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President, ABC News
Ben Sherwood was named president of ABC News in December 2010. He is responsible for all aspects of ABC News' broadcasts, including "World News with Diane Sawyer," "Nightline," "Good Morning America," "20/20" and "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." In addition, Mr. Sherwood oversees ABC News Radio, ABCNEWS.com, satellite service NewsOne and ABC News NOW. ABC News reaches a combined audience of well over 270 million people a month on television, on radio and online.*
Under Mr. Sherwood's leadership, the news division has been recognized repeatedly for outstanding journalism. Across its many programs and platforms, the news division is enjoying significant audience growth, driven by a creative renaissance and innovative deal-making.
ABC News reached an historic milestone in 2012 when "Good Morning America" snapped NBC's 16-year winning streak in the mornings.
In 2013, ABC News and Univision launched Fusion, a joint news and lifestyle network to serve and empower U.S. Hispanics, the youngest and fastest growing demographic in America.
In October 2011, ABC News launched a ground-breaking partnership with Yahoo! to create the #1 news and information network online, reaching nearly 100 million people and serving up to half a billion videos a month.
In addition, during Mr. Sherwood's tenure, the news division has won the most prestigious honors in the industry, including George Polk, George Foster Peabody, News and Documentary Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, Overseas Press Club, SPJ Sigma Delta Chi and Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards.
Mr. Sherwood began to explore a career in journalism with student internships at KCET public television in Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Times Washington Bureau and the "CBS Evening News." In 1984-1985, during a year off from college, he worked for The News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina; The Los Angeles Times Paris bureau; and the United Nations Border Relief Operation in Aranyaprathet, Thailand.
Mr. Sherwood launched his journalistic career in earnest when he joined ABC News in 1989, serving as an investigative associate producer and producer for ABC News' "PrimeTime Live" with anchors Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson. During that time his investigative reports explored flaws in the secretive B-2 stealth bomber program, the dangers of unlicensed mental health practitioners and the unheralded risks of an overprescribed heart medication.
In 1997, Mr. Sherwood joined NBC's "Nightly News with Tom Brokaw" as broadcast producer responsible for "In Depth" reports, then senior producer, and ultimately senior broadcast producer, where he helped guide coverage of the September 11th attacks and the controversy in Florida during the 2000 presidential election.
Mr. Sherwood returned to ABC News in April 2004 as executive producer of the network's award-winning morning program, "Good Morning America." Mr. Sherwood guided "GMA" to ratings success, attracting new viewers while overseeing prize-winning coverage of the tsunami in Southeast Asia, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the presidential election of 2004.
Over the years Mr. Sherwood's journalism and non-fiction essays have been published in many respected publications, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, New Republic, Washington Monthly, Parade and O magazine. He is the author of two critically acclaimed best-selling novels: The Man Who Ate the 747 (2000) and The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud (2004). His fiction has been published around the world in more than 15 languages. In July 2010, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud was adapted as a feature film starring Zac Efron and was released by Universal Pictures under the title "Charlie St. Cloud."
Mr. Sherwood's latest book, The Survivors Club, is a non-fiction exploration of the science and secrets of who bounces back from everyday adversity and who doesn't; who beats life-threatening disease and who succumbs; and who triumphs after economic hardship and who surrenders. The book became an instant New York Times bestseller; has been featured widely in print and on television; and has been published around the world.
In January 2009, Mr. Sherwood founded TheSurvivorsClub.org, an online resource center and support network for people surviving and thriving in the face of all kinds of adversity. In September 2010, The Survivors Club relaunched in partnership with Hearst Digital Media, significantly expanding its reach and offerings.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College in 1986, Mr. Sherwood earned an AB degree in American government and history. From 1986 to 1989, as a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, he earned master's degrees in British imperial history and development economics.
Mr. Sherwood is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and serves on the boards of the National Constitution Center and the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues. He serves on the advisory board of the Center for Public Integrity. And he is actively involved in City Year, the education-focused service organization. He and his wife Karen live in New York with their two young boys.
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TOM CIBROWSKI, senior executive producer
Now in its 37th year, "Good Morning America" is watched by millions of people who wake up to the show's award-winning combination of breaking news, hard-hitting interviews, exclusive investigations, cutting-edge medical information and financial reporting. The program provides in-depth, useful information on a wide variety of topics, including the economy, politics, health and medicine, personal finance, the workplace, education, the environment and entertainment. The week of April 9, 2012, "Good Morning America" was the No. 1 morning newscast for the first time in 16 years, snapping NBC's historic 852-week winning streak. The two programs have traded weekly wins ever since as the "Good Morning America" audience continues to grow.
In 2011, while executive producer of "Good Morning America," Cibrowski led coverage of major global breaking news events including the death of Osama bin Laden, the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, the Royal Wedding in London and the death of Whitney Houston. Additionally he has produced multiple interviews with Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton, helped shepherd "Good Morning America's" 2008 Presidential election coverage and the aftermath of the massive earthquake in Haiti in 2010.
Cibrowski is a seasoned international producer. He was with Diane Sawyer in Iraq immediately before the war started and returned with Robin Roberts six months after combat began. In 2003 he traveled to Bahrain and Kuwait with Charles Gibson to produce a series about the generals leading the war effort.
Cibrowski began his career at ABC News as a desk assistant in 1990 in the Washington bureau. He has covered a wide-range of major domestic and international news events as an ABC News producer, including the Bosnian war and Oklahoma City bombing, the downfall of dictators in Indonesia and Haiti, and the Clinton administration's cruise missile attacks on Iraq. He won an Emmy for reporting on the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
Cibrowski attended Boston University and graduated with a degree in journalism. He resides in New York City with his wife and three young children.
Anchor, "Good Morning America"
Robin Roberts is anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America." Under her leadership, the broadcast has won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program.
In February 2009, Roberts made her red carpet debut as co-host of the ABC Television Network's Oscar pre-show, reporting live from the 81st annual Academy Awards with fashion expert Tim Gunn.
Roberts played an active role in ABC News' coverage of the 2008 presidential race. She interviewed the candidates and a wide-range of political newsmakers for "GMA"; traveled to Des Moines, Iowa to moderate a town hall debate with then-candidate Hillary Clinton; and reported live from Washington, DC on Inauguration Day. She was the first journalist to interview President Barack Obama after he was sworn in as President. She also traveled the country by train with the "GMA" team as part of the network's ambitious "50 States in 50 Days" initiative in September 2008.
Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007. Her courageous and public battle has been recognized with awards and honors from organizations around the country, including The Susan G. Komen Foundation, The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program, and Gilda's Club, a non-profit organization founded by the late Joel Siegel.
In August 2005, Roberts found her personal and professional lives collide when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast - a part of the country Roberts called home for most of her life. In the days following, she traveled to the hurricane zone and reported live amid the devastation of the storm. She also launched "GMA" Gets It Done," a year-long effort to rebuild her hometown of Pass Christian, Mississippi. She has returned to the Gulf Coast numerous times in the ensuing years to update viewers on how residents and businesses in the region are recovering post-Katrina.
Roberts was named co-anchor of "Good Moring America" in May 2005. She began contributing to the morning program in June 1995 and has worked in broadcasting for more than 20 years.
From 1990 to 2005, Roberts was a contributor to ESPN, where she was one of the network's most versatile commentators. Her assignments there included hosting "SportsCenter" and contributing to "NFL PrimeTime."
Roberts began her broadcasting career while in college at WHMD/WFPR Radio in Hammond, LA, where she was the sports director. She also served as a special assignment sports reporter for KSLU-FM in 1982.
In 1983 Roberts graduated cum laude from Southeastern Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. She was a standout performer on the women's basketball team, ending her career as the school's all-time leading scorer (1,446 points) and rebounder (1,034). She is one of only three Lady Lions to score 1,000 career points and grab 1,000 career rebounds. During her senior season, she averaged a career high 15.2 points per game.
In 2001 Roberts was named a "Louisiana Legend" by Louisiana Public Broadcasting. She was also named to the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup Advisory Board in January 1998, a board that includes Henry Kissinger, William Simon, Christine Whitman and Lamar Hunt. In 1994 she was inducted in the Women's Institute on Sport and the Education Foundation's Hall of Fame. She is also active as a speaker for charity and civic functions.
In March 2007, Roberts' first book, From the Heart: 7 Rules to Live By, was published by Hyperion. An updated version of the book, including an additional chapter on her battle with breast cancer, was released in 2008.
Anchor, “Good Morning America”
Anchor, “This Week”
Co-Anchor, Special Events
Chief Political Correspondent
George Stephanopoulos serves as anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” anchor of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and co-anchor of Special Events. After anchoring “This Week” from 2002 to 2010, he returned to the show in January 2012. In addition to his anchor duties, Stephanopoulos is the network’s chief political correspondent, reporting on political and policy stories for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms.
Stephanopoulos’ prominent role in ABC News politics has helped lead coverage throughout the 2012 election cycle. In addition to covering Republican primary cycle, Stephanopoulos and ABC News’ Diane Sawyer moderated two Republican debates, one in Des Moines, IA in December 2012 -- the most watched debate of the primary season -- and another Manchester, NH in January 2012.
In his role anchoring two broadcasts, Stephanopoulos has conducted interviews with world leaders, musicians, authors and celebrities ranging from President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to George Clooney, Elmo, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Anniston, Steve Martin and Mark Kelly. For more than a decade his range and expertise have played a pivotal role in the network’s coverage of breaking news stories, including his Emmy Award-winning coverage of the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, his contribution to ABC News’ duPont Award-winning coverage of the death of Pope John Paul II, and his “On the Trail” series, which was honored with the Walter Cronkite Award for Political Journalism in 2007 and 2009. Following the explosion of the Columbia shuttle, he anchored a two-hour special edition of “This Week” on Feb. 2, 2003. And on Sept. 11, 2001, he was one of the first reporters on the scene at Ground Zero.
Stephanopoulos was named Chief Washington correspondent in December 2005. Previously he was an ABC News correspondent and joined ABC News in 1997 as an analyst for “This Week.” Prior to joining ABC News, he served in the Clinton administration as the Senior Advisor to the President for Policy And Strategy. He is the author of All Too Human, a No. 1 New York Times bestseller on President Clinton’s first term and the 1992 and 1996 Clinton/Gore campaigns.
Stephanopoulos received his Master’s degree in theology from Balliol College, Oxford University, England, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University and graduated summa cum laude in political science.
Stephanopoulos and his wife, Alexandra Wentworth, have two daughters, Elliott and Harper.
Weather Anchor, "Good Morning America"
Sam Champion is the weather anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America," reporting on the nation's weather throughout the morning broadcast. He and also serves as weather editor for ABC News.
In addition to covering the national forecast, Champion frequently travels to weather-related stories around the country and the globe. Since joining "GMA," he has reported from the frontlines of wildfires in California; from the scene of hurricanes in Florida, Texas, and Louisiana; and from winter storm systems in Denver, Chicago, and Boston. As part of the morning broadcast's "The New 7 Wonders of the World" series, Champion broadcast live afloat a raft in the middle of the Polar Ice Caps.
Champion is also at the forefront of reporting on the environment and climate change. In 2007, he traveled to Paris for the release of a groundbreaking report on global warming by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He regularly brings tips and information on how to be environmentally efficient and aware with his regular "Just One Thing" reports. Champion has also played a key role in the network's Earth Day reporting.
In addition to the weather and the environment, Champion regularly interviews authors, newsmakers, and celebrities during the morning program and hosts the "Good Morning America" summer concert series from Rumsey Playfield in Central Park.
In August 2009, Champion anchored his first "20/20" special, "Blown Away: Twisted Terror," which chronicled the tornado that devastated Parkersburg, Iowa in 2008.
Before joining ABC News in September 2006, Champion spent 18 years at WABC-TV in New York where he was the most-watched weatherman in the tri-state area. Prior to joining WABC-TV, Champion was a weekend weather anchor and news reporter at WPSD-TV in Paducah, KY. Champion began his career in broadcast news as an intern at WKYT-TV in Lexington, KY., while attending college.
Champion graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor's degree in broadcast news. He is involved in many charities in the New York City area, including the Multiple Sclerosis Society. He resides in New York City.
News Anchor, "Good Morning America"
Josh Elliott was named news anchor for ABC's "Good Morning America" in March 2011. Previously he was the host of ESPN's "SportsCenter" weekday mornings, since August 2008.
In May 2011, Elliott reported from Joplin, Missouri after one of the worst tornadoes in U.S. history left the city devastated. He was one of the first journalists on the scene with eyewitness accounts from survivors. Weeks later he reported from Springfield, Massachusetts after another rare tornado touched down in that city.
Elliott also writes columns for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine, a role he has held since April 2006. He first appeared on ESPN in 2004 as a guest contributor to ESPN's "Around the Horn," "Rome Is Burning" and "Cold Pizza."
From June 2005 to March 2006, Elliott hosted ESPN Classic's nightly series, "Classic Now," which delved into the sports news of the day and gave it historical context through debate and discussion, interviewing guests in studio and via satellite. Additionally, he has served as an anchor for "ESPNNEWS."
Elliott came to ESPN after six years at Sports Illustrated, primarily covering the NFL, golf and adventure sports, and also covering Major League Baseball, the NBA and NCAA football and basketball. In addition to covering sports, he reported on the outbreak of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq while on assignment in the United Arab Emirates. Prior to that assignment, the southern California native worked in television production with 20th Century Fox, served as a comedy development assistant for FOX TV and was a producer for Galaxy Productions.
Elliott holds a Masters degree from the Columbia School of Journalism and a Bachelors of Arts degree in English literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He won a New York Emmy in 2005 for his writing and reporting contributions to the MSG Network program "Angles."
Lifestyle Anchor, "Good Morning America"
Lara Spencer was named lifestyle anchor for ABC's "Good Morning America" in March 2011. This is Spencer's second return to "GMA;" she was previously the show's National correspondent for five years, from 1999 to 2004.
In 2004 Spencer launched and began hosting the syndicated entertainment news magazine show, "The Insider." Over seven seasons, she interviewed many of the industry's biggest stars, including Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep. She traveled the world for exclusive interviews, such as Athens, Greece, with the cast of "Mamma Mia"; to Panama City with the cast of the James Bond film, "Quantum of Solace;" and to Rome, Italy for the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. She also hosted three primetime television specials for CBS, including the popular "Superbowl's Greatest Commercials" with Jim Nantz.
Spencer began her broadcasting career in the NBC Page Program. Her first reporting job was at WDEF-TV in Chattanooga, TN, where she was, in her own words, a "one man band" -- shooting, reporting and editing all of her stories. From there she landed back on her home turf when the New York native began reporting for News 12 Long Island.
