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In Good Company

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Photo Left: Dan Foreman (DENNIS QUAID, center) introduces his new boss, Carter Duryea (TOPHER GRACE), to his wife, Ann (MARG HELGENBERGER), in In Good Company, the insightful comedy from writer/director Paul Weitz (About a Boy). Film Title: In Good Company. Copyright: © 2004 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Credit: Glen Wilson.

Director / Writer / Producer Paul Weitz (Written by / Directed by / Produced by) co-directed the award-winning hit About a Boy, with his brother and frequent collaborator, Chris Weitz, also adapting the screenplay from Nick Hornby’s novel.

The screenplay received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as similar nominations from BAFTA, Writers Guild, Chicago Film Critics and Humanitas; the film was named one of the AFI’s Movies of the Year and was nominated for Golden Globe and Golden Satellite awards for Best Comedy, winning Best Studio Comedy Feature at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.

In 1999, Paul and Chris Weitz formed Depth of Field, their Los Angeles-based production company. Their diverse slate of upcoming projects include A Stolen Life, a remake of the Bette Davis classic to be directed by Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl); the feature adaptation of Michael Moorcock’s fantasy epic The Elric Saga; the comedies Army Geek and The Last Bachelor Party; and the WWI drama Silent Night.

Weitz made his feature directorial debut teaming with his brother on American Pie, the phenomenally successful first installment of the Pie franchise.

Prior to their screenwriting work on About a Boy, the brothers collaborated on several screenplays, including Antz. Weitz also made his acting debut in the Sundance Film Festival hit, Chuck and Buck.

Born in New York, Weitz’s grandfather was fabled agent Paul Kohner (who represented filmmakers such as John Huston, Billy Wilder and Ingmar Bergman) and his parents are fashion designer/writer John Weitz and Oscar®-nominated actress Susan Kohner.

Weitz graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in film. His last year there, his play Mango Tea was produced off-Broadway with Marisa Tomei and Rob Morrow by New York’s Ensemble Studio Theatre. EST also produced his next works, Captive and All for One, and, most recently, the ensemble comedy Roulette, starring Larry Bryggman, Anna Paquin, Ana Gasteyer, and Shawn Hatosy (which The New York Times cited as an “original jewel”). His play, Privilege, will be produced by the Second Stage Theater this spring.

Director / Writer / Producer Chris Weitz (Produced by) is set to direct the fantasy epic, His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, the motion picture adaptation of the first book from author Philip Pullman’s immensely popular young adult novel series. Weitz previously co-directed, with his brother and collaborator Paul Weitz, the awardwinning hit film, About a Boy, also adapting the screenplay from the Nick Hornby novel.

The screenplay received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as similar nominations from BAFTA, Writers Guild, Chicago Film Critics and Humanitas; the film was named one of the AFI’s Movies of the Year and was nominated for the Golden Globe award for Best Comedy, winning Best Studio Comedy Feature at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.

In 1999, Chris and his brother formed Depth of Field, their Los Angeles-based production company. Their diverse slate of upcoming projects include A Stolen Life, a remake of the Bette Davis classic to be directed by Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl); the feature adaptation of Michael Moorcock’s fantasy epic The Elric Saga; the comedies Army Geek and The Last Bachelor Party; and the WWI drama Silent Night.

Weitz’s first directorial collaboration with Paul was on American Pie, the phenomenally successful first installment of the Pie franchise, which was followed by American Pie 2 and the final installment, American Wedding, both of which he also executive-produced. Prior to their screenwriting work on About a Boy, the brothers collaborated on several screenplays, including Antz and Madeline (adapting the popular children’s book). Chris also made his acting debut in the Sundance Film Festival hit, Chuck and Buck.

Born in New York, Weitz earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in English literature at Cambridge University. He went on to work as a journalist for several newspapers in the U.K. and U.S. before starting to work in film.

Rodney Liber (Executive Producer) was executive producer on the box office hit Big Momma’s House, starring Martin Lawrence.

Previously, Liber served as producer on the sexual thriller, Wild Things, starring Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon and Neve Campbell; and on Dunston Checks In, starring Jason Alexander, Rupert Everett and Faye Dunaway.

He also served as production consultant on Bad Girls, with Drew Barrymore, and Cousin Bette, starring Jessica Lange. As a vice president of production for 20 th Century Fox, Liber worked with director Michael Mann on The Last of the Mohicans; Ron Shelton on White Men Can’t Jump; and Jim Abrahams on the comedy Hot Shots: The Movie. He also supervised production on My Cousin Vinny and the John Hughes comedy, Dutch. Liber began his career working in as a production assistant on feature films such as F/X and Ruthless People. At age 27, he supervised production on Disney’s summer blockbuster, Dick Tracy, directed by and starring Warren Beatty, along with an all-star cast.

Andrew Miano (Executive Producer) partnered with Paul and Chris Weitz in 1999 overseeing all phases of production at Depth of Field, their Los Angeles-based production company. Their diverse slate of upcoming projects include A Stolen Life, a remake of the Bette Davis classic to be directed by Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl); the feature adaptation of Michael Moorcock’s fantasy epic The Elric Saga; the comedies Army Geek and The Last Bachelor Party; and the WWI drama Silent Night, among others. Miano also served as a producer on the WB television series Off Centre, starring Eddie Kaye Thomas. Miano is currently executive-producing Chris Weitz’s His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass.

