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Tom Shadyac (Director/Producer) began his directing career with Jim Carrey’s breakout hit Ace Ventura: Pet Detective in 1994, and his films have since delighted millions with their winning combination of humor, heart and an ultimate belief in the human spirit. He followed Ace Ventura with the smash hit The Nutty Professor, which starred Eddie Murphy, then re-teamed with Carrey and Grazer for the 1997 sensation Liar Liar. More recently, Shadyac directed Robin Williams in the Golden Globe-nominated Patch Adams, yet another big hit, this time successfully blending comedy and drama. He also executive-produced Murphy’s popular return in Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, and directed Kevin Costner in the supernatural drama Dragonfly. Currently, he serves as executive producer on ABC’s 8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter.

Shadyac formed Shady Acres Entertainment, a production company based at Universal Pictures, which is currently developing several films in addition to television projects.

Shadyac moved to Los Angeles in 1983 after graduating from the University of Virginia. At age 23, he became the youngest staff joke writer for Bob Hope.

James D. Brubaker (Producer), one of the motion picture industry's
most respected and accomplished producers, has worked on more than 50 films and countless television programs. His recent credits as executive

producer include Tom Shadyac's Liar Liar, starring Jim Carrey, and Dragonfly, starring Kevin Costner; A Walk in the Clouds, with Keanu Reeves and Anthony Quinn; Nutty Professor II: The Klumps and Life, both of which featured Eddie Murphy. He served as producer of the multi-award-winning Gia, starring Angelina Jolie, and was co-producer of The Nutty Professor, also directed by Tom Shadyac.

Brubaker began his industry career as a driver for MGM, become the studio's head of transportation, and eventually gained experience in all phases of filmmaking. Among his early credits, as production manager, are Raging Bull, Comes A Horseman and New York, New York; he was associate producer on Rhinestone, Rocky III and True Confessions; line producer on Patty Hearst; and co-producer on Rambo III. Among the films for which Brubaker served as producer or executive producer are Cobra, Rocky IV and The Right Stuff.

In 2000, Brubaker teamed with Tom Shadyac in the director's production company, Shady Acres, and in February 2003 was appointed President of Physical Production for Universal Pictures. Off the set, Brubaker devotes his time to inspiring young people as a teacher and lecturer at UCLA and USC, and as a board member of Streetlights, a training program in the film crafts for disadvantaged inner-city youths. He creates

Opportunities for these trainees on his films, providing them with the experience necessary to forge careers in the business.

Michael Bostick (Producer)
joined Tom Shadyac’s company Shady Acres Entertainment in 2000 as a producer after nearly a decade with Imagine Entertainment, where he served as President of Production and was responsible for bringing in and supervising two of the company’s most successful films, Apollo 13 (as associate producer) and Liar Liar (as executive producer), which earned $297 million worldwide. Most recently, he served as Executive Producer on Universal Pictures’ Dragonfly. Currently, he executive produces 8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter for ABC, winner of People’s Choice Awards for Best New Comedy Series in 2002

In 1998, Bostick won an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Producers Guild Award for producing the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. The show was also honored with awards for Best Miniseries from both the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Television Critics Association.

Bostick started his career at Walt Disney and Touchstone Pictures as a creative executive for two years before joining Imagine. He received a Master’s Degree from the Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television.

Roger Birnbaum (Executive Producer)
founded Spyglass Entertainment with partner Gary Barber; they share the title of Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. The company develops and finances all of its projects independently.

Instinct, starring Anthony Hopkins and Cuba Gooding, Jr., was the first Spyglass Entertainment film, released in 1999, followed by The Sixth Sense; the record breaking hit starring Bruce Willis. Other significant Spyglass hits include Rush Hour 2, which re-teamed Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, Shanghai Noon, starring Chan and Owen Wilson, Unbreakable, the hit follow-up from Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan, and Keeping The Faith, the directing debut of actor Edward Norton.