From 1995 to 1999 Spencer was a reporter and anchor for WABC-TV's "Eyewitness News" in New York City, where she covered breaking stories including the crash of TWA Flight 800 and the death of Princess Diana. But it was her nightly feature, "Life Around Here with Lara Spencer," that got her noticed by "Good Morning America," and she was asked to join them while still working at Ch.7 in 1999. She moved to "GMA" full time the following year, lending her writing skills to such memorable stories as the Emmy-nominated "50 States in 50 Weeks: In Search of America."
In 2003 Spencer signed on as host of the most-watched series on PBS, "Antiques Roadshow," which she hosted for two seasons while still working for "GMA," and then "The Insider." She left when she gave birth to her second child, but it had been a dream job for Spencer, who is an avid antique hunter and interior designer. She decorated friend comedienne Kathy Griffin's home in Hollywood, CA, pictured in her upcoming book, I Brake for Yard Sales, due out in April of 2012 from Abrams Books. Spencer also created and executive-produces two shows in the genre for HGTV, and is creator and EP of "It's Worth WHAT??," a game show featuring amazing finds that will air in August, 2011 on NBC.
Spencer holds charity "Taste Maker Tag Sales" of her vintage finds on the website One Kings Lane and donates all profits to Housing Works, a non-profit that helps those living with HIV/Aids. She is also a passionate advocate for Greenwich Adult Day Care in Connecticut, which helps seniors living with Alzheimer's Disease.
A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, Spencer attended on a full athletic scholarship for springboard and platform diving and was named an All-American athlete in 1991. She is married and a mother to a son and a daughter, Duff and Kate.
"Katie" is a nationally syndicated talk show hosted by award-winning journalist, best-selling author and television personality Katie Couric. Broadcasting from New York City in front of a studio audience, the timely and topical daytimeprogram blends entertainment, information and stories of the day in a format that is engaging, compelling and interesting. Katie explores what's going on in the world, using her personal experience and insight to get to the heart ofwhat matters most to viewers. The show includes powerful segments and thoughtful interviews with newsmakers, celebrities, and everyday people whohave extraordinary stories to tell. Airing in over 96% of the country, "Katie" is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television and is executive produced by Katie Couric and Rachel Miskowiec.
Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist and TV personality, well-known cancer advocate, and New York Times best-selling author of The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives.
Couric hosts and executive produces her own syndicated daytime talk show, Katie, which premiered in national syndication in September 2012. She also serves as a special correspondent for ABC News, contributing to ABC World News, Nightline, 20/20, Good Morning America, This Week, and primetime news specials. Couric joined the Disney/ABC Television Group in August 2011.
Couric's steady rise in television news was affirmed over her unprecedented 15-year run as Co-Anchor of NBC News' Today (1991-2006) and by becoming the first solo female anchor of a national nightly news broadcast, as Anchor and Managing Editor of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric (2006-2011). At CBS News, Couric was also a contributor to 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning, and CBS News primetime specials.
In addition to her career as an anchor and broadcast news reporter, Couric is the author of The New York Times bestseller, The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Livesand the co-author of two successful children's books, The Brand New Kid and The Blue Ribbon Day. She also wrote a monthly column for Glamour magazine, featuring interviews with dynamic female role models, including First Lady Michelle Obama, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Queen Rania of Jordan.
Couric plays an active role across various social media platforms, including Twitter (@katiecouric) and Facebook. While at CBS, Couricdeveloped several online content initiatives, including @KatieCouric, an original, weekly web show featuring interviews with top newsmakers, authors, and cultural figures. She also expanded CBS News' primetime 2008 election year coverage by creating and anchoring post-primetime webcasts from the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates, and President Obama's 100th day in office.
Over the past two decades, Couric has covered the most important news stories around the world, including the bombing in Oklahoma City, The Clarence Thomas hearings, the terrorist attacks of September 11, the shooting at Columbine High School, the earthquake in Haiti, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the shooting in Tucson that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others. She has also covered eight Olympic Games, the funeral of Princess Diana and the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in April 2011. Her 2008 interview with Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is considered one of the most impactful political interviews in recent memory.
Couric's interviewing and reporting skills have won her many awards through the years: The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast in 2008 and 2009. The University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism awarded Couric the Walter Cronkite Award for Special Achievement in 2009 for "National Impact on the 2008 Campaign," and in 2009, the University of South Dakota and Freedom Forum awarded her the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media.
In 2010, Couric was awarded an Alfred I. duPont Award for her interview with Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric was awarded a second duPont for a series she conceived on the impact of the recession on children in America. She also received an Emmy for Outstanding Interview for her profile of Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, entitled "Saving Flight 1549."
Couric is a tireless advocate for cancer research and awareness. She is a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), an organization that has raised nearly $200 million in funds to accelerate research that can get new therapies to patients quickly. In May 2008, she and other network news anchors participated in the first SU2C broadcast, an unprecedented effort that culminated in a one-hour, commercial-free, primetime program on ABC, CBS, and NBC in September 2008.
After losing her husband, Jay Monahan, to colon cancer in 1998, Couric became a public leader in the fight against the country's second largest cancer killer. In March 2000, Couric launched the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA) with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and cancer activist Lilly Tartikoff to fund cutting-edge research in colorectal cancer and generate awareness about the life-saving value of screening. Following Couric's on-air colonoscopy in 2000, a scientifically documented 20% increase in the number of colonoscopies performed across the country was dubbed "The Couric Effect" by researchers at the University of Michigan. Couric's series on colon cancer received the George Foster Peabody Award and led to a 2001 RTNDA-Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence for NBC News.
Couric helped co-found The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The Monahan Center, which opened in March 2004, provides a comprehensive, fully integrated multi-disciplinary program, stressing education and prevention in addition to diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. The Monahan Center's mission focuses on the seamless coordination of all needed care for patients and their families facing the difficult diagnosis of gastrointestinal cancer. As part of her work to generate funds for both the Center and the nine scientists whose research the NCCRA supports, Couric has hosted three extremely successful benefits.
Couric began her broadcast journalism career as a desk assistant at ABC News in Washington, D.C. in 1979. Over the next 10 years, she worked as an assignment editor, associate producer, producer, and political correspondent for CNN, and reported for WTVJ in Miami, Florida and WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., before joining NBC News in 1989 as deputy Pentagon reporter. In June 1990, she was named NBC's first national correspondent.
Born in Arlington, Virginia, Couric graduated with honors from the University of Virginia in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in English and a focus on American Studies. She lives in New York City and has two daughters.
"General Hospital," which celebrated its golden anniversary on April 1, 2013, continues its tradition of passion, intrigue and adventure that takes place in the fictional town of Port Charles in upstate New York. The glamour and excitement of those who have come to find their destinies in this familiar seaport town intertwine with the lives, loves and fortunes of beloved, well-known faces. As always, love, danger and mind blowing plot twists continue to abound on "General Hospital" with contemporary storylines and unforgettable characters.
At 50-plus historic years and growing, "General Hospital" has received the prestigious Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama a record eleven times. The medical drama is the longest running American soap opera currently in production and the longest running scripted drama on television currently in production. Filmed in Hollywood, CA, the show will air its 13,000th episode on February 24, 2014.
The producing and writing teams of "General Hospital" consistently deliver thrilling and action-packed storylines featuring romantic moments, lost loves rekindled, dysfunctional family dynamics, suspenseful weddings, twisted villains, adventurous heroes and so much more. As a result, the show's ratings have rocketed this season, making "General Hospital" the #1 daytime network program with women 18-49. Furthermore, GH posts the biggest yearly gains out of all the daytime network dramas with women 25-54.
The show that TV Guide hailed as the "All-Time Best Daytime Soap" in their 40th Anniversary special edition, "General Hospital" has also won a number of awards from the Directors Guild and the Writers Guild for Outstanding Achievement. "General Hospital" is known for its high profile celebrity guest stars and some of the more iconic names include Milton Berle, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Elizabeth Taylor.
For many years, "General Hospital" has worked alongside and been praised by numerous national organizations for elevating public awareness of important health and social issues. Some of those real-life issues featured in conjunction with specific storylines include awareness of sexual responsibility, HIV/AIDS-related storylines, tolerance and understanding for gay, lesbian and transgender people, bipolar disorder, accurate portrayals of tobacco, drug and alcohol addiction, breast cancer awareness, sexual child abuse and organ donation.
Several past and current cast members have received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for their work on the show. Notably, in 1993, both the late Anna Lee (Lila Quartermaine) and original cast member John Beradino (Dr. Steve Hardy) received their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
"General Hospital" was created by husband-and-wife soap writers Frank and Doris Hursley and premiered on April 1, 1963. In 1978, Gloria Monty was brought in as executive producer and is credited with the creation of the first supercouple, characters Luke Spencer and Laura Webber. Their 1981 wedding brought in 30 million viewers and remains the highest-rated hour in American soap opera history.
The executive producer of "General Hospital" is Frank Valentini, and Ron Carlivati is the head writer. "General Hospital" airs weekdays at 2:00 p.m., ET /1:00 p.m., PT/CT on the ABC Television Network.
FRANK VALENTINI, executive producer
Frank Valentini became executive producer of ABC's "General Hospital" in January 2012. Previously, he was executive producer of ABC's multi-award winning daytime drama, "One Life to Live." Valentini was honored with an Emmy Award for producing in 2002 and two consecutive wins in 2008 and 2009 as a part of the "One Life to Live" directing team, and in 2011 for the ABC daytime "What If" webisodes. In addition, he was nominated for a DGA Award in 2002.
Prior to being named executive producer at "One Life to Live," Valentini held various positions on the show, including associate director, stage manager and coordinating producer. In addition to his duties at "OLTL," he served as a guest director on the ABC Daytime drama "All My Children." In 2008, he added commercial director to his credits with the "Endless Drama" broadcast and web campaign for ESPN. He directed ABC Daytime's innovative series of "What If" webisodes that began airing on abc.com and soapnet.com on July 12, 2010. The 10-part series features well known characters from "All My Children," "One Life to Live" and "General Hospital" answering the questions, "What would happen if two characters from different soaps ran into each other? What would they say?"
Valentini has a vast knowledge of contemporary music, which he acquired when he served as a radio station music director, talent scout for Steam Records and freelance writer for VH-1. He served for two years on the board of the New Group Theater Company. He received his degree in film & television production from the University of Buffalo. He has traveled to over 75 countries, and in 2002 he became a published photographer.
As portrayed by legendary Anthony Geary since 1978, Luke Spencer has been described as the most popular character in soap opera history*. One critic said: "Geary's individualism, uniqueness and awesome range is the most notable in Daytime (television) history," a statement that is typical of the actor's reviews. In 2012 Geary broke his own record as the most honored actor in Daytime Emmy history when he won his seventh Outstanding Lead Actor Award for his portrayal of Luke Spencer. He won his first Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actor in 1981 and received his additional Emmy Awards in 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008. Equally impressive, he holds nominations in 1980, 1982, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007 and 2009.
In January 1991, Geary originated a second role on "General Hospital" with his portrayal of Bill Eckert, a cousin of Spencer's and a man of many -- often dark -- colors. He was seen on-screen as both Bill Eckert and Luke Spencer as the story progressed, until the death of Eckert.
Geary has come a long way from Coalville, Utah, the small mountain community of 800 where he was born. He was a gifted student, attending the University of Utah as a Presidential Award Scholar in theater. Jack Albertson saw him perform there and cast him in "The Subject Was Roses." The production, starring Albertson and Martha Scott, toured Hawaii and settled at the Huntington Hartford Theater in Los Angeles, where Geary decided to establish himself. His ensuing musical theater credits comprise a catalogue of classics. Highlights in this period were his co-starring engagement with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas in "Your Show of Shows" and a tour as Jesus in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's "Jesus Christ Superstar."
Geary has performed in more than 50 stage productions throughout the United States. His appearance in the one-man show, "Human Scratchings," performed to sold-out houses in Los Angeles in 1996, earned him unanimous critical acclaim and a DramaLogue Award. His other extensive theatrical credits include roles in productions of "The Wild Duck," "The Inspector General," "The Cat's Paw," "The Glass Menagerie" and "Barabbas" at the Los Angeles Theater Center. He also portrayed Octavius Caesar, opposite Lynn Redgrave and Timothy Dalton, in a production of Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" for PBS and the BBC.
Geary has made guest appearances on more than 40 television shows. Among his TV credits are roles on "Starsky & Hutch," "Barnaby Jones," "The Streets of San Francisco," "The Blue Knight," "All in the Family," "The Six Million Dollar Man," "The Partridge Family," "Most Wanted," "Mannix," "The Mod Squad," "Room 222," "Doc Elliot," "Temperatures Rising," "Marcus Welby, M.D.," "Hotel" and "Murder, She Wrote." He also performed in the television movies "Perry Mason and the Case of the Murdered Madam," "Kicks," "Sins of the Past," "The Imposter," "Intimate Agony" and "Do You Know the Muffin Man?," and in the daytime dramas "Bright Promise" and "The Young and the Restless."
Feature film credits include roles in "U.H.F.," "It Takes Two," "Pass the Ammo," "You Can't Hurry Love," "Penitentiary III," "The Disorderlies," "Private Investigation," "Johnny Got His Gun," "Scorchers" and "Night of the Warrior." In addition, he was seen in the independent feature film "Carpool Guy," which was directed and stars fellow "General Hospital" cast member Corbin Bernsen.
As a producer, Geary received a Cindy Award for the drama "Sound of Sunshine, Sound of Rain," a children's story for Public Radio. He has also taught improvisation and story-theater techniques.
Geary competed in track and field and swimming events as a college student, and also raced horses. He is a certified scuba diver, as well as an accomplished rollerblader. He currently lives in Amsterdam, Holland.
* New York Post; May 22, 2004
In November 2003, Jane Elliot reprised the role of Tracy Quartermaine on "General Hospital." Tracy, the bratty spoiled daughter of Edward and Lila Quartermaine, first came to town in 1978.
Over a 40-year career, Elliot has compiled an impressive list of credits, which include performances on the stage and roles in television and film. However she is best known for her numerous Daytime characters, among them Carrie on "Guiding Light," Angelica on "Days of Our Lives," Cynthia on "All My Children" and a tour of duty on the short-lived soap "The City," as her most recognized character, Tracy Quartermaine.
In her free time, Elliot enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She resides in Los Angeles.
