KEN KWAPIS (Director) is an award-winning director who has moved easily between the worlds of feature filmmaking and television directing. He previously directed "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," a film adaptation of Ann Brashares' best-selling novel, starring Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively and Alexis Bledel. Kwapis recently signed to direct the film adaptation of another best seller, He's Just Not That Into You.
For television, Kwapis helped launch some of the most innovative comedies of the past decade. He directed the pilot of NBC's Emmy Award-winning series "The Office," starring Steve Carell, John Krasinski and Rainn Wilson, and directed this season's premiere and final episodes. Kwapis earned an Emmy nomination for his work as a producer-director of FOX's "Malcolm in the Middle." He also directed the pilots for the groundbreaking HBO series "The Larry Sanders Show," and the Emmy Award-winning "The Bernie Mac Show." He also directed episodes of such critically acclaimed comedies as "Freaks and Geeks" and "Bakersfield, P.D."
Kwapis' feature film credits include the romantic comedies "The Beautician and the Beast," starring Fran Drescher, and "He Said, She Said," starring Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth Perkins. "He Said, She Said" was conceived and co-directed with Kwapis' wife Marisa Silver. His other films include "Dunston Checks In," starring Jason Alexander and Faye Dunaway; "Vibes," starring Jeff Goldblum and Cyndi Lauper; and "Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird," starring Jim Henson's Muppets.
Kwapis' film "Sexual Life" marked his first effort as a writer-director. Adapted from Arthur Schnitzler's play "La Ronde," "Sexual Life" premiered to rave reviews at the Los Angeles Film Festival and aired on Showtime in 2005. The ensemble cast includes Anne Heche, Elizabeth Banks and Kerry Washington.
Kwapis studied filmmaking at Northwestern University and the University of Southern California. He won the Student Academy Award in Dramatic Achievement for his USC thesis film "For Heaven's Sake," an adaptation of Mozart's one-act comic opera Der Schauspieldirektor ("The Impresario").
KIM BARKER (Screenwriter/Story) counts "License to Wed" as her first produced feature screenplay. Her next project, the comedy "All About Steve," stars Sandra Bullock and is set to begin production this summer.
TIM RASMUSSEN & VINCE DI MEGLIO (Screenwriters) count "License to Wed" as their first screenplay credit for a major studio. They are currently in post-production on their debut comedy feature "Smother." Written by Rasmussen & Di Meglio, with Di Meglio directing and Rasmussen producing, the film stars Diane Keaton, Dax Shepard, Liv Tyler and Mike White.
WAYNE LLOYD (Story) counts "License to Wed" as his first onscreen writing credit. He previously worked in production on such films as "The Fog," "Scary Movie 3" and "Hope Springs."
MIKE MEDAVOY (Producer) has played a role in the success of some 300 feature films over the past four decades. Seventeen of those films were nominated for Academy Awards for Best Picture and seven have won, including "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Rocky," "Platoon," "Dances With Wolves," "The Silence of the Lambs," "Amadeus" and "Philadelphia."
In 1995, Medavoy founded Phoenix Pictures with Arnold W. Messer, and the company has since produced over 30 films. Phoenix's recent films include David Fincher's "Zodiac," starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr. and Anthony Edwards; "Miss Potter," directed by Chris Noonan and starring Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor and Emily Watson; Steven Zaillian's "All the King's Men," with Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Clarkson and Anthony Hopkins; and Marcus Nispel's "Pathfinder," with Karl Urban. Rod Lurie's "Resurrecting the Champ," starring Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and will be released this summer.
The company's other film productions include "The Mirror Has Two Faces," "The People vs. Larry Flynt," "U Turn," "Urban Legend," "Lake Placid," "Basic," "Dick," "The Thin Red Line" and "Holes."
Medavoy began his career in the mailroom at Universal Studios and from there was promoted to casting director. In 1965, he joined General Artist Corporation and soon after a merger with Creative Management Agency was promoted to Vice President. He became one of the leading talent agents in Hollywood, and maintained a client roster that included Jane Fonda, Hal Ashby, Michael Crichton, Tony Richardson, Karel Reisz, Steven Spielberg, Terrence Malick, Gene Wilder, Donald Sutherland, John Milius, Robert Aldrich, Jeanne Moreau and George Cukor. In 1971, Medavoy joined International Famous Agency as Vice President in charge of the motion picture department and was involved in packaging such films as "The Sting," "Young Frankenstein" and "Jaws."
