New Line Cinema presenta la comedia de acción Somos los Miller, protagonizada por Jennifer Aniston (Cómo acabar con tu jefe) y Jason Sudeikis (En campaña todo vale). La película está dirigida por Rawson Marshall Thurber (Cuestión de pelotas)
David Burke (Sudeikis) es un traficante de marihuana de poca monta, cuyos clientes incluyen a cocineros y a madres, pero a ningún niño---a fin de cuentas, tiene sus escrúpulos. Así que, ¿qué podía fallar? Muchas cosas. Prefiriendo pasar desapercibido por razones obvias, aprende de una manera dura que ningún acto bueno queda impune, cuando intenta ayudar a algunos adolescentes locales y acaba siendo asaltado por un trio de gamberros. Roban sus provisiones y su dinero y le dejan debiendo mucho dinero a su abastecedor, Brad (Ed Helms).
Para hacer borrón y cuenta nueva y mantener su salud, David deberá convertirse ahora en un contrabandista de drogas a gran escala trayendo el nuevo envío de Brad desde México. Después de retorcer brazos y amenazar a los vecinos, la desaprensiva artista de striptease Rose (Aniston), Kenny, que quisiera ser su cliente (Will Poulter), y Casey, la espabilada adolescente con tatuajes y piercings (Emma Roberts), idean un plan infalible. Con una mujer impostora, dos hijos impostores, y una enorme y reluciente caravana, la familia “Miller” se dirige al sur de la frontera para pasar un fin de semana del cuatro de julio que seguramente terminará por todo lo alto.
Thurber dirige Somos los Miller, basada en un guion de Bob Fisher y Steve Faber (De Boda en Boda) y Sean Anders y John Morris (Jacuzzi al pasado). La película también está protagonizada por Emma Roberts (El Arte de Pasar de Todo), Nick Offerman (Infiltrados en Clase), Kathryn Hahn (El Dictador), Will Poulter (Las Crónicas de Narnia 3: La Travesía del Viajero del Alba) y Ed Helms (las películas de Resacón).
Vincent Newman, Tucker Tooley, Happy Walters y Chris Bender son los productores, con David Heyman, J.C. Spink. Marcus Viscidi, Toby Emmerich, Richard Brenner y David Neudstadter como productores ejecutivos.
El equipo entre bastidores de Thurber incluye al director de fotografía Barry Peterson (Infiltrados en Clase); al diseñador de producción Clayton Hartley (Los Otros Dos); al director de montaje Mike Sale (Resacón 2: ¡Ahora en Tailandia!) y al diseñador de vestuario Shay Cunliffe (El Legado de Bourne).
Somos los Miller de New Line cinema se estrenará en España el próximo 8 de noviembre del 2013, y será distribuida en todo el mundo por Warner Bros. Pictures, de Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
JENNIFER ANISTON (Rose O’Reilly) is an award-winning actress who has been recognized for her work on the big and small screens. She recently starred in back-to-back comedy hits: Seth Gordon’s “Horrible Bosses,” joining an all-star ensemble cast, including Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Kevin Spacey and Colin Farrell; and Dennis Dugan’s “Just Go with It,” opposite Adam Sandler.
Following “We’re the Millers,” she has a number of film projects upcoming, including “Squirrels to the Nuts,” written and directed by Peter Bogdanovich and also starring Owen Wilson, and an as-yet-untitled crime comedy based on an Elmore Leonard bestseller.
Born in Sherman Oaks, California, and raised in New York City, Aniston was introduced to the acting world at an early age, as the daughter of actor John Aniston and the god daughter of the late Telly Savalas. She graduated from New York’s High School of the Performing Arts before landing roles in the off-Broadway productions “For Dear Life,” at the Public Theater, and “Dancing on Checkers’ Grave.” She also guest starred on a number of series and had regular roles on several shows, including “Ferris Bueller.”
Aniston first gained global fame with her starring role on the now-classic NBC series “Friends.” For her performance as Rachel Green on the show, she earned five consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, winning in 2002, and two Golden Globe nominations, winning in 2003 for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. She was also honored by her peers with two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations for Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series, in addition to sharing in a SAG Award® for Outstanding Comedy Series Ensemble and six more SAG Award® nominations in the same category. Over the course of the show’s ten-year run, she also won five People’s Choice Awards.
During her hiatuses from the series, Aniston pursued a budding film career, including an acclaimed performance opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the feature “The Good Girl,” for which she earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination. She also starred in such films as Edward Burns’ “She’s the One”; “Picture Perfect,” with Kevin Bacon; “The Object of My Affection,” opposite Paul Rudd; “Rock Star,” opposite Mark Wahlberg; “Bruce Almighty,” with Jim Carrey; and “Along Came Polly,” in the title role, opposite Ben Stiller.
