WILLIAM FRIEDKIN (Director)
William Friedkin may be best known for his film THE EXORCIST (1973), one of the most terrifying films of all time. It received ten Academy Award nominations including Best Director and Best Picture. Prior to that, he directed THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971), for which he received the Director’s Guild of America Award and the Academy Award for Best Director. The film also won for Best Actor, Best Editing, Best Screenplay and Best Picture.
Other films include SORCERER (1977), THE BRINKS JOB (1979), CRUISING (1981), TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. (1985) and BLUE CHIPS (1994). In 1997, he directed a Showtime/MGM television remake of “Twelve Angry Men” with Jack Lemmon, George C. Scott, Hume Cronyn and Ossie Davis. The DGA nominated him for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for Best Dramatic Special. It was also nominated for six Emmy Awards.
He made his operatic debut in 1998 with a widely acclaimed “Wozzeck” in Florence and his Los Angeles Opera debut in 2002 with Duke Bluebeard’s “Castle and Gianni Schicchi.” He returned to Los Angeles Opera in 2004 to direct “Ariadne auf Naxos.” In 2005, he directed the operas “Samson & Delilah” in Israel and “Aida” in Italy. In September 2006, he directed Duke Bluebeard’s “Castle and Gianni Schicchi” at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and in October 2006 “Salome” in Munich, Germany.
Recent films include RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (2000) and THE HUNTED starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio del Toro (2003).
TRACY LETTS (Playwright / Screenplay)
Tracy Letts is the author of the plays “Killer Joe,” “Bug” and “Man From Nebraska” (named one of Time Magazine’s Top Ten Plays of 2003). He is an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. His appearances there include: “Homebody/Kabul,” “The Dazzle,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Three Days of Rain,” and “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.” Film appearances include: GUINEVERE, U.S. MARSHALLS and CHICAGO CAB. TV appearances include: “The District,” “Profiler,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Home Improvement” and “Seinfeld.” Tracy made his directing debut at the Lookingglass Theater with Glen Berger’s play “Great Men of Science, No’s 21 & 22.’
HOLLY WIERSMA (Producer)
Producer HOLLY WIERSMA moved to Los Angeles in 1996 where she began her career as a casting associate on such films as BLADE, THE RAINMAKER and AMISTAD. She soon developed a strong passion for independent filmmaking and switched her focus from casting to producing, which has kept her busy ever since. Wiersma was named one of Variety’s Ten Producers to Watch in 2003 and featured in ‘100 People You Need To Know’ issue of FADE IN magazine in 2004.
Currently, Ms. Wiersma is busy preparing for the premiere of BUG as well as several other films.
BOBBY, written and directed by Emilio Estevez, opened at the end of 2006 first in Los Angeles (distributed by the Weinstein Company), and was received enthusiastically by both audiences and critics at the Venice, Deauville and Toronto film festivals. The film is a dramatic ensemble piece focused on the intersecting lives of guests and employees of the Ambassador Hotel the day preceding the assassination of Bobby Kennedy. The ensemble cast was headed by Sir Anthony Hopkins, with Demi Moore, William H. Macy, Sharon Stone, Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Elijah Wood, Lindsay Lohan, Ashton Kutcher, Heather Graham, Christian Slater, Helen Hunt, Lawrence Fishburne, Joy Bryant, Shia LeBoeuf, Joshua Jackson and Brian Garrity. Richard Chew (THE NEW WORLD) is editing the film.
Ms. Wiersma also recently released FACTORY GIRL, which was directed by George Hickenlooper (THE MAN FROM ELYSIAN FIELDS, MAYOR OF THE SUNSET STRIP) and penned by Captain Mauzner (WONDERLAND). It is the story of Edie Sedgwick, one of Andy Warhol’s first muses, whose beauty and charisma catapults her to pop stardom but whose fragility leads her into tragic self-destruction. Sienna Miller (CASANOVA) stars as Edie and Guy Pearce (MEMENTO) plays Andy Warhol. FACTORY GIRL was also distributed by the Weinstein Company.
Additionally, COME EARLY MORNING is opening soon, and is being distributed by ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS. The film was written and directed by Joey Lauren Adams and stars Ashley Judd. In January 2006, it premiered in dramatic competition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The film tells the story of a young woman in a small town attempting to reconcile her relationship with her estranged father and resolve her commitment issues with the opposite sex.
