Academy Award®-winner NICOLAS CAGE (Will Montgomery) is one of the most versatile actors of all time, equally known for his poignant portrayals in both drama and comedy.
STOLEN reunites Cage with Con Air director Simon West, the 1997 blockbuster action thriller that also features STOLEN actor M.C. Gainey.
Cage is currently in production on Marble City with Mickey Rourke, and will next be seen in The Frozen Ground with Vanessa Hudgens and John Cusack. Also upcoming is The Croods, co-starring Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone.
Most recently, Cage was seen in the comic book sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, as well as Drive Angry with Amber Heard, Seeking Justice with January Jones, Trespass with Nicole Kidman, and the Charles Roven produced epic, Season of the Witch, which filmed on location in Budapest.
In 2010, he starred in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, a film that marks Cage's seventh collaboration with producer Jerry Bruckheimer. In addition, Cage starred in the action comedy, Kick-Ass produced by Matthew Vaughn.
In the 2009 critically acclaimed film Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Cage plays a drug and gambling addicted detective in post-Katrina New Orleans. Prior to this film, Cage lent his voice to two animated features: the Jerry Bruckheimer produced family adventure G-Force, and the Summit Entertainment family adventure, Astro Boy. Cage also starred in Summit Entertainment's sci-fi thriller Knowing, and the Pang Brothers directed Bangkok Dangerous, an action thriller.
In 2007, Cage starred in the worldwide box office success National Treasure: Book of Secrets. It marked Cage's fifth collaboration with producer Jerry Bruckheimer following The Rock, Con Air, Gone in 60 Seconds and National Treasure. His memorable performance as an alcoholic drinking himself to death in the drama, Leaving Las Vegas, directed by Mike Figgis, earned him an Academy Award® as well as Golden Globe and Best Actor awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Chicago Film Critics and the National Board of Review. Cage further solidified his leading man status when he received Academy Award®, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nominations for his dual role as twin brothers ‘Charlie' and ‘Donald Kaufman' in Spike Jonze's quirky comedy, Adaptation, which also co-starred Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper.
In addition, Cage portrayed ‘Johnny Blaze' in Ghost Rider, based on the Marvel Comic book character, directed and written by Mark Steven Johnson. The film immediately set a new record as the highest-grossing opening film for the President's Day weekend in 2007. Cage's other starring roles include that of Neil LaBute's The Wicker Man, and Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, both released in 2006, and Gore Verbinski's The Weather Man and Andrew Niccol's Lord of War, released in 2005. He was also heard as the voice of ‘Zoc' in the animated film The Ant Bully.
In fall of 2002, Cage made his film directorial debut with Sonny, where he cast an impressive group of actors, including Golden Globe winner James Franco, Mena Suvari, Brenda Blethyn and Harry Dean Stanton. The film was accepted at the 2002 Deauville Film Festival.
Cage's many other films include Next, Matchstick Men, Windtalkers, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, The Family Man, Bringing Out the Dead, Eight Millimeter, Snake Eyes, City of Angels, Face Off, Kiss of Death, Guarding Tess, It Could Happen to You, Red Rock West, Honeymoon in Vegas, Joel and Ethan Coen's Raising Arizona, Vampire's Kiss, Peggy Sue Got Married, Valley Girl, Racing with the Moon, The Cotton Club and Rumble Fish.
It was Cage's portrayal of a tormented Vietnam vet in Birdy that first established him as a serious actor. Directed by Alan Parker, Birdy won the jury prize at Cannes. Cage then received a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actor for his role as Cher's lover in Moonstruck. David Lynch's Wild at Heart, starring Cage and Laura Dern, won the Palme d'Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.
Some of Cage's other honors include a 1993 Golden Globe nomination for his role in Honeymoon in Vegas, the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montreal World Film Festival in 1996, the first ever Distinguished Decade in Film Award at ShoWest in 2001, and the prestigious American Cinematheque honored him in 2001.
In 2009, Cage was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for Global Justice for the United Nations. Last fall he traveled to Africa to undertake a mission with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime in Gulu, Uganda, Mombasa, Kenya and Nairobi, Kenya. Here he met with child soldiers, gang members, inmates, Kenyan judges and magistrates to help stop human trafficking, child slavery and kidnapping. Cage is also a Luminary for Amnesty International and helps with their focus on human rights.
