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Kathy Bates

courtesy of Warner Bros. Studios

Kathy Bates has been honored numerous times for her work on stage, screen and television.  She won an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of obsessed fan Annie Wilkes in the 1990 hit "Misery,” In 1991, Bates starred in the Saul Zaentz produced drama "At Play in the Fields of the Lord”  which  won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe. In 1999, she received Oscar®, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations and won a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® and a Critics Choice Award for her performance in "Primary Colors.”  Bates recently earned her third Oscar® nomination for her role in "About Schmidt,” for which she also garnered Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations and won a National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress.  Her film work has also been recognized with Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for "Fried Green Tomatoes,” SAG Award® nomination with the cast of the blockbuster "Titanic” as well as a nomination for the ensemble in "Midnight in Paris”.

Most recently, Bates appeared on FX as Madame LaLaurie in American Horror Story, AHS: Coven.  Prior to that she starred for two seasons as Harriet ‘Harry’ Korn, in the hit television show "Harry’s Law” garnering her an Emmy® nomination for lead actress in a drama series. 

Additionally, Bates appeared in the FX miniseries "Alice,” playing the Queen of Hearts, for which she earned an Emmy® nomination. She won a Golden Globe and a SAG Award® and earned an Emmy® nomination for the 1996 HBO film "The Late Shift.”  Her television honors also include Emmy®, Golden Globe and SAG Award® nominations for her performance in the musical "Annie”; another SAG Award® nomination for her role in the telefilm "My Sister’s Keeper”; and four additional Emmy® nominations for her work on the projects "3rd Rock from the Sun,” "Six Feet Under,” "Warm Springs,” and "Ambulance Girl,” which she also directed.  More recently, she guest starred on "Mike & Molly”. "The Office” and "Two and a Half Men”, winning her first Emmy® award for her work on the latter. 

Her recent film work includes "Valentine’s Day”; "The Blind Side”; "Cheri,” "Revolutionary Road,” "The Day the Earth Stood Still,” "Personal Effects,” and the animated short "Cadaver”.   Upcoming projects include the highly anticipated "Tammy” "BoyChoir” and "The Great Gilly Hopkins.”

Bates has also been honored for her work behind the camera as a director.  She helmed the A&E telefilm "Dash and Lilly,” which earned nine Emmy® nominations, including one for Bates as Best Director.  She also directed five episodes of the acclaimed HBO series "Six Feet Under,” earning a Directors Guild of America Award for the episode entitled "Twilight.”  Her directing credits also include episodes of such series as "Oz,” "NYPD Blue” and "Homicide: Life on the Street.”

 

Danny DeVito 


Danny DeVito excels as an actor, producer and director.

DeVito’s Emmy award-winning performance on the television show "Taxi” propelled him to national prominence. Currently, DeVito stars FX’s "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

DeVito played Martini in the Saul Zaentz produced "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.”

In 2012, DeVito voiced the Lorax in the animated feature Dr. Seuss’s "The Lorax.”

DeVito runs TheBloodFactory.com, an online collaboration of horror shorts.  He is also the principal of Jersey Film’s 2nd Avenue, a successor company of Jersey Films ("Freedom Writers,” "Be Cool,” "Garden State,” "Along Came Polly,” "Man on the Moon,” "Pulp Fiction,” "Out of Sight,” "Get Shorty,” "Hoffa,” "Matilda,” "Living Out Loud” and "Erin Brockovich.”) He has directed "The Ratings Game,” "Throw Momma from the Train,” "Hoffa,” "Duplex” and "Death to Smoochy.”

DeVito has starred in "Junior,” "Batman Returns,” "Twins,” "Romancing the Stone,” "Jewel of the Nile,” "Ruthless People,” "Tin Men,” "Anything Else,” "Big Fish,” "Renaissance Man,” "The Big Kahuna,” "Heist.”  "The Good Night,” "Deck The Halls,” "Relative Strangers,” "The OH in Ohio,” "Be Cool,” "Nobel Son” and "Even Money.”

A year ago, DeVito returned to the stage starring in Neil Simon’s "Sunshine Boys” both in London and Los Angeles.

