Three-time OscarŽ nominee Frank Darabont (director, writer, producer) was born in a refugee camp in 1959 in Montbeliard, France, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian uprising. Brought to America as an infant, he settled with his family in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood High School. His first job in movies was as a production assistant on the low-budget 1981 film, Hell Night, starring Linda Blair. He spent the next six years working in the art department (set construction and dressing) while struggling to establish himself as a writer. His first produced writing credit (shared) was on the 1987 film, A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, directed by Chuck Russell.
Darabont is one of only six filmmakers in history with the unique distinction of having his first two feature films as director receive Oscar nominations for Best Picture: 1994’s The Shawshank Redemption (total of seven nominations) and 1999’s The Green Mile (four nominations).
Darabont himself received Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for each film (both based on works by Stephen King), as well as nominations for both films from the Director's Guild of America, and a nomination from the Writers Guild of America for The Shawshank Redemption. He won the Humanitas Prize, the PEN Center USA West Award, and the Scriptor Award for his screenplay of The Shawshank Redemption. For The Green Mile, he won the Broadcast Film Critics prize for his screenplay adaptation, and two People's Choice Awards in the Best Dramatic Film and Best Picture categories.
His third feature as director, The Majestic, starring Jim Carrey, was released in December 2001. In 2004, Darabont executive-produced the thriller Collateral for DreamWorks, with Michael Mann directing and Tom Cruise starring. Darabont’s fourth feature directorial effort, Stephen King’s The Mist, starring Thomas Jane and Marcia Gay Harden, was released by Dimension Films in November 2007. In 2010 Darabont created the television series The Walking Dead. This critically acclaimed AMC series has made its mark as the most successful one-hour drama in the history of basic cable, receiving numerous accolades including a Golden Globe nomination as Best Drama Series, and nominations for Darabont from both the Writers Guild and Directors Guild for his work on the pilot.
Michael De Luca
A former production chief for DreamWorks and New Line Cinema, Michael De Luca founded Michael De Luca Productions in March of 2004 and has a development and production agreement with Columbia Pictures.
De Luca continues to focus on developing provocative specialized films with visionary filmmakers, as well as pop culture, mainstream genre films with franchise potential. His projects for Columbia have included David Fincher's Academy AwardŽ-winning drama The Social Network and the OscarŽ-nominated Moneyball starring Brad Pitt. He is currently in post production for the studio on the Tom Hanks starrer Captain Phillips, a film about Captain Richard Phillips' ordeal at the hands of Somali pirates, to be directed by Paul Greengrass.
Prior to forming Michael De Luca Productions, De Luca served as DreamWorks' head of production. At DreamWorks, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the live-action division and the production of such films as Todd Phillips' Old School and Adam McKay and Will Ferrell's hit comedy Anchorman.
He previously spent seven years as president and COO of New Line Productions. During his tenure, he created the highly successful Friday, Blade, Austin Powers and Rush Hour franchises. He championed such groundbreaking sleeper hits as Se7en, Wag the Dog, Pleasantville and Boogie Nights, and launched the directing careers of Jay Roach, Brett Ratner, Gary Ross, Alan and Albert Hughes, F. Gary Gray, the Farrelly brothers and Paul Thomas Anderson.
Elliott Webb served as executive vice president at International Creative Management, Inc. until 2009. He assumed the role in 2006, when ICM acquired the Broder, Webb, Chervin, Silbermann Agency (BWCS), where he had worked since 1983. Prior to joining BWCS, Webb spent 10 years at ICM as a TV literary agent and TV packaging agent.
Webb ended his tenure at ICM in 2009 to become a producer in television and motion pictures. In addition to executive-producing TNT's Mob City, Webb is an executive producer on the Amazon Prime series Alpha House, starring John Goodman and created by Garry Trudeau.
Alissa Phillips is a film and television producer who has worked at Michael De Luca Productions since 2004. Phillips’ credits with Michael De Luca include the OscarŽ-nominated film Moneyball, directed by Bennett Miller and starring Brad Pitt, as well as the political satire Butter starring Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde and Hugh Jackman. She is currently in pre-production on Universal Pictures’ feature film Dracula, slated for a summer 2014 release.
Prior to De Luca, Phillips was a producer with Gil Netter working on films including Fever Pitch and Flicka. She began her producing career under the tutelage of Beau Flynn with involvement in The Number 23, After the Sunset, Tigerland, Requiem for a Dream and MTV’s television series Fear.
Phillips is married to screenwriter Fernley Phillips (The Number 23) and has three lovely daughters. She teaches courses in producing at UCLA and is an active alumna of Wellesley College.
Dana Renee Ashmore
Dana Renee Ashmore was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga., where her career in the entertainment field began. At the age of 17 while working towards her business degree from Georgia Tech, she started as a consulting producer for radio station Q100's popular morning show, where her natural ability with people and as a leader soon led to opportunities in film and television.
Ashmore has an understanding of every aspect of production having started on the ground floor as a production assistant, soon excelling as an integral part of the assistant director's team on countless movies and TV shows such as Get Low, The Joneses and Frozen, meeting her husband, Shawn Ashmore, while working on the latter. Her rise at Darkwoods Productions working with writer/director Frank Darabont demonstrates her ability to adapt and excel, becoming a co-executive producer of Mob City for TNT. In addition, Ashmore is involved in the continued development of Film and Television projects as vice president of production at Darkwoods Productions.
Throughout the years, Bernard has had the opportunity to work closely with many talented directors and producers, including Oliver Stone, Woody Allen, Michael Ritchie, Brian DePalma, Tim Burton, Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Peter Berg, Neil Jordon, Michael Mann, James Brooks, John Singleton, Doug Liman, James Wong and Cameron Crowe, among many others. He has also maintained good working relationship with all of them.
During the fall of 2012, Bernard produced season one of the FX original series Legit. And from 2008-2012, he produced and co-executive produced five seasons of the TNT hit television series, Leverage.
In 2010, Bernard produced White Irish Drinkers, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. Written and directed by the creator of Ghost Whisperer, John Gray, the film features the talents of Stephan Lang (Avatar) and Karen Allen (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), and was nominated for the 2010 Gotham Independent Film Genius Award.
Bernard's other notable producing credits include A Fork in the Road, Follow the Profit, Blank Slate, The Air I Breathe, TNT's The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines, Trust the Man, Venus and Vegas, Passionada and Loose Woman. In addition to producing, Bernard has accumulated numerous assistant director credits in both TV and film throughout his career.
Bernard also has experience producing music events and concert tours, serving as line producer and production manager for the Grateful Dead summer 1992 tour, Billy Joel's 1993 PBS concert and Pete Towndsend’s Psychoderelict in 1993.