Robert Reiner was born to Emmy-Winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner, and mother, Estelle Reiner.
Robert as a child often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show which Carl Reiner created and also starred in. Estelle Reiner was the inspiration for Rob Reiner to become a director. Robert's mother was a singer, and Robert as a director it helped him understand how music was used in a scene, how the color on a set should be, the acting, and writing, and that was heavily influenced by his mother. Rob Reiner due to his father's success eventually knew he was going to be apart of the industry. Rob Reiner often felt pressured how he would measure up to his father's twelve Emmys and prestigious awards and honor success streak.
When Rob Reiner graduated high school, he began to express further interest in show business, his parents advised him to go to Summer Theater. Reiner got a job as an apprentice in the Buck's County Playhouse in Pennsylvania. Reiner then went to be further educated at UCLA Film School. Reiner felt he still wasn't successful even having a recurring role on one of the hit-shows in the country. It was not until he was a director he felt truly successful. Rob Reiner directed Oscar-nominated movies such as The Princess Bride, Stand By Me, and This Is Spinal Tap.
With these successful box-office movies in 1987, Robert Reiner founded his own production company called, Castle Rock Entertainment. Robert Reiner co-founded it along with Martin Shafer,Andrew Scheinman,Glenn Padnick, and Alan Horn. On Castle Rock Entertainment he went to direct several other Oscar-nominated movies, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, and A Few Good Men. Reiner often credits former co-star, Carroll O Connor in help him get into the directing business, and showing Reiner the "ropes".
Reiner also is known as a political activist, co-founding the American Foundation For Equal Rights. This group was an advisory for same-sex-marriage. Reiner has spoken at several rally's on several controversial topics, still continuing to address controversial topics after being on the hit-show, All In The Family. Reiner was also seen as an advocate on social issues such as violence and tobacco use.
Reiner has also made cameos on show like 30 Rock,The First Wives Club, Bullets Over Broadway, Primary Colors,Throw Momma From The Train, The Simpsons, Hannah Montana, and several others.
A leading player on Broadway for over two decades, Victor Garber has appeared in comedies and musicals in New York to applause and Tony nominations, but his career in TV and films has been limited to mostly supporting parts. Garber's first stage success of note came in his native Canada, where he performed as Jesus in "Godspell" in a 1972 Toronto ensemble that also included Martin Short and 'Andrea Martin'. A year later, Garber reprised the role in the film version of the musical but he soon settled into working on Broadway. After nearly 20 years, he returned to films in character roles like the slick agent taking clients away from Michael J. Fox and Nathan Lane in James Lapine's Life with Mikey; Tom Hanks' friend who is rendered emotional by "The Dirty Dozen" in Nora Ephron's _Sleepless in Seattle (1993)_ and Goldie Hawn's ex-husband in _First Wives Club, The (1996)_ . Garber's highest profile turn came as the Titanic's designer Thomas Andrews, who calmly awaits its inevitable sinking, in James Cameron's blockbuster mega-hit Titanic.
Before embarking on a career as a mainstream pop vocalist, Billy Porter built a substantial reputation as a theatrical singer in Broadway productions such as Grease and Smokey Joe's Cafe. He made his initial impact by placing 'Love Is On The Way' on the soundtrack to the film First Wives' Club, in 1996. His debut album, Untitled, was firmly anchored in traditional R&B territory, with several key ballads included (such as a cover version of Glenn Jones's 'Show Me') in an attempt to win over mainstream radio. His backing band featured several musicians better known for their work in the theatre, including Warren J. McCrae, Gary Haase and Peter Zizzo (his producer). Unsurprisingly for a multi-faceted performer, Porter's record company was keen for their artist to be seen live, and his support slot to Sounds Of Blackness in New York in May 1997 attracted some encouraging reviews prior to his own headlining dates.
Sam Harris' diversified career has run the gamut from actor on Broadway, film and television to writer, singer and songwriter to director and producer. And now author.
Known as "the original American Idol" Sam pulled a weekly audience of more than 25 million viewers, going on to win "Star Search" in its premier season, Harris and his powerhouse pop, gospel and theater influenced vocals have never looked back.