The company recently produced The Recruit, which opened number one at the box office and starred Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, directed by Roger
Donaldson; and Shanghai Knights, the sequel to Shanghai Noon, which opened number two at the box office. Both films remained in the top five at the box office for five weeks.

Birnbaum¹s next Spyglass release, Seabiscuit is due out this summer, and is being directed by Gary Ross and stars Tobey McGuire and Jeff Bridges. Currently Birnbaum is producing Connie & Carla, directed by Michael Lembeck (The Santa Clause 2) and written by Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding). He is also working on Mr. 3000 starring Bernie Mac (Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle).

Other recent projects include; Reign of Fire with Richard Zanuck (Driving Miss Daisy, Jaws, The Sting), which Rob Bowman (The X-Files) directed. Abandon, a film directed and written by Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) and starring Benjamin Bratt and Katie Holmes. The Count of Monte Cristo,
directed by Kevin Reynolds and starring Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce and Richard Harris. It was filmed on location in Ireland and Malta. Spyglass
previously teamed with Tom Shadyac on the director¹s supernatural drama Dragonfly, starring Kevin Costner.

Prior to founding Spyglass, Birnbaum, through Caravan Pictures (the
production company he helped build with partner Joe Roth), was responsible for such box office hits as Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2, Six Days/Seven Nights, Inspector Gadget, Grosse Pointe Blank, The Three Musketeers, Angels In The Outfield and While You Were Sleeping. Before joining Caravan, Birnbaum held the title of President of Worldwide Production and Executive Vice President of Twentieth Century Fox, where he developed such films as Home Alone, Sleeping With The Enemy, Edward Scissorhands, Hot Shots, My Cousin Vinny, The Last Of The Mohicans, Die Hard 2 and Mrs. Doubtfire, among others. Prior to Fox, Birnbaum was the President of World Wide Production at United Artists.

Earlier in his career, he produced the popular The Sure Thing, directed by Rob Reiner, and Young Sherlock Holmes, in association with Steven Spielberg¹s Amblin Entertainment. For television, he executive produced the telefilms Scandal Sheer, Happily Ever After, When Your Lovers Leave and the Emmy award-winning All The Kids Do It.

Born in Teaneck, New Jersey, and educated at the University of Denver, Birnbaum was Vice President of A&M Records and Arista Records, and a senior executive with the Robert Stigwood Organization before entering the film business.

Gary Barber (Executive Producer)
founded Spyglass Entertainment with partner Roger Birnbaum, where they share the title of Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Spyglass released the blockbuster film The Sixth Sense, starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment (cume $661 million worldwide), which garnered six Academy Award® nominations.

Spyglass has begun production and Barber is producing Connie & Carla, written by and starring Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), and directed by Michael Lembeck (The Santa Clause 2); and Mr. 3000, starring Bernie Mac (Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.) Barber is currently executive producing Seabiscuit, the story of the legendary racehorse and a jockey who overcame insurmountable odds to launch the greatest comeback in history and became the inspiration of a nation. Directed by Gary Ross, starring Tobey Maquire and Jeff Bridges. The film is slated for a July 25th release.

Recently, Barber produced The Recruit, starring Al Pacino and Colin Farrell, and directed by Roger Donaldson; and Shanghai Nights, the hit sequel to Shanghai Noon.

Spyglass Entertainment’s motion picture slate also includes: The Count of Monte Cristo, a remake of the classic, directed by Kevin Reynolds (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,) starring Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, and Richard Harris; Dragonfly, a supernatural thriller, starring Kevin Costner and directed by Tom Shadyac ; Reign of Fire, a sci-fi / action adventure, directed by Rob Bowman (“X-Files.”); Keeping the Faith, a romantic comedy starring Ben Stiller and Edward Norton; Shanghai Noon an action comedy, starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson; and the Academy Award® nominated film The Insider, starring Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, and directed by Michael Mann. Barber also served as an executive producer on the hit film Unbreakable, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, starring Bruce Willis.

