made his directorial debut with “Camp,” which he also wrote. The film was accepted in Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as the New Directors/New Films Festival at Lincoln Center, and won first prize at the Sydney and Provincetown Film Festivals. Graff most recently wrote and directed the feature “Bandslam,” starring Vanessa Hudgens, Lisa Kudrow and David Bowie.
For the stage, Graff directed the 2007 musical “13,” by Jason Robert Brown and Dan Ellish, at the Mark Taper Forum. As an actor, he earned a Tony Award nomination and Theatre World Award for creating the role of Danny in Broadway’s “Baby.”
He has appeared in such films as “Dominick and Eugene,” “Strange Days,” “The Abyss” and John Sayles’ “City of Hope.”
has been a senior executive in the motion picture and entertainment industry for three decades and is presently CEO of O.N.C. Entertainment Inc., a film and television production company. During his tenure at New Regency Enterprises, Nathanson received an Oscar® nomination for producing the critically acclaimed drama “L.A. Confidential.”
Nathanson previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM Pictures for seven years. As such, he oversaw and managed all facets of the company, including business affairs, production, development, film acquisition, marketing, distribution and strategic planning. Nathanson came to the company with the foresight and ability to see the company through its rapid growth and global expansion and under his stewardship, the company had some of its most profitable years. MGM went from a privately held company to a publicly held corporation on the NYSE and ultimately sold to a consortium, which included the Sony Corporation and the private equity firms TPG and Providence.
Prior to that, Nathanson was President of Worldwide Production at Columbia Pictures, which was owned by Sony, for five years. Before being promoted to President, he served three years as Executive Vice President. While at Sony, Nathanson was in charge of all production, business affairs and development. He interfaced with all facets of the Sony Corporation from Television, Music, Games, Hardware and Consumer Products in order to maximize Sony’s film content. Nathanson was responsible for and directly supervised the acquisition of the intellectual property rights to “Spiderman” and “Men in Black,” which became major franchises for the studio.
During Nathanson’s post as Chairman and CEO of New Regency Enterprises, a fully financed satellite company associated with Warner Bros., he forged successful relationships with international television and entertainment companies, including Canal Plus, Toho Towa Co. Ltd. and Samsung, among others.
Early in his career, Nathanson served as Vice President of Production at MGM, United Artists, and Warner Bros. He also spent several years at NBC Sports in New York.
Some of the more than 500 films which Nathanson has overseen include three James Bond movies, most recently “Die Another Day”; “The Pink Panther,” starring Steve Martin; “Legally Blonde” and “Legally Blonde 2”; Steve Irwin’s “The Crocodile Hunter”;” Barbershop”; “Tin Cup”; “Heat”; the “Free Willy” franchise; “The Prince of Tides”; “Boyz ‘n the Hood”; “A River Runs Through It”; “A League of Their Own”; “In the Line of Fire”; “Groundhog Day”; “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”; “WarGames”; “Mr. Mom”; and “Purple Rain.”
A native of New York, Nathanson graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelors of Science degree in communications/cinema. He was the 2006 recipient of The Louis B. Mayer Motion Picture Business Leader of the Year award and The 2005 Sheba Humanitarian Award.
was founder and CEO of National Research Group, the worldwide film market research, for 25 years before selling the company and forming Farrell Paura Productions.
Among other film work, he was a producer on the highly successful youth movie “Mannequin.” He also wrote a number of scripts acquired by studios.
Prior to his work in entertainment, Farrell was a director of The Harris Poll (Louis Harris and Associates) as well as an executive working with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
He was a Harvard graduate with a J.D. degree.
was, along with Joseph Farrell, the Chairman of National Research Group (NRG) for 25 years. NRG is a major worldwide market research and analysis firm which continues to serve the film industry.
In 2002, after having sold NRG, Paura and Farrell stepped down as Chairmen of the company and formed Farrell Paura Productions.
Paura began her research career as an executive with Louis Harris and Associates, known for the Harris Poll.
She also served as co-producer on “Mannequin.”
BRODERICK JOHNSON and ANDREW A. KOSOVE
are Oscar®-nominated producers as well as co-founders and co-CEOs of Alcon Entertainment, which has financed and/or produced a wide range of films. The partners have served as producers on all the films released under the Alcon banner.
The company most recently produced the hit film “Dolphin Tale,” starring Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman. The family drama is inspired by the amazing true story of Winter, the dolphin who was rescued and learned to swim again after losing her tail. Alcon also has a wide range of projects in development.
