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THINK LIKE A MAN (2012)
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Release Date: April 20, 2012
Studio: Screen Gems (Sony)
Director: Tim Story
Screenwriter: Keith Merryman, David A. Newman
Starring: Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good
Genre: Comedy, Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13

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CREW INFO

Tim Story (Director) consistently smashes stereotypes of what young, Black directors can accomplish.A graduate ofthe University of Southern California's film school, Story began directing music videos in the 1990s, bringing his cinematic style to R&B, rap and popmusic.

SoonStory made the jump to longer-form work, writing, producing, editing and directing. His 1997 indie film,One of us Tripped, won best feature in the Black Filmmaker's Hall of Fame film festival.

His success brought him into the mainstream, directing the cult classic Barbershop in 2002 and later Taxi, starring Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon, Gisele Bündchen and Jennifer Esposito.

Story'snext move was a coup of superhero proportion.Hewent from comedies to comics and directedthe greatest superhero family of all time, the Fantastic Four in 2005. The film was abonafideblockbuster, raking in over $330 million worldwide. That was fantastic enough to earn Story a sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which brought in over $289 million.

Hewent on to executive produce the Fox television series "Standoff," the comedy First Sunday and directed Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker in Hurricane Season, the true story of a high school basketball coach in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Story lives in LA with his wife and three children.

Keith Merryman & David A. Newman (Screenwriters) are best known for their Sony/Screen Gems hit comedy Friends With Benefits (starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis).

They have also written and rewritten screenplays for Paramount, Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures, Fox and Screen Gems. Also in 2011, the duo sold "Virtual Virgin," a half-hour single camera comedy for the Mark Gordon Company to ABC and an untitled stock car racing themed one-hour drama to the Starz channel.

Keith Merryman (originally from Hawaii) and David A. Newman (from Michigan) rewrote Nia Vardalos' Mother's Day for Walden Media and are currently working on Oxford for Screen Gems.

Will Packer (Producer) Three years ago, Daily Variety magazine was on the right track when they selected Will Packer as one of their "10 Producers to Watch. " Since then, Packer has produced four films for theatrical release, 3 of which have opened at #1. Packer has also been acknowledged on several high profile lists including;Black Enterprise's "Most Powerful Players Under 40", JET Magazine's "Who's Hot To Watch" andGiant magazine's "The Giant 100".In March of 2008, Packer and his business partner Rob Hardy were honored by Black Enterprise as one of the "Top 25 Money Makers in Hollywood" and early 2011 Ebony magazine recognized Packer and his business partner, Rob Hardy, on their prestigious list of "Power 100."

2011 was another monumental year for Packer. In addition to wrapping production on the film adaptation of Steve Harvey's best selling book, Act Like A Lady, Think Like a Man, opening in theaters early 2012, Packer joined forces with Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King III to launch BOUNCE TV, the first ever over-the-air broadcast television network targeting the African-American audience.

As Co-Founder and Chairman of the Atlanta based production company, Rainforest Films, Packer is responsible for producing and overseeing the company's studio financed and self-financed films and distribution projects. He co-founded Rainforest Films with his partner Rob Hardy in the summer of 1994 while both were engineering students at Florida A & M University. After graduating magna cum laude from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1996, Packer decided to forego lucrative job offers in the field of engineering to capitalize on his entrepreneurial instincts and his passion for filmmaking.

Packer recently shook up of the box office charts with his heist film Takers (2010) and continued his impressive string of movies taking the #1 spot. Packer's other number one films under the Rainforest Films' umbrella include: Stomp The Yard (2007) and Obsessed (2009) both held #1 positions at the box office. Additionally, Stomp The Yard held #1 for two weekends and received the 2007 Movie of the Year honors from the BET Hip Hop Awards while Obsessed was Sony/Screen Gems second highest opening in company history and holds the title of the biggest opening ever for a last-week-of-April release. Shortly after, Packer enjoyed the success of his holiday film This Christmas, which grossed over $50 Million worldwide. With several exciting projects in various phases of planning and production, there are still more great things to come from Packer. Packer will soon produce the yet to be titled Kemba Smith story, a dramatic true story about young girl who made headlines after President Bill Clinton granted her clemency from a 24.5-year prison sentence for conspiracy to sell drugs.

