BRIAN HELGELAND -
BRIAN HELGELAND won an Academy Award® in the category Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on Curtis Hanson’s acclaimed crime drama “L.A. Confidential.” That film also brought him a Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award, as well as awards from a number of film critics associations, including the Los Angeles Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle, and Broadcast Film Critics. In addition, he received Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations.
Helgeland received his second Oscar®, Golden Globe, BAFTA Award and WGA Award nominations for his screenplay for the drama “Mystic River,” directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Sean Penn.
Helgeland made his feature film directorial debut on the hit thriller “Payback,” which he also co-wrote. He went on to write and direct “A Knight’s Tale” and “The Order,” both starring Heath Ledger.
His additional screenwriting credits include “Conspiracy Theory,” directed by Richard Donner and starring Julia Roberts and Mel Gibson; Clint Eastwood’s “Blood Work”; the Denzel Washington starrers “Man on Fire” and “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” both for director Tony Scott; Paul Greengrass’s “Green Zone,” starring Matt Damon; and Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood,” with Russell Crowe in the title role.
THOMAS TULL -
THOMAS TULL is Chairman and CEO of Legendary Pictures and has achieved great success in the co-production and co-financing of event movies. Since its inception in 2004, Legendary Pictures, a division of leading media company Legendary Entertainment with film and comics divisions, has teamed with Warner Bros. Pictures on a wide range of theatrical features.
The many hits released under their joint banner include Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster Dark Knight trilogy, which kicked off with “Batman Begins,” followed by the award-winning phenomenon “The Dark Knight,” which earned in excess of a billion dollars worldwide. Nolan brought the story to an epic conclusion in 2012 with “The Dark Knight Rises,” which earned more than a billion dollars at the global box office.
This highly successful partnership has also produced such films as Zack Snyder’s “300” and “Watchmen”; Ben Affleck’s “The Town”; Nolan’s award-winning action drama “Inception”; the worldwide hit “Clash of the Titans” and its sequel, “Wrath of the Titans”; and Todd Phillips’ “The Hangover” and “The Hangover Part II,” the latter of which is the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time.
Legendary’s upcoming films slated for release in 2013 include Phillips’ “The Hangover Part III”; “Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Pacific Rim,” from director Guillermo del Toro; Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel”; “Seventh Son,” starring Jeff Bridges; and “300: Rise of an Empire,” the new chapter in the “300” saga. Legendary is also in production on “Godzilla,” slated for release in May 2014, and “Gravel.”
Before forming Legendary, Tull was President of The Convex Group, a media and entertainment holding company headquartered in Atlanta, on whose Board of Directors he also served. Tull is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute (AFI) and the Board of Directors of Hamilton College, his alma mater, and Carnegie Mellon University. He serves on the board of the San Diego Zoo and is a minority partner in the six-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
DICK COOK -
DICK COOK was Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, where he oversaw all aspects of development, production, distribution and marketing for live-action and animated films released under the Walt Disney Pictures, Disney-Pixar, Touchstone Pictures, DreamWorks Films, Hollywood Pictures and Miramax banners worldwide. He was also responsible for Disney’s worldwide home entertainment operations, Walt Disney Music Group, Walt Disney Theatrical Productions, Disney-ABC Domestic Television, Disney-ABC International Television, the Studio’s legal and business affairs, new technology and environmental initiatives.
Under Cook’s leadership, the Studio achieved numerous milestones and was one of the leading domestic and international distributors with global box office receipts in excess of two billion dollars each year. During his tenure, Disney released 60 films that grossed more than $100 million domestically, a feat that no other studio had ever accomplished. In addition, the Studio partnered with some of the most acclaimed producers and directors in the industry, including Jerry Bruckheimer, Scott Rudin, Robert Zemeckis, Tim Burton, Tony Scott, Robert Redford, Michael Bay, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, among many others.
Due to Cook’s foresight, Disney became an early pioneer and industry leader in digital cinema deployment, becoming the first studio to begin a substantial slate of digital theatrical releases in 1999. In November 2005, Disney sparked the first studio backed digital cinema rollout for the successful deployment of 3D-enabled digital cinema systems in 84 U.S. theaters, as well as the premiere of “Chicken Little,” utilizing Disney Digital 3-D™. That film sparked a revolutionary process to create a previously unachievable level of 3-D realism, which, in combination with the Digital 3-D Cinema systems, raised the bar of entertainment in the theatrical exhibition industry.
