The Frost/Nixon Movie Filmmakers

Introduction

Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Ron Howard (Directed by/Produced by) is one of this generation’s most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood’s most memorable films. Most recently, he directed the big-screen adaptation of the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code, starring Oscar® winner Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Sir Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Jean Reno and Paul Bettany. Prior to The Da Vinci Code, Howard directed and produced Cinderella Man starring Russell Crowe, with whom he previously collaborated on A Beautiful Mind, for which Howard earned an Oscar® for Best Director and which also won awards for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. The film garnered four Golden Globes as well, including the award for Best Motion Picture Drama. Additionally, Howard won Best Director of the Year from the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

Howard and producer Brian Grazer received the first annual Awareness Award from the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign for their work on the film.

Howard’s skill as a director has long been recognized. In 1995, he received his first Best Director of the Year award from the DGA for Apollo 13. The true-life drama also garnered nine Academy Award® nominations, winning Oscars® for Best Film Editing and Best Sound. It also received Best Ensemble Cast and Best Supporting Actor awards from the Screen Actors Guild. Many of Howard’s past films have received nods from the Academy, including the popular hits BackdraftParenthood and Cocoon, the last of which took home two Oscars®. Howard was honored by the Museum of the Moving Image in December 2005, and by the American Cinema Editors in February 2006.

Howard’s portfolio includes some of the most popular films of the past 20 years. In 1991, Howard created the acclaimed drama Backdraft, starring Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell and William Baldwin. He followed it with the historical epic Far and Away, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Howard directed Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Gary Sinise and Delroy Lindo in the 1996 suspense thriller Ransom. He worked with Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Ed Harris, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise and Kathleen Quinlan on Apollo 13, which was re-released recently in the IMAX format. Howard’s other films include the blockbuster Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey; Parenthood, starring Steve Martin; the fantasy epic WillowNight Shift, starring Henry Winkler, Michael Keaton and Shelley Long; and the suspenseful western The Missing, starring Oscar® winners Cate Blachett and Tommy Lee Jones.

Howard has also served as an executive producer on a number of award-winning films and television shows, such as the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon and Fox’s Emmy award winner for Best Comedy, Arrested Development, which he also narrated.

Howard and long-time producing partner Brian Grazer first collaborated on the hit comedies Night Shift and Splash. The pair co-founded Imagine Entertainment in 1986 to create independently produced feature films. The company has since produced a variety of popular feature films, including such hits as The Nutty ProfessorThe Nutty Professor II: The KlumpsBowfingerThe PaperInventing the Abbotts and LiarLiar. Howard made his directorial debut in 1978 with the comedy Grand Theft Auto.

Howard began his career in film as an actor. He first appeared in The Journey and The Music Man, then as Opie on the long-running television series The Andy Griffith Show. Howard later starred in the popular series Happy Days and drew favorable reviews for his performances in American Graffiti and The Shootist.

Howard is currently in post-production on the big-screen adaptation of Dan Brown’s best-selling novel Angels & Demons.

 

Peter Morgan

After nearly two decades paying his dues by writing industrial videos and TV projects, screenwriter Peter Morgan (Screenplay by/Based on the Stage play by/Executive Producer) emerged as the top talent in his field in 2006 thanks to the successes of two critically acclaimed films, The Queen and The Last King of Scotland. He demonstrated a gift for portraying public figures as real human beings involved in interesting and complex relationships, which he continued in the award-winning play Frost/Nixon.

Morgan grew up in the London suburb of Wimbledon with a Polish Catholic mother and a German Jewish father who had fled Dresden in the thirties. He went on to study English at the University of Leeds, but found the department’s curriculum uninspiring and switched to the fine art department, where he eventually earned his degree. While at Leeds, Morgan began acting in student dramas, but after suffering one nerve-shattering attack of stage fright during a random performance, decided to focus on writing and directing instead.

