JOE DANTE (Director) made his directorial debut in 1976 with Hollywood Boulevard, followed by Piranha, both for Roger Corman. Dante directed the highly praised werewolf thriller The Howling, followed by the It's a Good Life segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie. With Steven Spielberg as executive producer, Dante went on to helm the runaway hit Gremlins, which grossed more than $200 million at the world-wide box office. His other film credits include Innerspace, The 'Burbs, Gremlins 2: The New Batch and Matinee. Most recently, Dante directed the feature film Small Soldiers, an action-fantasy that blended live action, animatronics, and computer generated imagery.
For television, Dante directed HBO's 1997 near-future drama The Second Civil War, for which he received a CableACE Award nomination for Best Director of a Movie/Mini-Series.
Dante is a noted movie buff with well-regarded knowledge of 1950s & 60s sci-fi/ horror films and Warner Bros. cartoons, whose films frequently pay homage to these classics.
PAULA WEINSTEIN (Producer) has an expansive 20-year career in the entertainment industry in which she has worked with virtually every major studio in the film industry. Weinstein currently oversees all facets of production at her company, Spring Creek Productions.
Weinstein joined Warner Bros. Pictures as Vice President of Production in 1976 and later enlisted with 20th Century Fox as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Production, developing and producing films such as Nine to Five and Brubaker. In 1979, Weinstein relocated to the Ladd Company, collaborating on such films as Body Heat, Lawrence Kasdan's directorial debut.
After two years with Ladd she moved to United Artists as President of the Motion Picture Division, where she supervised all productions. Two of the many hits that she brought to the screen during this time were War Games and Yentl.
As an independent producer, she produced A Dry White Season, for which Marlon Brando was nominated for an Academy Award and The Fabulous Baker Boys, nominated for four Academy Awards, which she jointly produced with Mirage Productions in 1989.
In 1990, Weinstein and Mark Rosenberg created Spring Creek Productions. Their first produced feature film was Fearless, starring Jeff Bridges and Rosie Perez and directed by Peter Weir. They followed with Flesh and Bone, written and directed by Steve Kloves and starring Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, James Caan and a young Gwyneth Paltrow.
Weinstein served as executive producer on HBO's Citizen Cohn, starring James Woods, which won four Emmy Awards, three CableAce Awards and was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards.
In 1995, Weinstein and Anthea Sylbert produced Something to Talk About for Warner Bros. Pictures, starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid and directed by Academy Award nominee Lasse Hallstrom.
Weinstein served as executive producer on HBO's Truman, directed by Frank Pierson and starring Gary Sinise, which won an Emmy Award in 1996 for Outstanding Made for Television Movie.
Weinstein also produced Possession, Neil LaBute's film version of the AS Byatt novel, which stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Ehle; she produced Deliver Us from Eva for Focus Features, directed by Gary Hardwick and starring LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union; the box office smash Analyze This, and its sequel, Analyze That, with stars Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro; Barry Levinson's Liberty Heights; the popular caper comedy Bandits, which starred Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett; and The Perfect Storm, directed by Wolfgang Petersen and starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg.
Her most recent films are DreamWorks' Envy, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Ben Stiller and Jack Black, and HBO Films' Iron Jawed Angels, directed by Katja von Garnier, starring Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston. The film follows the story of the American suffragette movement.
BERNIE GOLDMANN (Producer) was the President of Production for Village Roadshow Pictures Entertainment between 1998-2001. Movies produced during his tenure include The Matrix, Training Day, Swordfish, Ocean's Eleven, Showtime, Space Cowboys, Practical Magic, Analyze This, Miss Congeniality, Three Kings, Deep Blue Sea, Three to Tango, Gossip, Red Planet, Valentine, Saving Silverman, See Spot Run, Exit Wounds and Queen of the Damned.
From 1993-1998, Goldmann served as Senior Vice President of Production for Walt Disney Pictures and oversaw the development and/or production of the feature films My Favorite Martian, Mystery, Alaska, Blank Check, Tom and Huck, Homeward Bound II, Rocket Man, I'll Be Home for Christmas and Bicentennial Man.
Prior to 1993 he worked at the Steve Tisch Company, first as a production assistant, eventually leaving the company eight years later as its president. He executive or co-produced Corrina, Corrina, Bad Influence, Heart Condition, Soul Man and Victim of Love.
Goldmann is currently serving as producer on Taking Lives, a February 2004 Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures release starring Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke and Kiefer Sutherland.
LARRY DOYLE (Screenplay & Executive Producer) is a former writer and supervising producer for The Simpsons, for which he received two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program.
Recently, Doyle made his feature film screenwriting debut with the Miramax comedy Duplex, directed by Danny DeVito and starring Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore.
Prior to The Simpsons, Doyle was a writer for the MTV animated series Beavis & Butthead and Daria. He wrote the best-selling book Beavis & Butthead Huh Huh for Hollywood.
In the late eighties, Doyle was the writer for the revived Pogo comic strip that was syndicated in 300 newspapers. Later he became an editor and writer at New York, National Lampoon and Spy magazines. He has also written for a variety of magazines including Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, Time and Allure.
