nights at the Hansen Dam Recreational area, where the temperatures plummeted as the night wore onand shivering actors and background artists raced for down jackets during breaks."There were some less-than-ideal weather conditions," notes Jaysen. "Some nights our cast was veryscantily clad, doing some of the fun summer pranks you see on screen while temperatures werehovering around freezing. Some days at the Arboretum, they went through hours of strenuous cheerperformances during 100 temperatures. These guys were champs."And it wasn't just weather that caused problems. "I would say one of the biggest challenges for me onthis film was subduing my horror when, during our actors' more emotional scenes, the Arboretumpeacocks began howling," says producer Weinstock. The peacock population at the Arboretum is quitelarge, and the cacophony of their piercing shrieks was a continual presence during the weeks theproduction shot cheer competition scenes there."The peacocks were always prancing around the set," says Olsen, "but one of their favorite things to dowas wait until they'd say 'Action!' and then..." [Olsen makes peacock sounds.] "I had dreams aboutkilling peacocks." Production assistants were occasionally pressed into service to keep the birds fromstrutting into a scene.When production designer Marcia Hinds talked with director Gluck about the look of the film, "He toldme he really wanted a 'blue skies' movie, outdoors and open, and you can't get that on a stage. As wescouted various universities to find a location for the cheer camp, we chose Occidental College, whichhad a relatively 'clean palette,' compared with UCLA or USC, which have been used so much in films.Occidental is a small, gorgeous campus."Hinds and her team combined elements of the college with The Arboretum of L.A. County in Arcadia toserve as the setting for the film's cheer camp. At the Arboretum, a 127-acre horticultural and botanicalcenter, an outdoor performance area was created for the film's cheer competition scenes. Hinds and herteam installed a "spring floor," used by cheer teams and gymnasts, which provided cushioning andbounce for the hard-impact moves the cheerleaders were required to perform. The spring floor wassurrounded by a border of water, similar to a moat, and provided a unique setting for the cheercompetition.CHEERWEARCostume designer Mynka Draper researched cheer regulations when creating costumes for Fired Up,which had to be attractive as well as flexible for the athletic maneuvers the cast performed."I didn't know a lot about cheerleading before I began this movie. There are all sorts of rules Idiscovered," says Draper. "For instance, cheerleaders don't wear jewelry when they cheer, and they allwear white shoes which must be perfectly flat on the sole so they can easily stand on each other's handsduring stunts. I was hoping to outfit one of the teams with boots, but I learned that although some NFLcheer squads wear boots it's not done in high school cheerleading."Draper and her team created approximately 4,000 costume pieces - each team had multiple pieces fortheir uniforms, as well as regular casual wear.
"Each of the main cast had about forty wardrobe changes, so we had a lot of costumes to create, alongwith duplicates of most items," says Draper. "We had specific color palettes for the various teams, aswell as reserving certain red tones for the film's Diora (Molly Sims), the resident sex symbol of the camp.Diora is going to pop from the background as our source of heat in the film."We had a logo that was developed by the art department with a little tiger face, so we incorporatedthat into the uniform - orange, yellow, and black tiger colors," Draper continues. "Orange can be a hardcolor for a lot of people to wear, so we had to actually create oranges that looked good on different skintones, dying and aging and even spraying."Mascots also attend the film's cheer camp, so Draper did research in that area as well, arranging forcostumes to be manufactured by companies that specialize in team mascot attire. Included in themascot menagerie are a tiger, a panther, an eagle, a panda, a beagle, and a dragon, who towered abovethe other mascots with his long neck and wings. "I love the dragon - he's such a different shape than therest of them, and his wings make me laugh!" says Draper.ENJOY GETTING FIRED UPAlthough Fired Up takes a bit of comic and creative license with the actual cheer camp experience ofproducer Matt Gross, in summing up the final product the filmmakers feel it does reflect the spirit ofthat