Producer/Director BARRY SONNENFELD began his career as a cinematographer, forming a collaboration with the Coen brothers on their first feature film, "Blood Simple," and continuing with "Raising Arizona" and "Millers Crossing." His other credits as a director of photography in film include "Throw Momma From the Train," "Three OClock High," "Big," "When Harry Met Sally..." and "Misery."
Sonnenfeld received an Emmy Award in 1985 for his camera work on the TV special "Out of Step" and received Clio Awards for directing the Nike "Dog" spot and a series of commercials for Isuzu and Reebok.
In 1991, Sonnenfeld made his directing debut with the hit comedy "The Addams Family." He followed it with "For Love or Money," the successful sequel "Addams Family Values" (in which he also played a small role), the critical and popular triumph "Get Shorty" (which he also executive produced and appeared in as a doorman) and the blockbuster 1997 summer hit "Men in Black," which starred Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. Most recently, Sonnenfeld executive produced, along with Danny DeVitos Jersey Films, "Out of Sight," a stylish adaptation of the popular Elmore Leonard novel starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez.
Sonnenfeld is partnered with Barry Josephson in Sonnenfeld/Josephson Worldwide Entertainment, a film and television entity. Among the companys projects are the "Fantasy Island" and "Maximum Bob" series for ABC.
Producer JON PETERS has amassed an impressive list of motion-picture triumphs as a producer, including John Singletons debut film, "Boyz N the Hood," "Batman" and "Rain Man," which earned the Academy Award for Best Picture.
During his tenure as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Peters initiated such blockbusters as "A Few Good Men," "The Prince of Tides," "Hook," "Bugsy," "Bram Stokers Dracula," "My Girl" and "A League of Their Own." Peters other credits include "Batman Returns," "The Color Purple," "Gorillas in the Mist," "Flashdance," "The Witches of Eastwick," "A Star is Born," "Eyes of Laura Mars," "Caddyshack," "Endless Love," "An American Werewolf in London," "Missing," "Money Train," "Rosewood" and "My Fellow Americans."
In 1991, Peters left his position at Sony to form Peters Entertainment. Under its exclusive partnership with Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures, Peters Entertainment is developing a slate of more than 80 films.
Executive producer BILL TODMAN, JR. has a three-year, first-look agreement with Kopelson Entertainment at 20th Century Fox. Prior to this, he was, from 1995 to 1998, Head of Production for Morgan Creek Productions, where he oversaw such films as "Diabolique," "Two If By Sea," "Bad Moon," "Wild America," "Major League: Back to the Minors," "Wrongfully Accused" and the animated "The King and I."
Between 1987 and 1995, he was partnered with Joel Simon in Todman-Simon Productions, where his film credits included "Married to the Mob" and "Hard to Kill," as well as five network pilots, one CBS half-hour series and one NBC movie of the week.
Executive producer JOEL SIMON has been, since 1995, President of Motion Pictures for Quincy Jones/David Salzman Entertainment. From 1987 to 1995, he was a partner in Todman-Simon Productions, where he and his partner, Bill Todman Jr., produced "Married to the Mob," "Hard to Kill" and "Steel." In addition to Simons film work, Todman-Simon had an overall producing deal with Lorimar and Warner Bros. TV that yielded five network pilots, one CBS half-hour series and one NBC movie of the week.
Executive producer KIM LeMASTERS began his career at ABC-TV in prime-time development, where he was involved in the creation of such series as Starsky and Hutch,"
"Harry 0" and "Kung Fu." He then moved to Warner Bros. Television, where he helped develop such series as "Alice" and "Wonder Woman."
Joining CBS TV in 1976, LeMasters was involved in the creation of "Dallas," "Knots Landing," "The Incredible Hulk" and "The Dukes of Hazzard," among other shows. After a brief stint as Executive Vice President, Theatricals, at The Walt Disney Company, LeMasters returned to CBS as Vice President, Miniseries, rising to Vice President, Programming and then President, Entertainment at CBS. Under his management, CBS realized the success of such shows as "Murphy Brown," "Major Dad," "Wiseguy," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Rescue: 911."
LeMasters left CBS in 1990 for a career as an independent producer, joining Stephen J. Cannell Productions in 1992. There, he wrote and created the first-run syndication series "Hawkeye" and is executive producing and writing the USA Network series "Silk Stalkings."
