"THE YEAR OF THE YAO"
Movie Production Notes, Page 3
CAST & CREW BIOGRAPHIES
JAMES D. STERN CO-DIRECTOR/PRODUCER James D. Stern is a veteran theater and film producer, film director and investment manager. Stern is currently a producer of four hit productions: “The Producers,” “Hairspray” (both currently on Broadway), “Stomp” and “Little Shop of Horrors”. Mr. Stern also directed and produced the IMAX hit, MICHAEL JORDAN TO THE MAX and HBO’s darkly comic psychological thriller IT’S THE RAGE, which garnered Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay awards at the Milan Film Festival.
Among his other critically acclaimed Broadway productions are “The Diary of Anne Frank,” starring Natalie Portman; Anna Deveare Smith’s “Twilight: Los Angeles 1992;” Lanford Wilson’s “Redwood Curtain,” starring Jeff Daniels; Olivier award winning play, “The Weir;” and Musicals “The Sound of Music”, “Swing” and “Little Shop of Horrors.”
Stern’s off-Broadway productions include Alan Ayckbourn’s thriller “Communicating Doors” (starring Mary Louise Parker); Alan Zweibel’s “Bunny Bunny;” and “Wild Men,” starring George Wendt. Future theatrical projects are the musical of “Leap of Faith” with music by Alan Menkin (“Beauty & the Beast”, “Little Mermaid”, “Aladdin”) and the revival of “A Little Night Music”, directed by Trevor Nunn (“Nicholas Nickleby”, “Sunset Boulevard”) and starring Glenn Close (FATAL ATTRACTION, “Sunset Boulevard”).
He created Endgame Entertainment, a private equity entertainment opportunity fund, in 2003. He has since executive produced a number of films including New Line’s HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE, HOTEL RWANDA, which had its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival and North American Premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2004 and Miramax’s PROOF starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins to be released in 2005.
He is currently producing the film THE ALIBI with an ensemble cast that includes Steve Coogan (AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS), Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (X2, FEMME FATAL), John Leguizamo (MOULIN ROUGE!, EMPIRE), James Marsden (THE NOTEBOOK, X2), Sam Elliot (HULK, THE CONTENDER), and Selma Blair (HELLBOY, LEGALLY BLONDE).
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Stern also holds an MBA from Columbia University in New York. He is married to novelist Kathryn Stern and resides in Los Angeles with their two young children. He is a part-owner of the Chicago Bulls.
ADAM DEL DEO CO-DIRECTOR/PRODUCER Adam Del Deo is a seasoned film executive and producer. His motion picture career began in earnest with a stint as Executive in Charge of Production on Timothy Hutton’s directoruial debut, DIGGING TO CHINA, starring Kevin Bacon and Evan Rachael Wood, which had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998. He then served as President of Production for Scanbox Pictures USA (formerly Screenland Pictures), the feature film and television division of Scanbox Denmark and Scanbox Asia Pacific. Their first film, LATE LAST NIGHT, directed by Steve Brill (MR. DEEDS and WITHOUT A PADDLE) and starring Emilio Estevez and Steven Weber, had its world premiere at the 1998 AFI Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.
Subsequently, Del Deo served as Co-Executive Producer of IT’S THE RAGE, directed by James D. Stern, starring Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels, Gary Sinise, Giovanni Ribisi and Anna Paquin. The film made its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2000 and then went on to win Best Picture at the Milan Film Festival in 2001 before being receiving a theatrical release.
This past fall, Del Deo and Stern teamed up again to co-direct/produce OHIO: AN AMERICAN VOTE, a documentary focusing on American politics in the most crucial swing state of one of the most historical Presidential elections ever. OHIO will be released in 2005. Additionally, Del Deo and Stern are partnering with Chris Hanley and Muse productions on MADAME MAO, a feature film based on the novel Becoming Madame Mao. This intriguing story follows the trials and tribulations of Jiang Ching, the wife of Mao Tse-tung. Del Deo also plans to bring to the big screen SPEED QUEEN, adapted from the critically acclaimed book by Stuart O’Nan. SPEED QUEEN will be directed by Jun Diaz, the award winning editor of THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE and AMERICAN MOVIE.