Morgan found a writing partner in fellow student Mark Wadlow, and the duo’s first play, Gross, performed at the Edinburgh Festival, brought them a level of instant recognition. Afterward, the two were recruited by a production company to write training films. Wadlow and Morgan wrote these training films for several years in London before getting a break working on the script for John Schlesinger’s Madame Sousatzka in 1988.

Several more years of industrial work followed before Wadlow moved on to write for the British soap opera Coronation Street, while Morgan got a TV break writing for Rik Mayall Presents, a dramatic series featuring one of Britain’s more popular comedic actors. Morgan also penned the miniseries thriller Metropolis in 2000, the TV courtroom drama The Jury in 2002 and the 2003 TV movie Henry VIII, starring Ray Winstone and Helena Bonham Carter, which earned an international Emmy for Best Drama.

With Morgan’s 2004 TV script, The Deal, which centered around the codependent relationship between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Chancellor Gordon Brown, Morgan started gaining recognition for his exploration of the psyches of public figures. The project also marked the beginning of Morgan’s working relationship with director Stephen Frears and the opportunity to move toward feature films.

He was soon hired to write the screenplay adaptation of Giles Foden’s novel The Last King of Scotland in 2006, a feature film exploring the relationship between Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and a young Scottish doctor, for which he won the BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay. Months later, Morgan and Frears teamed up again to create the biggest hit of their respective careers, The Queen. The film focused on the impact of the 1997 death of Princess Diana on the Royal Family, and how, along with the arrival of Prime Minister Tony Blair, it signaled a new era in Britain.

The Queen earned six Academy Award® nominations, including Best Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Performance by an Actress and duplicated these four at the 2006 Golden Globes. Morgan won the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay, as well as awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, The British Independent Film Awards and the Venice Film Festival.

In 2006, he returned to playwriting with Frost/Nixon. The play moved from the West End to Broadway and played to packed houses on both sides of the Atlantic.

Morgan most recently wrote the screenplay for the recent film adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s novel, The Other Boleyn Girl.

 

Brian Grazer

Producer Brian Grazer (Produced by) has been making movies and television programs for more than 25 years. He most recently produced Ridley Scott’s box-office smash AmericanGangster, starring Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington.

As both a writer and producer, he has been personally nominated for three Academy Awards®, and in 2002, he won the Best Picture Oscar® for A Beautiful Mind. In addition to winning three other Academy Awards®, A Beautiful Mind also won four Golden Globe Awards (including Best Motion Picture Drama) and earned Grazer the first annual Awareness Award from the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign.

Over the years, Grazer’s films and TV shows have been nominated for a total of 44 Oscars® and 91 Emmys. At the same time, his movies have generated more than $13 billion in worldwide theatrical, music and video grosses. Reflecting this combination of commercial and artistic achievement, the Producers Guild of America honored Grazer with the David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. His accomplishments have also been recognized by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which, in 1998, added Grazer to the short list of producers with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On March 6, 2003, ShoWest celebrated Grazer’s success by honoring him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. On November 14, 2005, the Fulfillment Fund honored Grazer in Los Angeles. In May 2007, Grazer was chosen by Time magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

In addition to A Beautiful Mind, Grazer’s films include Apollo 13, for which Grazer won the Producers Guild’s Daryl F. Zanuck Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award as well as an Oscar® nomination for Best Picture of 1995; and Splash, which he co-wrote as well as produced and for which he received an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Screenplay of 1986.

Other feature film credits include Changeling, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Angelina Jolie, the big screen adaptation of the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks, and directed by Oscar® winner Ron Howard; the tense drama The Inside Man, directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster; FlightplanCinderella Man; the Sundance-acclaimed documentary Inside Deep ThroatFriday Night Lights8 MileBlue CrushIntolerable CrueltyDr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole ChristmasTheNutty ProfessorLiar, LiarRansomMy GirlBackdraftKindergarten CopParenthoodClean and Sober; and Spies Like Us.