In 1974, Medavoy shifted gears to film production, joining United Artists as Senior Vice President of Production. During his tenure, he, together with his colleagues and superiors, influenced the production and release of such seminal films as "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Rocky" and "Annie Hall."
Medavoy co-founded Orion Pictures in 1978, and was integral in bringing the world such award-winning pictures as "Platoon," "Amadeus" "RoboCop," "Mississippi Burning," "Hannah and Her Sisters," "The Terminator", "Dances with Wolves" and "The Silence of the Lambs."
In 1990, Medavoy assumed chairmanship of TriStar Pictures and helped bring to fruition such acclaimed films as "Philadelphia," "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," "Sleepless in Seattle," "Cliffhanger," "The Fisher King," "Basic Instinct," "Legends of the Fall" and "Hook."
Aside from entertainment, Medavoy has been a longtime community activist and humanitarian. He serves on the Board of Directors of various organizations, including the Museum of Science and Industry and the Los Angeles Board of Parks and Recreation. He is also a member of the University of Tel Aviv, a trustee of the UCLA Foundation, an advisor to the Board at the Kennedy School at Harvard University, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an honorary fellow of the DeSantis Center National Advisory Board. In 2002, former California Governor Gray Davis appointed Medavoy to the California Anti-Terrorism Information Center's Executive Advisory Board.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1992 Motion Picture Pioneer of the Year Award; the 1998 Cannes Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award; the 1999 UCLA Neil H. Jacoby Award; the 2004 Louis B. Mayer Motion Picture Award from Florida Atlantic University; and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and Producer's Guild of America Vision Award. He was honored in 2005 by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
ARNOLD W. MESSER (Producer) teamed with his longtime colleague and friend Mike Medavoy to launch Phoenix Pictures after two decades in the industry as one of the most influential executives. As President and Chief Operating Officer of Phoenix since 1995, he has overseen more than 30 features, many as producer or executive producer.
Messer is a graduate of Harvard Law School and began his entertainment career in 1979 as senior counsel of Columbia Pictures Television. After a stint as Viacom International's Vice President of Business Affairs, he was named Senior Executive Vice President and President of TriStar Pictures' Telecommunications Group in 1983. He oversaw all theatrical production and ancillary marketing activities of the company.
In 1987, he returned to Columbia Pictures as Executive Vice President, where he supervised worldwide television production and distribution, negotiating major international television agreements. In 1989, he was named President of the International Releasing Group for Sony Pictures Entertainment. In that role, Messer was in charge of long-term global strategy and overseeing international production.
Among Messer's feature film producing credits are "Zodiac," "Pathfinder," "Miss Potter," "All the King's Men" and "Basic." He also served as executive producer of "Stealth" and the television series "The Chris Isaak Show."
Currently, Messer serves as executive producer on the drama "Resurrecting the Champ," which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and will be released this summer. The film stars Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett.
NICK OSBORNE (Producer) is a founding partner of Underground Films, a production company based in Los Angeles.
Alongside his partner, Trevor Engelson, Nick most recently served as executive producer on the comedy adventure "Zoom," starring Tim Allen, Chevy Chase and Courteney Cox, and co-executive producer on ABC Family's holiday comedy "Santa Baby."
Upcoming projects for Osborne and Underground Films include the inspirational drama "Class Act," starring Halle Berry; the comedies "All About Steve," starring Sandra Bullock, "Rising Son," "Muskrat Love," "Soccer Mom," and "Wishworks."
He is currently penning a screenplay adaptation of Agatha Christie's spy thriller Destination Unknown, and has just finished his first novel, The Convert.
Osborne began his entertainment career as an intern for Silver Pictures and later for Phoenix Pictures, where he worked his way through the ranks to Vice President of Production. At Phoenix, he worked on a diverse slate of films, including "Apt Pupil," "U Turn," "The Thin Red Line" and "Lake Placid." In 1998, Osborne shepherded the hit thriller "Urban Legend" to the big screen.
In 1999, he left Phoenix to start his own production company, O/Z Films, where he served as an executive producer on the "Urban Legend" sequel "Urban Legends: Final Cut." In 2001, O/Z Films evolved into Underground Films.
