Brad Alan Grey was an American television and film producer. He co-founded the Brillstein-Grey Entertainment agency, afterwards became the chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, a position he held from 2005 until 2017. Grey graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management. Under Grey's leadership, Paramount finished No. 1 in global market share in 2011 and No. 2 domestically in 2008, 2009, 2010, despite releasing fewer films than its competitors. He produced eight out of Paramount's 10 top-grossing pictures of all time after having succeeded Sherry Lansing in 2005. Grey was born to a Jewish family in the youngest child of a garment district salesman, he majored in business and communications at the University at Buffalo. While attending the university, he became a gofer for a young Harvey Weinstein, a concert promoter; the first show Grey produced was a concert by Frank Sinatra at Buffalo's Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in 1978. Grey traveled to Manhattan on weekends to look for young comics at The Improv.
Grey brought comedian Bob Saget to New York. In 1984, Grey met talent manager Bernie Brillstein in San Francisco, California at a television convention. Having convinced Brillstein that he could deliver fresh talent, he was taken on as a partner and the Bernie Brillstein Company was re-christened Brillstein-Grey Entertainment. Grey began producing for television in 1986 with the Showtime hit, It's Garry Shandling's Show. In the late 1990s, Shandling sued Grey for breach of related claims. Shandling complained that his TV show lost its best writers and producers when Brad Grey got them deals to do other projects, that Grey commissioned these other deals, while Shandling did not benefit from them. Grey denied the allegations and countersued, saying the comedian breached his contract on The Larry Sanders Show by failing to produce some episodes and indiscriminately dismissing writers, among other actions. Both suits were settled avoiding a trial. Shandling did testify about Grey during the 2008 trial of private investigator Anthony Pellicano who worked on Grey's defense team.
The value of the settlement to Shandling was disputed by attorneys as being either $4 million or $10 million. In 1996, Brillstein sold his shares of the Brillstein-Grey company to Grey, giving Grey full rein over operations. Grey produced shows such as The Wayne Brady Show. Other shows developed in the 1990s under the Brillstein-Grey banner included Good Sports, The Larry Sanders Show, Mr. Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, The Sopranos, NewsRadio, Just Shoot Me! Grey ventured into film by producing the Adam Sandler hit, Happy Gilmore. In 1996, actress Linda Doucett alleged that Brad Grey and Garry Shandling fired her from The Larry Sanders Show after her personal relationship with Shandling ended. Doucett received a $1 million settlement in this matter in 1997. In July 2000 - on the day of Scary Movie’s opening - Grey and Brillstein-Grey were sued by Bo Zenga and his Boz Productions in what became known as the ‘Scary’ suit. Zenga, at the time an unknown bit-part actor “claimed he had an oral agreement with Grey’s management firm Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, giving him equal profits on the film”.
‘Scary Movie’ went on to make $278m worldwide. The pre-trial discovery process "revealed. Brillstein-Grey said in a court filing that Zenga presented himself as a successful investment banker who became a prize-winning screenwriter to satisfy his creative urges.” “Far from being a successful investment banker, Zenga once filed for personal bankruptcy” and “according to court papers, the only writing award he won was in a phony contest he set up himself.” After denying under oath that he knew who owned the company that ran the contest, Bo Zenga recanted a day admitting his ownership of the company and “saying he had been "overmedicated.”” When questioned about “an accusation from his former business partner that he coerced her to lie for him” Zenga “in a unusual move for a plaintiff in a film-profits case — asserted his Fifth Amendment right not to answer hundreds of questions.” Bo Zenga's suit was thrown out of court for lack of evidence. L. A. Superior Court Judge Robert O’Brien “noted it was only the second time in all his years on the bench that he had granted a non-suit and taken a case away from a jury.”