Cage was raised in Long Beach, California, and lived there until his family moved to San Francisco when he was 12. Cage began acting at age 15, when he enrolled in San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre. He later moved to Los Angeles, and while still a high school student landed a role in the television film The Best of Times. He made his feature film debut in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
DANNY HUSTON (Tim Harlend) is an award-winning actor known for his versatility and dramatic screen presence. True to Huston form, Danny is cultivating a storied career both in front of and behind the camera.
Known as a writer, director and producer, Huston got his start directing Mr. North starring Anthony Edwards, Robert Mitchum and his sister, Anjelica Huston. Later, Huston gave his breakthrough acting performance in the independent film Ivansxtc, and was nominated for Best Male Performance at the Independent Spirit Awards in 2003.
Huston's other acting credits include Birth opposite Nicole Kidman, Silver City directed by John Sayles, and Martin Scorsese's The Aviator starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the latter which earned the ensemble cast a 2004 Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. The following year, Huston received the Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as ‘Sandy Woodrow' in The Constant Gardener, and he starred in the critically acclaimed Australian Western, The Proposition, alongside Guy Pearce and Emily Watson.
Huston was featured in Marie Antoinette, directed by Sofia Coppola, Children Of Men, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, and Fade To Black, in which he portrayed Orson Welles. He was also seen in The Number 23, The Kingdom, 30 Days Of Night, The Kreutzer Sonata, How To Lose Friends And Alienate People, and the award-winning HBO miniseries John Adams, in which he portrayed Samuel Adams. Huston also was seen in the feature blockbuster, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
In 2010, Huston was seen in the thriller, Edge Of Darkness opposite Mel Gibson, in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, and in the fantasy-action feature The Warrior's Way, with Kate Bosworth and Geoffrey Rush. In Barry Levinson's critically acclaimed and award-winning HBO production of You Don't Know Jack, Huston portrayed ‘Geoffrey Feiger,' Kevorkian's lawyer, opposite Al Pacino.
Released in 2011, Huston had roles in Robert Redford's The Conspirator, with James McAvoy, Robin Wright and Kevin Kline; the animated feature A Monster In Paris, and Playoff, from which his performance garnished him the 2011 Best Male Lead Performance Award at the Montreal Film Festival.
In March 2012, Huston starred in Jonathan Liebesman's Wrath Of The Titans, reprising his role as ‘Poseidon' opposite Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson; and in Bernard Rose's Two Jacks, opposite Sienna Miller and Lucas' nephew, Jack Huston. He also starred in The Congress, with Harvey Keitel and Robin Wright.
In May 2012, Huston joined the production of Hitchcock, a film that follows Alfred Hitchcock's struggles during the filmmaking of his horror classic Psycho. In Hitchcock, Huston will star alongside Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Jessica Biel, James D'Arcy, and Scarlett Johansson.
Huston will soon begin production on Libertador, for director Alberto Arvel Mendoza in Madrid.
Presently, Huston plays the role of ‘Ben Diamond' in Magic City, his first television series role, helmed by Mitch Glazer for STARZ network. The original series is confirmed for a second season.
Huston currently resides in Los Angeles.
MALIN AKERMAN (Riley Simms) is a Swedish-Canadian actress best known for her sharp comedic timing and ‘cover girl' good looks. She was named one of Variety's "10 Actors to Watch" in 2007, the same year she was seen alongside Ben Stiller in the comedy The Heartbreak Kid, directed by the Farrelly brothers. Prior feature film credits include The Brothers Solomon and Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.
In 2008, Akerman starred in the hit romantic comedy 27 Dresses, with Katherine Heigl, James Marsden and Edward Burns. She also was featured in The Proposal, with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, which topped the box office after its debut and has grossed more than $100 million to date.
In the hit comedy Couples Retreat, Akerman was seen opposite Vince Vaughn, Kristen Bell, Jason Bateman and Jon Favreau. In March of the same year she co-starred in the blockbuster Watchmen, which opened at number one with more than $50 million in box office sales, and which earned her a nomination for a Teen Choice Award.
In September 2010, Akerman starred in the indie romantic comedy The Romantics, directed by Galt Niederhoffer. The Romantics premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and co-stars Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin, Josh Duhamel, Adam Brody, and Elijah Wood.