time."There were certain aspects of the story I knew we were going to embellish, but there are other aspectsthat are pretty accurate," says Gross. "We were so enthralled with the notion of going to cheerleadingcamp - the two of us with all these girls - we didn't realize what we were getting into. It was great atfirst, but then the hunter became the hunted. We got more than we bargained for.""It's a funny, funny movie," says Gluck, "and there's a pretty cool love story as well.""This is a fantasy movie for every guy who ever wanted to go to camp with a thousand girls, and it's agirl's fantasy movie for every girl who has wanted to meet a really nice guy," says Jaysen. "It's hilarious,but it has a lot of heart.""I think when people see Fired Up," says John Michael Higgins, "they will have tremendous nostalgia fora life they never even led, which is what the best Hollywood movies are able to do - make you feel apang of loss for a life you never had. In this case, you're young, you're beautiful, you're at cheer camp,you're physically fit, the food is free. You couldn't keep a calorie on your body if they put a gun to yourhead, and you're fired up. You've got the fire within."Molly Sims says, "You're gonna get some hot girls, some mean girls, some sexy footballers, somecomedy, some sass - and you're gonna have a lot of fun."D'Agosto sums it up more simply: "It'll really make you laugh."ABOUT THE CAST
NICHOLAS D'AGOSTO (Shawn Colfax) is a compelling and critically acclaimed young actor whose creditsspan both television and feature film.Most recently he completed shooting starring roles in two films for Screen Gems Fired Up and MardisGras. Fired Up will be released in February of 2009 and Mardi Gras will be released in August of 2009.D'Agosto first came to audience attend when he starred in Rocket Science, which was written anddirected by Jeffrey Blitz. The film premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, where it won theDramatic Prize for Directing.He is also no stranger to the small screen. Most recently he starred on the second season of the hit NBCseries, "Heroes." He played 'West,' a love interest to Hayden Panettierre's 'Claire.' Prior to Heroes heappeared on numerous television series including "The Office," "Six Feet Under," "Cold Case," "Withouta Trace" and "House."A native of Omaha, Nebraska, D'Agosto found acting through competitive speech tournaments andimprovisation classes in grade school. While a senior at Creighton Preparatory School he landed his firstprofessional role as 'Larry Fouch' in Alexander Payne's Election. He spent his next four years at college,graduating cum laude from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with degrees in History andTheatre.Among many plays performed during that time, D'Agosto had the great honor of helping originate, aswell as dramaturge and perform, a play with the late Milwaukee avant-garde troupe, Theatre X. Theplay, Chomsky 9/11, based on Noam Chomsky's post-9/11 writings, opened at the beginning of 2002with resounding success and took an extended run.Before graduating, he also studied poverty and race in the Dominican Republic for a semester - anexperience for which he will remain forever grateful.ERIC CHRISTIAN OLSEN (Nick Brady) most recently appeared in Eagle Eye starring Shia LaBeouf and is inthe upcoming independent comedy Sunshine Cleaning starring Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin,Steve Zahn and Clifton Collins, Jr. He will soon be seen as "Lloyd" in the upcoming The Six Wives ofHenry Lefay. Olsen played "Carlisle" in the comedy License to Wed opposite Robin Williams and MandyMoore, and he starred in Beerfest for director Jay Chandrasekhar. He also appeared in the TonyGoldwyn-directed drama The Last Kiss, with Zach Braff, Jacinda Barrett, Casey Affleck and Rachel Bilson;and he portrayed Lloyd in the comedy Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. Olsen's other filmcredits include Cellular, Not Another Teen Movie, The Hot Chick, and the independent features LocalBoys and Mojave.For television, Olsen recently joined the cast of the ABC drama "Brothers & Sisters" in a recurring role asa new business associate of Sarah's (Rachel Griffiths). Olsen starred in the sitcom "The Loop," which wasco-created and executive produced by Fired Up director Will Gluck. His other television credits includeappearances on "Get Real," "24," "Smallville" and "ER."SARAH ROEMER (Carly) With her striking beauty and sincere talent, Sarah Roemer is quickly emergingas one of Hollywood's most sought out actresses.
