NCIS (TV series)
NCIS is an American action police procedural television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. The concept and characters were introduced in two episodes of the CBS series JAG; the show, a spin-off from JAG, premiered on September 23, 2003, on CBS. To date it has aired fifteen full seasons and has gone into broadcast syndication on the USA Network. Donald P. Bellisario and Don McGill are co-creators and executive producers of the premiere member of the NCIS franchise, it is the second-longest-running scripted, non-animated U. S. primetime TV series airing, surpassed only by Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, is the 7th-longest-running scripted U. S. primetime TV series overall. NCIS was referred to as Navy NCIS during season one. In season six, a two-part episode led to NCIS: Los Angeles. A two-part episode during the eleventh season led to NCIS: New Orleans. While slow in the ratings cracking the Top 30 in the first two seasons, the third season showed progress ranking in the top 20, by its sixth season, it became a top five hit, having remained there since.
In 2011, NCIS was voted America's favorite television show in an online Harris Poll. The series finished its tenth season as the most-watched television series in the U. S. during the 2012–13 TV season. On April 11, 2019, NCIS was renewed for a seventeenth season, Diona Reasonover joined the main cast in season sixteen, following the departures of Duane Henry and Pauley Perrette. NCIS follows a fictional team of Naval Criminal Investigative Service Major Case Response Team special agents based at the Washington, D. C. field office in Washington Navy Yard. In real life, the field office is based at the nearby Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling while the Navy Yard is home to the museum and several military commands within the Department of the Navy, it is described by the actors and producers as being distinguished by its comedic elements, ensemble acting, character-driven plots. The NCIS is the primary law enforcement and counterintelligence arm of the United States Department of the Navy, which includes the United States Marine Corps.
NCIS investigates all major criminal offenses —for example, crimes punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice by confinement of more than one year—within the Department of the Navy. Whenever a crime is committed involving Navy or Marine personnel, the Washington-based Major Case Response Team — an elite arm of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service — spearheads the investigation; the team, led by laconic investigator Leroy Jethro Gibbs, has included Caitlin Todd, Anthony DiNozzo, Timothy McGee, Ziva David, Eleanor Bishop, Alexandra Quinn, Nicholas Torres. Over the course of the series, they are further assisted by allies both foreign and domestic, including Medical Examiners Dr. Donald Mallard, Dr. Jimmy Palmer, forensic specialists Abby Sciuto and Kasie Hines, British intelligence officer Clayton Reeves, operational psychologist and senior special agent Dr. Jacqueline Sloane, successive NCIS Directors Jennifer Shepard and Leon Vance. Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs Sasha Alexander as Caitlin Todd Michael Weatherly as Anthony DiNozzo Pauley Perrette as Abby Sciuto David McCallum as Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard Sean Murray as Timothy McGee Cote de Pablo as Ziva David Lauren Holly as Jenny Shepard Rocky Carroll as Leon Vance Brian Dietzen as Dr Jimmy Palmer Emily Wickersham as Eleanor Bishop Wilmer Valderrama as Nicholas Torres Jennifer Esposito as Alexandra Quinn Duane Henry as Clayton Reeves Maria Bello as Dr. Jacqueline Sloane Diona Reasonover as Kasie Hines Prior to the launch of the first season, advertisements on CBS identified the show as "Naval CIS".
