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WARRIOR (2011)


About the Crew Release Date: September 9, 2011
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Gavin O'Connor
Screenwriter: Gavin O'Connor, Anthony Tambakis, Cliff Dorfman
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Jennifer Morrison
Genre: Action, Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13


Gavin O'Connor (Director, Screenwriter, Story by, Producer) is currently writing “Once Upon A Time In New York,” an epic multi-faceted adventure story about a princess and a runaway mute boy who have to travel back in time to alter the course of history to protect the princess’ fate. Additionally, the comedy-drama “Sunny & 68,” which he co-wrote, is in development. “Sunny & 68” is the story of a disgraced poker superstar who is forced to return to his hometown for the first time in 20 years and confront the mother and ex-girlfriend he left behind and the five-year-old daughter he didn’t know he had. He is also adapting the 1961 acclaimed film “The Hustler” into a Broadway stage play. O’Connor also has a wide range of projects in various stages of development for different studios and production entities.

A native New Yorker, O’Connor began writing while studying at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, he returned to New York, where he began his career writing short films and plays. O’Connor made his screenwriting debut with the award-winning short film “The Bet,” which also marked Ted Demme’s film directorial debut. O’Connor then wrote and directed the short film “American Standoff.”

O’Connor first garnered attention when he directed the independent feature “Tumbleweeds,” starring Janet McTeer and Kimberly Brown. O’Connor also co-wrote the screenplay with Angela Shelton, based on Shelton’s childhood diaries. The mother-daughter road drama brought O’Connor the Filmmaker’s Award at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, and went on to earn widespread critical acclaim. In addition, McTeer earned several Best Actress honors for her performance, including Oscar ® and Independent Spirit Award nominations and a Golden Globe ® Award, while Brown won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress.

O’Connor’s next directing effort was the critically acclaimed 2004 hit “Miracle” for Disney/Touchstone, which was also his first major studio feature. The film starred Kurt Russell in the inspiring story of the U.S. Hockey Team’s Gold Medal triumph at the 1980 Winter Olympics, including a stunning victory over the seemingly invincible Russian team.

Following the success of “Miracle,” Gavin O'Connor co-wrote and directed the drama “Pride and Glory,” starring Edward Norton, Colin Farrell and Jon Voight. The film follows a multi-generational police family whose moral code is tested when one son investigates an incendiary case of corruption and murder that involves his brother and brother-in-law, forcing the family to choose between their loyalties to one another and their loyalties to the department. “Pride and Glory” was released nationwide by Warner Bros. Pictures on October 25, 2008.

Gavin O’Connor resides in Los Angeles.

A native of Fairfield, CT, Anthony Tambakis (Screenwriter, Co-Producer) is an award-winning short story writer, former Professor of Creative Writing, and recently completed his first novel, “Swimming With Bridgeport Girls.” Future projects include “Sunny & 68” (written with “Warrior” partner Gavin O'Connor) and “4 1/2 Minutes” (to be directed by Catherine Hardwicke). He is also working on a TV project, “Cinnamon Girl,” with partner Renee Zellweger, and he and O'Connor will be adapting “The Hustler” for Broadway in 2012. He lives in Venice, CA.

Cliff Dorfman (Screenwriter, Story by)

Sharing a passion for the arts with his brother, Greg O’Connor (Producer) produced his first independent feature film, “Tumbleweeds,” in 1999. It became an indie film darling – winning the Filmmaker’s Award at the Sun­dance Film Festival and garnering a Golden Globe® Award and an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress for British stage actress Janet McTeer.

Through his company Solaris Entertainment, Greg has since has developed and produced films including indie cult favorite “The Slaughter Rule,” starring Ryan Gosling and Amy Adams); “The Smashing Machine,” a HBO documentary; Disney’s “Miracle,” starring Kurt Russell); and “Pride and Glory,” starring Ed Norton, Colin Farrell and Jon Voigt for Warner Brothers.

Solaris has also developed scripted television shows for CBS, ABC, FX, and the CW under a 3 year deal with Paramount Television.

Greg’s current film projects include “Pay Day,” based on the new Sony game; “Boudicca” with Icon Films; “The Guardians;” and a retelling of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol.” He is developing the television series“Nightwatch” with RHI.

