Brian Grazer is an Academy Award-winning, Golden Globe-winning, Emmy-winning and Grammy-winning producer and No. 1 New York Times best-selling author. His films and television shows have been nominated for 43 Academy Awards and 195 Emmys, and he won the Best Picture Academy Award for "A Beautiful Mind."
In addition to "A Beautiful Mind," Grazer produced the films "American Gangster," "8 Mile," "Liar Liar," "Parenthood" and "Splash," and the television series "Genius," "Empire," "24," "Arrested Development," "Friday Night Lights" and "Felicity," to name a few. He also produced the documentary "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years," which was a commercial and critical global hit, having won multiple awards including the 2017 Grammy for Best Music Film.
Grazer's most recent film, the documentary "Pavarotti," opened June 2019. Additionally, Grazer is working on several film projects including an adaptation of the New York Times bestseller "Hillbilly Elegy;" "Tick, Tick... Boom" directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda; "Curious George," based on the beloved children's character; a re-imagining of the hit films "Friday Night Lights" and "Fear;" a biopic about Gucci Mane; and the documentary "Rebuilding Paradise," which follows the community of Paradise, CA, as they attempt to rebuild following the devastation of the 2018 California wildfires.
On the television side, Grazer is currently working on "Empire" for Fox, "Wu-Tang: An American Saga" with RZA and Alex Tse for Hulu, "Swagger!" with Kevin Durant for Apple, "Filthy Rich" with Tate Taylor for Fox, "Why Women Kill" with Marc Cherry for CBS All Access, "Langdon" for NBC and the third installment of National Geographic's "Genius" about the legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, in collaboration with Clive Davis. The "Genius" anthology series is a critical success, with "Genius: Einstein" garnering 10 Emmy nominations in its first season. The series' second season, "Genius: Picasso," received seven Emmy nominations, as well as multiple Golden Globe, Critics' Choice and SAG Awards nominations.
Grazer has been honored by numerous organizations, including being named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People. His book "A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life" was a New York Times best-seller. Grazer's second book "Face to Face: The Art of Human Connection" was released in September 2019.
Grazer met his longtime friend and business partner Ron Howard in the early 1980s and embarked on what is now one of the longest-running partnerships in Hollywood. Their collaboration began with the hit comedies "Night Shift" and "Splash," and in 1986 the two founded Imagine Entertainment, which they continue to run together as chairmen.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From critically acclaimed Academy Award-winning dramas like "A Beautiful Mind" and "Apollo 13" to hit comedies "Parenthood" and "Splash," he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films.
"A Beautiful Mind" earned Howard Best Director and Best Picture Academy Awards, and a Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement.
His other films include the Grammy-winning "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years," "Solo: A Star Wars Story," "Rush," "The Da Vinci Code," "Frost/Nixon," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "Ransom," "Backdraft," "The Paper," "Far and Away," and "Cocoon," to name a few.
Howard has also served as an executive producer on a number of award-winning television shows such as the Emmy-winning HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon," Fox's Emmy-winning comedy "Arrested Development" -- a series he also narrated, NBC's "Parenthood," and National Geographic's award-winning anthology series "Genius."
Howard's latest film, the documentary "Pavarotti," opened to critical acclaim. Howard is currently in post-production on the film adaptation of the best-selling memoir "Hillbilly Elegy" starring Glenn Close and Amy Adams, and on the documentary "Rebuilding Paradise," which follows the community of Paradise, CA, as it attempts to rebuild following the devastation of the 2018 California wildfires.
Howard made his directorial debut in 1977 with the comedy "Grand Theft Auto." He began his film career as an actor, first appearing in "The Journey" and "The Music Man." He later starred as Opie on the long-running television series "The Andy Griffith Show" and as Richie Cunningham on the hit series "Happy Days," both Nielsen-rated No. 1 series.
Whether in front of or behind the camera, or for film, television or documentaries, Howard has been a part of many of the most significant projects in every decade since the 60s.
Roberto Benabib was born in Mexico City, Mexico, and later moved to New York where he attended NYU's film program. He began his career as Jonathan Demme's assistant and has since gone on to write and produce a number of television series. These include Fox's "Ally McBeal," Showtime's "Weeds," HBO's "The Brink," -- a show that he co-created, and Showtime's "Kidding." He shared an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series for his work on "Weeds" in 2009.
Sam Keeley is an Irish actor whose career spans across film and television. Early credits include Paolo Sorrentino's "This Must Be the Place," the BAFTA award-winning series "Misfits," and "Burnt" starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller. Since then, he has worked with Ron Howard on "In the Heart of the Sea," appears in "The Siege of Jadotville" directed by Richie Smyth and "Megan Leavey" directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite opposite Kate Mara and is the lead in "The Cured" opposite Ellen Page, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival. He can currently be seen in BBC's "Dublin Murders" and most recently finished filming Julian Fellowes's "The English Game" for Netflix.
Gage Golightly was last seen in the Netflix comedy feature "The Last Summer" opposite KJ Apa, as well as the Broad Green feature "Step Sisters" directed by Charles Stone and produced by Matt Alvarez. Golightly's most recent TV credits include a recurring role on the ABC series "Ten Days In the Valley" opposite Kyra Sedgwick. Previously, she was best known for her lead role in the Amazon half-hour comedy series "Red Oaks," starring Craig Roberts, Paul Reiser, Jennifer Grey and Richard Kind, produced by Steven Soderbergh and co-created and directed by David Gordon Green. Golightly is represented by Industry Entertainment and ICM.