In 2002, Grey formed Plan B with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, with a first-look deal at Warner Bros. The company produced two films for Warner Bros: Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp, Martin Scorsese's The Departed, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson. After Pitt and Aniston separated and Pitt moved the company to Paramount Pictures in 2005. In May 2006 Bo Zenga “filed a new suit against Grey personally," in which he charged Grey with using notorious private investigator Anthony Pellicano to illegally wiretap and conduct illegal background checks on Zenga during the original case. Grey denied any knowledge, testifying that "his dealings with Pellicano “all came through Bert Fields” and that “in every instance” Grey had never been given updates on the investigations by Pellicano." The suit was “dismissed, due to Zenga having lied and to statute of limitations issues.“ Bo Zenga's appeal continued after Grey's death, until that too was dismissed in December 2017.
On 17 October 2017, writer Janis Hirsch alleged that her response to workplace sexual harassment resulted in a meeting with Brad Grey, during which he pressured her to quit her job during the late 1980
School of Rock
School of Rock is a 2003 comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, produced by Scott Rudin, written by Mike White. The film stars Jack Black, Joan Cusack and Sarah Silverman. Black plays struggling rock guitarist Dewey Finn, kicked out of his band and subsequently disguises himself as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. After witnessing the musical talent of his students, Dewey forms a band of fourth-graders to attempt to win the upcoming Battle of the Bands and pay off his rent. School of Rock was released on October 3, 2003, by Paramount Pictures, grossing $131 million worldwide on a $35 million budget; the film received positive reviews with praise for Black's performance. It was the highest grossing music-themed comedy of all time, until it was overtaken in 2015 by Pitch Perfect 2. A stage musical adaptation opened on Broadway in December 2015, a television adaptation for Nickelodeon premiered on March 12, 2016. No Vacancy, a rock band, performs at a nightclub three weeks before auditioning for the Battle of the Bands competition.
Guitarist Dewey Finn creates on-stage antics, including a stage dive that abruptly ends the performance. The next morning, Dewey wakes in the apartment he lives in with Ned Schneebly and his girlfriend, Patty Di Marco, they move out. When Dewey meets No Vacancy at a rehearsal session, he finds out that he has been replaced by another guitarist named Spider. While attempting to sell some of his equipment for rent money, Dewey answers a phone call from Rosalie Mullins, the principal of the Horace Green prep school, inquiring for Ned about a short-term position as a substitute teacher. Desperate for money, Dewey is hired. On his first day at the school, Dewey adopts the name "Mr. S" and spends his first day behaving erratically, much to the class's confusion; the next day, Dewey overhears a music class and devises a plan to form them into a new band to audition for Battle of the Bands. He casts Zack Mooneyham as lead guitarist, Freddy Jones as drummer, cellist Katie on bass, pianist Lawrence on keyboard, himself as lead vocalist and guitarist.
He assigns the rest of the class to various roles of backup singers, roadies, with Summer Hathaway as band manager. The project takes over normal lessons, but helps the students to embrace their talents and overcome their problems, he reassures Lawrence, worried about not being cool enough for the band, whose overbearing father disapproves of rock music, Tamika, an overweight girl, too self-conscious to audition for backup singer despite an amazing voice. During one eloquent lesson, he teaches the kids that rock and roll is the way to "Stick it to the Man" and stand up for themselves. Band "groupies" Michelle and Elena, with Summer's approval, pitch the band name "The School of Rock." Two weeks into his hiring, Dewey sneaks his key band members out of school to audition for a spot in the competition, while the rest of the class stay behind to maintain cover. When Freddy wanders off, Dewey retrieves him but the group is rejected because the bill is full. After Summer tricks the staff into thinking that they have a terminal illness, the band is auditioned.
