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CHASING MAVERICKS is the inspirational true story of surfing phenom Jay Moriarity (newcomer Jonny Weston). When 15 year old Jay discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, is near his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler) to train him to survive it. As Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to do the impossible, they form a unique friendship that transforms their lives, and their quest to tame Mavericks becomes about more than surfing. CHASING MAVERICKS was made with the help of some of the biggest names in the surfing world, and features some of the most mind-blowing wave footage ever captured on film.

Fox 2000 Pictures and Walden Media present a Gran Via / Deuce Three production, starring Gerard Butler in CHASING MAVERICKS. The film also stars Jonny Weston, Elisabeth Shue, and Abigail Spencer. The music supervisor is Andrea Von Foerster, the score is by Chad Fischer, and the costume designer is Sophie De Rakoff. Scott E. Anderson is the visual effects supervisor; John Gilbert, A.C.E. is the editor; and Ida Random is the production designer. Bill Pope, ASC is the director of photography; and the executive producers are Gerard Butler, Alan Siegel, Georgia Kacandes, and David Weil. The film is produced by Curtis Hanson, Mark Johnson, Brandon Hooper and Jim Meenaghan. The screenplay was written by Kario Salem, from a story by Jim Meenaghan & Brandon Hooper. The film was directed by Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted.

There is a saying that if you hail from the Northern California town of Santa Cruz, you are born with a surfboard in one hand and a skateboard in the other. But that isn’t the only adage the seaside community abides by. The residents are also fiercely true to the motto “Live Like Jay,” a saying – and a lifestyle – dedicated to the memory of a local surfer named Jay Moriarity. Jay was a rising star in the world of big wave surfing when his life ended much too soon. And while he gained international notoriety for his fearless wave riding, it was his personal spirit – driven by kindness, an infectious enthusiasm, and an absolute fervor for life – that was truly unforgettable.

Jay’s neighbor was Frosty Hesson, a surfer who became a friend, mentor, father figure – and so much more – to Jay. Michael Apted (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”), who shared directing duties with Curtis Hanson (“8 Mile”), explains: “The initial relationship between Frosty and Jay is mentor and pupil. As the story develops, their bond becomes more complicated, more emotional, and more in the territory of father and son. By the end of the story, the child is father to the man. So the movement of the film is a bit of a role reversal as to who is the mentor.”

Gerard Butler and newcomer Jonny Weston bring Frosty and Jay to life on the big screen. Butler, who following his triumphant success as a peerless warrior in “300,” has become one of today’s most versatile and in-demand actors, is, says Apted, “a movie star and the rock on which we built CHASING MAVERICKS. He dramatized the internal struggles that Frosty must navigate in the course of the film. A lot of the cast were young and were able to learn from Gerard’s experience.”

Jonny Weston was among those benefiting from Butler’s experience and talent – especially given the fact that CHASING MAVERICKS is the young star’s major motion picture debut. Apted elaborates: “Jonny brings a freshness and curiosity to the role. He could have been intimidated by the challenges, but he had the ability to listen and learn. Once Jonny saw the way through a problem, he doggedly stuck with it.”

“Jonny is Jay,” adds producer Brandon Hooper. “There was just this purity in his eyes and in his spirit.”

Butler notes that one of the film’s key themes is: connections. “In many ways, the film is about connecting with nature, to spirituality, and connecting with another person. The connection that grows between Frosty and Jay is the most compelling aspect of the story. But there are several more relationships that shape both Jay and Frosty, including, notes director Curtis Hanson, “Jay’s relationship with his girlfriend and future wife Kim; Jay’s relationship with his mother; and Frosty’s relationship with his wife and his little child.”

“There are interesting relationships in this story, which help dramatize the emotion of the piece,” says Apted. “I’m drawn in by that emotion and look for unusual relationships to help express it. But I also thought that big wave surfing was a spectacular and unusual world in which to set the story. I felt we were in original territory.”

The connection between Weston and Butler mirrored the one they were depicting. “From the second Jonny screen tested, everybody fell in love with him. We really had a kind of Jay-Frosty / mentor-friend relationship; it was very much life imitating art.”