Since the wrap of “Friends,” Aniston has emerged as one of the most sought-after leading ladies in the film industry. Her list of credits goes on to include “Rumor Has It…,” with Shirley MacLaine and Kevin Costner; “Derailed,” with Clive Owen; the ensemble comedy/drama “Friends with Money”; “The Break-Up,” opposite Vince Vaughn; the indie film “Management,” which she also executive produced; “Marley & Me,” with Owen Wilson; the ensemble romantic comedy “He’s Just Not That Into You”; “The Bounty Hunter,” opposite Gerard Butler; and “The Switch,” with Jason Bateman.
In 2009, she returned to television to guest star on “30 Rock,” for which she received her sixth Emmy nomination.
Taking her talents behind the camera, Aniston made her directorial debut in 2006 with the short film “Room 10,” as part of the award-winning short film series Glamour Reel Moments. She more recently earned a Directors Guild of American Award nomination for helming a segment of the 2011 longform television project “Five,” on which she also served as an executive producer.
JASON SUDEIKIS (David Clark) recently completed his seventh season as a cast member on NBC’s venerable show “Saturday Night Live.” Sudeikis worked for two years as a writer on the show before becoming a series regular in 2005. He has won over audiences with his impersonations of Vice President Joe Biden, “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks, and the hip-hop dancer recurring character in the “What’s Up with That” sketch.
Earlier this summer, Sudeikis voiced the character “Bomba” in the animated feature “Epic.” Last year, Sudeikis was seen in “The Campaign,” starring alongside Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. Directed by Jay Roach, the story follows rival politicians in a small congressional district in South Carolina. Sudeikis played Ferrell’s longstanding campaign manager and friend.
In 2011, Sudeikis starred in the box office smash “Horrible Bosses,” which grossed over $200 million worldwide. Directed by Seth Gordon and also starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey, the film centers on three friends frustrated by their jobs, who come to the conclusion that the only solution is to kill one another’s bosses.
Sudeikis also starred, opposite Owen Wilson, in the Farrelly brothers’ 2011 film “Hall Pass,” also starring Christina Applegate and Jenna Fischer. His other film credits include: “The Bounty Hunter,” in which he starred alongside Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler; “Going the Distance,” in which he appeared with Drew Barrymore and Justin Long; “What Happens in Vegas,” with Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher; “The Ten”; “Watching the Detectives”; “Bill”; “Semi-Pro”; and “The Rocker.”
Sudeikis was featured in the third season of the HBO series “Eastbound & Down.” He portrayed the character of Shane, a long lost best friend of Kenny Powers. Sudeikis also played Shane’s twin brother, Cole, who shows up after Shane dies from a drug overdose. In addition, Sudeikis has received rave reviews for his arc on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning show “30 Rock.” He appeared in 12 episodes as Tina Fey’s charmingly funny love interest, Floyd. He can also be heard portraying the voice of two principle characters on FOX’s hit animated comedy series “The Cleveland Show,” from creator Seth MacFarlane. Sudeikis also guest starred on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” as the forgotten fourth member of the Paddy’s gang, Schmitty.
Sudeikis was born in Fairfax, Virginia but grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. After high school, he received a basketball scholarship to a local junior college. As a class clown and a self-admitted procrastinator, he frequently dribbled himself in and out of trouble while in college. He began his path in show business by driving 40 miles every weekend to take classes at the ComedySportz Theater (now Comedy City) in Kansas City. At that point, he left basketball and college and made his way to Chicago, where he performed with The Second City National Touring Company, Improv Olympic, The Annoyance Theater, and Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. He then moved to Nevada, where he became a founding member of The Second City Las Vegas. In 2003, while still in Vegas, Sudeikis was encouraged by his uncle George Wendt, from “Cheers,” to send a tape of his work to the producers of “SNL.” Sudeikis started on the show as a staff writer, and after two years and many auditions, he found himself on camera and never looked back.
In addition to his busy career, Sudeikis is actively involved with The Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, as well as other charities.
EMMA ROBERTS (Casey Mathis) most recently starred in the independent features “Adult World,” directed by Scott Coffey, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, and “Empire State,” based on a true story of a 1980s gold heist, in which she stars with Liam Hemsworth and Dwayne Johnson. Upcoming, Roberts stars in Gia Coppola’s “Palo Alto,” playing a high school student who begins a questionable relationship with her soccer coach, played by James Franco. She also stars in the much-anticipated third season of the award-winning FX series “American Horror Story,” with Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates.
Roberts made her feature film debut at the age of 10 when she landed the role of the young Kristina Jung in the Ted Demme-directed film “Blow,” with Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz. She went on to star in the family films “Grand Champion” and “Ice Princess,” and also gained popularity as Addie Singer in the Nickelodeon hit comedy series “Unfabulous.”
In 2006, Roberts starred in the fantasy comedy “Aquamarine,” based on the book by Alice Hoffman, for which she won a Young Artist Award. The following year, she played the title role in the mystery adventure “Nancy Drew,” bringing the classic teenaged sleuth to the big screen, under the direction of Andrew Fleming. She was also named the Female Star of Tomorrow at the 2007 ShoWest Convention.
Roberts went on to star in the heartwarming family comedy “Hotel for Dogs,” with Don Cheadle and Lisa Kudrow; Garry Marshall’s romantic comedy hit “Valentine’s Day,” joining an all-star ensemble cast that also included Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner and Ashton Kutcher; and Wes Craven’s “Scream 4,” with Courteney Cox and Neve Campbell.
