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White Noise

The Filmmakers

GEOFFREY SAX (Directed by) comes from a long and venerable line of award-winning BBC-trained directors such as Mike Newell, Danny Boyle and Roger Michell, who have moved from the upper echelons of British television into features. Just prior to directing White Noise for Gold Circle Films, Sax had completed a much lauded contemporary version of Othello for British television, followed by the controversial period drama written by Andrew Davies for the BBC, Tipping the Velvet. Next up for Sax is the comedy thriller Flypaper, again for Gold Circle Films.

NIALL JOHNSON (Written by) studied film and drama at Bristol, graduating with a first class BA honors degree in 1987. Johnson spent the next decade working in various capacities in the British film industry until 1998, when he wrote and directed The Big Swap for Intermedia. Since then, he has focused mainly on writing, having scripted the TV movie The Ghost of Greville Lodge and the TV series Legend of the Hidden City. Switching his focus to features he wrote White Noise on spec in 2002, which was optioned and made in 2003 by Gold Circle Films. Johnson now has a number of film projects in development including Before, a supernatural thriller for Mostow/Lieberman Films; Trunk and William Tell for Tusk Productions; The Gatecrasher for Meteor Pictures; and Angel Face for New Town Films.

PAUL BROOKS (Produced by) left London University with a Humanities degree in English/Philosophy/Psychology and Sociology and then went into real estate development before moving into film. With over 13 years producing and distributing films in both the U.K. and the U.S., Brooks founded Metrodome Group, a U.K.-based production company and distributor that he took public in the mid-’90s. As a distributor, Brooks’ films include the likes of Buffalo 66, Palookaville, Chasing Amy and Chopper. As a producer, Brooks’ credits include such films as Shadow of the Vampire and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, both of which received Oscar® nominations (Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay, respectively), as well as the upcoming romantic comedy The Wedding Date, starring Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney; the off-beat comic murder mystery Jiminy Glick in Lalawood, starring Martin Short; and the outrageous comedy The Long Weekend, starring Chris Klein and Brendan Fehr. He is currently President of Gold Circle Films.

SHAWN WILLIAMSON (Produced by) began his entertainment career in 1983, working in live theater. He then turned his attention to production management, with credits including Floating Away (Showtime), Five Desperate Hours (NBC) and Lambchop’s Play Along (PBS). After producing The Charlie Horse Music Pizza, Shari Lewis’ final series for PBS, Shawn served as president of Vancouver-based Shavick Entertainment, where he was in charge of production. Most recently, Williamson executive-produced the Canadian feature Punch; lineproduced Try Seventeen and Jiminy Glick in Lalawood; and produced House of the Dead, based on the Sega video game. He is currently executive-producing the TV series Alienated and developing the feature film adaptation of the popular video game Alone in the Dark.

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 upcoming films The Wedding Date, Jiminy Glick in Lalawood and The Long Weekend.

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; and Sonny, starring James Franco, Brenda Blethyn and Mena Suvari. His list of upcoming projects includes The Wedding Date, Jiminy Glick in Lalawood and The Long Weekend.

For the last 10 years SIMON BROOKS (Executive Producer) has been alternating between his property interests and his involvement in feature films. He was a producer on some of his brother Paul Brooks’ Metrodome Group films and is particularly involved in sourcing scripts, working with writers and agents and the casting process, as well as the finance side. He brought White Noise, the UK/Canada co-production thriller, to Gold Circle Films. The film has already been sold to many world territories. Brooks has a number of projects in development with Gold Circle Films including the comedy Endgame, the action film Once a Pilgrim and the remake of Zulu.

STEPHEN HEGYES (Executive Producer) has partnered with many of Canada’s most prominent directors and talent, producing Bruce Sweeney’s features Last Wedding, which opened the Toronto International Film Festival in 2001 and was voted one of the festival’s top ten films; and Dirty, which screened at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals. Hegyes also produced Mina Shum’s first feature, Double Happiness, released by Fine Line Features, and Drive, She Said, starring Moira Kelly. Hegyes is currently executive-producing the TV series Alienated and is developing future feature projects.