Executive producer TRACY GLASER most recently executive produced "Rosewood," "My Fellow Americans" and "Money Train." She joined Peters Entertainment as Executive Vice President in 1994, moving up to President in May, 1995, a position she held until recently.
Earlier in her career, Glaser was Vice President of Rastar Productions, where she was involved with the Emmy and Cable ACE Award-winning telefilm "Barbarians at the Gate," as well as the films "Mr. Jones" and "Lost in Yonkers." Glaser then became Senior Vice President of Channel Productions, where she oversaw the development and production of such films as "Cops and Robbersons," "Guarding Tess" and "Mary Reilly."
Executive producer BARRY JOSEPHSON is Barry Sonnenfelds producing partner and President of Sonnenfeld-Josephson Worldwide Entertainment with Barry Sonnenfeld. Previously, Josephson was President of Production Worldwide at Columbia Pictures, where he oversaw numerous action/adventure films, including "Air Force One," "Men in Black," "The Professional," "Anaconda," "Bad Boys" and "In the Line of Fire." Earlier, as Senior Vice-President of Production for Silver Pictures, Josephson executive produced "The Last Boy Scout" and "Ricochet," and co-produced the HBO series "Tales From the Crypt."
Co-producer GRAHAM PLACE was the executive producer of "The Addams Family" and co-producer of "For Love or Money." He worked with Joel and Ethan Coen as line producer on "Millers Crossing" and as co-producer on "Barton Fink" and "The Hudsucker Proxy." Place served as co-producer on "Nell" with Jodie Foster and most recently was the co-producer for Barry Sonnenfeld on "Get Shorty" and "Men in Black," as well as on Sonnenfelds series for ABC-TV, "Maximum Bob."
Screenwriters S.S.WILSON & BRENT MADDOCK made their Hollywood feature-writing debut with the romantic comedy hit "Short Circuit," followed by "Short Circuit II," "*batteries not included," "Ghost Dad," "Tremors" (which they also produced), "Heart and Souls" and "Tremors II Aftershocks," which Wilson directed.
Wilson received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and then attended the University of Southern California graduate film program, where he met and became writing partners with Brent Maddock, who had done his undergraduate work at Colgate University. The pair worked on writing Looney Tunes cartoons after graduation, with Wilson also writing and animating educational films and authoring several articles and a book about animation and special effects, and Maddock editing educational films until their screenwriting careers took off.
In 1991 Wilson, Maddock, Nancy Roberts and director Ron Underwood formed Stampede Entertainment, a production partnership through which they have made "Heart and Souls" and "Tremors II Aftershocks."
Screenwriters JEFFREY PRICE & PETER S. SEAMAN are longtime writing partners whose motion picture credits include the multiple Academy Award-winning "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and the romantic comedy "Doc Hollywood."
They received Best Adapted Screenplay nominations from both the Writers Guild of America and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 1988 for "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"
Price and Seaman have also worked together in television, where they wrote and directed two episodes of "Tales From the Crypt," one of which was nominated for a CableACE Award for Best Direction. In 1992-93, the created and executive produced eight episodes of the critically hailed (but Neilsen-challenged) series "Johnny Bago" for CBS.
Originally from Chicago, Seaman graduated from Harvard University and Price from the University of Illinois.
JIM THOMAS & JOHN THOMAS (Story) are brothers who grew up in Bakerfield, California, where they pursued their interest in drama from an early age in local community theater.
Although both were English majors, their subsequent careers diverged: Jim settled in northern California, where he worked as a photographer and then put on multi-image film and slide shows. He also published a book about the small cattle ranchers of California. John settled in Los Angeles, where he wrote short stories. The brothers eventually re-teamed there to write screenplays, while working as lifeguards on every beach from San Pedro to Zuma.
Their first produced screenplay was "Predator," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, for Joel Silver. They went on to write "Predator 2" and "The Rescue," on which they were co-producers. They wrote a screenplay for the popular HBO series "Tales From the Crypt," directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Kirk Douglas, and wrote both the pilot and 12 episodes of the TV series "Hard Time on Planet Earth." In 1996 they wrote the hit Kurt Russell action-thriller "Executive Decision" and their most recent script, "Mission to Mars," is currently in production.