By the time of the launch of the first episode, NCIS was airing under the name Navy NCIS, the name it held for the entire first season. Since the "N" in NCIS stands for "Naval", the name "Navy NCIS" was redundant; the decision to use this name was made by CBS, over the objections of Bellisario, to: Attract new viewers, who might not know the NCIS abbreviation Distinguish between NCIS and the themed and spelled CBS series CSI and its spinoffs. From the season-two episode "Lt. Jane Doe" onwards, the series began showing two-second-long black-and-white clips; these clips are shown at the beginning of every segment depicting the last two seconds of that segment, a segment being the five or six portions of the show meant to be separated by commercials. In the season-three premiere, "Kill Ari", a freeze-frame shot was used with the end of most episodes turned into a freeze frame, as well, it was reported in May 2007 that Do
Anthony D. "Tony" DiNozzo, Jr. is a fictional character in the CBS TV series NCIS portrayed by American actor Michael Weatherly. An original character created by producer Donald P. Bellisario, he is credited in 306 episodes of the series, appearing in 305, he has made guest appearances on the spin-offs NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans. The character is scripted as the senior field agent of the fictional Major Case Response Team led by Gibbs. A former police detective, he is charismatic -- at least, when not being snarky/smarmy, he describes himself as a former jock, leads crime scene investigations. Over the course of the show, he carries a few storylines, namely an undercover assignment that carries through Season 4 and into Season 5. Throughout the show, he is renowned for providing comic relief for an otherwise serious drama show spouting movie trivia in the early seasons, being a womanizer who fears commitment; the death of Sasha Alexander's character, Ex-Secret Service Agent turned NCIS agent Caitlin Todd, in the second-season finale and his relationship with Cote de Pablo's character, Mossad officer turned NCIS agent Ziva David, introduced in the third season, becomes fundamental to his subtle shift in attitude.
The character drew mixed reactions from the audience. According to Bellisario, Tony was criticized by the female audience at the beginning of the show's run for his chauvinism; this softened after Weatherly decided to tone down that aspect of his portrayal, afterwards the character was better received. Critics continued to be both amused and annoyed by his "charming goofball" persona, his "will they/won't they" relationship with Ziva became popular among viewers. By 2011, Weatherly was listed among the top 10 most popular actors on primetime television, according to Q Score. In January 2016, Weatherly and CBS confirmed. In the show, DiNozzo leaves after finding out he has a daughter with his former partner and Special Agent, Ziva David, who died in a mortar attack on her home in Israel. DiNozzo leaves NCIS in order to care for their daughter. Michael Weatherly was cast for the role of Tony DiNozzo Jr. in 2003. Series creator Don Bellisario related the events that led to Weatherly being selected: "I liked him from the first moment I met him.
I first met him in Australia, where he was doing the Natalie Wood story, he was playing RJ. And the agents called me, or the casting director called me, said,'I would like you to meet Michael Weatherly.' And I was on my last day down there, I said,'Yeah, I'm going home tomorrow. You know, I'll meet him. I'm going out to dinner with my family tonight. I just don't have the time.' I received a phone call from Michael, Michael knows how to flatter you. He started off by saying, "Oh, I love Magnum, P. I....' And he started telling me all the things he knew about Magnum, P. I, and I said,'Look, if you want to go to dinner with me and my wife and two of my boys, you're welcome.' Well, that ended up to be a three hour dinner. It might have gone longer. I liked him so much that I cast him in the show after that meeting."On another occasion, Bellisario stated, "I can't say enough about Michael Weatherly... He started out on NCIS a character, just unlikable to some women because he was just such a chauvinist, he has over the changed.
Taken his character and softened it."Weatherly said that he had been reluctant to join a JAG spin-off and explained, "But I went and had this dinner with Don Bellisario in Australia and his personality, his storytelling and his presence and everything kind of won me over." He commented, "I got lucky with Don Bellisario. He directed two of the first three episodes, he pushed me to try things and experiment and some of the wacky comedy came out of that, and it was kind of unexpected and I didn't know what I was going to find."At another point, Weatherly said, "It's kind of fun to play a total dinosaur in terms of sexual politics... The shallow end of the philosophical pool is where Tony paddles around." In the same interview, actress Cote de Pablo added, "There's something deeper about that character. We always talk about the things that make us laugh, but he wouldn't be doing what he does if he wasn't good at it. It's a complex character, that's why people love it."Weatherly has since directed the 2011 episode "One Last Score" and the 2013 episode "Seek".