Osborne studied at USC's Peter Stark Producing Program, and has a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University. He has also served as an aid worker and teacher with International Rescue Committee's Project Trust in Peshawar, Pakistan.
ROBERT SIMONDS (Producer) is one of Hollywood's most prolific producers of motion picture comedies and family films. His over 30 features have generated in excess of $3.5 billion worldwide.
BRADLEY J. FISCHER (Executive Producer) is currently Co-President of Production for Phoenix Pictures. He most recently served as producer on David Fincher's "Zodiac," starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr. and Anthony Edwards. The film marked his second collaboration with screenwriter and co-producer James Vanderbilt after the two completed the mystery thriller "Basic," for which Fischer served as a co-executive producer.
Fischer began his career at Phoenix in 1998 as an executive assistant to the company's Chairman and CEO, Mike Medavoy. Within a year, he was promoted to director of development, and, by 2002, he was named Vice President of Production. In 2004, he became the company's Senior Vice President of Production and in January of 2007 he was promoted to Co-President of Production.
He also recently served as executive producer on Marcus Nispel's Viking saga "Pathfinder," starring Karl Urban, Clancy Brown and Russell Means, and as producer on the upcoming drama "Resurrecting the Champ," directed by Rod Lurie, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett.
Fischer graduated from Columbia University in 1998 with a B.A. in Film Studies and Psychology.
DAVID THWAITES (Executive Producer) is currently Co-President of Production at Phoenix Pictures. He most recently served as producer on "Miss Potter," starring Renee Zellweger, and as executive producer on "All the King's Men," starring Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Clarkson and Anthony Hopkins.
Born and educated in England, Thwaites began his career as a child actor appearing in a number of television series over a ten-year period. At the age of 18, while an undergraduate at London University, he co-founded a film production company that developed a number of projects, including a short called "The Skip," which aired on the UK's Channel Four.
Thwaites moved to Los Angeles in 2000, and began his career in Hollywood as an assistant to Phoenix Pictures' Chairman and CEO, Mike Medavoy.
KIM ZUBICK (Executive Producer) is currently President of the Robert Simonds Company, where she oversees all feature film development and production. Recent Robert Simonds Company releases include "The Pink Panther" and "Cheaper by the Dozen."
Zubick most recently served as co-producer on the family comedy "Yours, Mine and Ours," starring Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo. In addition to "License to Wed," Zubick is currently serving as executive producer of the upcoming comedies "Father Knows Less" and "Furry Vengeance." Her additional film credits include "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," "Rebound" and "Taxi."
Formerly, Zubick served as Senior Vice President of Stewart Pictures for producer Allyn Stewart, and, prior to that, as Vice President of Production at MGM. She graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College.
DANA GOLDBERG (Executive Producer) is President of Production at Village Roadshow Pictures. Since joining the company nine years ago, she has been involved with Village Roadshow Pictures' entire slate of films, including "The Matrix" trilogy, "Ocean's Eleven," "Training Day," "Mystic River," "Miss Congeniality," "Rumor Has It," and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." She also served as an executive producer on the Academy Award-winning Best Animated Feature "Happy Feet," starring the voice talent of Robin Williams, Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman; "Taking Lives," starring Angelina Jolie; "The Dukes of Hazzard," starring Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott; and "The Lake House" starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.
Prior to joining Village Roadshow Pictures, Goldberg spent three years with Barry Levinson and Paula Weinstein at Baltimore/Spring Creek Pictures, where she was Vice President of Production. She began her career in show business as an assistant at Hollywood Pictures.
BRUCE BERMAN (Executive Producer) is Chairman and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures. The company will co-produce 60 theatrical features in a joint partnership with Warner Bros. through 2007, with all films distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
The initial slate of films produced under the pact included such hits as "Practical Magic," starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman; "Analyze This," teaming Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal; "The Matrix," starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne; "Three Kings," starring George Clooney; "Space Cowboys," directed by and starring Clint Eastwood; and "Miss Congeniality," starring Sandra Bullock and Benjamin Bratt.
Under the Village Roadshow Pictures banner, Berman has subsequently executive produced such wide-ranging successes as "Training Day," for which Denzel Washington won an Academy Award; "Ocean's Eleven," starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts; its sequels "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Thirteen"; "Two Weeks' Notice," pairing Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant; "Mystic River," starring Sean Penn and Tim Robbins in Oscar-winning performances; the second and third installments of "The Matrix" trilogy, "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions"; Tim Burton's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," starring Johnny Depp; the Oscar-winning animated comedy adventure "Happy Feet"; and the romantic comedy "Music and Lyrics," pairing Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore.