Grazer’s television productions include Fox’s hit Emmy Award-winning Best Drama Series 24; NBC’s Friday Night Lights, pilot directed by Peter Berg; and CBS’s Shark, pilot directed by Spike Lee and starring James Woods. His additional television credits include Fox’s Emmy Award-winning Best Comedy Arrested Development, NBC’s Miss Match, WB’s Felicity and ABC’s Sports Night, as well as HBO’s From the Earth to the Moon, for which he won the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries.

Grazer began his career as a producer developing television projects. It was while he was executive-producing TV pilots for Paramount Pictures in the early 1980s that Grazer first met his longtime friend and business partner Ron Howard. Their collaboration began in 1985 with the hit comedies Night Shift and Splash, and in 1986, the two founded Imagine Entertainment, which they continue to run together as co-chairmen.

Grazer is currently in post-production on the big-screen adaptation of Dan Brown’s best-selling novel Angels & Demons.

 

Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner

Working Title Films, co-chaired by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (Produced by) since 1992, is Europe’s leading film production company, making movies that defy boundaries as well as demographics.

Founded in 1983, Working Title has made more than 85 films that have grossed over $4 billion worldwide. Its films have won four Academy Awards® (for Tim Robbins’ Dead Man Walking, Joel and Ethan Coen’s Fargo and Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth), 26 BAFTA Awards and prestigious prizes at the Cannes and Berlin international film festivals. Bevan and Fellner have been honored with two of the highest film awards given to British filmmakers—the Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at the Orange British Academy Film Awards (2004) and the Alexander Walker Film Award at the Evening Standard British Film Awards. They have both been given the title of CBE (commander of the British Empire).

Working Title enjoys continuing creative collaborations with filmmakers Richard Curtis, Stephen Daldry, Edgar Wright, Paul Greengrass, Joe Wright and the Coen brothers and actors Rowan Atkinson, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson, among others. Its additional successes include Mike Newell’s Four Weddings and a Funeral; Richard Curtis’ Love Actually; Stephen Daldry’s Billy Elliot; Roger Michell’s Notting Hill; Mel Smith’s Bean; Sydney Pollack’s The Interpreter; Peter Howitt’s Johnny English; Joel and Ethan Coen’s The Hudsucker ProxyThe BigLebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou?; Chris and Paul Weitz’s About a Boy; both Bridget Jones movies (directed by Sharon Maguire and Beeban Kidron, respectively); Joe Wright’sPride & Prejudice and Atonement; Kirk Jones’ Nanny McPhee; Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead; Paul Greengrass’ United 93; and Mark Mylod’s Ali G Indahouse.

2007 saw the release of Shekhar Kapur’s ElizabethThe Golden Age, starring Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen and Geoffrey Rush; Joe Wright’s Atonement, adapted from the book by Ian McEwan and starring James McAvoy, Keira Knightley and Romola Garai; Steve Bendelack’s Mr. Bean’s Holiday, starring Rowan Atkinson; Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost; and Joe Carnahan’s Smokin’ Aces, starring Ryan Reynolds, Alicia Keys and Jeremy Piven.

The success of Billy Elliot on film has since been repeated as a musical on the London stage, where it has been running to packed houses since its opening in 2005. Stephen Daldry and screenwriter Lee Hall, reunited with Sir Elton John composing the songs. The Olivier Award-winning production marked Working Title’s debut theatrical venture (co-produced with Old Vic Productions) and it has recently opened a second production to rave reviews in Sydney, Australia.

Working Title currently has three films in postproduction that will be released this year—Nick Moore’s Wild Child, starring Emma Roberts; Beeban Kidron’s Hippie Hippie Shake, starring Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller, Emma Booth and Max Minghella; and Joel and Ethan Coen’s Burn After Reading, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand and John Malkovich.

