Writers, producers & Film directorsby alexgg97 | created - 08 Apr 2015 | updated - 27 Jan 2018 | Public
1. Ashley Avis
Director | Black Beauty
Ashley Avis is an American director, screenwriter, and producer. She was born in Chicago, Illinois to Richard Avis and Victoria Woods, and has one brother, Richard Avis. She is married to Edward Winters, who is her partner in their Los Angeles based production company, Winterstone Pictures.
3. Brett Simon
Director | Severance Package
Brett Simon is a Javits Fellow, a PhD candidate in Film Studies, and an MFA graduate in Art Practice at UC Berkeley. He graduated from Princeton University in 1997 with a degree in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing. His films and videos have screened in festivals around the world ...
Producer | Hurricane
In 1997, Morgan's debut feature, Hurricane Streets, became the first narrative film to win three awards at the Sundance Film Festival (Audience Award, Best Director, and Best Cinematography). It was bought by MGM/UA and distributed the following year.
Born in Long Beach, California, Morgan received ...
9. Bryce Clark
Writer | Phobic
Bryce wrote and directed the independent film, Beauty and the Least: The Misadventures of Ben Banks (2012) and the thriller Phobic (2020). He has also written for the children's show, Yo Gabba Gabba!, and is the author of the books Red Shirt Kids and Secret Santa. Bryce and his wife Stephanie live ...
11. Michael Taverna
Producer | Apartment 1303 3D
President & Chief Executive Officer
Michael is a multi-talented entertainment industry veteran - he has written, directed, produced and distributed a host of notable films. These include MANAGUA with Academy Award Winner Louis Gossett Jr, and BY THE SWORD with Academy Award winning actor F. Murray ...
Director | The Call
Timothy Woodward Jr. was born October 15, 1983 in Georgetown, SC. His love for film began early when he saw his first theatrical film. Woodward began his career acting in television series, but in recent years has moved primarily behind the camera. He cut his directing teeth on music videos and ...
13. Zoe Quist
Actress | War of the Worlds
Zoe Quist is an American director, who began her career as a film and television actress. In college, she studied international relations and pre-law, worked at the college radio station as the news director and was an active member of the theater department.
Passionate to craft her own stories for ...
18. Paul Schrader
Writer | First Reformed
Although his name is often linked to that of the "movie brat" generation (Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, etc.) Paul Schrader's background couldn't have been more different than theirs. His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a...
20. Robert Rodriguez
Producer | El mariachi
Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, USA, to Rebecca (Villegas), a nurse, and Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman. His family is of Mexican descent.
Of all the people to be amazed by the images of John Carpenter's 1981 sci-fi parable, Escape from New York (1981), none ...
24. Steven C. Miller
Director | Line of Duty
Steven C. Miller was born in Decatur, Ga. His love for film began early when his father bought him a VHS video camera. Miller started off small with multiple music videos and short films. In 2005 Miller attended and graduated Full Sail University.
In 2005, immediately after graduating film school at...
30. Jason Fuchs
Writer | Wonder Woman
Actor, writer. New York City native Jason Fuchs has been acting since the age of 7 when he appeared at Lincoln Center in the play "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" with Sam Waterston. In 1996, Jason made his feature film debut as Marvin in "Flipper" opposite Elijah Wood and Paul Hogan. Back on stage, Jason...
32. Luke Massey
Director | Warhouse
Luke Massey (born Luke Morrison, 12 June 1984) is an English Writer/Director Born in Bristol before moving to Stratford-Upon-Avon, where his father Campbell Morrison worked as an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Luke worked as a camera trainee with the BBC straight from school, and then as...
33. Valerie Weiss
Director | Outer Banks
Award-winning filmmaker and scientist, Valerie Weiss has directed three feature films and an American Girl Special for Amazon Studios. Her work has been called "daringly light" for the way it embraces controversial topics in an enchanting way and spans the genres of action, thriller, drama, ...
38. Josh Stolberg
Writer | Spiral: From the Book of Saw
Josh Stolberg was born on March 7, 1971 in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. He is known for his work on Spiral (2021), Piranha 3D (2010) and Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005). He has been married to Leila Leigh since September 15, 2001. They have two children.
39. David DeCoteau
Director | Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge
A dual citizen of Canada and the USA, David DeCoteau has worked professionally in the movie business since he was 18 years old. He got his start through a generous offer from movie legend Roger Corman, who hired him in 1980 as a production assistant at New World Pictures. In 1986, DeCoteau directed ...