Under the Rainforest Films umbrella, Packer and Rob Hardy, partnered with Sprite to produce Sprite Step Off. One of MTV2's highest rated shows of 2010.

Mr. Packer is a dynamic and inspiring speaker ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SgH8kTsPJQ) who delivers educational and motivational speeches to industry groups, as well as youth and community groups nationwide. He has been honored with the key to the city of St. Petersburg, FL, and "Will Packer Day" has been proclaimed in the cities of Chattanooga, TN and Fort Lauderdale, FL. Packer has also been honored with the Meritorious Achievement Award from his alma mater Florida A&M University, the highest honor the University bestows.

Steve Harvey (Based upon book by; Executive Producer) is a media conglomerate personified in a man whose career began doing stand-up comedy in the mid-1980s. His success as a stand-up comedian eventually led to a long stint as host of "It's Showtime at the Apollo" and multiple TV shows and movies, serving various roles, including acting, hosting, writing and producing. He starred in ABC's "Me and The Boys"; The WB shows, "The Steve Harvey Show" and "Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge". Harvey also hit the big screen in movies such as Love Don't Cost a Thing, You Got Served, Johnson Family Vacation and Madea Goes to Jail. In 2011, Harvey celebrated his 11th year as the host of "BET's Celebration of Gospel."

Throughout his award-winning career, Harvey has never lost sight of his passion for stand-up comedy.In 1997, he toured the U.S. as one of the Kings of Comedy alongside Cedric The Entertainer, the late Bernie Mac and D.L. Hughley. The tour's immediate success led to the taping of one of the most successful comedy DVDs in history––The Original Kings of Comedy––directed by Spike Lee. In 2006, he released Don't Trip…He Ain't Through With Me Yet, a family-friendly DVD. Still Trippin' followed in 2008.

Currently, Steve Harvey is the host of the long-running syndicated game show "Family Feud." His presence since his debut as the host has rejuvenated the series and increased ratings by more than 40 percent.

Since 2000, Harvey has headlined the nationally syndicated radio program, "The Steve Harvey Morning Show." The No. 1 rated show, syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks, currently airs in over 60 markets and has approximately 7 million weekly listeners. The show has also allowed him to share relationship advice with his listeners through "The Strawberry Letter" segment, where he responds to relationship questions.

This segment's popularity led to a book deal with HarperCollins. His first book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man (released in 2009) was on the New York Times Best Sellers list for 64 weeks. Selling over 2 million copies worldwide, the book hit No. 1 in the U.S., Dubai, Malaysia and South Africa and has been translated into over 30 languages. The film rights were sold to Sony's Screen Gems Pictures.

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man's runaway success added another dimension to his life and career, as a relationship advisor. Harvey has made multiple appearances on "Good Morning America" and appeared on numerous other shows, including "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Nightline," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "The Tyra Banks Show," "The Early Show," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "Larry King Live." He has also guest-hosted "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire." He writes a relationship column in Essence magazine and launched the dating site LocateYourLove.com.

In 2010, HarperCollins released Harvey's second book, Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep, and Understand a Man, which quickly became another best seller, debuting at No. 1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list.

The popularity of "The Steve Harvey Morning Show" landed Harvey and his co-hosts on the Centric TV network, with "The Steve Harvey Project." The hour-long show captures Harvey's fast-paced radio program.

Long dedicated to philanthropy, Harvey continues his unending pursuit to further uplifting, educational opportunities with youth through The Steve Harvey Foundation. As a partner with Walt Disney World, Harvey has created the annual Disney's Dreamers Academy, a program mentoring 100 teenage boys and girls, inspiring and exposing them to a number of job skills and career opportunities. He launched "The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men" in 2009, a camp for teenage boys from around the country who are without fathers, to share insights and skills to navigate manhood. Hosting 100 boys annually in Dallas, Harvey also continues to expand the initiative in an effort to create satellite programs in 10 additional cities. His 1st Annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala was held in New York in May 2010 and raised over $1.5 million dollars. Honored by the Trumpet Awards® in January 2010 with their highest honor, the Pinnacle Award, Harvey continues to break new ground in creating and supporting programs that will make a difference in the lives of everyday people. For all that he continues to do in the community, Harvey was named Humanitarian of the Year at the 2011 BET Awards®.