The next day, Mullins decides to check on his teaching progress, forcing Dewey to teach the actual material. Mullins explains that a parents' night will take place at the school the day before Battle of the Bands, rendering Dewey concerned; as Dewey prepares for the parents' night, Ned receives a paycheck from the school via mail, realizing that Dewey impersonated him. During the parents' meeting, the parents question what Dewey was teaching the kids until Ned and the police confront Dewey. With Mullins bursting in to question what is going on, Dewey reveals his true identity, admits he is not a licensed teacher and flees to his apartment where he and Patty argue. Ned informs Dewey he should move out; the next morning, the parents go on an uproar in front of Mullins at her office, while the kids decide not to let their hard work go to waste. When the new substitute discovers that the kids are missing, she informs Mullins, Mullins and the parents race to the competition. Ned bossed around by Patty stands up for himself and leaves to see the band perform.
A school bus comes to pick up Dewey, who leads the kids to the Battle of the Bands and decides that they play the song written by Zack. Dismissed as a gimmick, the band wins over the entire crowd. Much to Dewey's dismay, No Vacancy wins, but the audience chant for School of Rock and demand an encore; some time an after school program known as the School of Rock has opened as Dewey continues to coach the students he played with before while Ned teaches beginners. Screenwriter Mike White's concept for the film was inspired by the Langley Schools Music Project. Jack Black once witnessed a stage dive gone wrong involving Ian Astbury of rock band The Cult, which made its way into the film. Many scenes from the movie were shot around the New York City area; the school portrayed in School of Rock is Main Hall at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York. In the DVD commentary, the kids say. One of the theaters used in many of the shots was at Union County Performing Arts Center located in Rahway, New Jersey.
The eponymous album was released on September 30, 2003. Sammy James Jr. of the band The Mooney Suzuki penned the title track with screenwriter Mike White, the band backed up Jack Black and the child musicians on the soundtrack recording of the song. The film's director, Richard Linklater, scouted the country for talented 13-year-old musicians to play the rock and roll music featured on the soundtrack
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Philip A. Lord and Christopher Robert Miller are an American filmmaking duo. Having met at Dartmouth College, they are known for directing and writing the animated films Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and The Lego Movie, as well as directing the live-action comedy film 21 Jump Street and its sequel. Lord and Miller produced the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, cowritten by Lord with Rodney Rothman, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Lord and Miller co-produced the television series The Last Man on Earth for Fox Broadcasting Company and Unikitty! for Cartoon Network. According to The New York Times, Lord is from Miami. Miller is from the Seattle area. Lord and Miller both grew up making short films with an affinity for animation. On campus, the two had separate columns in the school newspaper. Lord was a member of Amarna, a co-ed undergraduate society while Miller was a brother at Alpha Chi Alpha. During his time in college, Christopher met his girlfriend, now wife.
During their time at Dartmouth, the school paper published a profile on Miller, which caught the attention of chairman of Disney, Michael Eisner. According to Lord, Eisner brought the profile to the attention of his fellow Disney executives who offered to set up a meeting with Miller. Miller agreed to the meeting as long. After three months, the two moved to Los Angeles and after one meeting were offered a two-year development deal for Disney Television Animation. Though nothing they pitched made it to air, they produced the pilot to Clone High, subsequently dropped by Fox. After they wrote and produced on a series of sitcoms, MTV informed the duo that they were interested in purchasing a 13-episode season of Clone High. Although the show was met with acclaim, MTV canceled the series after hunger strike protests occurred in India over the show's portrayal of Gandhi as a motor-mouthed partier. In 2003, the two were tapped to write a screenplay for what would become their first feature film, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
After a year working on the script, they were fired for story issues and replaced with new writers, who after a year were fired. Lord and Miller were re-hired in 2006; the two redid the script, this time with the creative input of their crew. The new draft had the protagonist as a failed inventor; the two were fired again after Amy Pascal, the head of Sony Pictures at the time, criticized the film for a lack of story. Although the film succeeded on the comedic front in the animatic stage, Pascal cited the lack of an anchoring relationship in the film as a failure in the story telling. Unable to create new characters and environments to suit the new story demands, the two elevated the character of the tackle shop extra to be the protagonist's father, thereby creating the relationship Pascal had requested; the pair's experience on Cloudy taught them two valuable lessons: the power of creative collaboration and the importance of emotion in a story. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was released in 2009 to critical acclaim.
