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“The arT of our necessiTies is sTrange. ThaT can make vile Things precious.” Wi l l i a m Shake S pe are , k i ng le ar, 3.2.70
The mosT american of ciTies… has given rise To The greaTesT crusaders of lighT… men and women who seized The imaginaTion of Their Time and did righT by The people To bring abouT beTTer Tomorrows.
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“corrupTion in chicago? ThaT’s noT news. iT’s a hisTory lesson.” Jack BenT ley
“don’T fucking ask quesTions. This isn’T some learning momenT…fucking moron.” gov e r n or m c c a l l c Ul l e n
“i swear i’ll Tear iT all down, all ThaT we have. do noT quesTion my resolve.” T o m kane
“i believe in The power of ordinary people doing exTraordinary Things…because everyThing i do, every decision i make, in a small pracTical way, affecTs The lives of every ciTizen in This sTaTe. all 12,910,409 of Them. and ThaT maTTers.” B e n Z a Ja c
“he eiTher really gives a shiT or he’s The mosT ambiTious son of a biTch i’ve ever seen.” eZra S T o ne
“please do noT misTake my concern for a bleeding hearT. whaT reflecTs poorly on you, reflecTs poorly on me, and The mayor. i do noT care how you do whaT you do. i care how iT looks.” me r e d iTh k a n e
“…resenTmenT. anger. biTTerness. They’ll make you sick. like drinking poison and expecTing someone else To die.” e m m a kane
“Things are complicaTed wiTh my faTher. he’s noT someone you go To for help.” e m m a kane
“This is real. iT’s fucking dangerous. and There is no fucking help. do you geT ThaT?” d ari US m o rri So n
we siT here making sure everyThing is veTTed, checked, rechecked... where The fuck is journalism? Sa m mil l e r
“smile... someTimes iT’s necessary To leT The oTher guy know you’re coming.” T o m kane
“i’m noT going anywhere. my back is againsT The wall. you know iT. i know iT. so from where i sTand, i’m only hiTTing back...” To m k ane
Kelsey Grammer takes on two leading roles in the STARZ Original series
“Boss,” where he stars as Mayor Tom Kane and serves as a series executive producer. Grammer has excelled to the highest level in theatre, television and film, as an actor, producer, executive producer and director. An initial role as Dr. Frasier Crane on “Cheers” developed into the cornerstone of the Julliard-trained actor’s career. Grammer played the celebrated character in three different television series (“Cheers,” “Wings” and “Frasier”) over a span of 20 years, tying the record for longest-running television character.
Portraying Crane, Grammer has won four Emmys®, two Golden Globes® and a SAG Award® and has received an unparalleled sixteen Emmy nominations, eight Golden Globe nominations, sixteen SAG nominations. Fifteen years ago, Grammer created Grammnet, a TV production company which has produced such hit television shows as the Emmy-winning “Medium,” for NBC, and “The Game” and “Girlfriends,” for CW. Other Grammnet producing credits include the NBC productions “The Innocent,” “Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny,” “Fired Up,” “In Laws” and “Gary the Rat.” For PAX, he produced “World Cup Comedy.” For FOX, he starred in and produced “Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show.” Most recently, he took on the roles of director and executive producer on the just-finished comedy pilot “Alligator Point,” for Lifetime.
MAYOR TOM KANE
Tom Kane is the mayor of Chicago; he rules with an iron fist and is no stranger to backroom politics. It’s not the power that corrupts Kane, it’s his fear of losing it. But he also hides a dark secret that could seriously threaten his reign.
Grammer has directed single episodes of “Everybody Hates Chris,” “My Ex Life” and “Out of Practice.” He has also directed several episodes of “Frasier,” one of which earned him a DGA nomination. Grammer also starred in and served as executive producer of the ABC comedy “Hank.” Also accomplished as a voice-over artist, Grammer plays the character Sideshow Bob on “The Simpsons,” for which he won an Emmy in 2006. He has also lent his voice to the feature films Toy Story 2, Anastasia and Teacher’s Pet, to the television series “Father of the Pride” and “Gary the Rat,” and to the Emmy-nominated “Animal Farm” for TNT.
