|Writer / Director / Producer ||
John Gray was born in Brooklyn, New York. Wanting to make movies almost as soon as
he was out of the womb, Gray found ways to make 8mm films on the streets of his
neighborhood, sometimes resorting to placing his actors in front of the display windows of
furniture stores to create instant sets. Foregoing college to go to work at a post production house
in Manhattan, Gray used their equipment on nights and weekends to make slightly more
sophisticated 16mm movies. At the age of 21, he managed to "persuade" a production company
in Washington DC to hire him to direct some low budget PBS television shows by bombarding
them with "Let John Gray Direct" helium balloons, singing telegrams, and a giant cake. Several
years later, while working in New York as a bartender, cook book salesman, and a street recruiter
for CBS test audiences, Gray wrote a spec script that landed him an agent, and which became his
feature directing debut, Billy Galvin. The film had a brief and all but anonymous theatrical
release ("It was as if it were released by the Secret Service," Gray recalls), and then aired on PBS
for American Playhouse.
Balloons and cakes nothwithstanding, it would be four more years before he would write
and direct his next project, which was the critically acclaimed and highly rated movie for
television When He's Not A Stranger, starring Annabeth Gish and Kevin Dillon. Continuing to
work in television, he went on to make three movies for the Hallmark Hall of Fame: An
American Story starring Kathleen Quinlan; the Emmy nominated A Place For Annie starring
Sissy Spacek, Mary-Louise Parker and Joan Plowright, which also won the Humanitas Prize and
the Christopher Award, and The Seventh Stream, starring Scott Glenn, Fiona Shaw, and Saffron
Burrows. He also wrote and directed the TNT Original Movies The Lost Capone with Eric
Roberts, The Day Lincoln Was Shot, starring Rob Morrow and Lance Henriksen, and The Hunley starring Armand Assante and Donald Sutherland.
In between this he managed to sneak in two unlikely feature film directing assignments:
Born to Be Wild and The Glimmer Man, (Steven Seagal!) in which he got to blow a lot of things
up. Both films were for Warner Brothers.
Gray also directed the CBS four-hour mini-series Haven starring the late Natasha
Richardson, Anne Bancroft, Martin Landau, and Hal Holbrook, which also won the Humanitas
Prize. This was followed by the highly rated ABC movie Brian's Song, a remake of the 1971
landmark television film, and, again for CBS, Martin & Lewis with Sean Hayes and Jeremy
Northam as the legendary duo. He then wrote and directed the three hour CBS movie Helter
Skelter with Jeremy Davies, Clea Duvall and the late Bruno Kirby, and then traveled to Rome to
direct two hours of the six hour miniseries Empire for ABC.
In 2005, Gray created the hit CBS series Ghost Whisperer, which has just completed its
fifth season. He wrote and directed the pilot, and was an executive producer on the show.
Most recently, Gray wrote and directed the Indie feature White Irish Drinkers, which will
have its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. The movie stars Stephen Lang, Karen Allen, and
Gray is based in New York, where he lives with his daughter Caitlin and his wife Melissa
|Producer / 2nd Unit Director ||
MELISSA JO PELTIER
A two-time Emmy Award-winning writer, director and producer, Ms. Peltier won her first
Emmy for educational programming at the age of 23. Since then, she has accumulated over 50
national and international awards and accolades for her work as a producer, writer, director and
editor of both documentary and dramatic television and films. Ms. Peltier wrote and directed the
primetime documentary special, Scared Silent: Exposing and Ending Child Abuse, hosted by
Oprah Winfrey. This multi-network simulcast was hailed as television's most watched
documentary ever, and earned Ms. Peltier the Humanitas Prize.
Following closely on its heels
was the Peabody Award-winning Break the Silence: Kids Against Child Abuse, which Ms. Peltier
also wrote and directed. She was producer-director-writer of A&E's four-hour documentary
mini-series, Titanic: Death of a Dream and Titanic: The Legend Lives On, then the highest-rated
program ever aired on A&E, which won two Emmy Awards, including an award to Ms. Peltier
for outstanding documentary writing.
Ms. Peltier was also an executive producer, writer and
director of two critically acclaimed History Channel documentary mini-series, "Founding
Fathers" and "Founding Brothers." Three more Writer's Guild of America nominations for
documentary feature writing followed, as well as three primetime Emmy Nominations for Best
Reality Show as an Executive Producer of National Geographic Channel's Dog Whisperer with
Cesar Millan, which won the 2010 People's Choice Award. With Mr. Millan, she co-authored
four New York Times best selling books, with the 5th scheduled for publication in October.
Peltier's dramatic work includes writing the Lifetime movie Nightwaves starring Sherilyn Fenn,
and the story, The Collector, for the hit CBS series, Ghost Whisperer. She is a co-founder of the
Burbank-based production company MPH Entertainment, which has created over 350 hours of
original documentary and reality television programming.