Following gaining his diploma in film and television from Guildford School of Art in England, CHRIS SEAGER, B.S.C. (Director of Photography) began his career in educational television at Wessex TV, sequeing to BBC-TV as a trainee studio camera operator in technical operations. He then joined the BBC Film department at the world famous Ealing Film Studios, where he progressed rapidly from camera assistant to lighting cameraman. His early cinematography credits during this period include many of the critically acclaimed 40 Minutes documentaries; the BAFTA-winning Arena – Arts’ Programme Scarfe on Scarfe; feature length films of the comedy series Just Good Friends and Fools and Horses; episodes of the drama series Bergerac and South of the Border; and the award-winning telefilms Skallagrigg and The Vampyr Opera. In 1994, Seager, having completed the shooting of the late John Schlesinger’s much acclaimed movie Cold Comfort Farm, resigned from the BBC and became a freelance director of photography. His many credits since becoming freelance have included the following features: Stonewall, Beautiful Thing, Alive and Kicking, Fever Pitch, Vent de Colere, Ashes and Sand and White Noise. His television drama credits have included A Dance to the Music of Time, Madame Bovary, Lorna Doone (BAFTAnominated), A Frenchman’s Creek (Royal Television Society nomination), The Way We Live Now (BAFTA-nominated), Lenny Blue and State of Play, a six-part BBC1 political thriller, which garnered him the Royal Television Society’s 2003 award for Lighting, Photography and Camera.

NICK ARTHURS (Editor) previously worked with White Noise director Geoffrey Sax on the television movie Othello, for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Editing and enjoyed the BANFF Rockie Award for Best Made-for-Television and Global TV Grand Jury Prize. Other credits for English television include Margery and Gladys; Gypsy Woman; Caught in the Act; Suspicion; The Debt; Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels; Romeo and Juliet; and Picking Up the Pieces; as well as episodes of Clocking Off (series I and III) and Cutting It.

Among his numerous other credits in this field, MICHAEL S. BOLTON (Production Designer)’s work includes Final Destination 2, Out Cold, Saving Silverman, Romeo Must Die, The Sixth Man, Homeward Bound II, Look Who’s Talking Now, The Crush, White Fang and The Fly II. Television audiences have seen his work as the designer on such diverse programs and telefeatures as It’s A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Hostage Rescue Team, Noah, Goldrush, A Christmas Star, A Hero in the Family and Stranger in My Bed.

KAREN MATTHEWS (Costume Designer) has numerous film and television credits on her resume as a costume designer, including They, Out of Order, Jack, Stealing Sinatra, Return to Halloweentown, Voyage of the Unicorn, Fishing with John, Love in a Small Town, Captains Courageous, Tears and Laughter and the Highlander series. Most recently, she served as the costume designer on The Long Weekend for producers Gold Circle Films and Brightlight Pictures.

Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, CLAUDE FOISY (Music Composed by) completed, with honors, a Bachelor’s degree in classical performance at the prestigious Ecole de Musique Vincent d’Indy, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in jazz performance at world renowned McGill University. After graduating, Foisy worked as musical director in Canada and throughout Europe for a number of Canadian artists such as Veronique Beliveau and Marie-Claire Seguin. In 1992, Foisy was asked to take over for the musical director of the internationally acclaimed Cirque du Soleil on its tour throughout Switzerland, as well as in Santa Monica, California, with the production of Alegria. Since moving to Los Angeles in 1995, Foisy has written the scores for over 200 television episodes and movies. He has collaborated with, among others, Francis Ford Coppola, Renny Harlin, MTV, Showtime, MGM TV, Sci-Fi Channel, Trilogy and the ABC Family Channel. Foisy recently scored Leslie Nielsen’s feature, 2001: A Space Travesty, recording his music in Russia with the Moscow Symphony. Foisy lives in Hidden Hills, California, with his wife, Kim Long, and their two daughters, Eve and Alexandra.

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