Director of photography MICHAEL BALLHAUS, A.S.C. is a two-time Oscar nominee, honored for "The Fabulous Baker Boys" and "Broadcast News." The German-born cinematographer garnered awards for "GoodFellas" (L.A. Film Critics and BAFTA), "The Age of Innocence" (BAFTA) and "Bram Stokers Dracula" (Chicago Film Critics), as well as the German Bundesfilmpreis for "The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant" and the Berlin Film Festivals Silver Bear for "The Marriage of Maria Braun."
A frequent collaborator with acclaimed directors Mike Nichols and Martin Scorsese, Ballhaus shot "Primary Colors," "Postcards from the Edge" and "Working Girl" for Nichols and, for Scorsese, "The Last Temptation of Christ," "The Color of Money, "After Hours" and the aforementioned "GoodFellas" and "The Age of Innocence." Ballhaus other credits include Wolfgang Petersens "Air Force One" and "Outbreak"; "Quiz Show," "Ill Do Anything," "The Mambo Kings," "What About Bob," "Guilty by Suspicion," "The House on Carroll Street," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and "The Glass Menagerie."
Production designer BO WELCH previously worked with Barry Sonnenfeld on "Men in Black," for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Art Direction. Welch also received Oscar nominations for his work on the films "The Birdcage" and "A Little Princess," which won him the L.A. Film Critics Award for Best Art Director. He also served as second-unit director on the film.
Acclaimed as an innovative designer with an exceptional ability for blending fantasy and reality, his imaginative designs have also set the tone for such distinctly stylish films as Tim Burtons "Edward Scissorhands" (BAFTA Award), "Beetlejuice" and "Batman Returns." Welchs additional film credits include Lawrence Kasdans "Grand Canyon" and "The Accidental Tourist," John Patrick Shanleys "Joe Versus the Volcano" and Joel Schumachers "The Lost Boys."
Prior to making the transition to production designer, Welch received an Academy Award nomination for his art direction on Steven Spielbergs "The Color Purple." Earlier in his career, he worked as an art director on such films as "Swing Shift," "Mommie Dearest," "Chilly Scenes of Winter" and "The Star Chamber."
"Wild Wild West" is editor JIM MILLERs sixth outing on a Sonnenfeld film; he previously collaborated with the director on "Men in Black," "Get Shorty," "Addams Family Values," "For Love or Money" and "The Addams Family," co-editing the last with Dede Allen. He also worked with Allen as the co-editor on "Let it Ride" and "The Milagro Beanfield War," and as associate editor on "The Breakfast Club."
A native of Chicago, Miller began his film career as an editor and then producer of television commercials and industrial films. He later moved to Los Angeles, where he began editing such television movies as "Alice in Wonderland" and "Two Fathers."
Costume designer DEBORAH L. SCOTT won an Academy Award for her work on the box-office phenomenon "Titanic." Accomplished in both period and contemporary costuming, Scott has worked on such films as "Heat," "Legends of the Fall," "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday," "The Indian in the Cupboard," "Hoffa," "Defending Your Life," "Back to the Future" and "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial."
Composer ELMER BERNSTEINs career has been distinguished for its versatility; he is best known for his compositions in the various media by which he has been honored. Nominated for 14 Academy Awards, he won the award for the score for "Thoroughly Modern Millie." He has also been honored with an Emmy, two Golden Globes, the Western Heritage Award and a Tony nomination for his only score for the Broadway Stage, "How Now, Dow Jones?."
Bernstein has written music for more than 200 major films. His most profound impact on the art of motion picture scoring came with the composition of the score for "The Man With the Golden Arm," which he liberally infused with jazz, and thus opened the door to a whole generation of new composers who have exploited this medium in film scoring. He is also among the most recorded of motion picture composers, with soundtracks including "The Ten Commandments," "Hawaii," "Walk On The Wild Side" and "True Grit."
In recent years, Bernsteins distinguished scores have included "My Left Foot," "The Grifters," "Devil in a Blue Dress," "The Age of Innocence," "Hoodlum" and "John Grishams The Rainmaker." He more recently scored "Twilight," starring Paul Newman and Susan Sarandon, and the film adaptation of the best-selling novel The Deep End of the Ocean, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Whoopi Goldberg.
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