40. George Miller
Producer | Mad Max: Fury Road
George Miller is an Australian film director, screenwriter, producer, and former medical doctor. He is best known for his Mad Max franchise, with Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) being hailed as amongst the greatest action films of all time. Aside from the Mad Max ...
41. Joss Whedon
Writer | Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon. Whedon was ...
42. Elizabeth Banks
Actress | The Hunger Games
Elizabeth Banks was born Elizabeth Mitchell in Pittsfield, a small city in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts near the New York border, on February 10, 1974. She is the daughter of Ann (Wallace), who worked in a bank, and Mark P. Mitchell, a factory worker. Elizabeth describes herself as ...
43. Kay Cannon
Producer | 30 Rock
Kay Cannon is a screenwriter, actress and producer, best known for Pitch Perfect (2012), Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), and Pitch Perfect 3 (2017). She is also known for her work on NBC's 30 Rock (2006) and the Netflix Original Series Girlboss (2017).
Cannon has won three Writers Guild of America Awards ...
44. Alex Garland
Writer | Ex Machina
Alex Garland is an English novelist, screenwriter, film producer and director. He is best known for the films Ex Machina (2015) and Annihilation (2018).
Garland's others works as a writer includes The Beach (2000), 28 Days Later (2002), Sunshine (2007), Never Let Me Go (2011) and Dredd (2012).
He is ...
45. James Wan
Producer | The Conjuring 2
James Wan (born 26 February 1977) is an Australian film producer, screenwriter and film director of Malaysian Chinese descent. He is widely known for directing the horror film Saw (2004) and creating Billy the puppet. Wan has also directed Dead Silence (2007), Death Sentence (2007), Insidious (2010)...
47. David Ayer
Writer | End of Watch
David Ayer is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. David Ayer was born in Champaign, Illinois and grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota, and Bethesda, Maryland, where he was kicked out of his house by his parents as a teenager. Ayer then lived with his cousin in Los Angeles, ...
Director | Lost Transmissions
Director and screenwriter Katharine OBrien was born in Santa Barbara, CA and studied English at Wellesley College. Katharine worked at Muse Film (Virgin Suicides, Buffalo 66) and as a television writing assistant with Kids in the Hall and Russo Brothers before receiving her MFA in film directing at...
50. John Asher
Director | A Boy Called Po
John is an award winning writer/director who spent his early life breaking his dad's video cameras trying to get an epic shot. He always wanted to be a director, to tell stories in images, probably because dyslexia made it so difficult for him to tell them in words. But children don't have many ...
54. Michael Polish
Director | Twin Falls Idaho
Michael Polish was born on October 30, 1970 in El Centro, California, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Twin Falls Idaho (1999), Northfork (2003) and Jackpot (2001). He has been married to Kate Bosworth since August 31, 2013. He was previously married to Jo Strettell.
58. Colin Trevorrow
Producer | Safety Not Guaranteed
Born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, Colin Trevorrow started making short films when he was 12 years old. He studied film and dramatic writing at New York University. After graduation, he wrote and directed "Home Base" a digital short that became one of the early viral successes on the ...
59. Amanda Silver
Writer | Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Amanda Silver was born on May 24, 1963 in the USA. She is a writer and producer, known for Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Jurassic World (2015) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014). She has been married to Rick Jaffa since July 29, 1989. They have two children.
61. Rick Jaffa
Writer | Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Rick Jaffa was born on May 8, 1956 in Dallas County, Texas, USA as Richard David Jaffa. He is a writer and producer, known for Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Jurassic World (2015) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014). He has been married to Amanda Silver since June 29, 1989. They have ...
66. Steven Spielberg
Producer | Schindler's List
One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. He has an extraordinary number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed credits to his name, either as a director, ...
69. Sadie Katz
Actress | Automation
Sadie Katz is an award-winning actress, WGA writer, director and producer living in Los Angeles. Katz got her start co-starring in the dark romantic comedy Nipples and Palm Trees. The outrageous comedy stayed in the Amazon's top one hundred rentals for a year. Sadie went on to star in several films...
71. Denis Villeneuve
Director | Blade Runner 2049
Denis Villeneuve is a French Canadian film director and writer. He was born in 1967, in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. He started his career as a filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada. He is best known for his feature films Arrival (2016), Sicario (2015), Prisoners (2013), Enemy (2013), ...