Later this year, Roemer can be seen in the family drama Hachiko opposite Richard Gere and Joan Allen,the Paradigm/North by Northwest Entertainment film Falling Up and the independent drama WakingMadison.Roemer is best known for her role in the hit film, Disturbia opposite Shia LaBeouf. In 2007, Sarah wasalso recently seen in the short film, Cutlass, opposite Virginia Madsen, Dakota Fanning and Kurt Russell.Her other film credits include Asylum and The Grudge 2.Native of San Diego, Roemer was always an avid athlete and then started a career in modeling at the ageof 15. She currently resides in Los Angeles and enjoys surfing and horseback riding in her spare time.MOLLY SIMS (Diora) who successfully transitioned from supermodel to actress, most recently playedthe manipulative Delinda Deline for 5 seasons on NBC's hit television series, "Las Vegas." In addition toher successful television career, Molly has also appeared on the silver screen in feature films includingthe 2008 hit, Yes Man starring Jim Carrey, The Benchwarmers, produced for Revolution Studios byHappy Madison Productions' Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo, as well as Starsky & Hutch. Molly hasalso been cast in the independent film, Hickory Nation (start date TBD).Molly's acting career began to soar after she landed the coveted role as host on MTV's "House of Style."In addition to her contract with MTV at the time, Sims gained even more recognition after signing anexclusive, multi-year contract with Cover Girl Cosmetics joining an elite group of spokeswomen.Furthermore, the Southern beauty received just as much attention and admiration from her Old Navycommercials and, of course, her sultry images in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue four yearsconsecutively.A native of Murray, KY, Sims attended Vanderbilt University with aspirations of becoming a lawyer untilher roommate urged her to submit several photos to modeling agencies in New York. Before she knewit, NEXT Models signed Sims and thus began her modeling career. Shortly thereafter, she graced thecovers of Mademoiselle, French and Spanish Vogue, Tear sheet, French Cosmopolitan and British MarieClaire. In the meantime, Sims was working with some of the most prestigious photographers in thefashion world including Carter Smith, Michael Thompson and Raymond Meier.Perhaps most recognized for her images on the cover of the internationally renowned Sports IllustratedSwimsuit Issue 2001 throughout Europe, Molly is also admired by the corporate world. She has beenfeatured in advertising campaigns for CoverGirl, Jimmy Choo, Old Navy, Michael Kors, Victoria's Secret,M&Ms, Nautica, Armani, Chanel and H&M.Although she resides in Los Angeles, Molly recently purchased a new apartment in New York, which sheconsiders her second home. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, hiking, yoga, and ofcourse taking long walks with the sweetest friends in her life -- her puppies.DANNEEL HARRIS (Bianca), a native of Louisiana, moved to Los Angeles with a clear passion toentertain. She quickly jumped onto Hollywood's radar, landing recurring roles on "JAG," "Joey" and"What I Like About You."In 2005 Harris scored the recurring role of vixen "Rachel Gattina" on the hit CW show "One Tree Hill." In2006 she was made a series regular, and her character became a fan favorite.
Harris completed two films in 2007, the first being the sketch comedy film Parental Guidance Suggestedwith Jamie Kennedy and Michael Cera. The second is 10 Inch Hero which co-stars Clea DuVall.Danneel was seen on the big screen in the hit sequel Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.The actress also starred with her Fired Up co-star Nicholas D'Agosto in the upcoming comedy MardiGras.Harris has worked as a model for such companies as Juicy Jeans and Big Sexy Hair. Her other creditsinclude the comedic short The Plight of Clowana, "Charmed," "CSI" and the daytime soap "One Life toLive."ADHIR KALYAN (Brewster) 2009 is poised to be a breakout year for Adhir Kalyan. The up-and-comingactor will not only appear in a trio of films but will recur on two different hit television shows. CurrentlyKalyan can be seen in the hugely successful Paul Blart: Mall Cop.Additionally, Kalyan will star in Dimension's Youth in Revolt opposite Michael Cera and Justin Long.Finally, Kalyan is in production on the comedy High School opposite Adrien Brody, Michael Chiklis,Michael Vartan and Colin Hanks about a high school valedictorian who gets stoned, finds himself thesubject of a random drug test and enlists the help of the school's resident stoner to help get him out ofthe situation.Besides the numerous movies that Kalyan will appear in, he will also star in CBS' hit sitcom "Rules ofEngagement" alongside David Spade when the show returns on March 2nd. Kalyan also recently had amulti-episode guest-starring role in FX's hit show "Nip/Tuck" in which he plays a 17-year old