In March 2011, Akerman was seen in theaters nationwide in the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Audience-Award-Winner Happythankyoumoreplease, where she joined Kate Mara, Zoe Kazan, and Josh Radnor in Radnor's directorial debut. As Annie—a woman struggling with alopecia—Akerman gives "one of the most genuine and heartfelt performances from this year" (Erik Davis, Fandango). Also that year, Malin appeared in Sebastian Gutierrez's fun and sexy Elektra Luxx, which premiered at the 2010 SXSW Festival. At the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, Akerman shared the screen with Ryan Philippe and Taylor Kitsch in the Steven Silver film, The Bang Bang Club.
Most recently, Akerman joined Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston in the Judd Apatow-produced comedy Wanderlust. She will soon be seen singing alongside Tom Cruise in the musical adaptation of the Broadway hit Rock of Ages.
Despite her wide-ranging experience with feature films, Akerman is also no stranger to the small screen. Her breakthrough came in 2005 on the HBO series The Comeback, starring Lisa Kudrow as a washed up sitcom actress. Akerman gained the attention of both critics and audiences for her role as "Juna Millken", a popular model/musician who befriends Kudrow's character as she tries to resuscitate her career. Akerman also had a memorable recurring role on the third season of HBO's hit series Entourage. She was recently seen in a special episode of How I Met Your Mother and graces TV screens while co-starring in the third season of Adult Swim's Children's Hospital, a medical-drama comedy parody.
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Akerman moved to Toronto, Canada at the age of two. By age five, she had already begun to model and act in television commercials, and at 17, she won the "Ford Supermodel of Canada" search. After attending college as a psychology major, Akerman relocated to California to focus on acting. It was here where Akerman met her drummer husband Roberto while performing as the lead singer of the alternative rock band The Petalstones. The two currently reside in Los Angeles.
M.C. GAINEY (Hoyt) is a veteran character actor who has appeared in more than 200 television shows and movies over the last thirty years. A native of the Deep South, Gainey's imposing size, trademark handlebar mustache, and "honest" face have allowed him to portray a wide variety of convicts, cowboys, and killers.
Gainey's long television career, from Happy Days and Dynasty, to Justified and Enlightened, encompasses every genre. His recurring roles on shows like Designing Women (T.Tommy Reed), Briscoe County (Big Smith), LOST (Tom Friendly), and Justified (Bo Crowder), have stamped him as a "career criminal" of every stripe.
Gainey's film career runs from lighthearted kid pics such as The Mighty Ducks, Country Bears, Tangled, and Are We There Yet?, to adult comedies Wild Hogs, Beerfest, and The Dukes of Hazzard. He also has been featured in blood-splattered thrillers including Breakdown, Geronimo and Wonderland. HE had a pivotal role in the action thriller Con Air, and has been reunited with the director Simon West and Nicolas Cage on STOLEN.
Gainey appeared in indie film hits Sideways, Happy Texas, and Love Ranch. He will soon be seen in Haunted High School, Babymakers, and director Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.
While Gainey's characters have usually wound up jailed, stabbed, blown up, eaten alive by wolves, or gunned down by generations of cops, he jumped at the chance to play the character Hoyt in STOLEN, as he proclaims, "Crime does make strange and wonderful bedfellows."
SAMI GAYLE (Alison Loeb) has already achieved an acting career far beyond her 16 years of age. She began acting in the theatre playing "Baby June" in the off-Broadway production of Gypsy, starring Patti LuPone. Gayle reprised her role when the production moved to Broadway a few months later, and she soon went on to co-star in the off-Broadway plays Oohrah!, and MCC Theatre's Family Week directed by Academy-Award winner Jonathan Demme. Gayle also was featured in the 2007 Broadway production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical.
Gayle currently co-stars in the critically acclaimed CBS television series Blue Bloods, with Tom Selleck. In addition, she has guest starred on the USA network series Royal Pains, and had a recurring role on the CBS soap opera, As the World Turns.
Gayle recently co-stared in the feature film Detachment alongside Academy-Award winner Adrien Brody. She will also be seen in soon to be released feature, The Congress, staring Robin Wright and Paul Giamatti.