Also opening soon is LONELY HEARTS, based on the true story of the ‘Lonely Hearts Killers’ Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck, who committed a series of murders during the late 1940s that led to their eventual capture, incarceration, and execution. LONELY HEARTS is written and directed by Todd Robinson (AMARGOSA), and stars John Travolta, James Gandolfini, Salma Hayek, Jared Leto, Laura Dern and Scott Caan. LONELY HEARTS premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.
With all these movies in production, 2005 was a very hectic year for Ms. Wiersma. BOBBY and FACTORY GIRL shot in the winter (BOBBY in Los Angeles, FACTORY GIRL in Shreveport, LA). LONELY HEARTS shot in April and May (in Jacksonville, Florida). In May, Ms. Wiersma wrapped production on COME EARLY MORNING (in Little Rock, AR). In June, production started on BUG (in New Orleans).
2004 proved to be a very busy year for Wiersma, during which she completed production on four films. HAPPY ENDINGS, which premiered as the opening film for the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. The film was written and directed by Don Roos (THE OPPOSITE OF SEX, BOUNCE). It is an ensemble piece set in contemporary Los Angeles with a multitude of intertwining characters and storylines. The cast includes Lisa Kudrow, Steve Coogan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tom Arnold, Laura Dern, Bobby Cannavale, Jesse Bradford, Sarah Clarke and Jason Ritter.
DOWN IN THE VALLEY, written and directed by David Jacobson (DAHMER), premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and opened the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival. The film stars Edward Norton, Evan Rachel Wood, David Morse, and Rory Culkin. Set in the present-day San Fernando Valley, the film revolves around a delusional man who believes he's a cowboy and the relationship that he starts with a rebellious young woman. It was released in May through Think! Films.
THE QUIET, which is the story of an adolescent girl orphaned and sent to live with a foster family, directed by Jamie Babbit (BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER) and stars Elisha Cuthbert, Edie Falco, Martin Donovan, Camilla Belle and Shawn Ashmore. It premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival.
And lastly, THE TENANTS, which is the feature debut by commercial/music-video director Danny Green. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Pulitzer Prize-Winning author Bernard Malamud. A socio-political piece set in an abandoned New York apartment building in the early 1970s, THE TENANTS is the story of a Jewish novelist struggling to complete his latest work, and his antagonistic relationship with a black writer who moves in down the hall. The film stars Dylan McDermott, Snoop Dogg, Rose Byrne and Seymour Cassel and premiered at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival.
In 2003, Wiersma produced WONDERLAND, directed by James Cox. WONDERLAND is the true story of the 1981 Wonderland Avenue murders that took place in Los Angeles. The ensemble cast includes Val Kilmer, Kate Bosworth, Lisa Kudrow, Dylan McDermott, Josh Lucas and Tim Blake Nelson.
In 1999, Wiersma was co-producer on the Sundance Film Festival-hit SHADOW HOURS directed by Issac Eaton, starring Balthazar Getty and Peter Weller. Shortly after that Wiersma produced two films back-to-back, RENT CONTROL which is a dark comedy by first time director David Brenner, starring Melissa Joan Hart and Carmen Electra and COMIC BOOK VILLIANS starring Michael Rappaport, DJ Qualls, Cary Elwes, Danny Masterson, Monet Mazur and Donal Logue.
Currently Ms. Wiersma has several films in development. Including, GLAD ALL OVER, written and to be directed by JOHN HERZFELD (TWO DAYS IN THE VALLEY, DON KING: ONLY IN AMERICA) a comedic ensemble piece set in contemporary Los Angeles revolving around the people reading a self-help book written by a mysterious author too emotionally wounded to follow his own brilliant advice. Also Holly is working on ELIOT ROCKETT, to be directed by PATRICK SISAM based on a screenplay adaptation of two short stories by ETHAN CANIN. Eliot tells the story of a man coming to terms with his relationship with his father and with himself.