Complex, confident and wise, Sonny Corinthos has taken his hard-earned experience as a street hustler and transformed himself into one of the most powerful figures in Port Charles. Emmy Award-winning Actor Maurice Benard brings his own deeply personal experiences to the portrayal of Sonny by adding color, menace and seduction to an already intricate character. He first appeared in the role on August 13, 1993. He briefly left the show for a year-long hiatus in December 1998. For his portrayal, Benard received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Daytime Drama Series in 2003. He was also nominated in 1996, 1997, 2004, 2006 and 2012.
Benard's multi-cultural upbringing began in San Francisco, where he was born to parents from Nicaragua and San Salvador. Uninspired by the traditional education route, he gleaned an education in the open job market after high school. His dark good looks and intense gaze brought him modeling jobs in his early 20s. Following that, he took up acting in numerous theatrical productions in the Bay area.
After auditioning for a role on the ABC daytime drama "All My Children," Benard was cast as Nico Kelly. Two years later he struck out to find new challenges and moved to Los Angeles, where he was soon cast as the lead in the much-publicized TV movie, "Lucy and Desi: Before the Laughter." He later added a pivotal role in the feature film "Ruby" to several other prominent film and television credits.
Benard has been a popular voice in the battle against bipolar disorder. He has been very open about his personal battle with the illness, appearing on television programs such as "The View" and "Entertainment Tonight," and has also been featured in People and LA Life Magazines. He is currently working with the National Mental Health Association (NMHA) on the "Bipolar Disorder: Do You Know It?" campaign to help educate Americans about the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder.
Benard lives outside of Los Angeles. He enjoys the martial arts, working out and playing host to a menagerie of dogs and cats. He and his wife, Paula, are the proud parents of daughters Cailey Sofia, Cassidy Rose, Heather and son Joshua James.
Nancy Lee Grahn
NANCY LEE GRAHN
Genuine, intelligent and independent are just a few of the words that can describe Emmy Award-winning actress Nancy Lee Grahn. The seasoned actress, who arrived at "General Hospital" in 1996, plays strong and savvy Alexis Davis, a brilliant attorney with a sense of humor. In July 2001 Grahn graced the cover of the prestigious magazine "California Lawyer," with a caption that read "Move over Ally; 'General Hospital's' Alexis Davis is the best lawyer on television." She received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2003, 2004 and 2005. She was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work in 2000 and won the Daytime Emmy award in 2012.
Grahn grew up in Skokie, Illinois, and makes frequent return trips to visit family members. It was in a Skokie community theater production of "Oklahoma" that she landed her first role, "the pony on the left that pulled the surrey with the fringe on top." But as she matured, so did her roles. While attending the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, she had the great fortune to study with Sandy Meisner and Bill Epsen. She went on to land roles in productions of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Guys and Dolls," "Two for the Seesaw" and "Barefoot in the Park" at various repertory theaters across the country, including the Goodman Repertory theater in Chicago and Michigan's Meadowbrook theater.
After she decided to move to Los Angeles, Grahn's television career began to blossom. Her first role was that of Beverly Wilks, Marco Dane's secretary, on the Daytime drama "One Life to Live." She went on to win guest-starring roles on such shows as "Magnum, P.I.," "Murder, She Wrote," "Babylon V" and "Diagnosis Murder," among others. She has also played recurring roles on Aaron Spelling's "Models Inc." and "Melrose Place," "7th Heaven," as well as Stephen Bochco's "Murder One." But the role dearest to Grahn's heart was that of Julia Wainwright on the Daytime drama "Santa Barbara," for which she won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in 1989.
As much joy as Grahn receives from her work, it pales in comparison to the joy she receives from her daughter, Katherine Grace. She refers to it as "heaven on a stick." Her presence in Grahn's life has cemented her belief in the connection between heaven and earth.
The versatile Grahn has also written two plays, chaired the Media Access Awards to promote portrayal of disability in the media, volunteered at Van Nuys Child Abuse Clinic, and toured college campuses promoting specific women's issues. She has also made the talk show circuit with her father, a recovering alcoholic, and discussed alcoholism and its impact on the family. Grahn can be very politically active when inspired. She founded Daytime for Choice in 1989, consisting of the support of 99% of the Daytime community. She also organized and hosted "Daytime for Gore," bringing together Daytime's brightest stars during the 2000 presidential election.
As a single working mother, Grahn no longer has any spare time when not working. Her every moment is blissfully filled to the brim with daughter Kate. She believes her purpose in life is to be happy -- and is grateful to be just that.
Laura Wright joined the cast of "General Hospital" in November 2005 as Carly Corinthos Alcazar.
Born September 11th in Washington DC and raised Clinton MD, Wright was hit by the acting bug in the eighth grade. She performed in many high school plays such as "Gypsy," "Our Town" and "You Can't Take It With You." She also has a director's credit for the production of "Father Says No." In addition she has few local commercials and numerous fashion shows under her belt.
After being persuaded to audition for the daytime drama "Loving," Wright seriously considered a career in acting and, as luck would have it, was cast of in the ABC Daytime drama. She went on to play the role of Ally Rescott Bowman for four years, and later in its spin-off, "The City."
Wright debuted on "Guiding Light" in August of 1997. There for eight years, she played the role of ex-stripper Cassie Layne. This street smart character won Wright a 1998 Soap Opera Digest Award for Best New Character. And in the same year, she was named one of TV Guide's rising stars in daytime.
In 2012 she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Wright resides in the Santa Barbara area with architect husband John and two children, daughter Lauren Elizabeth and son John Michael, where they recently opened a vineyard. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, especially watching late-night television with her husband.
Kelly Monaco originated the highly anticipated role of Samantha McCall ("Sam") in October 2003. Rebellious yet sexy, Sam currently finds herself trying to get former fiancé Jason Morgan back into her life while still dealing with the news that her nemesis, Alexis Davis, is really her biological mother. In the category of Outstanding Lead Actress, Monaco was an Emmy nominee for this role in 2006.
Monaco's television credits include co-hosting the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards as they were broadcast for the first time from Hollywood. She also starred in the first season of the ABC primetime summer mega-hit, "Dancing with the Stars," where she won the dance championship. She had a three-and-a-half-year stint on the ABC Daytime drama "Port Charles," garnering her first Daytime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress (2003). Her television debut occurred in 1997, when she landed a recurring role on "Baywatch." While shooting "Port Charles," she also guest starred opposite Charlie Sheen and Heather Locklear in a season finale of ABC's "Spin City." In addition she has appeared in the feature films "Idle Hands," "Mumford" and "BASEketball."
Monaco grew up on the East Coast, where she participated in soccer, swimming, track and softball, among other sports. Her family moved from the bustling city of Philadelphia to the more peaceful environment of the Poconos. In addition to athletics, she participated intensely in speech, debate and theater in high school.
Monaco is involved in numerous children's charity events and programs for the elderly. She resides in Los Angeles.
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Jason Thompson joined the cast of "General Hospital" in November 2005 as Dr. Patrick Drake, Noah's arrogant yet brilliant neurosurgeon son. Thompson received consecutive nominations for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2011 and 2012.
The St. Albert, Canada native left home at the young age of 18 to find fame and fortune in the modeling industry. Soon thereafter, a respectable career in modeling and commercials – including for The Gap – allowed Thompson to pay the bills and afford to travel internationally. He admits that becoming an actor was never far from his thoughts.
Thompson has an impressive resume of theater, film and television roles. His theater credits include lead roles in the plays "The Academy," "More than You" and "Jakob." He also starred in the films "Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy" and "Divide."
His television credits include guest-starring roles on "Deep," "Felicity," "Zoe," "MTV Undressed" and "Flipper." In addition, he portrayed the role of Dr. Drake in the highly-successful primetime spinoff, "General Hospital: Night Shift," on SOAPnet.
Thompson currently lives in Los Angeles and loves to play hockey and surf. In addition he co-owns two restaurants in Edmonton, Canada.
Michael Easton originated the role of "One Life to Live's" John McBain in October 2003 and brought the character over to "General Hospital" in March 2012.
Born in Long Beach, California, Easton was raised in both the United States and Ireland, the native home of his parents. During high school, he began writing poetry and was inspired by Charles Bukowski and Raymond Carver. In college he had a double major in English and history, with an emphasis on Greek History. Before finishing, Easton decided to leave school and travel through Europe. He compiled his writing from the trip into a book entitled "Drift." He returned from Europe and decided to continue his education at the University of California at Los Angeles. He studied writing and directing, and his last course at UCLA was acting. Easton started writing plays while in school and performed them in Los Angeles until he was cast in "Coldfire" in 1990. In 1991 he appeared in the feature films "The Art of Dying" and "The Killing Zone."
Easton played "Days of Our Lives'" Tanner Scofield from 1991-1992 and was chosen as one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People of 1992. Following his stint on "Days," he appeared in the television movie "Shadow of a Stranger" (1992). He then quit acting for almost two years and returned to New York.
In 1994 Easton returned to acting. His television credits include "VR5," the Judith Krantz miniseries "Dazzle" and a guest starring role on "Diagnosis Murder." He also wrote, produced, directed and edited the award-winning independent film "Daedalus is Dead," which premiered at the British Short Film Festival in 1996 and was honored with the award for Best Dramatic Short at the Sea and Sky Festival in Canada. In 1995 Easton starred in "The Door" at the Tamarind Theater in Los Angeles. He was then cast in the role of identical twin brothers in Stephen J. Cannell's action-adventure series "TWO," in 1996, and appeared in "413 Hope Street" in 1997.
Easton became a published poet with Eighteen Straight Whiskeys in October 1997. Following "413 Hope Street," he appeared on "Ally McBeal" and "The Practice." The same year he was cast in the role of Charlie in the television movie "Murder at Devil's Creek" and sold his screenplay based on the life of actor Montgomery Clift. In 1998 he appeared in the Toronto-based Showtime series "Total Recall 2070," for which he received a Gemini Award nomination for Best Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role. In 2000 he appeared in the miniseries "The 70s," and in 2001 he sold a new screenplay entitled "Hunting Icarus" to Neverland Films.
In 2001 he returned to daytime on ABC's "Port Charles," playing twins for a second time in his career -- Caleb and Michael Morley. In 2002 he guest starred on "Mutant X" and then returned to "PC" until the show's cancellation in October 2003.
In September 2008, DMF Comics released "Soul Stealer," the first graphic novel by Easton. The novel explores a vivid, remarkably unique world drawn from the deepest recesses of the human imagination. It is a graphic tale of horror and fantasy that follows one man's breathtaking journey through darkness, madness and ultimately hope. Subsequently two more volumes in the series were released, "Soul Stealer: Blood and Rain" in 2009 and "Soul Stealer: Last to Die" in 2010.
When Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) was the newest arrival in the Hamptons, she was, by all appearances, a sophisticated and friendly "girl next door." But the exclusive world in which she has immersed herself is tied to a dark family history and Emily is anything but what she seems. After her father was framed for a horrific crime by people he trusted and sentenced to a life in prison, Emily never saw him again. Having spent her childhood consumed by rage, loss and betrayal, Emily has returned to the Hamptons under an assumed identity with one endgame - REVENGE - and her every social overture has been carefully planned to chip at the foundation of her sworn enemies until their lives come crashing down around them. Now she must face the consequences of her actions and the havoc she has wreaked on those around her while she continues to avenge her father's death.
"Revenge" stars Emily VanCamp ("Brothers & Sisters," "Everwood") as Emily Thorne, Madeleine Stowe ("We Were Soldiers," "The Last of the Mohicans") as Victoria Grayson, Henry Czerny ("Mission: Impossible," "Clear and Present Danger") as Conrad Grayson, Josh Bowman ("Prowl") as Daniel Grayson, Nick Wechsler ("Roswell") as Jack Porter, Gabriel Mann ("The Bourne Identity") as Nolan Ross, Christa B. Allen ("13 Going on 30") as Charlotte Clarke and Barry Sloane as Aiden Mathis.
"Revenge" is executive-produced by Sunil Nayar ("Body of Proof," "Oz"), Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey ("The Twilight Saga") and Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts ("GCB," "Mercy"). The series, created by Mike Kelley, is produced by ABC Studios.
"Revenge" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
SUNIL NAYAR, executive producer
MARTY BOWEN, executive producer
Most notably Temple Hill Entertainment produced the Catherine Hardwicke-directed fantasy love story, "Twilight," based on the best-selling series of books by Stephanie Meyer. This film, which would be the first in a wildly successful franchise, was an enormous hit, grossing almost $400 million worldwide. This was followed by Chris Weitz's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," which went on to gross over $700 million worldwide. The third installment to the franchise, David Slade's "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," had similar financial success. Bill Condon's "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" opened in November, 2011 and grossed $700 million, while the final film "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," opened in November, 2012 and reached over $700 million internationally in just three weeks.
In addition to The Twilight Sage, Temple Hill Entertainment has produced "Everything Must Go," starring Will Ferrell; Lasse Hallstrom's "Dear John," starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, based on the best-selling novel from Nicholas Sparks; "Ten Year," written and directed by "Dear John" writer Jamie Linden and starring Channing Tatum and Justin Long; and "Safe Haven," directed by Lasse Hallstrom and starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough.
In 2011 Temple Hill Entertainment expanded into television with their first show, "Revenge," created by Mike Kelly and starring Emily VanCamp and Madeleine Stowe. The drama is in its third season on ABC.
Recently Temple Hill Entertainment wrapped production on "Tracers," a parkour action film starring Taylor Lautner, and "Maze Runner," the 20th Century Fox mystery sci-fi thriller directed by Wes Ball .
WYCK GODFREY, executive producer
Godfrey joined John Davis at Davis Entertainment two years later as an executive vice president, overseeing the action hit "Behind Enemy Lines," directed by John Moore and starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman. He was promoted to president in 2001, and later that year developed and produced the family comedy "Daddy Day Care," directed by Steve Carr and starring Eddie Murphy. In 2003 he produced the summer blockbuster "I, Robot," starring Will Smith and directed by Alex Proyas, and the adventure "Flight of the Phoenix," his second film with director John Moore. He also developed and served as an executive producer on "Alien vs. Predator," directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Godfrey was a producer on "When a Stranger Calls" for Screen Gems, and also the 20th Century Christmas 2006 tent-pole "Eragon," based on the bestselling novel. In all, he produced or executive-produced eight films between 2002 and 2006.
In February of 2006, Godfrey left Davis Entertainment and partnered with his friend, former United Talent Agency partner Marty Bowen, to create their own production company - Temple Hill Entertainment. They secured a deal with New Line Cinema and immediately entered into production on their first film, "The Nativity Story," from director Catherine Hardwicke. The modestly budgeted Christmas-themed movie went on to gross almost $40 million domestically in December of 2006. Next, the two went on to produce the romantic comedy "Management," with Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival.