Cristina Rodlo has proven herself to be a versatile actress, portraying an array of complex and powerful characters that continue to grow her career in film and television. After high school, Rodlo moved to New York City to study at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She began her career in Mexico after college before breaking out in the U.S.
Rodlo can currently be seen in Season 2 of AMC's horror anthology series "The Terror: Infamy" as Luz Ojeda, a Mexican immigrant and nursing student. The 10-episode series centers on an uncanny specter that menaces the Japanese-Americans trapped in a Southern California internment camp during World War II. It premiered on August 12, 2019.
Rodlo was also seen co-starring in director Nicolas Winding Refn's Amazon neo-noir series "Too Old to Die Young" opposite Miles Teller and John Hawkes. The series was the only television show to debut at Cannes in 2019 and received a four-minute standing ovation. Rodlo plays Yaritza, an integral role in the series in which her character purports to be the "High Priestess of Death." The 10-episode series premiered on Amazon internationally in June 2019.
Rodlo has two upcoming films in Mexico. She is part of the ensemble cast in "Bunker," which was directed by Jorge Michel Grau, and is the lead in "El Vestido" directed by Roque Falabella. Previously, Rodlo starred in "El Vato" on NBC Universo. Her work on the show helped break audience records in the U.S. for a Spanish-language cable network and won the series an International Emmy.
She made her U.S. film crossover debut as part of the main cast in the Hollywood remake of the film "Miss Bala" directed by Catherine Hardwicke and produced by Kevin Misher and Pablo Cruz for Sony Pictures.
Rodlo currently resides in Los Angeles.
Jeremy Tardy has had a major arc on the newest season of "Ballers" for HBO as well as series regular role in Marvel's "New Warriors." He will also continue in his major recurring role on the Netflix show "Dear White People." His previous guest stars include "10 Days In the Valley" and roles on "The Mindy Project" and "Castle."
Tardy was recently featured in "Donny's Party" and "Voodoo Macbeth." He was featured in the independent film "Traces" starring Pablo Schreiber and Sosie Bacon and in "War Dogs" with Miles Teller and Jonah Hill, as well as "Bone Tomahawk" with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox.
Tardy is a 2013 graduate of the drama program at Juilliard. As proven by the work he's done, he can switch seamlessly between drama and comedy.
Derek Theler will soon appear opposite Kat Dennings in the Hulu comedy "Dollface" and recently appeared on the Starz hit series "American Gods" and the YouTube Red series "Wayne." Theler starred as handsome older brother Danny Wheeler on the Freeform series "Baby Daddy" (one of his very first auditions) for six seasons. Derek is also an advocate for Type 1 diabetics.
A fresh new face in the entertainment industry, actor Nicholas Coombe has quickly become one to watch. Coombe starred in the live action feature film Dora and the Lost City of Gold opposite Isabela Moner, Eva Longoria, and Michael Peña.
Coombe was born in Kyneton, Australia, and raised in Perth, Western Australia, and knew from a young age that he wanted to be a performer. By the age of six, he was already enrolled in tap, jazz and ballet lessons. At nine years old he made the jump to musical theater and absolutely fell in love. Coombe went on to sign with an agent in Perth and began doing commercial work along with a few student projects before he made the move to Vancouver, Canada. While in Vancouver, Coombe continued to perfect his craft and landed a recurring role on ABC's "Imaginary Mary" opposite Jenna Elfman. His additional credits include Open Road's "Midnight Sun," ABC's "Take Two," "Motive," The CW's "iZombie," SYFY's "The Magicians" and Netflix's "Spy Kids: Mission Critical."
When not on set, Coombe can be found in the studio creating music with his band The Beanie Kids. Coombe shines on lead vocals and guitar along with his band members Avery O'Brien (bass, vocals) and Jamison Ko (drums). Working alongside producer Justice McLellan, the band scheduled to release their first single in August 2019, followed by an EP.
Coombe currently resides in Vancouver.
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68 Whiskey reunites Lamont Thompson with producer-creator Roberto Benabib, who he worked with on the HBO comedy "The Brink" in a recurring role. Thompson most recently had a recurring role on ABC's "Take Two" and CBS's "NCIS: Los Angeles." His other recurring roles include CBS's "Mike & Molly" and TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles." Thompson was born in Vallejo, CA, and raised in Atlanta, GA. As a young man, Thompson dreamed of being a jazz musician, but his time studying drama at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York sealed his fate as an actor. In addition to his film and television resume, Thompson has performed theater all over the country.
Thompson currently resides in Los Angeles with his dog Roxie, a pug-boxer mix.
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Beth Riesgraf is best known for starring in TNT's award-winning drama "Leverage" opposite Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman and Christian Kane, and in USA's "Complications" opposite Jason O'Mara, Jessica Szohr, Gregory Fears and Lauren Stamile.
Riesgraf's other notable TV credits include her recurring role as Dr. Maeve Donovan on "Criminal Minds." She has guest starred on numerous shows such as "SEAL Team," "The Mentalist," "My Name Is Earl," "Without a Trace," "NCIS," "Killer Woman," "Perception," "The Librarians," and "How I Met Your Mother."
On the big screen, Riesgraf can be seen in "In Search of Fellini" opposite Maria Bello and Ksenia Solo. Her previous credits include "Shut In" starring Rory Culkin, Martin Starr and Jack Kesy. Riesgraf also co-produced and starred opposite Giovanni Ribisi in the silent independent film "The White Door" and was featured in "Alvin and the Chipmunks," "Nobody" and "Let's Be Civil, Kenneth!" She can also be seen in the web series "Caper" opposite Harry Shum Jr., Abby Miller and Hartley Sawyer on the Geek & Sundry channel.