While home-schooled, Gayle followed Advanced Placement (AP) curriculums in all subjects. She is nationally ranked in Public Forum Debate, and has received two bids to compete at the Tournament of Champions, an achievement that places her among the top debaters nationwide.
JOSH LUCAS (Vincent) became interested in acting in 1979 when a small Canadian production company was filming on the tiny coastal South Carolina Island, The Isle of Palms, where Lucas and his family lived. Unbeknownst to the filmmakers, 8-year-old Lucas was hiding in the sand dunes watching the climatic scene where teenage lovers engage in a lovesick fight. It was during this experience that Lucas decided to pursue a career in film!
Born to young, radical, politically active parents in Arkansas in 1971, Lucas spent his early childhood nomadically moving around the southern United States. The family finally settled in Gig Harbor, Washington, where Lucas attended high school. The school had an award winning drama/debate program and Lucas won the State Championship in Dramatic Interpretation and competed at the National Championship in 1989. Brief stints in professional theater in Seattle followed, before Lucas moved to Los Angeles. After receiving breaks playing a young George Armstrong Custer in the Steven Spielberg production Class of '61 and in the Frank Marshall film Alive, Lucas' career toiled in minor television appearances. Frustrated, he decided to start over and relocate to New York City.
In NYC, Lucas studied acting for years under Suzanne Shepherd and performed in smaller theater productions, like Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, before receiving another break in 1997 when he was cast as Judas in Terrence McNally's controversial off-Broadway production of Corpus Christi. The play led to his being cast in the films You Can Count on Me and American Psycho. These films were followed by performances in the Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind and the box office hit Sweet Home Alabama. After which, Lucas gave memorable performances in various films, such as Ang Lee's Hulk, David Gordon Green's Undertow, Secondhand Lions, Wonderland, Lasse Hallstrom's An Unfinished Life and Wolfgang Petersen's Poseidon. In 2005, Lucas gained nearly 40 pounds to play legendary basketball coach Don Haskins in the Jerry Bruckheimer production Glory Road. Lucas followed this performance by making his Broadway debut in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. Lucas' other theater credits include the award-winning off-Broadway production of Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell. Lucas's first producing project, the intensely personal Boaz Yakin film Death in Love, was released in 2009 in which he also starred. Lucas also produced and starred in the 2009 IFC film Stolen opposite Jon Hamm.
Lucas recently wrapped production on NBC's television drama series The Firm, based on the book by John Grisham. The Firm is produced by Entertainment One in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks and Paramount Pictures, with Grisham, Lukas Reiter, John Morayniss, Michael Rosenberg and Noreen Halpern executive producing.
Lucas will next be seen in "Hide Away." The film follows the story of a successful businessman (Lucas) attempting to resurrect his life. "Hide Away" is the quiet cinematic journey about the inevitability of change. It will be released in select cities and VOD on June 1, 2012.
Lucas was last seen in the Warner Brothers film J. Edgar as the character role of "Charles Lindbergh". J. Edgar was directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Dustin Lance Black. Lucas recently wrapped production on the film Big Sur alongside Kate Bosworth. In 2011 he was seen in the Australian independent film Red Dog opposite Rachael Taylor, a story adapted from the beloved and bestselling novel "Red Dog" by Louis De Bernieres. The film was released to rave reviews and has quickly become one of Australia's highest-grossing Australian films.
In May 2011, Lucas starred in Anchor Bay's dark comedy Daydream Nation, opposite Kat Dennings. Daydream Nation premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. Lucas also starred in the Lionsgate film The Lincoln Lawyer, opposite Matthew McConaughey; Life as We Know, opposite Katherine Heigl and the independent film, Hideaway, opposite Ayelet Zurer and James Cromwell, which premiered at the 2011 SXSW film festival.
Lucas has always remained fascinated by documentaries, and over the past few years has worked repeatedly with film legend Ken Burns on the documentaries The War, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, and Prohibition, in which he narrated. He was involved in the Oscar-nominated Operation Homecoming, and appeared in the National Board of Review's award winner Trumbo. Lucas also appeared in the Los Angeles Film Festival's award winning film Resolved, as well as Barry Levinson's documentary Poliwood.
Lucas resides in New York City.