Her additional film credits include the independent features “Lymelife,” starring Alec Baldwin; “The Winning Season,” with Sam Rockwell; Joel Schumacher’s “Twelve”; Dustin Lance Black’s “Virginia,” with Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris; and “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” with Zach Galifianakis.
KATHRYN HAHN (Edie Fitzgerald) has made her mark through a variety of entertaining and memorable roles. Her next project to hit theatres is “This is Where I Leave You,” directed by Sean Levy and based on the novel by Jonathan Tropper. The cast includes Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Rose Byrne and Jane Fonda. After that, she’ll reunite with “We’re the Millers” star Jennifer Aniston for Peter Bogdanovich’s “Squirrels to the Nuts.”
Hahn recently starred in “Afternoon Delight,” which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Jill Soloway, the film co-stars Josh Radnor, Juno Temple, Michaela Watkins, Jessica St. Claire and Jane Lynch. The film is in theatres this August.
Upcoming, Hahn has "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," directed by and starring Ben Stiller. Others in the film include Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott and Shirley MacLaine. The film is set for release on December 25, 2013. The busy actress also recently wrapped principal photography on “Bad Words,” which Jason Bateman directs and stars in, alongside Hahn, Allison Janney and Philip Baker Hall.
Hahn’s feature film credits include stand-out roles in “Step Brothers,” playing John C. Reilly’s outrageous and funny love interest, and "Revolutionary Road," playing Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio's neighbor. Her additional film credits include “Wanderlust,” “Our Idiot Brother,” “How Do You Know,” “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard,” “The Last Mimzy,” “The Holiday,” “Around the Bend,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” and “Flushed.”
Her recent TV credits include a guest-starring arc on the NBC hit show “Parks & Recreation,” alongside “We’re the Millers” co-star Nick Offerman, as well as HBO’s “Newsroom” and “Girls.” Her additional TV credits include her recurring role on the NBC show “Crossing Jordan,” as well as “Four Kings,” “Hung” and “Free Agents.”
Hahn made her Broadway debut in the Tony-winning play “Boeing-Boeing,” alongside Bradley Whitford, Gina Gershon, Mary McCormack, Christine Baranski and Mark Rylance. “Boeing-Boeing” won the 2008 Tony in the category of Best Revival of a Play.
No stranger to the stage, her theatre credits also include “Dead End,” at the Ahmanson Theater and Huntington Theater Company; “Ten Unknowns,” at Huntington Theater Company; “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Chaucer in Rome” and “Camino Real,” at Williamstown Mainstage; and “Hedda Gabler,” at Williamstown/Baystreet.
Hahn received her Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and her Masters in Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama, where she appeared on stage in “Othello” and “The Birds.”
ED HELMS (Brad Gurdlinger) previously starred in “The Hangover,” winner of the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, and its sequels, “The Hangover Part II” and “The Hangover Part III.” The mega-hits from director Todd Phillips have grossed a combined total of over $1.4 billion worldwide.
Helms will next be seen in “Someone Marry Barry,” from writer/director Rob Pearlstein, and in David Wain’s comedy “They Came Together,” co-starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler.
In 2012, Helms starred in the Duplass brothers' “Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” opposite Jason Segel and Susan Sarandon. He also lent his voice to the 3D animated hit film “The Lorax,” playing The Once-ler, alongside Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, and Taylor Swift. The film is based on the famous Dr. Seuss children's book about preserving the environment.
On television, Helms starred in the scene-stealing role of Andy Bernard in NBC's hit comedy “The Office,” which recently completed its ninth and final season. His other television credits include a four-year stint as a senior correspondent and writer on the Emmy Award-winning “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and FOX’s “Arrested Development.”
Helms’ additional film credits include Miguel Arteta’s “Cedar Rapids,” Shawn Levy's “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” “The Goods,” “Semi-Pro,” “Knocked Up,” “Meet Dave,” “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay,” Jake Kasdan’s “Walk Hard” and Tom Shadyac’s “Evan Almighty.”
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Helms headed to New York City to pursue comedy shortly after attending Oberlin College in Ohio. He now resides in Los Angeles and plays a mean banjo.
WILL POULTER (Kenny Rossmore) made his feature film debut in Garth Jennings’ hit nostalgic comedy “Son of Rambow,” for which he received a nomination at the British Independent Film Awards for Most Promising Newcomer.
In 2010, he appeared the blockbuster adaptation of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” alongside Tilda Swinton, Liam Neeson and Simon Pegg. His performance as Eustace Clarence Scrubb, one of the best-known characters in children’s literature, garnered him award nominations and rave reviews, heralding him as a name to watch.
He next starred in Dexter Fletcher’s BAFTA-nominated directorial debut, “Wild Bill.” The film saw Poulter’s transition from child star to adult actor, and he was nominated for Young British Performer of The Year at the London Critics Circle Film Awards for this performance.