A 38-year Disney veteran, Cook literally rose through the ranks from a ride operator at Disneyland, in 1970, to becoming Chairman.
He has received many prestigious honors throughout his lifetime, including: the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge’s George Washington Medal of Freedom; the Motion Picture Showman of the Year Award from the Publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild; The Walt Disney Man of the Year Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters; The Children’s Charity of Southern California Lifetime Achievement Award from Variety; and being named “Pioneer of the Year” by the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation.
Cook currently sits on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as well as the Board of Directors for KCET Public Television, where he serves as vice chair. Other boards on which Cook serves include Legendary Pictures, the Foundation Board for Providence Health Services, the Will Rogers Foundation, and the Foundation of Motion Picture Pioneers. Cook graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in political science, and he has been a USC trustee and served as president of the USC Alumni Association.
JON JASHNI -
JON JASHNI oversees the development and production of all Legendary Pictures film projects and is President and Chief Creative Officer of Legendary Entertainment, a leading media company with film and comics divisions.
Jashni is currently producing “Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Pacific Rim,” opening this July, and “Godzilla,” bringing the movie monster back to the screen in summer 2014. He is also an executive producer on the upcoming “Seventh Son,” as well as the highly anticipated sequel “300: Rise of an Empire.”
He previously served as executive producer on such Legendary hits as “Wrath of the Titans,” which was the follow-up to the worldwide hit “Clash of the Titans,” and “The Town,” directed by and starring Ben Affleck.
Prior to Legendary, Jashni was President of Hyde Park Entertainment, a production and financing company with overall deals at 20th Century Fox, Disney and MGM. While there, he oversaw the development and production of “Shopgirl,” “Dreamer,” “Walking Tall” and “Premonition.”
Before joining Hyde Park, Jashni was a producer on director Andy Tennant’s romantic comedy hit “Sweet Home Alabama.” Jashni’s collaboration with Tennant began with the fairytale “Ever After,” for which Jashni oversaw development and production as a senior production executive at 20th Century Fox.
Jashni also co-produced two Academy Award®-nominated films: the critically acclaimed drama “The Hurricane,” which garnered a Best Actor nod for star Denzel Washington; and a non-musical reinterpretation of “Anna and the King,” which starred Jodie Foster and earned two Oscar® nominations.
Jashni is a member of the American Film Institute and the Producers Guild of America. He holds a BS from the University of Southern California and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.
JASON CLARK -
JASON CLARK most recently produced Seth MacFarlane’s “Ted,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis and the voice of MacFarlane as the title character. The comedy blockbuster earned more than $547 million at the worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy. In addition, Clark was an executive producer on the action thriller “Act of Valor,” which featured a cast of actual members of the elite Navy SEALS and was shot exclusively on the Cannon 5D digital camera. Among his other recent credits, he produced the family feature “Hotel for Dogs” and was an executive producer on the horror film “The Cabin in the Woods.”
Clark is reteaming with MacFarlane to produce a 13-part miniseries reboot of Carl Sagan's “Cosmos,” as well as MacFarlane’s next live-action feature, “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” He is also currently executive producing a feature-length animated version of Jay Ward’s classic 1960s cartoon “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” being directed by Rob Minkoff. Clark previously collaborated with Minkoff as an executive producer on the family hit “Stuart Little” and its sequel, “Stuart Little 2.”
In addition, he also served as an executive producer on the motion capture-animated, stereoscopic 3D film “Monster House,” which was Oscar®-nominated for Best Animated Feature.
An innovator in cutting-edge technology, Clark headed up DreamWorks Animation’s move into stereoscopic 3D cinema. In addition, he regularly consults for Relativity Pictures and assisted in the stereoscopic 3D conversion of the films “Immortals” and “My Soul to Keep.” Clark is also a founding member of the design organization 5-D: The Future of Immersive Design.
Clark graduated from UCLA with a degree in economics, and began his career working for director Walter Hill. He went on to co-produce or line produce a number of action features, gaining global experience on the shoots for such films as the Jean-Claude Van Damme starrers “The Quest,” “Sudden Death” and “Maximum Risk.”
