relationship with Magic Johnson. SPE's motion picture business earned an industry best domestic box office market share averaging 17% over four years, propelled by an enormous string of successes including A Few Good Men, Philadelphia, Basic Instinct, A League of Their Own and Sleepless in Seattle among many others. During this same period, Sony Pictures led all competitors with a total of 120 Academy Award Nominations.

After leaving Sony as CEO in 1995, Guber formed Mandalay Entertainment Group as a multi-media joint venture with Sony in motion pictures and television. Mandalay Entertainment Group later added professional sports, sports entertainment and digital media as business enterprises.

Mandalay Pictures, a division of Mandalay Entertainment Group, produces motion pictures for the global marketplace. The company's rich history of creating filmed entertainment includes the box office hits, Donnie Brasco, Seven Years in Tibet, Wild Things, Les Miserables, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Sleepy Hollow, Enemy At The Gates, The Score, Beyond Borders, Into the Blue, The Jacket, Never Back Down, When The Game Stands Tall, Horns, and Dark Places. Mandalay's most recent release, The Birth of a Nation, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and swept the two top prizes - the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award and the prestigious U.S. Dramatic Jury Award. The film sold to Fox Searchlight for a record breaking price.

Mandalay Vision is the company's independent development, production and financing label that focuses on innovative storytelling with premier talent. Mandalay Vision's first release, The Kids Are All Right, won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, and was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Mandalay Vision also released Soul Surfer starring Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Carrie Underwood, The Voices starring Ryan Reynolds, and Bernie, starring Matthew McConaughey and Jack Black. Bernie garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Jack Black and was selected as a 2012 Top Independent Film by the National Board of Review.

Following his location based entertainment leadership experience with Loews, Guber expanded Mandalay into a national entertainment sports provider with Mandalay Sports Entertainment. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors and is the Managing Partner of Mandalay Baseball LLC, which is a joint venture with ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers that recently acquired the Triple-A affiliated Minor League Baseball franchise in Oklahoma City, and commencing with the 2015 baseball season, became the Triple-A affiliate of the Dodgers. He also continues to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Mandalay Baseball Properties, which has owned and operated a national array of affiliated Minor League Baseball franchises and venues.

Peter Guber is the owner and serves as the Co-Executive Chairman of the NBA's Golden State Warriors. As co-managing partner, he and Joe Lacob were the driving forces behind the ownership group's NBA record-setting bid (at the time) to purchase the Warriors in 2010. The Warriors were named "Sports Team of the Year" by the Sports Business Journal at the seventh annual Sports Business Awards.

2015 was a monumental year for the Golden State Warriors. In April, two-time NBA All-Star, Steph Curry, was voted the NBA's Most Valuable Player. In May, the Warriors won the Western Conference Finals. In June, the Warriors won the NBA Championship. Also, in 2015, Steph Curry won the ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete and Steve Kerr won the ESPY Award for Best Coach/Manager.

2016 brought great success to the Golden State Warriors. The franchise went 73-9, breaking the record for the most wins in a single NBA season. Steve Kerr was named NBA Coach of the Year. Three-time NBA All-Star, Steph Curry, was unanimously voted the NBA's Most Valuable Player for a second year in a row. The Warriors were named "Sports Team of the Year" by the Sports Business Journal at the ninth annual Sports Business Awards. The team has 183 consecutive sellouts with over 28,000 members currently on the Season Ticket Priority Wait List.

In 2014, Guber and Lacob proposed to build a new state-of-the-art privately financed sports and entertainment venue in San Francisco and entered into an agreement with salesforce.com to purchase private land in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood. In 2016, the ownership group announced a 20 year naming rights partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co. The new arena will be called the Chase Center where the team will play their 2019-2020 season.

Prior to the 2011-12 season, the Warriors ownership group acquired the D-League team, the Dakota Wizards, and moved the franchise to Santa Cruz, California. With a new name and location, the Santa Cruz Warriors are the official NBA D-League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors and play in the newly built Kaiser Permanente Arena. In 2015, the team won the NBA D-League Championship.

In 2012, in a third partnership with Magic Johnson, Peter Guber became an owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the storied Major League Baseball franchise, led by the Guggenheim Baseball Management group headed by Mark Walter together with Magic Johnson. Under their ownership, the franchise has won the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 National League West championships.

Also in 2012, Guber and Mandalay Entertainment partnered with CAA Sports, the world's leading athlete representation agency and Mike Tollin, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning film and television producer/director to create Mandalay Sports Media. The diversified sports media business creates, finances, and acquires operating businesses, intellectual property, and varied enterprises within the sports and media sectors, as well as develops high-quality sports-themed entertainment programming for distribution across multiple platforms including film, television, mobile and digital. Mandalay Sports Media has several entertainment projects in development with ESPN, Turner Sports, New Line Cinema, and Incognito Pictures, among other distribution media venues.