Poulter has recently finished filming “The Maze Runner,” under the direction of Wes Ball, in which he appears as Gally, one of the lead characters, in the adaptation of James Dashner’s New York Times bestselling Young Adult trilogy. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Gally is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they’re all trapped in an enormous maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.
Poulter also played and developed a string of satirical characters on the C4/E4 comedy sketch show “School of Comedy,” an adult TV show performed by a cast of talented young British comedic actors. The show was taken to The Edinburgh Festival Fringe and adapted into a six-part television series for E4, running for two seasons.
MOLLY QUINN (Melissa Fitzgerald) just completed her fifth season on the hit ABC series “Castle,” on which she stars as Alexis Castle, the daughter of Nathan Fillion’s title character.
On the big screen, Quinn made her feature film debut in Jake Kasdan’s 2007 comedy “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” starring John C. Reilly. She also worked alongside Gary Oldman and Jim Carrey in Robert Zemeckis’s motion capture animated adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” She most recently starred in the indie comedy horror film “Hansel & Gretel Get Baked,” on which she also served as associate producer. Her other film credits include the independent films “My One and Only,” directed by Richard Loncraine and starring Renée Zellweger and Kevin Bacon, and “The First Time,” for director Jonathan Kasdan.
Young television fans know Quinn as Bloom on Nickelodeon’s “Winx Club” series.
RAWSON MARSHALL THURBER (Director) was born in San Francisco and raised in the East Bay, in Orinda, California. He graduated cum laude with departmental honors from Union College in Schenectady, New York, with a BA in English and Theater Arts. He went on to earn an MFA in producing from the Peter Stark Program at the University of Southern California.
Shortly after graduation, he wrote and directed the short film “Terry Tate, Office Linebacker,” which was accepted to the Sundance Film Festival in 2001 and soon became a much-heralded Super Bowl commercial, also written and directed by Thurber, which won advertising’s highest honor: the Golden Lion Award at Cannes. The groundbreaking 60-second spot is continually ranked as one of the top three Super Bowl commercials of all time.
Thurber then directed his first feature screenplay, the comedy “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, which opened at the number one film in America.
Following that success, Thurber approached Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay) about adapting the author’s first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. Chabon agreed, and Thurber set about writing the screenplay that he would eventually direct. Thurber’s film, “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh,” starring Peter Sarsgaard, Sienna Miller, Nick Nolte, Mena Suvari and Jon Foster, was selected as one of 16 films, out of more than 3,600 submissions, for narrative competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for the prestigious Grand Jury Prize.
Presently, Thurber is developing a genre-bending television series for the STARZ Network.
BOB FISHER (Story/Screenplay) co-wrote the hugely successful “Wedding Crashers,” which earned more than $285 million at the worldwide box office. One of the top R-rated comedies of all time, it was directed by David Dobkin and starred Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.
Fisher is currently in production on “Sirens,” a television series he created with Denis Leary and executive produces for USA Network. He also developed and executive produced the FOX comedy series “Traffic Light.”
STEVE FABER (Story/Screenplay) co-wrote the enormously successful “Wedding Crashers,” which earned more than $285 million at the worldwide box office. One of the top R-rated comedies of all time, it was directed by David Dobkin and starred Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. He also co-wrote the upcoming “Ride Along,” set for release in 2014 and starring Kevin Hart, under the direction of Tim Story. Faber is currently writing and producing “Sugar Daddy,” an independent film set to begin shooting at the end of this year.
On the small screen, Faber began his writing career on executive producer David Letterman’s “Bonnie,” starring Bonnie Hunt, and on the hugely popular sitcom “Married with Children,” where he was a producer. He went on to write and serve as co-executive producer on the comedy series “For Your Love” and “The Trouble with Normal.”
SEAN ANDERS & JOHN MORRIS (Screenplay) co-wrote the cult hit comedy “Hot Tub Time Machine,” directed by Steve Pink and starring John Cusack, Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry. They are currently at work on the sequel to the Farrelly brothers’ blockbuster comedy “Dumb and Dumber,” called “Dumb and Dumber To.”
Recently, Anders directed the Adam Sandler/Andy Samberg starrer “That’s My Boy,” with Morris serving as executive producer. The pair also wrote Mark Waters’ “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” starring Jim Carrey, and “Sex Drive,” which Anders directed and Morris produced.
VINCENT NEWMAN (Producer) began a career as a feature film producer in 1999, after a post-collegiate career in public and community service working for the United States House of Representatives and the Union Rescue Mission of Los Angeles.
With initial success making a number of small-budget independent films, his development slate expanded to include projects of all sizes based on original material, fiction and non-fiction novels and other branded IP. With multiple feature film and television projects in studio, independent and network development, his credits include “Poolhall Junkies,” which received an ESPY Award nomination for Best Sports Film; “A Man Apart,” starring Vin Diesel and Larenz Tate; and “Red Dawn,” starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Adrianne Palicki.
TUCKER TOOLEY (Producer) is the President of Relativity Media, a next-generation studio. He oversees the company’s day-to-day operations, business divisions, personnel, and all aspects of its theatrical film slate. Since Tooley joined the company in 2007, the film division has earned numerous Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations and three of its releases have opened at #1 at the box office.