plasticsurgeon prodigy.Born and raised in Durban, South Africa, Kalyan moved to London to pursue an acting career. He firstappeared as a guest star on the BBC series "Holby City" and "MI-5." It was out of London that Kalyan wascast on the CW series "Aliens in America." He consistently earned rave reviews for his starring role onthe critically-acclaimed comedy in which he played Raja, a devout Pakistani Muslim exchange student inMedora, Wisconsin, who tried to assimilate to the foreign culture while staying true to his beliefs.Kalyan currently resides in Los Angeles.ANNALYNNE McCORD (Gwyneth) currently stars as "Naomi Clark" in The CW's new drama "90210."Well known for her role as the scandalous and deviant Eden Lord in the award winning drama"Nip/Tuck," McCord's other television credits include "The O.C.," "Ugly Betty," "Cold Case," "Greek" and"CSI: Miami." Film credits include Transporter 2 and the 2007 remake of George Romero's Day of theDead. McCord can also be seen in the thriller The Haunting of Molly Hartley.A native of Buford, Georgia, McCord began her career at age 15 with the renowned WilhelminaModeling Agency, and has graced ads for major brands including Estee Lauder. She currently resides inCalifornia.PHILIP BAKER HALL (Coach Byrnes) - recognized by many as Bookman, the library cop from "Seinfeld" -has spent much of his career playing cops and kingpins, presidents and bureaucrats. Growing up inToledo, Ohio, Hall did some acting in his teens and thought of making a career of it, but after graduating
from the University of Toledo he entered the army instead. When he returned home, he began amaster's degree in literature, but the theater beckoned and he left for New York.Relocating to California in the early '80s, Hall helped to develop a stage production at the Los AngelesTheater Center that would forever alter the course of his career. The play was "Secret Honor," a onemanshow about former president Richard Nixon. Set in the office of Nixon's Saddle River, New Jersey,home, where he lived after his resignation from office, the piece was a boozy, bilious rant against,among others, Castro, Kissinger, and the Kennedys. At one early performance, director Robert Altmanwas in the audience and came backstage to tell Hall he wanted to take the play to New York and make itinto a movie.Released in 1983, the film version of Secret Honor captured a tour de force performance by Hall; thoughit never achieved mainstream success, it put him on the Hollywood map. Things ratcheted up even morefollowing his appearance in a 1991 episode of "Seinfeld." As Lt. Bookman, Hall stepped into the realm ofmass-audience pop culture, and the impact was huge. After spending decades as a well-kept secretknown primarily to theater hounds in New York and L.A., Hall became a familiar face thanks to"Seinfeld" and, more recently, Paul Thomas Anderson.Hall formed a friendship with the young, audacious filmmaker in 1992 while he was doing a film for PBS.Anderson was a volunteer production assistant who approached Hall with a script for a half-hour film.Blown away by the quality of the script, Hall signed up for the project. The short, Cigarettes and Coffee,made it to the Sundance Film Festival and earned Anderson plenty of attention - as well as the fundingfor his debut feature, Hard Eight. Hall was cast as an aging gambler who befriends a younger gambler,played by John C. Reilly, in seedy Reno, Nevada. The film, which co-starred Gwyneth Paltrow, wascritically praised, and helped Anderson set up his 1997 porn-world epic Boogie Nights. Hall joined thecast as Floyd Gondoli, a businessman who tries to warn Burt Reynolds' Jack Horner of the impendingvideo revolution.Hall went on to do more work the following year in such films as Air Force One, The Truman Show, RushHour, and Psycho. In 1999 alone, Hall appeared in The Insider, Cradle Will Rock, The Talented Mr. Ripley,and in Anderson's ensemble piece Magnolia. More recently he has appeared in the box office hit BruceAlmighty, The Amityville Horror, Zodiac and Rush Hour 3. Hall's upcoming films include The Lodger,Wonderful World and All Good Things.In addition to being kept busy by a full work schedule, he and his third wife, Holly, are parents of adaughter, Anna Ruth. He also has two adult daughters and four grandchildren.JOHN MICHAEL HIGGINS (Coach Keith) The New York Times has called John Michael Higgins "one of themost skilled actors of his generation." An incredibly diverse artist, audiences are often surprised by hischameleon like character changes. The guy who played David Letterman in the highly acclaimed HBOfilm The Late Shift is indeed the same guy who played the flamboyantly gay Shih-Tzu handler ScottDonlon in Christopher Guest's blockbuster comedy Best in Show.Currently Higgins is co-starring opposite Selma Blair and Molly Shannon in the comedy "Kath and Kim,"on NBC. In addition, he can be seen in the Warner Brothers comedy Yes Man opposite Jim Carrey whichis currently in theaters. Higgins will next appear in Fired Up, a cheerleading themed comedy for ScreenGems Pictures set for a February 2009 release. Last year, Higgins starred opposite Vince Vaughn in Fred