In addition, in 2012, Guber joined with Guggenheim Partners and Allen Shapiro as CEO to purchase Dick Clark Productions. Founded by the late Dick Clark, Dick Clark Productions is a leading independent producer of television programming including perennial hits such as the American Music Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve and So You Think You Can Dance.

Peter Guber is an investor, board member, and Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board for NextVR. NextVR enables the transmission of live, long-form virtual reality content in broadcast quality - leading the way for live and on-demand VR to become a mainstream experience for sporting events, concerts, cinematic productions and more. As a board member and Chairman of the advisory board, Peter develops initiatives with established leagues and musical venues. In addition, he develops IP opportunities, creating value propositions from sponsors, investors and advertisers. In 2016, NextVR received the "Best in Sports Technology" Award at the ninth annual Sports Business Awards.

In October of 2014, Peter Guber became the owner and executive chairman of Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC). The ownership group includes sports veteran Tom Penn, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Mia Hamm Garciaparra and Tony Robbins, among others. LAFC is scheduled to debut in 2018 in the Banc of California Stadium, the first new open-air stadium built in the city of Los Angeles since Dodger Stadium in 1962.

In September of 2016, Peter Guber and Ted Leonsis led an ownership group in the purchase of the controlling interest in Team Liquid, one of the most successful global esports team franchises. Team Liquid competes at the highest level in global tournaments including StarCraft 2, League of Legends, Dota 2, Hearthstone, CS:GO, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, Halo, Street Fighter, and SSBM.

Peter Guber is a full professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and has been a member of the faculty for over 30 years. He also co-teaches an annual MBA course with the dean of UCLA's Anderson School of Management. He is a member of the UCLA Foundation Board of Trustees, as well as the winner of UCLA's prestigious Service Award for his accomplishments and association with the university. Guber is the Chair of the Founding Board of Advisors for The Center for Managing Enterprises in Media, Entertainment & Sports (MEMES) at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. MEMES is the preeminent Center for thought leadership and management education in the global media, entertainment and sports industries.

Guber has turned this legacy and experience in front of the camera where he has been seen every Sunday morning for six years on American Movie Classics (AMC) cable network, as co-host of the critically acclaimed national TV show, Shootout. AMC moved Guber's talents to prime time with a series of one hour specials in 2009 called StoryMakers. Guber was most recently seen as co-host of In the House, a weekly, national half-hour news and interview show on Encore and KNBC.

Peter Guber is a noted author with works including "Inside The Deep" and the L.A. Times best-seller "Shootout: Surviving Fame and (Mis)Fortune in Hollywood," which was the impetus of his long running TV show of the same title. In December 2007, Guber wrote the cover article for the Harvard Business Review titled," The Four Truths of the Storyteller." He has also authored op-ed pieces for the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Guber recently released his third book, Tell To Win - Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story, which became an instant #1 best seller in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and on Amazon.com. Fortune magazine chose Tell To Win as one of their "5 Business Books You Can Really Use" and Hudson Booksellers, retail book stores in airports throughout North America, chose Tell To Win as one of the "5 Best Business Books of the Year."

A passionate, humorous, and tireless motivator, Guber is a sought after speaker for corporations and global events. He is a regular contributor in the national media, both in print and on television. Since October of 2008, he has been seen on Fox Business News, appearing on America's Nightly Scoreboard and After The Bell as an Entertainment and Media Analyst. He has also appeared on Good Morning America (ABC), Today (NBC), The Charlie Rose Show (PBS), Your World with Neil Cavuto (FOX NEWS), Lou Dobbs Tonight (FOX NEWS), Bloomberg TV and Morning Joe (MSNBC), among others.

Lydia Nicole

Tenacity, courage, audacity and motivation are trademarks of Lydia Nicole. These qualities have served her from a Harlem childhood to the present. She lives a very diverse life - mother, actress, writer, comedian, motivational speaker, and executive - with each role gaining greater and greater insight into the industry. At the age of 13 she was given a job at New York's number one radio station and creator of urban contemporary, WBLS-FM in New York City. There she apprenticed under radio legends Frankie Crocker and Hal Jackson. And was promoted to music director by the age of 18. Soon after she relocated to Los Angeles her experience landed her a job working at Neil Bogart's legendary Casablanca Records whose roster included Donna Summer, the Village People, Parliament, Kiss, Cameo, and Cher. There she worked hand and hand with Record mogul Jheryl Busby where her skills and insight served her well at record promotions, artist development and marketing.