The company's big break came in 2008 when they embarked with Summit Entertainment on the production of the first film in "The Twilight Saga," based on the book series by Stephenie Meyer. The Catherine Hardwicke-directed "Twilight" introduced a new pop culture sensation, opening on November 21st, 2008 to a record-breaking $69.6 million opening weekend. The $40 million film went on to gross almost $400 million worldwide and create a franchise. Chris Weitz's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" had a similarly explosive opening when it hit theaters in November 2009 and went on to gross over $700 million worldwide. David Slade's "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," opened June 30, 2010, making over $300 million in the U.S. alone and almost $700 million worldwide. Bill Condon's "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" opened on Friday, November 18, 2011 and grossed $705 million worldwide. The final film in the franchise "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," opened on November 16, 2012 and grossed over $800 million internationally.
Since "The Twilight Saga," Temple Hill has produced two successful Nicholas Sparks book adaptations, "Dear John," starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, and "Safe Haven," with Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough. Both films were directed by Oscar winning director Lasse Hallstrom.
Temple Hill has also ventured into the independent world by producing "Everything Must Go," written and directed by Dan Rush and starring Will Ferrell, which was released by Roadside Attractions to critical acclaim in 2010; and also the Channing Tatum starrer "10 Years," written and directed by "Dear John" writer Jamie Linden. Currently, the company is in production on the independent action thriller "Tracers," starring Taylor Lautner.
In 2012 Temple Hill entered into a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox, which led to their producing "A Good Day to Die Hard," starring Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney. The company just wrapped production on "The Maze Runner," based on the first book of the bestselling YA book series by James Dashner. This fall Temple Hill will be in production on John Green's bestselling "The Fault in Our Stars," starring Shailene Woodley.
In all Godfrey has produced 22 movies, grossing over 5 billion dollars worldwide.
GRETCHEN J. BERG & AARON HARBERTS, executive producers
With an impressive body of work in film and television, Emily VanCamp has emerged as one of Hollywood's most sought after young talents. Upcoming VanCamp will be seen on the big screen in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the sequel to the Marvel's popular 2011 superhero film, "Captain America: The First Avenger." She will play Agent 13, alongside Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson. Marvel will release "Captain America: The Winter Solider" on April 4, 2014.
Most recently VanCamp wrapped production on the independent film "The Girl in the Book," directed by Marya Cohn, opposite Michael Nuqvist. But she is best known for her role in the ABC hit series "Revenge," where she stars as Emily Thorne, a mysterious woman who comes to the Hamptons to exact revenge on the people who destroyed her family. The series is a contemporary re-imagining of The Count of Monte Cristo, from a female perspective, created by "Swingtown" writer/creator Mike Kelley. The show will return in its third season this September.
VanCamp first won over audiences on the WB's critically acclaimed drama "Everwood," opposite Treat Williams and Gregory Smith, where she garnered Teen Choice Award nominations for Best TV Actress three years in a row.
Previously she starred on ABC's acclaimed hit drama series "Brothers & Sisters," opposite Sally Field, Rachel Griffiths, Rob Lowe and Calista Flockhart, playing Rebecca Harper. In addition she starred as the female lead in the ABC miniseries "Ben-Hur," which aired in Canada on CBC/BBC and in the United States in 2010.
In 2010, VanCamp starred in Jonathan Segal's drama "Norman," opposite Richard Jenkins and Dan Byrd. Other film credits include the thriller film "Carriers," alongside Chris Pine, Piper Perabo and Christopher Meloni, the Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie "Beyond the Blackboard," "The Ring 2," co-starring with Naomi Watts and Simon Baker, the Sundance Film Festival hit "Lost and Delirious," "A Different Loyalty," with Sharon Stone, and "Black Irish," with Melissa Leo, Michael Angarano and Brendan Gleeson. VanCamp also portrayed young Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the miniseries "Jackie O: A Life Story," and was a series regular on the WB series "Glory Days."
Born and raised in Port Perry, Ontario, VanCamp has been performing as a dancer since the age of three. At the age of 12 she attended the prestigious L'Ecole Superieure de Danse de Quebec, the official training program of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
As Victoria Grayson on "Revenge," Madeleine Stowe has delighted critics and fans alike with her delicious portrayal of the Grayson family matriarch who is as beautiful as she is evil, but always fiercely defending her family. Stowe was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actress in A Television Drama in the show's first season. Her next challenge will be her directorial debut on the epic romantic Western she co-wrote, "The Unbound Captives," starring Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz and Robert Pattinson. Stowe feels privileged to have Academy Award-winning cinematographer John Toll ("Legends of the Fall," "Braveheart," "Thin Red Line") and producer Charles Roven ("Three Kings," "Dark Knight," "Batman Begins") on her team. The story was inspired by stories she heard while living on her Texas Hill Country ranch.
Stowe had her film debut in "Stakeout," opposite Richard Dreyfuss, and went on to work with Kevin Costner in the Tony Scott-directed "Revenge" and with Jack Nicholson in "The Two Jakes," which he also directed. She starred in Michael Mann's "The Last of the Mohicans," opposite Daniel Day-Lewis, and has worked for directors Terry Gilliam in "12 Monkeys," Michael Apted in "Blink" and Robert Altman on "Shortcuts" -- for which she received the Best Supporting Actress Award from the National Society of Film Critics.
Other films include "The General's Daughter," opposite John Travolta, "China Moon," "Playing By Heart," alongside Angelina Jolie, Sean Connery and Gena Rowlands, and "We Were Soldiers" with Mel Gibson. She has also appeared on television in the true story "Saving Milly," from Morton Kondracke's best-selling book about his marriage to his Parkinson's afflicted wife.
Stowe lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Brian Benben, and daughter May, and she is passionate about her work for Haiti alongside the Artists for Peace and Justice.
Henry Czerny, known for starring opposite Harrison Ford in "Clear and Present Danger" and Tom Cruise in "Mission Impossible," was most recently seen opposite Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson in "The A-Team."
Czerny showed his comedic side in the zombie indie film "Fido," opposite Carrie-Anne Moss, and in "The Pink Panther," with Steve Martin.
Having a dozen Best Actor awards under his belt, Czerny's role in "Revenge" is his first ongoing series following the first season of Showtime's "The Tudors."
Josh Bowman's film credits include roles in "So Undercover," "The Last Keepers," "Love's Kitchen," "13 Hours," "Exteriors" and "Prowl."
On the small screen he has played recurring roles on ABC Family's "Make It or Break It" and on the UK's BBC series, "Holby City."
Bowman's work on the stage includes "Butterflies Are Free" and "This Is Our Youth," for the Lee Strasberg Institute.
Nick Wechsler was in the lead ensemble of the feature film "Fling," directed by John Stewart Muller. His numerous television credits include regular and recurring roles in such series as "Roswell," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Without a Trace" and "Vanished," as well as guest starring roles in "Chase," "Past Life," "The Sarah Connor Chronicles," "Crossing Jordan," "Cold Case," "Tru Calling" and "Malcolm in the Middle." He has also appeared in in the made-for-television movies "Chicks, Man," "Perfect Game" and "Full Circle."
Wechsler's work on stage includes roles in productions of "Rebel Without a Cause," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Waiting for Godot," "Hansel and Gretel," "Pippin," "Asleep on the Wind," "Harvey," "You Can't Take it with You" and "The Actor's Nightmare."
One of eight brothers, Wechsler grew in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting shortly after graduating from high school.
Gabriel Mann's many television credits include recurring roles on "Mad Men" and "Legend of the Seeker," and guest starring roles on "Carnivale," "Jeremiah," "Time of Your Life," "Wasteland" and "ER." He also starred in several television movies, including CBS's "Heart Full of Rain" and Hallmark Channel's "Harvest of Fire," and provided his voice to the animated series "Wolverine and the X-Men" and "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes."
Mann's numerous and diverse film credits include "The Bourne Supremacy," with Matt Damon; "The Bourne Identity," with Franka Potente and Matt Damon; "The Life of David Gale," with Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet; "High Art," with Ally Sheedy and Radha Mitchell; "Fake," with Robert Loggia and Fisher Stevens; "Psych 9," with Sara Foster and Cary Elwes; "The CoverUp," with Eliza Dushku and John Savage; "Dark Streets," with Bijou Phillips and Isabella Miko; "Demption," alongside Felix Pire and David Krumholtz; "80 Minutes," with Oliver Kieran-Jones and Josh Dallas; "The Ramen Girl," with Brittany Murphy and Tammy Blanchard; "Love and Mary," alongside Lauren German; "Valley of the Heart's Delight," alongside Pete Postlethwaite; "Born Killers," with Lauren German and Jake Muxworthy; "Don't Come Knocking," with Sam Shepard; "A Lot Like Love," with Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet; "Drum," alongside Taye Diggs; "Sleep Easy Hutch Rimes," with Steven Weber; "Abandon," with Katie Holmes and Benjamin Bratt; "Buffalo Soldiers," with Joaquin Phoenix and Anna Paquin; "Summer Catch," with Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jessica Biel; "Josie & The Pussycats," with Rachael Leigh Cook; "Things Behind the Sun," alongside Kim Dickens; "Cherry Falls," alongside Brittany Murphy and Jay Mohr; "Outside Providence," with Alec Baldwin; "Claudine's Return," with Christina Applegate; and "Great Expectations," with Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Mann recently wrapped production on "Chavez," a drama which explores iconic union leader Cesar Chavez's determination to organize the largest nonviolent protest in U.S. history, directed by Diego Luna and starring Michael Pena, Rosario Dawson and John Malkovich.
Mann currently resides in Los Angeles.
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CHRISTA B. ALLEN
Christa Allen knew at an early age that she wanted to be in front of the camera. After acting in several commercials, a student film and voiceover, her big break came when she was cast as the young Jennifer Garner at age 13 in the film "13 Going on 30." She later played opposite Garner and Matthew McConaughey in the New Line film, "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past."
Allen recently starred in the independent film "One Kind Day," and landed the lead roles in the independent comedy/horror films "Detention of the Dead," which premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival this year, and "Deadly Sibling Rivalry."
On television she has played guest roles on "Cold Case," "CSI" and ABC's "Grey's Anatomy."
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"Happy Endings" is a raucous comedy about six dysfunctional thirtysomething friends living in Chicago. Called "the funniest show on TV" by Associated Press, "Happy Endings" follows the lives of shop owner Alex and her ex-fiance, Dave, an aspiring restaurateur who runs a food truck called "Steak Me Home Tonight"; crazy-in-love husband and wife duo Brad and Jane, who is also Alex's sister; Max, their perpetually underemployed gay friend, and singleton Penny, always in pursuit of, but never quite finding, the right guy.
Some of the developments viewers will see early this season: Alex and Dave (who haven't been a couple since Alex dumped Dave at the altar) will begin dating again, trying to "keep it cazsh." But since the last time these two got together did not end well, who knows how far the romance will get this time?
For now, only Max knows that Penny also has some unresolved feelings for Dave, but that will change as others in the tightly-knit group catch on. While "the year of Penny" is over (and was less than "ahmahzing"), Penny will continue to date and might finally find a steady boyfriend. Brad, once the biggest breadwinner of the group, was fired from his job in last year's season finale. He'll turn to Max for tips on surviving underemployment. He'll try out a variety of jobs to make ends meet, including working on a bar mitzvah hype team with Max.
Max will also keep looking for the right guy, but his road to romance won't be easy either, and even kind of dangerous when he develops a crush on a physical therapist -- with hilarious consequences for Penny.
"Happy Endings" stars Eliza Coupe as Jane, Elisha Cuthbert as Alex, Zachary Knighton as Dave, Adam Pally as Max, Damon Wayans, Jr. as Brad and Casey Wilson as Penny.
Created by executive producer David Caspe, "Happy Endings" is executive-produced by Jamie Tarses (""Franklin and Bash," "Men at Work"), Jonathan Groff ("How I Met Your Mother"), and Josh Bycel ("Scrubs"). The series is from Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios.
DAVID CASPE, creator, executive producer
JAMIE TARSES, executive producer
JONATHAN GROFF, executive producer
JOSH BYCEL, executive producer
Bycel is also the founder and executive director of OneKid OneWorld, a non-profit rebuilding schools in Kenya and El Salvador using green technologies, as well as partnering each of these overseas schools with schools in the United States.
Eliza Coupe currently stars as the competitive, neurotic and off-beat "Jane Kerkovich-Williams" in "Happy Endings," a critically acclaimed series recently nominated for Best Comedy Series at the 2012 Comedy Awards.
Canadian Elisha Cuthbert burst onto the American scene as Kiefer Sutherland's daughter, Kimberly Bauer, in the critically acclaimed series "24." Her portrayal earned her a nomination for a 2002 Teen Choice Award for Breakout TV Actress. She also received a 2005 SAG nomination as part of the "24" cast in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Cuthbert also starred as Maxine Denver in ABC's series "The Forgotten," produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
On the big screen Cuthbert starred in "The Six Wives of Henry LeFay," opposite Tim Allen and Jenna Elfman. Other film credits include "My Sassy Girl," "Captivity," "He Was a Quiet Man," "The Quiet," "House of Wax," "The Girl Next Door," "Old School," "Love Actually," "Time at the Top," "Mail to the Chief," "Airspeed" and "Believe."
Cuthbert began her career in entertainment as a model at the age of seven. Soon after, she was cast as a regular in the Nickelodeon series "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" She also traveled the globe as a correspondent for the award-winning series, "Popular Mechanics for Kids."
In 2001 Cuthbert starred in the telefilm "Lucky Girl," portraying a 16-year-old straight-A student who becomes addicted to gambling and struggles to overcome her addiction as the world around her collapses. Her powerful performance earned her the Gemini, the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy.
Born and raised in Canada, Cuthbert splits her time between Toronto and Los Angeles.
Zachary Knighton discovered his passion for acting during his freshman year of high school. He would later get his B.F.A. in theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University and study abroad at Oxford University to hone his craft.
Knighton recently completed production on several independent films, including "Teddy Bears" and "Satellite of Love." His other feature film credits include "Surfer Dude," with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, "The Hitcher," "The Prince and Me," opposite Julia Stiles and Miranda Richardson and directed by Martha Coolidge, "The Mudge Boy," as well as "Tug," opposite Yeardley Smith and "Cherry Falls," with Brittany Murphy and Jay Mohr.
On television Knighton starred as Dr. Bryce Varley in "FlashForward." He also starred in the series "Life on a Stick," has guest starred on "House," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Law & Order," "Ed" and "Related," and appeared in the TV movie "Sally Hemmings: An American Scandal."
