COURTNEY SOLOMON (Director/Producer)
Courtney Solomon is a director, producer and writer and the Co-founder and CEO of After Dark Films, the highly successful film studio known for its commitment to the horror genre. He established his reputation as a filmmaker with "An American Haunting," starring Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek, writing, directing, producing and independently distributing the hit horror feature film which debuted at the top of the box office charts its opening weekend. Solomon's next project is the feature film "Re-Kill," starring Bruce Payne, Roger R. Cross, Daniella Alonso and Scott Adkins, which he also produced.
With After Dark Films, Solomon acquired and distributed a number of controversial and critically acclaimed indie features, including "Captivity," directed by Roland Joffe; "Skinwalkers," starring Jason Behr and Rhona Mitra; "Fierce People," starring Donald Sutherland, Diane Lane and Kristen Stewart; "Wristcutters: A Love Story," starring Patrick Fugit and Shannyn Sossamon; "Echelon Conspiracy," starring Edward Burns, Ving Rhames and Martin Sheen; "Beyond A Reasonable Doubt," starring Michael Douglas, Jesse Metcalfe and Amber Tamblyn; and "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People," starring Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Megan Fox and Jeff Bridges.
For the horror genre, Solomon redefined the traditional film festival with the 2006 launch of the Horrorfest: 8 Films to Die For franchise, an annual, weeklong, nationwide theatrical event, followed by a DVD release in partnership with Lionsgate. After four years and 32 horror films released under this banner, he transformed After Dark Films from an acquisition entity into a mini-studio.
Today, After Dark Films develops, acquires, produces, markets and distributes its own feature films. It is known for quality horror films under the franchise After Dark Originals: A New Brand of Fear. For its inaugural year, Solomon produced all eight of the first Originals slate, in partnership with Syfy and Lionsgate.
Solomon recently partnered with filmmaker Joel Silver to produce five original action films, launching a new franchise banner for his company called After Dark Action, which includes the feature films "Transit," starring Jim Caviezel, James Frain and Elisabeth Rohm; "Dragon Eyes," starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Cung Le; "The Philly Kid," with Neal McDonough, Devon Sawa and Wes Chatham; "Stash House," with Dolph Lundgren, Sean Farris, Briana Evigan, and Jon Huertas; and "El Gringo."
A longtime fan of the popular role-playing game "Dungeons & Dragons," Solomon began negotiations for the film rights as a teenager, finally acquiring them in the 1990s to make his directing and producing debut with actors Jeremy Irons, Marlon Wayans and Thora Birch. He is currently producing a new "Dungeons & Dragons" film for Warner Bros. under his Sweetpea Entertainment production entity.
SEAN FINEGAN & GREGG MAXWELL PARKER (Writers)
Sean Finegan & Gregg Maxwell Parker mark their feature-film debut with “Getaway.” As a writing team, they also currently have several projects in development at studios, including an action-comedy film.
Finegan hails from the east coast, where he got into filmmaking at an early age. As a producer, he has several projects in development, including the Blacklist crime thriller “Americatown" as well as a supernatural drama.
Parker grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and studied Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. In addition to being a screenwriter, he is also an author and comedian. Trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade, Parker performs stand-up and improv comedy throughout Los Angeles.
The two met as freshmen at the University of Southern California.
Allan Zeman (Producer)
Allan Zeman is the key financial backer of the After Dark Films venture. Prior to working with the Company, Zeman founded The Colby International Group in 1975 to source and export fashion apparel to North America. Colby grew to become one of the largest supply chain management companies in the world with more than 36 offices and clients worldwide. In late 2000, Colby was sold to Li & Fung Limited for $2.1 billion.
Zeman is Chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Holdings Limited, the major property owner and developer in Lan Kwai Fong, the premier food, beverage, and entertainment area in Hong Kong. The Lan Kwai Fong Group also has an entertainment complex in Shanghai called Lan Kwai Fong at Park 97 that has now become one of Shanghai's most famous establishments.