JAY’S WORLD

Brandon Hooper and producer Jim Meenaghan – who together wrote the story – went directly to Frosty Hesson and Jay’s widow, Kim Moriarity, for permission to bring Jay and Frosty’s journey to the big screen. Other filmmakers had previously approached them, but Hooper and Meenaghan’s enthusiasm and ideas made Kim and Frosty comfortable with the idea of a film inspired by Jay’s life. Hooper notes, “Kim and Frosty have been supportive throughout the entire project, and we were grateful they entrusted us to tell the story. We wanted to do justice to them and, especially, to Jay.”

When director Curtis Hanson came on board the project, he joined Hooper and Meenaghan in Santa Cruz for scouting expeditions and research. “I met Frosty and Kim, and had long talks with them,” Hanson says. “We told them our film would resonate because everyone will identify with the struggles of these characters, and knowing that they’re based on real people will strengthen that identification and the emotional connections.”

Gerard Butler and Jonny Weston, like the producers and directors, immersed themselves in the world of Jay and Frosty. Weston shares, “I came to Santa Cruz and basically got adopted by Frosty and Kim and by some of Jay’s closest friends. They took me in and they told me everything they know about Jay.”

CHASING MAVERICKS was filmed on locations where much of Jay’s life unfolded, including Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay and Mavericks itself, as well as residential streets where the real-life characters’ actual homes had been situated. “It’s beautiful that we were able to film where everything really happened,” says Butler. “It’s great for the story because it gives it an additional layer of verisimilitude.”

LIVE LIKE JAY

In addition to Frosty and Kim, many others who crossed paths with Jay participated in the film, including legendary surfboard shaper Bob Pearson, photographer Bob Barbour – and one thousand Santa Cruz locals who served as extras in a scene that reenacts Jay’s legendary triumph at Mavericks. The Santa Cruz community was thrilled to celebrate and share the legacy of “Live Like Jay.”

Hooper explains, “Ten years after Jay’s passing, there’s so much love still out there for him. These people did not turn out for the scene because this was a big Hollywood movie; they turned out for Jay.” Gerard Butler adds, “I’ve never heard people talk about anybody so positively as they did about Jay Moriarty. He touched people’s lives, had a kind word for everybody, and he affected an entire community. They all just wanted to be a part of that and were so proud that this story is being told.”

Weston adds, “Everybody recognized Jay’s purity and his selflessness. And whatever it was that made people love seeing Jay, whatever that energy he was putting out, people couldn’t really describe it. Everybody just knew what it meant.”

The filmmakers did not have to look far to find an impressive list of big wave surfers who wanted to participate in the making of CHASING MAVERICKS. In doing so, they paid tribute to an impressive legacy: When Jay had what was considered the biggest surfing wipeout to date and shortly thereafter rode the perfect wave, it changed the world of big wave surfing forever.

CHASING MAVERICKS rides into theaters everywhere October 26.

ABOUT THE CAST

GERARD BUTLER (Frosty Hesson, Executive Producer) is a gifted actor with a striking charm and humor, who has impressed audiences in roles that cross all ends of the spectrum.

This year, Butler will star in in the Gabriele Muccino-directed film “Playing for Keeps,” to be released December 7. Butler portrays a retired world famous soccer star who tries to rebuild his relationship with his son and ex-wife by coaching his son’s soccer team.

Butler is currently in production on Antoine Fuqua’s White House-set action thriller “Olympus Has Fallen,” where he stars opposite Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Rick Yune, Ashley Judd and Robert Forster. Butler plays a former Secret Service agent trying to stop Korean terrorists who have infiltrated the White House and taken the president (Eckhart) hostage. The Nu Image/Millennium Films movie is set for release in 2014.

Butler solidified himself as a leading man when he starred as the bold and heroic King Leonidas in Zack Snyder's blockbuster film “300.” The film broke box office records in its opening weekend and went on to earn more than $450 million worldwide.

In 2011, Butler starred in “Machine Gun Preacher,” directed by Marc Forster. The film was based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who have been forced to become soldiers. Butler also starred in the critically acclaimed film “Coriolanus” about the relationship of authority, power, and the emotions that drive them. The film is based on the Shakespearean play. Butler stars alongside Ralph Fiennes, who also directed the film.