Greg is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania. He lives in New York.

Originally from Japan, after graduating from the American Film Institute with M.F.A. in cinematography, Masanobu Takayanagi (Director of Photography) has shot numerous feature films, commercials, documentaries and music videos.

In 2003, he received John F. Seitz Heritage Award for outstanding cinematography from the ASC (the American Society of cinematographers). He also received a Kodak Award for Best Cinematography at Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films 2003. Subsequently, Kodak invited him to Cannes Film Festival in 2004 as one of the emerging filmmakers in the world.

His recent feature film works are “The Grey” (2012), “Marley” (2011, additional photography), “The Eagle” (2011, 2 nd unit), “Meet Monica Velour” (2010), “Eat, Pray, Love” (2010, 2 nd unit), “Promises Written in the Water” (2010), “Amar a Morir” (2009), “State of Play” (2009, 2 nd unit), “Babel” (2006, 2 nd unit), among others.

“Warrior” is Dan Leigh's (Production Designer) second film for Gavin O’Connor, having also designed “Pride & Glory.” Leigh designed two other films being released this year, Amy Heckerling’s “Vamps” starring Alicia Silverstone and Sigourney Weaver, and the long awaited “Mararet.” Other credits include the Kate Hudson starrer “Bride Wars;” three films for director Tony Goldwyn including “A Walk on the Moon” with Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen; and Julian Schnabel’s “Basquiat.” For Michel Gondry, Leigh designed “Be Kind Rewind” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” earning a guild nomination and a place as the only American designer at the Locarno International Film Festival focus on Production Design.

Leigh’s HBO projects include Moisés Kaufman’s “The Laramie Project” and Ross Katz’s “Taking Chance” earning an Emmy® nomination for Art Direction. Earlier films include “Fresh” starring Samuel L. Jackson, “A Price Above Rubies” starring Renée Zellweger, “Crossing Delancey” and “Street Smart.”

Leigh has also designed for television, including the pilot episode of ABC’s “Dirty Sexy Money.” Leigh began his design career working in the theatre on and off Broadway, regional theatre, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

“Warrior” marks John Gilroy's, A.C.E. (Editor) fourth collaboration with writer/director, Gavin O’Connor. They have also worked together on “Pride & Glory,” starring Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight and Noah Emmerich; “Miracle,” starring Kurt Russell and Patricia Clarkson; and “Tumbleweeds,” starring Janet McTeer and Kimberly Brown. McTeer won a Golden Globe Award® for “Tumbleweeds” and was also nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Actress.

Recently Gilroy edited “Salt,” starring Angelina Jolie, Live Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and is currently preparing to work once again with his brother, writer/director Tony Gilroy on his upcoming film “Bourne Legacy,” starring Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz. This will be their third collaboration, the second being “Duplicity,” starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen and their first, “Michael Clayton,” starring George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson and Sidney Pollack. “Michael Clayton” received seven Academy Award® nominations, and Swinton won the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress. Gilroy received a BAFTA and an Eddie Award Nomination for Best Editing.

John has also worked several times with writer/director Joe Carnahan, editing “Narc,” starring Ray Liotta and Jason Patric and “Ticker,” a short film starring Clive Owen and Don Cheadle in BMW’s “The Hire Series.” He won a Cleo Award for his work on “Ticker.”

Other credits include “Diminished Capacity,” starring Matthew Broderick and Alan Alda; “Trust the Man,” starring Julianne Moore, David Duchovny, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Billy Crudup; “First Born,” starring Elisabeth Shue; “Suspect Zero” starring Aaron Eckhart, Carrie Anne Moss and Ben Kingsley; “Shadow Magic,” starring Jared Harris and Yu Xia; “Game Day,” starring Richard Lewis and “Billy Madison,” starring Adam Sandler. After graduating from Dartmouth College, Gilroy came up through the editing ranks in the 1980s working on numerous features as an assistant editor, including two with Francis Coppola, “Peggy Sue Got Married” and “Gardens of Stone.” His first editing credit was “The Luckiest Man in the World,” starring Philip Bosco. It was written and directed by his father, Frank D. Gilroy.