Bitten early by the acting bug, Lydia traded her executive hat for a career in acting. Over the years she has been featured in various notable television shows and feature films. The Jeffersons, Hill Street Blues, Indecent Proposal starring Robert Redford, Hollywood Shuffle starring Robert Townsend and Stand and Deliver with Oscar nominee Edward James Olmos, for which she received several awards for her performance. As an award winning professional actress, comedian, and motivational public speaker, Lydia's acting career spans over 25 years, soon, she began to turn her childhood misadventures into a comedy routine that quickly landed her on BET's Comic View, regular spots at Hollywood's famed Comedy Store, and Laugh Factory, a mention as Hispanic Magazine's Top 100 Latino Comics list, and gigs around the U.S. and Puerto Rico, where she also performed in Spanish. ("My father's a pimp, my mother's a prostitute," her act begins. "Out here that makes me an actress. . .") As one of the pioneers of bringing ethnic humor and diversity to urban audiences, she both starred in and co-produced a successful comedy troupe entitled The Funny Ladies of Color. Later co-founding the critically acclaimed stand-up comedy troupe, The Hot & Spicy Mamitas, who released a CD on Uproar Records and garnered interest from HBO for their own comedy special. These projects where predecessors that paved the way for shows that we enjoy today.

Lydia's career ignited when she took paper to pen to write a one-woman show based on her childhood entitled "A Rose in Spanish Harlem". The show explores her rough childhood. Built from the stuff of classic drama, hers is a story of hope, empowerment and the supernatural. Gifted with the ability to see Angels and Spirits in the spiritual realm, this dynamic show is a coming of age story about a half Black, half Puerto Rican girl whose father is a pimp, whose mother is a prostitute, and whose caretaker and confidant is a drag queen. The setting is on the mean streets of El Barrio's Spanish Harlem in New York City during the 1960s and 70s. Funny, entertaining, and challenging A Rose in Spanish Harlem addresses "The Higher Purpose" question of who am I, and what am I going to do with my life. The show skillfully balances being universally relatable, while still emphasizing Latino culture and community. This is a comedy that weaves laughter and tenacity throughout each act with a silken thread. Magically incorporated into the play's theme is Helen Keller's message that the best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, but must be felt with the heart. Masterfully, without clobbering audiences over their heads, Lydia Nicole touches and moves audiences young and old. The storyline allows everyone, regardless of background, to relate to the comedic actor's life drama. Nicole reveals to us how we might all seize the internal power to transform life's No's into Yea's!

In A Rose In Spanish Harlem, the playwright and actress transforms herself into a girl guru, portraying over 25 characters. She brings the audience a global village of unforgettable characters, whose diversity spans race, gender, and socio-economics. The show offers an opportunity to meet and connect with people one would not normally come in contact with.

Lydia took a hiatus from performing to working behind the camera assisting Filmmaker Robert Townsend. One of the projects she worked on as associate producer that she is most proud of is Why We Laugh, a documentary on the history of African American comedians from slavery to present, including interviews with such legends as Bill Cosby, Dick Gregory, Chris Rock and the Wayans. The film received critical acclaim at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Another project she has assisted Robert on PIC.tv is the award winning web series Diary Of A Single Mom, starring Monica Calhoun, Billy Dee Williams, and Richard Roundtree.

With her survival instincts and ability to turn a turbulent upbringing into a life of celebration, Lydia has become an inspiration for thousands of at-risk teens. Speaking at inner-city schools, churches and juvenile correctional facilities has lead to her upcoming book providing life skills and tools to motivate young adults. She has also served as a spokesperson for Athletes & Entertainers For Kids, PEACE Fund and Artsreach, with whom she collaborated on the award-winning documentary When The Bough Breaks about incarcerated teen mothers. This past year, Lydia took two extraordinary workshops into the California Youth Authority, A Garden Party and Boys to Kings. A Garden Party program taught incarcerated females to respect and nurture the garden they helped plant. Boys to Kings was a rites of passage workshop that initiated young men into adulthood. Lydia has recently completed a new solo show entitled "In The Men's Corner", based on her rights of passage workshop.

Ms. Nicole is always active with her career, her ministry and enjoying time with her daughter in Los Angeles and New York. She mentors a women's group, tending her garden and painting everything red.