In March of 2010 Butler voiced the lead character, Stoick, in the DreamWorks Oscar nominated animated film, “How to Train Your Dragon.”

Butler has appeared in a wide variety of films spanning all genres including: “The Bounty Hunter,” opposite Jennifer Aniston; Robert Luketic’s “The Ugly Truth,” opposite Katherine Heigl; Lionsgate’s “Gamer”; Guy Ritchie's “RocknRolla,” with Thandie Newton and Jeremy Piven; “Nim’s Island,” with Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin; “P.S. I Love You,” with Hilary Swank; “Beowulf & Grendel”; “The Game of Their Lives”; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera”; the independent feature “Dear Frankie,” opposite Emily Mortimer; “Timeline”; “Lara Croft Tomb Raider”: “The Cradle of Life”; “Reign of Fire”; and John Madden’s award-winning drama “Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown,” starring Judi Dench. His early film work includes roles in “Harrison’s Flowers,” “One More Kiss,” “Fast Food,” and the screen adaptation of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard.”

Butler launched a production shingle with his longtime manager Alan Siegel in March 2008. Their debut project, “Law Abiding Citizen,” starring Butler, grossed over $100 million worldwide and became Overture Films’ most lucrative opening to date.

Butler is a board member of Artists for Peace and Justice. APJ was established in 2009 and is a fundraising effort founded by Paul Haggis that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty and enfranchisement in communities around the world.

JONNY WESTON (Jay Moriarity) hails from South Carolina and began his career in New York, where he had a featured role in the indie film “Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You” with Marcia Gay Harden. Jonny later moved to Los Angeles, where he appeared in the indie features “Sugar,” “John Dies at the End” (which premiered at Sundance in January 2012), “Under the Bed,” and most recently, “Cherry,” with James Franco.

ELISABETH SHUE (Kristy Moriarity) has had an extensive film career that garners the respect and admiration of fans and critics alike. Shue’s performance in “Leaving Las Vegas,” opposite Nicolas Cage, earned her an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress. She also received a Best Actress award from the Los Angeles Film Critics, the Chicago Film Critics, the National Society of Film Critics, as well as nominations for an Independent Spirit Award, Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Award® for her role in the film.

Most recently, Shue has been seen in Relativity’s “House at the End of the Street,” opposite Jennifer Lawrence; David M. Rosenthal’s “Janie Jones” with Abigail Breslin; and as the female lead in the CBS series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Earlier this year, she starred opposite Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell in David Frankel’s “Hope Springs.”

Shue’s other film credits include: “Hamlet 2” opposite Catherine Keener and Steve Coogan; Davis Guggenheim’s “Gracie” (which Shue co-produced); Katherine Brooks’ “Waking Madison” opposite Sarah Roemer; “Hide & Seek” opposite Dakota Fanning and Robert De Niro; Gregg Araki’s “Mysterious Skin”; “Dreamer”; “Amy and Isabelle,” produced by Oprah Winfrey; “Hollow Man” with Josh Brolin and Kevin Bacon; John Duigan’s “Molly”; Woody Allen’s “Deconstructing Harry”; Phillip Noyce’s “The Saint”; as well as earlier projects including “The Karate Kid,” “Adventures in Babysitting,” “Cocktail,” “Back to the Future Parts I and II,” “Soapdish,” and “Radio Inside.” Shue also starred on Broadway in Richard Nelson’s “Some Americans Abroad.”

She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, director Davis Guggenheim, and their children.

ABIGAIL SPENCER (Brenda Hesson) recently has been seen in “This Means War” alongside Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy; “Cowboys and Aliens” with Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Sam Rockwell; and in AMC’s award winning and critically acclaimed original series, “Mad Men” opposite Jon Hamm. In 2013, she will join James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams in Sam Raimi’s “Oz, the Great and Powerful,” a prequel-ish take on “The Wizard of Oz” tale.