Sean Albertson, A.C.E. (Editor) grew up in the arts and entertainment industry in New York; his father a musician, chef and film editor. His mother was a Production Manager and Assistant Director. Sean’s start in entertainment was as a young child, acting and playing music. He was involved in plays and small roles in television and feature films, where he got to be an extra in the Academy Award®-winning film, “Kramer vs. Kramer.” Musically, Sean was drawn to percussion and singing. He played with several bands in his teen years in both capacities. Later, these talents were transmuted into the art and craft of film editing. He has since had the opportunity to work with some exceptional Hollywood talents such as Sam O’Steen, Mike Nichols, Alan J. Pakula, Don Zimmerman and Sylvester Stallone. Sean now has over 24 years of filmmaking experience with more than 60 editing credits across a vast array of material, including television movies, series, feature films, award-winning mobile content and more. His editing credits include films such as “Still Breathing,” “The Cat in the Hat,” “Rocky Balboa” and “Rambo.” He has edited television shows such as “E-Ring,” “Cold Case,” “Heroes” and “The Vampire Diaries.” He has also worked as a 2 nd unit director and producer, and dabbles in writing as well.

Matt Chessé , A.C.E. (Editor) is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, and he still yearns to return. Born into a family of painters, puppeteers and theater actors, Matt's formative years were spent in theater seats and green rooms.

He put himself through San Francisco State University working as a production assistant in the Bay Area film community, and doubled majored in English Literature and Photo Journalism. He discovered editing, or it discovered him, after 10 years in the production side of films. He was invited to work beside Editor Angus Wall and has never been far from an AVID ever since. He has made eight films with Director Marc Forster, including “Finding Neverland,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” “The Kite Runner” and the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace.” On “Warrior,” he was excited to strike a new alliance with Director Gavin O’Connor and writer Anthony Tambakis. And, to tag team in the editorial Octagon with his teammate, Sean Albertson. He believes in kismet, serendipity and the fundamental powers of the universe to bring you what you need.

Aaron Marshall (Editor)

Abigail Murray (Costume Designer) is a costume designer based in NY and LA. She has designed for films, TV and theater. Her career began in NY, where she assisted Tony Walton.

Her film credits include costume designer for the featured films: “The Next Three Days,” “The Express,” “Pride and Glory,” “Runaway Jury,” “Masked & Anonymous,” “Imposter,” “Scream 3,” “Dogma,” “Kiss The Girls,” “For Richer Or Poorer,” “The Proprietor,” “Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead,” “Tremors,” “Bloodhounds Of Broadway” and “Airborne.”

Abigail Murray's theater work includes opera and ballet, designing for numerous periods. She has designed for the Roundabout Theater, La Mama, Playwrights Horizons & Ensemble Studio Theaters.

Abigail’s work was recently celebrated in the Academy of Motion Pictures Publication 50 Designers, 50 Costumes, representing 50 of the top Costume Designers working today.

Michael Paseornek (Executive Producer) has been President of Film Production at Lionsgate since the company's inception in 1997.

In addition to being a key member of the senior management team that has guided Lionsgate from a startup into the leading independent film company, Paseornek has served as an executive producer or producer on over 50 films.

Variety has described him as one of the chief architects of the Lionsgate model.

Paseornek has been at the forefront of urban programming. He launched the film career of Tyler Perry and forged a production slate that includes Tyler Perry's blockbusters “Madea Goes to Jail,” “Why Did I Get Married?,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” and “Madea’s Family Reunion,” all of which opened number one at the box office. He also forged a deal for the screen rights to the iconic African-American play, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Isn’t Enuf.”  He's spearheaded films ranging from comedies like “The Wash” to dramas such as “Pride” and the critically acclaimed “Akeelah and the Bee.”

In the horror genre, building on the success of the “Saw” franchise, Paseornek broke new ground with the box office hit “My Bloody Valentine 3D” - the first horror film utilizing new 3D digital technology.  He also executive produced Rob Zombie's “Devil’s Rejects” and the remake of “The Eye,” starring Jessica Alba.  Paseornek has continued to spearhead a 3D agenda with the animated family film “Alpha and Omega” and a slate of upcoming genre fare.  

Paseornek has played a key role moving Lionsgate into the action arena with “Crank,” “The Punisher,” “The Forbidden Kingdom” and the remake of the classic “Conan The Barbarian” which is will be released this August.

