|THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
Born in the provincial Romanian city of Timisoara and raised after age 13 in Vienna, Austria, Robert Dornhelm began his directing career as a prolific documentary filmmaker in his adoptive country.
The first works to receive widespread international attention include the Academy Award nominee The Children of Theatre Street, about the young students of the Kirov Ballet, and the strikingly original She Dances Alone, both of which were selected for competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Dornhelm's bittersweet comedy Echo Park, starring Tom Hulce, Susan Dey and Michael Bowen, marked his transition into fictional filmmaking. From there, Avenue Pictures hired him to direct Cold Feet, starring Tom Waits and Bill Pullman. Next, he returned to his native Romania to shoot the ruggedly authentic docudrama Requiem for Dominic, a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign
Film and Austria's Official Selection to the 1991 Academy Awards. Additional films for Dornhelm include, Fatal Deception –Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald, for which Helena Bonham Carter, in the title role, also received a Golden Globe nomination, The Break, starring Stephen Rea, Brendan Gleason and Alfred Molina, which opened the Dublin International Film Festival, and The Unfish, a lusty, surreal adult fairy tale and Austria's official selection to The Academy Awards for best foreign language film in 1996.
Lauren Bacall and Dennis Hopper starred in another quirky Dornhelm comedy, The Venice Project, which appropriately was selected for competition in the Venice Film Festival in 1999. Other films Dornhelm directed include the highly controversial The Concert, Sir Simon Rattle's performance of Beethoven's 9th at the site of the Mauthausen concentration Camp, Sins of the Father, an Artisan production for FX starring Tom Sizemore, Ving Rhames and Richard Jenkins and executive produced by Robert Cooper.
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ROBERT DORNHELM (cont’d)
He then went on to win broad acclaim for ABC's Emmy-winning mini-series Anne Frank, which was nominated for 11 Emmy’s including one for Best Director, Rudy,
starring James Woods as New York's pugnacious Mayor Giuliani, and Spartacus, a vigorous 21st century update of the Howard Fast classic starring E.R’s Goran Visnjic as the ambitious slave. His biopic, RFK, featuring a moving Linus Roache in the title role, received critical acclaim, as did both Suburban Madness, starring Sela Ward, and Identity Theft, starring Annabella Sciorra and Kimberley Williams.
Dornhelm had established himself as a contemporary filmmaker of great range and versatility which brought him to the attention of Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks SKG, who hired him to shoot the first episode of their epic 12-hour limited series, Into the West, a multi-dimensional look at the settlement of the American West circa 1824-1892 as seen through the eyes of a pair of unique families.
Ron Hutchinson, one of the most versatile writers, has written for television, film and the stage.
Television projects for Hutchinson include Murderers Among Us – The Simon Wiesenthal Story, for which he won the Emmy Award for Screenwriting, Dead Man Out, for which he won the Ace Screenwriting Award, The Josephine Baker Story, The Burning Season for which he received the Humanitas Award and was nominated for an Emmy. He also received Emmy nominations for The Tuskegee Airmen, Against the Wall, and most recently, Traffic: The Mini Series. He is currently working on Darwin’s Children for the Sci Fi Channel and Touched by Fire for A & E.
Hutchinson also works in features, most recently on Fox Pictures Flight of the Phoenix, and has had exclusive writing deals at Sony Pictures, Dreamworks and HBO.
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RON HUTCHINSON (cont’d)
Theatre work for Hutchinson includes Rat in the Skull (Royal Court Theatre, Wisdom Bridge, Public Theatre, NY, Mark Taper Forum); an adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s Flight at the Royal National Theatre and Head/Case (Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Soho Theatre); Moonlight and Magnolias was performed at The Goodman Theatre in 2004 and at the Manhattan Theatre Club in Spring 2005; where it received the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Award for Best New American Play of the 2004-5 season. It is currently in production at The Old Globe, San Diego.
ROBERT HALMI SR.