Soufiane El Khalidy

Based in Los Angeles, the young film director, screenwriter, producer, production designer, marketing manager, model, and actor, Soufiane El Khalidy, just finished working on the new Hit Tv Series "Three Days To Live" produced by Oxygen Network and NBC Universal, playing the lead role,called Marc, and the upcoming feature Hollywood Film, "Hellstorm", portraying the character of the Militant. He was also featured on the 8th season of NCIS: Los Angeles as, Sayid Yratti.

Soufiane earned his master degree in the film production program at the prestigious Full Sail University (Orlando,Florida) in March 2016. Now, He's finishing his new script called, "The Uber Driver" after promoting his experimental short movie, "Flags and Masks Down", and his vampire short script "JukeBox Zero". His last two creations were both selected in 32 film festivals around the world, including Los Angeles, New York, San Antonio, Miami, Orlando, Cleveland, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Malta, and Kenya. In September 2015, He won the "Best Short Film" category for his outstanding performance at Los Angeles InterShort Film Awards.

He's the first Moroccan to earn the "Full Sail Global Achievement Scholarship" for his works in marketing, filmmaking, castings and movie sets back in Florida, Ourrzazate, Casablanca and Marrakech.

In 2013, the general public in France and Morocco started to notice his work when he was the exclusive reporter for Fashion Maroc and its partner, the international modeling agency, Elite Model Look Morocco, during 3 consecutive years. Furthermore, he was the voice of radio channels' commercials, an actor for ads and the creative writer for national magazines (Fashion Maroc, Tjeune, Snobbish, Artisthick). In addition to his extensive experience on movie sets,modeling, and production design, Soufiane has a Bachelor Degree in Business at the Royal University, Al Akhawayn, in Morocco. Finally, he was also the manager assistant for the French luxury firm based in Casablanca, called Agence N, and the internationally acclaimed producer, Dino Sebti, at Sigma Technologies.

Carey Torrice

Carey Shawn (DeJaeghere) Torrice was born and raised in Detroit, MI. Her Father was a Vietnam Veteran and buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Her Mother fought Ovarian Cancer for 16 years. Carey married Michael Torrice at a Fairytale wedding in Disney World in 2006.

Dancing, singing and performing since age 5. Carey was bit by the acting bug while on a trip to Disney World at age 17. While on the "Great Movie Ride" Torrice discovered "Casablanca"

Her Uncle Leo Fenn (Father of Sherilyn Fenn) was the manager of such bands as The Pleasure Seekers (the all-girl band formed by the Quatro sisters), Alice Cooper, and The Billion Dollar Babies. Leo Fenn took Carey under his wing and helped shape her career. "It's something you were born into and it's in your blood. Go for it." -Leo Fenn

Carey Torrice began as a spokes model and Narrator for Detroit's Own Chrysler motor company. Following in the footsteps of her Aunt Bonnie "Miss Chevrolet 1954"

The former Miss Teen Detroit, model, actress and licensed private investigator attracted fans from far outside her county when she was voted America's sexiest politician in 2007. Since then, her website has received more than two million visitors - no doubt attracted by her robust stance on animal rights.

Carey Torrice owns Eye Spy Detective Agency located in Fraser, MI. She appears on Holly's World with E! Television network, Maury show and many more as an expert Private Eye and has starred in over 100 commercials and movies as well as on the Soap Opera "The Guiding Light"

Carey Torrice and Eye Spy Detective Agency have become known as "The Private Eyes to the Stars."


Chosen by TMZ as "America's Hottest Politician"

The sexiest women in politics 2007- Inside Edition

Cousin of Sherilyn Fenn

Carey Torrice's Uncle Leo Fenn (Father of Sherilyn Fenn) was the manager of such bands as The Pleasure Seekers (the all-girl band formed by the Quatro sisters), Alice Cooper, and The Billion Dollar Babies.

Nabil Ayouch

Nabil Ayouch was born April 1st 1969 in Paris. He works and lives in Casablanca. In 1997, Nabil Ayouch directed his first feature film, MEKTOUB which, like ALI ZAOUA (2000) represented Morocco at the Oscars. Next came UNE MINUTE DE SOLEIL EN MOINS (2003) and WHATEVER LOLA WANTS (2008), produced by Pathé. His first short film, in 1992, THE BLUE ROCKS OF THE DESERT marked the discovery of Jamel Debouzze. In 2009, he created and directed the closing show of the World Economic Forum of Davos, after having directed several live shows such as the opening of "Temps du Maroc" in France at the Palace of Versailles in 1999. In 1999, Nabil Ayouch founded Ali n'Productions, a company through which he helps young directors to launch their careers thanks to initiatives such as the Mohamed Reggab Award, a script and production competition for short films in 35 mm. Between 2005 and 2010, he produced 40 genre films in the framework of the Film Industry. In 2006, he launched the Meda Films Development programme - with the support of the European Union and the International Film Festival Foundation of Marrakech, a struc- ture to accompany producers and scriptwriters from the ten countries on the southern shore of the Mediterranean in the development phase of their films. Nabil Ayouch founded the G.A.R.P. (Group of Authors, Directors, Producers) in 2002 and the Moroccan Coalition for Cultural Diversity in 2003. In 2008, he participated in the creation of the Moroccan Anti- piracy Association, of which he is president. In 2011, he released his first documentary feature film, MY LAND, which was filmed in the Middle East. In 2012, Nabil Ayouch finished HORSES OF GOD, inspired by the Casablanca suicide bombings of May 16th 2003.