Paul Bernard has extensive experience working as a producer, director, and assistant
director. Bernard, along with his producing partner, James Scura, specializes in producing studio
quality movies on independent budgets. Prior to White Irish Drinkers, Bernard, produced
Seasons 2 and 3 of TNT's hit TV series Leverage, Executive Produced by Dean Devlin and
staring Timothy Hutton. Bernard also co-produced and was the 1st Assistant Director on the
first season of the series.
Over the last several years, Bernard has produced numerous films including A Fork in the
Road with Jamie King, Follow the Prophet with David Conrad and John Diehl, Blank Slate featuring Eric Stoltz, The Air I Breathe with Forest Whitaker and Kevin Bacon, The Librarian:
Return to King Solomon's Mines with Noah Wyle, Trust the Man with Julianne Moore and Billy
Crudup, Venus and Vegas with Jamie Pressly, The Ghost of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Passionada, and
Loose Women, directed by Bernard himself, featuring Charlie Sheen, Keith David, and Giancarlo
His numerous credits as assistant director include The Kingdom, Ghost Whisperer, NYPD
Blue, Raising Helen, Spanglish, The Day After Tomorrow, Vanilla Sky, The Patriot, Any Given
Sunday, Three Kings, The Siege, Godzilla, Mars Attacks!, Mission: Impossible, City Hall, Die
Hard with a Vengeance, and Interview with a Vampire. The directors and producers he has been
fortunate enough to work with include Oliver Stone, Woody Allen, Michael Ritchie, Brian
DePalma, Tim Burton, Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Neil Jordan, Michael Mann, James L.
Brooks, John Singleton, and Doug Liman.
In addition to his background in film production, Bernard also has experience producing
music events and concert tours, serving as Line Producer and Production Manager for the
Grateful Dead 1992 Summer Tour, Billy Joel's PBS concert in 1993, and Pete Townsend's
Psychoderelict tour (1993). Bernard received a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Film from the
University of South Carolina, where he now teaches on occasion and serves as one of the heads
of the university's film board.
James Scura is currently unit production manager on the TNT program Leverage, starring
Timothy Hutton, filmed on location in Portland, OR. He also served as producer/UPM on Jim
Kouf's A Fork in the Road, currently being distributed by Shoreline Entertainment, and Follow
the Prophet with Diane Venora and Tom Noonan. Prior to that, Scura was an executive producer
on the film Two Tickets to Paradise directed by and starring D.B. Sweeney, with John C.
McGinley, Moira Kelly, and Ed Harirs. Scura was also producer on the Los Angeles unit of the
feature The Air I Breath.
Along with partner Paul Bernard, James produced Passionada with Jason Isaacs, and
Emmy Rossum, directed by Dan Ireland. He also produced High Times' Potluck with Jason
Isaacs, Jason Mewes and Tommy Chong. He was co-producer on Mixing Nia with Isaiah
Washington, and began his career as executive producer of Paul Bernard's Loose Women with
Charlie Sheen and Giancarlo Esposito.
On his own, Scura wrote and produced The Titanic Chronicles, a historical documentary.
He has also been a media consultant for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a non-profit
organization specializing in the relief of children. He is also co-owner of Scura Enterprises, a
privately held company consisting of various retail/video rental outlets. Scura is currently serves
on the board of AirFlow Catalyst Systems Inc., a developer of leading edge materials for
catalytic converter technologies. He graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in
Accounting and Finance, and is a member of the Director's Guild of America.
|Director of Photography ||
A distinguished graduate of the American Film Institute, Seamus spent several years in
Hawaii before moving to Australia where he spent the majority of his childhood. In 1996,
returning to the states to pursue his film career, Tierney worked his way up the ladder in the
lighting department on hundreds of commercials, music videos and feature films. He was the
lighting designer for the famous photographer Steven Klein for three years, creating a look that
set a new standard in fashion photography.
Tierney started to gain recognition as a cinematographer in the late 1990s shooting a
student Academy Award-winning short Zen: The Art of Landscaping, which was the first in a
series of films that won awards from festivals all over the world including Sundance and Cannes.
Recently, Seamus shot the comedy Sin Bin directed by Billy Federighi; Josh Radnor's directorial
debut HappyThankYouMorePlease starring Radnor, Malin Ackerman, Kate Mara and Richard
Jenkins, which won the audience award at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
His other credits include second unit work on NBC's Kings starring Ian McShane; Adam released by Fox Searchlight starring Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne; The Good Guy starring Bryan
Greenberg and Scott Porter; and The Narrows directed by François Velle and starring Vincent
D'Onofrio. Other recent accomplishments include Veronika Decides to Die, directed by Emily
Young and starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jonathan Tucker and Erika Christensen based on
Paulo Coelho's novel and the Korean film Hers. He has shot over 45 short films including
Artistic License, which won the audience award at the Austin Film Festival. His accolades also
include Movie Theatre Hero, recipient of the 2002 Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmakers Award that
screened in AMC theaters across the country.
