Writers, producers & Film directors

by 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.

Ashley's...

2. Luke Jaden

Director | Boo!

Luke Jaden is an actor and director, known for Boo! (2018), Wolf Who Cried Boy (2015) and Madman or Martyr (2014).

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 ...

4. Chad Faust

Actor | Girl

Chad Faust was born on July 14, 1980 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He is an actor and writer, known for Girl (2020), The 4400 (2004) and Saved! (2004).

5. Gilles Paquet-Brenner

Director | Elle s'appelait Sarah

Gilles Paquet-Brenner was born on September 14, 1974 in Paris, France. He is a director and writer, known for Elle s'appelait Sarah (2010), Dark Places (2015) and Pretty Things (2001).

6. Morgan J. Freeman

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 ...

8. Roland Joffé

Director | The Mission

Roland Joffé was born on November 17, 1945 in London, England. He is a producer and director, known for The Mission (1986), The Killing Fields (1984) and The Great Hunger. He was previously married to Jane Lapotaire.

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 ...

12. Timothy Woodward Jr.

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 ...

15. Obin Olson

Cinematographer | Unknown Caller

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...

19. Malcolm D. Lee

Director | Girls Trip

Malcolm D. Lee was born on January 11, 1970 in the USA. He is a director and producer, known for Girls Trip (2017), The Best Man Holiday (2013) and Undercover Brother (2002).

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 ...

21. Chris Sivertson

Director | I Know Who Killed Me

Chris Sivertson is a writer and director, known for I Know Who Killed Me (2007), Brawler (2011) and Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018).

22. Patrick Lussier

Editor | Drive Angry

Patrick Lussier is known for his work on Drive Angry (2011), Terminator Genisys (2015) and My Bloody Valentine (2009).

23. Kyle Newman

Director | Fanboys

Kyle Newman was born on March 16, 1976 in Morristown, New Jersey, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Fanboys (2009), Barely Lethal (2015) and Taylor Swift: Style (2015). He has been married to Jaime King since November 23, 2007. They have two children.

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...

26. Shane Dax Taylor

Producer | Masquerade

Started working for ESPN at the age of 19.

27. Matthew Coppola

Producer | Fresh Cut Grass

Brother of actress Alicia Coppola.

29. Scott Speer

Director | Step Up Revolution

Scott Speer is a director and producer, known for Step Up Revolution (2012), Step Up All In (2014) and Midnight Sun (2018). He has been married to Michelle McLoughlin since May 27, 2017.

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...

31. Ross Clarke

Director | The Birdcatcher

Ross Clarke is a director and producer, known for The Birdcatcher (2019), Desiree (2014) and Nowhere Boy (2009).

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, ...

34. Ben Caird

Writer | Halfway

Ben Caird is a writer and director, known for Halfway (2016) and Long Forgotten Fields (2016).

35. David Pastor

Writer | Carriers

David Pastor was born on July 25, 1978 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. He is a writer and producer, known for Carriers (2009), The Last Days (2013) and Self/less (2015).

36. Àlex Pastor

Writer | Carriers

Àlex Pastor was born on March 13, 1981 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. He is a writer and producer, known for Carriers (2009), The Natural Route (2004) and The Last Days (2013).

37. Stewart Hendler

Director | H+

Stewart Hendler was born on December 22, 1978. He is a director and producer, known for H+ (2011), One (2001) and Sorority Row (2009).

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)...

46. Chris Morgan

Producer | Fast & Furious 7

Chris Morgan is a producer and writer, known for Furious 7 (2015), Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) and Fast & Furious 6 (2013).

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, ...

48. Richard Bates Jr.

Director | Excision

Richard Bates Jr. is a director and writer, known for Excision (2012), Trash Fire (2016) and Suburban Gothic (2014).

49. Katharine O'Brien

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 ...

51. Doug Liman

Producer | Edge of Tomorrow

Doug Liman was born on July 24, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Swingers (1996) and Fair Game (2010).

52. David S. Goyer

Writer | Dark City

David S. Goyer was born on December 22, 1965 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA as David Samuel Goyer. He is a writer and producer, known for Dark City (1998), The Dark Knight (2008) and Batman Begins (2005). He is married to Marina Black. They have two children.

53. Simon Kinberg

Producer | The Martian

Simon Kinberg was born on August 2, 1973 in London, England. He is a producer and writer, known for The Martian (2015), Logan (2017) and Fantastic Four (2015). He was previously married to Mali Heled.