His debut album "Sam Harris" and the follow-up "Sam-I-Am" both sold over a million copies. "Standard Time" and "Different Stages" (produced and conducted by the legendary Peter Matz), have been listed on numerous "Top 100 Records of All Time" lists. Other CDs include "The Best of the Motown Sessions", "Revial", "On This Night", "Always", and "Sam Harris Live! - The Best of Christmas." His most recent CD is "Free" and features original songs, including "Change Is On The Way," which was written for and utilized by the Barack Obama Campaign. He can also be heard on numerous concert, guest artist and cast recordings.
Sam has toured extensively in concert and has played to sold-out audiences at major venues including New York's Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre, London's West End and with The Boston Pops.
On Broadway, Sam received a Drama Desk nomination for his role in Tommy Tune's "Grease" and a Drama-League Award as well as Tony, Outer Critic's Circle and Drama Desk nominations for his work in Cy Coleman's "The Life." He also appeared on Broadway in the Mel Brooks musical, "The Producers" and in an extensive National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway production of "Joseph and the Amazing Techincolor Dreamcoat."
Sam has also starred in such musicals as "Jolson," "The First Wives Club," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Cabaret", "Hair", "Pippin", "The Jazz Singer", and the self penned shows "Hard Copy", "Different Hats", "Revival", and the smash hit one man show "Sam". in Los Angeles, which was the most critically acclaimed and celebrated show of its season. Recently, he and long time friend, Liza Minnelli mounted "Schmooli & Minnolli" - a concert of duets based on their close friendship and the songs they love.
Sam has appeared at The White House, on numerous television specials and live productions, and has guested on virtually every talk show, his favorite in an historic time, when he performed a stirring "You'll Never Walk Alone" on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in the week following September 11th.
Behind the scenes, Sam wrote the TBS sit-com, "Down to Earth," which ran for 4 years, and the Los Angeles produced musical "Hurry! Hurry! Hollywood!" (both with Bruce H. Newberg.) He also co-produced the television special "Love Letter to New York" and supervised/directed several segments of the CBS Special "Michael Jackson's 30th Year Anniversary" at Madison Square Garden. He also created and directed "New York's Finest - Broadway's Leading Men" to critical acclaim.
Sam co-starred on the CBS half hour comedy - "The Class." Liz Smith called him "The comic breakout character of the season!" He continues to tour in concert and makes regular appearances on talks shows and as a guest star on episodic television ranging from the comic "Rules of Engagement" to the dramatic "CSI:. He can be found on his popular vlog channel Samtube.com and also continues to publish his comic and political essays and donates his time to a number of charities.
His book, "HAM: Slices of a Life" (Simon & Schuster) is a collection of stories and essays will be released in January of 2014. Sam is married to successful businessman, Danny Jacobsen, and they are the proud fathers of Cooper Harris-Jacobsen.
Carmen More has been in front, behind and around cameras all of her life. She was born in Havana, raised in Miami and the daughter of a film producer. Graduating cum laude at University of Miami with a major in Drama gave her the necessary training to host Emmy nominated entertainment news show, "Viva American Pulse" in NYC and to co-star in the Spanish television series "El Magnate" for Telemundo. She has appeared opposite Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone in New Line's "Blast From The Past", Chad Lowe in "Nobody's Perfect", James Wood in "The Specialist", Mark Hamill in "Black Magic Woman" and Christopher Reeve in the Sony Music video for Latin band, Pimpinella. Behind the camera, Carmen was Assistant to the Director in "First Wives Club" for Paramount Pictures, Segment Producer for "Noticias y Mas" and "Despierta America" on Univision where she also appeared on camera and was Associate Producer on Universal's "Dudley Do-Right". Classically trained in ballet, she danced professionally in her teens. On stage she was cast as "Nenita" in the Off Broadway production of "Union City Thanksgiving". Carmen has appeared in numerous national television commercials including McDonald's, ATT, Sears, Johnson and Johnson, Proctor and Gamble products and was the spokesperson for Bell South. Her Norwegian Cruise Lines commercial won an Emmy Award. All this experience has given her specialized presentation and sales skills which have created an additional career in residential and commercial real estate. Her latest deals include Zuma Restaurant, Harley-Davidson, Restaurant Du Cap, Kyma Lounge, and hundreds of luxury condominiums.