Knighton's stage credits include "Birdy," "Madame Melville," "The Pumpkin Pie Show," "Equus" – for which he was nominated for the Irene Ryan Award -- and "Endgame."
Knighton, who lives in the Los Angeles area, loves to surf, sail and play with his two dogs, Jetson and Crash.
Hailing from Livingston, New Jersey, Adam Pally has quickly found his place as both an actor and comedian in Hollywood.
Pally recently completed production in the big-screen indie comedy "A.C.O.D.," short for Adult Children of Divorce. "A.C.O.D. also stars Richard Jenkins, Jessica Alba, Amy Poehler and Adam Scott.
Pally has been a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade since 2003, and continues to both write and perform sketch comedy. He has written and performed in two long running sketch comedy shows at theatre with his sketch comedy group, Hot Sauce, an official selection and performer for the Montreal Just for Laugh's Comedy Festival in 2007. He currently performs with DEATH BY ROO ROO.
Pally has appeared in the feature films "Monogamy," "The Sophomore, "Taking Woodstock" and "Solitary Man." His production team, Chubby Skinny Kids, with fellow UCB members Doug Mand and Dan Gregor, has developed numerous projects for television and the internet.
Pally is a graduate of the New School in New York and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Damon Wayans Jr.
DAMON WAYANS JR.
Damon Wayans Jr. starred in his first major film, "Dance Flick," in May 2009, a Paramount spoof that was produced, written and directed by fellow Wayans funny men. Other recent roles include voicing the character of Thunder in the action digital animation film, "Marmaduke," as well as the comedy/action film "The Other Guys," co-starring Will Farrell, Eva Mendez and Mark Wahlberg. Damon will next be seen in "Someone Marry Barry" co-starring Tyler Labine, Hayes MacArthur, Thomas Middleditch and Lucy Punch.
In 2005 Wayans followed in his father's (Damon Wayans Sr.) comedic footsteps and braved the world of stand-up under the pseudonym Kyle Green. He appeared alongside his father in the Showtime television series "The Underground" (2006), and served as a writer on that sketch comedy series. He also wrote, directed and starred in a series of innovative internet-based comedy sketches for "Way-Out TV," a website launched in 2007 by his father. In January 2008, Wayans was featured on HBO's "Def Comedy Jam."
Wayans was born at his grandmother's home in Vermont but was raised in Los Angeles. He made his film debut at age 11 in the 1994's "Blank Man." He later pursued his early passion for fine arts and animation in high school, and was admitted to the Otis School for Art and Design. He performed in a few bit roles on ABC's "My Wife and Kids," and later landed a job as staff writer on the series at the age of only 20.
An accomplished mixed martial artist, snowboarder (complete with air tricks), former gymnast and high school track star, Wayans loves to figure sketch and enjoys Japanese animation.
Casey Wilson was recently nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Critics Choice award as well as a Teen Choice Award for her role as Penny on "Happy Endings." Casey was a featured player on "Saturday Night Live" for two seasons. Her film credits include Christopher Guest's "For Your Consideration," Nora Ephron's "Julie and Julia," and the "Killers," starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher.
Wilson hails from Alexandria, VA, and is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. After graduation she co-wrote and performed (along with best gal pal June Raphael) the two-woman sketch comedy show, "Rode Hard and Put Away Wet," at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and Los Angeles. The show ran for 11 months, was an official selection of HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and was listed as a Critic's Pick in TimeOut NY.
Wilson and Raphael's writing partnership has branched out into the film world. They co-wrote the movie "Bride Wars," starring Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson, and are currently developing a TV pilot for SONY. They co-wrote and co-star in the upcoming feature "Ass Backwards."
Other TV credits include the Fox sketch comedy pilot, "The Right Now Show," by "Comedy Death Ray" creators Scott Aukerman and B.J. Porter, and MTV's "Human Giant," as well as voice work on the animated series "Glenn Martin, DDS" for Nick at Night.
Wilson continues to perform at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles.
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Liza Lapira began her career doing workshops and Off-Broadway plays with various theater companies, including Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The Play Company and New Dramatists. Her theater credits include "As You Like It," "School for Wives," "The Odyssey" and "No. 11 (Blue and White)."
Lapira’s first television series regular role was as Maggie, Oliver Platt’s long-suffering assistant on the cable series "Huff." Most recently she played neuroscientist Ivy on Joss Whedon’s "Dollhouse." She has also had recurring roles on "Dexter," "ER," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "NCIS."
Film credits include Tony Scott’s "Domino," the independent feature "The Big Bad Swim," J.J. Abrams’ "Cloverfield," "21," "Fast & Furious" and "Repo Men." Lapira was most recently seen in "Crazy, Stupid, Love," opposite Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Kevin Bacon and Ryan Gosling.
Lapira is a proud supporter of LA’s BEST, an after-school enrichment program in conjunction with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Originally from Queens, NY, she currently divides her time between New York and Los Angeles.
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The critically acclaimed drama series "Nashville" returns for a second season. In last season's finale, Rayna and Deacon's final moments left their lives hanging in the balance. But one thing is certain... their relationship will never be easy. Rayna will continue to be driven by her desire to expand upon her music empire, signing new talent and going head to head with a new label chief. Juliette is poised for a fresh start after her success was briefly mired by her short-lived marriage, an extortion plot, and the shocking death of her mother. As she continues to work towards shaping her sound and style, she'll discover there isn't a lot of room for error as emerging artists continue to nip at her heels. Deacon's fall from grace will force him to evolve from his role as band leader to a position outside of his comfort zone. The question is whether or not there'll be enough time to commit to his most important role of all...being a father.
With Rayna's record label backing her, Scarlett is still seeking out that magic she harnessed with Gunnar. Is Scarlett a flash in the pan? Or will she self destruct before she's had her moment in the spotlight? Gunnar is tragically aware that his window to stardom is beginning to close and that he'd better get his head back in the game. Did he ever really have what it takes to be a headliner or songwriter? Avery has had it all and lost it all. This time he's made an unlikely ally, and nothing is going to keep him down or prevent him from getting back on that path to stardom. Teddy's life has been turned upside-down since his break with Peggy, but nothing prepared him for how far she would be willing to go to get what she wanted.
"Music City" can mean so many things to different people. In Nashville, musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storms driven by their own ambitions. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame, others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and doing everything in their power to stay on top.
"Nashville" stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O'Connor, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad and Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad.
Dee Johnson ("Boss," "The Good Wife"), R.J. Cutler ("The September Issue," "The War Room," "A Perfect Candidate"), Callie Khouri ("Thelma & Louise") and Steve Buchanan are executive producers of "Nashville." The series is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment.
DEE JOHNSON, executive producer
In addition to pursuing her own development slate, Johnson has also served as executive producer on "Commander in Chief," the Emmy Award-winning series "ER" and "The Good Wife."
R.J. CUTLER, executive producer
Cutler has won an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award and a GLAAD Award, and has been nominated for an Academy Award, a Producers Guild Award and an Independent Spirit Award, among others. He has twice received the Television Academy's prestigious Honor Award for his work "creating television with a conscience," and in 2009 the Museum of Television and Radio held a five-day retrospective in celebration of his work.
CALLIE KHOURI, creator and executive producer
STEPHEN G. BUCHANAN, executive producer
Buchanan has led the Group since 1998 and throughout his career has been responsible for the development and production of musical productions, albums and television specials and series. He currently serves as an executive producer of both ABC's primetime drama series "Nashville" and GAC-TV's "Noteworthy at the Opry."
Buchanan was named general manager of the Ryman Auditorium in 1993. During his time at the Ryman, he directed an $8.5 million renovation of the historic structure, executive-produced such noted musical productions as "Always by Patsy Cline" and "Lost Highway -- The Music and Legend of Hank Williams," and was the co-creator and executive producer of "Sam's Place -- Music for the Spirit." He also executive-produced and developed the musicals "Bye Bye Love - The Everly Brothers Musical" and "Stand By Your Man - The Tammy Wynette Story."
Buchanan produced the Grammy-nominated Bill Monroe album "Live at the Opry" and Monroe's "Cryin' Holy Unto the Lord."He also produced numerous television specials, including CBS' "Grand Ole Opry's 75th: A Celebration" and the A&E special, "Grand Ole Opry: 75 Years in the Making." During the Opry's 80th Anniversary celebration, Buchanan was responsible for the show's monumental return to Carnegie Hall in November 2005, as well as the associated GAC-TV special and the Sony Music DVD release. In 2009 Buchanan helped organize and served as executive producer of another GAC-TV Special, "Country at the White House." He also executive-produced "Grand Ole Opry Live" for CMT-TV and GAC-TV from 1999 until 2011.
Buchanan earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from Vanderbilt University. He received the 2012 Outstanding Service Award from Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management. He serves as president of the Opry Trust Fund and is on the board of W.O. Smith Community Music School and the immediate past chairman of the Country Music Association Board. He is an alumnus of both Leadership Nashville and Leadership Music.
Buchanan is a member of the Academy of Country Music and the Recording Academy. A native of Oak Ridge, TN, he is married to Ree Guyer Buchanan, a music publisher.
Four-time Emmy-nominated Connie Britton continually receives accolades for her work in television and film. Her role on "Nashville" garnered both Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Best Actress, and she sings on both of Season One's soundtracks, which have sold over 2 million tracks. After stand-out roles on such series such "Spin City," "24" and "The West Wing," Britton starred on one of the best reviewed shows on television, NBC's "Friday Night Lights," created by Peter Berg, for which she received Emmy nominations in 2010 and 2011. She also starred in the film of the same name, opposite Billy Bob Thornton. Britton received a Best Actress Emmy nomination for her role as the female lead in "American Horror Story," Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's Emmy-nominated miniseries.
Britton received two individual nominations from the Television Critics Association, and "Friday Night Lights" was that organization's most-nominated show in its first season, winning Outstanding New Program of the year in 2007, Program of the Year in 2011, a Peabody Award, as well as accolades from the American Film Institute, which ranked it among the ten best shows of 2006-07, and Teen Choice Award nominations two years in a row. Britton was nominated for a Women's Image Network Award (WIN), honoring work that features female protagonists.
Britton recently completed "This Is Where I leave You" with Tina Fey and Adam Driver, and starred in the film "The To Do List," alongside Andy Samberg. She received praise for her starring role in Edward Burns' "The Brothers McMullen," which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. She had nearly canceled her audition with Burns. As it was, that last meeting of the day turned into the role that would launch her career. She went on to star in three more Burns' films, "No Looking Back," "Looking for Kitty" and "Fitzgerald Family Christmas." Other film credits include "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, Michael Bay's "A Nightmare on Elm Street," "Women in Trouble" with Carla Gugino and Josh Brolin, "The Lather Effect" and the critically acclaimed feature "The Last Winter," opposite Ron Perlman, which received a Gotham Award nomination for Best Ensemble Cast.
Born in Boston, Britton moved to Lynchburg, VA at the age of seven with her family, including her fraternal twin sister. She attended Dartmouth College, where she majored in Asian studies, spending a term in Beijing, China. Upon graduation she moved to New York, where she spent two years at the Neighborhood Playhouse studying with Sanford Meisner, and then performed in regional theater and off-Broadway productions.
In her free time, Britton, enjoys hiking and yoga. She is currently finalizing a documentary which she produced and directed on the orphans of Ethiopia.
Prior to "Nashville," Hayden Panettiere was widely known for her role as cheerleader Claire Bennett in the hit series "Heroes." She began acting at eleven-months old in commercials, appearing in over 50 as a child. At four Panettiere began her four-year stint on ABC's "One Life to Live," went to CBS' "Guiding Light" for four more years and then voiced the animated movies "A Bug's Life" and "Dinosaur." She has starred in the films "Remember the Titans," "The Affair of the Necklace," "Joe Somebody," "Raising Helen," "The Dust Factory," "Racing Stripes," "Ice Princess," "The Architect," "Bring It On: All or Nothing," "Fireflies in the Garden," "I Love You, Beth Cooper," "The Forger" and "Scream 4." She also lent her voice to the characters Kate in the 3-D animated film "Alpha and Omega" and Red in the animated "Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil." TV credits include "Law & Order: SVU," "American Dad," "Robot Chicken," "Malcolm in the Middle," "Ally McBeal," "Touched by an Angel," and the TV movies "Tiger Cruise," "Normal," "Lies My Mother Told Me," "If You Believe" and the telefilm "The Amanda Knox Story."
Her roles have won Panettiere numerous accolades, including a 2013 Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress for "Nashville," the 2008 and 2009 Teen Choice Awards for Choice Actress: Action/Adventure, the 2009 Teen Choice Award for Choice Celebrity Activist, the Breakout Actress Award in 2007 at the Capri Hollywood Film Festival and the Favorite Clipped Dramatic Artist Award for 2007 at the 1st Annual Wave Award. She sings on the two "Nashville" soundtracks released in Season One, which at press time had sold over 2 million tracks.
Panettiere is campaign spokesperson for the Whaleman Foundation, an oceanic research, conservation and production organization dedicated to preserving and protecting dolphins, whales and their ocean habitat. As spokesperson she has traveled to Washington, DC to meet with congressmen, was invited to the International Whaling Conference in Portugal and was featured in "The Cove," a 2010 Oscar-winning documentary exposing the slaughter of dolphins in Japan. For her involvement in animal welfare she received the Genesis Wyler Award from The Humane Society of the United States in 2007 and Variety's 2011 Power of Youth Award, recognizing young entertainers who have made significant contributions to philanthropic and charitable causes. In 2012 Panettiere participated as a judge for the "Date with History" contest that chose one young visionary to address the U.N. Rio Earth Summit in June 2012. The jury also included Leonardo DiCaprio, members of the band Linkin Park, Don Cheadle, Daryl Hannah and Sergio Marone.
Panettiere's accomplishments include her ongoing association with Neutrogena. In addition, she can currently be seen as the latest face, form and voice in Cotton Incorporated's "Fabric of our Lives" campaign. Panettiere currently divides her time between Nashville and LA, and can be followed on Twitter @haydenpanettier
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Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Charles "Chip" Esten was raised in Alexandria, VA and attended T.C. Williams High School (made famous in the film "Remember the Titans.") He then attended The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, where he graduated with a degree in economics and met his eventual wife, Patty. While in Williamsburg, he was lead singer/songwriter in a popular local band, N'est Pas.
Esten made his theatrical debut in London when he portrayed Buddy Holly, singing, acting and playing guitar in the hit West End musical "Buddy." In that role he was honored to perform for H.R.M Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and eventually President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush at The White House. He was also very honored to perform with Jerry Allison and Joe B. Mauldin, Buddy's original hitmaking bandmates, the Crickets.