Barber has produced or executive produced over 40 feature films including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and its highly successful sequel, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls; and the 1991 blockbuster, Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, starring Kevin Costner, Young Guns II, and Pacific Heights.

Linda Fields-Hill (Associate Producer)
has been associated with Jim Carrey near almost 10 years. She first worked with the actor on Dumb and Dumber, Batman Forever, The Cable Guy and The Truman Show before becoming associate producer of Me, Myself & Irene, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Majestic.

Janet Wattles (Associate Producer)
continues her association with producer James D. Brubaker and director/producer Tom Shadyac as associate producer of Bruce Almighty. Previously, Wattles served as production accountant on The Nutty Professor and Liar, Liar, production supervisor on Nutty Professor II: The Klumps and associate producer of Dragonfly, all of which were Shadyac/Brubaker collaborations. She was also production supervisor of Gia and Life, and production accountant on additional photography for Problem Child, all of which were produced by Brubaker.

Immediately upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics from the University of California in Santa Barbara, Wattles entered motion pictures as a production assistant on Meteor, followed by two years as a staff accountant at Filmways Pictures. She then became an assistant accountant on several films, including Death Wish II, Losin’ It, Best Friends and Iceman.

Wattles began an association with director John Landis and producer George Folsey, Jr. when she was asked to be post-production accountant on Into the Night. She then served as production accountant on the team’s Spies Like Us, Three Amigos and Coming to America, also working with Landis as a production supervisor on Oscar and Innocent Blood, and with Folsey on The Scout and Greedy. She was also production accountant on Bye Bye Love.

Steve Koren (Screenwriter) was a writer and co-producer of Seinfeld. Earlier, he was a writer of Saturday Night Live, writing feature film spinoffs of characters created on the comedy series, A Night at the Roxbury and Superstar, both of which he also co-produced.

Mark O’Keefe (Screenwriter) has written series episodes of NewsRadio, Kelly Kelly and Jesse.

Steve Oedekerk (Screenwriter) has quickly established a multi-faceted career that includes producing, directing, writing, acting, stand-up comedy and animation.

He has written and directed films that have grossed over $1 billion in worldwide box office, recently received a Best Animated Film Academy Award nomination for Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius as well as starring in and directing the wild retro-martial arts comedy Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, which grossed its entire budget on the opening weekend. In addition, Oedekerk has appeared in the top comedy clubs in America, starred in and created television specials for NBC, ABC and UPN. In the world of animation, he has created original programming and supports them with groundbreaking technology.

In addition to Bruce Almighty, Oedekerk’s wide array of current projects includes the further expansion of the Jimmy Neutron franchise, for Nickelodeon and Paramount, with a second feature film in the works, as well as 40 episodes of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron with over $100 million dollars of sponsor support.

Oedekerk’s company, O Entertainment, is also leading the way with the first IMAX 3D animated film, Santa vs. the Snowman, which was released in November 2002. Oedekerk also created “Thumbmation” technology, which will mark its debut in a series of Thumb Parody projects to be distributed worldwide on DVD and video by Image Entertainment. Kicking off the series is Thumb Wars, a send-up of the Star Wars Trilogy. Five more films will follow in 202, including Thumbtanic, Bat Thumb and The Godthumb.

His writing credits include some of the most successful movies in recent history. While writing on the Fox series In Living Color, Oedekerk collaborated with Jim Carrey on the surprise hit comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, contributing to the film as an unbilled writer. When that film became a break-out success, Oedekerk was asked to write and direct its sequel, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, which proved to be one of those rare sequels that surpassed the box office gross of the original.