Productions set for 2008 include Paul Greengrass’ untitled Green Zone thriller, starring Matt Damon; Kevin Macdonald’s State of Play, starring Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman, Robin Wright Penn and Helen Mirren; Richard Curtis’ The Boat That Rocked, starring Bill Nighy and Nick Frost; and Joe Wright’s The Soloist, starring Jamie Foxx and Catherine Keener.

 

Matthew Byam Shaw

Matthex Byan Shaw (Executive Producer) has produced new plays in the U.K. with the Almeida Theatre, the Bush Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse, the Lyric Hammersmith, Liverpool Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres, the Bristol Old Vic and the National Theatre. He has won two consecutive Society of London Theatre’s New Producer awards. Shaw has been on the board of the Bush Theatre since 1997 and has been an associate at Sheffield Theatres since 2001.

Shaw’s London West End productions include the Olivier-nominated and Critics’ Circle Award-winning In Flame; the Evening Standard Award-nominated Pretending to Be Me; the Olivier- and Critics’ Circle Award-winning Humble BoyThe AnniversarySee How They RunA Voyage Round My Father; the Evening Standard and Olivier Award-winning Don Carlos; the Evening Standard Award-winning Mary Stuart; the Olivier Award-nominated Boeing-Boeing (soon to be seen on Broadway and on tour in Australia); the Olivier Award-nominated Whipping It Up(West End and U.K. tour); the Evening Standard Award-winning Donmar production of Frost/Nixon, which he developed; the Tony Award-winning Frost/Nixon on Broadway; and the award-winning A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Roundhouse, U.K. tour, Australia tour and U.S. tour).

 

Karen Kehela Sherwood

Karen Kehela Sherwood (Executive Producer) joined Imagine Entertainment as Brian Grazer’s assistant, quickly rose up the ranks, and was appointed President of Production in 1992 at the young age of 29. Five years later, she became Co-Chairman of Imagine Films. As Co-Chairman, Sherwood works closely with partners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard in the development and production of Imagine Entertainment’s motion picture slate. She also guides the company’s development staff in their tracking, acquiring, and shepherding of all Imagine film projects from concept through to their theatrical releases.

In 2001, Sherwood Executive Produced A Beautiful Mind, directed by Ron Howard and starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly. The film won 4 Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Director.

She served as Producer alongside Brian Grazer on Blue Crush and as Executive Producer on The Nutty ProfessorLifeBowfingerThe Cat in the Hat, and the tense drama The Inside Man, directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster. Sherwood also contributed to the upcoming Angels and Demons, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks.

 

David Bernardi

 

David Bernadi (Executive Producer), an Imagine Entertainment senior vice president of motion pictures, joined the Academy Award®-winning production company in 1996, after having worked as an assistant editor for Flash Art magazine in New York City and Europe. Bernardi has most recently served as an executive producer on Curious George, starring Will Ferrell and Drew Barrymore, and as an associate producer on Friday Night Lights, a Universal Pictures and Imagine film directed by Peter Berg. Bernardi has recently turned his attention to a remake ofBride of Frankenstein and a biopic about the life of Hugh Hefner for Universal.

 

Debra Hayward

Debra Hayward (Executive Producer) serves as head of film for Working Title Films and is creatively responsible for the company’s entire slate of motion pictures in conjunction with her U.S. counterpart, Liza Chasin.

Hayward joined Working Title in 1989 as a producer’s assistant on such films as Fools of Fortune and Dakota Road and then moved to the development department, where she worked on such diverse films as 1991’s London Kills Me and 1993’s Map of the Human Heart.

Hayward most recently served as executive producer on Elizabeth: The Golden Age (starring Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen and Geoffrey Rush); Atonement (the adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel, starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy); Pride & Prejudice (with Keira Knightley heading an impressive ensemble cast), Nanny McPhee (with Emma Thompson and Colin Firth), the romantic comedy Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Wimbledon (starring Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany). She served in the same capacity on the Phillip Noyce-directed political thriller Catch a Fire.