Tooley oversees all of Relativity’s divisions: film, music, sports home entertainment, TV sales, digital distribution and the digital content studio. He is also responsible for marketing, theatrical distribution and all international business operations that comprise Relativity’s network of foreign output partners, including 18 overall deals with international distributors around the world.
Among the newest Relativity films Tooley has executive produced or overseen are McG’s “Three Days to Kill,” starring Kevin Costner; Scott Cooper’s “Out of the Furnace,” with Christian Bale and Zoe Saldana; Robert Luketic’s “Paranoia,” starring Liam Hemsworth; Luc Besson’s “The Family,” starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones; and a reinvention of the cult classic “The Crow,” starring Luke Evans.
Tooley also spearheaded the acquisition of the action thriller “Act of Valor,” which took first place at the box office in its opening weekend. Other credits at Relativity include Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire,” starring Gina Carano and Channing Tatum; Tarsem Singh’s “Mirror Mirror,” starring Julia Roberts; “Immortals,” which grossed more than $225 million worldwide; “21 & Over,” from the writers of “The Hangover”; Neil Burger’s “Limitless,” starring Bradley Cooper; David O. Russell’s “The Fighter,” which earned seven Oscar® nominations and won two; and Lasse Hallström’s hits “Dear John,” starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, and “Safe Haven,” starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough.
Joining Relativity as President of Worldwide Production in 2007, Tooley was integral in transitioning the company’s single-picture film division into a full-fledged studio that develops, finances, produces, distributes, markets and acquires features. In 2009, Tooley was named Executive of the Year by the Ischia Global Film Festival.
Before joining Relativity, Tooley served as CEO of Tooley Productions, where he independently produced television shows, and such feature films as Lee Daniels’ “Shadowboxer” and Ric Roman Waugh’s “Felon.”
From 1999 to 2006 he ran the production company Newman/Tooley Films with Vincent Newman, working with Hollywood’s top talent to produce a successful slate of independent and studio movies.
Tooley began his film career as a creative executive at Interlight Pictures. He earned a B.A. at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
HAPPY WALTERS (Producer) serves as Relativity’s Co-Chief Operating Officer. Walters joined Relativity in 2008 as President of Relativity Music Group, Relativity’s music division; and Relativity Sports, Relativity’s sports management company, a merger of Rogue Basketball, SFX Baseball and Maximum Football, which ranks among the largest sports agencies in the United States and which Walters currently oversees as CEO. As Co-COO, Walters maintains oversight of both Relativity Music Group and Sports and oversees the studio’s day-to-day activities while helping guide the company’s strategic direction.
Walters brings to Relativity a diverse and successful career spanning more than 20 years, which have involved multiple aspects of the entertainment business, including talent management, record label ownership, film and television production, music distribution and publishing, music supervision, soundtrack production, marketing and finance.
Walters began his career in the early 1990s as owner and CEO of Buzztone Music, an artist management company representing recording artists. Later, he founded his own independent record label, Immortal Records, overseeing all aspects of the business, including talent development, production, marketing and finance. In several of these capacities, he launched and developed the careers of such seminal artists as Cypress Hill, House of Pain, Wu Tang Clan, Korn, Incubus, Rage Against the Machine, Velvet Revolver and Fleetwood Mac. In addition, Walters branched into the world of music supervision, which he continued in his role as President of Relativity Music. He has supervised and created soundtracks for more than 60 films, including “Immortals,” “The Fighter,” “Bridesmaids,” “Limitless,” “Brothers,” “Dear John,” “Spawn,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “Scream 2,” “American Pie,” “Nutty Professor II,” “The Big Lebowski” and “Blade II.”
CHRIS BENDER (Producer) established Benderspink with partner J.C. Spink in November of 1998 with “American Pie” in post-production as well as 14 writer clients signed to their management company. The film production arm of Benderspink has had a successful first look deal with New Line Cinema for almost 15 years.
Bender has produced or developed projects that have grown into five franchises in various genres: “Final Destination,” “American Pie,” “The Ring,” “Cats & Dogs” and “The Butterfly Effect.” Eight of his movies have opened to number one, and Bender and Spink were nominated for a Golden Globe Award for “A History of Violence.”
Benderspink has continued to make diverse feature films over the past decade, including the romantic comedies “Just Friends,” starring Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris, and “Monster-in-Law,” starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda; the thriller “Red Eye,” directed by Wes Craven and starring Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy; and “The Ruins,” directed by Sundance Film Festival winner Carter Smith.
Bender executive produced the international blockbuster “The Hangover,” its sequels “The Hangover Part II” and “The Hangover Part III,” and “I Am Number Four,” as well as producing 2011’s “Arthur.” He most recently served as producer on the comedy “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey.
Among Bender’s numerous upcoming projects are the comedy “Vacation,” starring Ed Helms, and two action thrillers adapted from comic books: “Y: The Last Man” and “Undying Love.”