“Mr. St. Nick” for ABC’s Hallmark Hall of Fame, 15 Minutes for New Line Cinema, Down Periscope for 20th Century Fox and Even Money for Yari Film Group. Grammer began acting in plays at Pine Crest Preparatory School in Fort Lauderdale, where his teenage stage success inspired him to apply to Juilliard. He developed an interest in Shakespeare and began his professional acting career at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Reminiscing, Grammer says, “When I was 21, I was painting offices for a famous director. As I stood at the top of the ladder, the casting director of the San Diego Shakespeare Festival looked up at me and said, ‘You’re an actor, aren’t you?’ - I don’t know how he got this from my butt!” The director offered him the chance to audition, and he spent three years performing Shakespeare and Shaw. He continued in regional theatre, and finally made his way to New York with roles in the off-Broadway productions “Sunday in the Park with George,” “A Month in the Country” and the Obie Award-winning “Quartermaine’s Terms.” He scored on Broadway in “Macbeth” and “Othello.” Before long he appeared in two TV miniseries: first as Stephen Smith in “Kennedy” (NBC, 1983), and next as Lieutenant Stewart in “George Washington” (CBS, 1984). Grammer then landed the role of Dr. Frasier Crane in “Cheers.” Originally, the show’s creators wanted John Lithgow for a brief recurring role, but the actor was unavailable. Grammer’s former Juilliard classmate Mandy Patinkin suggested him to the New York casting director and he got the job, parlaying six episodes into a career that would span two decades, after which he would return to the stage and receive critical acclaim as Professor Higgins in “My Fair Lady.” He also performed the title role in “Richard II” and Lucio in “Measure for Measure” at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. In 2010, Grammer starred in “La Cage aux Folles” on Broadway for which he received rave reviews as nightclub owner Georges. His performance earned him a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. Grammer was born at St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and was raised in New Jersey and Florida.
Grammer’s other acting credits include MGM’s remake of Fame, Paramount Pictures’ Middle Men, Vivendi Universal’s An American Carol, Disney’s Swing Vote, FOX’s blockbuster hit X-Men: The Last Stand, FOX’s “Back To You” for which he also served as executive producer, “A Christmas Carol” for NBC, “Benedict Arnold” for A&E,
from the Danish Academy Awards and from the San Sebastian Film Festival for her role in the Danish drama Brothers.
HaNNaH Ware was born and raised in South London to a Panorama journalist father and a social worker mother, Ware attended Alleyn’s school in Dulwich, named after Edward Alleyn who was a major figure of Elizabethan theater. Around this time, at the age of 12 she was picked up by Storm Modeling Agency as the youngest girl they had ever taken on and proceeded to have a successful modeling career.
Nielsen has had leading roles in the feature films Lost in Africa (directed by Vibeke Muasya) and A Shine of Rainbows (opposite Aiden Quinn). A Shine of Rainbows premiered at the Ibiza Film Festival 2009 and made its North American premiere at the Toronto and Vancouver Film Festivals. She recently completed the independent feature The Last Word (opposite Eva Green and Ewan McGregor, directed by David Mackenzie).
Ware always concentrated on academia, however, and never entertained the thought of being a full-time model. She obtained high honors in history of art and had hopes of pursuing architecture, earning acceptance to some of the world’s most prestigious schools, including The Architectural Association and The Bartlett. However, by this time, Ware had been regularly attending various acting classes in New York and fallen in love with the craft.
Nielsen’s extensive film credits include Battle in Seattle (directed by Stuart Townsend); The Great Raid (opposite Benjamin Bratt, Joseph Fiennes and James Franco, and directed by John Dahl); Return to Sender (directed by Bille August); and Ice Harvest (with John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton).
She then decided to move to New York permanently and spent two years at the Lee Strasberg Institute. Her first break came when she was cast opposite Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan in the Warner Brothers film Cop Out directed by Kevin Smith. Most recently, Hannah shot the independent film Shame directed by Steve McQueen and starring Michael Fassbender.
Nielsen has starred in Philip Haas’ The Situation (2006) opposite Damien Lewis; Michael Almereyda’s; Tonight at Noon (2008) opposite Ethan Hawke; and in Demonlover directed by Olivier Assayas and starring Chloe Sevigny and Gina Gershon. Additionally, she has given unforgettable performances as a non-matronly Texas mother in Rushmore opposite Bill Murray; and a German heroin junkie in Permanent Midnight opposite Ben Stiller.
The wife of mayor Tom Kane, meredith Kane is a formidable woman whose public persona is too embedded to allow her to have or reveal emotion. Polite but no longer emotionally engaged with her husband, meredith has mapped her own public agenda by spearheading an organization that is funding the city’s failing schools.
CONNIe NIelseN can be seen in an eclectic array of film roles, however it was
her portrayal of Princess Lucilla in Ridley Scott’s Academy Award-winning® Gladiator where she first came to international renown. She recently won Best Actress Awards
Her previous film credits include The Hunted (directed by William Friedkin and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio Del Toro); Basic (directed by John McTiernan with John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson); One Hour Photo (starring opposite Robin Williams); Mission to Mars (opposite Gary Sinise, Tim Robbins and Don Cheadle); The Devil’s Advocate (starring Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves); The Innocents (opposite Jean Hughes Angleade); and Voyage (with Rutger Hauer and Eric Roberts). In television, Nielsen played Detective Dani Beck in six-episodes of NBC’s “Law and Order: SVU.” She also starred in the lead role of Danny in the A&E pilot, “Danny Fricke.”
The mayor’s estranged daughter emma has always had trouble connecting with her parents. Despite her sense of mission, emma is a lost soul, searching for comfort.