Teresa was born Teresa Elizabeth DePriest in Memphis, Tennessee. She was raised in Texas where she was spotted by a model scout at a dance competition. She was immediately flown to Paris, where she worked with all the top designers and magazines. After living in Europe, she made her way to New York to pursue acting where she was cast in "The First Wives Club". She now lives in Los Angeles, and has completed 4 films in just 2 years. She can be found polishing her comedy skills by working at such venues as LA's famed The Comedy Store on Sunset Blvd.
Bonnie is a New Yorker, born and bred. She received a BFA from Syracuse University and started her professional acting career as Bette Midler's stand-in for the films "First Wives Club" and "Isn't She Great?" Sidney Lumet hand picked Bonnie at an open call and cast her in a scene opposite Andy Garcia in "Night Falls in Manhattan." He then cast her in the recurring role of legal aide attorney Ellen Klein on his A&E series "100 Centre Street" and a third time as the jury forewoman in the feature "Find Me Guilty" starring Vin Diesel.
Appearing in many award-winning Indies, Bonnie played a drug-addicted prostitute in Rosemary Rodriguez's "Acts of Worship," which premiered at Sundance. That was followed by a garmento in Jack Gindi's "What's Your Sign?"
Bonnie has played the Law & Order trifecta, garnering guest starring roles as a manicurist, an attorney (both Criminal Intent,) an outspoken member of the Grand Jury (Law & Order) and a nosy neighbor who discovers an abandoned infant on a New York City street (SVU.)
She was a grieving widow on "Third Watch" opposite Skipp Sudduth and Nia Long. On a lighter note, she sold a wedding dress to Drea Di Matteo on "The Sopranos," gave Kelly Ripa a hard time on "Hope and Faith" and went over the top as Betsy Camp, a man-hungry hot mess in Eric Schaffer's upcoming Showtime series "Gravity."
Show biz runs in the family. Bonnie's beloved brother Frank was a prop master on many feature films and was thrilled to share in his little sister's success.
What does it look like when you mix the making of Bruce Springsteen with classical training in the Fine and Performing Arts and add intelligence, spirit and passion? One of today's most exciting director, actress, singer and artist. Jennifer Appel has been hailed as one of the fiercest and most dedicated break through artists of her time and when one reads her story they can soon see why.
Jennifer's extensive training as a theater actor and director bring notable depth and discipline to her film work. Her advanced capacity to understand the human needs that drive great stories allows for unprecedented results with the actors she works with. She works from her heart and inspires those around her to do the same. Known as a 'one take wonder actress' she brings a precision and urgency to her work that creates an explosion of life and an infusion of passion.
Brought up in the middle of the Springsteen phenomenon and behind the scenes of major television networks, with her brothers Mike and Stephen blazing their way through the industry, Jennifer learned the rigors and demands of professional entertainment young. While some kids were concerned with boy scouts or brownies, she was learning how to "nail audiences to the wall". Described as 'truly punk rock' by international filmmakers, she invites the edge and pushes boundaries. Her commitment to full expression supersedes any common tradition or industry standard. Jennifer has that rare combination of education, environment, talent and passion that make great art possible. She knows she owes her audience a truly exceptional experience and will do whatever it takes to deliver.
During her freshman year in high school Jennifer was already accepting numerous scholarships for college art classes. Here she explored perspective, balance and the power of story through image. She was also the lead in community theaters and soon caught the attention of Fredericka Von Stade (International leading Mezzo-Soprano) and learned the intricacies of professional backstage and touring while accompanying Ms. Von Stade on tour with Leonard Bernstein throughout Europe and around the states several times.