In 2011, he paired with Grammy Ò award winner Kirk Franklin to kick off the first-ever Steve Harvey & Kirk Franklin Comedy Gospel Tour and marked Harvey's 9th year hosting The Hoodie Awards, the popular awards show honoring community businesses and leaders in the nation. The four-day event created by Harvey and his producing partner, Rushion McDonald, to uplift the community, is their biggest annual event.

Born in West Virginia, Harvey was raised in Ohio, the youngest of five children. A dedicated husband and father, together with his wife, Marjorie, they are parents to seven children, ranging in age from teens to 20s.

Rushion McDonald (Executive Producer) is executive producer of the nationally syndicated and highly successful radio program "The Steve Harvey Morning Show" and co-creator of The Hoodie Awards, an annual event that gives recognition to local businesses, religious establishments and community leaders serving their neighborhoods.

McDonald has also executive produced television with credits including, "Steve Harvey's Big Time," "The Steve Harvey Project," "Mobile Disaster," "Mr. Rooney's Barbershop" and E!'s "Pulled Over." He also executive produced the DVDs, Don't Trip…He Ain't Through With Me Yet and Still Trippin'. He has also been a writer for several awards shows, including the BET Awards®, Essence Awards® and the Source Awards®.

Early in his career, he held numerous producer and editor roles on shows such as "The Parkers," "The Jamie Foxx Show," "Arsenio," "ParentHood," "Me & The Boys" and "Sister, Sister."

Rob Hardy (Executive Producer) is co-founder of the Atlanta-based production company Rainforest Films. Along with his business partner, Will Packer, Hardy has catapulted Rainforest Films into mainstream success, earning numerous honors and recognitions. Most recently, they joined forces with Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King III to launch Bounce TV, the first-ever, over-the-air broadcast television network targeting the African-American audience.

He began his career during his senior year in high school with the camcorder-shot movie G-Man. While pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at Florida A & M University, he made the leap to film with the low-budget motion picture Chocolate City. This experience earned him the institution's highest honor, the Bernard Hendricks Student Leadership Award. Shortly thereafter he and Packer launched Rainforest Films.

The underground buzz on Chocolate City led to his controversial film Trois. Hardy not only directed and co-wrote the thriller, he was also instrumental in self-distributing the project to be the fastest independent African-American film to pass the $1 million mark. In 2003, after directing the critically acclaimed thriller, Pandora's Box, he added the role of producer to his credits by producing Motives. The year 2004 saw Hardy executive producing Trois 3: The Escort, and writing and directing the spiritually-themed drama, The Gospel.

Executive producing Mekhi Phifer's directorial film debut, Puff Puff Pass, was next before serving as executive producer of Stomp The Yard, which held the No. 1 position at the box office for two weekends in January of 2007 and received the 2007 Movie of the Year Award from the BET Hip Hop Awards®. Motives: Retribution and Three Can Play That Game soon followed.

Hardy's hard-earned success garnered a 2006 Best Screenplay nomination for The Gospel at the Black Movie Awards and the Hollywood Reporter listed him among the "New Establishment of Black Power Brokers" in 2002. Florida A&M University awarded him with the Meritorious Achievement Award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the institution. He also received the inaugural Woody Strode/Paul Robeson Award of Excellence from his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

As a Director, Hardy broke into network television with his January 2008 directorial debut on the Emmy Award® winning show "ER." Soon after, Black Enterprise magazine listed him among the "Top 40 Entertainers under 40" (2008). After wrapping production on the film Stomp the Yard: Homecoming, Hardy returned to television with a directing stint on the CBS series "Criminal Minds" as well as the spin-off "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior." In 2010 Hardy began directing episodes of "Vampire Diaries" and "90210" for The CW and "Bones" for Fox Television. He continued his network episodic directing with NBC's "Heroes" (the webisodes) and VH1's "Single Ladies."