It was during his run as Buddy that Esten first appeared on the original British version of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," with Ryan Stiles and Greg Proops. When "Whose Line" came to ABC, he became a recurring cast member and frequent song improvisor. Since then he has appeared on Drew Carey's Improvaganza and toured frequently, performing live improv shows with Stiles, Proops and Jeff B. Davis.
Esten's many additional television credits include recurring roles on "Big Love," "Enlightened," "The Office" and "ER." Besides being the father on Disney Channel's "Jessie," he has been a Klingon on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," a secretary on "Murphy Brown" and Kelly Bundy's fiance on the series finale of "Married with Children." His film credits include "Swing Vote," "Thirteen Days," "61*" and "The Postman."
During his first season on "Nashville," Esten was honored to perform in the Grand Ole Opry and the historic Ryman auditorium. He sings on the Season One Vol. 1 soundtrack, which has sold over 1.5 million tracks to date.
Esten and his wife have two daughters and a son.
After starring for almost a decade on CBS' "Without a Trace" and "Now and Again," Eric Close once again teamed up with the network as the lead of their series "Chaos." Recently he appeared in four episodes of the critically-acclaimed television series "Suits," opposite Gabriel Macht and Patrick Adams.
Prior to his longtime series work, Close starred in the series "The Magnificent Seven," "Dark Skies" and "McKenna," while taking on such long-form features as "Seven Deadly Sins," "Hercules," "Follow the Stars Home," "The Stranger Beside Me," "Long Island Fever," "Without Consent" and "Unanswered Prayers," which was produced by Garth Brooks and based on his hit song of the same title. Close was also in the Golden Globe-nominated miniseries "Taken," executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, and his feature credits include "Saving Angelo," "Alvarez & Cruz," "Liberty Maine," "The Sky is Falling," "Taking Liberty" and "American Me."
Close graduated with a BA in communications from the University of Southern California in 1989. He married his wife, Keri, in 1995 and has two daughters. He and his family love philanthropy and traveling the world. Close is a sportsman, preferring outdoor sports such as rock climbing, snow skiing, tennis, golf, sailing, surfing, scuba diving and fly-fishing. He also enjoys reading historical fiction. He can be followed on Twitter @EricRClose.
Clare Bowen has enjoyed a flourishing career in film, theatre and television. A native Australian, she has appeared in several of her home country's iconic television dramas, including "Home and Away," the medical drama "All Saints," "The Cut" and the critically acclaimed comedy, "Chandon."
Shortly after graduating from the University of Wollongong in 2009, Bowen was offered a lead role in the highly controversial feature film, "The Combination," directed by David Field. This was followed by a major role in the thriller "The Clinic," which screened at several international film festivals, and the independent film "Not Suitable for Children," alongside Ryan Kwanten.
In her U.S. film debut, she starred as the female lead in the western, "Dead Man's Burden," which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2012 and was released on May 3, 2013 in limited theaters.
In 2012 Bowen was cast as a series regular alongside Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere in the ABC musical drama television series "Nashville." Written by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri, Bowen plays the sweet and talented singer Scarlett O'Connor. She performs on both of Season One's soundtracks, which at press time had sold over 2 million tracks.
A gifted singer, Bowen has performed in several theatre productions. In her most recent production, she starred as the lead role of Wendla in the Geordie Brookman-directed rock musical, "Spring Awakening," under the co-artistic direction of Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton at the Sydney Theatre Company.
Bowen was born and raised in the South Coast of Australia.
Jonathan Jackson began his acting career at the age of 11 and achieved almost instant success. After a few national television commercials, he landed a choice contract role in 1993 as Luke and Laura's son, Lucky Spencer, on ABC's "General Hospital." This role, which he held off and on through last season, earned him five Daytime Emmy Awards, as well as three additional nominations and four Hollywood Reporter Youngster Awards.
Jaskson's film credits include Miramax' "Havana Nights," the independent thriller "Riding the Bullet," based on the Stephen King novel, and "Insomnia," starring Al Pacino. He also starred in "Deep End of the Ocean," the independent feature "True Rights," "The Smiling Suicide Club," "Skeletons in the Closet," "Camp Nowhere," and with Judy Davis in the telefilm "A Little Thing Called Murder." More recently Jackson starred with Nick Stahl in the independent film "Kalamity."
In addition to acting, Jackson and his brother, Richard Lee Jackson, co-wrote and directed the short film "Crystal Clear," which won three awards in the Brooklyn Film Festival, including Best Dramatic Short, plus a Coen Brothers Award. They also scored the film. Their musical resume continues to grow as their original songs appear in the scores of such movies as "True Rights," "Skeletons in the Closet," "Prisoner of Zenda, Inc." and in other upcoming projects.
Born in Orlando, FL, but raised in Washington State, Jackson now splits his time between Los Angeles and Nashville with his wife, Lisa Jackson, and their three children. He is the frontman for the band Enation with his brother. Together they've released several albums and garnered a Top 10 single on the iTunes Rock Charts. He can be followed on Twitter @JonathanJackson.
Raised by his artist parents in Cornwall, a small beach town outside of London, Sam Palladio stayed nearby to pursue his career as a performer, studying theatre and music at Rose Bruford Drama College where he later graduated.
After graduating, Palladio found himself showcasing his talents in the original cast for the musical "Dreamboats & Petticoats," touring the UK before bringing it into London's West End.
His television credits include his role as Stoke in Season Two of the Showtime hit "Episodes," starring Matt LeBlanc. Additionally he's had appearances on the UK small screen on shows "Doctors" and "The Hour."
Palladio earned critical attention when he appeared in the 2012 television pilot "Nashville." His performance alongside Clare Bowen in the soulful rendition of "If I Didn't Know Better" immediately captivated audiences and ignited his music career. He performs on both of Season 1's soundtracks, which at press time, had sold over 2 million tracks.
Most recently Palladio completed filming "Runner, Runner," opposite Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck and Gemma Arterton.
Sam can be followed on Twitter @SamPalladio.
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Paul Lee is president, ABC Entertainment Group, a position he has held since July 2010. In this role Lee has oversight of all creative and business operations for ABC Studios as well as all development, programming, marketing and scheduling operations for ABC Entertainment. He also oversees entertainment programming for syndication and daytime. He reports to Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group.
For the 2013-14 season, Lee shepherded in new series with industry heavyweights and veterans, including "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," Marvel's first television series from executive producer Joss Whedon and starring Clark Gregg, who reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel's feature films; "Super Fun Night," with comedy sensation Rebel Wilson; "The Goldbergs," starring "Bridesmaid's" Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Jeff Garlin; "Mind Games," starring Christian Slater; "Mixology," executive-produced by Ryan Seacrest and "The Hangover's" Jon Lucas and Scott Moore; "Killer Women," starring "Battlestar Galactica's" Tricia Helfer and executive-produced by Sofía Vergara; and "Trophy Wife," with Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford and Marcia Gay Harden.
Prior to becoming president of ABC Entertainment Group, Lee led ABC Family from 2004-2010, where he revitalized the cable channel with an ambitious slate of original and acquired programs. In conceiving the mission of the network, he launched a plan to target the young adult Millennial audience on multiple platforms with relatable programming like "Kyle XY," "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," "Pretty Little Liars," "Greek," "Make It Or Break It" and "Huge." The network was also home to the biggest programming event on cable with "25 Days of Christmas." Under Lee, ABC Family had an amazing six+years of consecutive growth.
ABC Family also made the most of new platforms to connect viewers with content. The industry recognized this push for creativity and innovation on this front by awarding ABC Family a 2007 Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Television, as well as an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media the following year.
Prior to joining ABC Family, Lee was chief executive officer and founder of BBC America, and was responsible for the development and launch of the company in March 1998, starting as general manager and then chief operating officer. During his tenure, the hit comedy series "The Office" (British version) garnered two Golden Globes. Other shows under his supervision included the BBC's "Changing Rooms," which formatted into TLC's signature show, "Trading Spaces," "What Not to Wear" and the "Graham Norton Show."
Before arriving stateside, Lee spent several years at the BBC, ultimately serving as channel editor for BBC Prime, the company's 24-hour entertainment channel.
He started his career as a reporter assigned to Belfast, Northern Ireland, at a particularly critical period in the conflict. Upon returning to London, he segued into entertainment, where he became a producer, director and showrunner, going on to earn a BAFTA and a BANFF Award for the BBC documentary series Arena for his portrait of Woody Guthrie.
In 1990 Lee branched out into drama, traveling to Moscow to direct and produce "Oblomov," starring George Wendt of "Cheers" fame. He also produced, directed and wrote TV movies. Before joining the BBC in 1984, Lee worked as an assistant production manager on novelas at the Brazilian national network Rede Globo in Rio de Janeiro.
Lee holds an MA in modern languages (Portuguese and Russian) from Oxford University in England.
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Marty Weaver (Lenny Venito) just wanted the best for his wife, Debbie (Jami Gertz), and their three kids, and moving from an apartment in Bayonne to Hidden Hills, New Jersey -- a gated community complete with its own golf course -- was a step in the right direction. Of course the fact that the entire community is comprised of aliens from the planet Zabvron, and that the Weavers are the first humans who have lived amongst them, presents some challenges. But as the Weavers and the aliens face the struggles of everyday life together, they discover that some things - the ups and downs of marriage, the desire to be a good parent and connect with your children - are universal... intergalactic even. Despite the fact that they're not even the same species, both humans and Zabvronians had a lot to learn from each other. The Weavers realize they've found an ally in the family next door.
"The Neighbors" stars Jami Gertz as Debbie Weaver, Lenny Venito as Marty Weaver, Simon Templeman as Larry Bird, Toks Olagundoye as Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Clara Mamet as Amber Weaver, Tim Jo as Reggie Jackson, Ian Patrick as Dick Butkus, Max Charles as Max Weaver and Isabella Cramp as Abby Weaver.
"The Neighbors" was created by Dan Fogelman ("Cars," "Tangled," "Crazy, Stupid, Love"), who is also an executive producer with Aaron Kaplan ("GCB," "Terra Nova") and Chris Koch ("Workaholics," "Modern Family"), who also directed several episodes in Season 1. "The Neighbors" is from ABC Studios and is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound.
DAN FOGELMAN, creator, executive producer
Fogelman started in Hollywood working for "The Howie Mandel Show," "The Man Show" and The TV Guide Channel, where he wrote 60-second celebrity bios. A native of New Jersey, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English, which included a year of study at Oxford University.
AARON KAPLAN, executive producer
CHRIS KOCH, executive producer
Koch got his start directing multiple episodes of Nickelodeon's "The Adventures of Pete and Pete." After that he went on to direct episodes of "Malcolm in the Middle," "Scrubs," "My Name is Earl," "The Middle," "Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23," "Cougar Town," "Raising Hope," "Modern Family" and "Workaholics." In 2010 he produced and directed the Fox series "Traffic Light."
Prior to their work together on "The Neighbors," Koch had collaborated with Dan Fogelman on two network pilots, "The 12th Man" and "Lipshitz Saves the World."
Koch is also co-owner of Konk, a commercial production company since 1992.
Jami Gertz has crafted a distinguished reputation in film, television and theater. In addition to her role in "The Neighbors," she will next be seen in Jeff Garlan's feature "Dealin' with Idiots." Gertz appeared on ABC's Emmy Award-winning comedy "Modern Family" and the hit cable series "Entourage," opposite Jeremy Piven. She starred with Piven again in Scott Marshall's "Keeping Up With the Steins," along with Gary Marshall, Darryl Hannah and Doris Roberts.
For four seasons Gertz starred on the hit comedy "Still Standing," opposite Mark Addy. In addition she portrayed title role on ABC's "Gilda Radner: It's Always Something," based on Radner's autobiography.
In 2002 Gertz received an Emmy nomination for her role on the critically acclaimed television series "Ally McBeal," where she guest starred in a four-episode arc. She is also widely recognized for her role as a sex therapist in "Twister," opposite Bill Paxton, and for her roles with Dylan McDermott in the romantic comedy "Jersey Girl," in "Less Than Zero" (based on the best selling novel by Bret Easton Ellis), with James Spader and Robert Downey, Jr., and in "The Lost Boys," with Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric.
Gertz was discovered at age 16 in a nationwide talent search for the sitcom "Square Pegs," with Sarah Jessica Parker. Since then she has appeared on a number of hit television shows, including "Seinfeld," "ER" and "Dream On."
On stage she appeared in the Off-Broadway production of Garry Marshall's "Wrong Turn at Lung Fish," with the late George C. Scott and Tony Danza. She also starred in "Come Back Little Sheba," with Tyne Daly, and "Out of Gas on Lover's Leap," with Jason Patric.
In 2007 Gertz formed Lime Orchard Productions, a television and film production company. The company produced "A Better Life" in 2011, directed by Chris Weitz and starring Demian Bichir, which earned him a Best Actor Academy Award nomination.
A Chicago native, Gertz lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their three sons.
Lenny Venito is a native New Yorker who studied acting at the prestigious LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts. His television credits include recurring roles on "The Sopranos," "Rescue Me," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Flight of the Conchords," "Bored to Death," and ABC's "NYPD Blue." His film credits include "Men In Black III," "How Do You Know," and "War of the Worlds." Venito also can be seen in the upcoming Philip Seymour Hoffman film, "God's Pocket."
On stage Venito has worked on Broadway in "The Ritz," and recently worked with Ethan Coen in the Off-Broadway play, "Happy Hour."
Venito grew up in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. He's an avid golf enthusiast, loves to play poker and is a die-hard New York Mets fan (for better or for worse). He resides in New York City.
Simon Templeman started his career in the theater in England. A long-time member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he played many roles, including Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet." He came to America twice with the company, in "All's Well That Ends Well" and "Nicholas Nickleby," both on Broadway. Other notable theater credits include performing at the National Theatre in David Hare's "A Secret Rapture."
Templeman's feature film work includes roles in "The Russia House" and "Live Nude Girls." His many television credits include "Northern Exposure," "Just Shoot Me!," "Don King: Only in America," "Monk" and "The Event."
Templeman is married to actress Rosalind Chao and they have two children.
Toks (pronounced "tokes") Olagundoye is a newcomer to the Los Angeles entertainment world, and in her short time here has added several credits to those she had already achieved in film, television and theatre in New York.
In recent years Olagundoye has guest-starred on "NCIS," "Prime Suspect" and ABC Family's "Switched at Birth." Other film and television appearances include "CSI: NY," "Law & Order," "Ugly Betty," "Brown Sugar" and "The Salon" among others.
