Richard Shepard was born, raised and lives in New York City. He attended NYU’s film school but did not graduate because he failed his required science class. He is still awaiting his honorary degree.
In the course of his career, Mr. Shepard has written, directed and produced six independent features, written numerous screenplays for the studios, directed Emmy-winning television and once fired Shelley Winters.
Mr. Shepard latest film, TBD starring Richard Gere and Terrance Howard is based on a true story. It’s a darkly comic adventure about three journalists hunting the most wanted war criminal in Bosnia.
Shepard recently was nominated for the 2007 Emmy award and won the 2006 Director’s Guild of America award for directing the pilot of the hit ABC show UGLY BETTY. Shepard’s previous directorial effort for television was the pilot for CRIMINAL MINDS starring Mandy Patinkin, that is now in it’s second season on CBS.
Richard Shepard’s previous feature film, THE MATADOR, which he wrote and directed, starred Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear and Hope Davis, and opened in December of 2005. Brosnan received a Golden Globe nomination for his work in the film.
Prior to that, Shepard wrote, produced and directed indie thriller OXYGEN, starring Adrien Brody and Maura Tierney. He also produced the 2001 Sundance Dramatic Competition entry SCOTLAND, PA., directed by Billy Morrissette. The film starred James LeGros, Maura Tierney, Christopher Walken, Amy Smart and Andy Dick. Along with producing, Shepard also appears nude in the film as a streaker. This fact should not stop you from renting it at your local Blockbuster.
When he was 24 Shepard co-wrote and directed the romantic comedy THE LINGUINI INCIDENT starring David Bowie and Rosanna Arquette. Unfortunately for Shepard, and the movie going public, the 1991 romantic comedy was neither romantic nor very funny. Thankfully the film is currently unavailable on DVD.
MARK JOHNSON / Producer
Mark Johnson won the Best Picture Academy Award for Barry Levinson’s poignant 1988 drama RAIN MAN, starring Dustin Hoffman (Best Actor Oscar) and Tom Cruise. One of several films Johnson made with Levinson during a twelve-year span, the films won four Oscars and captured the Golden Globe as Best Picture.
Born in Maryland, Johnson spent ten years of his youth in Spain. He earned his undergraduate degree in drama from the University of Virginia and his M.A. in Film Scholarship from the University of Iowa. From there, he moved to New York and entered the Director’s Guild Training Program, where one of his first projects was Paul Mazursky’s NEXT STOP, GREENWICH VILLAGE. He subsequently relocated to Los Angeles and moved from production assistant to assistant director on such projects as: MOVIE, MOVIE, THE BRINKS JOB, ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ and Mel Brooks’ HIGH ANXIETY, which was co-written by future business partner Barry Levinson.
In his successful partnership with Levinson, Johnson produced all of the writer-director’s films from 1982-1994. In addition to RAIN MAN, their diverse slate of acclaimed features includes: GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM, THE NATURAL, TIN MEN, TOYS, YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES, AVALON, DINER (their 1982 debut project, for which Levinson earned an Oscar nomination for his screenplay), and BUGSY, nominated for ten Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. BUGSY also captured the Golden Globe for Best Picture.
In 1994, Johnson established his own independent production company and won the Los Angeles Film Critics New Generation Award for his very first effort— Alfonso Cuaron’s A LITTLE PRINCESS. Under his new banner, Johnson also produced: HOME FRIES and DONNIE BRASCO. He served as executive producer for CBS’s FALCONE, L.A. DOCTORS and THE GUARDIAN. Johnson’s latest television project is an hour-long dramedy, LOVE MONKEY which premiered midseason on CBS and had a complete run on VH1 last spring.
Johnson’s recent slate of motion pictures includes: John Lee Hancock’s THE ALAMO and THE ROOKIE, Bob Dolman’s THE BANGER SISTERS, Brad Silberling’s MOONLIGHT MILE, Tom Shadyac’s DRAGONFLY, Levinson’s AN EVERLASTING PIECE, Robert Zemeckis’ WHAT LIES BENEATH, GALAXY QUEST and MY DOG SKIP. He recently produced Nick Cassavetes’ THE NOTEBOOK, and THE WENDELL BAKER STORY, which marked the directorial debuts of filmmaking brothers Luke and Andrew Wilson. He is currently in production on PRINCE CASPIAN, the sequel to THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE and in post-production on LAKE CITY, an independent film.