Born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, Nielsen began her acting career working alongside her mother in the local revue and variety scene. At age 18, she headed to Paris to continue her pursuit of acting, which led her to further work and study in Rome, Milan and South Africa. In addition to being an accomplished actress, Nielsen is also a trained singer, dancer and is fluent in English, German, Danish, Swedish, French, and Italian. She currently resides in San Francisco.
JeFF HePHNer most recently appeared as football coach Red Raymond on
“Your Time Is Up,” about a wildly successful, yet deeply troubled psychologist. This marks Robertson’s second produced script, her first being indie feature Gravity Pulls, which she stars in and co-wrote.
Hephner’s career began with a lead role on Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana’s acclaimed series “The Jury.” His additional television credits include appearances on “Private Practice,” “NCIS,” and Hallmark’s 2006 movie “The Water is Wide,” in which he starred opposite Alfre Woodard.
In television, Robertson both headlined and served as executive producer for IFC’s Gemini Award-winning mockumentary style comedy series “The Business.” Additionally, she starred as the wicked sorceress sister to Zooey Deschanel in “Tin Man,” the six-hour, mini-series version of “The Wizard of Oz”, which recently garnered the SyFy Channel’s highest ratings in the network’s history and multiple Emmy-nominations.
the CW series “Hellcats.” He is well-known for his role as Matt Ramsey on “The O.C.,” as well as for the lead role of Morgan Buffkin in the series “Easy Money” (2008).
Hephner is a native of Sand Creek, Michigan.
In film, Robertson recently starred in the drama A Night for Dying Tigers, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and she has finished filming Down the Road Again, the anticipated sequel to Don Shebib’s 1970 Canadian classic Goin’ Down the Road. Upcoming films include her starring roles in Static, Not Since You and Losing Control. Robertson starred alongside Academy Award-winning actors Ben Affleck and Adrien Brody in the dramatic thriller Hollywoodland, and starred opposite Mark Ruffalo in IFC Films’ sexual drama XX/XY. She can also be seen in Scary Movie, as well as Gregg Araki’s Splendor and Nowhere.
an impeccably handsome Chicago native with a working class background, Zajac is the state’s Treasurer. He’s about to become a major player in Chicago politics. Tom Kane will make sure of it.
mayor Kane’s right hand woman, Kitty is supremely organized, tough, and unfazed by the mayor’s brutal manner. But she knows one wrong step will bring the wrath of Kane.
KaTHleeN rOBerTsON Robertson’s diverse film and television projects and chameleon-like performances continue to impress audiences and critics alike. She is set to soon write, produce, and star in Shaw Media/Globals’s dramedy series
Robertson’s additional film credits include Last Exit, which earned her second Gemini Awardnomination, Player 5150, The Hill, In the Dark (opposite Charlotte Rampling), Until the Night (Norman Reedus), Control (directed by Tim Hunter, acting alongside Willem Dafoe and Ray Liotta), and Mall Cop. Further feature film credits include roles in Beautiful (with Minnie Driver for director Sally Field), Bruce McCulloch’s Dog Park, Sundance Film Festival favorite Psycho Beach Party, Speaking of Sex (co-starring with Bill Murray, directed by John McNaughton), I Love Your Work (with Giovanni Ribisi and Franke Potente), and I Am Sam (Sean Penn). Robertson garnered her third Best Actress Gemini Award nomination (Canadian Emmy) for Torso, where she starred as notorious Canadian murderer Evelyn Dick in the grizzly 1946 true story. Her early television career includes the role of Clare Arnold on “Beverly Hills, 90210” (FOX) and her role in the David E. Kelley drama entitled “Girls Club.” A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Robertson currently resides in Los Angeles.
Showtime’s critically hailed Soldier’s Girl garnered him both a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor, as well as a nod for an Independent Spirit Award. The film, which screened to a standing ovation at Sundance, depicts the true story of a soldier (Barry Winchell) murdered by his company members for falling in love with a transsexual. This growing recognition appears to have Garity moving in the direction of his legendary mother, actress Jane Fonda. He has since starred in a succession of dramatic features including Danny Boyle’s Sunshine alongside Cillian Murphy, Lake City opposite Sissy Spacek, Eichmann with Franka Potente, Fragments with the likes of Forest Whitaker and Dakota Fanning, and Mercy from writer and co-star Scott Caan.
marTIN DONOVaN’s appearance in all episodes of season two of Lionsgate’s
critically acclaimed Showtime television series “Weeds” playing Mary-Louise Parker’s love interest continued a string of collaborations with Parker, including Saved!, the romantic comedy Pipe Dream and Jane Campion’s The Portrait of A Lady. Donovan most recently appeared in Unthinkable with Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Sheen. Other recent film appearances include the Matthew Ryan Hope-directed The United States of Leland with Kevin Spacey and Don Cheadle, The Sentinel opposite Kiefer Sutherland and Michael Douglas, Wind Chill with Emily Blunt and Ashton Holmes, and The Quiet opposite Edie Falco. Donovan also starred opposite Al Pacino in director Chris Nolan’s Insomnia, as well as in Agent Cody Banks. Other film credits include the critically acclaimed The Opposite of Sex, as well as Living Out Loud, In A Savage Land, Onegin, Heaven, Hollow Reed, and Nadja.
