"NANCY DREW" Movie
ANDREW FLEMING (Director, Screenplay) co-wrote and directed the political comedy "Dick," a satire about the Nixon Watergate scandal, starring Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams and Will Ferrell; and "The Craft," a comic thriller about teenaged girls involved in witchcraft, starring Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell and Rachel True.
For the independent feature "Threesome," a romantic coming-of-age comedy starring Lara Flynn Boyle, Stephen Baldwin and Josh Charles, Fleming served as both director and sole screenwriter. Most recently he directed the feature comedy "The In-Laws," teaming Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks.
Fleming studied filmmaking at New York University's film school. His filmmaking debut, the 1988 psychological thriller "Bad Dreams," which he co-wrote and directed, teamed him with producer Gale Anne Hurd of "Terminator" fame.
JERRY WEINTRAUB (Producer) is one of the most influential and successful people in the entertainment industry, with a career spanning more than 50 years and encompassing the genres of feature films, television, theatre and music.
Weintraub had already enjoyed tremendous success in the management and music fields when he made an auspicious motion picture producing debut with Robert Altman's seminal 1975 feature film "Nashville." Released to widespread acclaim, the film went on to earn five Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Picture. Over the next decade, Weintraub repeatedly demonstrated an eye for emerging talent, producing such features as "September 30, 1955," starring Richard Thomas under the direction of James Bridges; "Oh, God!," directed by Carl Reiner and starring George Burns and John Denver in his first acting role; Barry Levinson's directorial debut, "Diner," which helped launch the careers of Kevin Bacon, Paul Reiser, Mickey Rourke, Tim Daly, Ellen Barkin and Steve Guttenberg; and the inspiring drama "The Karate Kid," which spawned three sequels, the last one starring a young Hilary Swank.
Now heading up Jerry Weintraub Productions, he most recently produced the caper comedy "Ocean's Thirteen." Opening on June 8, the film reunited director Steven Soderbergh and an all-star ensemble cast, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle. Weintraub previously produced the hit remake of the Rat Pack comedy "Ocean's Eleven" and its sequel, "Ocean's Twelve," both directed by Soderbergh.
Jerry Weintraub Productions also has a number of films in development, including a new live-action version of "Tarzan" and a remake of the sci-fi actioner "Westworld," to name only a few.
Brooklyn-born and Bronx-bred, Weintraub likes to joke that his goal when starting out in entertainment was to get out of the Bronx. He began his career as a talent agent, eventually segueing to personal management. Forming Management III, he handled such names as The Muppets, Jack Paar and Norm Crosby, among others. His success opened the door to the music industry at the height of the Rock 'n Roll revolution. He produced the legendary Elvis Presley's first arena tour and, throughout the 1950s and '60s, continued to make his mark as a concert promoter for some of the biggest names in the business. Founding Concerts West, Weintraub broke new ground when he presented Frank Sinatra at Madison Square Garden in the celebrated "first around the world by satellite" concert, called "The Main Event." He also helped boost the careers of such renowned artists as Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Neil Diamond, John Denver, The Carpenters and The Beach Boys.
Weintraub went on to produce a number of high-profile television specials and movies, many starring the musical artists with whom he had worked. In addition, he produced "An Olympic Gala," the telecast of the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Weintraub also produced several Broadway shows, including "Canterbury Tales" and "Starlight Express."
Returning to the motion picture arena, Weintraub was named Chairman and CEO of United Artists. He later left to form his own film and television production company, Weintraub Entertainment Group. Three years later, he founded Jerry Weintraub Productions, based at Warner Bros. Studios.
The first film produced under the Jerry Weintraub Productions banner was 1992's "Pure Country," starring country legend George Strait. Weintraub subsequently produced "The Specialist," starring Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone; "Vegas Vacation," starring Chevy Chase; the big-screen version of "The Avengers," teaming Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman; and the sci-fi actioner "Soldier," starring Kurt Russell.
In addition to his professional endeavors, Weintraub is well-known for his philanthropic efforts on behalf of a wide variety of worthwhile causes, ranging from health concerns to education to the arts and more. He most recently joined forces with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle in "Not on Our Watch," a humanitarian campaign to end the genocide in Darfur.