Claus. He was also recently seen in the Universal film, Evan Almighty starring opposite Steve Carrell andMorgan Freeman.In addition to his film work, Higgins also recently starred in the Sony pilot, "The Thick of It," alongsideOliver Platt. Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) created the pilot which was directed by ChristopherGuest.Michael has also been seen in the Universal film The Break Up with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Anistonas well as the latest Christopher Guest film For Your Consideration, which reunites him with his castmates from Best in Show and A Mighty Wind. He previously co-starred in the Sony film Fun with Dickand Jane opposite Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni as well as David Goyer's Blade 3 opposite Wesley Snipes.Higgins has also starred in the title role of the Lincoln Center / Broadway premiere of the A.R. Gurneyplay Big Bill, a searing drama about the fall from grace of the great American tennis champion Bill Tilden.Mr. Higgins reprised this role from his Williamstown Theatre Festival triumph, where he is a popularfixture.Michael also provides countless over-the-top voices for Cartoon Network's Harvey Birdman Attorney AtLaw and for FOX's CGI animated show Game Over.Christopher Guest, when planning his comic triumph A Mighty Wind, asked Mr. Higgins not only to staras Terry Bohner, the color-cultish leader of the New Main Street Singers, but also to write razor-sharpparody songs and create the complex vocal and instrumental arrangements for the film and thebestselling soundtrack. John Michael Higgins also toured to instantly sold-out dates with the New MainStreet Singers at the most prestigious music venues in the United States.Higgins resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.ABOUT THE FILMMAKERSWILL GLUCK (Director, Executive Producer) makes his feature directorial debut with Fired Up.He was the co-creator and executive producer of the Fox television series "The Loop" from 2005-2007.He also served as supervising producer on the network series "Andy Richter Controls the Universe" and"Grosse Pointe" and was the creator and executive producer of the Fox television series "Luis," starringLuis Guzman. He has also has written films for Universal Studios, Spyglass Entertainment and ParticipantFilms,He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters who are just a tiny bit ashamed of him.FREEDOM JONES (Screenplay by)MATTHEW GROSS (Producer) is president of his film and television production company, GrossEntertainment. Most recently, Gross produced the Beatles musical feature Across the Universe, whichwas nominated for a Golden Globe. Fired Up, developed by Gross, is based upon his own high schoolexperience when he and his best friend decided to join the yell squad in order to attend cheerleadingcamp to meet girls.
Gross was executive producer of the television series "Dirty Sexy Money" starring Peter Krause, DonaldSutherland, Billy Baldwin, Jill Clayburgh and Blair Underwood, which went two seasons (2007, 2008). In2006, Gross produced the critically acclaimed and award-winning action series "Day Break." GrossEntertainment has an exclusive television production deal with ABC Television, where he also developedand produced the television pilots "Twenty Questions" and "Neighbors." Gross is currently in productionon the ABC pilot "I, Claudia" directed by Dean Parisot.Gross is the former president of production for Kopelson Entertainment, where he produced JoeSomebody starring Tim Allen. During Gross' tenure at Kopelson, the company produced Devil'sAdvocate, A Perfect Murder, U.S. Marshals, Mad City, Murder at 1600, Don't Say a Word and Twisted.Matt's responsibilities included the supervision and development of all motion pictures and television,as well as managing and administrating a staff of 25 employees.In addition, Gross was president of Kopelson Telemedia. It was his inspiration to create a televisioncompany at Kopelson, which was officially launched in 2000. Kopelson Telemedia executive producedthe series The Fugitive starring Tim Daly and Thieves starring John Stamos.Prior to working at Kopelson, Matthew was vice president of development for Wilshire CourtProductions, developing and producing 70 films for television. Among these was Bram Stoker's Dracula,directed by Francis Ford Coppola, which was originally developed as a film for television but waseventually produced as a feature.Gross began his entertainment career as an actor while attending UCLA as an economics major, butsoon realized his desires lay primarily in filmmaking. Working his way from production assistant andassistant production coordinator, Gross then attended the