Kosove and Johnson received an Academy Award® nomination as producers of the 2009 Best Picture nominee “The Blind Side,” which earned more than $300 million at the worldwide box office. Based on a true story, the film was written and directed by John Lee Hancock and starred Sandra Bullock, who received a number of Best Actress honors for her performance, culminating in an Academy Award®.
Alcon’s recent projects also include the post-apocalyptic action drama “The Book of Eli,” directed by the Hughes brothers and starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman and Mila Kunis, and Richard LaGravenese’s romantic sleeper hit “P.S. I Love You,” starring Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Kathy Bates, Lisa Kudrow and Harry Connick, Jr.
Among Alcon’s earlier film releases are Ken Kwapis’ ensemble hit “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and its sequel, “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2”; the Richard Donner-directed action thriller “16 Blocks,” starring Bruce Willis; the family film “Racing Stripes,” which blended animation and live action; Christopher Nolan’s thriller “Insomnia,” starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank; and Jay Russell’s acclaimed family film “My Dog Skip,” starring Diane Lane and Kevin Bacon.
TIMOTHY M. BOURNE
produced the hit drama “Drumline,” and has also served as an executive producer on such films as “Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins,” “One Missed Call,” “ATL,” “Mr. 3000,” “Lottery Ticket,” the hugely successful “The Blind Side,” which garnered an Oscar® for Sandra Bullock and was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture, and most recently the remake of “Footloose.”
Bourne has worked on many of director Penny Marshall’s films, serving as co-producer for “Renaissance Man,” “The Preacher’s Wife” and “Riding in Cars with Boys,” and as production manager for “Big,” “Awakenings” and “A League of Their Own.” Additionally, Bourne served as a co-producer on Andy Tennant’s “Ever After,” and on the Henson Company’s “Muppets from Space” and “The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland.”
He previously collaborated with director Mike Nichols on “Heartburn” and “Working Girl,” and with Barbra Streisand on “The Prince of Tides.” Bourne’s film work also includes “A Walk to Remember,” “Summer Catch,” “Bastard Out of Carolina,” “Sleeping with the Enemy,” “Everybody Wins” and “The Muppets Take Manhattan.”
Bourne began his career scouting locations for Woody Allen’s “A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy,” and subsequently worked on Allen’s “Zelig,” “Broadway Danny Rose,” “Hannah and Her Sisters” and “Radio Days.”
is a longtime veteran in the music business and currently Queen Latifah’s partner, manager and CEO of Flavor Unit Entertainment.
Compere most recently served as producer on “Just Wright,” starring Latifah and Common. Previously, he was a producer on the box office hit “The Perfect Holiday,” “Beauty Shop” and “The Cookout,” and an executive producer on HBO’s critically acclaimed “Life Support,” starring Latifah. Their next project, “Percentage,” starring Ving Rhames, is currently filming.
Flavor Unit Entertainment has a multi-year deal with BET to create original programming. Among the projects are the original movie “The Cookout 2” and BET’s first-ever scripted romantic comedy, “Let’s Stay Together.” The company also has a deal in place with VH1. Compere is an executive producer on the comedy series “Single Ladies,” starring Stacy Dash and Lauren London.
Director of Photography
most recently directed the independent drama “Home Run,” on which he also served as cinematographer.
Prior to that, he was the director of photography on “Get Low,” starring Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray, which won an Independent Spirit Award in 2009 for Best Feature. His other recent feature credits as cinematographer include Renny Harlin’s “12 Rounds,” and “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl,” starring Abigail Breslin. Boyd was also director of photography on “Two Soldiers,” starring Ron Perlman, which won an Academy Award® in 2004 for Best Short Film.
In addition, Boyd was 2nd unit director of photography on “Galaxy Quest,” and “Cast Away.”
His television credits include serving as cinematographer on the series “The Walking Dead,” “Men of a Certain Age” and Friday Night Lights,” all on which he also directed multiple episodes. Additional TV cinematographer credits include “Without a Trace,” “Deadwood” and “Firefly.”
A graduate of UCLA film school, Boyd grew up overseas. He is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, the American Society of Cinematographers, and the Directors Guild of America.
previously worked with Todd Graff on his feature film “Bandslam.”