Weintraub has also been the recipient of several professional honors. He was one of the first independent movie producers to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and, in 2001, won the Kodak Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Filmmaking. Earlier this year, he was named the ShoWest Producer of the Year by the National Association of Theatre Owners. In June 2007, he will become the first producer ever to be "cemented" in the famous courtyard of Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theatre when he joins George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon in a Hand and Footprint Ceremony in celebration of the opening of "Ocean's Thirteen."
TIFFANY PAULSEN (Screenplay, Story) began her career as an actress, with roles in such films as "Runaway Bride," "Friday the 13th Part VIII," "'Til There Was You" and "The Next Best Thing." She pursued her acting career in Seattle, Chicago and Los Angeles before turning to writing.
A full-time screenwriter since 2002, Paulsen saw her first script become a finalist for The Nicholl Fellowships, sponsored by the Motion Picture Academy. That same year she also won the prestigious ABC/Disney Writing Fellowship, and landed her first feature assignment, the teen heist comedy "Finishing School," for BBC Films and Team Todd.
Among her upcoming projects are the inspirational college track story "Fast Girls," to star Jenna Dewan from "Step Up" and Michael Ealy of HBO's "Sleeper Cell," with Bille Woodruff directing.
Currently she is working on an original one-hour pilot for ABC Family called "The Emerald City," with Donald De Line producing; and "Further Adventures in Babysitting," a re-envisioning of Disney's classic "Adventures in Babysitting," to star Raven Symone and Miley Cyrus, with Lynda Obst producing. Additionally, Paulsen has a pilot in the works for the Disney Channel, and her original John Hughes-inspired spec, "Double Date," recently attracted teen pop stars Aly and AJ Michalka, and producer Kevin Messick.
SUSAN EKINS (Executive Producer) has worked with Jerry Weintraub for more than 20 years and is currently the Vice President of Production for Jerry Weintraub Productions.
Ekins most recently served as an executive producer on "Ocean's Thirteen." She was also an executive producer on the hit remake of "Ocean's Eleven" and its sequel, "Ocean's Twelve," both directed by Steven Soderbergh and featuring an all-star ensemble cast. Her credits as an executive producer include the actioner "Soldier," starring Kurt Russell; "The Avengers," teaming Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman; and the comedy "Vegas Vacation," starring Chevy Chase.
Ekins began her association with Weintraub when she was hired to work on the first "Karate Kid" film. She earned her first producing credit as an associate producer on "The Karate Kid, Part II," and went on to work as an associate producer on "Pure Country," starring country legend George Strait; "The Next Karate Kid," starring a young Hilary Swank; and "The Specialist," starring Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone.
A native of Los Angeles, Ekins began her career working on "Tom Horn" and "The Hunter," both starring Steve McQueen in his last film roles.
MARK VAHRADIAN (Executive Producer) is a graduate of Duke University and the UCLA School of Law. He spent eight years as a film executive at the Walt Disney Company, three years as President of Jerry Weintraub Productions, and is currently President of Production for Di Bonaventura Pictures.
Vahradian has worked on such films as "Enemy of the State," "Con Air," "Gone in 60 Seconds," "Remember the Titans," "Miracle," "Flight Plan," "Annapolis," and the upcoming release "Transformers," from director Michael Bay.
BENJAMIN WAISBREN (Executive Producer) most recently served as an executive producer on the hit epic action-drama "300." Prior to that, he was an executive producer on Edward Zwick's "Blood Diamond," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou; Steven Soderbergh's "The Good German," with George Clooney, Cate Blanchett and Tobey Maguire; Wolfgang Petersen's "Poseidon"; and "V for Vendetta," starring Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving.
Waisbren is a financier involved in the production and distribution of motion pictures both in the U.S. and in Europe, and has a background including law, investment banking and private equity investing.
His upcoming executive producer credits include "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," "First Born," "Gardener of Eden" and "Duane Hopwood."
CHERYLANNE MARTIN (Co-Producer) was most recently co-producer on "Constantine," starring Keanu Reeves, directed by Francis Lawrence and based on the comic book Hellblazer. Previously, she was associate producer/production manager on director Philip Kaufman's "Twisted" and "Road to Perdition," directed by Sam Mendes.
Martin has collaborated with Robert Zemeckis on seven of his films, including "Cast Away" and "What Lies Beneath," on which she was associate producer/production manager. Her association with him began on "Back to the Future 2" and continued through "Back to the Future 3," "Death Becomes Her" and "Forrest Gump," on which she was second assistant director, and "Contact," for which she served as production manager.