American Film Institute where he received aMasters Degree in filmmaking. At AFI, he produced five short films and directed a documentary forCedars Sinai Medical Center. As a young producer, he was nominated for an Academy Award® in theBest Live Action Short Film category for his film Bronx Cheers.Matthew Gross was born and raised in Los Angeles, where he continues to reside with his wife and threechildren.PETER JAYSEN (Producer) is the president of Moving Pictures DPI, the successful film, television andhome entertainment division of Dennis Publishing he launched to develop and produce brandedentertainment properties for the youth demographic that reflect the tone of the company's magazines,including Maxim, Stuff, Blender and The Week. Jaysen previously served as the head of developmentand production for the company, establishing the Maxim film label and producing multiple feature filmcomedies with Sony's Screen Gems, including Fired Up and Mardi Gras, as well as a remake of BachelorParty.Jaysen produced numerous highly-rated television productions for the company, including the realitybasedSuperGroup for VH-1 and All Maxim Team for ESPN, as well as Maxim Hot 100 for ABC/VH-1,Celebrity Stuff and Maxim's Most Awesome for E! Television.Previously, Jaysen was a partner and president of development and production for Creative LightEntertainment, where he was responsible for the company's independent films, cable movies, DVDoriginal projects and interactive properties. His credits for Creative Light include The Sci Fi Channel's
Alien Apocalypse and Man With Two Brains, Showtime's Hail Sid Caesar: The Golden Age of Comedy andStan Lee's Mutants, Monsters & Marvels for Sony Home Entertainment. Earlier, Jaysen produced thedocumentary Body of Work, which became the basis for Bill Phillips' best-selling book Body for Life.Jaysen worked in television news and entertainment for many years, serving as a producer for DatelineNBC. He was nominated for an Emmy® Award for his work on Silent No More. He also served as aproducer for Extra and was a field director for Entertainment Tonight, where he wrote, produced anddirected entertainment segments. Previously, Jaysen created and produced a Broadway-based live showsponsored by Entertainment Weekly: "On Stage for AIDS," which benefited the American Foundation forAIDS Research. His other freelance credits include Behind The Music: Nowhere To Hide for VH-1,Women Aloud for Comedy Central, Lifetime Television's Portrait of a Teacher, as well as serving as aproducer for Charlie Rose's PBS talk show.Jaysen graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in English andCommunications. He lives in the Los Angeles area.CHARLES WEINSTOCK (Producer) came to the movie business late in life. For many years, he was apublic-interest lawyer in New York, working for the city under Mayor Koch and Mayor Dinkins and for avery small, very pious environmental law firm called Berle Kass & Case. It's difficult for him to explain -or excuse - his decision to forsake his old line of work for the movie business, but he'd always lovedmovies and hoped to make a few good ones.Among his producing credits are Fracture, directed by Gregory Hoblit and starring Anthony Hopkins,Ryan Gosling and David Strathairn; Joe Gould's Secret, directed by Stanley Tucci and starring Ian Holm,Tucci, Susan Sarandon and Steve Martin; Where the Money Is, directed by Marek Kanievska and starringPaul Newman and Linda Fiorentino; and Sleepover, directed by Joe Nussbaum and starring Alexa Vegaand Steve Carell.Weinstock was born and raised in Palm Beach, Florida, and graduated from Harvard College and HarvardLaw School. He is married to Martine Singer, executive director of Hollygrove, a nonprofit children'smental health and family services agency in Los Angeles. They have two children, Alexander (13) andCaroline (10).PADDY CULLEN (Executive Producer) most recently served as executive producer for Screen Gems' ThisChristmas for director Preston A. Whitmore II, and for The Brothers Solomon, directed by Bob Odenkirkand starring Will Arnett, Will Forte and Kristen Wiig from Saturday Night Live.Previously, Cullen teamed with director Peyton Reed to produce the hit Bring It On, starring KirstenDunst and Gabrielle Union, and the romantic comedy Down With Love, starring Renee Zellweger andEwan McGregor. Cullen's executive producer credits also include Breakin' All The Rules starring JamieFoxx, and My Boss's Daughter starring Ashton Kutcher and Tara Reid.Cullen's producer credits include working with director Gary Hardwick on Deliver Us From Eva starringGabrielle Union and LL Cool J, and The Brothers. Cullen also served as co-producer on Go, directed byDoug Liman, and as associate producer on My Best Friend's Wedding, starring Julia Roberts. Cullenserved as a production supervisor on a number of films, including High School High, True Lies, How toMake an American Quilt and A Dangerous Woman.