Garity also appeared in the comedy My One and Only with Renee Zellweger and has since completed work on “A Day in the Life” with Mekhi Phifer, 3 Ride to Kerosene Cowboys with Cam Gigandet and Bill Pullman, as well as The Good Doctor with Orlando Bloom. This fall, Garity can be seen on the NBC-TV drama, “The Playboy Club.”
In The Portrait of a Lady Donovan played Nicole Kidman’s doomed cousin and admirer for which he won the National Society of Film Critics Award for best supporting actor.
In MGM’s Bandits, Garity created his own niche within his acclaimed acting family, starring for director Barry Levinson alongside Bruce Willis, Cate Blanchett, and Billy Bob Thornton. He also starred alongside Ice Cube and Eve in the hit ensemble comedy Barbershop for MGM. The sequel was equally successful. He also appeared in Brett Ratner’s New Line caper, After the Sunset.
Donovan has enjoyed a long association with celebrated director Hal Hartley, starring in several of his films, including Amateur, which was selected for both the Cannes and New York Film Festivals. Other Hartley collaborations are Simple Men, which was also an official Cannes selection, Trust, Surviving Desire, Flirt and The Book of Life, which was shown at the New York Film Festival.
a savvy yale graduate, and senior advisor to Kane, stone knows the mayor better than anyone. Whether it’s pushing Kane’s agenda, or assisting with personal matters, ezra always delivers.
Donovan’s TV credits include starring in “Masters of Horror: Right to Life” for Showtime, the FX telefilm “RFK,” and the Fox series “Pasadena.” Other television credits include “Amy and Isabelle,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “The Great Gatsby” and HBO’s “When Trumpets Fade.” Donovan made his television series regular début in the critically acclaimed drama series “Wonderland.”
miller is a cynical, political journalist for The sentinel who is determined that elected officials such as Tom Kane must be held accountable for their actions and behavior. But is he just a pawn in Kane’s game?
Additional credits include the recent independent feature Milwaukee, Minnesota in which he portrays an idiot savant ice fisherman, Michael Rymer’s Sundance entry Perfume which offers an improvisational look into the fashion industry, Richard Donner’s Conspiracy Theory with Julia Roberts and Mel Gibson, as well as the lead in director Rafal Zelinski’s Bohemia. Over the years, Garity has worked to hone his craft, having spent his childhood performing comedia del arte at The Laurel Springs Camp for the Arts in Santa Barbara, followed by a move to New York where he trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He eventually became an Academy Repertory Company Player, appearing in nearly a dozen stage productions. Garity briefly switched gears to direct his first music video that premiered at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.
TrOy GarITy garnered the opportunity to portray his father, Senator Tom Hayden, in the Abbie Hoffman biopic Steal This Movie alongside Vincent D’Onofrio and Janeane Garofalo.
Currently residing in Los Angeles. Garity, like his parents, is also a staunch political activist, and actively works with the Peace Process Network that is a worldwide gang violence prevention coalition.
rOTImI aKINOsHO makes his acting debut portraying Darius, an enterprising and ambitious young man, in the STARZ Original series “Boss.”
FraNCIs GUINaN portrays Illinois Governor “Mac” Cullen in the STARZ Original
He came to an open audition in March 2011 in Chicago for the role and from his first reading, captivated Safinia and Van Sant with his naturalness in front of the camera and his ease at handling complex dialogue. What was startling to the filmmakers was that they discovered his “Boss” audition was Akinosho’s first acting audition.
Guinan is a Chicago area (Elmhurst, Illinois) resident, making him one of the many “local hires” to appear in “Boss.” Guinan was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1951 and grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He graduated in 1976 with a master’s degree in theatre from Illinois State University. While at Illinois State, Guinan met and studied with many of the original members of Chicago’s world-renown Steppenwolf Theatre, and joined the ensemble in 1979. With Steppenwolf, he has appeared in nearly forty productions including the Tony Award-winning Broadway productions of “The Grapes of Wrath” and “August: Osage County” which also won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008.
Born and raised in New Jersey, 22-year-old Akinosho is driven by his passion for music. By the age of 15, Akinosho wowed the historically brutal Apollo Theatre crowd, singing his way to first place on “Amateur Night.” With academic ambitions, Akinosho moved to the Midwest where he studied at Chicago’s prestigious Northwestern University and graduated in June 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a minor in business.
Guinan moved to Chicago in 1979 and helped establish Steppenwolf in the city after the company’s move from the suburbs where it originated. In the three years that followed, he appeared in numerous productions including “Balm in Gilead,” “A Nightingale Sang,” and “True West,” roles he reprised when the shows later moved to New York City. From 1983 to 1989 Guinan lived in New York working mostly onstage but beginning to appear more frequently on television and in small film roles. He also returned occasionally to Chicago to appear on the Steppenwolf stage.