His undeniable talent earned him the prestigious recognition of HBO's Director to Watch award. He was also included on Black Enterprise's 2007 Hot List of young change agents and then again on their 2008 list of "Top 25 Money Makers in Entertainment." He was also listed on Ebony magazine's "Power 100" list in 2011.

He completed studies at the New York Film Academy and directed commercial projects for clients, including CNN, TBS (Turner Broadcasting), American Honda, Coca-Cola, Georgia Lottery and The National Cancer Institute. He also serves on the advisory board for the International Feature Project (IFP) Film Lab series.

He resides in Atlanta with his wife and son.

Glenn S. Gainor (Executive Producer) is the senior vice president in charge of physical production for Sony Pictures' Screen Gems, a position he has held since January of 2007. Gainor executive produced the thriller Vacancy for Screen Gems as well as box-office hits Prom Night, Quarantine and Obsessed.
Gainor oversaw production on This Christmas, First Sunday, Lakeview Terrace, The Stepfather, Armored, The Roommate, Easy A, Straw Dogs and Country Strong. He also produced Death at a Funeral, Priest, Burlesque, starring Christina Aguilera and Cher, and the romantic comedy Friends with Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.

Gainor is the 2009 recipient of the California on Location (COLA) Signature Award®, given in appreciation for his efforts in preserving California's film industry. Gainor also served as keynote speaker at the COLA Awards.

Other producing credits include the comedy Strange Wilderness for Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions, Grandma's Boy, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, Sonny, directed by Nicolas Cage, Starship Troopers 2 and the thriller, Skeletons in the Closet.
Gainor served as line producer on A Rumor of Angels as well as the critically acclaimed Panic, directed by Henry Bromell. He co-produced George Hickenlooper's The Man from Elysian Fields, as well as Happy, Texas. Gainor produced the musical Sneaux for the stage with Ovation Award-winning director Andy Fickman.

Next up for the graduate of California State University, Northridge's film program is Planet B Boy/Battle of the Year, a feature film based on the documentary about an annual international break-dance competition.

Larry Blanford (Director of Photography) got his start in the Air Force, where he spent 9 years, 7 of which he was an Air Force Cinematographer. He traveled around the world shooting stories for the Air Force monthly film called AF Now.

Along with regular cinematography, he has also spent quite a bit of time in the air, eventually accumulating around 400 hrs in various AF Aircrafts including the F4, F5, F15, and F16.

In August of 1985 he took a month's leave from the air force and was hired to shoot aerials footage from the back of an F14 for Top Gun.

He currently resides in Los Angeles.

Chris Cornwell (Production Designer) Has a career that spans 20 years during which time he has served as both Production Designer and Art Director for a number of feature films and television projects.In addition toPlanet B-boy, he is currently designing Think Like a Man also for Screen Gems.Prior to these films, he designed the feature film Cursed and several episodes of the television series Glory Days and Wasteland for creator Kevin Williamson.

Chris recently served as Art Director for the highly successful feature film Footloose along with The Ides of March and The Roommate.His other film credits include Burlesque, Takers, Death at a Funeral, Armored, Obsessed, Quarantine, Prom Night, Gone Baby Gone, Vacancy, Crank, Stick It, The Dukes of Hazzard, 13 Going on 30, Daddy Day Care, America's Sweethearts, Driven, Flick, Lost Souls, Instinct, Where's Marlowe?, A Smile Like Yours, House Arrest, Black Sheep, Unstrung Heroes and While You Were Sleeping.

For television, he provided Art Director work for Deep Red, Curacao, Cooperstown, Seduction: Three Tales from the 'Inner Sanctum', The Lounge People, Wildflower and Just Say Julie.

Chris got his start in the world of Art Direction as an assistant working on such films asWedlock, Phenomenon, Teaching Mrs. TingleandThe Kid.

Peter S. Elliot (Editor) first became interested in filmmaking as a teenager and began to pursue his career while studying film at California State University, Northridge, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in film. His career dates back to 1987, where he began his work in the field of post production as an assistant sound editor. After establishing himself, he transitioned to picture editorial, where he was given opportunities to edit partial or complete sequences with both the editor and/or director.