In addition, Doyle is the executive producer and head writer for the Looney Tunes animated theatrical shorts program that will run with upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures releases in 2004.
A graduate of the University of Illinois, Doyle resides in Los Angeles.
CHRIS deFARIA (Executive Producer) is currently Senior Vice President, Feature Production for Warner Bros. Pictures. Mr. deFaria produced the 2001 summer hit Cats & Dogs, and prior, he was the Executive in Charge of Production on Addicted to Love, starring Meg Ryan; The Devil's Advocate, with Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves; A Perfect Murder, with Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow; Frost, starring Michael Keaton and The Wild, Wild, West with Will Smith.
DeFaria's extensive television credits include numerous documentaries, prime-time specials and television movies including In Concert Against AIDS, featuring The Grateful Dead, And Then She Was Gone for NBC and Amityville 5 & 6 for Republic Pictures. He co-produced the theatrical film Live Nude Girls for IRS and produced the feature Tremors II for Universal. In addition, deFaria produced field-coverage of the Democratic Convention, the Seoul Olympics and the 1989 Superbowl. He also traveled to Beijing, China with ESPN to direct and produce one of the first live sports event broadcasts from Communist China. DeFaria is the recipient of three Emmy Awards and two NAPTE awards.
DEAN CUNDEY, A.S.C. (Director of Photography) is one of the industry's preeminent cinematographers, with a mastery of his craft that extends to the most technologically advanced movies. He earned an Oscar nomination for his work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit and American Society of Cinematographers' Outstanding Achievement Award nominations for Hook and Apollo 13. His additional credits include What Women Want, Jurassic Park, the Back to the Future trilogy, Death Becomes Her, The Flintstones and Casper.
Cundey graduated from UCLA and worked his way up in the film industry to become a director of photography, initially on low-budget genre horror films. His breakthrough feature as cinematographer was John Carpenter's Halloween, which led to Escape from New York, The Thing, Romancing the Stone and Big Business.
Cundey's other credits include Krippendorf's Tribe, Flubber, The Parent Trap, Nothing But Trouble, Road House, Project X, D.C. Cab and Big Trouble in Little China.
BILL BRZESKI (Production Designer) lent his design talents to Stuart Little and its sequel Stuart Little 2, as well as the futuristic comedy The Adventures of Pluto Nash, starring Eddie Murphy. His recent film credits include the Oscar-winning As Good As It Gets, Matilda and Blue Streak.
With credits on over 800 television episodes, Brzeski is highly regarded for his extensive accomplishments in the medium.
Brzeski received his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Ohio and his Master of Fine Arts in design from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Originally interested in designing for the ballet and opera, he began his career in theatre.
Brzeski was born in Burbank, California and was raised in Boston, Massachusetts.
MARSHALL HARVEY (Editor) continues a long association with director Joe Dante, for whom he has edited the films Small Soldiers, Matinee, The 'burbs, Amazon Women on the Moon, HBO's The Second Civil War and the CBS pilot The Osiris Chronicles. Harvey's additional film credits include The Touch, Slap Her, She's French, Lake Placid, Big Bully, My Father the Hero, Drop Dead Fred, Date With an Angel and Sword and the Sorcerer. For television, he edited the television movie Love and Treason, the CBS mini-series The Third Twin, as well as the Warner Bros. pilot for Dawson's Creek and Showtime's The Ratings Game, directed by Danny DeVito.
RICK W. FINNEY (Editor) edited Warner Bros. Pictures' hit 2001 film Cats & Dogs (with Michael A. Stevenson) as well as two sequels to the classic thriller The Amityville Horror: Amityville 1992: It's About Time and Amityville: A New Generation.
Finney has worked as an editor on various theatrical marketing campaigns, including You've Got Mail, Jurassic Park, Dante's Peak and 12 Monkeys.
As an apprentice and assistant editor, he worked on several notable feature films, among them Milos Forman's Amadeus, Paul Schrader's Mishima and Francis Ford Coppola's Tucker, A Man and His Dream.
Oscar and Emmy Award-winner JERRY GOLDSMITH is one of film and television's pre-eminent composers. He won an Academy Award for the score of The Omen and earned additional nominations for Best Score for Basic Instinct, Hoosiers, Under Fire, Poltergeist, Star Trek - The Motion Picture, The Boys From Brazil, The Wind and the Lion, Chinatown, Papillon, Patton, Planet of the Apes, The Sand Pebbles, A Patch of Blue and Freud.
Goldsmith has also received numerous Golden Globe and Grammy nominations during a career that includes nearly 150 film scores. His more recent credits include U.S. Marshals, L.A. Confidential, City Hall, Executive Decision, Two Days in the Valley, Powder, First Knight, Congo, I.Q., The Shadow, Six Degrees of Separation, Rudy, Malice, Dennis the Menace, The River Wild, The Russia House, Not Without My Daughter, Sleeping With the Enemy, Medicine Man, Mr. Baseball, The Public Eye, Love Field, Forever Young, Matinee, The Vanishing, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Gremlins 2: The New Batch.