Additionally, Zeman is Chairman of Ocean Park, a major theme park in Hong Kong. He is also on the Board of Directors of Wynn Resorts and responsible, in part, for that company's new $900 million resort-casino in Macau.
MOSHE DIAMANT (Producer)
Moshe Diamant produced “Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning,” “Stash House,” “The Philly Kid,” “Dragon Eyes,” “Transit,” “Fertile Ground,” “Flypaper,” “Husk,” “The Ledge,” “Soldiers,” “Universal Soldier: Regeneration,” “Until Death,” “The Black Dahlia,” “Tristan + Isolde,” “A Sound of Thunder,” “Funky Monkey,” “Imaginary Heroes,” “Spartan,” “Extreme Ops,” “Fear.com,” “The Musketeer,” “Simon Sez,” “Double Team,” “Maximum Risk,” “The Quest,” “Sudden Death,” “Timecop,” and “Stone Cold.”
His executive producers credits include “Legendary,” “Re-Kill,” ”51,” “It’s Alive,” “The Body,” “Men of War,” “Hard Target,” “Double Impact,” “Men at Work,” “Night Game,” “Teen Witch,” “Sonny Boy,” “Full Moon in Blue Water,” “High Spirits,” “Kansas,” “Survival Game,” “Moon in Scorpio,” “The Curse,” “Catch the Heat,” “Programmed to Kill,” “Rage of Honor,” “Interzone,” “Pray for Death,” and “Creature.”
CHRISTOPHER MILBURN (Producer)
Christopher Milburn previously collaborated with Courtney Solomon and After Dark Pictures on “An American Haunting,” starring Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek. The film was released theatrically in 2006 and spent four weeks in the US top 10 and had similar success across the globe.
Building on their successful relationship, Milburn produced two films for After Dark’s Horrorfest 2009: “Slaughter,” starring Lucy Holt and Amy Shiels; and “Perkins’ 14,” with Patrick O’Kane and Richard Brake. For Horrorfest 2010, Milburn produced “Prowl” and “The Task,” and was an executive producer on “Re-Kill.” Milburn also co-produced the action films “Transit,” “Dragon Eyes” and “The Philly Kid” for After Dark Films’ new franchise, Actionfest, and served as executive producer on “El Gringo” and “Stash House.”
He is also an executive producer on “Dark Circles,” for the After Dark Originals franchise for After Dark Films.
Milburn’s first English/Chinese co-production is the 3D action film “Legendary,” directed by Eric Styles and starring Scott Adkins and Dolph Lundgren, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The production was shot in China in 2012 and is set for release in late August by China Film Group.
In 1999, he teamed up with director Eric Styles to bring to bring to the screen Catherine Linstrum’s passionate and evocative “Dreaming of Joseph Lees,” starring Samantha Morton. In 2000, he and Styles joined forces again on Noel Coward’s classic “Relative Values.” Styles’ adaptation attracted Julie Andrews, Colin Firth, Stephen Fry, Sophie Thompson, Jeanne Tripplehorn and William Baldwin.
Milburn started his film career in front of the camera, appearing in such films as “Another Country” and the television series “Rumpole of the Bailey.” In 1995, he ventured into film production and, in the same year, produced BBC’s “Caught in the Act.”
Among his other earlier credits are co-producing, in conjunction with First Look Media, “The Boys and Girl From County Clare,” starring Andrea Corr and Bernard Hill, followed by “Lazarus Child,” starring Andy Garcia and Angela Bassett.
JOEL SILVER (Executive Producer)
Joel Silver is one of the most prolific and successful producers in motion picture history. He has produced more than 65 films, including the groundbreaking “The Matrix” trilogy, the blockbuster four-part “Lethal Weapon” franchise, and the seminal action films “Die Hard” and “Predator.” To date, Silver’s catalog of films have earned over $13 billion in worldwide revenue from all sources.
In September 2012, Silver purchased the historic Venice Beach Post Office in Venice Beach, California and is currently renovating it to function as the shingle’s new office space. Silver Pictures is currently in production on several high profile action features, including “The Gunman” starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Idris Elba, based on Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel Prone Gunman. Silver Pictures recently wrapped production on the action thriller “Non-Stop” starring Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore which is set for a February 2014 release. In development at Silver Pictures is “The Outsider,” starring Tom Hardy, “Gypsy,” “Weird Science,” and “Escape from New York.”
