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Production notes, photos and promotional video © 2007 Rogue Pictures (Focus Features)

DAVE MEYERS (Director)
ERIC RED (Screenplay)
JAKE WADE WALL (Screenplay)
ERIC BERNT (Screenplay)
MICHAEL BAY (Producer)
ANDREW FORM and BRAD FULLER (Producers)
CHARLES MEEKER (Producer)
ALFRED HABER (Producer)
JAMES HAWKINSON (Director of Photography)
DAVID LAZAN (Production Designer)
JIM MAY (Editor)
STEVE JABLONSKY (Music)
LEEANN RADEKA (Costume Designer)

The Hitcher
About the Filmmakers

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Neal McDonough (left),
Sean Bean (center)
Producer Andrew Form (right)

DAVE MEYERS (Director)

hitcher013.jpg (223 K)Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Dave Meyers developed a love for film while, as a teenager, working for a small independent cinema.

He then attended Loyola Marymount University, where he majored in Film Production and Philosophy. After graduating, he programmed the inaugural slate of the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. He also produced Copper Women, a short film that culminated Project: Involve, an IFP/West program designed to introduce ethnically diverse women into the film industry. Next, he worked in development for Paramount Pictures on the films Face/Off (directed by John Woo) and Twilight (directed by Robert Benton).

Mr. Meyers then embarked on a successful career as a director of music videos. He collaborated with such top artists as Pink (on “Get the Party Started”), Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, Creed, Missy Elliott, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Kid Rock (on “Cowboy”), No Doubt (on “Hey Baby”), OutKast, The Offspring, and Britney Spears, capturing the unique appeal of each performer while innovating the medium. The videos have to date earned seven MTV Video Music Awards, the most recent of which were two for Missy Elliott’s “Lose Control.”

He also expanded his body of work to encompass commercials. Among his most notable are spots for Hummer, Joe Boxer, Apple iPod, and Adidas. He has joined @radical.media as a commercial director, and was also a principal force in the creation of @radical.media/music.

The Hitcher marks the first feature film that Mr. Meyers has directed. He is currently developing Witch Hunters as his next film.

ERIC RED (Screenplay)

Eric Red wrote the original screenplay for The Hitcher, directed by Robert Harmon. Near Dark, which he scripted with director Kathryn Bigelow, is similarly slated for an updated version to be made by Platinum Dunes at Rogue Pictures.

The Hitcher was his first produced feature script, following studies at the American Film Institute and two acclaimed shorts as writer/director (Gunmen’s Blues and Telephone). Mr. Red has since directed such movies as Cohen and Tate, Body Parts, and Bad Moon, all of which he wrote or co-wrote; and reteamed with Kathryn Bigelow on Blue Steel.

His newest scripts, both due to be filmed in 2007, are Stopping Power, to be directed by Jan de Bont; and 100 Feet, which Mr. Red will also direct.

He also continues to work as a comics and graphics novelist, and recently created and wrote the popular comics series Containment.

JAKE WADE WALL (Screenplay)

Jake Wade Wall most recently scripted the hit update of When a Stranger Calls, directed by Simon West and starring Camilla Belle.

His original screenplay Amusement is currently in production, with John Simpson directing.

Mr. Wall is currently at work on several screenplays for film and television. Chief among these is Bait, a dramatic series that he is scripting and which he will executive-produce with Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman.

Also for Rogue Pictures, he is writing a remake of the film Anguish, which Vertigo Entertainment will produce.

ERIC BERNT (Screenplay)

Eric Bernt’s credits as screenwriter include Ernest Dickerson’s Surviving the Game; Brett Leonard’s Virtuosity; Andrzej Bartkowiak’s Romeo Must Die; and Douglas Aarniokoski’s Highlander: Endgame.

Additionally, Mr. Bernt directed Bachelor Party Vegas, from his own screenplay, starring Donald Faison and Kal Penn.