After becoming a regular on the daytime soap opera “All My Children” (Best Newcomer of the Year- Soap Awards) for two years, Spencer was cast as the lead in several pilots, most notably “Introducing Lennie Rose” for ABC, and “Backyards and Bullets” for NBC. She has also appeared in the series “How I Met Your Mother,” “Bones,” “My Boys,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “CSI,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Castle,” and “Angela's Eyes,” as well as in the television movies “Hooked,” “Fathers and Sons,” and “A Coat of Snow.” Spencer starred in the two hour crossover event of “Grey's Anatomy”/”Private Practice,” where she played Rachel, a young woman deep in the throes of postpartum depression.

Spencer spent many of her summers studying under her mentor, Ann Reinking, at the Broadway Theatre Project, where she learned the art of storytelling. She was later accepted into Carnegie Mellon University. Spencer is from Gulf Breeze, Florida, where she often went surfing with her family. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their son.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

CURTIS HANSON (Director, Producer) began his career as a journalist and screenwriter, penning scripts for “Never Cry Wolf,” “White Dog” and “The Silent Partner,” before directing “The Bedroom Window,” “Bad Influence,” “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” and “The River Wild.” Hanson helmed the celebrated crime drama “L.A. Confidential,” which received nine Academy Award® nominations, including three for Hanson, in the categories of Best Director and Best Picture, as well as Best Screenplay for which he won the Oscar®. The film also earned him two Golden Globe nominations, a PGA Award nomination, a DGA nomination and a WGA Award nomination. Most recently he directed the HBO film “Too Big to Fail,” which garnered 11 Emmy® nominations, including Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special. Hanson also directed and produced “Lucky You,” “In Her Shoes,” “8 Mile” and “Wonder Boys.” He has served as chairman of the UCLA Film and Television Archive since 1999 and was the first recipient of the Film Preservation Award, bestowed by the Film Foundation and DGA in 2003. Hanson is a member of the governing board of the Film Foundation and represented the directors’ branch on the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 2001 to 2010.

MICHAEL APTED (Director) has a career that spans four decades and includes triumphs in motion pictures, television and as one of the industry’s most respected documentarians. He was first attracted to movies at the age of 16 when he saw Ingmar Bergman’s “Wild Strawberries.” Although he went on to study history and law at Cambridge University, the Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire native began his filmmaking career fresh out of college as a researcher for Granada Television. That auspicious start led to the assignment of choosing 14 seven-year-olds for a 1964 documentary film entitled “Seven Up,” the first in what has become an ongoing, award-winning series made by Apted, that examines the British class system in seven year increments.

Within three years, he established himself in Manchester as a seasoned television director, supervising everything from church services, soap operas and wrestling matches, to TV concerts featuring The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Additionally, he became an investigative reporter for the documentary news series “World in Action,” guided a weekly perspective on movies entitled “Cinema,” and directed episodes of the long-running British drama series “Coronation Street.”

Apted won British Emmy’s as Best Director of a Comedy Series for “The Lovers,” Best Director of a Children’s Series for “Folly Foot,” and Best Director for the dramas “Another Sunday and Sweet F.A,” and “Kisses at Fifty.” He garnered an international Emmy (and his first DGA nomination) for “The Collection” and another nomination for “21,” the third in his “Seven Up” series.

Among the several dozen English telefilms he directed are “Poor Girl,” “Mosedale Horseshoe,” “Jack Point,” “Number 10,” “Slattery’s Mounted Foot,” “Big Soft Nellie,” “One Thousand Pounds for Rosebud,” “Joy,” “Said the Preacher” and “Stronger Than the Sun.”

Apted segued into feature films with the offbeat wartime romance “Triple Echo” in 1973. He followed this with his chronicle of an English pop-music group, “Stardust,” the crime drama “The Squeeze” and the big-budget mystery, “Agatha,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Vanessa Redgrave.

Apted made a spectacular breakthrough on the American film scene with his Oscar-winning biopic “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” one of 1980’s Best Picture Academy Award nominees. The film also earned him a Directors Guild of America nomination and granted the Best Actress Oscar to Sissy Spacek for her riveting performance as country music superstar Loretta Lynn.