MARCY GROSS and ANN WESTON (Executive Producers) formed Gross-Weston Productions in 1982.The duo have developed and sold many projects since that time, including features, movies made fortelevision, miniseries, prime time series, reality series and late night series. Their carefully molded worksaddress important, contemporary issues in responsible, creative ways. This dedication to quality hasearned them eight Emmy® nominations, several Christopher Awards, a Humanitas Award and a GoldenHalo Award. In October of 1997 they were awarded the American Film Institute's Charles W. FriesProducer of the Year Award.Among the team's projects in development are Loss of Innocence for Lifetime, based on a VivienneRycoff book, and The Fountainhead, based on the novel by Ayn Rand and the 1949 movie starring GaryCooper and Patricia Neal.Gross-Weston's numerous film and television credits include The Billionaire Boys Club for NBC; StrangerGame for Lifetime; Encrypt, a Sci-Fi Channel movie about a man living in a demolished future; A Place forAnnie starring Sissy Spacek, Mary Louise Parker and Joan Plowright; and Little John, a Hallmark Hall ofFame drama. Additional productions include All The Good Ones Are Married, Invisible Child, Have YouSeen My Son, Children of Times Square, Miss All American Beauty, Always Remember I Love You, DeepDark Secrets, The Spree and Firestorm: 72 Hours in Oakland.THOMAS ACKERMAN, ASC (Director of Photography) is a graduate of the University of Iowa. His firstexperience in the motion picture industry came as an officer in the United States Air Force. Whileassigned to the 600th Photo Squadron in the Republic of Viet Nam, Ackerman commanded a combatdocumentation unit, achieving the rank of Captain before his discharge in 1971.Ackerman then took a position with Charles Guggenheim, the Oscar®-winning documentary filmmakerbased in Washington with whom he spent three years working on political spots, culminating in the"McGovern for President" campaign.In the early 1980's Ackerman devoted himself to commercial shooting and the emerging phenomenonof MTV. Before the end of the decade he amassed a list of music video credits that included Bob Dylan,Stevie Nicks, Heart, Bob Seger, Linda Ronstadt, Pat Benatar, Ashford and Simpson, the Pretenders,Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Carlos Santana, Aaron Neville, Chaka Khan, the Manhattan Transfer,and many others.Ackerman's commercial credits as both cinematographer and director/cameraman include Coca-Cola,Diet Coke, Chevrolet, Kodak, BMW, Sprite, Budweiser, Corona Beer, Michelob, McDonald's, Toyota,Nestea, Fanta, Lipton's Tea, Hertz, Yamaha Motorcycles, Pepsi, Revlon and Nike, among many others. Hehas also photographed special venue productions such as "Water," the 65mm 3D attraction at Expo 84in New Orleans, and "Cinemagique" for Disney Studios Paris.In 1999, Ackerman took the helm as director/cameraman on The Spirit of Evolution for Zenturio GroupUK and Furneuax Stewart. The industry's first 360x220 degree "Dome Format" production, it opened asthe featured attraction of the Autostadt Grand Pavillion inaugurated in May 2000 by Volkswagen A.G. inWolfsburg, Germany. Shot in the Czech republic, Italy, and South Africa, the film represents abenchmark achievement in special venue technology.Ackerman's work is best known to audiences worldwide with his photography of feature motionpictures. His filmography lists titles such as Jumanji and Tim Burton's classic Beetlejuice, as well as an
earlier Burton short, Frankenweenie. His credits also include Roadhouse 66, Girls Just Want to Have Fun,Back to School, Dennis the Menace, Baby's Day Out, True Identity, My Favorite Martian, EighteenthAngel, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, George of the Jungle, The Muse, Beautiful Joe, TheAdventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Rat Race, Snow Dogs, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, The Battleof Shaker Heights, Are We There Yet?, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Albert Brooks' Lookingfor Comedy in the Muslim World, Benchwarmers, and Scary Movie 4. His most recent credits includeSuperhero Movie, Infestation, and Screen Gems' Mardi Gras.MARCIA HINDS (Production Designer) is a two-time Emmy® nominee for her work on the pilot episodeof the acclaimed series Six Feet Under, for which she also won an Art Directors Guild Award, and for theminiseries