 

 

Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas is an actor/producer with over 40 Years of experience in film, television and theatre.  Among his credits are:  "The Streets of San Francisco” TV series; "Wall Street;” "Romancing the Stone;” "Fatal Attraction;”  "Basic Instinct;” "The China Syndrome;” "Falling Down;” "The War of the Roses;” "The Game;” "The American President;” "Traffic”  and co-produced "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest ” with Saul Zaentz. He most recently appeared in "Last Vegas” and the soon-to-be-released "And So It Goes.”  He has won two Oscars and this past year won an Emmy, a Golden Globe and SAG award as Best Actor for his portrayal as famed musical icon Liberace in "Behind the Candelabra.”

In 1998 Douglas was made a United Nations Messenger of Peace.  He is involved in numerous humanitarian efforts including on the boards of Ploughshares Fund and Nuclear Threat Initiative; supports a variety of causes including the Motion Picture and Television Fund; American Cancer Society; The Brady Center and The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center.  He is married to Oscar/Tony winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and has three children.

 

 

Hawk Koch

Hawk Koch is a veteran movie producer who currently serves as the President of the Producers Guild of America, and he’s the former President of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences

At the Producers' Guild, Koch and his presidential partner, Mark Gordon, has led the fight to preserve the producer's credit, which has been diluted for real, working producers. In the last year, they were able to secure all of the major studios and major independents to agree to uphold the Producer’s Mark; an achievement many doubted would ever happen. The rules put in place by "The Producer’s Mark” now apply to the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild Awards, and the BAFTA Awards. Now, only the producers that do the work get the Producer’s Mark and are eligible for these honors.

Koch's tenure at the Academy was distinguished by a sharpened focus on both member engagement and the future of filmmaking, as well as fundraising for the Academy Museum.

Hawk also serves as a Chief Consultant for the Wanda Corporation, who has commenced the building of the Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis in Qingdao, China and is also consulting on a Qingdao International Film Festival.  

Koch has been intimately involved with the making of more than 50 major motion pictures among them such classics as "Marathon Man,” "Chinatown,” "Wayne’s World,”  "Peggy Sue Got Married,” "Heaven Can Wait,” and "Rosemary's Baby."

His colleagues and collaborators include many of the greatest filmmakers of all-time, among them Sidney Pollack, Roman Polanski, John Schlesinger, Warren Beatty, and Francis Ford Coppola. In addition to his duties as a full time producer, Hawk also serves on the boards of the Motion Picture and Television Fund and the National Film Preservation Foundation.

A native Angeleno, Koch lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Molly, near his three adult children and four grandsons. 

 


Gary Lucchesi

Gary Lucchesi serves as President of Lakeshore Entertainment, an independent film company based in Los Angeles. He also serves as the Vice President, Motion Pictures for the Producer’s Guild of America. Lucchesi executive-produced "Million Dollar Baby", which won the Oscar for Best picture of 2004. The first movie he produced was "Primal Fear", and he has produced many other notable hits since including, "The Lincoln Lawyer" with Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei; the "Underworld" franchise; "The Ugly Truth", directed by Robert Luketic and "Crank" starring Jason Statham.

Other credits include box office smash "The Exorcism of Emily Rose"; Sam Raimi’s "The Gift", starring Cate Blanchett, Katie Holmes, Greg Kinnear, Hilary Swank and Giovanni Ribisi; two Philip Roth novels – "The Human Stain" and "Elegy". In addition, Lucchesi was the Executive Producer on the box-office hit "Runaway Bride", starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere and directed by Garry Marshall.

Prior to becoming an independent producer, Lucchesi was President of Production at Paramount and oversaw such films as "Ghost", "Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade", "Fatal Attraction", "The Hunt For The Red October", "Coming To America", "The Naked Gun", "The Godfather: Part III" "Star Treck", "Black Rain" and "The Untouchables". He also worked at TriStar Pictures for four years as both Vice President and Senior Vice President of Production. Lucchesi began his career in Los Angeles as an agent for the William Morris Agency.


Lori McCreary

Lori McCreary is the CEO of Revelations Entertainment, a film and television production company she and actor Morgan Freeman founded almost 20 years ago. As head of Revelations, McCreary recently produced "Ruth & Alex" starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton and is currently in post-production on "Madam Secretary," a highly-anticipated drama pilot for CBS Television.  McCreary and Revelations past productions include "The Magic of Belle Isle," directed by Rob Reiner, "Invictus," directed by Clint Eastwood, the Peabody Award-winning and Emmy Award-winning "ESPN 30 for 30 film THE 16TH MAN", "Along Came a Spider," "10 Items or Less," "The Maiden Heist," "The Code" and "Under Suspicion".