Armed with his promising talent and tireless work ethic, the budding artist was set to stake his claim in the music industry. To date, Akinosho has performed on BET’s hit show “106 & Park” as a spotlight act, and he has shared the stage with America’s Best Dance Crew popular dance team, Jabbawockies. He has opened for artists such as T.I., Estelle and N.E.R.D. He has also performed at the 2010 BET Awards Pre-Party in Los Angeles.
muscular, ambitious and intriguing, Darius is a smart, enterprising and thoughtful young man striving to break free of the confines of his immediate world – on fraught with primal dangers. maybe that’s why emma is drawn to him.
The governor of Illinois, Cullen is a seasoned politico facing his fiercest campaign when he learns that Kane is planning to betray him.
In 1989 Guinan made the move to Los Angeles. He remained based there for seventeen years as a typical “working actor,” appearing most notably as Edgar in “Eerie, Indiana” and as Dan in “The Mighty Jungle.” His many TV roles include “Murder She Wrote” (once as killer, once as victim), and “Star Trek” (three roles as various aliens), as well as assorted doctors, businessmen and lawyers. Film work included roles in Speed III, Constantine, Shining Through and Hannibal. “Boss” is actually the second time Guinan has appeared with Kelsey Grammer. Guinan appeared briefly as “Opera Snob #2” in an episode of “Frasier.” In 2006 Guinan and his family returned to Chicago. He has worked almost continuously since then: fifteen plays (nine for Steppenwolf), five films and three TV roles.
KareN alDrIDGe was most recently seen in The Dilemma starring
Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, directed by Ron Howard. A well-known theatre actress, Aldridge has worked on stages all over the world. Currently a Chicago resident, local audiences have seen her perform at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Next Theatre, and Writers’ Theatre. Aldridge has garnered Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for “The Cook” at Goodman Theatre, and “In the Blood” at Next Theatre. Internationally, she was seen playing the lead role in the French language production of Le Costume directed by the famed Peter Brook.
DR. ELLA HARRIS
a neurologist with integrity, ella is a strong and serious woman. But she’s also Kane’s doctor, and is sent frightening reminders about the need for secrecy.
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FarHaD saFINIa EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND CREATOR Farhad Safinia is the creator, executive producer of the STARZ Original series “Boss.” Previously, Safinia co-wrote and co-produced the feature film Apocalypto with director Mel Gibson. The film was nominated
for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2007. His other recent film projects include an adaptation of the Aldous Huxley novel Brave New World for Universal Pictures with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star and Ridley Scott to direct, and Sony Pictures’ the Allen Counter Project for Will Smith to star in and produce.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR Gus Van Sant is the executive producer and director of the first episode of the STARZ Original series “Boss.” Van Sant has been winning over critics and audiences alike since bursting onto the scene with his widely acclaimed feature film Mala Noche (1985), which won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Independent/Experimental Film of 1987. Van Sant’s body of work includes many hallmarks of
90’s independent cinema, notably Drugstore Cowboy (1989), My Own Private Idaho (1991), and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993). Van Sant’s direction of Nicole Kidman in the black comedy To Die For (1995) won a Golden Globe Award and was screened at the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals. Van Sant received a Best Director Academy Award
nomination for Good Will Hunting (1997), which received a total of nine Academy Awards. Van Sant followed with the controversial remake of a classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller, Psycho (1998), which was the first shot-for-shot recreation of a film. The new millennium brought the release of the literary drama Finding Forrester (2000). Van Sant returned to his indie roots with the beautiful and austere Gerry (2002), which he wrote with the film’s stars Matt Damon and Casey Affleck. The experience of making
Gerry inspired Van Sant to write and direct Elephant (2003), a compelling reverie on a normal day of high school that is destroyed by a Columbine-like massacre. Shot in Van Sant’s home town of Portland with a cast of non-actors, Elephant went on to win the Palme d’Or® and Best Director award at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. Last Days (2005) followed
and won a sound design award at Cannes. Next Van Sant adapted the novel Paranoid Park (2007) by Blake Nelson to the screen. Once again he cast non-actors and the film won the 60th Anniversary Award at Cannes. In 2008 Van Sant was again nominated for a Best Director Academy Award for Milk, which earned a total of 8 nominations, and won in the categories of best actor for Sean Penn’s performance as Harvey Milk, and best screenplay for Lance Black’s writing. This success was followed by Restless, which will be released in the fall of 2011. Throughout his career Mr. Van Sant has continued to make evocative short films, which have been winning awards at film festivals worldwide. These works include an adaptation of William S. Burroughs’ short story “The Discipline of DE,” a deadpan black-and-white gem shown at the New York Film Festival. In 1996 Van Sant directed Allen Ginsberg reading his own poem, “Ballad of the Skeletons,” to the music of Paul McCartney and Philip Glass, which premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. Other acclaimed shorts include Five Ways to Kill Yourself (1987), Thanksgiving Prayer (1991, a re-teaming with Burroughs), Le Marais (2006), a segment of the compilation project Paris, Je T’aime, and Mansion on the Hill (2008), which is part of the UN funded project 8, created to raise awareness about essential issues the world is facing today. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Van Sant earned a BA at the Rhode Island School of Design before moving to Hollywood. Early in his career he spent two years in New York creating commercials for Madison Avenue. Eventually he settled in Portland, Oregon, where in addition to directing and producing, he pursued painting, photography, and writing. In 1995 he released a collection of photos entitled “108 Portraits” (Twelvetrees Press) and two years later published his first
novel, Pink (Doubleday), a satire on filmmaking. A longtime musician himself, Van Sant has directed music videos for many top recording artists including David Bowie, Elton John, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Hanson.