Village Roadshow's upcoming projects include the psychological thriller "The Brave One," directed by Neil Jordan and starring Jodie Foster; the sci-fi action thriller "I Am Legend," starring Will Smith; and the comedy "Get Smart," starring Steve Carell.
Berman got his start in the motion picture business working with Jack Valenti at the MPAA while attending Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC. After earning his law degree, he landed a job at Casablanca Films in 1978. Moving to Universal, he worked his way up to production Vice President in 1982.
In 1984, Berman joined Warner Bros. as a production Vice President, and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Production four years later. He was appointed President of Theatrical Production in September 1989, and, in 1991, was named President of Worldwide Theatrical Production, where he served through May 1996. Under his aegis, Warner Bros. Pictures produced and distributed such films as "Presumed Innocent," "GoodFellas," "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," the Oscar-winning Best Picture "Driving Miss Daisy," "Batman Forever," "Under Siege," "Malcolm X," "The Bodyguard," "JFK," "The Fugitive," "Dave," "Disclosure," "The Pelican Brief," "Outbreak," "The Client," "A Time to Kill" and "Twister."
In May of 1996, Berman started Plan B Entertainment, an independent motion picture company at Warner Bros. Pictures. He was named Chairman and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures in February 1998.
JOHN BAILEY (Director of Photography) has enjoyed relationships with directors as varied as Paul Schrader, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Apted and Ken Kwapis. "License to Wed" marks his third collaboration with Kwapis.
He has also worked with such leading directors as John Schlesinger, Robert Redford, Herbert Ross, Walter Hill, Stuart Rosenberg, Harold Ramis, Wolfgang Petersen, Jonathan Demme, Robert Benton, James L. Brooks and Sam Raimi, as well as such directors on their feature debuts as Richard LaGravenese, Jennifer Jason Leigh & Alan Cumming and Callie Khouri.
In an eclectic career, Bailey has photographed such mainstream Hollywood films as "Ordinary People," "Silverado," "The Accidental Tourist," "Groundhog Day," "In the Line of Fire," "As Good as It Gets," "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and "Must Love Dogs"; such offbeat films as Norman Mailer's "Tough Guys Don't Dance" and Jason Miller's "That Championship Season"; and such genre-bending pictures as "Swimming to Cambodia," "A Brief History of Time" and "The Kid Stays in the Picture."
Bailey's other film credits include "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood"; "The Anniversary Party"; "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in The Universe"; Paul Schrader's "Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters," for which he shares the 1985 Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Artistic Contribution with composer Philip Glass and production and costume designer Eiko Ishioka; "Incident at Loch Ness" for Werner Herzog; and "The Architect," which debuted at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.
His upcoming projects include the romantic comedy "How I Met My Boyfriend's Dead Fiancee," due out this September, and John Krasinski's directorial debut film "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men." Bailey is currently shooting the crime comedy "Mad Money" for Callie Khouri.
Beyond his work as a cinematographer, Bailey also directed the 1994 film noir thriller "China Moon," starring Ed Harris, Benecio del Toro and Madeline Stowe, and has written essays and film articles for the New York Times, American Cinematographer, ICG and DGA Monthly. He has served on the juries of the Venice Film Festival and CamerImage in Poland, on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and as vice president of the American Society of Cinematographers. Bailey is married to noted film editor Carol Littleton.
GAE BUCKLEY (Production Designer) reunites with director Ken Kwapis on "License to Wed." She previously served as production designer on Kwapis' "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," Kevin Costner's Western drama "Open Range," starring Robert Duvall, Costner and Annette Bening and the action-filled "Death and Life of Bobby Z." She is currently in pre-production on "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2."
As an art director, Buckley's film credits include "What Women Want," "Coyote Ugly," "Tin Cup," "The Craft," "The Little Rascals," "Indecent Proposal" and "Three Wishes." Her set designer credits include "Wayne's World," "Coneheads" and "Good Night and Good Luck."