His other production design feature credits include “Balls of Fury”; the independent feature “Shanghai Red,” filmed in China; “Sugar and Spice”; “Scenes of the Crime”; and “The Anarchists Cookbook.”
Knipp’s television credits include FOX’s “Friends with Benefits,” “Undeclared,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Welcome to the Captain.”
Knipp began his career as art director on MTV’s “The Ben Stiller Show.” His other art director credits include “Reality Bites,” “The Truth About Cats and Dogs,” “The Cable Guy,” “The Odd Couple II,” “Life,” “Girl, Interrupted,” “Spider-Man 2,” “Don Juan DeMarco” and “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.”
Prior to that, he worked in various positions in production for Imagine Entertainment.
has previously collaborated with director Ed Harris on his features “Appaloosa” and “Pollock.” She has worked four times with director Ken Kwapis, on “License to Wed,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and “Sexual Life,” as well as the pilot episode of the Emmy Award-winning NBC comedy series “The Office.” Additionally, she edited the pilot episode of the Golden Globe-winning ABC series “Ugly Betty,” and the Lifetime movie “Georgia O’Keefe,” starring Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons.
Her other feature credits span a wide range of genres, and include the indie noir thriller “Lonely Hearts”; the documentary “Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion”; the horror film “House of 1000 Corpses”; the thriller “Killing Zoe”; and Allison Anders’ critically acclaimed drama “Mi Vida Loca.”
Himoff has a degree in Theater from Boston University and a background in acting, as well as in story development. She has also served as an executive for several film production companies in Los Angeles.
most recently designed for the upcoming film “Imogene,” starring Kristen Wiig. His other feature credits include “Spring Breakdown.”
Broecker was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Costume Design for Television Series for the hit NBC series “30 Rock.” In 2009, he received a Costume Designers Guild Award nomination for his designs on the show. Prior to that, Broecker was nominated five times for an Emmy Award during his 10-year tenure as costume designer for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
His other television credits include “The Big C,” “In Treatment,” “Madigan Men,” “The Beautiful Life” and “The Comeback.”
Broecker has also worked on numerous Broadway and off-Broadway shows.
is a five-time Grammy Award winner and has succeeded in every creative aspect of music as an accomplished film and TV composer, record producer, songwriter/lyricist, arranger, pianist and vocalist. Highlights of his career include scoring the comedy “The Wedding Planner,” which opened at number one, and producing and arranging the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling soundtrack to “The Preacher’s Wife.”
Warren gained musical prominence as an original member of the group Take 6. During his tenure, the a cappella sextet received numerous accolades, including four Grammy Awards, six Dove Awards, two Stellar Awards, and a Soul Train Award. Warren produced, co-wrote, or arranged most of the award-winning songs on their platinum and gold albums. After leaving the group, Warren went on to earn another Grammy Award for the all-star “Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration,” as well as five additional Grammy Award nominations, a Dove Award, three Dove nominations, and two Gospel Music Workshop of America Awards, including one for Contemporary Producer of the Year.
After seeing Warren’s performance at the 35th Grammy Awards, composer Marc Shaiman and director Bill Duke invited Warren to produce and arrange songs for the film “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.” During post-production, he was asked by score composer Miles Goodman to co-compose portions of the film’s underscore.
Warren’s additional credits include the dramatic score and songs for Sean Combs’ retelling of the classic “A Raisin In The Sun”; the heartfelt, romantic score to “A Walk To Remember”; the adrenaline-pumping score for the action-packed superhero film “Steel”; and the lighthearted score for A&E’s “Wedding Wars.” His arranging credits include “Dreamgirls,” and his music producing and arranging credits include “Last Holiday,” “Living Out Loud,” “Do the Right Thing,” and the HBO hit series “Six Feet Under.”
Over the years, Warren has produced or arranged a number of projects for his mentor, Quincy Jones, including various tracks on Jones’ Back on the Block, Q’s Jook Joint, and Q: Soul Bossa Nostra, to name a few.
Warren has also written, arranged, and produced songs for such legendary artists as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Boyz II Men, Rascal Flatts, Michael Bublé, Chicago, Queen Latifah, Al Jarreau, Faith Hill, Babyface and David Foster.
To raise money for Haitan earthquake relief, he co-produced, with Quincy Jones, “We Are The World 25 For Haiti,” which featured over 80 superstars.
A native of Nashville, Tennesee, Warren lives in Los Angeles, where he continues to compose music for film, TV, recording artists and live performance.