rICHarD leVINe EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND WRITER Richard Levine has enjoyed a distinguished television and film career with Lyn Greene and the duo are writers and executive producers of the STARZ Original series “Boss.” The duo also wrote, directed and executive produced all six seasons of FX’s award-winning drama “Nip/Tuck,” which earned a Golden Globe for Best Television Drama. Levine and Greene co-wrote and executive produced ABC’s “Scoundrels” (starring Virginia Madsen),” “Normal, Ohio” (with John Goodman), “Stark Raving Mad” (with Tony Shalhoub), and “First Monday” (with James Garner). Levine wrote and directed the feature film Every Day starring Liev Schreiber and Helen Hunt, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and had its theatrical release in 2010. Levine graduated from the Juilliard School of Drama.
lyN GreeNe EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND WRITER Lyn Greene has shared an accomplished television career with fellow industry colleague and childhood friend Richard Levine and the two are co-writers and executive producers of the STARZ Original series “Boss.” They also wrote, directed and executive produced FX’s award-winning drama “Nip/Tuck” for all six seasons. The series was honored with a Golden Globe for Best Television Drama. Greene and Levine co-wrote and executive produced ABC’s
“Scoundrels” (starring Virginia Madsen), “Normal, Ohio” (with John Goodman), “Stark Raving Mad” (with Tony Shalhoub), and “First Monday” (with James Garner). As an actress, Greene played young Dorothy in the hit television series “Golden Girls” and starred in the series “On Our Own.” Greene graduated from the Juilliard School of Drama.
BrIaN sHer EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND WRITER Brian Sher has sold numerous film and television scripts, as well as represented some of Hollywood’s most renowned stars. He worked as an agent for ICM for seven years, where he sold his first script for Hitch, written by his client Kevin Bisch. At ICM, Sher continued selling commercial material, developing an excellent writers list, and eventually began working with several of the agency’s biggest movie stars, including Richard Gere, Steve Martin, Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson, and Denzel Washington. Along with super-agent, Ed Limato, Sher became Denzel Washington’s primary agent, working with the actor on day-to-day packaging projects, one of which was The Great Debaters, produced by Oprah Winfrey and Harvey Weinstein. He also began signing young actors on his own, including rapper/actor/ producer T.I., who was featured in the films ATL, American Gangster, and Takers. He departed ICM in 2009, taking several of his high-end clients, and started his own management-production company named Category 5 Entertainment. Sher immediately created and executive produced T.I.’s highly rated documentary “Road to Redemption” (MTV) and the successful documentary “The Michael Vick Project” (BET).
Sher has since developed multiple projects for the major film studios and developed and sold several scripted television shows to networks such as CBS, Comedy Central, MTV and VH1. Upcoming Sher produced films include: Pierre Pierre (FOX) starring Jim Carrey and directed by Larry Charles; O’Gunn (Reliance) with Jim Carrey; Divorce Ceremony (Universal) with director Jay Roach; and Mongoose (Disney). In addition to Category 5, Sher partnered in 2010 with multi-hyphenate star Kelsey Grammer and CBS to run Grammnet Productions, whose long-running projects include the television series “Medium” (NBC), “The Game” (CW) and “Girlfriends” (CW). With Sher, Grammnet immediately sold several scripted projects including the STARZ Original series “Boss,” “Glam Pie” an urban project for Debmar-Mercury, and half-hour comedy “The Dicicco Brothers.” In 2011, Sher and Grammer partnered with reality maven Stella Bulochnikov to form G3 Entertainment, to create non-scripted television shows. Sher began his career as a trainee at the William Morris Agency in 1997. There, he began selling scripts as an assistant. In 1999, the former Broder Kurland agency recruited him as a Motion Picture literary agent. At Broder, Sher sharpened his eye for commercial material, selling several scripts that quickly became films, including Serendipity, Dude Where’s My Car?, and Not Another Teen Movie. In 2001, “The Hollywood Reporter” featured Sher in its prestigious “35 Under 35” list. Sher was the fastest agent to make that list, after just two years on the job. Sher grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Tulane University and the University of Southern California.