Kerry McCoy

Kerry McCoy is from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Kerry graduated from John Casablanca Modeling & Career Center in October 2, 1993 of Raleigh, NC with a Certificate in TV/Print/Modeling. Kerry pursued her dream to be a Model/Actress for a few years, it didn't work out like she expected. Kerry later went back to College to get an Associates in Computer Science. Kerry has worked in the Computer Science field for over 12 years now. In 2012, Kerry introduced her daughter to the Modeling world which eventually lead Kerry to becoming a Momager to IMDB member Kenya McCoy. This resulted in Kenya McCoy encouraging Kerry McCoy to try out acting again. Kerry has enjoyed the experience she has acquired from acting so far. Kerry has rekindled that drive to go after her dream again. Kerry stated "I never knew how much an Actress/Actor had to go through until I watched and learned by playing extra roles." "I have much respect for the Actresses/Actors/Directors/Producers/Crew in the entertainment industry." "It is hard work but fun." "It has been a blast networking and making new friends." 2017 Kerry started relocating to Georgia and plans to attend acting classes and workshops to work towards speaking roles. Kerry has a second chance at achieving her dream. Kerry is enjoying every minute of it.

Vanessa Leonard

Vanessa Leonard is an American director and actress. She is best known for her roles in the New Blood trilogy (Shattered Images, 2013-2017), Talk Nerdy to Me (Shattered Images, 2016), and Fire Power (Project A Studios, 2015). She is also working on her upcoming debut directorial feature film set to film in 2018.

Vanessa Ferris-Leonard was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. Vanessa has always had a creative imagination and high dreams in life. Starting at age five, Vanessa began showing interests in art, more specifically artwork which included sketching drawings and acrylic painting. At age 11, she became a cheer leader for her school. The sport then lasted a total of seven years, ending with her senior year at the Varsity level squad. At age 16, Vanessa began another hobby of art that involved music and guitar. She formed a small garage band with her brother and friends. Through the band, Vanessa developed stage presence, as the band performed several concerts in the Midwest area.

At the end of her high school years, Vanessa pursued a different route. At age 17, Vanessa modeled through John Casablanca's agency. Modeling then opened other doors. A couple months later, Vanessa competed in the Miss Ohio Teen's pageant, taking home the Spirit Award out of 130 girls.

Vanessa proudly claimed her new last name, Leonard after marrying her Irish rocker fiance, Brady Leonard from the band, Southbound Fearing.

Free-spirited yet determined, Vanessa then furthered her education at Bowling Green State University, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Arts and Communications. Upon receiving her degree, an opportunity led her to her first on-screen feature film as a military official in the film, The Dead Will Rise 2 (2013) with Eye Open Pictures. Her first film gave Vanessa opportunities to continue to pursue the art of acting. As she continued making a name for herself in the industry, she went on to be cast for more film projects and photo shoots.

Amy Edwards

Amy Edwards graduated from Lynchburg College in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in two areas: French and Business Management. Amy participated in indoor and outdoor track and field as a student.

Amy quickly made her impact on LC athletics. After competing for only a year, Amy set school records, many of which have yet to be challenged, changed, or contested. Amy participated in indoor and outdoor track and field in 1996.

In 1996, Amy received All-American recognition for her performance in indoor track and field, and was recognized as an ODAC champion for three separate events. She received trifecta ODAC recognition in outdoor track and field as well, and was named the ODAC Athlete of the Year. Her long jump distance ranked her as an NCAA qualifier, and she was the number one long jumper in the nation that year, going into the outdoor championships.

Amy's career in track and field was cut short at a rainy meet in Chicago, but her impact on the program stands firmly. She set, and still holds, the LC record for the outdoor long jump and triple jump and for the indoor triple jump. Amy's record sits in third for all-time long jump distance for indoor track and field.