ABOUT THE CREW
SIMON WEST (Director), British born filmmaker, started at the BBC in London as an editor. He then moved on to direct several award-winning commercials. His films include CON AIR starring Nic Cage, THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER starring John Travolta, LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER starring Angelina Jolie and WHEN A STRANGER CALLS starring Camilla Belle. All of these pictures either made over $100 million domestically or opened at number 1 or both.
West also served as an executive producer on the Oscar® nominated BLACK HAWK DOWN. He will be reteaming with BLACK HAWK DOWN writer Ken Nolan to direct THUNDER RUN based on the book "Thunder Run" written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Zucchino. It is the first tank battle film in many years.
His television company has produced acclaimed series such as Fox's KEEN EDDIE, the CBS series CLOSE TO HOME, Fox's HUMAN TARGET and the NBC series THE CAPE.
West directed the action-packed remake of THE MECHANIC starring Jason Statham and Ben Foster. He recently directed the highly anticipated action blockbuster, THE EXPENDABLES 2 starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth, also Jean-Claude Van Damme, with Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
West's future projects consist of the biopic DALI based on the life and times of its namesake, the comedy SALTY based on the novel of the same name and the witty caper GETTING EVEN written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais who together penned THE BANK JOB and ACROSS THE UNIVERSE.
RENE BESSON (Producer) has worked extensively with Millennium Films over the last several years. Most recently, Besson produced Trespass, directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman, Drive Angry, starring Nicolas Cage, and Playing The Field starring Gerard Butler, directed by Gabriele Muccino; as well as serving as Executive Producer on Stone, starring Robert De Niro and Edward Norton. Prior to his association with Millennium, he produced the film Imaginary Heroes, starring Sigourney Weaver.
MATTHEW JOYNES (44) Married 3 Children UK Citizen Living in LA: "Stolen" is the first large budget feature Matthew has produced : " It seemed natural to me to combine the talent of Simon West and Nic Cage as I was such a huge fan of Con Air, I am delighted and proud to work with such a professional group of individuals at Millennium who have created this wonderful film".
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Matthew has mostly been involved in computers, 3D projection, auto-stereoscopic 3D (3d without glasses) and distribution of film until "Stolen".
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BOAZ DAVIDSON (Executive Producer) is the Head of Development and Creative Affairs for Millennium Films. He has been with the firm and its parent company, Nu Image, Inc., since 1992. However, he is equally well known as the writer-director of the critically acclaimed worldwide hit film Lemon Popsicle, which debuted at the Berlin Film Festival, receiving its Panorama Audience Award and spawning more than a dozen sequels.
Davidson was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, graduated from London Film School, and moved to the United States in 1979. He joined Cannon Films, where he oversaw production on such films as: Going Bananas, Delta Force, American Cyborg, Salsa; and most notably an American version of Lemon Popsicle titled The Last American Virgin. Today both Israeli and American versions are considered cult classics.
In 1992, Davidson joined Nu Image, Inc. co-founders and played an integral role forming the new independent studio. He continued to write, direct, and produce such films as Looking for Lola, Shadrach, and The Big Brass Ring. In 1996, Nu Image formed Millennium Films, where Davidson has overseen the development and production of such films as The Expendables, Rambo IV, Righteous Kill, 16 Blocks, The Mechanic and Brooklyn's Finest and such forthcoming pictures as The Expendables 2, The Iceman, The Big Wedding, Playing the Field, and The Paperboy, an official selection of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
John Thompson (Executive Producer) grew up in Rome where his fine body of work in the Italian film industry throughout the 1980s and 90s includes Franco Zeffirelli's Otello (two Oscar® nominations, Cannes Official Selection, American Critics Award); Claude D'Anna's Salome (Cannes Official Selection); Lina Wertmuller's Camorra (four Donatello Awards, Berlin Film Fest official entry); Liliana Cavani's Berlin Interior (Donatello Award, Berlin Film Festival official selection); Paul Schrader's The Comfort of Strangers (Cannes Official Selection); Ivan Passer's Haunted Summer (Venice Film Festival Official Selection); Jerzy Skolimowski's Torrents of Spring (Cannes Official Selection) and Giuseppe Tornatore's Everybody's Fine (Cannes Official Selection).