She also served as co-producer on the suspenseful thriller The Interpreter, starring Academy Award® winners Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn and directed by Oscar® winner Sydney Pollack. Additional recent co-producer credits include Ned Kelly, starring Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom; Richard Curtis’ worldwide hit Love Actually; the international hit Johnny English, starring Rowan Atkinson, Natalie Imbruglia and John Malkovich; and the award-winning About a Boy. She also executive-produced The Guru and 40 Days and 40 Nights.

Hayward’s additional co-producing credits include the worldwide smash Bridget Jones’s DiaryCaptain Corelli’s Mandolin, the lauded ElizabethThe Matchmaker and The Borrowers. As a development executive, she was instrumental in helping to bring such films as Notting HillPlunkett & MacleaneFrench KissMoonlight and ValentinoPantherFour Weddings and aFuneral and Posse to the screen. She also served as associate producer on Loch Ness.

 

Liza Chasin

Liza Chasin (Executive Producer) has served as president of U.S. production at Working Title Films since 1996. Most recently, Chasin served as executive producer on the critically acclaimed films Definitely, Maybe, directed by Adam Brooks and starring Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher and Abigail Breslin; Atonement, directed by Joe Wright and starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy; and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, directed by Shekhar Kapur and starring Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen and Geoffrey Rush.

She recently executive-produced Smokin’ Aces, directed by Joe Carnahan and starring Jeremy Piven, Ryan Reynolds, Ben Affleck, Alicia Keys, Ray Liotta and Andy Garcia; Catch a Fire, directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Derek Luke and Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins; and United 93, directed by Paul Greengrass. Chasin also executive-produced the highly successful children’s film Nanny McPhee, starring Emma Thompson and Colin Firth, and the Academy Award®- and Golden Globe-nominated adaptation of the classic novel Pride andPrejudice, starring Keira Knightley.

Chasin served as co-producer on The Interpreter, starring Academy Award® winners Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn and directed by Academy Award® winner Sydney Pollack. She executive-produced the box-office success Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, starring Oscar® winner and Golden Globe nominee Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. Chasin served as producer on the international hit Wimbledon, starring Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany, and as executive producer on the highly acclaimed Thirteen, which won the Best Director slot at the Sundance Film Festival for Catherine Hardwicke and starring Holly Hunter (in an Oscar®-nominated performance) and Evan Rachel Wood. She also co-produced Richard Curtis’ worldwide hit, the ensemble romantic comedy Love Actually.

Over the past several years, Chasin has been involved in the development and production of such acclaimed films as Dead Man WalkingFargoNotting Hill and O Brother, Where Art Thou?Chasin served as co-producer of About a Boy, directed by Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz, starring Hugh Grant, Toni Collette and Rachel Weisz, and Bridget Jones’s Diary, starring Renée Zellweger, and as executive producer of High Fidelity, starring John Cusack. She also co-produced the Academy Award®- and Golden Globe-nominated critical success Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett.

A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Chasin first joined Working Title Films in 1991 as director of development. She was subsequently promoted to vice president of production and development, becoming the head of the company’s Los Angeles office, overseeing the company’s creative affairs in the U.S. Prior to joining Working Title, Liza worked for several years in various capacities at New York-based production companies.

 

Todd Hallowell

Todd Hallowell (Executive Producer/Second-Unit Director) most recently served as executive producer on both The Alamo and The Missing and as executive producer and second-unit director on Ron Howard’s Academy Award®-winning A Beautiful Mind.

Hallowell started his career as assistant art director (and Ron Howard’s photo double) on Roger Corman’s Grand Theft Auto, Howard’s 1978 directorial debut. He subsequently served as art director on Back to the FutureDown and Out in Beverly HillsFletch and the pilot for Michael Mann’s groundbreaking TV series Miami Vice.