After the film was released, the two sought to try to make something different from Cloudy and pitched themselves as possible directors for the 21 Jump Street script that Michael Bacall and Jonah Hill had written. The studio agreed and the two directed their first live-action R-rated film, once again released to critical and popular acclaim which led to the production of a sequel titled 22 Jump Street. In an interview with Robert K. Elder for his book The Best Film You've Never Seen, Lord stated that "in an animated feature, you remake the movie three or four times, it's easy to get bummed out that the way you did it before didn't get greenlit, didn't get paid, you're making a different version of that movie."During the production of 21 Jump Street, they pitched a take on a possible Lego film to Dan Lin. Lin and Warner Bros. loved the take, so Lord and Miller wrote and directed their third feature film together, The Lego Movie. The duo were picked by Warner Bros. to write the script for the upcoming superhero film The Flash.
The duo were picked up in 2015 by Sony Pictures Animation to make an animated Spider-Man film with the option to direct. The film was made as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which they produced and which Lord co-wrote; the duo have developed a live-action/animated series, Son of Zorn, for Fox, with Jason Sudeikis voicing the lead role of animated character Zorn, Johnny Pemberton and Cheryl Hines playing the live-action roles. They are producing a cable-TV drama based on the popular NPR/This American Life spinoff podcast Serial, they will produce an R-rated animated Netflix original film called America: The Motion Picture alongside Will Allegra, Matt Thompson, Adam Reid, Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan from a screenplay by David Callaham and directed by Thompson. In January 2017, Lord and Miller began directing the then-untitled film Solo: A Star Wars Story, a standalone Star Wars movie based on the Han Solo character. On June 20, 2017 it was reported that they had been fired from the project by Lucasfilm, after over four-and-a-half months of filming, about three-quarters through principal photography.
Lucasfilm announced that "creative differences" were the reason, with Entertainment Weekly reporting that Lord and Miller were going off-script and trying to make the film into more of a comedy. They were unwilling to compromise with Lucasfilm and writ
David Walton (actor)
David B. Walton is an American actor, he is known for his role in the television sitcom Cracking Up, as Liam Connor. He has starred in several television programs, including the drama series Heist, comedy series New Girl, on the NBC comedies Perfect Couples and About a Boy, he played Dr. Rick in the comedy film Fired Up!. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, to John Hunter Walton Jr. and his wife, Carolyn K. Walton, he is one of seven siblings. Walton attended The Park School in Brookline and afterwards attended Dexter School in Brookline and the St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, graduating from the latter in 1997, he is a 2001 graduate of Brown University in Rhode Island. On March 18, 2011, Walton married actress Majandra Delfino in Florida, they have daughter Cecilia Delphine Walton and son Louis Augustus Walton. List of Brown University people List of people from Boston David Walton on IMDb
Jason Francesco Schwartzman is an American actor and musician. He is known for his frequent collaborations with Wes Anderson, such as Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs, he starred in other films, such as Spun, I Heart Huckabees, Marie Antoinette, Funny People, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Saving Mr. Banks. In addition to his film work, Schwartzman was the star of the HBO series Bored to Death, in which he played a writer who moonlights as an unlicensed private detective by advertising himself on Craigslist, he releases music through his solo project Coconut Records, was the drummer of rock band Phantom Planet. Schwartzman was born in Los Angeles, the son of actress Talia Shire and the late producer Jack Schwartzman. Schwartzman's brother is actor and musician Robert Schwartzman, his paternal half-siblings are Stephanie and cinematographer John Schwartzman. Many other members of Schwartzman's family are involved in film and entertainment: he is the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola and Anton Coppola.