In 2009, Silver produced the worldwide hit “Sherlock Holmes,” which earned more than $518 million at the global box office. Directed by Guy Ritchie, the film starred Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as Holmes and Dr. Watson, respectively. Silver more recently produced the worldwide hit “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” which reunited Downey and Law, again under the direction of Ritchie. The film grossed more than $500 million. Silver Pictures also produced the outrageous hit comedy “Project X,” which grossed over $100 million worldwide.
Previously, Silver’s 1999 production “The Matrix” grossed over $456 million globally, earning more than any other Warner Bros. Pictures film in the studio’s history at the time of its release. Universally acclaimed for its innovative storytelling and visuals, “The Matrix” won four Academy Awards®, including Best Visual Effects. The first DVD release to sell one million units, “The Matrix” was instrumental in powering the initial sale of consumer DVD machines. The second installment of the epic “Matrix” trilogy, “The Matrix Reloaded,” earned over $740 million at the worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time. The opening weekend box office receipts for “The Matrix Revolutions,” the final chapter in the explosive trilogy, totaled a staggering $203 million worldwide. To date, “The Matrix” franchise has grossed $3 billion from all sources worldwide.
While overseeing production on “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions,” Silver produced the integral video game “Enter the Matrix,” which features one hour of additional film footage written and directed by the Wachowskis and starring Jada Pinkett Smith and Anthony Wong, who reprised their roles from the films. He also executive produced “The Animatrix,” a groundbreaking collection of nine short anime films inspired by the visionary action and storytelling that power “The Matrix.”
Silver later produced the action thriller “V for Vendetta,” based on the acclaimed graphic novel and starring Natalie Portman; the action comedy thriller “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,” written and directed by Shane Black and starring Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan. He also produced the hit films “Romeo Must Die,” starring Jet Li and Aaliyah; “Exit Wounds,” starring Steven Seagal and DMX; and “Swordfish,” starring John Travolta, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry.
Silver Pictures’ earlier credits also include the breakout hit “Commando,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Predator.” In the late 1980s, Silver Pictures solidified its status as one of the industry’s leading production companies with the release of the “Lethal Weapon” series and the action blockbusters “Die Hard” and “Die Hard 2: Die Harder.” Following the success of these films, the company went on to release “The Last Boy Scout,” “Demolition Man,” “Richie Rich,” “Executive Decision” and “Conspiracy Theory.”
Beginning with the record-breaking 1999 opening of “House on Haunted Hill,” Silver produced a string of hit films under his Dark Castle division of Silver Pictures. He continued with “Thir13en Ghosts” in 2001, “Ghost Ship” in 2002, “Gothika” in 2003 and “House of Wax” in 2005. Dark Castle more recently released Guy Ritchie’s critically acclaimed actioner “RocknRolla,” with an ensemble cast led by Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton and Mark Strong; the horror thriller “Orphan,” starring Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard; and Jaume Collet-Serra’s “Unknown,” starring Liam Neeson, January Jones and Diane Kruger.
Silver is also a successful television producer. He served as executive producer on the CBS series “Moonlight,” which won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama in its debut year. He was previously an executive producer on the critically acclaimed television series “Veronica Mars,” starring Kristen Bell, and will serve as executive producer on the upcoming feature film version. Silver also executive produced, with Richard Donner, David Giler, Walter Hill and Robert Zemeckis, eight seasons of the award-winning HBO series “Tales from the Crypt,” as well as two “Tales from the Crypt” films.
Silver began his career as an associate producer on “The Warriors,” and then produced “48 Hrs.,” “Streets of Fire” and “Brewster’s Millions.”
Before starting his producing career, as a student at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, Silver and a group of his friends developed a game called Ultimate Frisbee. The fast-moving team sport has since become a global phenomenon supported by tournaments in 50 countries.