He most recently scripted, and is executive-producing, The Echo, to be directed by Yam Laranas. Production begins in spring 2007.

Mr. Bernt is next scripting, also for Rogue Pictures, The Absent, which Vertigo Entertainment will produce. Daniel Calparsoro will direct the film, a remake of his Spanish-language feature Ausentes.

MICHAEL BAY (Producer)

Michael Bay’s six movies as director have grossed nearly $2 billion in worldwide ticket sales. He is currently in post-production on his seventh feature, Transformers, set for release July 4th, 2007.

The filmmaker’s Bay Films continues as one of the top production entities in Hollywood. In 2001, Mr. Bay inaugurated Platinum Dunes as another arm of his company, to help new talent hone their skills on smaller projects before being working on larger-scale, higher-budgeted movies. The Hitcher is the fourth Platinum Dunes production.

His first project with his Platinum Dunes producing partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a remake of the 1974 cult classic. The new film, directed by Marcus Nispel, grossed over $110 million worldwide. The company’s second movie, The Amityville Horror, directed by Andrew Douglas, earned over $108 million worldwide. Last fall, Platinum Dunes’ third feature, the prequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, earned nearly $40 million domestically and is continuing its international run. Extending their collaboration on The Hitcher, Platinum Dunes has signed a first-look production deal with Rogue Pictures.

Mr. Bay’s first feature film as director was Bad Boys, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence; it grossed over $140 million worldwide. His second film, The Rock, starring Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage, took in more than $300 million globally. His third directing effort, Armageddon, which he produced with Jerry Bruckheimer, starred Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, and Liv Tyler; it took in over $550 million around the globe. He reteamed with Messrs. Affleck and Bruckheimer on Pearl Harbor, on which he shared producer credit, and which grossed over $450 million worldwide. Bad Boys II marked his fifth collaboration with Jerry Bruckheimer and reunited him with original stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, and grossed over $260 million globally. His fifth film as director, The Island, starring Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, and Sean Bean of The Hitcher, earned over $160 million around the globe.

The Los Angeles native and Wesleyan University graduate began his career directing commercials and music videos for Propaganda Films. At age 24, following film school, he made his first foray into the music video business. His works for such artists as Meat Loaf, Aerosmith, Tina Turner, Donny Osmond, and the Divinyls brought him industry recognition and led to a number of MTV Video Music Award nominations, including the coveted Best Video of the Year prize in 1992 (for Van Halen’s “Right Now”).

Mr. Bay’s first television spot, for the American Red Cross, was a Clio Award winner. Within three years, he had helmed some of the best-known and acclaimed advertising campaigns in the world. Nike, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, Reebok, and Miller Lite were among his clients.

He is the youngest director to have won the top awards bestowed by the advertising industry. He won the Grand Prix Clio Award for Commercial of the Year, for the “Got Milk?/Aaron Burr” commercial; this famed spot, along with two others in the irreverent “Got Milk?” campaign that were created by him, was cited as Best Campaign of the Year by New York’s Museum of Modern Art. In Cannes, the world’s largest competition for commercials, he won the Gold Lion for the Miller “The Best Beer” campaign and the Silver Lion for the “Got Milk?/Aaron Burr” spot.

In 1995, Mr. Bay was honored with a Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials.

ANDREW FORM and BRAD FULLER (Producers)

Andrew Form and Brad Fuller are partners at Platinum Dunes. The production company, which they established with Michael Bay in 2001, creates opportunities for first-time directors to make commercial, high-concept movies on modest budgets for a global audience.

Platinum Dunes’ first production was the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, directed by Marcus Nispel. The movie won the Teen Choice Award for Best Thriller and was nominated for two MTV Movie Awards, and grossed more than $110 million worldwide. The second Platinum Dunes project, the 2005 adaptation of The Amityville Horror, directed by Andrew Douglas, earned over $108 million worldwide. Last fall, Platinum Dunes’ third feature, the prequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, earned nearly $40 million domestically and is continuing its international run. Extending a collaboration begun on their fourth film,

The Hitcher, Platinum Dunes has signed a first-look production deal with Rogue Pictures.