Additionally, Johnson has either presented or executive produced Luis Llosa’s directorial debut, SNIPER, Tim Robbins’ directorial debut, Bob Roberts, Steven Soderbergh’s KAFKA, Robert Redford’s Oscar-nominated QUIZ SHOW and JOURNEY OF HOPE, winner of the 1999 Foreign Language Film Oscar. Johnson also serves as the Chair of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Foreign Language Film Award Committee and as a Governor for the Producers’ Branch.
SCOTT KROOPF / Producer
Scott Kroopf is Vice-Chairman and President of the Motion Picture Group at Intermedia. Most recently, Kroopf produced BREACH, an Intermedia / Universal Pictures co-production, directed by Billy Ray and starring Chris Cooper, Ryan Philippe and Laura Linney.
Intermedia is a publicly held, international production and finance company with offices in London, Munich and Los Angeles. Intermedia has produced and co-financed such successful films as RV, TERMINATOR 3, ADAPTATION, THE QUIET AMERICAN, NATIONAL SECURITY, THE WEDDING PLANNER, IRIS, and SLIDING DOORS. Intermedia currently has two films in post production: MAGICIANS, a comedy from the creators of the hit British television series PEEP SHOW and a remake of Takashi Miike’s ONE MISSED CALL, directed by Eric Valette (Malefique).
Prior to joining Intermedia, Kroopf was president and COO of Radar Pictures, which he founded with Ted Field. At Radar, Kroopf developed and produced such films as ZATHURA, directed by Jon Favreau, the worldwide hit THE LAST SAMURAI, directed by Ed Zwick and starring Tom Cruise, as well SON OF THE MASK, THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK and Merchant-Ivory's LE DIVORCE starring Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts. Kroopf also supervised Michael Bay's remake of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE.
Kroopf and Fields built Radar on the foundation of the former Interscope Communications, where Kroopf produced or supervised over 50 films in 14 years, including JUMANJI, BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY, PITCH BLACK, RUNAWAY BRIDE, VERY BAD THINGS, GRIDLOCK'D, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS, THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, COCKTAIL, THREE MEN AND A BABY and OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE. At Interscope, Kroopf started as an in-house producer and development executive and eventually became President of the company.
Before joining Interscope, Kroopf was executive in charge of production for Embassy Pictures from 1982 to 1985, where he was involved in the development and production of STAND BY ME, THE SURE THING and A CHORUS LINE. He began his motion picture production career at Robe-Ackerman, a commercial/television/documentary production company.
ADAM MERIMS / Executive Producer
Adam J. Merims is currently working on THE RETURN written and directed by Neil Burger and starring Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins, and Michael Pena. He recently executive produced BREACH.
Written and directed by Billy Ray, BREACH stars Chris Cooper, Ryan Philippe, and Laura Linney. Before BREACH, Adam most recently executive produced Casanova. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom and starring Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller, Oliver Platt and Jeremy Irons, the film was shot entirely on location in Venice, Italy. Previous to this he executive produced writer/ director Richard Shepard’s THE MATADOR, starring Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, and Hope Davis on location in Mexico City, and HOUSE OF D, writer/director/actor David Duchovny’s first feature starring Robin Williams, Tea Leoni, Erykah Badu, and Anton Yelchin.
Merims produced writer/director Billy Ray’s critically acclaimed first feature SHATTERED GLASS, starring Hayden Christensen, Peter Saarsgard, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Zahn, Rosario Dawson, and Hank Azaria. His other credits as producer include: Ed Solomon’s LEVITY, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter and Kirsten Dunst, which opened the 2003 Sundance Festival; LOVE STINKS, written and directed by Jeff Franklin and starring French Stewart, Bridgette Wilson, Tyra Banks, and Bill Bellamy; and COLD AROUND THE HEART starring David Caruso, Kelly Lynch and Stacey Dash, written and directed by John Ridley and executive produced by Oliver Stone. He was co-producer on UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, and on the HBO Premiere project FREEWAY starring Kiefer Sutherland and Reese Witherspoon.