KIMBERLY C. ANDERSON (Producer)
Kimberly C. Anderson is an Emmy-nominated producer and the Chief Operations Officer and co-owner of LIFT Productions, the South’s largest full service production studio. Anderson has been responsible for managing the rapid growth of LIFT over the past several years, including the expansion of the Company’s corporate and production offices into locations state and nationwide. Anderson has produced more than two dozen feature films and television movies over the past several years.
Anderson credits her success to the experience she gained working in the trenches of the television business, as well as her years of experience as an educator and co-owner of her own independent production company. The first five years of her career were spent in Orlando, where she was Post Production Director at Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts.
During her film and television career Anderson has been honored with numerous awards and nominations, including an Emmy nomination for Best Producer, and several Telly and Addy Awards.
MALCOLM PETAL (Producer)
Malcolm Petal is an Emmy nominated producer of more than 30 feature films and television movies. He is the CEO and co-owner of LIFT Productions, the South’s largest full service production studio.
Petal has received numerous awards and citations, including an Emmy nomination and an official Day named after him in New Orleans. An attorney educated at Cornell and Tulane Universities, Petal was born in Tokyo, and spent most of his life in London and Santa Monica, California before settling in New Orleans 11 years ago.
GARY HUCKABAY (Producer)
With a career spanning 19 years as a filmmaker, Gary produced independent projects such as the explosively successful Cash Money/Universal Records film BALLER BLOCKIN, which sold over 11 million units.
As a Location Manager for some of Hollywood’s most prestigious directors such as William Friedkin, Oliver Stone, Clive Barker, and the late Alan J. Pakula, Gary has traveled all over the world as a producing consultant for many of the major studios.
Gary’s talents cover the entire spectrum of the production arena with credits that include producing feature films, commercials, documentaries, and directing music videos. Gary has been involved with many Award Shows over the past years that have introduced him to some of the greatest talents in the industry.
MICHAEL BURNS (Producer)
Since joining Lionsgate's Board of Directors in 1999 and becoming Vice Chairman of Lionsgate in March 2000, Mr. Burns has joined with CEO Jon Feltheimer in building Lionsgate into the leading independent filmed entertainment studio in the world through strict financial discipline, daring creative choices, organic growth of the Company's core businesses, accretive strategic acquisitions and an efficiently revitalized capital structure. Reflecting Mr. Burns' conversance with the digital marketplace, Lionsgate has also been a leader in leveraging its content into fresh digital media initiatives.
Under the stewardship of Messrs. Burns and Feltheimer, Lionsgate has grown its annual revenues from $150 million to nearly $1 billion in the past five years, increased its market capitalization from $80 million to approximately $1 billion, listed on the New York Stock Exchange and dramatically increased its analyst research coverage and blue-chip institutional sponsorship. Lionsgate has successfully acquired and integrated such companies as Trimark Holdings (2000), Artisan Entertainment (2003) and UK-based Redbus Film Distributors, Inc. (2005) on its way toward building a slate of 18 to 20 feature films a year and a prestigious and prolific 5500-title library that consistently generates more than $200 million in recurring revenue each year.
Mr. Burns played the lead role in the Company’s successful completion of several common stock offerings and private placements of convertible debentures and notes, virtually eliminating Lionsgate's corporate bank debt by converting it into long-term subordinated debt at a blended annual rate of less than 4%. In addition to his leadership of Lionsgate's corporate management team, Mr. Burns has played a key role in the acquisition, production and distribution of some of Lionsgate's most successful films, including the Best Picture Academy Award ® -winning CRASH (2006), the Oscar ®-winning MONSTER’S BALL, and the creation of the SAW horror franchise, which has already grossed more than $250 million at the box office worldwide.
Lionsgate’s feature films have generated more than $300 million at the domestic box office during each of the past two years, including such recent number one box office hits as SAW II, HOSTEL, MADEA’S FAMILY REUNION and the Academy Award ® winning CRASH, which earned three Oscars®. The highly diversified company also features a vibrant television business with nine prime time cable network series, including the critical sensation “Weeds,” a $500-million-a-year home entertainment business and a large minority interest in a video-on-demand company CinemaNow, showcasing Internet-delivered feature films drawn from most of the major studios. Mr. Burns is a member of the CinemaNow Board of Directors.