Following the success of the Ace Ventura franchise, Oedekerk wrote The Nutty Professor, which became one of the highest-grossing films of 1996. He also wrote, directed and appeared (in a scene-stealing cameo) in Nothing to Lose, starring Tim Robbins and Martin Lawrence. He then went on to write the box office smash and Golden Globe nominated Patch Adams starring Robin Williams. On the small screen, Oedekerk directed, wrote and starred in his own television special for NBC, produced an animated Christmas special for ABC as well as the original Thumb Wars special for UPN.

Oedekerk resides in Southern California with his wife, two children and a badger, pound for pound known to be the most vicious mammal on the planet.

Dean Semler (Director of Photography)
won an Academy Award for his work on Kevin Costner’s epic of the American West, Dances With Wolves. One of the world’s most accomplished cinematographers, Semler has photographed a wide range of productions both in his native Australia, the United States and around the world.

Semler began his career as a camera operator at a local television station photographing news stories. This led to a nine-year-long stint at Film Australia, where he made documentaries and anthropological films for educational and research purposes. His first credit as feature cinematographer was Stepping Out in 1980.

In Australia, Semler served as cinematographer for Hoodwink, the now classic futuristic thriller The Road Warrior and its followup Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Razorback (for which he won an Australian Film Institute Award), The Coca-Cola Kid, The Lighthorsemen and Dead Calm. His U.S. credits have included Young Guns and Young Guns II, Cocktail, Farewell to the King, City Slickers, The Power of One, The Three Musketeers, The Cowboy Way, Waterworld, The Bone Collector, Eye See You, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Heartbreakers and Dragonfly. Semler most recently photographed Randall Wallace’s powerful Vietnam War drama We Were Soldiers, starring Mel Gibson, followed by the Summer 2002 action blockbuster XXX, starring Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson. Following the completion of his work on Bruce Almighty, Semler segued to photograph the epic historical drama Alamo on Texas locations. Semler also directed the action feature Firestorm.

For television, Semler photographed Return to Eden in Australia, and in the U.S., Passion Flower. He also served as cinematographer and second unit director of the television miniseries Lonesome Dove and Son of the Morning Star.

During the filming of XXX, it was announced that Semler was the recipient of a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Linda DeScenna (Production Designer)
began her career as a set decorator and was one of the first three women to join the set decorators union as a set dresser. She received her first Academy Award nomination in 1980 for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Four nominations for set decoration followed for her work on Blade Runner, The Color Purple, Rain Man and Toys.

DeScenna became a production designer on Barry Levinson’s Jimmy Hollywood and went on to design A Family Thing, Father of the Bride II, Mouse Hunt, Galaxy Quest and three collaborations with director Tom Shadyac, Patch Adams, Liar Liar and Dragonfly. She most recently worked on Bringing Down the House with director Adam Shankman.

Judy Ruskin Howell (Costume Designer)
was born in Philadelphia and attended the Tyler School of Fine Arts there and in Rome. She designed costumes for three previous Tom Shadyac films, Patch Adams, Liar Liar and Dragonfly. Her career includes a diverse collection of films including the period drama Remember the Titans, Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer and Albert Brooks’ Mother.

She designed for Alfonso Arau on A Walk in the Clouds, and for three films in which Billy Crystal starred, Forget Paris, City Slickers and City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold. Her costume designs were featured in Forest Whitaker’s Waiting to Exhale and Nora Ephron’s Sleepless in Seattle. Howell made her debut on Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July. Her other credits include My Life, Jennifer Eight, Man Trouble and Young Guns II. For television, she designed for the series Kojak and the pilot Equal Justice.

Scott Hill (Film Editor)
has previously worked with Tom Shadyac as an assistant editor on Liar Liar and Patch Adams and Dragonfly. Hill was also the negative cutter on Steven Soderbergh’s landmark independent film sex, lies and videotape.

Recently, Hill was one of the editors of the romantic comedy Just Married.

John Debney (Composer) has been a successful composer of film music for more than 15 years. He previously worked with director Tom Shadyac on Liar Liar and Dragonfly.