A native of Arizona, Del Deo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Redlands.
CHRISTOPHER CHEN CO-PRODUCER THE YEAR OF THE YAO marks New York native Christopher Chen’s initial foray into film production as a producer. Chen's introduction into entertainment was conceived through somewhat unique circumstances: On an airplane. It was on a flight that he met James D. Stern and over salted peanuts and cheap box wine they were able to develop a lasting friendship. Shortly after this happenstance meeting, Stern was able to convince Chen to sell his company and enter into a whole new world.
Chen’s professional career began in the software industry. While working for a major application software provider, he managed several software implementation projects around the globe. He then moved onto a pre-IPO start-up company and was charged with growing the consulting practice from the ground up. After a successful IPO, Chen moved on to start his own management consulting firm, successfully cementing relationships with established Fortune 100 companies as well as small boutique firms.
Now a Los Angeles resident, Chen attended both the University of California, Berkeley, and University of California, Davis and holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Economics, and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He also spent a significant amount of time studying Chinese at National Taiwan University.
ADAM SILVER EXECUTIVE PRODUCER As President and Chief Operating Officer of NBA Entertainment, Adam Silver has been instrumental in helping propel the NBA into a model for global sports marketing organizations and into one of the largest providers of sports programming in the world. He was named to the position by NBA Commissioner David J. Stern in December 1997.
Silver oversees NBA Entertainment which comprises all of the NBA’s and WNBA’s business units including television, film, Internet, marketing and communications, publishing, merchandising, marketing partnerships, media sales, and event management, all on a global basis. Under Silver's direction, NBA Entertainment launched NBA TV the league’s 24-hour television channel and developed the NBA.com network of web sites, which includes WNBA.com, the 44 NBA and WNBA team sites and eight international sites. He oversees the NBA's and WNBA's game telecasts, which are carried in 214 countries.
Silver is also responsible for the league’s international business activities, overseeing the operations of the NBA’s 13 offices around the globe. NBA Entertainment’s Global Merchandising Group which is responsible for the product development, merchandising, licensing, sales development, e-commerce, retail and direct-toconsumer initiatives of the NBA and WNBA has seen record growth during Silver’s tenure.
Sales of NBA and WNBA merchandise exceeded $3 billion last year. Also under Silver’s supervision are the Global Media Properties and Marketing Partnerships divisions as well as the advertising sales within the league’s extensive media inventory. NBA and WNBA sponsor partners include market leaders such as the Coca-Cola Company, American Express, Dell, Anheuser-Busch and Reebok. Silver was an Executive Producer of the IMAX presentation MICHAEL JORDAN TO THE MAX and the Emmy Award-winning TNT documentary “Whatever Happened to Michael Ray?”
Silver was also an Executive Producer of LIKE MIKE, a Twentieth Century Fox release that features more than 15 NBA players. In addition to the numerous awards NBA Entertainment has received under his direction, including Emmy Awards and Cable Ace Awards, Silver was named in 2003 to Time Magazine’s and CNN’s list of Global Business Influentials, which features 20 of the world’s leading corporate executives. In 2004, The Sporting News named him one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Sports, the Sports Business Journal named him the 5 th most powerful person in professional basketball, and one of the 20 Most Influential People in Sports Media.
Silver joined the NBA in 1992. Previously, he served as a litigation associate at the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he concentrated on media and anti-trust cases. Silver served as a law clerk to Judge Kimba Wood at the Federal District Court in New York City. Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently appointed Silver to the New York City Sports Development Corporation.
He is on the Advisory Board for NYC 2012 (New York City's Olympic bid committee) and serves as a board member of PENCIL, an organization focused on developing civic involvement in the New York City public schools. Silver is also a member of the Duke University Library Advisory Board. Silver graduated from Duke University and the University of Chicago Law School. He resides in New York City.