Most notably to date, he was the visual effects editor on Fantastic Four and editor for the sequel, Rise of the Silver Surfer. Elliot also edited the huge box-office hit, Hop, as well as Alvin & The Chipmunks and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties for Hill and Illumination Entertainment. He collaborated with director Paul Scheuring on his suspense/thriller The Experiment, starring Forest Whitaker and Adrien Brody.

He also edited the disaster film, 2012, which he received a nomination for a Golden Satellite Award. Prior to 2012, he was the additional film editor on The Day After Tomorrow, with Editor David Brenner. He also worked as the visual effects editor on the high-profile films Godzilla and Independence Day. He was the additional film editor on Universal Soldier.

Included among Elliot's other editing credits are the Emmy®-nominated pilot, "The Visitor" and the independent film, Coronado. Elliot also edited various short films that include Pharoah's Heart, which was awarded "Best Short" in the prestigious Dance's With Films festival. Additional feature credits include Elliot's work as a visual effects editor on Daredevil, Blade II, Dr. Dolittle 2, Hollowman, Stigmata and Volcano.

Christopher Lennertz (Music by) is a composer, producer, conductor, and arranger for film, television, video games, and records. He first made a splash with his breakout score for Alvin and the Chipmunks, which has grossed over $360 million worldwide. Since then he's proven his steadfast talent through films like the highly anticipated star-studded comedy Horrible Bosses (Warner Brothers), and the recent box office smash Hop (Universal Pictures).

Lennertz' adeptness for a multitude of genres has put him on the map time and time again. His knack for comedy is undeniable through films like The Comebacks, The Perfect Holiday and the cult classic spoofs Vampires Suck and Meet the Spartans. He's also contributed his unique brand of humor to several hit family films including Marmaduke and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Furthermore, he's tapped into the indie world, scoring critically acclaimed films like Alfred P. Sloan winner Adam (Fox Searchlight) and Tortilla Heaven, which garnered him the very first FilmMusic award for Best Independent Film Score.

While Chris has achieved huge success in lighter genres, his real start was in the action-adventure world with projects like Clive Barker's Saint Sinner, for which he was named Best New Composer by Cinemusic. On the television side, his long time run on the series Supernatural led to an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Underscore in a Drama Series. He's also celebrated for his video game scores with major sellers like Steven Spielberg's Medal of Honor series including Rising Sun which won Best Original Score from the prestigious Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. He followed up with work on James Bond 007: From Russia With Love, Quantum of Solace and the hugely popular Gun, among others.

Lennertz has worked with distinguished artists such as Basil Poledouris, Michael Kamen, Dave Grusin, Ozomatli, The RZA, and Alien Ant Farm as members of Pearl Jam, Jane's Addiction, and The Dave Matthews Band. His groundbreaking collaboration with Ozomatli on their record Street Signs garnered a Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock Album. Still early in his career, he has already scored 41 feature films, 5 network television series, many of the world's biggest interactive titles, and has spent weeks on the Billboard charts. Christopher Lennertz is drawing excitement as one of the freshest and most versatile young composers in Hollywood.

Salvador Perez (Costume Designer) designs for both film and television. His TV credits include the Lifetime network film, "William and Kate," the ABC drama "Castle," the Starz network comedy "Party Down," the vampire drama "Moonlight" and three seasons of "Veronica Mars."

His feature film credits include Zack and Miri Make a Porno, directed by Kevin Smith; Drumline and Mr. 3000, directed by Charles Stone III and Fox's Chasing Papi, directed by Linda Mendoza. He also designed and Catch That Kid, Soul Food, Men of Honor and Faster.

Before becoming a costume designer, Salvador worked as an assistant costume designer and costume manufacturing foreman, running the workrooms and building costumes for films such as Stargate, The Flintstones, Barb Wire, Casper, The Brady Bunch, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, The Phantom and the Oscar® award-winning epic Titanic.

Born and raised in California's Central Valley, Perez makes his home in Los Angeles.

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