sTella BUlOCHNIKOV EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Stella Bulochnikov, a television producer, is known for her ability to tap into the Zeitgeist and create format-ready shows around A-level talent. In April 2009, Bulochnikov launched Wikked Entertainment, a programming venture created to produce original entertainment for television. Wikked operates under its own banner. Led by Bulochnikov, Wikked is marrying talent with scripted and unscripted formats, expanding on the strategy behind programs created at Ish Entertainment, a company Bulochnikov co-founded. Bulochnikov’s ability to run wild with innovative ideas and develop them around today’s top talent was instrumental in Ish’s streak of successful shows and franchises including MTV’s “Paris Hilton’s My New BFF,” “Paris Hilton’s my New BFF (UK),” “Paris Hilton’s BFF (Dubai),” “T.I.’s Road to Redemption,” “50 Cent: The Money and the Power,” and “DJ AM’s Gone Too Far,” “My Antonio” (VH1) and a Christmas special starring Larry the Cable Guy (CMT). At Wikked, Bulochnikov continues building new TV franchises around talent and beyond. She is currently focusing on a slate that includes various high profile artists, reality formats, and scripted projects. In January 2011, Bulochnikov launched G3 with Kelsey Grammer (Grammnet) and Brian Sher (“T.I.’s Road to Redemption”) with a straight to series greenlight order on the STARZ Original series “Boss.” G3 also recently announced a half-hour comedy pilot for USA called “The Dicicco Brothers,” written by Ed Cannistraci centering on an aspiring dot-com entrepreneur who moves to Silicon Valley with his Jersey family in tow. Separately,
G3 focuses on unscripted entertainment with several reality projects in the works. Prior to co-founding Ish Entertainment in 2007, Bulochnikov helped build the “Celebreality” brand at VH1 as its senior vice president of celebrity talent development. At VH1, Bulochnikov was extremely successful in attracting an eclectic mix of star power to the cable network, including Drew Barrymore, Eva Longoria, The Wayans Brothers, Mo’Nique, Larry the Cable Guy, Jaime Lee Presley, Salt-N-Pepa, and Brooke Hogan.
marIO VaN PeeBles DIRECTOR, EPISODES 103, 106, 108 Mario Van Peebles believes there are three loves in your life: What you do, whom you do it with, and what you leave behind. It’s that manifesto which has led him to creating more than just popular entertainment. With his reality show, “Mario’s Green House,” Mario got to team up with his kids and his filmmaker father Melvin Van Peebles. The show chronicled the Van Peebles family’s oftenhumorous attempts to raise their eco-consciousness as they go green in Hollywood. With Bring Your “A” Game Van Peebles encouraged young men to resist the pop culture of anti-intellectualism and educate themselves beyond conventional academics. His documentary, Fair Game, explored such topics as the prison industrial complex as a form of modern day slavery and eco-apartheid. A graduate of Columbia University with a BA in Economics and recipient of an honorary doctorate from Hofstra University, Van Peebles worked for two years for New York’s Department of Environmental Protection before moving to Hollywood to act, write and direct.
“It’s called ‘show business’ not ‘show arts.’ I needed the business savvy to turn what I love into a career,” says Van Peebles. After three years of saving and sleeping on a kitchen floor, Van Peebles got his first break acting in Heartbreak Ridge opposite Clint Eastwood. He took that money and funded his first short film. Soon after he was directing episodic TV including his own series for NBC produced by Stephen J. Cannell called “Sonny Spoon.” His theatrical directing debut was the urban gangster hit New Jack City, which became Warner Brothers’ most profitable movie of 1991. Van Peebles followed up with his multi-cultural western, Posse. Van Peebles then directed and produced Panther, while his father wrote and produced it. Panther is the story of the Black Panther Party’s rise to power. The film became a political classic, earning both controversy and awards including the Locarno Film Festival’s Silver Leopard award. Baadasssss!, Van Peebles’ odyssey about the making of his father’s groundbreaking film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song was one of Ebert and Roper’s ten best movies of the year for 2004. Mario portrayed political icon Malcolm X alongside Will Smith in Michael Mann’s Ali and occasionally directs and acts in shows like “Damages” and “Law and Order.”
JIm mc Kay DIRECTOR, EPISODES 102,104 Jim McKay is a filmmaker and co-founder, along with Michael Stipe, of C-Hundred Film Corp. He co-wrote, directed, and co-produced Girls Town, which was his first feature film. Girls Town received the Filmmakers Trophy and a Special Jury Prize for Collaboration at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival and was released in the United States later that year by October Films.
His second feature as a director was Our Song (1999), which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, played at New Directors/New Films in 2000, and was distributed theatrically in the U.S. by IFC Films. His third feature, Everyday People (2004), was selected as the Opening Night Film of New Directors/New Films 2004 and played at festivals around the U.S. before showing on HBO. His fourth feature, Angel Rodriguez, co-written with Hannah Weyer, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2005, and then aired on HBO in 2006. McKay has directed numerous TV shows, including “The Wire,” “Big Love,” “Hung,” “In Treatment,” “Treme,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Good Wife,” “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “New Amsterdam” and “Gossip Girl.” McKay was a Rockefeller Fellow in 2003 and a Guggenheim Fellow in 2004.