Tony is scripted as coming from a wealthy Italian American family from New York. His great-grandparents immigrated from Italy to Ellis Island, his great-grandfather drove a truck for $2 a day until he was able to start his own transportation company. His grandfather introduced Swiss Army knives in the US, he has been cut off from his maternal family's fortune. His mother, maiden name Paddington, died. According to Tony, she died in the hospital, she went through a "Louis XV phase" when Tony was five that inspired the decor of his childhood bedroom and gave him vampire nightmares. She drank Tony's Sea Monkeys, confusing their sea castles with her mint julep. One of Tony's fondest childhood memories during the holidays is watching the movie "It's A Wonderful Life", he tells Ziva that his mother had taken him to the movies before her death, resulting in his love of film. Tony's father, Anthony DiNozzo Sr. played by Robert Wagner, is an American Civil War reenactor and as a child, Tony would carry the "poop bucke
Ziva David is a fictional character from the CBS television series NCIS, portrayed by Chilean-born American actress Cote de Pablo. Ziva first appeared in the season 3 premiere episode, "Kill Ari", became a regular cast member from the episode "Silver War", she replaced Caitlin "Kate" Todd, killed at the hands of Ziva's half-brother, Ari Haswari, in the season 2 finale. Following the onscreen death of the character's father in season 10, Gabi Coccio recurrently portrayed a young Ziva in flashbacks. Ziva is introduced to the show as an Israeli citizen, an agent of the Kidon unit of the Mossad, a daughter of Mossad Director Eli David, a friend of NCIS Director Jenny Shepard, she was assigned to NCIS as a liaison officer in an arrangement between Eli and Jenny, a position she held for four years until she returned to Mossad in the season 6 finale, "Aliyah". After being captured by terrorists in Somalia while on assignment for Mossad and presumed dead, she was saved by Gibbs, McGee, who brought her back to America.
These events led to her resigning from Mossad, applying to become an NCIS agent, being sworn in as a U. S. citizen. On July 10, 2013, CBS television studios announced that Cote de Pablo would be leaving NCIS during season eleven. De Pablo appeared in two episodes as a series regular, was subsequently replaced by Special Agent Eleanor Bishop. In the season 13 finale, "Family First", in 2016, it is discovered that she has a daughter, with Anthony DiNozzo. During a mortar attack arranged by former CIA agent Trent Kort, Ziva is killed. In an interview with Deadline Hollywood, executive producer and show runner Gary Glasberg commented on Ziva's fate. At the end of the day, I leave it in the hands of our fantastic fans and audience". In the season 16 episode "She", after the NCIS team solves a case that Ziva had kept notes on after her departure, it is revealed that Ziva is in fact alive and had gone into hiding, she writes a note to Bishop asking to keep her secret due to her family being at risk of danger.
Outside of fiction, the cultural impact of Ziva became a subject of discussion among various critics, with academics and rabbis weighing in on the matter. Newspapers such as The Jerusalem Post cite her as the only full-time Israeli character on an American mainstream network television show, Harvard preceptor Eitan Kensky identifies her as the "most prominent televisual Israeli" in the United States, her depiction is praised for exposing the Western public to Israeli society and culture, its positive portrayal of an Israeli, its "cheerleading for American ties to Israel". The role made de Pablo the second most popular actress on U. S. primetime television in 2013, according to Q Score, a 2013 study by E-Poll Market Research listed her among the top 10 most appealing celebrities in America. Sasha Alexander's character Kate Todd was killed in the second NCIS season finale following Alexander's decision to permanently leave the show. Shortly afterwards, series creator Donald Bellisario announced plans to replace Todd with another female lead.
At the time, he stated that the new character would be "quite different" from the previous and of an undecided foreign nationality—"I want to go for a European or Australian girl, comfortable with her femininity and sexuality." Before joining the cast of NCIS, Cote de Pablo, who lived in New York at the time, had performed in the theatre. She was intended to portray one of the lead female roles in a 2005 Broadway musical version of The Mambo Kings and had turned down other television roles to stay with it. However, the production was cancelled in June after a trial engagement in San Francisco and two days de Pablo was asked to audition for a role on NCIS. De Pablo said that the character was described as a generic eastern European woman and that she had used a Czech accent when auditioning. Over 50 actresses auditioned for the role, another actress with a longer résumé had been the frontrunner. During a screen test, de Pablo and other actresses were paired with Michael Weatherly, who went offscript by brushing her hair back and commenting, "You remind me of Salma Hayek."