Debney’s early credits include such television series as Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Young Riders, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and such Steven Spielberg productions as SeaQuest DSV, the pilot Class of ‘61 and animated Tiny Toon Adventures, winning three Emmys along the way. His numerous feature films have included White Fang II: Myth of the White Wolf, Little Giants (another Spielberg production), Houseguest, Cutthroat Island, The Relic, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Paulie, Inspector Gadget, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, End of Days, Michael Jordan to the Max, The Replacements, The Emperor’s New Groove, See Spot Run, Spy Kids, Heartbreakers, Cats & Dogs, The Princess Diaries, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Snow Dogs, The Scorpion King and Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams.

Bill Taylor (Visual Effect Supervisor)
is co-owner and director of photography at Illusion Arts, Inc.

While he was in junior high school, Taylor began a life-long interest in stage magic and sleight-of-hand. Ray Harryhausen’s miraculous effects in the movie fantasy Jason and the Argonauts seemed like magic on an enormous scale, and inspired him to seek a career in visual effects.

Taylor spent 10 years as an optical cameraman; during that time he learned Petro Vlahos’ Color Difference composite process from the inventor and became a specialist in blue-screen photography and compositing. After a stint with Linwood Dunn at Film Effects of Hollywood, Taylor moved to Universal Studios to work for another longtime friend and mentor, visual effects artist Albert Whitlock. The Hindenburg, his first film with Whitlock, won the Oscar for visual effects; Taylor continued with Whitlock until the latter’s retirement in 1984.

In 1985 Taylor and his matte artist colleague, Syd Dutton, founded Illusion Arts, Inc. They have credits on more than 160 films, most recently The Time Machine, The Score, for which Taylor supervised the effects, and The Fast and the Furious, with Illusion Arts leading a consortium of three effects companies. Taylor also supervised the Hughes Brothers’ From Hell and served as a consultant on The Lord of the Rings, for which he devised the “moving camera trick perspective” scheme which allowed hobbits and normal size humans to co-exist in-camera, without post-production compositing.

Previously, Taylor supervised effects for Gus Van Sant’s recreation of Psycho, The Jackal and The Birdcage, and co-supervised Daylight, The Age of Innocence, Cape Fear and Coming to America, among others. Taylor also shot miniatures for Clockstoppers, Red Planet and Daylight.

Taylor won an Emmy Award for the mini-series A.D. and an Academy Scientific/Technical Award for compositing technology. He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers and Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Visual Effects Society. Taylor is in his third term as a Governor of the Motion Picture Academy, where he had the privilege of hosting an Academy tribute evening in honor of his early inspiration, Ray Harryhausen.

Taylor is the co-author with Petro Vlahos of the chapter on digital compositing in the current Eighth Edition of the American Cinematographer Manual. In his spare time, he creates stage illusions for professional magicians around the world.

David Kelsey (Special Effects Coordinator)
began his career working in various special effects capacities on such films as John Carpenter’s The Thing, Weird Science, Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China and Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy. He soon became either special effects supervisor or coordinator on a number of films, among them Indecent Proposal, The Craft, Mad City, BASEketball, Message in a Bottle, Anywhere But Here, The Bachelor, Next Friday, Dude, Where’s My Car? and Legally Blonde.

Mickey Gilbert (2nd Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator)
is a famed 2nd unit director/stunt coordinator with more than three decades of experience. Just a sampling of his numerous credits are When the Legends Die, Junior Bonner, The Milagro Beanfield War, Old Gringo, Freejack, Young Guns II, City Slickers, City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold, Stir Crazy, Problem Child, When A Man Loves A Woman, Above the Law, The Last of the Mohicans, Waterworld, Meet the Deedles, The Horse Whisperer and National Security.

Gilbert previously worked with Tom Shadyac on The Nutty Professor, Liar Liar and Dragonfly, and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, which Shadyac executive produced.

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