In 2004, Daily Variety included Messrs. Form and Fuller among the “10 Producers to Watch.” In 2005, they were listed in Fade In’s “The Top 100 in Hollywood.”

The producers are currently developing, for Universal Pictures, an update of The Birds. drawing from the Daphne du Maurier story as well as Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic movie.

Prior to partnering in Platinum Dunes, Mr. Form produced several independent features. These included Richard Benjamin’s The Shrink Is In, starring Courteney Cox Arquette and David Arquette; Doug Ellin’s Kissing a Fool starring Jason Lee and David Schwimmer; and Sondra Locke’s Do Me A Favor (a.k.a. Trading Favors), starring Rosanna Arquette and Devon Gummersall. He also produced documentaries on the making of Tony Scott’s Crimson Tide and Michael Bay’s Bad Boys.

Mr. Fuller previously worked as a talent manager and produced the independent films Emmett’s Mark (a.k.a. Killing Emmett Young), directed by Kevin Snyder and starring Gabriel Byrne, Tim Roth, and Scott Wolf; and Scott Wiper’s A Better Way To Die, starring Natasha Henstridge and Andre Braugher.

Mr. Form earned his bachelor degree at the University of Arizona, and Mr. Fuller is a graduate of Wesleyan University.

CHARLES MEEKER (Producer)

Dallas native Charles Meeker has been in the entertainment business since childhood. His father, Charles Meeker Jr., was managing director of the Starlight Operettas, which were subsequently renamed the Dallas Summer Musicals. As a boy and a young man, Mr. Meeker made trips to Broadway with his parents to scout productions for staging in Dallas, and worked as an Actors Equity stage manager for the Musicals.

After graduating from Princeton University, he attended law school at the University of Texas. Taking a job at the L.A. firm of O’Melveny & Myers, he was mentored by Deane Johnson in the entertainment industry division and became a partner at the firm.

In 1984, he left the firm to form an independent film production company with one of his former clients, producer Edward S. Feldman. Together, their company produced nine films, including Peter Weir’s Academy Award-winning Witness, starring Harrison Ford; Michael Ritchie’s hit The Golden Child, starring Eddie Murphy; Kathryn Bigelow’s cult classic horror film Near Dark; and Robert Harmon’s The Hitcher, starring Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Mr. Meeker subsequently practiced law again as a partner in the firm White & Case, and then served as president of MGM from 1991 to 1993.

In recent years, he has divided his time among the following career ventures: principal of Meeker & Co., providing creative and business consulting services for the worldwide entertainment industry; co-owner and co-chairman of Camino Real Communications LLC, owning and operating television broadcasting stations in the U.S.; owner and cowinemaker of The Meeker Vineyard, located in Sonoma County, CA, the award-winning winery that produces 22,000 cases annually.

Mr. Meeker co-wrote and produced The Hitcher II: I’ve Been Waiting, in which C. Thomas Howell reprised his role from the earlier film. The 2003 feature, directed by Louis Morneau, was released through Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

ALFRED HABER (Producer)

With Charles Meeker, Alfred Haber produced Louis Morneau’s The Hitcher II: I’ve Been Waiting.

He won an Emmy Award as producer of Cyma Rubin’s documentary special Moment of Impact: Stories of the Pulitzer Prize Photographs; and co-produced the hit miniseries Bella Mafia, directed by David Greene and starring Vanessa Redgrave and Jennifer Tilly.

Mr. Haber’s companies Alfred Haber, Inc. and Alfred Haber Distribution, Inc. are top independent distributors of U.S. network television reality series, specials, and event programming; and the world’s largest distributors of U.S. network primetime music specials. Previously he was co-owner and president of ACI International, which distributed notable U.S. network telefilms and miniseries.

