DEE JOHNSON, executive producer
Most recently Dee Johnson was executive producer and showrunner of the series "Boss." She began her writing career on "I'll Fly Away" and continued to rise in the ranks, writing for such acclaimed series as "Melrose Place," "Homicide: Life on the Streets," "The Profiler," "Any Day Now" and "Southland."
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
R.J. Cutler is an award-winning filmmaker whose work includes the movies "The War Room" and "The September Issue" and the television series "American High" and "30 Days." This past year Cutler directed "The Ordained," a pilot written by Lisa Cullen and executive-produced by Frank Marshall. He also produced and directed the documentary "The World According to Dick Cheney," which received its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Cutler is executive producer of the ABC series "Nashville," for which he directed the pilot episode, and is directing the feature film "If I Stay," starring Chloe Grace Moretz.
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
Callie Khouri galvanized women and sparked nationwide debate in 1991 with the hit movie "Thelma and Louise," her screenwriting debut, which was nominated for six Academy Awards. She received the Oscar, the Golden Globe, the Writers Guild of America Award and a PEN Literary Award for Best Original Screenplay. "Thelma and Louise" took home the London Film Critics Circle Award for Film of the Year, and was nominated for Best Original Screenplay by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Her second picture, released in August 1995, was "Something to Talk About," starring Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid and Robert Duvall. Her directorial debut was "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," starring Sandra Bullock and Ashley Judd, which she also adapted for the screen. In 2006 Khouri collaborated with legendary television producer Steven Bochco and wrote and directed the television drama "Hollis and Rae." She has directed her second feature film, entitled "Mad Money," starring Diane Keaton, Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah.
STEPHEN G. BUCHANAN, executive producer
Steve Buchanan is the president of the Grand Ole Opry Group. The Nashville-based entertainment group is comprised of the iconic Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, one of the nation's most awarded performance venues, legendary WSM-AM radio station and Gaylord Program Services, Inc.
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.
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