In the prestige area, Paseornek executive produced “Monster’s Ball,” which earned Halle Berry an Oscar® for best actress, the critically acclaimed “Akeelah and the Bee,” which earned best picture honors at the Black Movie Awards and was the centerpiece of the first ever Starbucks movie promotion, “American Psycho,” “Shattered Glass” and “Buffalo 66.”

Over the past 25 years, Paseornek has played an important role in the emergence of the independent film scene. He founded Cinepix/Famous Players’ (CFP's) U.S. operations in 1992 which brought American audiences acclaimed films such as Academy Award® winner Ang Lee's first feature “Pushing Hands,” James Mangold's directorial debut “Heavy,” James Coburn's Oscar® winning performance in “Affliction,” and Bill Condon's Oscar® winner “Gods and Monsters.”  When CFP went public and was renamed Lionsgate in 1997, the company grew into the leading independent film company with Home Entertainment and Television divisions.  The Film division has had 25 Oscar® nominations in that time, including six for the 2006 best picture winner, “Crash,” and the critical hit “Precious.”

More than 30 of Paseornek's movies have been selected to appear in major festivals such as Cannes,  Berlin, Sundance and  Toronto.

Outside of Lionsgate, Paseornek serves on the board of directors of Mattel's Children's Hospital UCLA, is on the advisory board of Hearts of Hope, a foundation sending doctors to Latin America, and the board of Del Corazon, a year-round charitable camp for children with heart disease.

Paseornek began his career after graduating from  New York  University in 1974 when he became the writing partner of former National Lampoon editor Michel Choquette.  He then became a humorist-speechwriter for some of the nation's leading business executives and worked as a script-doctor on a number of feature films.

In the late 70s, Paseornek met CFP's Canadian co-founders, John Dunning and Andre Link, and developed the sequel to their comedy hit “Meatballs.”

Paseornek is a member of the  Academy of  Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Writers Guild of America.  He has been a guest speaker at a number of institutions, including  Harvard,  New York University, and the American Film Institute and has served on numerous industry panels for organizations such as the NAACP and the Directors Guild of America.

Lisa Ellzey (Executive Producer) is an Executive Vice President of Production at Lionsgate Entertainment.  She joined the studio in 2008.  Before joining Lionsgate, she was an executive at Twentieth Century Fox.  Prior to joining Fox, Ellzey was President of Scott Free Entertainment, the company owned by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott.  She was the executive producer of the Academy Award®-nominated “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (2007), directed by Andrew Dominick and starring Brad Pitt. She produced “In Her Shoes” (2005), directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Cameron Diaz, Shirley MacLaine, and Toni Collette; and “Tristan and Isolde” (2006), directed by Kevin Reynolds and starring James Franco. Ellzey was the executive producer of Ridley Scott’s “A Good Year” (2006), starring Russell Crowe and Albert Finney; and “Kingdom of Heaven” (2005), starring Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson, Ed Norton and Jeremy Irons; and of Tony Scott’s “Domino” (2005), starring Keira Knightly and Mickey Rourke. Also while at Scott Free, Ellzey was the co-executive producer of the HBO historical drama “The Gathering Storm” (2002), starring Albert Finney and Vanessa Redgrave, which earned her the 2002 Emmy® Award for Best Made for Television Movie. In addition, the film received two Golden Globe® Awards, including Best Miniseries or Motion Picture, as well as three BAFTA Awards.  She began her career as the producer of the independent feature “The Poison Tasters,” which premiered at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.

David Mimran (Executive Producer) is the Vice Chairman of Breeden Partners, L.P., an actively managed $2 billion investment fund focused on creating value in U.S. public companies. Since 2003, Mr. Mimran has also served as a Board Member and is one of the largest investors in Milestone Capital Partners, a private equity fund focused on control buyouts of underperforming corporate orphans. To date, Milestone Capital has had an impressive investment record posting a realized IRR of over 3,400%. From 2003-2005, Mr. Mimran was Vice Chairman of Milestone Merchant Partners, an investment-banking firm based in Washington, D.C.