Born to a Nigerian father and Norwegian mother, Olagundoye was raised in Nigeria, attended boarding school in Europe and is a graduate of the theater program at Smith College. In her spare time she enjoys finding new spots to enjoy a tasty meal, cooking, writing, pilates, archery, marksmanship and settling in a with a great book. She has an uncanny ability when it comes to accents from around the world.
Olagundoye resides between Los Angeles and New York.
Only a teenager, Clara Mamet - the 18-year-old daughter of playwright and director David Mamet - is a dynamic actress and writer in her own right. Most recently she wrote and starred in her silver screen directorial debut, entitled "Two-Bit Waltz."
In addition to appearing in "The Neighbors," Mamet also appeared in the Barry Levinson HBO biopic about Phil Spector which starred Al Pacino.
Outside of writing and performing - which includes playing a bluegrass banjo -- Mamet is a huge fan of classic British TV like "Absolutely Fabulous," "Fawlty Towers" and anything by Ricky Gervais. This is just the beginning of a soon to be very bright career.
Mamet resides in Los Angeles.
Tim Jo, a native Texan, made his acting debut in the film "Bandslam," followed by guest appearances on the television series "Greek" and "Castle." He was also a series regular on the TBS comedy "Glory Daze"
The son of a petroleum engineer, Jo was born in the small town of Mesquite. His family moved all over Texas until work took them to Poland for three years. It was there that Jo discovered his love of acting. Experiencing his teen years in a foreign country created a gold mine of experiences for Jo, which he uses for his character, alien teenager Reggie Jackson, in "The Neighbors."
Jo spends his free time focusing on his two passions of sculpture and music. His band, Animals of Kin, currently performs at venues around the Los Angeles area as they prepare to embark on their first national tour.
What would you do to have everything you desire? Step inside "666 Park Avenue," New York's most seductive address. We all have some burning needs, desires and ambitions. For the residents of The Drake, the premier apartment building on Manhattan's Upper East Side, these will all be met – for a price – courtesy of the building's mysterious owner, Gavin Doran (Terry O'Quinn). But be careful what you wish for, because the price you have to pay is your soul. ABC's wickedly sensual, sexy and spine-tingling new drama about fulfilling our deepest desires, "666 Park Avenue," will air Sundays from 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET.
When Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor) and Henry Martin (Dave Annable), an idealistic young couple from the Midwest, arrive in New York City, the glamorous center of industry and media, they are offered the opportunity to manage the historic Drake. Jane, a small town girl with big ambitions, always knew she wanted to be an architect. Henry, a member of the Mayor's staff, is grounded, intelligent and tenacious. They are lured by the intoxicating lifestyle of New York's wealthy elite.
Gavin, who has many skeletons in his own closet, is at the height of his world and commands the dark power of The Drake. Olivia (Vanessa Williams), his beautiful but enigmatic, supportive wife, wears her elegance, wealth and position in society as armor… but cracks will slowly be revealed.
Jane and Henry not only fall prey to the machinations of Gavin and Olivia, but unwittingly live in the dark embrace of the building's supernatural forces which endanger the lives of its residents. These include Brian Leonard (Robert Buckley), a young playwright pining for his early success and promise. Brian's wife, Louise (Mercedes Masöhn), is a rising hot star in the world of fashion photography. Alexis Blume (Helena Mattsson) is a troubled young woman who is the picture of obsession -- what is her real connection to Gavin, and what part will she play in Brian and Louise's life? Tony DeMeo (Erik Palladino), The Drake's doorman, is the eyes and ears of the building. And then there is 14-year-old Nona Clark (Samantha Logan), who has a blossoming psychic ability, allowing her to look into the future of her fellow Drake occupants.
Sexy, enticing and captivating, home to an epic struggle of good versus evil, The Drake maintains a dark hold over all of its tenants in this new, chilling drama, tempting them through their ambitions and desires.
"666 Park Avenue" stars Rachael Taylor ("Charlie's Angels," "Grey's Anatomy," "Transformers") as Jane Van Veen, Dave Annable ("Brothers & Sisters," "Reunion") as Henry Martin, Mercedes Masöhn ("The Finder," "Chuck," "Three Rivers") as Louise Leonard, Robert Buckley ("One Tree Hill," "Lipstick Jungle") as Brian Leonard, Helena Mattsson ("Iron Man 2," "Nikita," "Desperate Housewives") as Alexis Blume, Erik Palladino ("U-571," "ER," "Murphy Brown") as Tony DeMeo and Samantha Logan as Nona Clark, with Vanessa Williams ("Desperate Housewives," "Ugly Betty," "Shaft," "Soul Food") as Olivia Doran and Terry O'Quinn ("Lost," "Millennium," "Hawaii Five-0," "Alias," "The West Wing," "Jag") as Gavin Doran.
Based on the book series by Gabriella Pierce, "666 Park Avenue" was created by David Wilcox ("Fringe," "Life on Mars"), and is executive-produced by Matt Miller ("Chuck," "Human Target"), Wilcox, Gina Girolamo ("The Secret Circle," "The Lying Game") and Leslie Morgenstein ("Gossip Girl," "The Vampire Diaries," "Pretty Little Liars," "The Lying Game," "The Secret Circle," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"). The pilot for "666 Park Avenue" was written by Wilcox and directed by Alex Graves ("Fringe," "The West Wing"), who was also an executive producer. "666 Park Avenue" is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment ("Gossip Girl," "The Vampire Diaries," "Pretty Little Liars") and Warner Bros. Television.
MATT MILLER, executive producer
DAVID WILCOX, executive producer
GINA GIROLAMO, executive producer
Prior to joining Alloy Entertainment, Girolamo spent 11 years at NBC Universal, most recently serving as vice president, Comedy Programming for Universal Media Studios. In that position she oversaw the award-winning comedy "30 Rock," as well as the development of dozens of other studio properties.
Previously Girolamo held the position of vice president, Comedy Development at NBC, where she developed many of the network's award-winning hit comedies, including "My Name is Earl" and "30 Rock." Throughout her tenure at the media conglomerate, she was also responsible for such programming as "Providence," "Ed," "Happy Family" and "Committed."
Girolamo was named a member of The Hollywood Reporter's Next Generation Class of 2007.
LESLIE MORGENSTEIN, executive producer
Morgenstein produces or executive-produces Alloy Entertainment's television and feature film projects. Alloy is currently in production on CW's "Gossip Girl" and "The Vampire Diaries," "Pretty Little Liars" and "The Lying Game" for ABC Family, and ABC's new drama "666 Park Avenue". Additionally Alloy produced Nickelodeon's half-hour comedy, "How to Rock."
Alloy Entertainment's feature development slate includes "Sweep" with Vince Vaughn's Wild West Pictures, and "The Luxe" with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's Fake Empire Entertainment. Morgenstein also served as executive producer on "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" feature films, and produced the feature film "Sex Drive" and the DVD-premiere movie "The Clique."
Alloy Entertainment and Morgenstein have been profiled by The New York Times, The New Yorker, ABC News' "Nightline" and Entertainment Weekly among other outlets.
Morgenstein has an undergraduate degree in writing and photography from Sarah Lawrence College, an MBA in finance from New York University's Stern School of Business, and completed his master's work in English and creative writing at the City College of New York. He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons and is an avid runner.
Rachael Taylor stars as Jane Van Veen, The Drake's new building manager, on ABC's "666 Park Avenue." Taylor started her international screen career on the global hit "Transformers" for Paramount/DreamWorks, produced by Steven Spielberg, directed by Michael Bay and opposite Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Jon Turturro and Jon Voight. From there she moved into the lead role in the psychological thriller "Shutter" for 20th Century Fox and New Regency Studios. The same year she completed filming on the U.S. feature "Bottle Shock," with Chris Pine, Alan Rickman and Bill Pullman, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where Taylor was honored as one of 2008's "7 Fresh Faces in Film".
Taylor returned to Australia to star in the critically acclaimed feature film "Cedar Boys" with Martin Henderson and Les Chantery. Then she moved to New York City for a lead role in the U.S. comedy feature "Splinterheads," and on to the United Kingdom to shoot the psychological thriller "Ghost Machine," opposite Luke Ford and Sean Faris.
Taylor is probably best known to American television audiences for guest starring in an eight-episode story arc on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" in 2011, before joining ABC's reboot of "Charlie's Angels," produced by Drew Barrymore. She wrapped up 2011 with the U.S. feature "Loft," with James Marsden, Wentworth Miller and Karl Urban and directed by Erik Van Looy.
In 2010 Taylor starred in the AFI Best Film Award-winning movie "Red Dog," opposite Josh Lucas and directed by Kriv Stenders. The film took in $21million at the Australian box office, making it the 8th highest grossing Australian film of all time. She followed this up with the U.S. film "Darkest Hour," directed by Chris Gorak, shot in Moscow for Regency Enterprises and also starring Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella and Olivia Thirlby. Taylor finished the year in Australia filming the lead role, opposite Josh Lawson, in Working Dog's romantic comedy, "Something About Ben," directed by Rob Sitch.
In 2009 Taylor had the lead role of the HBO Network's pilot episode of "Washingtonienne," produced by Sarah Jessica Parker. She then returned to Australia to shoot "Summer Coda," with Alex Dimitriades and directed by Richard Grey.
Dave Annable stars as Henry Martin, a member of the mayor's staff and an ambitious young attorney on ABC's new drama series, "666 Park Avenue."
Annable is quickly becoming one of Hollywood's most sought-after actors, with a combination of talent and affable charm that have won over both fans and critics. He was seen in the popular ABC series "Brothers & Sisters," opposite Sally Field, Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths and Matthew Rhys. Produced by "Thirtysomething" star and "Alias" producer-director Ken Olin, the drama lasted five seasons on ABC. Before "Brothers & Sisters," Annable was perhaps best known for his role on Fox's critically acclaimed "Reunion," a complex serial mystery spanning 13 years in which each episode revealed a yearly clue to a controversial murder.
Annable was seen in the New Regency romantic comedy film "What's Your Number," with Anna Farris, directed by Mark Mylod, released in September 2011. He also shot the comedy film "You May Not Kiss the Bride," co-starring with Katharine McPhee, Mena Suvari, Rob Schneider, Kathy Bates, Tia Carrere and Vinnie Jones, and was seen in director Nick Hurran's film, "Little Black Book."
In 2008 Annable participated in an all-star cast benefit of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's Award-winning play, "You Can't Take It With You." Directed by the late Nora Ephron, the cast included Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Martin Short, Annette Bening and William Shatner. The one-night-only event benefited the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and played at the campus' Royce Hall.
An avid sports fan, Annable grew up in Walden, a small town in upstate New York, playing baseball, rugby and hockey. He attended college at SUNY Plattsburgh, where he was a member of PSTV (Plattsburgh State Television), and studied acting at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse in NY with Richard Pinter.
Philanthropically Annable has been a supporter of Project A.L.S., and is an Ambassador for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, as well as for Stand Up2 Cancer. He also is involved with The Art of Elysium, The V Foundation for Cancer Research, The USO and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Annable and his wife, Odette, were married in 2010.
Vanessa Williams stars as Olivia Doran, the stylish, supportive, but enigmatic wife of Gavin Doran, the mysterious owner and landlord of The Drake (played by Terry O'Quinn), in the new ABC drama "666 Park Avenue."
Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in entertainment today, having conquered the musical charts, Broadway, music videos, television and motion pictures. She has sold millions of albums worldwide and has achieved critical acclaim as an actress on stage, in film and on television.
Her albums "The Right Stuff," "The Comfort Zone" and "The Sweetest Days" earned multiple Grammy nominations and have yielded such classic hits as "Save the Best for Last," "Dreamin," "Work to Do" and "Love Is," as well as the Academy Award-winning single, "Colors of the Wind," from Disney's "Pocahontas." Her recordings also include two holiday albums -- "Star Bright" and "Silver & Gold" -- "Vanessa Williams Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years" and "Everlasting Love," a romantic collection of love songs from the 1970s. Concord Records released her "The Real Thing" in June 2009, for which she received an NAACP nomination for "Outstanding Jazz Artist."
In 1994 Williams took Broadway by storm when she replaced Chita Rivera in "Kiss of the Spider Woman," winning the hearts of critics and becoming a box-office sensation. She garnered rave reviews and was nominated for a Tony Award for the 2002 revival of "Into the Woods." She also headlined a limited special engagement of the classic "Carmen Jones" at the Kennedy Center, and starred in the Encore! Series staged concert production of "St. Louis Woman." She was last seen in Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine's "Sondheim on Sondheim," an original Broadway musical that ran in Spring of 2010 at The Roundabout Theatre.
Williams made her film debut in 1986 in "Under the Gun." She has starred in such features as "Eraser," "Hoodlum," "Soul Food," "Dance with Me," "Light It Up," "Shaft" and "Johnson Family Vacation." She starred recently in the independent features "My Brother" and "Somebody Like You," and co-starred in Disney's feature film "Hannah Montana: The Movie." Next up she plays in Tyler Perry's "The Marriage Counselor," out in March of 2013.
On television Williams has starred in such movies and miniseries as "Stompin' at the Savoy," "The Boy Who Loved Christmas," "The Jacksons: An American Dream," ABC's revival of "Bye, Bye Birdie," "Nothing Lasts Forever," "The Odyssey," "Don Quixote" and "Keep the Faith, Baby," and executive-produced and starred in Lifetime's "The Courage to Love" and the VH1 Original Movie, "A Diva's Christmas Carol." She starred in ABC's critically-acclaimed series "Ugly Betty," earning three Emmy nominations as the deliciously wicked Wilhelmina Slater, in addition to numerous individual and ensemble awards and nominations, including SAG, Golden Globes and NAACP Image Awards. In the Fall of 2010, Williams moved to Wisteria Lane as the newest resident on ABC's "Desperate Housewives," where she stirred things up as Renee Perry, Lynette's former college friend and sorority sister. In March 2011, she won the NAACP Image Award for this role and helped carry the show to the end of its eight-year run in May 2012.
In April 2012, Williams and her mother, Helen, landed on the NY Times Best Seller list after publishing the memoir You Have No Idea: A Famous Daughter, Her No-Nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss (and Each Other). The book takes readers on a journey through Williams' life – told for the first time from her perspective and with the wisdom and frankness of her mother, the firecracker Miss Helen.
In 2007 Williams achieved a career pinnacle with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her accomplishments as a performer. In December 2010, the International Foreign Press Academy made her the recipient of the 2010 Mary Pickford Award For Outstanding Artistic Contribution to the Entertainment Industry. The award honors her international achievements and success in film, television, stage and recording over the past 28 years.
Williams' charitable endeavors are many and varied, embracing and supporting such organizations as Special Olympics and many others.