He has since produced or executive produced several independent films, including “Happy Texas,” which sold for a record-breaking price at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival; Peter Chelsom’s “The Mighty”; and Stephen Gyllenhaal’s “Homegrown.”
DON BURGESS -
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
DON BURGESS has enjoyed a long association with Robert Zemeckis, with whom he most recently collaborated on the acclaimed drama “Flight.” Burgess was previously honored with Oscar®, BAFTA Award and American Society of Cinematographer (ASC) Award nominations for his work on Zemeckis’s Best Picture winner “Forrest Gump.” In addition, Burgess lensed the Zemeckis-directed films “The Polar Express,” “Cast Away,” “What Lies Beneath” and “Contact,” and was the second unit director of photography on “Death Becomes Her,” “Back to the Future Part II” and “Back to the Future Part III.”
Burgess is currently working on “The Muppets…Again!” having earlier served as the cinematographer on the 2011 family hit “The Muppets.” His wide range of feature film credits also includes “Source Code,” “The Book of Eli,” “Enchanted,” “Eight Below,” “Christmas with the Kranks,” “13 Going on 30,” “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” and “Spider-Man,” to name only a portion.
For television, Burgess won a CableACE Award for his work on a Zemeckis-directed episode of “Tales from the Crypt.” He also received an ASC Award nomination for the telefilm “The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson.”
RICHARD HOOVER -
RICHARD HOOVER has designed major projects for the stage and screen. He previously collaborated with director Brian Helgeland on the thriller “Payback.” His list of film credits also includes “Soul Men,” “Henry Poole is Here,” “North Country,” “The Mothman Prophecies,” “Girl, Interrupted,” “Cradle Will Rock,” “Apt Pupil,” and the Tim Robbins-directed films “Dead Man Walking” and “Bob Roberts.”
For the small screen, Hoover earned an Emmy nomination and won an Art Directors Guild (ADG) Award for the telefilm “Live from Baghdad.” He received his second Emmy nomination for the acclaimed HBO biopic “Temple Grandin.” Most recently, he served as the production designer on the HBO series “The Newsroom,” for which he garnered another ADG Award nomination. His television work also includes such longform projects as “Lackawanna Blues,” “The Hamburg Cell,” “Fail Safe,” “Heat Wave” and “Family of Spies”; the pilot of HBO’s “Entourage”; and David Lynch’s innovative series “Twin Peaks.”
Hoover, who has also designed extensively for the stage, won Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his work on Trevor Nunn’s production of Tennessee Williams’ “Not About Nightingales.” He also won an Evening Standard Award and received Olivier and London Critics Circle Award nominations for the play’s West End presentation at the Royal National Theatre. He has since received two more Drama Desk Award nominations, for “Bat Boy: The Musical” and the 2004 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s “After the Fall.” In all, Hoover has designed more than 75 productions, including for the stages of New York’s Public Theatre, Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater, and Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum, among others.
CAROLINE HARRIS -
CAROLINE HARRIS previously teamed with Brian Helgeland on the films “The Order” and “A Knight’s Tale,” both starring Heath Ledger.
Harris’s first feature film as a costume designer was Milcho Manchevski’s 1994 multi-lingual drama “Before the Rain,” which won numerous international awards, culminating in the Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film. The following year, she designed the costumes for Oliver Parker’s acclaimed screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Othello,” starring Laurence Fishburne.
Harris later reunited with Parker on the screen version of Oscar Wilde’s comedy “An Ideal Husband,” for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination. She earned an Emmy Award nomination for the HBO movie “Iron Jawed Angels,” which told the story of the American Suffragist movement and starred Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston.
Harris’s other film credits include “The Awakening”; “Repo Man,” starring Jude Law; and such British independent films as “44 Inch Chest,” starring Ray Winstone; “When Did You Last See Your Father,” starring Jim Broadbent and Colin Firth; “Mr. Nice”; “Still Crazy”; “Croupier”; “The Governess,” starring Minnie Driver; and Beeban Kidron’s “Swept from the Sea.”