In her senior year of college as an advertising-marketing major, at the suggestion of her professor, Martin moved to San Francisco to intern at a small boutique ad agency. Shortly thereafter, the company began production on its first feature film, to which Martin was attached as a production assistant. In her second semester she moved to Los Angeles and worked as a production assistant on Francis Ford Coppola's "One From the Heart" before returning to Tallahassee to receive her BA from Florida State University.
Martin soon found work on "Jaws 3," for which she also acted as Bess Armstrong's stunt double for the diving sequences. She followed this with several seasons on "Dallas," then "A Soldier's Story" and Horton Foote's "On Valentine's Day."
Martin's credits as second assistant director include "The American President," "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Fatal Instinct," "Far and Away," "CrissCross," "Other People's Money" and "Stars and Bars"; and, as 2nd second assistant director, "The Fabulous Baker Boys" and "Rain Man."
ALEXANDER GRUSZYNSKI (Director of Photography) marks his sixth creative collaboration with director Andrew Fleming on "Nancy Drew," following "The In-Laws," "Dick," "The Craft," "Threesome" and Fleming's first film, "Bad Dreams."
Gruszynski, born in Poland, moved to Copenhagen at 18 and entered film school. He spent the next 12 years in Denmark photographing numerous documentaries and feature films. After relocating to New York, he made his American film debut photographing the comedy "Almost You," directed by Adam Brooks.
Among the more than 40 feature films to his credit are "Five Fingers," "Deliver Us From Eva," "Two Can Play That Game," "54," "Maximum Risk," "Angus," "I Like It Like That," "Tremors" and "Promised Land."
Gruszynski's television work includes the pilot for HBO's critically acclaimed series "Oz" and The WB's series "Grosse Pointe," as well as the telefilms "Cast A Deadly Spell," "By the Dawn's Early Light," "The Last Innocent Man," "Mafia Princess," "The Women of Brewster Place" and "Surviving," among others.
For his work on the television movie "Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long," Gruszynski was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography by the American Society of Cinematographers.
TONY FANNING (Production Designer) shared a 2000 Emmy Award for his work as art director on "The West Wing" pilot episode, and is a two-time recipient of the Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design: in 2005 for his contribution to "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," and in 2000 for "The West Wing" pilot. Additionally, he was nominated by the Guild for his work on "Amistad" in 1998.
Among his art direction credits are the films "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Thirteen," "Munich," "War of the Worlds," "The Polar Express," "Intolerable Cruelty," "Spider-Man," "What Women Want," "What Lies Beneath," "October Sky," "Jingle All The Way," "The Indian in the Cupboard" and "The Mighty Ducks"; and, for television, "Melrose Place," TNT's "Keep the Change" and "Tales From the Crypt," for HBO.
Fanning earned an MFA from the Yale School of Drama before beginning his entertainment industry career as a set designer, with early projects including "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" and "The Hudsucker Proxy." He went on to serve as assistant art director on "Quiz Show," "Forrest Gump" and "Nell."
Also active in theatre, Fanning designed the original Broadway production of "Two Trains Running," for director Lloyd Richards and playwright August Wilson, which ran from 1990 to 1992, as well as the play's concurrent regional tour through the Goodman, Doolittle, Old Globe, Seattle Repertory, Huntington and Yale Repertory theatres. He also designed the National Tour for "The Who's Tommy" and has worked on more than 30 productions for a range of regional theatrical venues including The Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, the Globe Theaters, San Diego Opera, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Virginia Opera, Monomoy Theatre, N.C. School of the Arts, Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre. He is currently designing another production of "Two Trains Running" at the Old Globe in San Diego with director Seret Scott.
Fanning's work will next be seen on the big screen in the comedy "Harold & Kumar 2," scheduled for a 2008 release.
JEFF FREEMAN's (Editor) editing credits include the upcoming release "Harold and Kumar 2," with Kal Penn and John Cho, as well as the recent releases "Just Friends," with Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart and Anna Ferris, and "Cruel Intentions," with Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Philippe, and Reese Witherspoon.