 In addition, she serves as the Executive Producer of Discovery Science's Emmy-nominated "Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman." Utilizing the latest discoveries in science, the series explores how astrobiology, string theory, quantum mechanics and astrophysics are pushing the boundaries of our understanding of the universe.

 McCreary is Treasurer of the Producers Guild of America. She is the Founder of the PGA's Motion Picture Technology Committee and sits on the Producers Council of the PGA and on the Technology Committee of the American Society of Cinematographers. She is also a member of The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE). In addition, she has been profiled by The Hollywood Reporter in 100 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood issues. McCreary is also a tech entrepreneur, influencing Hollywood’s adoption of new technologies. 



Chris Moore

Chris Moore has been working as a producer in Hollywood since 1989. He was co-producer on Gus Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting, which was nominated for nine Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Director, and won for Best Supporting Actor (Robin Williams) and Best Original Screenplay (Ben Affleck & Matt Damon).

 He has produced all four of the American Pie theatrical features, including the 2012 worldwide hit American Reunion, written and directed by Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg. Another recent success produced by Mr. Moore was The Adjustment Bureau, adapted and directed by George Nolfi and starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.

 Among his other features as producer are John Dahl’s Joy Ride, starring Paul Walker; Mike Barker’s Best Laid Plans, starring Reese Witherspoon; and John Frankenheimer’s Reindeer Games, starring Ben Affleck and Charlize Theron; his most recent theatrical release was "Promised Land,” which starred Matt Damon and John Krasinski. Movies that he has executive-produced include two cult favorites: Rob McKittrick’s "Waiting…” starring Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris, and John Gulager’s "Feast”.

Mr. Moore was a co-creator and executive producer of the groundbreaking television series about filmmaking, "Project Greenlight.” He was one of the executive producers and directors of the acclaimed documentary "The People Speak,” broadcast domestically on the History Channel and based on Howard Zinn’s "A People’s History of the United States.”

 In 2011, Mr. Moore established The Media Farm, which is focused on investing in and managing a portfolio of entertainment brands for exploitation in multiple media. His projects include "The Chair” and "Survivor’s Remorse,” both with STARZ, "Think Tank,” the continuation of "The People Speak” with History and "The Can,” a comedic online series. Moore is represented by Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller in Los Angeles.


Craig Bierley

Craig joined Cadillac in February of 2013 as Global Director of  Advertising.  During this time, Bierley led the process to select a new advertising agency and has developed an all new global brand positioning. 

Previously Craig served as Director of Advertising and Promotions for Buick. Craig Bierley was not only responsible for traditional advertising, but he was also tasked with leading nontraditional advertising, digital, experiential promotions and social media efforts. Bierley played a key role in the development of an all new positioning for the Buick brand that contributed to the brand being named one of "America’s Hottest Brands” by Advertising Age in 2011.  He also led the development of the Sports Emmy nominated and Effie winning Buick Human Highlight Reel.  

Before this position, Craig was the Director for Buick Product Marketing, responsible for brand marketing strategy and product planning for all Buick and Pontiac products. This includes supporting the launches of the all-new 2010 Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal. He has also worked as the Director of Marketing for Pontiac, overseeing the launch of the G8 and Solstice Coupe. He was also the Product Director for GMC when the GMC Yukon, Sierra and Acadia were introduced to the public.

Craig began his GM career more than 25 years ago as a financial analyst. Since then, he has helped the company grow and evolve, successfully completing many product launches, holding sales and marketing positions in the GMC, Pontiac and Buick VSSM organizations. A native of Michigan, Craig has an MBA from Michigan State University. 

    



Matthew Zelley

A whimsical illustrator turned award-winning advertiser, Zelley blends traditional branding philosophies with emerging technology to create immersive, meaningful brand experiences.  In over twelve years, he has worked with a diverse roster of prominent brands, including Cadillac, Kimberly-Clark, Chevrolet, Kaiser Permanente, USSA, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Chicken of the Sea and Alltel Wireless.  Zelley has received numerous industry awards including Effies, Communication Arts, WMA WebAwards, Favourite Website Awards and others.









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