Prior to joining the Weitz brothers, Miano worked for three years at the William Morris Agency, where he started in their agent trainee program. Miano is a graduate of SUNY Oswego earning a BA in theatre and creative writing.

Remi Adefarasin, B.S.C. (Director of Photography) previously worked with filmmaker Paul Weitz on the critically acclaimed feature About a Boy. Other recent film credits include The Haunted Mansion, starring Eddie Murphy. Adefarasin has also photographed motion pictures including P.J. Hogan’s Unconditional Love; The House of Mirth, directed by Terence Davies; Martha Fiennes’ Cinematography in 1999 and was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Cinematography, an A.S.C. Award and the Chicago Critics Award for Best Cinematography; Peter Howitt’s Sliding Doors, starring Gwyneth Paltrow; Hollow Reed and Captives, both directed by Angela Pope; and Anthony Minghella’s Truly Madly Deeply.

Adefarasin also shot the television epic Band of Brothers for directors including Richard Loncraine, Tom Hanks and David Leland. Other television credits include Angela Pope’s Children Crossing, Dream Baby and Sweet As You Are; and Mike Leigh’s Four Days in July, Home Sweet Home and Grown Ups.

William Arnold (Production Designer) most recently crafted the production design for Steve Martin’s Shopgirl. Arnold studied theater and design in his native state of Rhode Island before moving on to Chicago to pursue his career in the theater. While there, he began working on motion pictures and eventually as art director on the feature film Music Box. He continued to serve as art director on such films as Losing Isaiah, The Bridges of Madison County, Primal Fear and Snow Falling on Cedars.

Since moving to Los Angeles, his art direction credits have also included L.A. Confidential and Pleasantville, with both pictures garnering Academy Award® nominations for Best Art Direction. Arnold made his debut as a production designer on the feature film Mo’ Money. His other feature production design credits include Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, Confidence and The Last Shot.

Myron Kerstein (Editor) began his career in editing working on variety of projects, among them Michael Moore’s television series TV Nation and Todd Haynes’ celebrated feature film Velvet Goldmine. More recently, Kerstein served as editor on Peter Sollett’s Raising Victor Vargas, the musical Camp for director Todd Graff and two entries in this year’s Sundance Film Festival: Chrystal and Zach Braff’s acclaimed Garden State.

His first film as an editor was James Toback’s subversive indie feature Black and White. Additional credits include the television documentary Hollywood High and the feature Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Kerry Kohansky (Co-Producer) currently serves as Vice President of Development at Depth of Field, Paul and Chris Weitz’s Los Angeles-based production company. Kohansky is currently overseeing development on a diverse slate of upcoming comedy projects, including Army Geek; A Cappella; The Last Bachelor Party; and My Mother’s Boyfriend, a dark comedy to be directed by Jon Sherman.

She joined Depth of Field in January 2001 after working in the development department of The Shooting Gallery and the literary department at the William Morris Agency. Kohansky is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in film and television.

Molly Maginnis (Costume Designer) continues her string of collaborations with a variety of accomplished filmmakers in her latest effort with writer/director/producer Paul Weitz and her costumes for In Good Company.

Previously, Maginnis has worked with such talents as Lawrence Kasdan (Dreamcatcher), Irwin Winkler (Life As a House), Peter Chelsom (Town & Country), Ron Underwood (Mighty Joe Young), James L. Brooks (the multiple Academy Award® winners As Good As It Gets and Broadcast News), Stephen Frears (the live telefilm Fail Safe), Jon Avnet (The War), Alan Parker (Come See the Paradise) and Amy Heckerling (Look Who’s Talking).

On television, Maginnis’ work includes the costuming for the miniseries Tales of the City, which netted her a BAFTA nomination for Best Costume Design. She also created the costumes for the live telefilm version of On Golden Pond, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

Versatile composer Stephen Trask (Original Music by) is the co-creator, composer/lyricist of the off-Broadway musical, multiple award-winning Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which developed into the feature film release by Fine Line Features. His instrumental score for the movie was his feature film debut and the film’s soundtrack was Stephen’s first commercial release as a record producer.

Immediately thereafter Stephen was tapped by director Alex Steyermark to score and produce songs for Prey for Rock & Roll, starring Gina Gershon. For Prey, Trask assembled an all-star, all-girl rock band featuring Sara Lee (Gang of Four, Indigo Girls and The B-52’s), Sam Maloney (Hole, Mötley Crüe), Cheri Lovedog (who wrote the screenplay and the songs) and rock legend Joan Jett.

Then Tom McCarthy called Stephen to score the award-winning The Station Agent (Miramax), which he followed up with Paul Weitz’s In Good Company. Currently, Stephen is in development at National Artists with Barry Weisler with the stage adaptation of The Blue Angel; Trask serves as composer/lyricist. For Hedwig, Stephen received an Obie Award; the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding off-Broadway Musical; a 1998 New York Magazine Award; Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Music, Lyrics and New Musical; a Grammy nomination for Best Cast Album; two GLAMA Awards; and Entertainment Weekly’s Best Soundtrack Award for 2001.

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