YARON LEVY (Director of Photography)
Yaron Levy left Israel at the age of 21 to pursue his dream of working in the film industry. With a Bachelor's degree in film and a Masters of Fine Arts from AFI in Cinematography, he jumped head first into the Los Angeles independent film community.
Working both as a director of photography and as a gaffer on various productions, Levy soon met director Ted Smith and shot Smith's feature film "Guardian of the Realm." From there, he went on to serve as gaffer and additional cinematographer on the smash hit thriller "Saw," as well as the cult hit "Gravedancers." More jobs quickly followed and Levy further expanded his arsenal of cinematography credits, shooting westerns, action, drama and thriller features.
Levy's credits include such films as "Night of Demons," "Seconds Apart," "Flypaper," "Fertile Ground," "Transit" and "El Gringo." More recently, he shot Paul Soter's "Dark Circles," Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning," starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Tom Elkins' "The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia," and the horror sequel "Fright Night 2."
Levy recently wrapped production on Ernie Barbarash's actioner "Favela," and is currently shooting the comedy feature "Flock of Dudes," with director Bob Castrone.
RYAN DUFRENE (Editor)
Ryan Dufrene has worked in both film and television as a post-production supervisor, editor, graphics artist and sound designer.
He previously collaborated with Courtney Solomon on "Re-Kill." His other feature credits as editor include "Terror Trap," starring Michael Madsen; "Varla Jean & the Muschroomheads," directed by Jeff Roberson; "Immortal Cycle"; and "Girls Gone Gansta," with John Goodman.
Dufrene also created animated graphics for "The Expendables," starring Sylvester Stallone and TNT's "Memphis Beat." His work on motion graphics includes the PBS feature documentary "Miller's Tale"; "Robosapien"; the A&E television film "The Brooke Ellison Story," directed by Christopher Reeves; as well as various television commercials.
In addition, Dufrene edited a 35 minute DVD featuring the Bare Naked Ladies for LG Phone Company as well as creating the motion graphics, producing the narration, and overseeing the audio engineering, music, and mix. In 2004, he created the main stage large screen animations for the live concert event Voodoo Festival New Orleans in 2004.
NATE JONES (Production Designer)
Nate Jones most recently designed the comedy horror film "Hell Baby," starring Leslie Bibb, Thomas Lennon and Robert Corddry, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Jones began his career as an art director, working on television films before transitioning to features with the horror sci-fi film "51," starring Rachel Miner.
His other film credits include Tim McCann's drama "White Rabbit"; the horror film "Re-Kill"; John Hyams' action thrillers "Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning," starring Dolph Lundgren and Jean Claude Van Damme, and "Dragon Eyes," also starring Van Damme; Eduardo Rodriguez' drama "El Gringo"; the crime thriller "Transit," starring Jim Caviezel; and the sports drama; "Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown."
ROSEANNE FIEDLER (Costume Designer)
Roseanne Fiedler has extensive experience in the areas of feature films, commercials, television and print advertising as a costume designer and stylist.
Fiedler most recently designed costumes for Peter Farrelly for "The Pitch" segment of "Movie 43," starring Dennis Quaid, Greg Kinnear, Common and Seth McFarlane; and Kevin Smith's " Clerks II," having previously collaborated with Smith on "Mallrats" as set costumer.
She also designed costumes for Scott Ziehl's indie features "Three Way" and "Broken Vessels"; and Craig Hamann's "Boogie Boy."
Fiedler's costume supervisor credits include Steve Buscemi's "Animal Factory," starring Willem Dafoe, and Keith Snyder's "Emmet's Mark," starring Gabriel Byrne and Scott Wolf.
Her television credits include Ziehl's "Proximity," for HBO, starring Rob Lowe; and the Showtime films "Dill Scallion," starring Billy Burke, Kathy Griffin, Willie Nelson, LeAnne Rimes, and Travis Tritt; and Nelson McCormick's "For Which He Stands." She has also designed for several series, including CBS' "Clubhouse," starring Dean Cain; and ABC's "MDs," starring William Fichtner, John Hannah, and Jane Lynch; and the FOX pilot "Mr. Ed."