Among the annual television events that Mr. Haber’s companies distribute domestically and/or internationally are the Golden Globe Awards, the Grammy Awards, the Latin Grammy Awards, the American Music Awards, the Country Music Association Awards, the Miss Universe Pageant, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

He previously worked as a leading entertainment attorney, representing such clients as NBC and RCA Records, and in private practice.

Mr. Haber has also written several songs that made Billboard’s Top 100, among them The Cyrkle’s “Please Don’t Ever Leave Me.”

JAMES HAWKINSON (Director of Photography)

James Hawkinson previously served as cinematographer on such short films as Anthony and Joe Russo’s The Kiss and Charlie Deaux’ Zoetrope; and on Brian Yuzna’s independent horror feature Progeny. He was also director of additional photography on Bryan Barber’s Idlewild and Todd Robinson’s Lonely Hearts.

He has lensed over 200 commercials and music videos, including ones for Aphex Twin, The Offspring, Linkin Park, 3 Doors Down, Tool, Beyoncé Knowles, and Missy Elliot. Mr. Hawkinson was also the cinematographer on the pilot and Emmy Award-winning first season of the series Arrested Development.

DAVID LAZAN (Production Designer)

The Hitcher is David Lazan’s first feature as production designer, following his many features as art director. In the latter capacity, he was nominated for an Art Directors Guild Award for his work on Sam Mendes’ Academy Award-winning American Beauty. His other films as art director include Michael Bay’s Bad Boys II; Francis Lawrence’s Constantine; Denzel Washington’s Antwone Fisher; Antoine Fuqua’s Training Day and Tears of the Sun; Jon Turteltaub’s The Kid; John Schlesinger’s The Next Best Thing; Roger Kumble’s Cruel Intentions; Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects; Doug McHenry’s Jason’s Lyric; and Bernard Rose’s Candyman.

JIM MAY (Editor)

Jim May’s credits as film editor include Andrew Adamson’s blockbuster The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Stephen Sommers’ Van Helsing; David McNally’s Kangaroo Jack; Dan Mintz’ Cookers (for which he shared the Best Editing award at the Milan International Film Festival); and, also for Platinum Dunes, Jonathan Liebesman’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.

He has also worked on several films directed by Michael Bay, including Pearl Harbor (as additional editor) and Armageddon (as supervising visual effects editor). Mr. May also worked with Stephen Sommers on The Mummy (as an assistant editor) and Deep Rising (as a visual effects editor).

STEVE JABLONSKY (Music)

The Hitcher marks composer Steve Jablonsky’s fourth consecutive movie for Platinum Dunes, following his scores of Marcus Nispel’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Andrew Douglas’ The Amityville Horror, and Jonathan Liebesman’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.

For Michael Bay as director, he is scoring the upcoming Transformers and previously scored The Island and (with Trevor Rabin) Bad Boys II. Other features that Mr. Jablonsky has composed the music for include Mick Jackson’s telefilm Live from Baghdad. He has also composed music for video games, commercials, and television pilots and series. Particularly notable among the latter are his scores for every episode of the national phenomenon Desperate Housewives, currently in its third season.

LEEANN RADEKA (Costume Designer)

LeeAnn Radeka makes the transition to costume designer on The Hitcher after working as key costumer for Platinum Dunes on Jonathan Liebesman’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. Her next project as costume designer is Danny Leiner’s Gary the Tennis Coach, starring Seann William Scott.

The Texas resident has worked as a costumer on feature films and television projects for over a decade. Among her credits are Wes Anderson’s Rushmore; John Lee Hancock’s The Alamo; Peter Berg’s Friday Night Lights; Tommy Lee Jones’ The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada; Mike Judge’s Idiocracy; and, for Robert Rodriguez, The Faculty and the first two Spy Kids movies.

Ms. Radeka also was costume designer on the short film Bella! Bella! Bella!, for writer/director Jeff Van Hanken.


 
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