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.

55. Jane Goldman

Producer | Kick-Ass

Jane Goldman was born on June 11, 1970 in England. She is a producer and writer, known for Kick-Ass (2010), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and Stardust (2007). She has been married to Jonathan Ross since August 1988. They have three children.

56. Neill Blomkamp

Director | District 9

Neill Blomkamp was born on September 17, 1979 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a director and writer, known for District 9 (2009), Elysium (2013) and Chappie (2015). He is married to Terri Tatchell. They have one child.

57. Terri Tatchell

Writer | District 9

Terri Tatchell is a writer, known for District 9 (2009), Chappie (2015) and Yellow (2006).

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.

60. Derek Connolly

Writer | Safety Not Guaranteed

Derek Connolly is a writer and producer, known for Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), Jurassic World (2015) and Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019).

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 ...

62. Dean Israelite

Director | Acholiland

Dean Israelite was born on September 20, 1984 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a director and producer, known for Acholiland (2009), Power Rangers (2017) and Project Almanac (2015).

65. Gil Kenan

Director | Monster House

Gil Kenan was born on October 16, 1976 in London, England. He is a director and writer, known for Monster House (2006), Poltergeist (2015) and City of Ember (2008).

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, ...

67. Glenn Ficarra

Writer | I Love You Phillip Morris

Glenn Ficarra is a producer and writer, known for I Love You Phillip Morris (2009), This Is Us (2016) and Cats & Dogs (2001).

68. John Requa

Writer | I Love You Phillip Morris

John Requa is a producer and writer, known for I Love You Phillip Morris (2009), This Is Us (2016) and Focus (2015).

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...

70. Eric Heisserer

Writer | Arrival

Eric Heisserer was born in 1970 in Norman, Oklahoma, USA as Eric Andrew Heisserer. He is a writer and producer, known for Arrival (2016), Bird Box (2018) and Hours (2013). He has been married to Christine Boylan since October 23, 2010.

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 ...

73. Adam Alleca

Writer | Cell

Adam Alleca was born on February 16, 1983 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is a writer, known for Cell (2016), The Last House on the Left (2009) and Standoff (2016). He is married to Ashley Christine Beyer.

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

Transformers

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.

84. Stephen Susco

Writer | Unfriended: Dark Web

Stephen Susco is a writer and producer, known for Unfriended: Dark Web (2018), The Grudge 2 (2006) and The Grudge (2004).

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...

86. Bruce Wagner

Writer | Maps to the Stars

Bruce Wagner was born on March 20, 1954 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA as Bruce Alan Wagner. He is a writer and producer, known for Maps to the Stars (2014), Wild Palms (1993) and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987).

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 ...

88. Renee Tab

Producer | Feud

89. David Bruckner

Director | The Night House

David Bruckner is a director and writer, known for The Night House (2020), The Ritual (2017) and Southbound (2015).

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 ...

91. Darren Lynn Bousman

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.

94. Laeta Kalogridis

Writer | Shutter Island

Laeta Kalogridis was born on August 30, 1965 as Laeta Elizabeth Kalogridis. She is a writer and producer, known for Shutter Island (2010), Alita: Battle Angel (2019) and Alexander (2004).

95. Gregory Jacobs

Producer | Edge of Tomorrow

Gregory Jacobs is a producer and assistant director, known for Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Magic Mike XXL (2015) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007).

96. Joe Gangemi

Writer | Eliza Graves

Joe Gangemi is a writer and producer, known for Stonehearst Asylum (2014), Red Oaks (2014) and Wind Chill (2007).

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.

98. Reid Carolin

Producer | Magic Mike

Reid Carolin was born on January 10, 1982 in Lake Forest, Illinois, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Magic Mike (2012), White House Down (2013) and Magic Mike XXL (2015).

99. Wellesley Wild

Producer | Ted 2

Wellesley Wild was born on April 27, 1972 in New York City, New York, USA as Henry Wellesley Wild. He is a producer and writer, known for Ted 2 (2015), A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) and Ted (2012).

100. Dallas Richard Hallam

Writer | Entrance

Dallas Richard Hallam was born on March 10, 1979 in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. He is known for his work on Entrance (2012), Spread (2009) and The Hottie & the Nottie (2008).



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