Peter Masterson of The Actors Studio invited Jennifer to study Directing and Karen Malpede offered her a full acting scholarship to attend NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She accepted the scholarship to NYU and participated in Circle in the Square and The Experimental Theater Wing (ETW). She was mentored by Tony Kushner (Angles in America), Lauri Peters (Tony Award Nominees Meisner Teacher), Wendell Beavers (Master Teacher, Viewpoints and Somatic Movement), Keeley Eastley (Linklater Master Teacher), Terry Schreiber (Master Acting), John Astin (The Addams Family), etc... She also trained with Patrick Tucker and the Royal Shakespeare Company while performing First Folio Shakespeare to sold out houses. At NYU Jennifer began working on her screenplays with peers including Harmony Korine (Kids).
During these years she worked as an actor or as a production assistant on many sets (Searching for Bobby Fisher, Ransom, First Wives Club, USA Today Live, Central Park West and Ron Howard's The Paper, to name a few). She is grateful to these patient pros who encouraged her career, and especially to Ron Howard for his graciousness early on. Other generous champions include Armand Assante and Danny Aiello.
Coming up in the Long Island Hardcore music scene, Jennifer eventually broke out on her own and created several rock groups along side such bands as Glassjaw, Brand New, Ours and Marjorie Fair. Producer Marc Jordan (The Cult, Velvet Revolver), along with Stuart Zechman (Stabbing Westward), first worked with her when she wrote the soundtrack to her film and theater extravaganza "Yes! Damn it." She continues to write with Marc to this day. Jennifer has worked with Pam Bricker (Thievery Corporation), Robert Scott "Wino" Weinrich (Spirit Caravan, Probot), and many others. You can often hear her tracks on popular television shows, when not on the radio or in concert.
Jennifer embraces improvisation and was a founding member of NYC improv group the New Usual Suspects and worked with Gorilla Rep Theater, doing Shakespeare in Washington Square Park. While writing music and enjoying a flourishing theater acting career she turned her attention to film and started Risk Productions, which produced plays, film festivals, art happenings and concerts. During this time she was a co-producer and line Producer for Broken Lizard Productions, Cataland Films (best known for Super Troopers), and co-produced the live action segment of Blue's Clues, the most successful children's show of it's time, for Nickelodeon. Jennifer continues to produce, write and act.
Jennifer knows what it takes and gets the job done. Staring at graffiti from the E Street band on her basement walls behind her "easy bake oven" it was hard to imagine doing anything else with her life. From day one she was going to be an artist. It was pretty much destiny and Jennifer has met it every step of the way.
|Chadbyrne R. Dickens
Originally from Westchester County, New York, Dickens is a 1994 graduate of the University of Vermont. He obtained his B.A. in film studies and production from NYU and USC Film schools respectively. He is well renowned for having worked under the guidance of some of Hollywood's most successful and demanding producers. He held a long tenure of work as the first executive assistant to elite producer Scott Rudin on many films including First Wives Club, In & Out and Ransom. After moving to LA, he worked as a Creative Executive at Miramax Films on a variety of films including Scream 2 and Copland. After working as the Director of Development for the prestigious Merchant/Ivory production team, he co-produced an award winning documentary, The Last Game, in 2002.
John A. Corso, a New York City native, possesses twenty-eight years of entertainment industry experience with achievements on successful major motion pictures, screenplays, TV programs, commercials, and music videos as Producer, Director, Cinematographer and Author.
Corso filmed the historic debut of the Ramones and Talking Heads at Max's while still in his teens.
A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Film School, and an award-winning student, Corso earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Producing and Directing.
Notably, and perhaps, the youngest Cinematographer to be accepted into membership in the Cinematographer's Guild as Director of Photography, Corso achieved substantial feature credentials as DP in his early twenties. Now a veteran Cinematographer of worldwide reputation, Corso was one of the original pioneers in the unique art of Steadicam Cinematography under the tutelage of its Oscar-winning inventor.
Corso produced, directed and filmed "shock-jock" Howard Stern in a series of TV spots for Stern's wildly successful first pay-per-view special. Stern told David Letterman in an appearance on his show: "Our director was really great!"
Corso directed "Blood Circus", a science fiction cult favorite, and has served as Second Unit Director on a number of feature films with many additional uncredited First and Second Unit directing assignments. He filmed the Oscar-nominated documentary "Spaces: The Architecture of Paul Rudolph".