Amy's involvement at LC extended beyond her experience as an athlete. Amy was also involved with the Summer Transitions Program, was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership honor society), Delta Sigma Pi (business fraternity), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.. After graduating from LC, Amy worked in the Admissions Office until 2005. Amy also has experience as a Co-Host for Youth Chat-WSBV 1560 (radio) and also models for John Casablancas Model and Talent Management in Cary, NC and for Experts The Image, Inc. - Harvey Star Washington in Washington, D.C..

Ali Cherkaoui

Ali was born and grew up in Casablanca, Morocco... In 1990, at the age of 19, he moved to Paris, France, after completing his High School Studies (Baccalaureat at French "Lycée Lyautey" in Casablanca). He first studied Computer Sciences & Electronics at University Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris from 1990 to 1993 then gave up everything to start Film Direction Studies in a Film School in Paris from 1993 to 1996. Since then he started working in the film industry, first as a "video assistant" on Martin Scorsese's Kundun (1996)...before starting in 1997/1998 a professional career as an Assistant Director on many US/Hollywood Productions such as: The Mummy, Gladiator, The Four Feathers, Spy Game, Black Hawk Down, Alexander...etc...

In February 2001, Ali joined and became an Active Membre of the French Association of Assistant Directors (a.f.a.r)

Wade Nichols

Wade Nichols was without a doubt one of the most handsome and sensual male porn actors to emerge during the 1970's Golden Age of Adult Cinema. Nichols was born as Dennis Posa on October 28, 1946 in Freeport, New York. His father was a florist and his mother worked in the children's section of a local library. Nichols loved to draw and paint pictures while growing up as a kid as well as was a member of the rifle team in high school. Following graduation from high school in 1964, Wade studied pottery and design at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art. While a student at this particular college Nichols won a role in a touring company production of the play "The Trojan Women." Wade moved to New York City in 1968 and got a job working as a commercial artist for the women's clothing company Jiffy Simplicity.

Nichols left his office job and worked as a male escort before making his hardcore gay porn film debut in 1975. Wade subsequently appeared in a handful of both straight and gay X-rated movies alike throughout the mid to late 1970's, with an especially memorable turn in the hardcore classic Barbara Broadcast as the hunky kitchen worker who makes love to C.J. Laing. Moreover, Nichols in 1979 recorded the disco album "Like an Eagle" for Casablanca Records using the name Dennis Parker and toured Europe to promote said album. Wade also first began playing the character of Police Chief Derek Mallory on the daytime soap opera The Edge of Night in 1979 under the same alias. Alas, Nichols's character was eventually written out of the show due to the fact that Nichols was seriously ill from AIDS. He died at age 38 of complications from AIDS on January 28, 1985. Nichols was survived by his mother, his older brother Richard, and his partner at the time of his death.

Craig Mann

Craig's work can be heard on numerous films, including Insidious, Eye in the Sky, and Whiplash, for which he won the Oscar for Sound Mixing and a BAFTA for Sound. From a young age, Craig was interested in sound. That interest turned into lifelong passion as he began experimenting with recording sound effects and music while in high school.

Realizing he may have found a career path he applied to the Music Engineering program, Music Industry Arts at Fanshawe College in London Ontario. Upon completion Craig was hired at Sound Ideas, where he began recording and editing sound effects full time. While there, sound for film peaked his interest. He moved to Toronto and joined Casablanca Sound. There, he worked as an assistant to several of the top re-recording mixers in Canada. After five years there, an opportunity arose to visit a few sound facilities in Los Angeles, and Craig realized that moving to the next level would involve a change of venue. He relocated to Santa Monica and was hired at Todd-AO. Over the next 8 years, Craig served as an apprentice for several world-renowned mixers, soon taking the leap into mixing himself in 2009.

Craig started his own company in 2016, "Wired for Sound Inc" and works in Los Angeles.

Simon Taufique

Simon TaufiQue was born in London, UK. He is a producer and composer, known for Imperium (2016), She's Lost Control (2015), and Jesus Henry Christ (2013). Simon is also a former film festival program director (SAIFF) and created the world's first online Helpdesk as founder of the prize-winning tech startup, greenButton.com.

He recently produced and scored additional music for IMPERIUM (Lionsgate), starring Daniel Radcliffe and Toni Collette. He also co-produced and scored SHE'S LOST CONTROL (with Executive Producer and Academy Nominee Oren Moverman), nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards and winner of the C.I.C.A.E Forum prize at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival. The film had its US premiere at SXSW before screening at New Directors/New Films.

Prior to that, Simon worked with several iconic directors, including M. Night Shyamalan, Mary Harron (AMERICAN PSYCHO), and Independent Spirit Award nominee Hossein Keshavarz (DOG SWEAT).