He also edited "The Only Thrill," starring Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard, Robert Patrick and Diane Lane; "The Craft," starring Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, and Fairuza Balk; "The Waterdance," with Eric Stoltz, Wesley Snipes, William Forsythe and Helen Hunt, which won the 1992 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award and The Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award; "Mad Love," with Drew Barrymore and Chris O'Donnell; and "Frankie and Johnny Are Married." In addition, he worked on "The Crow 2: City of Angels," "Highlander 2: The Quickening," "Bad Dreams" and "Bulletproof."
Freeman's television credits include Showtime's "Reefer Madness, the Movie Musical," starring Neve Campbell, Christian Campbell, Kirsten Bell, Alan Cumming, Steven Weber and Anna Gasteyer. His work on the telefilm earned an ACE Eddie Award nomination for Best Movie for Non-Commercial Television in 2006.
He edited the pilot for the Showtime series "The "L" Word"; the pilot and series for David E. Kelley's "The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire"; Disney's "Angels in the End Zone"; the USA Cable Movies "Deconstructing Sarah" and "Deep Red"; NBC's telefilms "A Family Torn Apart" and "The Revenge of Al Capone"; and Disney Channel's "The Ernest Green Story," winner of the 1994 Peabody Award.
His education includes a BA with Magna Cum Laude honors from UCLA Film School.
RALPH SALL (Music) is one of most accomplished music supervisors in the film business. He has worked on such films as "Three Kings" and "Speed," as well as many films in the teen genre, creating hit soundtracks for dozens of films, including "10 Things I Hate About You," "Can't Hardly Wait" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Sall wrote and produced numerous songs for these soundtracks, among them key songs for "Clueless" ("Rollin' With My Homies," with Coolio) and "Scooby Doo" ("Words To Me," with Sugar Ray). Prior to composing the score for "Nancy Drew," he scored the films "The New Guy" and "Grind."
"Nancy Drew" continues Sall's winning collaboration with director Andrew Fleming, the two having successfully worked together on the films "Dick," "The Craft" and "Threesome."
In addition, Sall has created and produced a variety of unique and successful compilation and tribute albums. Having virtually created the genre with "Deadicated," an album featuring the songs of the Grateful Dead, he went on to create the triple-platinum "Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles," "Stoned Immaculate: The Music of the Doors" and the gold-certified "Saturday Morning Cartoons' Greatest Hits."
Also a highly successful record producer, Sall has recorded tracks with artists of almost every genre, including rock/pop artists Paul McCartney, Stone Temple Pilots, Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Train, Aerosmith, Creed, Jane's Addiction, Cheap Trick, Sublime, Brian Wilson, Jewel and The Ramones. In the urban field, he produced and wrote for Mystikal, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, B.B. King, Juvenile, Brian McKnight, and R. Kelly; and in the country arena, has worked with Willie Nelson, Brooks & Dunn, Travis Tritt and Trace Adkins.
In 2003 he made his feature screenwriting debut with the comedy adventure "Grind."
A Summa Cum Laude Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale University, Sall is currently the president of Bulletproof Entertainment, one of the leading soundtrack labels in the industry. Recent releases include "Charlotte's Web," "Nickelodeon's Barnyard," "Jackass Number Two" and "Clerks II."
JEFFREY KURLAND (Costume Designer) has devoted much of his career to designing the costumes for many of Woody Allen's films. He received an Academy Award nomination for his designs for the director's "Bullets Over Broadway" and a BAFTA Award for his work on "Radio Days." His work with Allen also includes "Everyone Says I Love You," "Mighty Aphrodite," "Manhattan Murder Mystery," "Husbands and Wives," "Shadows and Fog," "Alice," "Crimes and Misdemeanors," "New York Stories," "Another Woman," "September," "Hannah and Her Sisters," "The Purple Rose of Cairo" and "Broadway Danny Rose."
Kurland more recently designed the costumes for Stephen Hopkins' supernatural thriller "The Reaping," Michael Mann's dramatic thriller "Collateral," Joe Johnston's action adventure "Hidalgo" and the thriller "Criminal," produced by Steven Soderbergh. He also worked with Soderbergh on the hit films "Ocean's Eleven" and "Erin Brockovich," earning a Costume Designers Guild Award for the latter.
His additional film credits include Milos Forman's "Man on the Moon," Richard LaGravenese's "Living Out Loud," Neil Jordan's "In Dreams," P.J. Hogan's "My Best Friend's Wedding" and the Nora Ephron films "This Is My Life" and "Mixed Nuts."