Apted’s film credits also include the romantic comedy “Continental Divide,” the police thriller “Gorky Park,” the adolescent comedy “P’Tang, Yang, Kipperbang” (BAFTA nominee), the dramatic biopic “Gorillas in the Mist” (for which Sigourney Weaver earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination as Dian Fossey), the black comedy “Critical Condition,” the courtroom drama “Civil Action,” the thriller “Thunderheart,” the mystery-thriller “Blink,” the drama “Nell” (for which Jodie Foster collected a Best Actress Oscar nomination), the medical thriller “Extreme Measures,” the drama “Enigma,” the thriller “Enough,” the historical drama “Amazing Grace,” the James Bond epic “The World Is Not Enough” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”

Apted has also kept his hand in the television arena, directing several episodes of HBO’s Emmy-winning, Golden Globe-nominated series “Rome” (for which Apted himself won the DGA Award), and the drama “Always Outnumbered,” adapted from Walter Moseley’s novel.

Apted continues in the vanguard of feature documentaries, which encompass “Incident at Oglala” about American Indian Movement activist Leonard Peltier; “Bring on the Night,” which chronicles the creation of rock star Sting’s “Dream of the Blue Turtles” album (for which Apted won a Grammy® Award for Best Long Form Music Video); “The Long Way Home,” a profile of Russian rock musician Boris Grebenshikov; “Moving the Mountain,” which documents student demonstrations in Peking, China, on July 4, 1989; “Me & Isaac Newton,” which takes a humorous look at some of the world’s top scientific researchers; “Inspirations,” which features such diverse artists as David Bowie, Roy Lichtenstein, Dale Chihuly and others in a candid discussion of their creative processes; “The Power of the Game,” which profiles the world’s most popular sport, soccer, and how it affects the global community; and “Married in America” (the first film in 2002, and its follow-up in 2006), a look at nine American couples about to embark on marriage.

Apted continues directing and producing his “Seven Up” series, with six additional segments since its inception in 1964 -- “7 Plus 7,” “21,” “28 Up” (for which he won the BAFTA, the International Emmy and the International Documentary Award), “35 Up,” “42: Forty Two Up” (BAFTA and International Documentary nominations) and, the most recent installment, “49 Up” (another BAFTA nomination). The next installment, “56 Up,” is scheduled for 2012. He has also produced American and Russian versions of “Seven Up.”

In addition to his accomplishments on the set, Apted served three terms as president of the Directors Guild of America, and also chaired the documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

KARIO SALEM (Screenwriter) won the Emmy for Best Television Movie, The Peabody award, and Broadcast Film Critics’ award for writing HBO’s “Don King: Only in America.” In addition, Salem was nominated for the Emmy and PEN awards for writing HBO’s “The Rat Pack.” He also co-wrote “The Score” starring Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando.

Salem recently completed a screenplay based on Patricia Cornwell’s “Kay Scarpetta” book series for Fox 2000. He is currently working on an original true crime thriller, and the story of Martin Luther King and his assassination, both for DreamWorks.

Salem began his career as an actor, musician, and Juilliard School dropout who starred on Broadway as Scoop in “The Heidi Chronicles” and guest-starred in nearly 100 TV shows, including his role as the ghost of a dead soldier in an award winning episode of “M.A.S.H.” and as Mike Pasquinal in “Centennial.” He can also be seen as Jean, the French gangster, in the film “Killing Zoe,” directed by Roger Avary, and as ‘The Grand Inquisitor’ in “1492,” directed by Ridley Scott.

JIM MEENAGHAN (Story, Producer), in addition to his work on CHASING MAVERICKS, Jim has served in business and legal affairs capacities on “The Great Buck Howard,” “The Passion of the Christ” and “The Singing Detective.”

BRANDON HOOPER (Story, Producer) is a writer, actor and producer. In addition to his work on CHASING MAVERICKS, Hooper wrote the screenplay for an as yet to be produced feature “Last Flight of the Raven.” He’s also appeared in the television movie “The Apocalypse” and in the television special “Campus Culture Wars: Five Stories About P.C.”