DAVID HEYMAN (Executive Producer) is the producer of all the film adaptations of J.K Rowling’s hugely successful Harry Potter books, which concluded in 2011 with the record-breaking “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part II.” He had read the first book in 1997 when it was still an unpublished manuscript and immediately recognized its cinematic potential. The eight “Harry Potter” films went on to become the most successful film franchise of all time, with a combined gross of more than $7.7 billion dollars.
Heyman most recently produced the upcoming dramatic thriller “Gravity,” starring Oscar® winners George Clooney and Sandra Bullock under the direction of Alfonso Cuarón. The film will open nationwide on October 4, 2013.
Heyman’s other producing credits include David Hare’s “Page Eight,” a spy thriller starring Rachel Weisz and Bill Nighy; the comedy “Yes Man,” starring Jim Carrey; Francis Lawrence’s hit science fiction thriller “I Am Legend,” starring Will Smith; Mark Herman’s acclaimed drama “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas,” starring Vera Farmiga and David Thewlis; and the independent drama “Is Anybody There?,” directed by John Crowley and starring Michael Caine.
Educated in England and the United States, Heyman began his career as a production runner on Milos Forman’s “Ragtime” and David Lean’s “A Passage to India.” In 1986, Heyman went to Los Angeles to become a creative executive at Warner Bros., where he worked on such films as “Gorillas in the Mist” and “GoodFellas.” He moved on to become a Vice President at United Artists in the late 1980s.
Heyman subsequently embarked on a career as an independent producer, making several films, including Ernest R. Dickerson’s “Juice,” starring Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps, and the low-budget classic “The Daytrippers,” directed by Greg Mottola and starring Liev Schreiber, Parker Posey, Hope Davis, Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott.
Having spent many years working in the States, Heyman returned to the UK in 1996 to set up Heyday Films, with the intention of building on his unique relationships in the U.S. and Europe to produce international films and television programs.
Heyman won ShoWest’s Producer of the Year Award in 2003, becoming the first British producer to have ever received that honor. At this year’s CineEurope trade fair, he was named the Producer of the Decade.
J.C. SPINK (Executive Producer) established Benderspink with partner Chris Bender in November of 1998 with “American Pie” in post-production as well as 14 writer clients signed to their management company. Benderspink’s film production arm has had a successful first-look deal with New Line Cinema for almost 15 years.
Spink has produced or exec-produced a wide variety of projects, including “Cats & Dogs,” “The Ring” franchise, “The Butterfly Effect,” “Leap Year,” and “A History of Violence,” for which he and Bender received a Golden Globe Award nomination; and television’s “Kyle XY.”
Benderspink has continued to make diverse feature films over the past fifteen years, including “Just Friends,” starring Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Chris Klein and Anna Faris; “Monster-in-Law,” starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda; and “Red Eye,” directed by Wes Craven and starring Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy.
Most recently, Spink served as an executive producer on the worldwide blockbuster comedies “The Hangover,” “The Hangover Part II” and “The Hangover Part III”; “I Am Number Four,” 2011’s “Arthur,” and “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.”
Among Spink’s many projects now in development are the New Line comedy “The $40,000 Man,” and two action thrillers adapted from comic books: “Y: The Last Man” and “Undying Love.” Spink and Bender also exec-produced the upcoming movie “Ride Along.”
TOBY EMMERICH (Executive Producer) has served as President and COO of New Line Cinema since 2008. Previously, he held the position of President of Production, to which he was promoted in January 2001, and oversaw the most successful period in company history. He recently took on responsibility for Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures as well.
Since Emmerich took the production helm, New Line has released such diverse features as the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”; 2005’s highest-grossing comedy, “Wedding Crashers”; “Elf”; “The Notebook”; “Hairspray”; “Sex and the City”; “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”; “He’s Just Not That Into You”; “Four Christmases”; “Valentine’s Day”; “Horrible Bosses”; and “17 Again.” His most recent films include the worldwide blockbuster “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first of a trilogy, and “The Conjuring,” currently in theatres. The next “Hobbit” film, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” is due out on December 13, 2013.
A longtime studio veteran, Emmerich previously served not only as president of New Line Music but also as an accomplished screenwriter and producer who wrote and produced New Line’s sleeper hit “Frequency,” starring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel.
Emmerich joined the company in 1992 as a dual development and music executive. In his position as President of Music, he oversaw the development of platinum- and gold-selling soundtracks for such films as “Seven,” “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,” “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Elf,” “Friday After Next,” “Menace II Society,” “Love Jones,” “Freddy vs. Jason,” “Who’s the Man?,” “Above the Rim,” “The Mask,” “Dumb and Dumber” and “Mortal Kombat.”
Prior to his posts at New Line, Emmerich was an A&R representative at Atlantic Records from 1987 to 1992. He attended The Calhoun School and Wesleyan University, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1985 with honors in English and concentrations in classics and film.
Emmerich serves on the board of directors for the American Cinematheque.
RICHARD BRENER (Executive Producer) has been a New Line Cinema veteran for more than a decade, and currently serves as President of Production for the company.
