PHIL ALDEN ROBINSON (Director) received an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay Adaptation for Field of Dreams, which he also directed. The film garnered many other accolades including an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, as well as nominations for both Directors Guild and Writers Guild awards. His additional feature credits include writer/director of In the Mood, director and co-writer of Sneakers and writer of All of Me. In addition, Robinson directed the first episode of HBOs Band of Brothers.
In 2000, Robinson directed, co-wrote and executive produced the made-for-TV movie, Freedom Song. Acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, it was nominated for two Emmy Awards, a Writers Guild Award for Best TV Movie, three NAACP Image Awards and the Humanitas Prize, among others.
In 1992, he accompanied the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (as an observer) on relief missions to Somalia and Bosnia, and later wrote and directed his first of five documentaries for ABC News Nightline about the experience. His latest documentary, Sarajevo Spring, was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy Award in 1997.
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Neufeld recently produced Paramounts crime thriller, The Generals Daughter. The film grossed over $100 million domestically -- Neufelds fifth film to do so -- and helped earn him the honor of being named Producer of the Summer by Daily Variety in 1999.
When Neufeld optioned the rights to Tom Clancys best-selling book, The Hunt for Red October, in 1984, he began producing what would become the first hit in one of the most successful film franchises in history. Released in 1990, the film featured Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin (in his first major role) and also marked the second significant directorial hit (after Die Hard) for John McTiernan.
With the success of The Hunt for Red October, Neufeld eventually went on to produce two additional Tom Clancy novels, Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. In filming Patriot Games, Neufeld teamed with Harrison Ford, who took over the role of Jack Ryan, and Australian filmmaker Phillip Noyce, who was directing his first big-budget American film. Neufeld and Noyce joined forces with Ford again for Clear and Present Danger, which was the sixth-highest-grossing film of 1994.
Among Neufelds other film credits are the critically acclaimed No Way Out, The Frisco Kid, The Saint and Lost in Space.
In 1976, Neufeld produced his first feature film, The Omen. The supernatural thriller, directed by Richard Donner, became an international blockbuster and helped launch Neufelds career as a film producer.
In 1989, Neufeld teamed with former New World Entertainment head Robert G. Rehme to form Neufeld/Rehme Productions. The company had a successful string of hit films, all for Paramount, which included Flight of the Intruder, Beverly Hills Cop III and Necessary Roughness. In 1993, Neufeld and Rehme were voted ShoWest Producers of the Year, and in 1994, Showmen of the Year by the Publicists Guild.
Neufeld began his career as a manager, discovering some of the most important performing and production talent in the entertainment industry. He was responsible for guiding the careers of Don Adams (Get Smart), Don Knotts (The Andy Griffith Show), Jay Ward (Bullwinkle and His Friends), Gabe Kaplan (Welcome Back Kotter) and many others. In the music field, he did the same for numerous artists, including Jim Croce, Randy Newman, The Carpenters and Neil Diamond.
With a successful managing career already in force, Neufeld expanded his entertainment horizons in 1958 when he produced the first program for NBC starring Dick Van Dyke and the young comedy team of Elaine May and Mike Nichols. Neufelds other television productions include such distinguished television films as the 1981 eight-hour miniseries based on John Steinbecks prize-winning novel, East of Eden, which became the seventh-highest-rated miniseries ever, and won a Golden Globe. He also presented the pilot for Cagney and Lacey, which was one of the highest-rated television films of 1981, and subsequently produced 125 episodes of the show, which became one of the most watched television series in the 80s. Neufeld also served as executive producer on the Writers Guild of America Award-winning miniseries Death in California.
In 1994, Neufeld/Rehme presented the miniseries Gettysburg, which was successfully released as a theatrical feature before it aired on television and became the highest-rated basic cable miniseries of all time. Neufeld also collaborated with director Ernest Dickerson and writer Frank Military on the Showtime drama, Blind Faith, a story about racism and homophobia set in New York in 1950. The film premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Independent Spirit Awards and two Writers Guild Awards.
As an award-winning still photographer, Neufeld received national recognition, including the Grand Prize Award in Eastman Kodaks first National Salon of Photography. His photograph, Sammys Home, was voted Picture of the Year by The New York World Telegram-Sun.
Born and raised in New York City, Neufeld graduated from Yale University. He has an outstanding collection of primitive art, and holds a multi-engine instrument-rating pilots license. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute, ASCAP and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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BEN AFFLECK (Jack Ryan) recently turned in a critically acclaimed performance as Gavin Banek in Paramounts Changing Lanes. He has also completed production on Martin Brests Gigli starring opposite Jennifer Lopez, and is currently shooting the big-screen adaptation of Marvel Comics Daredevil.
Affleck recently partnered with Matt Damon, Chris Moore and Sean Bailey to form LivePlanet, Inc. Their first endeavor, Project Greenlight, aired on HBO and drew critical raves for its behind-the-scenes look at the challenges faced by a first-time filmmaker, chosen from an internet screenwriting contest to make his feature film debut. Affleck and Bailey also co-wrote the interactive drama/reality hybrid pilot Push, Nevada, which was recently greenlit by ABC. Five additional scripts of Push, Nevada have been ordered; the show will be produced by Touchstone Television and LivePlanet.
Affleck came to prominence in Kevin Smiths comedy Chasing Amy. He captured an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award in 1998 for his script, Good Will Hunting, which he co-wrote with Damon. He segued into big-budget action with Armageddon, and was among the ensemble cast of the Academy Award-winning Shakespeare in Love.
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