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The Wedding Date


Along with his brother, NORM WAITT (Executive Producer) formed Gateway Computers, Inc., which began as a dealer in computer components and evolved into a worldwide multi-billion dollar company. After working with his brother for five years, Waitt left his active management role with Gateway Computers, Inc. and shortly thereafter formed Gold Circle Entertainment and Waitt Media, which collectively own and operate more than 70 radio stations, five TV stations and more than 600 billboards.

Gold Circle Films was formed to produce high-quality films in a wide range of genres for domestic and international distribution. Since commencement, Gold Circle Films has amassed a library of over 20 titles, anchored by the mega-hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

As an executive producer, Waitt’s credits include films such as The Man from Elysian Fields, starring Andy Garcia, Mick Jagger and James Coburn; My Big Fat Greek Wedding, also produced by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson and starring Nia Vardalos and John Corbett; Poolhall Junkies, starring Chazz Palminteri, Rod Steiger and Christopher Walken; Sonny, starring James Franco, Brenda Blethyn and Mena Suvari; and White Noise, the paranormal thriller starring Michael Keaton. His list of upcoming projects includes Jiminy Glick in Lalawood and The Long Weekend.

With over 15 years of entertainment industry experience in production and distribution, SCOTT NIEMEYER (Executive Producer) has been involved with the successful production of more than 75 feature films, including such titles as Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin and the recent blockbuster hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding—until recently the most successful independent film of all time. Niemeyer has held various executive positions with such prominent companies as Motion Picture Corporation of America, Orion Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. As an executive producer, Niemeyer’s credits include the recent White Noise and the upcoming films Jiminy Glick in Lalawood and The Long Weekend.

STEVE ROBBINS (Executive Producer) has executive-produced the features Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, Quicksand (starring Michael Keaton and Michael Caine), Absolon (with Christopher Lambert and Lou Diamond Phillips), Stephen Fry’s social comedy Bright Young Things, In My Father’s Den and the recent Bobby Darin biopic Beyond the Sea, directed by and starring Kevin Spacey. Robbins also served as executive producer on the Showtime movie The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie, which starred Gena Rowlands and James Caan.

JIM REEVE (Executive Producer) has produced or executive-produced a wide variety of features, telefilms and TV miniseries over the last 15 years. On the feature film side, his credits include Souvenir, Shiner, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, Quicksand, The Lawless Heart, Lava, Absolon, Young Adam, Bright Young Things, The Boys From County Clare, In My Father’s Den, The Gladiatress and Beyond the Sea. Reeve’s many telefilm producing credits include Lie Down With Lions; adaptations of the Jack Higgins’ novels Midnight Man, On Dangerous Ground and Thunder Point, all for Showtime; five Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Murder Rooms mysteries for BBC and PBS; The Wyvern Mystery; Gentlemen’s Relish; Back Home; The Secret; The Debt; and The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie. Also for television, he executive-produced the World War II drama series Foyle’s War and the BBC miniseries Bootleg.

OLIVER CURTIS, B.S.C (Director of Photography) shot the features Madagascar Skin, Love and Death on Long Island, Our Boy, The Wisdom of Crocodiles, Saltwater, The Final Curtain and Owning Mahoney. In 1999, Curtis was nominated for a BAFTA Award in the Best Photography and Lighting category for his work on the BBC production of Vanity Fair. Other cinematography credits include the British telefilms Bait and Uncle Adolf and the series Bodyguards. He has also shot over two dozen commercials, numerous TV show title sequences and a host of British documentaries.

MARY FINLAY (Editor) edited the recent features About Adam (starring Stuart Townsend and Frances O’Connor) and Grand Theft Parsons (with Johnny Knoxville and Christina Applegate). She also previously worked with Wedding Date director Clare Kilner on Kilner’s feature debut Janice Beard: 45 Words Per Minute, as well as on her short films The Secret, Symbiosis and Daphne and Apollo. Finlay’s television editing credits include the British series This Life, Rockface and Any Time Now; the miniseries Amongst Women, The Sins and Hallmark’s Dreamkeeper; and the telefilm Endgame, starring David Thewlis and Michael Gambon.

TOM BURTON (Production Designer) first worked as assistant art director on the celebrated BBC thriller miniseries The Sculptress and on the feature Institute Benjamina. He then went on to art direct such films as Todd Haynes’ Velvet Goldmine, Ferdinand Fairfax’s True Blue and Anand Tucker’s Saint-Ex. As production designer, Burton has worked on over 60 major TV commercials as well as the features Dot the I and Churchill: The Hollywood Years, which starred Christian Slater and Neve Campbell.

BLAKE NEELY (Composer) is an Emmy Award nominee for his work scoring the hit WB series Everwood. His other recent TV composing credits include the WB series Jack & Bobby and Dr. Vegas, as well as the pilot Kat Plus One. On the feature side, Neely composed the score (along with Michael Kamen) for the recent comedy First Daughter, and provided additional music for Pirates of the Caribbean, The Last Samurai and Something’s Gotta Give. He has served as conductor or orchestrator on such films as Frequency, Crazy/Beautiful, Blade II, High Crimes, K-19: The Widowmaker, Blue Crush, Ned Kelly, Open Range, Against the Ropes, Secret Window, The Day After Tomorrow and Catwoman. Neely also composed scores for the History Channel series Wild Wild Tech and Conquest, and the network’s specials A Brief History of Wine and History of the Samurai.

LOUISE PAGE (Costume Designer) has worked extensively in film, television and theatre. Most notable film credits as costume designer include It’s Not Unusual (1995 BAFTA Award, Best Short Film), The Dance of Shiva (1999 Academy Award® nominee, Best Short Film) and Beautiful People (1999 Cannes Film Festival winner, Un Certain Regard). Page was also costume designer for the direct-to-video movies The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Tales of Innocence and Never Say Never Mind: The Swedish Bikini Team; and the British television series The Strangerers and Rockface.

She served as assistant designer or costume supervisor on such features as Steven Soderbergh’s Kafka, Wild West and Buddy’s Song; on the U.K. telefilms Prisoner of Honor (directed by Ken Russell) and The Orchid House; and such series as Bodyguards, Shine on Harvey Moon, A Class Act, About Face and The Desmonds. For the stage, Page has designed for the English National Opera’s Twelfth Night and War and Peace and U.K. productions of Light Up the Sky, Doctor of Honour, The Tempest, The Rape of Lucretia, Madame Butterfly and The Midsummer Marriage.

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(top) Kat Ellis (DEBRA MESSING) hires Nick (DERMOT MULRONEY), a charming and handsome professional male escort, to be her date at her sister's wedding in the romantic comedy The Wedding Date..

Photo Credits: Eugene Adebari.
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