Winchell, starring Stanley Tucci as the famed columnist. Hinds was also nominated for an ArtDirectors Guild Award for her work on Winchell.Hinds most recently designed the film John Tucker Must Die, directed by Betty Thomas. Her other filmcollaborations with Thomas include I Spy starring Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson, 28 Days starringSandra Bullock and Viggo Mortensen, and Can't Hardly Wait. Additional film credits include Larger ThanLife, The Tie That Binds, Boys and Girls, Josh and S.A.M., The Linguini Incident and The Public Eye.For television, Hinds served as production designer for the telefilms Border Line and Crash: The Mysteryof Flight 1501, as well as episodes of The Loop and Swingtown.TRACEY WADMORE-SMITH, A.C.E. (Editor) most recently edited Fool's Gold,directed by Andy Tennantand starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, and the Bob Odenkirk-directed comedy TheBrothers Solomon, starring Will Arnett, Will Forte and Kristen Wiig. Prior to that she edited Sweet HomeAlabama, starring Reese Witherspoon and Patrick Dempsey. and the Will Smith-starrer Hitch. She alsoserved as editor on the independent films London, winner of the Zenith Award at the Montreal FilmFestival; The List, centerpiece film at the Pan African Film Festival 2007; and Life & Lyrics, which openedthe Edinburgh Film Festival.As associate editor, Wadmore's credits include Fatherland, Mike Binder's The Upside of Anger, and OpenRange for director Kevin Costner.Wadmore-Smith was one of three editors included in The Hollywood Reporter's "Next Generation Crafts'Class of 2006." She was born in Sutton, England, and has been based in the U.S. for the last ten years.MYNKA DRAPER (Costume Designer) most recently designed the films All You've Got, Daltry Calhounstarring Elizabeth Banks and Johnny Knoxville, and Blessed starring Heather Graham. Her other filmsinclude The United States of Leland, The Real Deal, Night at the Golden Eagle and Without Charlie.Draper's television work as costume designer includes the series Valentine, The Riches, CSI: Miami andPush, Nevada.RICHARD GIBBS (Music by) has composed the scores and written songs for over fifty feature films andtelevision shows, including Dr. Dolittle, Say Anything, "Battlestar Galactica," Queen of the Damned, "TheSimpsons," and Ten Things I Hate About You. He has also performed on hundreds of records as a sessionkeyboardist and arranger for the likes of Robert Palmer, Tom Waits, Aretha Franklin, War, and MelissaEtheridge. He has also served as a record producer, most recently producing Eisley and Korn. Afterearning a bachelor's degree in classical compostion from Berklee College of Music Richard moved to
L.A., where he quickly became in demand as a session and touring keyboardist, performing on hundredsof records for the likes of Robert Palmer, Tom Waits, Aretha Franklin, War, and Melissa Etheridge andtouring with Chaka Khan and Tom Jones. After his stint with Mr. Jones he was tapped to join forces withDanny Elfman and Steve Bartek in Oingo Boingo, recording and touring with that seminal band for fiveyears. Mr. Gibbs has garnered several awards for his scores to The Book of Stars, 101 Dalmatians II, Dr.Dolittle, and Big Momma's House. For more info peruse http://www.richardgibbsmusic.com/Richard and his beautiful wife Linda have been married for 26 years and have three children, Keegan,Riley, and Katelin. Richard is an avid lifelong surfer, ex-spelling champ, speed chess enthusiast andmember of BMI, Mensa, AAA, SAG, AFTRA, RMA, AFM, Malibu Boardriders, and NARAS - and is a RightReverend with the Universal Life Church.His studio, The Woodshed Recorder, is a completely unique state of the art facility overlooking thePacific in Malibu - http://www.woodshedrecording.com/WENDE CROWLEY (Music Supervisor) has served as the Music Supervisor for such television shows as,"Cold Case", "Freaks And Geeks", "Undeclared", "The Loop", and "What About Brian." She recentlymusic supervised the film, The Vicious Kind starring Adam Scott and Brittany Snow which just premieredat this year's Sundance Film Festival. Wende is also the Senior Director of Film & TV Music for Sony/ATVMusic Publishing.LISA MILLER KATZ (Casting) has been in casting for over ten years, casting such projects as TV's "The Kingof Queens," "According to Jim," "Freddie," "Still Standing," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Miss/Guided,"and "The Loop."