KEVIN STITT -
KEVIN STITT has been the editor on all of Brian Helgeland’s films to date, including “Payback,” “A Knight’s Tale” and “The Order.” Their association began on Richard Donner’s “Conspiracy Theory,” which Helgeland wrote.
Stitt most recently edited the action thriller “Jack Reacher,” starring Tom Cruise, and “Man on a Ledge,” starring Sam Worthington. He also served as an editor on the acclaimed Michael Jackson documentary, “This Is It.”
His long list of film credits also includes Jonathan Mostow’s “Surrogates” and “Breakdown”; Matt Reeves’ “Cloverfield”; “Elektra”; Peter Berg’s “The Kingdom”; John Woo’s “Paycheck”; “The Last Castle,” starring Robert Redford; Bryan Singer’s blockbuster “X-Men,” which launched the film franchise; Richard Donner’s “Lethal Weapon 4”; “Executive Decision,” starring Kurt Russell and Halle Berry; and John Badham’s “Nick of Time.”
PETER MCNULTY -
PETER MCNULTY recently edited Paul Thomas Anderson’s award-winning drama “The Master.” He had previously collaborated with Anderson as an additional editor on the Oscar®-winning period drama “There Will Be Blood.”
With “42,” McNulty continued his long association with director Brian Helgeland. He had earlier worked with editor Kevin Stitt on Helgeland’s three previous directorial outings: “Payback,” “A Knight’s Tale” and “The Order.”
McNulty also edited three projects for horror master Wes Craven: “Scream 4,” “My Soul to Take,” and the 2008 reimagining of his 1972 classic, “The Last House on the Left,” which Craven wrote and produced but did not direct.
In addition, McNulty was an associate editor on the Western “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” and an additional editor on the superhero adventure “Elektra.” He was also a first assistant editor on Bryan Singer’s “X-Men” and John Woo’s thriller “Paycheck,” and an assistant editor on two Richard Donner projects, “Lethal Weapon 4” and “Conspiracy Theory.”
MARK ISHAM -
MARK ISHAM is an Oscar®-nominated composer who has collaborated with such directors and artists as Robert Redford, Tom Cruise, Brian De Palma, Chick Corea, Jodie Foster, Robert Altman, Sting, Will.i.am, Sidney Lumet and Mick Jagger.
Isham began composing for film with “Never Cry Wolf,” and has since written the scores for such films as “Of Mice and Men”; “Nell,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination; “Fly Away Home”; “October Sky”; “Men of Honor”; “Life as a House”; “Miracle”; “Invincible”; Werner Herzog’s “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans”; “Reservation Road”; and “Bobby.”
His collaboration with Robert Redford has yielded the scores for “A River Runs Through It,” for which he received an Oscar® nomination; “Quiz Show”; “Lions for Lambs”; and, more recently, “The Conspirator.”
He scored the Oscar®-winning “Crash” and the celebrated miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon” and currently writes the music for the hit ABC series “Once Upon a Time.”
The native New Yorker showed an early gift for the trumpet, and went on to record with Herbie Hancock and Bobby McFerrin. He has released nine solo albums, and has performed with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, and Kenny Loggins. Isham has scored over 125 films, both as an innovator in electronics and as a lush orchestral melodist. He was recently given the Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement by ASCAP.
JAMIE DIXON -
VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR
JAMIE DIXON has been making feature films in Hollywood since the late 1980's and joined the Motion Picture Academy in 1993. At Pacific Data Images Jamie developed techniques that were among the earliest stirrings of modern digital film-making, including wire removals in Terminator 2 and the face morphs in Michael Jackson's Black and White.
Since founding Hammerhead Productions in 1995, Jamie's work can be seen in the dolphins swimming under the Titanic, jiggling the green goo of Flubber and the premature death of Samuel Jackson's character in Deep Blue Sea. He has destroyed a planet in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, electrified the Coliseum in The Core, lit Tim Allen's hair on fire in Joe Somebody, created alien worlds for The Chronicles of Riddick and put Angelina Jolie onto the hood of a speeding Viper in Wanted. Jamie designed and supervised holographic displays for Prometheus and faithfully recreated the historic ballparks of 1947 in “42”, complete with thousands of cheering fans.
Pursuing his interest in storytelling, Jamie has directed two feature films and a series of short subject, fully animated 3D cartoons.