Thompson returned to Los Angeles to helm production for Millennium Films in 1998. Films he has produced or co-produced for Millennium include American Perfekt written and directed by Paul Chart (Cannes Official Selection); Susanna Styron's Shadrach (Venice Official Selection); Some Girl from Rory Kelly (Best Director Award, LA Independent Film Festival); Audrey Wells' Guinevere; George Hickenlooper's Big Brass Ring, as well as Prozac Nation, Nobody's Baby, The Replicant, Try Seventeen, Undisputed and other successful productions.
Continuing as Millennium's Head of Production, Thompson has gone on to produce The Mechanic, The Expendables, Brooklyn's Finest, Righteous Kill, Rambo IV and soon to be released The Expendables 2, The Big Wedding, Playing the Field and Stolen.
Avi Lerner (Producer) is the Chairman and founder of Nu Image, Inc., Millennium Films and all related companies. With more than 350 films to his credit, he is one of the most experienced, prolific and successful independent producers of our time.
Born and raised in Haifa, Israel, Lerner began as manager of Israel's first drive-in cinema. In 1979, Lerner anticipated the explosion of home video rental, which led to his pioneering the largest specialized video distribution company in Israel, and becoming a partner in the country's largest theatrical distribution company.
In 1984, he executive produced the remake of King Solomon's Mines. He then sold his Israeli company and relocated to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he founded the Nu Metro Entertainment Group. The company's interests grew to include owned and operated theaters; a video distribution division representing top studios and independent companies; and a production arm that made over 60 features distributed worldwide by major studios. Lerner eventually sold Nu Metro to join MGM/United Artists.
In 1992, he moved to Los Angeles and opened Nu Image, Inc., focusing on production and distribution for the home entertainment market. In 1996 he launched Millennium Films, which produces theatrical motion pictures.
Under the Millennium Films label, Lerner has produced such films as Expendables 1 & 2, Rambo IV, Righteous Kill, Brooklyn's Finest, and The Mechanic.
The company's forthcoming pictures include The Big Wedding, with Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried and Robin Williams; Gabriele Muccino's Playing the Field starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid; and Lee Daniels' The Paperboy, an official selection of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival starring Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack and Nicole Kidman.
DANNY DIMBORT (Executive Producer) began his entertainment career with the Israeli distribution company Golan-Globus Films and became managing director within two years. In 1980, he moved to Los Angeles to join Cannon Films as head of foreign sales. He then returned to Israel to produce several feature films prior to joining Cannon/Pathé back in Los Angeles, where he was in charge of distribution. President of International Distribution at MGM until 1991, Dimbort then formed Nu Image with Avi Lerner and served as partner in charge of sales and marketing.
Co-founder and CFO, Trevor Short (Executive Producer) oversees legal, finance and administrative operations for Nu Image, Inc., Millennium Films and all related companies.
Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Short obtained a Bachelor of Law from the University of Rhodesia and an MBA at the University of Cape Town where he was awarded the Gold Medal. In 1980 Short entered the world of banking and commerce, joining Standard Chartered Merchant Bank in Harare as head of Corporate Finance, responsible for takeovers, mergers and IPO's. He then moved to Hill Samuel Merchant Bank in Johannesburg in 1984 as head of its Corporate Finance Division and subsequently to Investec Bank where he was responsible for eight IPOs on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, as well as numerous mergers and acquisitions
Short's finance background led him to develop a tax based financing formula to produce motion pictures in South Africa. He succeeded in procuring over $200 million from private investors to fund the production of international films made in South Africa. Much of the financing he secured was for films produced by Avi Lerner's Nu Metro group for international film companies. He also became a consultant to the Government of South Africa regarding film incentive legislation.
In 1989, Short left the banking sector to join Lerner as a shareholder in and Chief Executive of Nu Metro Entertainment Group in Johannesburg. He continued to arrange financing for Nu Metro's film production and was directly involved in its expanding its theater chain. In 1991, Lerner and Short used proceeds from the sale of Nu Metro Entertainment Group to start a new studio in California. Nu Image, Inc. opened its doors in Los Angeles in 1992.
Short's expertise; in finance, law, investments, tax legislation, subsidies, international and domestic banking has been applied to the many foreign co-productions undertaken by the Nu Image group over the years. This includes the development of Nu Boyana Studios in Bulgaria and Millennium Studios in Louisiana, both of which are full service production facilities available to the film industry and often used by Millennium Films.