Mr. Burns has recently been profiled or featured in such varied major media outlets as “AMC Sunday Morning Shootout,” Barron's, Business Week, “CBS MarketWatch,” CNBC, the Financial Times of London, Fortune, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and has been a featured speaker on a wide range of media, trade and other issues at such diverse forums as the Vancouver, British Columbia Board of Trade, the Los Angeles-based Association for Corporate Growth and a leading New Mexico economic development council.
Previously, Mr. Burns served for nine years as managing director and head of Prudential Securities’ Los Angeles investment banking office. While at Prudential, he specialized in raising equity within the media and entertainment industry. Prior to joining Prudential, he spent nine years at Shearson Lehman Brothers (now Citigroup Smith Barney) in New York and Los Angeles.
On the entrepreneurial front, Mr. Burns has served as chairman of Ignite Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based entertainment production company, which independently produced such films as DANCER, TEXAS POP. 81, DESERT BLUE, THE SUBURBANS, POSSUMS, GET OVER IT and cult classics SIX-STRING SAMURAI and BUT, I’M A CHEERLEADER. He was cofounder of the Hollywood Stock Exchange (www.hsx.com) and serves as chairman and cofounder of Novica.com (www.novica.com) (in association with National Geographic), a company with a global infrastructure enabling thousands of artists around the world to directly access the global marketplace through online and wholesale channels. Mr. Burns has also been honored for his achievements with the Distinguished Leadership Award from The American Ireland Fund.
Mr. Burns is an executive producer on the upcoming teen comedy EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH, starring Dane Cook and Jessica Simpson, slated for October 2006 release, as well as a producer on this year's Cannes Film Festival’s Fipresci Prize winner BUG, starring Ashley Judd and directed by Academy Award® -winning director William Friedkin, slated for release in May 2007. Mr. Burns is a voting member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Mr. Burns graduated with a B.S. from Arizona State University and received his M.B.A. from the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles.
ANDREAS SCHARDT (Producer)
Producer Andreas Schardt is an associate of Waldenberger Rechtsanwälte, specializing in media, copyright and commercial law, and law of unfair competition. Before joining the firm, he was the Permanent Legal Counsel of ACT, the Association of Commercial Television in Europe.
Previously he was the Head of Legal and Business Affairs at SAT.1 SatellitenFernsehen GmbH. He has been a Director of the German Cultural Film Subsidy Board since 1997. He has consulted or managed several film and media fund companies since 1997.
MICHAEL OHOVEN (Executive Producer)
Michael Ohoven is the progeny of a paper manufactory and asset management group which was established in 1810. Mr. Ohoven is the youngest ever principal of the family’s investment group, one of the leaders in Germany in the field of real estate and structured finance.
Raised and educated in Germany, Ohoven learned financing and institutional investment at the prestigious Commerzbank and at the family’s investment bank. While studying economics and business administration at one of Germany’s leading universities, he joined the International Corporate Affairs division of RTL Television, Europe’s largest private broadcaster, where he was mentored by the station’s renowned founder, television mogul Professor Helmut Thoma. After two and a half years, Ohoven left the company to create Infinity Media, Inc. and is the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, the company quickly established strong working relationships with major studios, talent representatives, and financial institutions.
Mr. Ohoven follows his family’s proud tradition and extensive background of business leadership and charitable endeavors. His father, Mario Ohoven, a leading German investment banker for over 30 years, is the President of the European Association for Mid-Cap Entrepreneurs. His mother, Dr. Ute-Henriette Ohoven, is one of the leading fundraisers for the United Nations, and is the UNESCO Special Ambassador for Children in Need projects worldwide.
Among his production credits are THE SHOW WALKER (2004) which was nominated for nine Genie Awards including Best Picture, CONFIDENCE starring Edward Burns, Rachel Weisz, Andy Garcia and Dustin Hoffman, THE FINAL CUT starring Robin Williams, the teen-comedy hit SAVED! starring Mandy Moore and Macaulay Culkin, and the 2003 AFI Award Winner, THE HUMAN STAIN starring Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman.
His most recent productions are Rob Zombie’s THE DEVIL’S REJECTS (2005), JUST FRIENDS (2005), THE CAVE (2005), THE WOODS (2005), RIPLEY UNDER GROUND (2005), CAPOTE (2005, which received five Oscar® nominations including Best Picture, and PRIDE starring Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac.