MARK JOHNSON (Producer) is one of the industry’s most accomplished producers, with a resume that spans film and television and includes Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy and PGA accolades. He won the Best Picture honor for Barry Levinson’s poignant 1988 drama, “Rain Man,” starring Dustin Hoffman (Best Actor Oscar) and Tom Cruise. This was one of several films Johnson made with Levinson during a twelve year span, and it accumulated a total of four Oscars, and captured a Golden Globe as Best Picture. Three years later, Johnson returned to the Oscar ceremonies as a nominee for producing Levinson’s epic biopic “Bugsy,” which earned ten nominations including Best Picture and Director, and won awards for Best Art Direction and Best Costumes.

Born in Maryland, Johnson spent ten years of his youth in Spain. Before commencing his career in feature films, he earned his undergraduate degree in drama from the University of Virginia and his M.A. in Film Scholarship from the University of Iowa. He moved to New York and entered the Director’s Guild Training Program, where one of his first projects was Paul Mazursky’s touching autobiographical drama, “Next Stop, Greenwich Village.” Johnson relocated to Los Angeles and moved up from production assistant to assistant director on “Movie, Movie,” “The Brinks Job,” “Escape from Alcatraz” and “High Anxiety,” the latter co-written by future business partner Levinson.

In his successful partnership with Levinson, Johnson produced all of the writer-director’s films from 1982-1994. In addition to “Rain Man,” their diverse slate of acclaimed features includes “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “The Natural,” “Tin Men,” “Toys,” “Young Sherlock Holmes,” “Avalon,” “Diner” (their 1982 debut project, for which Levinson earned an Oscar nomination for his screenplay), and “Bugsy,” which also captured a Best Picture Golden Globe Award in addition to its ten Oscar nominations.

In 1994, Johnson established his own independent production company and won the Los Angeles Film Critics New Generation Award for his first effort, “A Little Princess,” directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Then Johnson, under his new banner, also produced the comedy “Home Fries” with Drew Barrymore, and the dramatic thriller “Donnie Brasco,” starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp.

Johnson produced Nick Cassavettes’ hit drama, “The Notebook,” based on Nicholas Sparks’ bestseller, and reteamed with Cassavettes on the family drama, “My Sister’s Keeper.” He also produced Walden Media’s film adaptation of Thomas Rockwell’s children’s book, “How to Eat Fried Worms,” and Richard Shepard’s “The Hunting Party,” the latter starring Richard Gere and Terrence Howard, based on the Esquire magazine story by acclaimed writer Scott Anderson. Last year, along with partner Guillermo del Toro, Johnson produced the horror film “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce.

Other recent motion pictures include “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader;” “The Alamo” and “The Rookie,” the latter two directed by John Lee Hancock; “The Banger Sisters,” with Susan Sarandon and Goldie Hawn; Brad Silberling’s drama, “Moonlight Mile,” with Sarandon and Dustin Hoffman; Tom Shadyac’s supernatural thriller “Dragonfly” with Kevin Costner and Kathy Bates; Barry Levinson’s Irish satire, “An Everlasting Piece”; Robert Zemeckis’ spooky thriller “What Lies Beneath,” starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer; the hit comedy “Galaxy Quest” with Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver; and “My Dog Skip,” the acclaimed family drama (co-produced with John Lee Hancock) starring Frankie Muniz, Diane Lane and Kevin Bacon.

Johnson is also active on the small screen, having earned his first Emmy nomination as executive producer for AMC’s acclaimed drama, “Breaking Bad.” He also produced CBS’s “L.A. Doctors” and “Falcone,” and executive produced the hit CBS drama “The Guardian.”

Additionally, Johnson has presented or executive produced Luis Llosa’s directorial debut, “Sniper,” Tim Robbins’ directorial debut, “Bob Roberts,” Steven Soderbergh’s “Kafka,” Robert Redford’s “Quiz Show,” and “Journey of Hope,” the latter winning the 1999 Foreign Language Film Oscar. He serves as the chairman of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ foreign language film award selection committee and is a member of the Academy’s Board of Governors (Producers Branch).