His first cousin once removed, his father Jack's first cousin, is novelist and screenwriter Elliott B. Oppenheim, his paternal grandparents were Polish Jewish immigrants, while his mother is Italian American and Catholic. He attended Windward School in West Los Angeles. Schwartzman's acting career began when he was 17 years old, when he starred in Wes Anderson's Rushmore in 1998. Prior to Rushmore, he had no acting experience. Shortly after in 2000, Jason had a guest role in the short-lived series Geeks. In 2001, he starred in a film by his cousin Roman Coppola. In 2002, he in 2003 starred in Spun. In 2004, he starred in I Heart Huckabees, Shopgirl in 2005, he appeared in various television shows, such as Cracking Up. In 2006, he starred in Marie Antoinette under the direction of his cousin, Sofia Coppola, in which he appeared as King Louis XVI. Schwartzman made a cameo appearance as Ringo Starr in the biopic spoof Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. In 2009, he appeared as a C-list television star, in Funny People.
He voiced the role of Ash Fox in Wes Anderson's animated film, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which he described as, "the best movie I’ve been a part of." He starred in the HBO show Bored to Death, in which he played a writer who moonlights as a private detective and puts himself up for hire on Craigslist. In 2009, he starred in The Marc Pease Experience. In 2010, he played Gideon Graves in the film Scott Pilgrim vs; the World, the movie adaptation of the comics by Bryan Lee O'Malley. In 2011, Schwartzman made a cameo appearance as Vincent van Gogh in the Beastie Boys short film Fight for Your Right Revisited. In 2013, he made a cameo appearance as himself in an episode of the television show Peele. In 2014 he played himself in the lead role of the Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories episode "The Endorsement." Prior to acting, Schwartzman was a songwriter for the band Phantom Planet. Despite leaving the band, music remains one of his passions, he appeared in the music video for the rock remix of "It's All About the Benjamins" by Puff Daddy, contributed to Ben Lee's 2005 album Awake Is the New Sleep.
In 2007, he created. The first album, entitled Nighttiming, was produced by Michael Einziger and features a cover photo from Roman Coppola; the album was first released on iTunes on March 20, 2007. His second album, was released on iTunes on January 20, 2009. Schwartzman performed the theme song for Bored to Death, he has written tracks for Smallville and Slackers. Schwartzman played the drums on Phoenix's rendition of The Beach Boys' song "Alone on Christmas Day" in 2015; the song was featured in A Very Murray Christmas. Schwartzman married long-time girlfriend Brady Cunningham at their home in the San Fernando Valley on July 11, 2009. Cunningham is an design director and co-owner of TENOVERSIX in Los Angeles. Schwartzman describes himself as "basically a vegan" as he does not eat dairy, or eggs, he narrated a video: The Environmental Impacts of Our Food, for Farm Sanctuary. He has Marlowe Rivers and Una. Coconut Records is an indie pop musical solo project by Schwartzman, which began in 2006; the debut album, was released on Schwartzman’s Young Baby Records in 2007.
The album had musical contributions by members of Incubus, as well as appearances by actresses Zooey Deschanel and Kirsten Dunst and Schwartzman's brother Robert. Coconut Records' second release, was released in January, 2009. Schwartzman's work has been featured in many films and television programs. In 2009, he composed the theme song to his HBO series Bored to Death, in which he starred, under his Coconut Records title; that same year, he contributed to the film score to the film Funny People with composer Michael Andrews. The original soundtrack is downloadable, as well as available in vinyl LP, on Coconut Records' official Cinder Block store, his song, "Microphone" was featured in the 2012 coming of age comedy, LOL. Schwartzman has said in various interviews during South by Southwest that he is writing new material for Coconut Records and will be recording in the next year. Microphone Bored to Death - theme of the HBO show "West Coast" is played in the movie Cloverfield
Christopher McDonald is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Darryl Dickinson in Thelma & Louise, Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore, Ward Cleaver in the film adaptation of Leave It to Beaver, Kent Mansley in The Iron Giant, Tappy Tibbons in Requiem for a Dream, Mel Allen in the HBO film 61*. McDonald was born in New York City, the son of Patricia, a nursing professor and real estate agent, James R. McDonald, an educator and high school principal. Of Irish/Scottish descent and a practicing Catholic, he and his siblings were raised in Romulus, New York, he graduated from Hobart College in New York where he played football and soccer. His younger brother and singer Daniel McDonald, died of brain cancer in February 2007, he was arrested in 2017 for suspicion of drunk driving. McDonald has numerous film and television roles as a supporting actor and portraying villains. In addition to the above, his credits include Grease 2, Breakin', Where the Boys Are'84, The Boys Next Door, Thelma & Louise, Grumpy Old Men, Celtic Pride, Quiz Show, The Faculty, The Perfect Storm, House Arrest, Dirty Work, American Pie 5: The Naked Mile, Broken Flowers, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams.