Robert Halmi, Sr., Chairman of the Board of Hallmark Entertainment, is described in his 1999 Peabody Award citation as "perhaps the last of the great network television impresarios." TV Guide calls him "TV's master showman." These and other descriptions sit comfortably on the shoulders of one of the industry's most prolific and respected producers; a man who, in little more than two decades, has created a signature niche in the television business, producing quality, family-friendly long form entertainment.
Halmi has produced nearly 200 television films, miniseries and motion pictures, including five-time Emmy® Award-winning The Josephine Baker Story, Gypsy, starring Bette Midler, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, and Gulliver's Travels, starring Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, another winner of five Emmy® Awards.
Robert Halmi's "event" productions include In Cold Blood, starring Anthony Edwards, Eric Roberts, Sam Neill, The Odyssey, starring Armand Assante, Greta Scaachi, Merlin, starring Sam Neill, Isabella Rossellini, Martin Short, and Miranda Richardson, Moby Dick, starring Patrick Stewart, Gregory Peck, Dostoevsky’s Crime & Punishment,
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ROBERT HALMI SR. (cont’d)
starring Ben Kingsley, Patrick Dempsey, Alice in Wonderland, starring Tina Majorino, Martin Short, Miranda Richardson, Noah's Ark, starring Jon Voight, Mary Steenburgen, F. Murray Abraham, and Cleopatra, starring Leonor Varela, Billy Zane and Timothy Dalton.
Triumphs from recent seasons include Animal Farm, starring Pete Postlethwaite, with the voices of Patrick Stewart, Kelsey Grammer, Ian Holm, A Christmas Carol, starring Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Joel Grey, The 10th Kingdom, starring John Larroquette, Kimberly Williams, Don Quixote, starring John Lithgow, Bob Hoskins, Vanessa Williams, Isabella Rossellini, Arabian Nights, starring Rufus Sewell, Dougray Scott, John Leguizamo, Mili Avital, Jason and the Argonauts, starring Jason London, Dennis Hopper, Frank Langella, and The Prince and the Pauper, starring Aidan Quinn for Hallmark Channel.
Halmi’s projects that aired in 2003-2004 include the Emmy award winning and technically groundbreaking Dinotopia for ABC, Dreamkeeper, starring August Schellenberg, and Snow White: The Fairest of Them All, starring Miranda Richardson, also for ABC, The Lion in Winter, starring Glenn Close, Patrick Stewart for Showtime, and King of Texas, starring Patrick Stewart, Marcia Gay Harden, and Prince Charming, starring Bernadette Peters, Martin Short and Christina Applegate, for TNT.
Recent projects include The Five People You Meet in Heaven, starring Jon Voight, Ellen Burstyn and Jeff Daniels, Earthsea, starring Isabella Rossellini, Danny Glover, Shawn Ashmore, Kristin Kruek, for The Sci Fi Channel, The Colt, and Hercules. Films currently in production for Halmi are Merlin’s Apprentice, starring Sam Neill and Miranda Richardson, and Middletown, America.
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ROBERT HALMI SR. (cont’d)
The Hungarian-born Halmi was active in the anti-Nazi underground in World War II, and later was arrested by the Communists when they took over the country. He came to the U.S. in 1950 and worked for many years as an award-winning photographer for Life Magazine. In 1994, Halmi sold his company, RHI Entertainment, to Hallmark Cards. Hallmark Entertainment is the world's leading producer of television movies and miniseries, with an annual production slate of 30-40 projects.
Paul Lowin has produced and line produced movies for both theatrical release and television, including The Lion in Winter, which was nominated for six Emmy Awards.
After line producing Field of Blood, starring Timothy Dalton, London Suite, starring Michael Richards and Kelsey Grammer, which was his first film for Hallmark Entertainment, he worked with the legendary John Schlesinger on Sweeney Todd, starring Ben Kingsley and Joanna Lumley. Lowin’s next collaboration was with the Henson Creature shop on the critically acclaimed, Animal Farm, starring Pete Postlethwaite. He also served as associate producer on David Copperfield, starring Sally Field.