Short has served as producer or executive producer on nearly all Nu Image and Millennium Films productions since the beginning. Recent films include The Expendables 1 & 2 and the forthcoming The Big Wedding, Playing the Field, and The Paperboy, a 2012 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection.
As founder and CEO of DubinMedia, Kristina Dubin has become a key figure in international media production and distribution over the years.
After serving as President of Acquisitions for Swiss-based Highlight Communications for four years, she founded DubinMedia in 2000 as an international production and distribution entity. Under the DubinMedia banner, she established and ran the U.S. office for the German network of ARD-Degeto-Telepool in the fall of 2002 until its closure in 2008.
Currently, Kristina continues her work in international distribution as the Head of U.S. Office for the German national broadcaster ARD Degeto and as an International Consultant with the Australian entertainment powerhouse Village Roadshow.
In her work with the German Broadcaster ARD, she initiated their first output deal in twenty years with The Weinstein Company. This long-term deal is still in progress, and DubinMedia is actively maintaining the integrity of the deal for ARD, including negotiating new or replacement quality product as necessary.
Also in Germany, she has worked closely with Studio Babelsberg to bring U.S. and international production to the region in order to capitalize on their state-of-the-art facilities and regional tax incentives.
Outside of working with German producers, she also has a long-standing relationship with award-winning producer Arthur Cohn, and aided him as a production consultant on his most recent film, THE YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF, in order to assure its exposure in a myriad of ways.
While teaming up with these large forces in the media world, she has also produced several features over the years, recently exec producing the family film COOL DOG. She also produced Edward Norton-starrer LEAVES OF GRASS, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and began it all by writing and producing MCCINSEY'S ISLAND. Upcoming feature projects in development include adaptations of two acclaimed novels, with plans to shoot early next summer.
She was educated in Denmark and the U.K., finalizing her college degree in the U.S.
JIB POLHEMUS has been the President of Simon West Productions for the past 12 years. Currently he is co-producing EXPENDABLES 2, and producing THUNDER RUN and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 3D: ORIGINS. Recently he executive produced STOLEN starring Nic Cage, co-produced THE MECHANIC starring Jason Statham and Ben Foster and Associate Produced TOMB RAIDER starring Angelina Jolie.
Jib has also overseen production and development on several other films including BLACKHAWK DOWN, WHEN A STRANGER CALLS, and THE GENERAL' S DAUGHTER for Simon West Productions. He started his career in entertainment at the Creative Artists Agency, and worked for legendary producer Dino De Laurentiis (Hannibal, Conan the Barbarian, King Kong).
In television, he recently Co-Executive Produced THE CAPE for NBC and HUMAN TARGET for FOX. He has had a producing deal at CBS Studios for the past ten years, and while there has produced various pilots and shows for several different networks. Jib has also been a guest lecturer for The Columbia College of Chicago (Semester in Los Angeles program) for the past five years.
CASSIAN ELWES (Producer) began his producing career with "Oxford Blues" starring Rob Lowe and Ally Sheedy and went on to make another twenty-nine films, including "Men At Work", with Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen, and "The Chase" with Sheen.
In 1995, Elwes joined William Morris and headed William Morris Independent for 14 years. His first effort was the long stalled project "The English Patient," which won the Academy Award for Best Picture that year. He quickly followed up with such indie hits as "Sling Blade" and "The Apostle," both of which were nominated for multiple Oscars. "Monster's Ball" was their follow up that won the Academy Award for Halle Berry as Best Actress.
The Hollywood Reporter recently said that Elwes was "involved in a virtual ‘Who's Who' of every great independent film of the last ten years" with such films as "Thank You For Smoking," "Half Nelson," and "Frozen River" '(the last two of which garnered Oscar nominations for Ryan Gosling and Melissa Leo respectively).
"What people lose sight of," Elwes recently said to Screen International, "is that these films cost a tenth of the films that they competed against at the Academy Awards. The privilege was the recognition."
Elwes is considered an expert in the field of arranging financing and distribution for independent films having done so for 283 films during his tenure at William Morris Independent.
Since leaving William Morris Independent a year and a half ago, Elwes has been involved in arranging financing and distribution of multiple films, including "Lawless," starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy, and the thriller "Stolen," directed by Simon West.