ALAN SIEGEL (Executive Producer) is a principal and manager at Alan Siegel Entertainment, as well as a principal, with Gerard Butler, at the production company Evil Twins. Siegel’s management clients include Gerard Butler, James Callis, Roger Rees and Jamie Bamber. His credits at Evil Twins include “Machine Gun Preacher” and “”Law Abiding Citizen.”

GEORGIA KACANDES (Executive Producer) graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and began her career as an executive producer/UPM in New York City on documentaries directed by Lech Kowalski. She transitioned to feature film and worked with such celebrated directors as Martin Scorsese (“Casino”), Steven Soderbergh (“King of the Hill,” “The Underneath”), John Sayles (“Eight Men Out,” “City of Hope,” “Passion Fish”) Jim Jarmusch (“Mystery Train”), Keith McNally (“End of the Night”) and Marc Levin (“Blowback”).

On Andrew Niccol's feature film debut “Gattaca,” Kacandes served as associate producer, and she was co-producer on Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Rainmaker,” followed by James Mangold’s “Girl, Interrupted. ” Her other executive producer credits include “Bad Teacher,” “Blow,” CQ,” “Criminal” and “Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny.” In 2004, she served as a Producer on “Syriana.”

Kacandes spent the next four years first as EVP of physical production for Paramount Vantage and then president of physical production at Paramount Pictures. While there, she oversaw such Oscar winning films as “There Will Be Blood,” “No Country for Old Men,” “Babel” and “Into the Wild.” Other films include “Case 39,” “Defiance,” The Duchess,” “A Mighty Heart,” “Kite Runner” and “Margot at the Wedding.”

Most recently, Kacandes re-teamed with Martin Scorsese as executive producer on the critically acclaimed “Hugo;” as well as served as executive producer and UPM on Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of TinTin.”

DAVID WEIL (Executive Producer) is Chairman of Walden Media and has been CEO of Anschutz Film Group (AFG) since 2004. During his tenure, AFG’s two production entities, Walden and Bristol Bay Productions, have produced over 30 films, including the Academy Award winners “The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and “Ray,” along with “Charlotte’s Web,” “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” among others. Weil oversees all aspects of AFG’s operations (development, physical production, marketing and outreach, finance, legal and business affairs) and he also works directly with the company’s owner, Phil Anschutz, on strategic planning and general operational issues.

Prior to joining AFG, Weil was an entertainment lawyer at O’Melveny & Myers for 25 years and head of the firm’s Century City office. During his legal career at O’Melveny & Myers, Weil represented companies and individuals in virtually all areas of the entertainment and intellectual property fields, including the development, production, financing and distribution of motion pictures, television programs and other types of entertainment content.

Weil received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law School and attended Brandeis University, where he earned an M.A. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, where he earned his B.A.

David, a resident of Malibu, has been surfing for over 50 years.

BILL POPE, ASC (Director of Photography) has film credits that include “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” “The Spirit,” “The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded,” “The Matrix Revolutions,” “Team America: World Police,” “Spider-Man 2,” “Spider-Man 3,” “Darkman,” “Army of Darkness,” “Clueless” and “Bound.” In 2000, he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for his work on “The Matrix,” and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for “Bound” in 1997. Pope’s most recent work was “Men in Black III,” which was just released this year.

IDA RANDOM (Production Designer) designed “Charlie St. Cloud”, starring Zach Efron, and Ivan Reitman’s “No Strings Attached,” starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. She also worked on the last two installments of Universal Pictures’ successful street racing franchise: “Fast & Furious” and “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” both directed by Justin Lin. Random notched her first Academy Awardnomination on Barry Levinson’s “Rain Man” and has continued her stellar work with some of the industry’s top filmmakers including Edward Zwick, Brian De Palma, James L. Brooks and the late Tony Scott.

Born in Scotland and raised in a variety of exotic locales—Africa, Ireland, Belgium and England—Random immersed herself early on in the design world, learning all facets of the trade, from drafting and construction to props and set decoration. She moved swiftly up the ranks to assistant art director on such notable films as “Urban Cowboy” and “On Golden Pond” before earning her stripes as production designer on the Academy Award-nominated “The Big Chill,” starring William Hurt, Glenn Close and Kevin Kline. Random also designed “Silverado” and “Wyatt Earp” for writer/director Lawrence Kasdan and has teamed up with Danny DeVito for three films—“Throw Momma from the Train,” “The War of the Roses” and “Hoffa,” starring Jack Nicholson.