Lowin produced Leprechauns, starring Whoopi Goldberg and Randy Quaid, In the Beginning, starring Martin Landau and Geraldine Chaplin, and Hans Christian Anderson.
His last project was the award-winning movie, The Lion in Winter, starring Glenn Close and Patrick Stewart, which received an Emmy Nomination for Best Made for Television Movie and a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Miniseries or Television Movie. Glenn Close also won a Golden Globe and the SAG Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture made for Television.
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PAUL LOWIN (cont’d)
Lowin also is a partner in Framework Entertainment, a newly formed London based production and distribution company launched at Cannes this year.
Director of Photography
Edward Pei has worked as a director of photography on a variety of extremely successful television miniseries and movies.
In television, Pei won the ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for the miniseries Streets of Laredo, starring Sissy Spacek and James Garner, followed by another ASC nomination for Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, starring Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland. He was also nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cinematography for a miniseries or special for The Stand, starring Gary Sinise. Additional television movies for Pei include Helen of Troy, Robert Townsend’s 10,000 Black Men Named George, starring Andre Braugher and Charles S. Dutton, The Judge, starring Chris Noth, Edward James Olmos and Charles Durning, The Princess and the Marine, Possessed, starring Timothy Dalton, For All Time, Robert Townsend’s Little Richard, As Time Runs Out, Borderline, Emma’s Wish, starring Della Reese, Little Girl Fly Away, starring Mare Winningham and Bruce Davison, Joe Sargeant’s The Long Island Incident, Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story, starring Lou Gossett Jr., Dead Man’s Walk, starring F. Murray Abraham and Keith Carradine, and Getting Up and Going Home, starring Blythe Danner and Tom Skerritt.
Pei was also the DOP on several television series, such as Karen Sisco (pilot), starring Carla Cugino and Robert Forster, The Street (pilot), starring Tom Everett Scott, the revival of Fantasy Island, (pilot) starring Malcolm McDowell, New York Undercover, and Veronica Clare.
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EDWARD PEI (cont’d)
Director of Photography
In film, Pei was the DOP on a variety of projects, including, Smile, starring Sean Astin, Sexual Life, Overnight Delivery, starring Paul Rudd and Reese Witherspoon, Panther, Only the Strong, Night of the Warrior, and Masters of Menace.
Pei lives in California with his wife and two children.
Emmy Award winner Keith Wilson has worked on a variety of projects in both television and film.
Recent television credits for Wilson include, A Christmas Carol, starring Kelsey Grammer, The Blackwater Lightship, Dinotopia, Victoria and Albert, In the Beginning, starring Martin Landau and Jacqueline Bisset, and Mary, Mother of Jesus, starring Christian Bale. His numerous additional television projects include The Seventh Scroll, Miracle at Midnight, starring Sam Waterston and Mia Farrow, Oliver Twist, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Elija Wood, The Apocalypse Watch, starring Patrick Bergen and Virginia Madsen, The Little Riders, The Old Curiosity Shop, starring Peter Ustinov, which won the Cable Ace Award for Art Direction in a Dramatic Special or Series, Movie or Miniseries, Diana: Her True Story, Stalin, starring Robert Duvall and Julia Ormand, which won the Emmy for Outstanding Achievement for Art Direction for a Miniseries or Special, Mysteries of the Dark Jungle, Great Expectations, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jean Simmons, for which Wilson received nominations for both an Emmy and Ace Award, The Lion of Africa, starring Brian Dennehy, Our Exploits at West Poley, starring Brenda Fricker, and A Man Called Intrepid, starring David Niven and Barbara Hershey.
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KEITH WILSON (cont’d)
Film projects for Wilson include International Velvet, starring Tatum O’Neil and Anthony Hopkins, The Genesis Project, Thunderbirds 6, Heavy Metal/Riding High, Yesterday’s Hero, Memoirs of a Survivor, starring Julie Christie, Slayground, Gulag,
A Hazard of Hearts, starring Dianna Rigg and Helena Bonham Carter, and The Lady and the Highway Man, starring Hugh Grant,
Costume Designer Ann Hollowood studied theatre design at the Wimbledon School of Art. After a short stint as Set Designer for the BBC, she moved on to Costume Designing and has never looked back.