Fiedler has collaborated with some of the largest and most creative advertising and production companies in the world. Building a reputation for taking a concept through construction to the finished design, Fiedler has created strong brand identification for many clients, including Capital One, Procter & Gamble, Pepsi, Dodge and AT&T, to name just a few.
In 2012, Fiedler received the Costume Designer's Guild Award for Excellence in Commercial Costume Design for the Swiffer campaign. This year she received a nomination in the same category for her work on the "Capital One: Couture" commercial.
CHARLIE PICERNI (Stunt Coordinator/Action Choreographer)
Charlie Picerni (Stunt Coordinator/Action Choreographer) is a veteran stuntman and coordinator, second unit director and director. For his outstanding stunt work with cars, he won the Taurus Award at the World Stunt Awards in 2004 for Best Work with a Vehicle for Michael Bay’s “Bad Boys II,” starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, and was nominated in the same category in 2007 for Tony Scott’s “Déjà Vu,” starring Denzel Washington.
He first worked with producer Joel Silver when Silver hired him to stunt coordinate the classic action blockbuster "Die Hard," starring Bruce Willis, which lead to directing second unit on and stunt coordinating other Silver projects, including the Bruce Willis action vehicles "Die Hard 2," "Hudson Hawk," and "The Last Boy Scout"; "Road House," starring Patrick Swayze; "Lethal Weapon 2 & 3," starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover; and "Demolition Man" starring Sylvester Stallone.
Picerni previously worked with Ethan Hawke on “Training Day,” also starring Denzel Washington. His other more recent film credits include “XXX,” “The Fast and the Furious,” “Gone in Sixty Seconds,”” “Enemy of the State,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” ” Se7ven,” “True Lies,” and “Beverly Hills Cop II & III.”
Among Picerni’s additional second unit directing and stunt coordinator credits are "Christmas Vacation," "Ghost," "Ricochet," "Basic Instinct," "Low Down Dirty Shame," "True Romance," "2 Days in the Valley," and "15 Minutes.”
PicernI began his career as a stuntman, coordinating stunts for many hit TV shows, including the police drama "Starsky and Hutch," on which he also served as Paul Michael Glaser's stunt double. He began directing second unit on “Starsky and Hutch” and later directed many episodes.
Among his other TV directing credits are "TJ Hooker," "Matt Houston," "Vegas," "Hard Castle and McCormick," "Hunter," “Stingray," "Finders of Lost Loves," "A-Team," "JJ Starbuck," "Spencer for Hire," "Blue Thunder," "Gavilan," HBO's "Tales From the Crypt," and "Seven Days."
In 2007, he co-wrote, produced and directed the feature "Three Days to Vegas” and, in 2010, directed Ayn Rand’s “Night of January 16th” at the Odyssey Theatre to rave reviews.
Picerni is currently developing "Spaghetti Park," which he will write, direct and produce.
JUSTIN BURNETT (Composer)
Justin Burnett scored his first feature film "Possums" which was featured in 1998 at the Sundance Film Festival. His second notable film, "Dungeons & Dragons" was released in theaters in 2000.
In 2000, Burnett also began his collaboration with Harry Gregson-Williams, working on films such as "Spy Game," "Phone Booth," "Veronica Guerin," "Passionada," "Man on Fire," "Déjà Vu," "The Taking of Pelham 123," "Unstoppable" and "Cowboys & Aliens."
Burnett has composed the music for many other films, including "I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer," "Iron Cross," "Crave" and "Java Heat."
Among the numerous video games for which he has composed music are "Unit 13," "SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation," "Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow," "SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo," "Metal Gear 2: Sons of Liberty," and "Metal Gear 3: Snake Eater."
Additionally, Burnett worked with Walter Werzowa at Musikvergnuegen on many commercials, movie trailers and network branding projects.
Burnett began his career working for Hans Zimmer. During this tenure he worked on films such as "Broken Arrow," "As Good as it Gets," "The Prince of Egypt," "The Road to El Dorado" and "Gladiator."