More recently and in early 2009 Mr. Mimran teamed up with Jordan Schur, President and CEO of Suretone Records, to form a new entertainment company, Mimran-Schur Pictures, to pursue movie development and production deals in Hollywood.

Prior to moving to the United States in 2003, and for the last ten years, Mr. Mimran served as the President of Eurafrique, Sometra and Cavpa, all part of an international food processing, grain trading and shipping conglomerate owned by the Mimran Group and headquartered in Monaco with operations and extensive holdings throughout Europe and West Africa. In 1990 Mr. Mimran formed Savage Records, a music entertainment and artist management company. Some of the notable musicians that Savage had on its roster were David Bowie and Prince.

From 1999 to 2005, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) where he also served as Chairman of the Audit Committee and was a member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Mimran is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Mr. Mimran has been a strong advocate for the promotion of peace in the Middle East and is a governor of the Peres Center for Peace.

A veteran in the music and entertainment industry, Jordan Schur (Executive Producer) has a track record of creating and overseeing businesses that result in great success. Mr. Schur’s ability to bring together art and commerce began with his founding of Flip Records in 1994, discovering world-renowned artists Limp Bizkit and Staind. Flip Records went on to become one of a handful of companies to launch an artist that sold more than 1,000,000 units in one week in America.

In 1999, the then 35-year-old Schur became the youngest label head in the music industry as President of Geffen Records. Ultimately, he went on to oversee the merger of Geffen Records, MCA Records, and the acquisition of DreamWorks Records to become the newly formed Geffen Records. While there, Schur oversaw the careers of many artists including Blink 182, Snoop Dogg, The Cure, Mary J. Blige, Common, Counting Crows, Ashlee Simpson, Weezer, Nelly Furtado, Enrique Iglesias, Sigur Ros, Sonic Youth and Rob Zombie. An innovative businessman with a commitment to artists and artistic integrity, Schur championed a new generation of artists with an unrelenting work ethic and a modern approach to marketing that included grassroots efforts and new media technology. In this regard, one of Mr. Schur’s many accomplishments occurred with his creation of the hit show “The Ashlee Simpson Show” which launched on MTV, a series that was not only the top rated show in its demographic but also spawned a #1 single and a #1 album on the charts in America. Within a year, the newly merged Geffen Records became the market share leader in the industry. Under the leadership of Schur, the company sold in excess of $2 billion in music sales worldwide.

After his tenure at Geffen Records, Schur continued on with his entrepreneurial spirit and founded Suretone Entertainment Group. This multi-faceted company consists of Suretone Records, SJS Management, Suretone Entertainment, Suretone Primary Wave Publishing and Suretone Merchandise. Amongst the many endeavors of Suretone Entertainment Group, Mr. Schur continued his work in TV and launched a new MTV series “Buzzin’” for his artist Shwayze, which charted the artists’ album as the #1 iTunes album in America.

Most recently, in 2009, Schur founded Mimran-Schur Pictures with co-founder David J. Mimran, Vice Chairman of Breeden Partners, L.P. This new entertainment production company was established to pursue movie development and production deals that are aligned with their creative vision. First up on their film slate was the psychological thriller “Stone” which stars Robert DeNiro, Edward Norton and Milla Jovovich. This was followed by their second feature “Henry’s Crime,” starring Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga and James Caan.

Amongst his other ventures, Schur created fashion house Michon Schur with his wife, designer Stephanie Schur. He is also a majority partner and principal in Jordan Realty, with extensive holdings on the East Coast, including Manhattan, and in Cityside Archives, a New York City-based document retention company.

Schur currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and family.

John J. Kelly (Executive Producer) was born in Liverpool, England, and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. An early interest in the theater led John to the Entertainment industry.

John first began at Pepin-Merhi Entertainment Group, an independent production/distribution company which produced ten films per year. John was hired as the Production Controller, being quickly promoted through the ranks to the position of Unit Production Manager and then Line Producer. During a five year stay with Pepin Merhi, as the Head of Production and the sole Line Producer, John produced and supervised over seventy episodes of television, forty feature films and numerous music videos for the studio.

In 2001, John was hired as President of Production for American Cinema International. After his fourth film with the company, John broke away to produce freelance projects.