JeaN De seGONZaC DIRECTOR, EPISODES 105, 107 A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, de Segonzac began his cinematic career in documentaries, bringing his discerning eye to celluloid as a cinematographer. Road Scholar, a film he shot and co-directed, premiered at Sundance and earned a Peabody Award in 1993. De Segonzac’s work as cinematographer on the critically acclaimed independent film Laws of Gravity (1992, directed by Nick Gomez) garnered him a Spirit Award nomination. Impressed by his work on Laws of Gravity, Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana offered de Segonzac the DP/Operator position on “Homicide: Life on the Street,” which ultimately led to his becoming a regular director on both that series and
on their subsequent series “Oz.” In 1998, he directed the “Law & Order” made-for-TV movie, “Exiled,” starring Chris Noth. The series creator, Dick Wolf, later tapped him for the prestigious assignment of directing the premiere episodes of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Trial by Jury” and “Dragnet.” In the past 15 years de Segonzac has directed over 100 prime-time television shows, including “CSI,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Twilight Zone,” “Life on Mars,” “Gossip Girl,” “Brotherhood,” “In Treatment,” “Damages” and “Detroit 187.” For his feature film debut, he directed the sci-fi horror-thriller Mimic 2 for Dimension Films.
DaN ClaNCy PRODUCTION DESIGNER Dan Clancy recently designed the comedy The Dilemma directed by Ron Howard. Prior to that he has been one of the top motion picture and television set decorators for 20 years. His list of credits include Couples Retreat, Red Dawn, The Informant, Tropic Thunder, The Promotion, Fred Claus, The Number 23, The Break Up, Derailed, The Weather Man, The Amityville Horror, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Road To Perdition, Payback, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Rosewood, Primal Fear, Hoffa, Home Alone, and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. In addition to The Dilemma, his production design credits include Nothing Like the Holidays, So Undercover, and numerous commercials and television pilots. Raised on Chicago’s northwest side, Clancy graduated from Southern University with a degree in advertising and graphic design. He set out to conquer the ad world before fate brought him into the entertainment industry, where he began his career on the set decorating “swing gang” for Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables.
COSTUME DESIGNER Juliet Polcsa was originally a fashion design major from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and has worked in the field of costume design since 1985. She began her career in the New York theatre world, designing many Off Broadway productions as well as the Broadway musical “Metro.”
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Kasper Tuxen is a Danish cinematographer who found himself drawn to the camera at the age of 13 while working as an actor on the set of Operation Cobra. It was at The National Film School of Denmark where he began his collaboration with director Martin de Thurah, having completed many projects together, most notably the short “Young Men Falling” that premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. “The Protectors,” which won the 2009 International Emmy for Best (Danish) Drama Series, along with his features Echo and Princess for director Andres Morgenthaler, and his American film debut 3 Backyards which won the Director’s prize at Sundance this past year, helped round out his blossoming career. Tuxen recently shot Mike Mills’ Beginners starring Ewan McGregor and he is currently working on spots with iconic music video directors Mark Romanek and Chris Milk.
For several years she worked in film as an assistant costume designer for such noted designers as Ann Roth (Sabrina), Hope Hanafin (A Simple Twist of Faith, Unfaithful ), Cynthia Flynt (The Good Son, The Preachers Wife), Bernie Pollack (Escape) and Susan Lyall (Little Man Tate) . Her own work in film includes such features as Arthur (with Russell Brand), Brooklyn’s Finest, Paper Man, Return to Paradise, Summer Catch, Welcome to Collinwood, Julian Po, and Brooklyn Rules. In addition, she did the costumes on three period films for the director Stanley Tucci including Big Night, The Imposters and Joe Gould’s Secret. For the director Kevin Smith she costumed Cop Out and Jersey Girl. In addition to “Boss,” her small screen work includes the TV movie “For One More Day” (ABC), the series “Rubicon” (AMC), and the pilot for the new series “Person of Interest” (CBS). Best known for her work in television as the costume designer on HBO’s hit show “The Sopranos,” Polcsa designed 82 of the show’s 86 episodes from 1998 to the show’s finale in 2007. Her work on the show has garnered her four Emmy nominations, a Costume Designers Guild Award and she was a New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) 2002 Honoree at their annual “Designing Hollywood” event.
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Kelsey Grammer Connie Nielsen Hannah Ware Jeff Hephner Kathleen Robertson
Stella Bulochnikov Brian Sher Gus Van Sant Lyn Greene Richard Levine Farhad Safinia Kelsey Grammer
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Martin Donovan Troy Garity Francis Guinan Rotimi Akinosho Karen Aldridge
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ePIsODe 101 Written by Farhad Safinia Directed by Gus Van Sant
ePIsODe 102 Written by Farhad Safinia Directed by Jim McKay
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