72. Nick Simon
Director | The Girl in the Photographs
A native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Nick Simon grew up in a mixed-race home where an early interest in film allowed him a view into his Syrian heritage that wasn't reflected in the world around him. The interest in cinema turned to an obsession as Simon began filming the local bands raging ...
74. Mike Flanagan
Writer | The Haunting of Bly Manor
Mike Flanagan was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1978 to Timothy and Laura Flanagan. The family relocated frequently, as Timothy was in the U.S. Coast Guard, and finally settled in Bowie, Maryland. As a child, he would shoot and edit short movies on VHS. This continued as he attended Archbishop ...
75. Jeff Howard
Writer | Gerald's Game
Jeff Howard is an American writer. is the Supervising Producer on HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE and SNAPSHOT, 1988 at Uni, just wrote Gerald's Game, Ouja 2 etc. He works with Mike Flanagan often. He is known for the 2013 horror film "Oculus." Howard also wrote the screenplay for "Somnia" (2015) and "...
79. Jon Matthews
Writer | Surviving Cliffside
Jon is a civil-rights-lawyer-turned-filmmaker. He is known for the documentary "Surviving Cliffside" (SXSW 2014, Sundance Channel) and "Black Dog, Red Dog," starring James Franco, Olivia Wilde and Whoopi Goldberg.
Jon grew up in a hollow, called Booger Hole, in Alum Creek, West Virginia. Before ...
80. Mark Schoonmaker
Writer | Pitch Black Heist
Mark was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in San Jose, California. At age 7, Leonardo DiCaprio and 1930s horror films got him into acting which led to a high interest in filmmaking. Mark's silent feature Pitch Black Heist (2022) was inspired by J.J. Abrams TED Talks speech: "The Mystery Box" ...
81. Chloe Finch
Chloe Finch was born in Manhattan, New York. Having both parents who are successful and productive writers - Christopher Finch (author of more than 25 books, including The Art of Walt Disney, Rainbow, a biography of Judy Garland and The Making of The Dark Crystal), and Linda Rosenkrantz, (author of...
82. Gustavo Ron
Director | My Bakery in Brooklyn
Gustavo Ron was born on December 14, 1972 in Madrid, Spain as Gustavo Ron Zorzano. He is a director and writer, known for Bakery in Brooklyn (2016), Ways to Live Forever (2010) and Mia Sarah (2006). He has been married to Kiruca Utrera since September 21, 2002. They have two children.
85. David Cronenberg
Actor | The Fly
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father, Milton Cronenberg, was a journalist and editor, and his mother, Esther (Sumberg), was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early...
87. Benedict Carver
Producer | Eye in the Sky
Born in England, Benedict Carver graduated from Edinburgh University with an M.A. in Spanish and Politics. He started his career in entertainment as a film reporter for Variety.
In 1999, Carver joined Sony Pictures' genre division, Screen Gems, rising to become its senior vice president of ...
90. Patty Jenkins
Director | Wonder Woman
Patty Jenkins is a writer/director best known for directing Wonder Woman, the Warner Bros./DC Comics blockbuster of 2017, and her debut feature Monster. Patty also works in television where she is best known for the pilot and finale episode of AMC's hit show The Killing.
Patty began her career as a ...
Director | Saw II
Darren Lynn Bousman was born on January 11, 1979 in Overland Park, Kansas, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Saw II (2005), Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) and Tales of Halloween (2015). He has been married to Laura Bousman since January 2, 2010. They have two children.
92. Leigh Whannell
Actor | Saw
Leigh Whannell grew up in Melbourne, Australia, where, at the age of four, he developed an obsession with telling stories. Whether it be through acting, writing or filmmaking, his primary love was getting a reaction from an audience. In 1995, at the age of 18, he was accepted into the Royal ...
93. Alan Taylor
Director | Game of Thrones
Alan Taylor was born in 1965 as Alan Jamieson Taylor. He is a director and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013) and The Emperor's New Clothes (2001). He has been married to Nicki Ledermann since 2004. They have three children.
97. Daniel Alfredson
Director | Luftslottet som sprängdes
Daniel Alfredson was born on May 23, 1959 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is a producer and director, known for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2009), The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009) and Tic Tac (1997). He is married to Stina. They have three children.