Terry O'Quinn has made an indelible impression in television, film and theatre. He currently stars as Gavin Doran, the mysterious owner and landlord of The Drake, a historical New York apartment building, who is darkly involved in his tenants' lives in ABC's new drama, "666 Park Avenue."
While honing his craft in such stage productions as "Much Ado About Nothing," "The Glass Menagerie" and "Foxfire," O'Quinn made his feature film debut in Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate." He first gained wide attention by playing the complex and chilling title role in the cult favorite, "The Stepfather." Other film credits include "Places in the Heart," "Black Widow," "Young Guns," "The Rocketeer" and "Primal Fear."
O'Quinn also appeared in such award-winning movies for television as "An Early Frost" and "Roe vs. Wade," leading to recurring and series regular roles on many other shows, including "Millennium," "Harsh Realm," "JAG," "West Wing" and "Alias." His work on "Alias" led creator J.J. Abrams to offer him the role of the enigmatic John Locke in the ground-breaking series "Lost." O'Quinn's portrayal garnered him an Emmy nomination in 2005 and an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2007.
O'Quinn most recently appeared in a major arc on the CBS hit "Hawaii 5-0."
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Mixing family with business is never easy, and Jack Shea (Kyle Bornheimer) is about to learn that lesson the hard way. When Jack's father, Tony (J.K. Simmons), has a heart attack and is forced to hand over the keys to his beloved handyman business, Jack is eager to finally step up and make his father proud. Unfortunately Jack's past career efforts have been less than stellar, so everyone seems to be waiting for him to fail. His new job isn't made any easier by Tony's rebellious, troublemaking assistant, Darren (Edi Gathegi), and Darren's flirtatious sister, Stitch (Danielle Nicolet), who works at the local hardware store. But with the support of his Aunt Terry (Leah Remini) and his oddball yet endearing cousin Mason (Johnny Pemberton), Jack Shea may just find his true calling right at home.
"Family Tools" stars Kyle Bornheimer ("Bachelorette," "Romantically Challenged," "Perfect Couples") as Jack Shea, J.K. Simmons ("Ultimate Spiderman," "Generator Rex," "The Closer") as Tony Shea, Edi Gathegi ("X Men: First Class") as Darren Poynton, Johnny Pemberton ("21 Jump Street," "Aim High") as Mason Baumgardner, Danielle Nicolet ("X Men TV Series") as Lisa "Stitch" Poynton and Leah Remini ("In the Motherhood," "King of Queens") as Terry Baumgardner.
Based on the UK series "White Van Man," the "Family Tools" teleplay is by Bobby Bowman. "Family Tools" is executive-produced by Joshua Sternin ("That '70s Show"), J.R. Ventimilia ("That '70s Show"), Mark Gordon ("Grey's Anatomy," "Criminal Minds"), Andrea Shay ("It Takes a Village," "Virtual Virgin") and Paul Buccieri ("Prime Suspect"). The pilot for "Family Tools" was directed by Michael Fresco ("Suburgatory," "Raising Hope," "Better Off Ted," "My Name Is Earl," "Northern Exposure," "St. Elsewhere"). The series is from ABC Studios and is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
JOSHUA STERNIN and J.R. VENTIMILIA, executive producers
MARK GORDON, executive producer
In television Gordon serves as executive producer on the ABC series "Family Tools," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice," CBS' "Criminal Minds," Lifetime's "Army Wives" and Showtime's "Ray Donovan."
His recent film projects include Duncan Jones' sci-fi thriller, "Source Code," starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and "The Details" with Tobey Maguire and Laura Linney. Other film projects include "2012," which has grossed over $750 million worldwide, and "The Messenger," which garnered Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay. Among Gordon's other motion picture credits as producer and financier are "Saving Private Ryan," "The Day After Tomorrow," "The Patriot," "Wonder Boys," "Tomb Raider," "Talk to Me," "The Painted Veil" and "Speed," to name a few.
Gordon is a five-time Emmy nominee with two wins. He has been nominated for multiple Golden Globe Awards with two wins. He earned Academy Award and BAFTA nominations and won a Golden Globe for Best Picture as producer of Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan."
President of the Producers Guild of America and the founder of the Citizens of the World Charter Schools, Gordon serves on the boards of The Archer School for Girls, Virginia Film Festival, Chrysalis and The Motion Picture and Television Fund. He is the former chairman of Teach for America Los Angeles and a former board member of The UCLA Lab School.
ANDREA SHAY, executive producer
Shay also worked as the director of Current Programming for the Fox Broadcasting Company, where she was responsible for "That '70s Show," "The Bernie Mac Show," "Malcolm in the Middle" and "Andy Richter Controls the Universe." She began her career at Lifetime Television as the manager of Creative Affairs, overseeing the drama series "Any Day Now," Strong Medicine" and "The Division."
A graduate of Indiana University, Shay serves as a Board member for the Ojai Playwrights Conference.
PAUL BUCCIERI, executive producer
Buccieri was appointed managing director of ITV Studios International in July 2011. He joined ITV Studios America as president and CEO in December 2007. With dual corporate responsibilities, he sits on the board of ITV Studios and has a key role in the Transformation Plan of ITV plc (a global media company and the UK's largest commercial broadcaster and producer).
In his international capacity Buccieri develops and oversees the business' strategy outside of the UK with responsibility for leading growth through international production, distribution and exploitation of ITV Studios' brands. This includes ITV Studios' international production businesses in France, the Nordics, Australia and Germany. Together with the U.S., these territories produce more than 2,000 hours of original content a year.
Including ITV Studios Global Entertainment, ITV's international distribution and consumer products business, Buccieri oversees a portfolio of approximately 40,000 hours of content distributed to over 200 territories worldwide. ITV Studios' vast portfolio encompasses both award-winning finished programs and leading international formats like "Hell's Kitchen" (on Fox in the U.S.), "Four Weddings" (TLC in the U.S. and 16 other territories) and "Come Dine with Me" (34 territories). ITV Studios' prestigious scripted portfolio includes Oscar winner Julian Fellowes' "Titanic" (sold to ABC in the U.S. and over 100 territories) and the upcoming highly anticipated series "Falcón and Mr. Selfridge," written by Emmy Award-winning Andrew Davies. ITV Studios Global Entertainment also continues to grow its development of international co-productions following the success of "Titanic." The consumer products business is a partner to more than 200 licensees worldwide, featuring a portfolio of more than 1,000 product lines. Buccieri also oversees ITV Studios' entertainment channel ITV Granada – Asia's fastest growing TV channel, carried on platforms throughout Asia and the Middle East, reaching over 5.5 million households in more than 15 countries.
Continuing his role as president and CEO of ITV Studios America, the U.S. based production entity of ITV plc, Buccieri leads teams located on both the West and East coasts. His tenure at ITV Studios America has resulted in record growth for the company, over 103 percent in the past five years; during his first 15 months, he increased production from six to sixteen series. ITV Studios America's production slate includes "Hell's Kitchen," "Kitchen Nightmares," "The First 48," "After The First 48," "Four Weddings," "Four Houses," "On the Fly," "Reel Crime," "Real Story" and in syndication "The Bill Cunningham Show," "America Now," "The Jeremy Kyle Show" and "Prime Suspect," an original scripted series that Buccieri executive-produced for NBC in the U.S., which has sold to 116 territories. He was also executive producer for U.S. scripted series "Eleventh Hour" for CBS.
Kyle Bornheimer made his television debut in 2008 as the hapless Sam Briggs in the critically-acclaimed CBS series, "Worst Week." His performance in the lead role landed him rave reviews from critics across the country. TV Guide called Bornheimer the "biggest comic discovery of the new season," while Entertainment Weekly wrote "Bornheimer is the find of the fall season." His performance also earned him a spot on Entertainment Weekly's 2009 "Dream Emmy Ballot" list in the Best Lead Actor (Comedy) category.
Most recently Bornheimer starred in the upcoming independent feature, "Bachelorette," opposite Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and James Marsden, and as Katherine Heigl's estranged husband in "The Wedding," with Robert DeNiro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon and Amanda Seyfried.
In 2010 Bornheimer starred opposite Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis and Betty White in the Disney feature "You Again." His scene-stealing performance as Tim, a jilted ex-boyfriend, earned him positive reviews from critics, including USA Today and The Los Angeles Times, who noted "...it's Kyle Bornheimer... who makes the best impression. His delivery of a rehearsal dinner toast that references Air Supply ranks as one of the most awkward (and funny) movie moments of the year." Bornheimer also starred opposite Jay Baruchel, T.J. Miller and Nate Torrence in the DreamWorks feature, "She's Out of My League," released in Spring 2010. Additional film credits include a role in DreamWorks' "Blades of Glory" with Will Ferrell.
In 2011 Bornheimer was a series regular in the NBC comedy series "Perfect Couples." His other television credits include guest starring roles on "The Office," "Party Down" and "Breaking Bad."
Bornheimer moved to Los Angeles from his hometown of South Bend, IN. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.
J.K. Simmons has appeared in diverse projects spanning motion pictures, television and the stage on and off Broadway. He is known for playing the character J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's "Spider Man" trilogy. Other motion picture credits include "Hidalgo," "The Ladykillers," "The Mexican," "Off the Map," "For Love of the Game," "The Gift," "Thank You for Smoking," "Rendition," "Burn After Reading" and, memorably, his portrayal of the off-beat but not deadbeat father, Mac McGuff, in the hit comedy "Juno."
Simmons' latest films include "The Words," "The Music Never Stopped," "Jennifer's Body," "Extract," "The Vicious Kind," " I Love You Man," "Beginner's Guide to Endings," "Contraband" and the Academy Award-nominated "Up in the Air." Soon he will begin shooting the Steve Jobs biopic, "Jobs," as well as Jason Reitman's latest film, "Labor Day," both being released in 2013.
On the small screen Simmons plays LAPD Assistant Chief Will Pope in TNT's hit series "The Closer." He also played Vern Schillinger on HBO's acclaimed drama "Oz," and had a recurring role as Dr. Emil Skoda on NBC's "Law & Order." Most recently he recurred on TBS' new hit comedy "Men at Work."
Simmons has appeared on the Broadway stage in performances of "Guys and Dolls," "Laughter on the 23rd Floor," "A Change in the Heir," "Peter Pan" and "A Few Good Men."
Kenya-born Edi Gathegi has steadily increased his profile and quality body of work in recent years with roles on both the big and small screens. Initially recognized for his recurring role on FOX's hit television series "House" as Dr. Cole (AKA: "Big Love"), Gathegi went on to join the ensemble cast of the box office phenomenon "Twilight," then reprised his role as Laurent in the 2009 sequel, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." He was last seen in Matthew Vaughn's "X-Men: First Class." Additionally, he made his Los Angeles stage debut top-lining "Superior Donuts" at the prestigious Geffen Playhouse, which garnered him an Ovation Award nomination.
Gathegi's notable film credits include features "Gone Baby Gone," directed by Ben Affleck, "Death Sentence," opposite Kevin Bacon, "Crank," with Jason Stathem, "My Bloody Valentine 3D" and, more recently, the literary adaptation "Atlas Shrugged." Previous television credits includes "Nikita," "CSI," "CSI: Miami," "Veronica Mars," "Lincoln Heights" and the critically acclaimed "Life on Mars."
No stranger to stage production, his theatre resume includes "Two Trains Running" at the prestigious Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, and regional stage work including "King Hedley II," "Blues for an Alabama Sky," "Golden Boy," "As You Like It," "Twelfth Night," "The Crucible," "Fade," "A Maiden's Prayer" (Santa Barbara Independent Award), "A Raisin in the Sun," "Othello," a "Midsummer Night's Dream," "Cyrano" and "Dutchman."
Gathegi graduated from NYU's famed MFA program for acting and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Johnny Pemberton hails from Rochester, Minnesota. He hosted and wrote on the MTV series "Megadrive." He can be seen in the hit feature film "21 Jump Street," the upcoming movies "The Watch" and "This is 40," and in Armando Ianucci's Oscar-nominated film, "In The Loop." He has also appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Lopez Tonight," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," the Sundance Channel and AdultSwim.
In addition Perberton is a stand-up comic who performed as a part of the 2011 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He begrudgingly lives in Los Angeles.
Before appearing on "Family Tools," Danielle Nicolet starred with Lucy Liu in the Lifetime miniseries "Marry Me." She was a series regular on USA's Emmy-winning "The Starter Wife," opposite Debra Messing. She also starred as a series regular on TNT's "Heartland" with Treat Williams. Nicolet started her TV career on NBC's "3rd Rock from the Sun".
Leah Remini was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Los Angeles with her mother and sisters at the age of 13. Her first television appearance was in "Head of the Class," and she landed her first starring role shortly thereafter on the series "Living Dolls," as well as recurring roles on "Saved by the Bell." Remini went on to guest star on hit shows such as "Friends" and landed recurring roles in "Cheers" (as Rhea Perlman's daughter) and "Evening Shade." In addition she has had numerous guest spots, including on the hit drama "NYPD Blue," followed by a starring role in the comedy "Fired Up."
Remini went on to star in the hit series "The King of Queens," which enjoyed a successful nine-year run. She established her character, Carrie Heffernan, as a modern and iconic take on the adoring and adorable blue-collar housewife. "The King of Queens" completed its final season in 2007 and continues to enjoy a huge following in both domestic and global syndication. While filming "The King of Queens," Remini starred in the film "Old School."
Following "The King of Queens," Remini pursued her ambitions in the daytime/talk show genre, culminating in the launch of the panel/ensemble series "The Talk" for CBS.
One of Remini's greatest joys is her philanthropic work. She is actively involved in charities that assist Children's Hospital, military families and first responders, and with one-on-one community stories she encounters in social media. A prominent voice against bullying in schools, Remini was honored with the Women Who GLSEN Award for her support of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and their effort to promote anti-bullying in schools.
On the production side, Remini co-produced the successful "Inside Out: Wedding and Baby Specials" for VH1. Early in 2007 she co-produced a series of webisodes for the Suave/Sprint brands under the "In the Motherhood" banner. The series was highly successful, with over 5 million viewers visiting the site. For "In The Motherhood," Remini received a Wave Award for Best Actress in a Made for Mobile Comedy Series. Other honors include the Funny Ladies We Love Award from the Ladies Home Journal, and the Midlife Achievement Award, created by Ellen Degeneres, in celebration and appreciation of Remini's charm, personality and career accomplishments. She is its only recipient.
Remini has a large family with whom she's very close. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Angelo Pagán, and daughter Sofia. She has three stepsons, Alex, Nicholas and Angelo. Remini herself has five sisters -- three half, one full and one stepsister. She spends most of her time arguing with them, which leaves little time for any other hobbies.
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