During his tenure at New Line, Brener has overseen and served as executive producer on many of the company’s most successful films, including such blockbusters as “Sex and the City,” the “Harold & Kumar” franchise, “Wedding Crashers,” “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Monster-in-Law,” and the “Final Destination” franchise. Other successful films Brener worked on include “The Butterfly Effect” and “Boiler Room.” He most recently executive produced the ensemble comedy “Horrible Bosses.”
Brener joined the company as a temp in 1995 and rapidly rose through the ranks, from story editor to President. Over the course of his career, Brener has overseen the studio’s relationships with much of its key talent, including Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and the late Ted Demme.
Born and raised in Short Hills, New Jersey, Brener graduated with a BA in History from Yale University in 1994.
DAVE NEUSTADTER (Executive Producer) has been a development executive with New Line Cinema since 2007 and currently serves as the Vice President of Production for the studio. He most recently produced “The Conjuring,” the true story of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, and the comedy “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” starring Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell. He also produced the contemporary re-imagining of the seminal horror classic “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” as well as the romantic comedy “Going the Distance.” He’s currently in post on his latest production, the tornado thriller “Black Sky,” slated for a 2014 release.
Neustadter began his career at New Line in 2003 as an intern in the development department, and was then hired as Richard Brener’s executive assistant. He is a graduate of Indiana University.
MARCUS VISCIDI (Executive Producer) previously executive produced the family adventure “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” starring Duane Johnson; the romantic comedy “Sex and the City 2,” reuniting Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon; “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner; and “Pride and Glory,” starring Edward Norton, Colin Farrell and Jon Voight.
Earlier, Viscidi produced the political thriller “Rendition,” starring Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Meryl Streep; “The Last Kiss,” starring Zach Braff; “Shopgirl,” the adaptation of Steve Martin’s novel, starring Martin and Claire Danes; and “Wicker Park,” starring Josh Hartnett. He also served as executive producer on William Friedkin’s “The Hunted,” starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio Del Toro, and on Richard Linklater’s “Bad News Bears,” starring Billy Bob Thornton.
Viscidi earned a 1996 Independent Spirit Award nomination for producing Tom DiCillo’s award-winning film “Living in Oblivion,” starring Steve Buscemi, and went on to collaborate with DiCillo on his films “The Real Blonde,” “Double Whammy,” and “Box of Moonlight,” starring John Turturro and Sam Rockwell. His additional feature producing credits include John Schlesinger’s “The Next Best Thing,” starring Madonna and Rupert Everett; “Mad Love,” starring Drew Barrymore and Chris O’Donnell; Horton Foote’s “Courtship”; Daniel Petrie’s “Rocket Gibraltar,” starring Burt Lancaster; “Signs of Life,” starring Vincent D’Onofrio; and “Lemon Sky,” the film adaptation of Lanford Wilson’s play, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
For television, Viscidi’s producing credits include the American Playhouse production of Katherine Anne Porter’s “Noon Wine” and Eudora Welty’s “The Wide Net,” as well as the film adaptation of Keith Reddin’s off-Broadway play “Big Time.” In 1998, he produced the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production of “Honour,” starring Jane Alexander and Laura Linney.
BARRY PETERSON (Director of Photography) previously worked with director Rawson Marshall Thurber on the comedy “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn.
More recently, Peterson worked on the Phil Lord and Chris Miller action comedy “21 Jump Street,” starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and is set to shoot the filmmakers’ upcoming sequel, “22 Jump Street.” He is currently working with Lord and Miller on the animated feature “The LEGO Movie,” featuring the voices of Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson and Will Ferrell and Morgan Freeman, due in theatres February 7, 2014.
Peterson’s first major feature film as a cinematographer was Ben Stiller’s classic comedy “Zoolander.” His other past film work includes the crime thriller “Dark Blue,” from director Ron Shelton; Todd Phillips’ “Starsky & Hutch”, starring Stiller and Owen Wilson; and Doug Liman’s action feature “Jumper,” starring Samuel L. Jackson and Diane Lane.
CLAYTON HARTLEY (Production Designer) began his career as a production designer on such comedies as “American Wedding,” and Adam McKay’s cult classic “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” starring Will Ferrell. Hartley has since worked on several films starring Ferrell and directed by McKay, including “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “Step Brothers” and “The Other Guys,” as well as the upcoming “Anchorman: The Legend Continues.” Hartley also designed Ferrell’s “Kicking & Screaming,” for director Jesse Dylan, and “Semi-Pro,” for director Kent Alterman.
Hartley’s other feature film credits as production designer include the thriller “The Perfect Sleep” and the romantic comedy “She’s Out of My League.” On the small screen, he designs the series “Eastbound & Down.”
He studied art and architecture at Northwestern University. Following his time there, he started working his way up through the ranks, beginning as a production assistant on the films “Frances” and “Tender Mercies,” before moving into the art department on the films “Bad Boys” and “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.” He continued to move up, working as the assistant art director on “Hoosiers,” followed by stints as art director, on “Jerry Maguire” and “The Other Sister.” His break came from Cameron Crowe on “Almost Famous,” which Hartley co-designed and was nominated for an Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design.