De Pablo described her response. My primary thought was,'Don't let this guy get physically close to you.' And, at that moment, everybody in the room started laughing and thought it was the funniest thing in the world because the chemistry between the two characters was perfect." Co-executive producer Charles Floyd Johnson remarked that de Pablo won the role of Ziva for her reaction to Weatherly's departure from the script, saying, "When you get actors who listen and respond organically in the moment to what they're hearing, sometimes magic happens. They seemed to get that and that doesn't always happen."The character's nationality was changed to Israeli after de Pablo was cast. She was rewritten as a Mossad agent and Ari Haswari's half-sister, with creators planning for her to be Interpol or Royal Australian Navy. De Pablo added, "I was one of the last to audition, I don't think they had a clear idea of what they wanted. So I interpreted Ziva as a cool, competent woman, not the usual Hollywood sex symbol with big boobs, but, comfortable in her own sexuality and used to working with men on an equal footing.
It helped that by my looks, I could be taken for any nationality." She has said th
BuzzFeed, Inc. is an American Internet media and entertainment company with a focus on digital media. BuzzFeed was founded in 2006 by Jonah Peretti and John S. Johnson III, to focus on tracking viral content. Kenneth Lerer, co-founder and chairman of The Huffington Post, started as a co-founder and investor in BuzzFeed and is now the executive chairman. Known for online quizzes, "listicles", pop culture articles, the company has grown into a global media and technology company, providing coverage on a variety of topics including politics, DIY, business. In late 2011, BuzzFeed hired Ben Smith of Politico as editor-in-chief, to expand the site into serious journalism, long-form journalism, reportage. After years of investment in investigative journalism, by 2018 BuzzFeed News had won the National Magazine Award and the George Polk Award, been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Michael Kelly Award. Despite BuzzFeed's entrance into serious journalism, a 2014 Pew Research Center survey found that in the United States, BuzzFeed was viewed as an unreliable source by the majority of respondents, regardless of age or political affiliation.
BuzzFeed News has since moved to its own domain rather than exist as a section of the main BuzzFeed website. Prior to establishing BuzzFeed, Peretti was director of research and development and the OpenLab at Eyebeam, Johnson's New York City-based art and technology nonprofit, where he experimented with other viral media. In 2006, while working at the Huffington Post, Peretti started BuzzFeed as a side project, in partnership with his former supervisor John Johnson. In the beginning, BuzzFeed employed no writers or editors, just an "algorithm to cull stories from around the web that were showing stirrings of virality." The site launched an instant messaging client, BuzzBot, which sent users a link to popular content. The messages were sent based on algorithms which examined the links that were being disseminated, scouring through the feeds of hundreds of blogs that were aggregating them; the site began spotlighting the most popular links that BuzzBot found. Peretti hired curators to help describe the content, popular around the web.
In 2011, Peretti hired Politico's Ben Smith, who earlier had achieved much attention as a political blogger, to assemble a news operation in addition to the many aggregated "listicles". In 2016, BuzzFeed formally separated its news and entertainment content into BuzzFeed News and the newly formed BuzzFeed Entertainment Group, which includes BuzzFeed Motion Pictures; as of 2016, BuzzFeed had correspondents from 12 countries, foreign editions in Australia, France, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom. By the end of BuzzFeed employed around 1,700 employees worldwide, although it announced plans in November of that year to lay off around 100 employees in the US, 45 in the UK, 100 in France in June 2018. On January 23, 2019, BuzzFeed notified all employees via memo that there would be an upcoming 15% reduction in workforce affecting the international, web content, news divisions of the company; the layoffs would affect 200 employees. In 2011, BuzzFeed ran more than 100 Campaigns, resulting in triple revenue from 2010.