JON KUYPER (Line Producer)
Jon Kuyper began his career working at MGM and Paramount on ROCKY V, INTERNAL AFFAIRS, HE SAID, SHE SAID, BODY PARTS and COOL WORLD. In 1993, he became staff Production Manager for Roger Corman’s Concorde/New Horizons where he worked on ten films in eight months and went freelance to Line Produce independent films including AFTER THE GAME, MIND LIES, DADDY’S GIRL and Gregg Araki’s NOWHERE, which premiered at Sundance.
In 1996, Jon became Vice President of Production at Initial Entertainment Group, where he supervised production in Serbia, Yugoslavia on SAVIOR, which was produced by Oliver Stone and starred Dennis Quaid and Nastassja Kinski. Other titles included MONTANA, VERY BAD THINGS and THE ALARMIST. Later, in 1997, Jon left IEG to work with Quentin Tarantino on two self produced films: FULL TILT BOOGIE and GOD SAID, HA!, both of which Miramax debuted theatrically.
In 1998, Jon produced and line produced MEETING DADDY, starring Lloyd Bridges, Josh Charles and Beau Bridges, ROUTE 9 for HBO, starring Kyle Maclachlan and Peter Coyote, THE SETTLEMENT starring John C. Reilly and Kelly McGillis and OCEAN TRIBE for Phoenix Pictures. Finally that same year he produced LABOR PAINS, in New York City which starred Kyra Sedgewick, Rob Morrrow, Mary Tyler Moore and Robert Klein.
In 2002 and 2003, as Jon’s reputation for being on budget and still delivering such high production values and great looking films that seem to far exceed their budgets, even with first time directors, he was tapped to line produce TREMORS 4 for Universal Pictures and then went to Capetown, South Africa for SLIPSTREAM. In 2004, Jon teamed up with producer Holly Wiersma to line produce HAPPY ENDINGS for Lionsgate, THE TENANTS starring Dylan McDermott and Snoop Dogg based upon the Bernard Malamud novel and, in 2005, he line produced LONELY HEARTS starring John Travolta, James Gandolfini, Salma Hayek, Jared Leto and Laura Dern. He was also line producer for EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH, also for Lionsgate.
BONNIE TIMMERMAN (Co-Producer and Casting)
Bonnie Timmermann is best known as one of the film industry's most sought after casting directors. Most recently, she worked as a producer on GEORGIA RULE, starring Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan, and Felicity Huffman, and FUR: AN IMAGINARY PORTRAIT OF DIANE ARBUS, starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey, Jr. As a casting director, she recently completed work on THE TOURIST, starring Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor, and Michelle Williams. In the last few years, she has worked with Ridley Scott and Jerry Bruckheimer on BLACK HAWK DOWN, and with Tony Scott on MAN ON FIRE, starring Denzel Washington, and SPY GAME, starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. She also worked with Michael Mann on such projects as THE INSIDER, HEAT, THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, MANHUNTER, and the television series "Miami Vice." Timmermann has cast more than three dozen feature films, including QUIZ SHOW, directed by Robert Redford, AMADEUS, directed by Milos Forman, MIDNIGHT RUN, directed by Martin Brest, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS , directed by James Foley, DAVE, directed by Ivan Reitman, and BULL DURHAM, directed by Ron Shelton. Timmermann has produced AN AMERICAN RHAPSODY, directed by Éva Gárdos, as well as the Broadway production, directed by Mike Nichols, and the feature film, directed by Roman Polanski, of Ariel Dorfman's DEATH AND THE MAIDEN. She executive-produced THE GUYS , directed by Jim Simpson. For HBO she cast and co-produced IN THE GLOAMING, which Christopher Reeve directed. Timmermann has also written the story to a children's book, entitled "Chocolate at the Four Seasons," to be released in May of this year by Time Warner's Little Brown Books for Young Readers.