MIKE SALE (Editor) most recently edited the comedies “Fun Size,” from director Josh Schwartz; Todd Phillips’ “The Hangover Part II”; “Bridesmaids,” starring Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy; and Nicholas Stoller’s “Get Him to the Greek,” starring Jonah Hill and Russell Brand.
Sale is currently cutting the upcoming Melissa McCarthy comedy “Tammy,” directed by Ben Falcone and set for release on July 2, 2014. He previously served as an additional editor on “I Love You, Man,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Superbad,” “Undercover Brother” and “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps.”
For television, Sale edited the drama series “Judging Amy,” and served as assistant editor on such shows as “L.A. Law,” “Northern Exposure” and “The Wonder Years.”
SHAY CUNLIFFE (Costume Designer) recently completed work on “The Fifth Estate,” directed by Bill Condon and set to be released in late 2013. Her other recent productions include Tony Gilroy’s “The Bourne Legacy,” and “The Bourne Ultimatum,” for director Paul Greengrass.
Throughout her career as a costume designer, Cunliffe has collaborated with many distinguished filmmakers, such as James L. Brooks on “Spanglish” and “How Do You Know”; John Sayles on “Lone Star,” “Limbo” and “Silver City”; Gary Sinise on “Of Mice and Men” and “Miles From Home”; Taylor Hackford on “Dolores Claiborne” and “Bound by Honor”; Rob Reiner on “The Story of Us” and “Alex & Emma”; Thomas Bezucha on “The Family Stone” and “Monte Carlo”; and Ken Kwapis on “He’s Just Not That Into You” and “Big Miracle.”
Other noted filmmakers with whom Cunliffe has collaborated include Steven Zaillian on “A Civil Action”; Michael Apted on “Enough”; Nick Cassavetes on “My Sister's Keeper”; Roland Emmerich on “2012”; Brad Silberling on “City of Angels”; Amy Heckerling on “I Could Never Be Your Woman”; and David Mamet on “Spartan.”
Cunliffe tapped into her musical theater roots when she teamed with Rob Marshall on the television movie version of “Annie.” Her work on “Annie” was honored with a Costume Designers Guild Award and an Emmy nomination. She returned to her native England to work on the coming-of-debutante-age fairy tale “What a Girl Wants,” directed by Dennie Gordon.
Her first job as costume designer was on “Mrs. Soffel,” starring Diane Keaton and Mel Gibson. Cunliffe later worked with Gibson on his directorial debut, “The Man Without a Face.”
Cunliffe trained at the University of Bristol in England, and began her design career in the New York theatre.
THEODORE SHAPIRO (Music) first worked with director Rawson Marshall Thurber as the composer on his sports comedy “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” starring Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller, then later on Thurber’s “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh,” starring Peter Sarsgaard, Sienna Miller and Nick Nolte.
Shapiro has collaborated with Jay Roach on three features, first on the comedy “Dinner for Schmucks,” starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, followed by the director’s recent films, “The Campaign,” starring Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Sudeikis, and “Game Change,” for HBO, based on Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s book about the 2008 presidential election. His work on “Game Change” earned him an Emmy Award nomination.
Most recently, Shapiro composed the music for director David Frankel’s “Hope Springs,” starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell. He is currently working on Frankel’s newest film, “One Chance,” due out this December. He had previously collaborated with Frankel on the comedy “The Big Year,” as well as “Marley & Me,” and the worldwide success “The Devil Wears Prada.”
His music was also heard on the 2012 animated adventure film “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” directed by Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt, and starring the voices of Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek and Jeremy Piven; and in 2011, in Jason Winer’s comedy “Arthur,” starring Russell Brand, Helen Mirren and Jennifer Garner.
Shapiro received the BMI Film Music Award for his work on the films “The Campaign,” “Hope Springs,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” “I Love You, Man,” “Marley & Me,” “Tropic Thunder,” “You, Me and Dupree,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Blades of Glory,” “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Starsky & Hutch” and “Along Came Polly.”
His other notable credits include work on Todd Phillips’ “Old School”; “Semi-Pro,” starring Will Ferrell; David Mamet’s “Heist” and “State and Main”; Karyn Kusama's “Jennifer's Body”; and the independent hit “Girlfight.” Next up for the composer is Ben Stiller’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”
In April, 2011, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, as part of their Masters of Film Music concert series, premiered Shapiro's new orchestral work, “In Mitn Drinen.”
LUDWIG GORANSSON (Music) is a 28-year-old composer originally from Sweden. Amongst his most well known works are the scores for the award-winning movie “Fruitvale Station” and the hit TV shows “Community” and “New Girl.”
He has also contributed to the features “30 Minutes or Less,” “Jennifer’s Body,” “Year One,” “I Love You, Man,” “Marley & Me” and “Tropic Thunder,” as well as numerous short films.
Aside from scoring movies, Goransson also produced such artists as Childish Gambino, Haim and, most recently, Chance The Rapper. He is a graduate of the film scoring program at the University of Southern California.