Traceigh Scottel spent the early part of the last decade developing her production skills
by coordinating such films as Thank You For Smoking and Don't Come Knocking. Since, she has
spent the latter half of the decade serving as co-producer, line-producer, unit production manager,
or production supervisor on a number of independent feature films and movies for television,
including Already Dead, Mostly Ghostly, Soul Men, Backwoods and the upcoming releases
Leonie, The Perfect Age of Rock 'N Roll, and Look at Me. Ms. Scottel also produced the short
film, Big Guy and currently has two feature films in development.
Brooklyn native Mark Snow has been making music since the 1950s. Following a start in
the music industry as a popular recording artist with his band the New York Rock and Roll
Ensemble, Mark made the switch to composer for television and film in the 1970s. He is best
known for his scores for such television series as The X-Files, Ghost Whisperer, Smallville, One
Tree Hill, Kojak, Millenium, Dynasty, Falcon Crest, T. J. Hooker, Cagney and Lacey, Starsky
and Hutch, Family, and Hart to Hart. Snow is the only ASCAP composer to receive the "Most
Performed Background Music" award every year consecutively since the inception of the award
in 1985-6. He has been nominated 17 times for Emmys for his work on television series and
television films including Helter Skelter, Children of the Dust, Oldest Living Confederate Widow
Tells All, and Something about Amelia. Recent film projects include the scores for the X-Files movie and the Knights of Appletown. He has also written scores for the legendary French
director, Alain Resnais, (Hiroshima Mon Amour, Last Year at Marienbad), which include Coeurs (Snow received a Ceasar nomination) and Les Herbes Folles. He is currently working on The
Hunters, a mystery thriller set in Europe.
|Costume Designer ||
From a very young age, Nicole Capasso fell in love with how beautiful clothes looked in
old black and white movies. It is this early love of costuming in movies, from great old
westerns through to the 1980's, that inspired Nicole's career - period pieces are her passion.
Nicole studied at Syracuse University, followed by the Fashion Institute of Technology in New
York, where she earned a degree in Fashion Design and Patternmaking Technology. Nicole then
moved to Los Angeles, and started in the business in 1995 designing costumes for a play at a
small theater in North Hollywood. This experience jump started her career and led to her first
movie work on a low budget feature film. Since then, Nicole has worked on numerous features
and TV series in all aspects of the costuming field, including Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,
Weeds, and Bring It On, to name a few. She has also been the costume designer for many feature
films, including Everybody Wants to be Italian and A Fork in the Road.
|Production Designer ||
Tommaso Ortino spent the early part of his career in Europe, after graduating from the
Accademia di Belle Arti of Florence, and receiving his Masters in film from the University of
Paris. In 2001, he moved to New York City and began working on what is fast becoming an
impressive and diverse list of award winning credits including, Sangre de mi Sangre, Grand Jury
Prize Winner at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and released theatrically by IFC Films; and two
selections at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, Against the Current and the acclaimed Toe to Toe.
He also designed the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival hit The Good Guy.
His most recent credits include Holy Rollers (which debuted at Sundance in 2010),
Coming and Going for director Edoardo Ponti and producer Scott Rosenfelt, and The Untitled
Albanian Project for director Josh Marston, which will be released next year.
NEIL MANDELBERG, ACE
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Neil Mandelberg moved to Los Angeles, California two days
after graduating with a degree in Communication Arts. His first job in the industry was at a
trailer house where he spent time with the editors whenever possible. He has worked as a sound
editor, sound supervisor, assistant picture editor, picture editor, and producer of Post Production.
He was invited to join the fraternal group for editors, American Cinema Editors, in 1989.
His work includes numerous Television series, Movies of the Week and feature films
including Coach Carter, Alvin and the Chipmunks, a documentary that takes place in Iraq titled
The Road To Fallujah, and White Irish Drinkers which has just been accepted in the 2010
Toronto International Film Festival. He was awarded 2 Emmy Awards for editing on the ABC
series Moonlighting, plus a nomination for an Emmy Award for his work on the miniseries The
Temptations for NBC.
Neil is about to embark on a new feature film endeavor titled "Grassroots," to be shot in
Seattle, WA, Summer 2010.
| Co-Producer/Casting Director ||
At the age of 21, Russell Boast won the prestigious Nelson Mandela Artists Award for his
contributions to theatre in South Africa. At the same time, he was completing his BA in English
and Communications at the University of South Africa, with a technical degree in Film, Theatre
and Television. He graduated with honors in 1993. In the six years that Russell has been in Los
Angeles, he has been involved in the staging of numerous theater productions and casting of over
twenty films, and he has swiftly found himself in demand by the Hollywood film, television and
theatre industries as a casting director, acting teacher, producer, director and ally to artists and
entertainers across the world. He currently works as a casting director alongside Rick Pagano (XMen:
The Last Stand, Alien: Resurrection, Hotel Rwanda) and Debi Manwiller (24) for Pagano/
Manwiller Casting and is a founding partner of Rocket Propelled Ltd. with Rick Pagano.