Hallowell moved up to production designer on Adventures in BabysittingBurglarVital SignsThe Dream TeamClass Action and Howard’s Parenthood. He directed the second-unit sequences in Striking DistanceAdventures in Babysitting and Money Train.

Continuing his collaboration with Howard, Hallowell served as associate producer/second-unit director on Backdraft and Far and Away, and on The Paper, he multitasked as executive producer, production designer and second-unit director.

For Howard’s award-winning Apollo 13, he repeated his duties as executive producer/second-unit director and received, along with producer Brian Grazer, Producer of the Year honors from the Producers Guild of America. He also worked as executive producer/second-unit director on Howard’s projects RansomEDtv and the box-office hit Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch StoleChristmas.

 

Salvatore Totino

Salvatore Totino (Director of Photography) most recently worked with director Ron Howard on The Da Vinci Code and previously teamed with the director on Cinderella Man.

Totino first served as cinematographer on Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday, then went on to shoot Changing Lanes, starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson. His first collaboration with Howard was the director’s suspenseful western The Missing, starring Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones.

A Clio winner, he has shot well over 300 TV commercials and music videos, working with such artists as Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, REM, Radiohead and many others.

A native of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, the son of Italian immigrants was interested in photography at an early age. He began his career as a production assistant on commercials and worked his way through the ranks of camera departments on television and film projects before becoming a director of photography. Among his credits during this period was the New York portion of Jim Jarmusch’s Night on Earth, on which he served as a focus puller.

 

Mike Hill, Ace and Dan Hanley, Ace

Mike HillACE and Dan Hanley, ACE (Editors) continue their long-standing association with Ron Howard, which began when they edited Howard’s 1982 comedy Night Shift. The duo has edited Howard’s successive pictures, including the Academy Award®-winning A Beautiful Mind, for which they received an Eddie nomination from the American Cinema Editors; Dr. Seuss’How the Grinch Stole ChristmasEDtvRansomFar and AwayThe PaperBackdraftParenthoodWillowGung HoCocoonSplashApollo 13 (for which the pair won the 1995 Academy Award® for Best Editing); The MissingCinderella Man, for which they received another Oscar® nomination; and, most recently, The Da Vinci Code.

Other shared feature credits include Armed and DangerousPet Sematary and Problem Child. Hanley also co-edited the movies In & Out and Cop and a Half, while Hill served as co-editor on What’s Love Got to Do With It?.

The partners come from decidedly different backgrounds. Hanley is a third-generation editor. His grandfather cut trailers at RKO and his father was an ADR editor at Paramount Studios. Hanley joined Paramount as an apprentice in 1975, working on his first feature, Marathon Man. He subsequently formed an alliance with Bob Kern, who worked with Howard on his TV features. This led to Hanley’s work on Night Shift and his association with Hill.

Hill hails from Omaha, Nebraska, where he attended the University of Nebraska. Following college, he relocated to California and applied for membership in several industry guilds, eventually joining the editors’ union. He also began his career working at Paramount as an apprentice editor on Elia Kazan’s final picture, The Last Tycoon. He met Hanley on the studio lot and joined his colleague under Kern’s tutelage.

 

Michael Corenblith

Michael Corenblith (Production Designer) has earned two Academy Award® nominations: the first for his recreation to the 1970 doomed Apollo moon launch in Ron Howard’s epic space adventure, Apollo 13, and the second for his imaginative creation of Dr. Seuss’ Whoville in Howard’s Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Corenblith also won the BAFTA for Apollo13 and received a nomination for Excellence in Production Design from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Art Directors for Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Frost/Nixon is Corenblith’s fifth movie with Ron Howard. He also collaborated with the director on Ransom and EDtv. Among his other recent design credits are 2007’s top comedy Wild Hogsand Be Cool, both starring John Travolta, and the remakes of Mighty Joe Young and The Alamo.

Corenblith was honored with the Ruben Marmaduke Potter Award by the Alamo Battlefield Association in recognition of his “advancement of the scholarship” of Alamo history through his re-creations of San Antonio de Bexar and the Alamo—the largest standing sets ever built in North America.

A graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, Corenblith studied design at UCLA and entered the entertainment industry as a lighting designer for television before moving to art direction and winning an Emmy Award in 1983 for his work on the Academy Awards® show.

Corenblith began work in feature films as key set designer on Paul Mazursky’s 1984 comedy Down and Out in Beverly Hills. He followed with assignments as set designer or art director on Cat PeopleBurglarRed Heat and Die Hard 2: Die Harder before graduating to production designer on the film Prince Jack.

 

Daniel Orlandi

Emmy Award-winning costume designer Daniel Orlandi’s (Costume Designer) work was recently seen in Ron Howard’s The Da Vinci Code and the Jim Carrey thriller The Number 23, directed by Joel Schumacher. He has shown his versatility in a variety of motion picture and television projects, including the historical epic film The Alamo, the big-screen screwball comedy Kangaroo Jack and the recent comedy Last Holiday, starring Queen Latifah.

He also recently designed for Down With Love, directed by Peyton Reed and starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, as well as Tribeca’s Flawless, starring Robert DeNiro and Phone Booth, starring Colin Farrell, both directed by Joel Schumacher. He also designed the charming hit NBC series Ed.

Orlandi’s additional feature film credits as costume designer include Meet the Parents, directed by Jay Roach and starring Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro; RocketMan; and Tony Scott’s thriller The Fan, starring Robert De Niro. He served as associate designer on Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 and Mr. Jones. His numerous credits as an assistant designer include Only YouSister ActClass ActionAn Innocent ManMax Dugan Returns and Pennies From Heaven.

Orlandi won the Emmy for costume design in 1989 for his work on The Magic of David Copperfield and subsequently designed the next four Copperfield specials. His many television credits include a Tribeca miniseries for NBC, Witness to the Mob, as well as the telefilms Marilyn and MeFatal FriendshipCrazy From the Heart and Cab to Canada, starring Maureen O’Hara. He also designed costumes for the pilots Putting It Together, directed by Nora Ephron, CourthouseTexarkana and Knight Life.

From 1982 to 1988, Orlandi served as an executive with Bob Mackie Originals, having started with the company at its inception. He holds a BFA in drama from Pittsburgh’s esteemed Carnegie Mellon University.

 

Hans Zimmer

Composer Hans Zimmer (Music by) previously worked with Ron Howard on The Da Vinci Code. He won an Academy Award® and Golden Globe for his score of The Lion King and was nominated for two Oscars® in 1999 for his scores of The Thin Red Line and The Prince of Egypt, the latter for which he also received a Golden Globe nomination. Zimmer has also received Oscar® nominations for As Good As It GetsThe Preacher’s Wife and Rain Man and two BAFTA nominations for Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise and Gladiator (for which he also received an Oscar® nomination).

Zimmer scored all three of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and recently composed the music for The Simpsons MovieThe HolidayThe Weather ManBatman BeginsMadagascarSpanglishThe Ring and The Ring TwoSomething’s Gotta GiveThe Last SamuraiMatchstick Men and Black Hawk Down.

Prior to scoring the 2001 megahits Pearl Harbor and Hannibal, he composed music for the two biggest box-office hits of 2000, Mission: Impossible II and the Academy Award®-winning Gladiator, as well as the animated The Road to El Dorado.

Among the rest of nearly 100 film scores with which he is credited are The PeacemakerSmilla’s Sense of SnowThe FanBroken ArrowBeyond RangoonCrimson TideI’ll Do AnythingYounger and YoungerTrue RomanceToysRadio FlyerA League of Their OwnRegarding HenryBackdraft and Days of Thunder.

The German-born composer began his career as a member of the British pop group The Buggles. He co-wrote scores for a few films before going solo with A World Apart in 1987. He later served as head of the music department at DreamWorks Pictures.

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