He was featured as Ward Cleaver in the movie version of Leave It to Beaver and famous baseball broadcaster Mel Allen in 61*. In 1994, he starred in the film Terminal Velocity as an aggressive Russian mafia villain. In television, along with a starring role on the TV series Family Law, recurring roles onNorth Shore, Veronica's Closet, Good Advice, Harry's Law, McDonald has made guest appearances on Cheers, Knight Rider, The Sopranos, both the 1985 and the 2002 versions of The Twilight Zone, Home Improvement, Las Vegas, the Law & Order franchise, Stargate Universe, Star Trek: The Next Generation as Lt. Richard Castillo in the season three episode "Yesterday's Enterprise". McDonald's voice work includes the determined government agent Kent Mansley in the animated film The Iron Giant, he voiced Jor-El in Superman: The Animated Series and subsequently an older version of Superman in Batman Beyond. He has recalled great affection for these roles, saying that he enjoyed them because he was such a fan of Superman and because they were in such contrast to the less than sympathetic onscreen roles for which he is known.
He subbed for Burt Reynolds as Boss Hogg in The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning. In 2009, McDonald lent his voice talents in the Thomas Nelson audio Bible production known as The Word of Promise. In this dramatized audio, McDonald played the role of Luke. McDonald played the eponymous lead in Peter Gabriel's music video for the song "The Barry Williams Show", he replaced Robert De Niro in the Midnight Run movie franchise, playing Jack Walsh in three films: Another Midnight Run, Midnight Runaround, Midnight Run for Your Life. He portrayed baseball player Joe DiMaggio in the ESPN original series. In October 2013, McDonald started filming for A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island; the film is set to release in 2017. McDonald appears in the Broadway show The Front Page at the Broadhurst Theater. Christopher McDonald on IMDb Christopher McDonald at the Internet Broadway Database
Jacob "Jake" Kasdan is an American film and television director, producer and actor. Kasdan was born and raised in a secular Jewish family in Detroit, the son of Meg, a writer, writer-director Lawrence Kasdan, his younger brother, Jon Kasdan works in the film and television industry as an actor and writer. Kasdan has directed seven theatrical films: Zero Effect, Orange County, The TV Set, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Bad Teacher, Sex Tape and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, he has worked in television, most notably with Judd Apatow, as a consulting producer and director on Freaks and Geeks and as a director on Undeclared. He has directed numerous stage productions, he is attached to direct John Grisham novel Calico Joe to a family film adaptation. In 2006, Kasdan received his first Golden Globe nomination for Walk Hard in the Best Original Song category, but lost to "Guaranteed" from Into the Wild; as a child, he made several appearances in his father's movies such as Silverado. In February 2015, Fox announced it had greenlit a pilot for the comedy The Grinder to be directed by Kasdan and starring Rob Lowe.
Kasdan is married to singer-songwriter Inara George of the Bee. They have three children: Otis and Lorelei. Producer only Shades of Ray Friends with Kids Jake Kasdan on IMDb The Director Interviews: Jake Kasdan, The TV Set at Filmmaker Magazine The Director Interviews: Jake Kasdan, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story at Filmmaker Magazine