For her first project ever, Hollowood won an Emmy Award for Best Costume for Edward the Seventh, a British miniseries. However, it was after meeting Jim Henson, her life took a different direction and Hollowood became the Costume Designer for all the guest stars on The Muppet Show. Other Henson projects include, Miss Piggy Special on ABC, The Storyteller, for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design, Monstermaker and Living with Dinosaurs, both directed by Anthony Minghella, The Greek Myths, for which Hollowood was nominated for a second BAFTA Award for Costume Design, The Muppet Christmas Carol, starring Michael Caine, and finally Jack and the Beanstalk.
Additional movies for Hollowood include Dummy for ATV, Disraeli, starring Ian McShane, HBO’s Pygmalion, starring Peter O’Toole, Vroom, starring David Thewlis and Clive Owen, and The Old Man and the Sea, starring Anthony Quinn. For Hallmark Entertainment, Hollowood Costume Designed The Life of Mother Teresa, starring Geraldine Chaplin, Merlin, for which she won another Emmy Award, The Magical World of Leprechauns, starring Randy Quaid, and Hans Christian Anderson.
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VICTOR DU BOIS
Victor Du Bois received his graduate degree as a DOP at Cal Arts and The American Film Institute, where he also learned his skills as an editor.
For Du Bois, with his first job out of school, he was privileged to work with director Hal Ashby on the Award -winning movie, Being There, starring Peter Sellers. In fact it was Ashby that got him into the Editors Guild and Du Bois hasn’t looked back since. His first credit as an editor was on the critically acclaimed series, Thirtysomething, created by Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. From there he went on to edit the Zwick’s Leaving Normal, starring Christine Lahti and Meg Tilly, HBO’s Cosmic Slop, Birdland, starring Brian Dennehy, and directed by Peter Horton, and Mel Gibson’s Oscar Winning Braveheart. Additional films for Dubois include HBO’s Soul of the Game, directed by Kevin Sullivan, Anna Karenina, directed by Bernard Rose, starring Sophie Marceau, Sean Bean and Alfred Molina, Brimstone, starring Peter Horton, the critically acclaimed TV series, Roswell, starring Katherine Heigl, Cahoots, starring Keith Carradine, and Ed Zwick’s The Last Samurai, starring Tom Cruise. Additional projects that Du Bois worked on with Director Robert Dornhelm, include Sins of the Father, starring Tom Sizemore and Richard Jenkins, RFK, starring Linus Roache, Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story, starring James Woods, and Spartacus, starring Goran Visnjic.
Most recently, Du Bois has been working on the hit TV series, Grey’s Anatomy, also starring Katherine Heigl, which was created by Shonda Rimes, with Peter Horton directing numerous episodes.
Mark graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara and found his way to the cutting room through family friend and director Karel Reisz (The French Lieutenant’s Woman). Roger Spottiswoode had recently edited Reisz’s latest film The
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MARK CONTE (cont’d)
Gambler starring James Caan and made Mark his apprentice on his current editing project Hard Times for Walter Hill. Mark’s apprenticeship under Spottiswoode eventually led him to the editing of sequences on the film On Golden Pond. When Spottiswoode began a directing career, he took Mark along as his editor on The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper and also on Under Fire starring Nick Nolte and Gene Hackman. Over the years, Mark has edited several films for Spottiswoode including The Sixth Day starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and the critically acclaimed miniseries Hiroshima for which he won an ACE “Eddie” award. Mark has been nominated two additional times for ACE awards winning his second “Eddie” for his work on Caesar starring Christopher Walkin, Richard Harris and Jeremy Sisto.
Prior to beginning work on The Ten Commandments, Mark had just finished editing two episodes of the hugely successful miniseries Into The West produced by Steven Spielberg.