MICHAEL GRADY (Director of Photography)
After graduating from AFI in 1995, Michael Grady shot many short films, music videos, and numerous independent features that enjoyed success at film festivals worldwide. Grady’s documentary work includes the feature academy award finalist BEYOND THE MAT for Imagine released in 2000. Between 1999 and 2002, he was the cinematographer on over 55 hours of television on series including “G.vs.E.” and “Hack”. Further, Grady shot six pilots from 2000 to 2005 including “One Tree Hill” and “Jonny Zero”. His more recent feature work is highlighted by 2003’s WONDERLAND,” directed by James Cox, with Val Kilmer, Lisa Kudrow, Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Dylan McDermott, and Eric Bogosian. Next was AROUND THE BEND, directed by Jordan Roberts starring Christopher Walken, Josh Lucas, and Michael Caine released in 2004 by Warner Independent. AROUND THE BEND won the Jury Special Grand Prize at the Montreal World Film Festival. Grady next shot NEVERWAS starring Aaron Eckhart, Brittany Murphy, Ian McKellen, William Hurt, Nick Nolte, and Jessica Lange. NEVERWAS was directed by Joshua Stern and will be released in 2007. Grady’s next project was FACTORY GIRL, released in late December 2006 by The Weinstein Company. FACTORY GIRL stars Sienna Miller, Guy Pierce, and Hayden Christensen and is directed by George Hickenlooper. Also released in late December 2006 was THE DEAD GIRL directed by Karen Moncrieff and stars Toni Collette, Marcia Gay Harden, Brittany Murphy, Rose Byrne, Mary Beth Hurt and Giovanni Ribisi.
FRANCO CARBONE (Production Designer)
Franco has designed over fifteen feature films. Most recently Franco’s work can be seen in DOWN IN THE VALLEY starring Ed Norton, and in Lionsgate’s HOSTEL and HOSTEL PART II. Also for Lionsgate, Franco designed WONDERLAND starring Val Kilmer. His last movie ROCKY BALBOA, starring Sylvester Stallone was released in December by Sony Pictures. ROCKY BALBOA is the last ROCKY film of the legendary franchise. He is currently at work in Thailand on JOHN RAMBO. Franco is a graduate of the AFI, Parsons School of Design and NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
DARRIN NAVARRO (Editor)
A passionate cineaste since before he can remember, editor Darrin Navarro quit his day job and left film school at the age of twenty to take an unpaid job on a low-budget horror film whose name he can't remember anymore. Eight years later he began his working relationship with William Friedkin, serving as the first assistant to veteran editor Augie Hess on five of Mr. Friedkin's films. Mr. Navarro serves as Mr. Friedkin's editor for the first time with BUG. In 2004, he edited the award-winning independent film HATE CRIME.
JAY FAIRES (Music Supervisor)
Jay Faires is president of Music at Lionsgate Entertainment. Faires joined the premier independent film distributor in 2004 as a music consultant. During the past two years, he has supervised a revamping of the entire music department, including the areas of music supervision, organization of existing catalogue, and the implementation of new strategies for using music in the promotion and exploitation of Lionsgate film projects. He and his team now oversee the musical needs for the film production and acquisition slate, TV, theatrical marketing, home video and international.
In 2005, Faires was appointed President of Lionsgate Music and Publishing. Since Faires has joined Lionsgate, they have received an Academy Award nomination for Bird York’s “In the Deep” from Best Picture winner CRASH and Faires has been instrumental in the unprecedented cross promotions associated with AKEELAH AND THE BEE and EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH starring Jessica Simpson and Dane Cook. Upcoming projects include WAR starring Jet Li and Jason Statham, DELTA FARCE with Larry the Cable Guy and GOOD LUCK CHUCK starring Jessica Alba and Dane Cook.
Recent television projects include David Blaine’s “Drowned Alive” for ABC and Tommy Hilfiger’s “The Cut” for CBS, where Faires was the first to license the Rolling Stones for a main title theme with “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”
Prior to joining Lionsgate, Jay Faires has enjoyed over 15 years of success in the music industry. In 1989, Faires assembled a group of investors to create Mammoth Records, an independent label that enjoyed a great string of success with artists including Squirrel Nut Zippers, Juliana Hatfield, Victoria Williams, Frente, Joe Henry, The Wiseguys, Seven Mary Three, Machines of Loving Grace, The Melvins, and Jason & The Scorchers. The company was sold to The Walt Disney Company in 1998, with Faires retaining many of the copyrights from the publishing side. These copyrights became the basis for a new venture in the independent publishing world called BNYM Publishing which brought Faires more in touch with the area of film music, as it created licensing opportunities in film, television, and advertising.