Corso received praise from the Hollywood Reporter for his "excellent" Steadicam Cinematography on Joe Dante's "Matinee". The New York Times lauded the poignant dream sequences Corso filmed foretelling the demise of Detective Bobby Simone (Jimmy Smits) in his final season on "NYPD Blue".
Corso's career highlights include: "The First Wives' Club", "Fatal Attraction", "Gremlins 2", "Funny Farm", "Rounders", "Matinee", "The Odd Couple Movie", "Ghostbusters 2", "Lassie", "Clockers", "Get On the Bus!", "American Buffalo", "The Memoirs of Sally Hemmings", "Searching for Bobby Fischer".
His television credits include: "NYPD Blue", "Spin City", "The Frank Sinatra Story", "New York Undercover", "The Law & Harry McGraw", "Murder She Wrote".
Corso is also the Co-Founder of East Hampton studios, an independent large-scale motion picture and TV production studio located in East Hampton, New York.
Director Bobby Carmichael obtains breathtaking action and scenic footage in a wide variety of difficult environments. He has extensive experience directing and shooting aerial, automotive, marine, mountaineering, sports and stunt sequences. Carmichael's extreme action work has largely focused on the world of commercial filmmaking. He directed the international Planet Reebok commercials that premiered on Super Bowl XXVI. A partial list of clients include Ford Motor Co., Merrill Lynch, Sprite, Molson Beer, Virgin Island Tourism, Oklahoma Tourism Hawaii Tourism, The America Cup and Cadillac, Adidas, Reebok, Kawasaki, Sea.Doo, Six Flags Amusement Parks and the U.S. Marines Corps.
Feature action directing assignments include high seas pyrotechnics and water combat for the 2nd unit of NAVY S.E.A.L.s; stunt climbing and a descender fall 2,000 feet up Yosemite's El Capitan sheer cliffs for Star Trek V and 20 story operating cameraman drops during First Wives Club's window washing scene. He directed a special venue, widescreen film on NASCAR racing for the Daytona Speedway. Working through Dream Quest Images, he supplied both creative and direction for this 70mm release entitled The Daytona 500. The film is projected at 48 frames per second in a two hundred-seat theater at the Speedway. Carmichael directed over twenty 35mm cameras to cover the Daytona 500 during the making of this project.
With over forty climbing related projects to his credit, Carmichael is a recognized expert in climbing related direction and cinematography. He has shot in all of America's top climbing areas, the Canadian Rockies, the Alps and the Himalayas. His rigging crews are on the cutting edge of vertical shooting techniques. He introduced competitive climbing to national television by creating the first Snowbird International Climbing Competition as seen on CBS Sports.
Carmichael also has an extensive background as a documentary director/cameraman. From early staff director/cameraman work at NFL Films to high speed film analysis under Robert Riger at ABC Sports to the feature documentary of the 1984 Olympics under Bud Greenspan. His experience has given him a unique insight into sports, stunts and adventure filmmaking. National Geographic Explorer series featured his films on big wave surfing and waterfall ice climbing. In Panama, for National Geographic, Carmichael encountered one of his most bizarre assignments, a feature on killer bees.
He won an Academy Award Nomination for America's first look into a new sport called Extreme Skiing with his film Fall Line. Work as a cameraman with CBS 60 minutes and ABC 20/20 developed his journalistic instincts. He won an Emmy Award for Special Achievement in Sports programming by producing and directing a documentary film that investigated the violence and physical injuries in football. One of the results of his film Football in America is that every football helmet manufactured now bears a clearly visible warning label about spearing.
A strong organizational sense and along with an extensive athletic background that includes Division One college football, competitive sailing, big wall rock climbing, extreme skiing, surfing, diving and cycling, enable Carmichael to uniquely conceive and safely direct high adrenaline action sequences. Those skills combined with a resume that is equal parts feature, commercial and documentary experience, allow Carmichael and his highly talented and specialized crew, to bring imagination and creative problem solving to each project they approach.