John has produced through his own production company the independent feature film, “Luminaries,” with Scott Bakula and Cheech Marin. John’s first endeavor garnered an ALMA nomination for Outstanding Feature Film in 2001. John’s second independent film venture “Finder’s Fee,” won Best Film at the 2001 Seattle Film Festival. As a producer on “Fire & Ice,” John received an Outstanding Television Movie nomination for the 2002 NAACP IMAGE Awards. Through his production company, John also produced, “Purgatory Flats” and “One Last Ride.” Ang Lee joined with John to executive produce “One Last Ride.”

During a period of six years, John produced with the Spanish entertainment company, Drimtim Entertainment, nine films in Barcelona. John has since worked with directors such as David Mamet on “Spartan,” Kevin Reynolds on “Tristan and Isolde,” Brian DePalma on “The Black Dahlia,” and Roger Donaldson on “The World’s Fastest Indian,” starring Anthony Hopkins.

John’s entire year of 2006 was spent working with Sean Penn on the critically acclaimed film, “Into The Wild.” In 2008, John produced “Gentlemen Broncos,” with director Jared Hess. John recently finished the film, “127 Hours,” directed by Danny Boyle, which received many Academy Award® nominations including one for Best Picture. Only months after finishing his work with Boyle, John produced with Lawrence Kasdan on Kasdan’s first directorial project in seven years. John is currently in production in New Orleans on “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”

Coming to the United States as a child immigrant, John’s first and foremost lesson has been that anything is possible in this country if you just work hard enough for it.

In the complex and fascinating world of film there are well known and respected directors and producers whose names stand out, but for every one of these great names there is also a Jamie Marshall (Co-Producer) working behind the scenes making it all happen. Respected for his experience, edge and fresh approach to filmmaking, Jamie Marshall is a known name in the industry both as a 1 st assistant director and more recently as a producer.

Born in the United Kingdom and raised on the numerous film sets that his father worked on, Jamie grew up observing and learning from the ever-evolving world of filmmaking. His father, Alan Marshall understood the shifts the film industry was going through in the UK and relocated his family to Los Angeles where, for 25 years, produced many films with long time friend and business partner, Alan Parker.

From the onset of his career Jamie developed a passion for organization and due largely to his tireless and incomparable work ethic, quickly climbed the ranks as an assistant director. Producers and directors alike found in him a leader and partner capable of overcoming the many obstacles and challenges the Hollywood film set can present. This successful run as an assistant director prepared Jamie for more challenging projects and saw him successfully complete over 20 studio films.

Taking advantage of his experience as a 1 st Assistant Director, Jamie was brought on to co-produce the very profitable “Twilight” film and shortly thereafter the much anticipated “Immortals” film that will be released later this year. In 2006 while working on the film “Reign Over Me,” Jamie teamed up with Producer Jeff Waxman (“The Fighter,” “Immortals”), developing a great partnership that has brought them to Relativity Media and their slate.

Having gained domestic and international recognition, Jamie Marshall has become a noted Producer and 1st Assistant Director and is developing projects with Gianni Nunnari, Mickey Rourke and Gavin O’Connor. Currently Jamie is Executive Producer on Tarsem’s “The Brothers Grimm: Snow White.”

Josh Fagin (Co-Producer) is a writer/producer based in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to “Warrior,” Josh co-produced the Warner Bros/ New Line film “Pride and Glory” starring Edward Norton, Colin Farrell and Jon Voight.

As a writer, Josh most recently adapted the true story of the Iranian human rights activist Ahmad Batebi, based on Anderson Cooper’s “60 Minutes.” Josh is currently adapting Michael Lewis’ Vanity Fair article “Wall Street on the Tundra.” With Gavin O’Connor, Josh co-wrote the screenplay “Born to Rock” for Paramount.

From 1998-2009 Josh worked as a producer and Head of Development for Gavin and Greg O’Connor’s company Solaris. Josh was involved with Solaris since its inception and was instrumental in building the company during his tenure there. In its first three years, Solaris operated under a deal at New Line; then subsequently with Paramount Television from 2005-2008. At Solaris, Josh was responsible for overseeing all of the company’s film and TV projects for numerous studios and networks.