As a film composer, Simon was a Sundance Lab Finalist and garnered press from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, NME, Spin Magazine and IndieWire for his collaborations with artists such as Julian Casablancas (frontman for THE STROKES), Grammy-winner David Torn (LARS & THE REAL GIRL), with whom Simon co-composed music for JESUS HENRY CHRIST (starring Oscar-nominee Toni Collette and executive produced by Julia Roberts).

Recently, Simon was invited to join the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Programming Committee.

Howard Koch

Playwright and author of sophisticated screenplays, a graduate of Bard College and Columbia University Law School. Howard Koch started out as a practicing lawyer in Hartsdale, New Jersey, but soon found himself dissatisfied with his career choice and began to write plays on the side. His first two efforts flopped on Broadway (respectively in 1929 and 1933). Nonetheless, Koch continued, undaunted, and had his first critical success with "The Lonely Man", produced at the Blackstone Theater in Chicago in 1937. On the strength of this work he was engaged by John Houseman to write dramatic material for Orson Welles' "Mercury Theater on the Air" radio program (his starting salary was $75 for roughly sixty pages of script). Koch re-wrote H.G. Wells sci-fi story "War of the Worlds" as "Invasion from Mars" for the famous Halloween broadcast that "panicked America". It had such an effect on the public that the "New York Times" ran the headline "Many Flee Homes to Escape 'Gas Raid From Mars'".

The following year Koch moved to Hollywood and was signed to a screenwriting contract by Warner Brothers (1939-1945). He achieved lasting fame through his felicitous collaboration with brothers Philip Epstein and Julius J. Epstein in adapting Murray Burnett's adaptation of the obscure play "Everybody Comes to Rick's" to the now classic Casablanca. The Epsteins concentrated on the dialogue while Koch worked out the dramatic continuity. The three subsequently shared the 1943 Academy Award for Best Screenplay (Koch sold his Oscar at auction in 1994 for $184,000 in order to fund a granddaughter's school tuition). Before and after "Casablanca", Koch worked on a variety of other subjects, turning out polished screenplays for Errol Flynn's hugely entertaining swashbuckler The Sea Hawk, an adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's steamy melodrama The Letter, the patriotic flag-waver Sergeant York and the George Gershwin biopic Rhapsody in Blue. His own personal favorite was his script for Letter from an Unknown Woman, a tender story of unrequited love set in Vienna.

Koch's reputation was sadly tarnished as a result of his work on Mission to Moscow, the account of Joseph E. Davies, a former US ambassador to Russia. Although he was not particularly happy with this assignment, Koch was coerced into it by studio boss Jack L. Warner, who, in turn, was under pressure from the U.S. government to produce a picture that showcased the efforts of the Soviet Union in the fight against Nazi Germany. However, in 1947, at the height of the Red-baiting hysteria stirred up by senator Joseph McCarthy, Warner testified as a "friendly" witness before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC), charged with "rooting out" Communist influence in the motion picture industry. Warner named Koch and other "liberals" as being Communist sympathizers, using the pro-Russian content of "Mission to Moscow" as "proof". This resulted in Koch becoming one of the so-called "Hollywood Nineteen" and finding himself being blacklisted by the industry in 1951. Unable to earn a living, he had little choice but to leave the country. Like other writers and directors in the same position, he moved to England where he continued to write screenplays under a pseudonym ("Peter Howard"). Returning to the US five years later, he bought a property near Woodstock, NY, and resumed writing plays for regional productions (as well as occasional film scripts).

In his memoirs, "As Time Goes By", Koch recalled how, early in the casting process, the stars of "Casablanca" were slated to be Dennis Morgan (!), Ann Sheridan and Ronald Reagan (in the Paul Henreid role of Victor Laszlo). Our appreciation of the classic film would have been rather different . . .

Fehd Benchemsi

Fehd Benchemsi, Morocco's rising movie star, is at the vanguard of the Arab Actors new wave. He recently played and appeared with Bradley Cooper in Clint Eastwood's blockbuster American Sniper (2015), and also with Nicole Kidman in Queen Of The Desert (Werner Herzog, 2015).