From August 1993 till November 1994, Merims was Producer and Head of West Coast Operations for Nickelodeon Movies. At Nickelodeon, he was responsible for managing the start-up of a Nickelodeon features office in Los Angeles and with identifying and developing projects suitable for motion picture production in the family entertainment arena in conjunction with both Twentieth Century Fox Pictures and Paramount Pictures.
Before Nickelodeon, Merims worked as VP, Production at Lobell-Bergman Productions from April 1990 through July 1993 where he was responsible for all development at the company. During his tenure at Lobell-Bergman he served as associate producer on Andy Bergman¹s HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, starring Nicolas Cage, James Caan, and Sarah Jessica Parker; Herbert Ross’ UNDERCOVER BLUES, starring Kathleen Turner and Dennis Quaid; and Andy Scheinman’s LITTLE BIG LEAGUE, starring Timothy Busfield.
From 1984-89, Merims worked as a freelance producer, production manager, and assistant director. In these capacities, he was involved with a number of projects, most notably, the original mini-series Lonesome Dove. He has been a member of the Director’s Guild of America since 1986.
Merims graduated from Williams College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Philosophy and Economics. He was also a graduate of The Collegiate School in New York City.
BILL BLOCK / Executive Producer
Bill Block is currently CEO of QED International. QED finances motion picture projects for sales and distribution in both the domestic and international marketplaces. The company also acquires, develops, finances, and produces its own motion pictures, either independently or in partnership with major studios. Block’s current projects are SMART PEOPLE starring Dennis Quaid, Thomas Haden Church, and Rachel Weisz and THE RETURN directed by Neil Burger starring Rachel McAdams, Michael Pena and Tim Robbins. Previously Block was cofounder and president of Artisan Entertainment which was acquired by Lions Gate.
DAVID TATTERSALL / Director of Photography
Tattersall was born and raised in Great Britain. He attended Goldsmith's College in London where he graduated with a first class BA (Hons) Fine Arts Degree. He then studied at Britain's National Film and Television School where he specialized in camera work.
Tattersall has worked steadily on numerous feature films and television productions. His film credits include: THE MATADOR with Richard Shepard, THE GREEN MILE, DIE ANOTHER DAY, XXX2, LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE, STAR WARS: EPISODES I, II and III, CON AIR, THE MAJESTIC, VERTICAL LIMIT and RADIOLAND MURDERS. He is currently shooting the Wachowski brothers’ SPEED RACER.
On television, Tattersall worked on the Yorkshire series YELLOWTHREAD STREET and for American TV on THE YOUNG INDIANA JONES CHRONICLES, for which he won an Emmy Award and A.S.C. nominations for Best Cinematography.
JAN ROELFS / Production Designer
Jan Roelfs’ film work includes the upcoming LIONS FOR LAMBS. His previous films include WORLD TRADE CENTER, ALEXANDER THE GREAT, BAD COMPANY, SIMONE, FLAWLESS. THE ATRONAUT’S WIFE, GATTACA—for which he received an Academy Award nomination and an Art Directors Guild Award nomination, GENTLEMEN DON’T EAT POETS, THE JUROR, LITTLE WOMEN, THE BABY OF MACON, HOFFMAN’S HUNGER, ORLANDO—for which he received an Academy Award nomination, ELINE VERE, PROSPERO’S BOOKS, DROWNING BY NUMBERS, THE COOK, THE THEIF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER, SAILOR’S DON’T CRY, and A ZED AND TWO NOUGHTS.
BEATRIX PASZTOR / Costume Designer
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor’s film credits include: THE BROTHERS BLOOM currently in production, BASIC INSTINCT 2, AEON FLUX, ALFIE, VANITY FAIR, IN THE CUT, THE RECRUIT, BLACK SHEEP, JOHN Q, MONKEY BONE, WONDER BOYS, PSYCHO, GOOD WILL HUNTING, U TURN, SHE’S SO LOVELY, EXCESS BAGGAGE, ‘TIL THERE WAS YOU, TO DIE FOR, EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES, INDECENT PROPOSAL, AMERICAN HEART, MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, THE FISHER KING, ROCK & ROLL HIGH SCHOOL FOREVER, GHOULIES GO TO HIGH SCHOOL, INDIGO, THE MUSIC BOX, DRUGSTORE COWBOY, and THE BLOODHOUNDS OF BROADWAY.