By February 2012, BuzzFeed raised $15.5 million the few months before through social-advertising campaigns. In October 2012, BuzzFeed started running ads for the Obama campaign; this led to a huge boost in their advertising revenue. In August 2014, BuzzFeed raised $50 million from the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, more than doubling previous rounds of funding; the site was valued at around $850 million by Andreessen Horowitz. BuzzFeed generates its advertising revenue through native advertising that matches its editorial content, does not rely on banner ads. BuzzFeed uses its familiarity with social media to target conventional advertising through other channels, such as Facebook. In December 2014, growth equity firm General Atlantic acquired $50 million in secondary stock of the company. In August 2015, NBCUniversal made a $200 million equity investment in BuzzFeed. Along with plans to hire more journalists to build a more prominent "investigative" unit, BuzzFeed planned on hiring journalists around the world and plans to open outposts in India, Germany and Japan.
It planned on hiring staff for its UK bureau, its rapidly-expanding motion picture unit and its food-themed business, Tasty. In October 2016, BuzzFeed raised $200 million from Comcast's TV and movie arm NBCUniversal, at a valuation of $1.7 billion. Altogether and its NBCUniversal subsidiary own about a third of BuzzFeed. BuzzFeed has said. In 2019, despite earning nearly 300 million dollars during the past year, they have laid off 200 members of its staff. BuzzFeed's first acquisition was in 2012 when the company purchased Kingfish Labs, a startup founded by Rob Fishman focused on optimizing Facebook ads. On October 28, 2014, BuzzFeed announced its next acquisition; the Torando team was to become BuzzFeed's first data engineering team. BuzzFeed produces daily content, in which the work of staff reporters, syndicated cartoon artists, its community are featured. Popular formats on the website include lists and quizzes; the style of such content inspired the parody website ClickHole. While BuzzFeed was focused on such viral content, according to The New York Times, "it added more traditional content, building a track record for delivering breaking news and reported articles" in the years up to 2014.
In that year, BuzzFeed deleted over 4000 early posts, "apparen
NCIS (season 10)
The tenth season of the police procedural drama NCIS premiered on September 25, 2012, in the same time slot as the previous seasons, Tuesdays at 8 pm. The season premiere was seen by 20.48 million viewers, focusing on the aftermath of the bombing of the Navy Yard from the season-nine finale and concluding with the discovery of the whereabouts of Harper Dearing, subsequently killed by Gibbs. The season continues with standalone episodes until the "Shabbat Shalom" and "Shiva" story arc, which focuses on the deaths of Eli David and Jackie Vance and sets the rest of the season into motion. Leon Vance and Ziva David soon discover that Mossad Deputy Director Ilan Bodnar was behind the attack, set out for revenge, they track Bodnar to Berlin, but learn that he had never left the United States. Going against orders from the Department of Homeland Security, Ziva finds Bodnar on a ship headed for South Africa and kills him; this sparks a massive investigation by the Department of Defense, headed by Richard Parsons.
His sneaky and unprofessional methods cause the team to question his true intentions. Everyone soon realizes that he is not interested in Ziva or Vance, but has instead set his sights on Gibbs. Parsons pressures Gibbs to admit that he and his team have broken the law on countless occasions and to come forward and admit everything that he has done. After a long feud, Gibbs is freed of his charges and sent on a top-priority mission, while Ziva, DiNozzo, McGee resign from the agency; the season ends with a cut to four months showing Gibbs aiming a sniper rifle at FBI agent Tobias Fornell. The season finale aired on May 14, 2013. On January 15, 2013, the episode "Shiva" delivered the biggest audience so far for an NCIS episode. 22.86 million people watched the episode, which surpassed the season eight episode "Freedom" by 10,000 viewers. Season ten got NCIS to deliver its first 1st-place ratings achievement for the 2012–13 season. NCIS beat out NBC's Sunday Night Football to become the overall most watched program nationally.
Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs, NCIS Senior Special Agent assigned to Washington's Navy Yard Michael Weatherly as Anthony DiNozzo, NCIS Special Agent, second in command Cote de Pablo as Ziva David, NCIS Junior Agent Pauley Perrette as Abigail Sciuto, Forensic Specialist attached to NCIS Sean Murray as Timothy McGee, NCIS Junior Special Agent Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer, Assistant Medical Examiner for NCIS Rocky Carroll as Leon Vance, NCIS Director David McCallum as Dr. Donald Mallard, Chief Medical Examiner for NCIS Alan Dale as Thomas Morrow, Homeland Security Section Chief and former NCIS Director Joe Spano as Tobias Fornell, FBI Senior Special Agent Joel Gretsch as Stan Burley, NCIS Special Agent and former member of Gibbs' team Michael Nouri as Eli David, Mossad Director Ralph Waite as Jackson Gibbs Paula Newsome as Jackie Vance, Leon Vance's wife Robert Wagner as Anthony DiNozzo, Sr. Diane Neal as Abigail Borin, CGIS Special Agent in Charge Matt Craven as Clayton Jarvis, Secretary of the Navy Akinsola Aribo as Jared Vance, Leon Vance's son Kiara Muhammad as Kayla Vance, Leon Vance's daughter Daniel Louis Rivas as Kyle Davis Melinda McGraw as Diane Sterling, Gibbs' and Fornell's ex-wife Matt L. Jones as Ned Dorneget, NCIS Special Agent Richard Schiff as Harper Dearing, NCIS target Ben Morrison as young Eli David, Mossad Director Greg Germann as Jerome Craig, NCIS Assistant Director Oded Fehr as Illan Bodnar, NCIS target Colin Hanks as DOD Inspector Richard Parsons Muse Watson as Mike Franks, deceased retired Senior Special Agent for NCIS John M. Jackson as A.
J. Chegwidden and former Judge Advocate General Jamey Sheridan as Admiral John McGee, McGee's father On March 14, 2012, CBS renewed NCIS for a tenth season which premiered on September 25, 2012; the season 10 production began in July 2012, a week after Michael Weatherly, Sean Murray and Pauley Perrette had signed their new contracts on the show. David McCallum signed his contract back in April 2012, while the rest of the cast was under contract for season 10. Brian Dietzen, portraying Jimmy Palmer, was promoted to series regular for the season. Dietzen has been a recurring character on NCIS since late season one; the first part of the season consists of standalone episodes, while the November two-part arc starts the "back half of the season". According to executive producer Gary Glasberg, the theme for the season is "fallen heroes". "The theme that we've sort of been running with is fallen heroes and that picks up with the explosion that they go through, with the post-traumatic stress that they all experienced because of that".
As a part of the "theme", a two-part episode "Shell Shock" aired in November, which focused on post-traumatic stress in the Navy, while the January episodes "Shabbat Shalom" and "Shiva" included the deaths of Eli David and Jackie Vance. The season includes several recurring characters known from earlier seasons of NCIS, as well as JAG. Joe Spano, who portrays FBI agent Tobias Fornell, appeared in "Extreme Prejudice", "Devil's Trifecta", "Damned If You Do". Diane Neal, Ralph Waite, Robert Wagner, Michael Nouri, Paula Newsome appeared during the season. Alan Dale returned as Tom Morrow, a character who left NCIS in the third season's episode "Kill Ari". Muse Watson appeared as Mike Franks in the season finale "Damned If You Do", together with John M. Jackson, who reprised his role as A. J. Chegwidden from JAG, making it his first appearance on NCIS. Beginning with season 10, CBS released "phoofs" from the episodes on cbs.com some days before the episodes aired. Official website
Phillip Rhys is an English actor and director. He was born in South London, the second of three sons. After graduating from Westminster College he spent a year working in Paris, he returned to London to study acting with Marianna Hill at the Lee Strasberg Institute, with Jeffrey Tambor and Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles. His film work includes The Adventures of Tintin directed by Steven Spielberg, Wilde Salome directing and starring Al Pacino, The Space Between with Oscar winner Melissa Leo and Irvine Welsh's The Magnificent Eleven. Pivotal television roles in the Emmy winning series, 24 for which he was part of a SAG ensemble nomination, FX's Golden Globe winning Nip/Tuck and the BBC's post-apocalyptic hit drama Survivors. Other television credits include Flatland with Dennis Hopper, the first US TV show to be shot in China. Rhys is known for his work in independent films, such as The Space Between with oscar winner Melissa Leo, Woundings, Kill the Man, Americanizing Shelley, Fathers and Sons.