Her other feature film credits include Kevin Costner’s post-apocalyptic tale “The Postman”; “The Fan,” starring Robert De Niro and Benicio Del Toro; and F. Gary Gray’s “A Man Apart.”

JOHN GILBERT, A.C.E (Editor) was nominated for an Academy Award in 2002 for his work on Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.” His earlier work on Jackson’s The Frighteners” convinced the renowned filmmaker that he was the right editor to take on the first film in the groundbreaking trilogy.

Since then, Gilbert has twice collaborated with ex-pat New Zealand director Roger Donaldson, editing both the critically acclaimed and award winning “The World’s Fastest Indian” and “The Bank Job.” Other recent works include “Bridge to Terabithia” and “Bandslam.”

John has been nominated for a BAFTA, an ACE Eddie, and won three Best Editing honors at the New Zealand Film Awards. In 1998 he produced the short film “Willy Nilly,” and used its success to spin it into New Zealand’s high rating TV sitcom, which ran for three seasons. In 2006 Gilbert produced the period television kids series “The Lost Children,” and in 2003 executive produced six short films for the New Zealand Film Commission, which were selected for the Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Sundance, Clermont Ferrand and New York film festivals.

SCOTT E. ANDERSON (Visual Effects Supervisor) was visual effects supervisor on “The Adventures of Tintin,” “Superman Returns,” “King Kong,” “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” “Hollow Man” (senior visual effects supervisor), “James and the Giant Peach” and “The Ninth Gate” (senior visual effects supervisor).

SOPHIE DE RAKOFF (Costume Designer) was born and raised in Central London. She moved to New York in 1980, where she split her time working at Paper magazine and Nell’s Nightclub. Relocating to Los Angeles, she continued with Paper as a features writer and also contributed to many other publications including British Vogue, Dazed and Confused, Detour, Details and Vibe.

In the mid-1990s, she found success as a fashion stylist in the music video world. In 1999, de Rakoff designed her first featurefilm, “Speed of Life.” In 2001, she designed for “Legally Blond,” which led to an ongoing collaboration with Reese Witherspoon, including work on “This Means War,” “Four Christmases,” “Legally Blond 2: Red, White and Blond,” and “Sweet Home Alabama.” Additional notable credits include “Shall We Dance?,” “In Her Shoes” and “Fever Pitch.”

De Rakoff has been nominated twice by the Costume Designers Guild for Excellence in Contemporary Film and, in 2005, was honored by Premiere Magazine and AMC as one of that year’s Women in Hollywood recipients. Her work on “Legally Blond” was featured in the book Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design, by Deborah Nadoolman Landis; and her work on the film’s sequel was included in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ exhibition “50 Designers, 50 Costumes,” which has toured the world.

CHAD FISCHER (Score) is a Los Angeles-based composer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer. He wrote the scores for the independent feature drama “The Loosies,” the acclaimed “Garden State,” directed by and starring Zach Braff, the comedy “The Rocker,” starring Rainn Wilson, the romantic comedy “Little Manhattan,” and the comedy “The Babysitters.” Previously, Fischer wrote, produced and performed the theme song "Superman" for the hit sitcom "Scrubs," starring Braff.

Fischer is the main composer of the television series “Private Practice,” the successful spin-off from “Grey’s Anatomy” and "North Mission Road." He composed all the original songs and underscoring for the WB series "My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star" on which he also served as the actors' musical coach. He has written songs for the opening sequence of the ABC docudrama "Prince William: The Boy Who Will Be King," a Beach Boys documentary and the end title theme for the features “Bubbleboy” and “The First 20 Million is Always the Hardest.” After playing drums for the '90s alternative rock group School of Fish ("Three Strange Days"), Fischer went on to form the band Lazlo Bane.

His music production credits have included Colin Hay, Everlast, Jude, Lisa Loeb, Liz Phair, Josh Clayton-Felt and Alexi Murdoch.

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