Early in his career Josh was a production executive for Solaris on the Disney film “Miracle,” which told the story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. He associate produced “Tumbleweeds,” which won the 1999 Filmmaker’s Trophy Award at the Sundance Film Festival and for which actress Janet McTeer won a Golden Globe® and was nominated for an Academy Award®. He associate produced “The Slaughter Rule” starring Ryan Gosling; the HBO documentary “The Smashing Machine;
“My Generation” for Academy Award®-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple; and the documentary “Mule Skinner Blues” for the Sundance Channel.

Josh graduated from Cornell University and lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and two young children.

Mark Isham's (Music by) musical brilliance is evident in his memorable scores for such notable films as “ Crash” (Oscar® winner for Best Picture), “ Miracle,” “ A River Runs Through It” (Oscar® nomination for Best Score), “Nell” (Golden Globe® nomination for Best Score), “ Save The Last Dance,” “Blade,” “Don’t Say A Word,” “8 Below,” “Kiss The Girls,” “Rules of Engagement” and “ Point Break.”  Starting with his first score for “ Never Cry Wolf,” Isham’s unique voice has graced such artistic films as “ Quiz Show,” “ The Cooler,” “In The Valley of Elah,” “ Little Man Tate,” “ The Moderns” and “Fly Away Home.” He has recently scored films in a variety of genres including films such as “ The Crazies,” “The Mechanic” and “ The Conspirator.”

His lists of collaborators in film is a veritable who’s who of the entertainment industry – Robert Redford, Tom Cruise, Brian De Palm, Chick Corea, Jodie Foster, Robert Altman, Sting, Wil.I.Am, Sydney Lumet, Mick Jagger and countless others. As a performing artist, Mark has added his unique sound – melodic, moody, sexy and cool – to a wide variety of genres. He has graced the albums of such diverse artists as Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Ziggy Marley, Joni Mitchell, The Rolling Stones, Chris Isaak, and Van Morrison. 

His solo recordings span from electronica and classic jazz to hip-hop and ethnic world music, receiving worldwide critical acclaim including Grammy® nominations for his albums “ Castilla” and  “Tibet,” and a win for his Virgin Records release, “ Mark Isham.”

Brian Ross (Music Supervisor) is a music supervisor, producer, manager and consultant in the feature film and music industries. He is been an integral part of the primary creative team for over thirty feature films as music supervisor.

Brian began working as a music supervisor for independent feature films in New York City in the 1990s. His fourth film, “Tumbleweeds,” helmed by “Warrior” director Gavin O’Connor, garnered both Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominations in major categories, and won a Golden Globe® for Best Actress. In 2000, he relocated to Los Angeles and has continued to work as a music supervisor, manager and producer.

Brian’s other film credits include: “Michael Clayton,” “Miracle,” “Duplicity,” “Narc” and “Crossing Over.”

Randi Hiller (Casting by) is an award-winning casting director. With over 15 years of experience and over 80 films, she has worked on a wide range of projects extending from independent films to major studio productions and covering all genres. She has made a name for herself with her eye for talent and for going outside the normal channels to find new faces. This has led her to audition a wide range of people including actors, surfers, policemen, criminals, basketball players, breast cancer survivors, hockey players and inner city kids.

She has been nominated for 11 Casting Society of America Artios Awards and has won three. The first award was for Best Casting on an Independent Feature Film for “In the Bedroom.” This film was nominated for five Academy Awards® and numerous other accolades. Three of the five lead actors were nominated for Oscars®.

Her second Artios award was with her former business partner for Best Feature Film Casting for “Crash,” which won the Academy Award® for Best Picture in 2006. The film also won the SAG Award for Outstanding Ensemble Cast, the NAACP Image Award for Best Picture, the Hollywood Film Festival for Best Cast, and numerous other distinctions and awards. The team then worked again with director Paul Haggis on the critically acclaimed film “In the Valley of Elah” for which lead actor Tommy Lee Jones earned an Oscar® nomination.

In 2006, Ms. Hiller was invited to join the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Some of her other credits include “Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” “Life as a House,” “Miracle,” “Coach Carter,” “Pride and Glory,” “Hotel for Dogs,” “The Fast & The Furious 3 & 4,” “Terminator 3,” “Blue Crush,” “Thor” and the upcoming films “Blackbird” and “Captain America.”
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