Rhys starred as intergalactic rock star Proto Zoa in the Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century series of Disney films and as Tanus, the Egyptian warrior, in the miniseries The Seventh Scroll, based on the best selling novel by Wilbur Smith. He has appeared in single episodes of Bones, Glee, CSI and NCIS, amongst others. On Christmas Day 2015, Rhys portrayed Ramone in the Doctor Who Christmas special The Husbands of River Song. Phillip will soon be starring in two anticipated television series, Nightflyers based on the novella by George R. R. Martin and I. Marlene King's Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists" Rhys has directed several commercials and documentary short films over the years, including Xie, Xie and The Rocky. Phillip produced and directed his narrative short debut, The Scarecrow, starring Darren Pettie, Sandra Oh and Sandra Seacat; the Scarecrow was nominated for numerous awards, including Best Narrative Short Film at the Tribeca Film Festival, Drama Short Film Festival Grand Prix Best Short Film and won the Accolade Global Film Competition Award of Excellence: Film Short.
Rhys was selected to participate as a Fellow in the prestigious Disney ABC Television Directing Program. On stage, he received outstanding reviews for his performance in Dario Fo's The Devil with Boobs and a Drama-Logue Award for his role in the Los Angeles stage production of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. Other performances include "John Buchanan Jr." in Tennessee Williams Summer and Smoke and a turn in John Patrick Shanley's The Dreamer Examines His Pillow at Theatre West. He is involved in various non-profit organizations including BAFTA Outreach and is an Inner City Shakespeare Advisory Board Member. Rhys is a Sundance Institute Alumni. On 22 November 2008, Rhys appeared on Soccer AM and confirmed he supports Crystal Palace Football Club, he has travelled extensively. Phillip is a former member of the alternative rock band Egos Aside. Rhys now lives in Los Angeles. Phillip Rhys on IMDb The Huffington Post interview Article about Rhys in The Times
The Four Postmen
The Four Postmen is a Los Angeles–based rock group that consists of five band members. Featuring electric and acoustic guitars, drums, an emphasis on three-part vocal harmony, their live show is energetic and theatrical, complete with non-stop comic banter between songs. Sometimes compared to Barenaked Ladies, GQ Magazine prefers to call them, "The Seinfeldesque Monkees", they formed in 1992 and in 1996 were signed to a development deal with NBC Studios to create a TV show based on their group. The band has performed on NBC's Friday Night Videos, Fox's Futurama, MTV's Undressed, has composed original music for NBC's Thrillogy Series as well as several independent feature films, they have four full-length albums: U. S. Male, Looking For Grandpa, Hit Record, What The Hell Happened. On November 6, 2007, The Four Postmen headlined a fundraiser for Reading to Kids at the Temple Bar in Santa Monica. How did Ken become Postman #1? Because he's the best, right? He's the top-dog, big banana, numero uno! Or is it because he's the smallest?
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It's pronounced "Steffin". It's not spelled S-t-e-f-f-i-n, his "real" job is voice-over work for television and radio commercials, CD ROM games and the occasional animation gig. In his "free" time he directs plays, his long-term goal is to direct films. Musical influences: Uh... talk radio? Professional studio drummer, college professor and recording engineer. Does amazing tricks while playing his drums. Has a vast collection of vintage drums. If he wasn't playing bass or acting or writing, he'd either be a mortician, he once drove with a cat inside his SUV engine from North Hollywood to Santa Monica. Favorite movies: The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover. There Are Things Dragon Are Ya Listnin'? I Asked You I Always Wanted To Be... Sun Indian Yes I'm Lucky All I Know Is I Like You Blood Suckin' Postman 31 Cents Praise I'm Your Man Red Hot Rap Miles & Miles Farm Boys Hazy Day Fish Used To... I Don't Know Mailman Song Rabbit Valley Where's My River? In The Pouch of a Kangaroo Four Years of High School Spanish The Lobster Quadrille The Pied Piper I've Gotta Tan...
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