Fehd played leading or supporting roles in movies that gained national and international acclaim: - Né Quelque Part (Mohamed Hamidi, Cannes festival, 2013), - The Man Who Sold The World (Swel & Imad Noury, Berlin festival 2009, award in Abu Dhabi Film Festival, 2009), - L'Orchestre des Aveugles (Mohamed Mouftakir, golden Tanit in Carthage film festival 2016, selected in Marrakech film festival 2014, 3 awards in Bruxelles film festival 2015), - Death For Sale (Faouzi Bensaïdi, selected for Academy Awards Best Foreign movie race 2013, Award in Berlin Film Festival 2012, best movie in San Fransisco film festival 2012). - La Vache (Mohamed Hamidi), best movie, jury prize, in Alpes d'Huez film festival 2016)

Fehd is comfortable playing various parts: Satan-worshipping heavy-metal musician (Satan's Angels, Ahmed Boulane, 2007), psychotic serial killer in Al Qadia (Noureddine Lakhmari, 2008), romantic comedy lover (Allo Canada, Mohamed Achaour, 2009), head of Iraqi secret police under Saddam Hussein (Flowers of Kirkuk, Fariboz Kamkari, 2010).

Fehd is an accomplished musician, regularly performing in public concerts. He plays percussions and ethnic instruments, and sings Gnawa songs, Morocco's gospel.

Fehd was born in Casablanca, Morocco. He has a law degree from Aix en Provence University (France). He is also fluent in Arabic, French and easy on English.

Houda Echouafni

Houda Echouafni is a sensitive and versatile actress of Egyptian/Moroccan origin. She was born and brought up in Casablanca, in the French education system, moving to London at the age of 11. At the age of 17, she co-hosted the Pepsi Chart Show for the Middle East, the first ever official chart show in the region. At the same time, she became the voice behind the Nickelodeon cartoon presenter FACE. Much in demand, she also presented a daily kids' show for the Saudi Arabian terrestrial channel and a fashion and lifestyle programme for a Lebanese network.

At the height of her presenting career, Houda decided to go to drama school. After attending the London Centre for Theatre Studies, Houda missed the school's showcase with the blessing of the school to start filming Penny Woolcock's The Death of Klinghoffer in Malta. Other roles soon followed in, among others, Doctors, Waking the Dead and Hotel Babylon.

Houda has recently been working with the Royal Court, translating and acting in plays for their international season. This has resulted in one of her translations being published this year in the book Plays from the Arab World by Nick Hern Books

she will begin rehearsals for Tim Supples ONE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS in Febuary, followed by a world tour

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born into a family of old provincial nobility. Failing his final exams at a preparatory school, he entered the École des Beaux-Arts to study architecture. In 1921, he began military service in the 2nd Regiment of Chasseurs, and sent to Strasbourg for pilot training. The next year, he obtained his license, and was offered a transfer to the air force. But his fiancée's family objected, so he settled in Paris and took an office job. His engagement ultimately broke off, and he worked at several jobs over the next few years without success.

By 1926, he was flying again. He became one of the pioneers of international postal flight in the days when aircrafts had few instruments and pilots flew by the seat of their pants. He worked on the Aéropostale between Toulouse and Dakar. His first tale, L'Aviateur (The Aviator), was published in the magazine Le Navire d'Argent. In 1928, he published his first book, Courrier-Sud (Southern Mail), and flew the Casablanca/Dakar route. He became the director of Cap Juby airfield in Rio de Oro, Sahara. In 1929, he moved to South America where he was appointed director of the Aeroposta Argentina Company. In 1931, Vol de Nuit (Night Flight), which won the Prix Femina, was published. He married Salvadoran artist and writer Consuelo Suncin Sandoval de Gómez, who became the model for the temperamental Rose in Le Petit Prince. Theirs was a stormy union as Saint-Exupéry traveled frequently and indulged in numerous affairs.

During World War II, he was in New York City, but returned to France to join a squadron based in the Mediterranean. Now 44, he agreed to collect data on German troop movements in the Rhone River Valley. He took off the night of July 31, 1944, and was never seen again. A lady reported having seen a plane crash around noon on August 1st near the Bay of Carqueiranne. A body wearing a French uniform was found several days later, and buried. In 1998, a fisherman found a silver chain bracelet south of Marseille which was identified as being Saint-Exupéry's. On April 7, 2004, officials confirmed that the wreckage of a Lockheed Lightning P-38 found on the seabed off the coast of Marseille in 2000 was Saint-Exupéry's.

Further research in 2006 by the dive team which recovered the wreckage located a German pilot who was flying a mission at the Bay of Carqueiranne at the time Saint-Exupéry's plane went down. Horst Rippert acknowledged that he shot at the plane, but did not report it, possibly because he was not sure he actually downed it. When the Germans heard American radio broadcasts that Saint-Exupéry was missing, Rippert said he knew that the plane he downed was his. Rippert idolized Saint-Exupéry, read all his books, and had been bothered by the incident his whole life. He told the dive team he would not have shot at the plane had he known it was Saint-Exupéry's.

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