Buckley began her career in filmed entertainment with work on music videos and commercials. She received a degree in Architecture from Cornell University, and has also studied drawing at The Brooklyn Academy of Art and scenic painting at The Lester Polikoff School of Scenic Painting in New York City.
KATHRYN HIMOFF (Editor) counts "License to Wed" as her fourth collaboration with director Ken Kwapis. She previously worked with Kwapis on "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," "Sexual Life" and the pilot episode of the Emmy Award-winning comedy series "The Office." Additionally, she edited the pilot episode of the Golden Globe-winning primetime series "Ugly Betty."
Himoff also recently edited and co-produced the indie noir thriller "Lonely Hearts," starring John Travolta, James Gandolfini and Salma Hayek. Her other film credits include "Pollock," for Ed Harris; the documentary "Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion"; Rob Zombie's "House of a 1000 Corpses"; Roger Avary's "Killing Zoe"; and Allison Anders' "Mi Vida Loca."
Prior to establishing a career in film editing, Himoff served as a story development executive for various film production companies in Los Angeles, and received a degree in Theater from Boston University.
CHRISTINE SACANI (Co-Producer) is a veteran producer of more than 40 film and television productions.
Prior to filming "License to Wed," she served as co-producer and line producer on Ken Kwapis' 2005 screen adaptation of the best-selling Ann Brashares novel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Sacani previously co-produced "New York Minute," starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
With television production as the foundation of her producing career, Sacani counts among her accomplishments the Emmy Award-winning family dramas "Eloise at Christmastime" and "Eloise at the Plaza," starring Julie Andrews and Sofia Vassilieva; the musical drama "South Pacific," starring Glenn Close and Harry Connick Jr.; the crime drama "Thin Air," with Joe Montegna and Marcia Gay Harden; and the two critically acclaimed productions "Trapped in a Purple Haze," starring Jonathan Jackson and JoBeth Williams, and "The Rosa Parks Story," starring Angela Bassett.
Born in New York, Christine graduated from New York University with a B.F.A. in film and television. She began her career in the entertainment industry in 1987 and moved to Los Angeles in 1988 to pursue her career as a producer.
LOUIS PHILLIPS (Co-Producer) joined Phoenix Pictures in 2001, and is currently Senior Executive Vice President of Production, Post-Production and Music. Prior to joining Phoenix, he had been a production executive at Paramount, Disney and Jim Henson Pictures.
Phillips most recently served as an executive producer on David Fincher's "Zodiac," and is executive producer on the upcoming drama "Resurrecting the Champ," starring Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett. His other executive producing credits include "Miss Potter," starring Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor and Emily Watson; and "Holes," Andrew Davis' adventure drama starring Sigourney Weaver and Jon Voight.
In addition to "License to Wed," Phillips also co-produced Marcus Nispel's Viking saga "Pathfinder" and the mystery thriller "Basic," starring John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson. In 2005, Phillips produced "Urban Legends: Bloody Mary," the third film in the hit horror franchise.
TREVOR ENGELSON (Co-Producer) most recently served as executive producer of the comedy adventure "Zoom," starring Tim Allen. He is currently a partner at Underground Films & Management with producer Nick Osborne.
Underground Films' upcoming projects include the inspirational drama "Class Act," starring Halle Berry, and the comedies "All About Steve," starring Sandra Bullock, "Venus Kincaid," "Stepmonster," "Rising Son," "Muskrat Love," "Soccer Mom" and "Wishworks."
Engelson started his film career on the set of the action movie "Deep Blue Sea" as a production assistant, and thereafter became an assistant at Endeavor Talent Agency. He is a graduate of the USC Annenberg School of Communications.
CHRISTOPHE BECK (Composer) has composed the score of well over 40 feature films and nearly 20 television shows. With over 15 years of experience, Beck has scored a wide array of projects, including such action films as "The Sentinel" and "Elektra," the comedies "The Pink Panther" and "Bring It On," and such dramas as "Under the Tuscan Sun" and "Year of the Dog."
He also recently composed the score of "We Are Marshall," starring Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox and David Strathairn. His other film credits include "School for Scoundrels"; "Yours, Mine and Ours"; "Taxi"; "A Cinderella Story"; "Saved!"; "Garfield"; "Cheaper by the Dozen"; "American Wedding"; and "Just Married."
Beck began his scoring career on the Canadian television series "White Fang," and from there went on to score three seasons of the hit television series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," for which he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition.