The Last Ship Producer Bios
Michael Bay is one of the entertainment industry's most successful filmmakers, currently listed as the 4th highest grossing director of all time. Characterized by his aggressive visual style and high-octane action sequences that have become his cinematic signature, the films that Bay has directed and produced via his two production companies have grossed $5.5 billion worldwide.
His directing resume includes the films Bad Boys and Bad Boys 2, both starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence; The Rock starring Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery; Armageddon, starring Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis; Pearl Harbor starring Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale; The Island, starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson; as well as three Transformers blockbusters starring Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro. The franchise has grossed more than $2.4 billion, with the latest installment, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, ranking as the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time.
Bay's most recent film is the dark comedy Pain and Gain. Based on a true story, the movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie as bodybuilding halfwits in late-'90s Miami who take on a criminal enterprise of kidnapping, extortion and murder in pursuit of the American Dream.
He is currently at work on Transformers: Age of Extinction, the newest chapter in the Transformers franchise, headlined by Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer and newcomers Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor. The movie is set for release this summer.
Bay has two television shows in production, and is producing four additional films. He is the founder and principal partner of Platinum Dunes, a production company originally conceived to give talented commercial and video directors a chance to break into the feature world.
A graduate of Wesleyan University and Art Center College of Design, Bay has won virtually every major award in the commercial industry, including Cannes' Golden Lion, the Grand Prix Clio, and the Directors Guild of America's Commercial Director of the Year award. His "Got Milk?" campaign resides in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art. A native of Los Angeles, Bay now resides in Miami.
Andrew Form & Brad Fuller
Platinum Dunes was founded in 2001 by partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller to provide first time directors with the opportunity to helm their first film. Since that time, the company has released nine films. Eight of these films grossed their production budget opening weekend and four grossed their production budget opening night.
Last year, Platinum Dunes produced The Purge for Universal Pictures, which grossed $34.1 million on its opening weekend with a $3 million budget. The sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, is currently in post-production and is set to be released on June 20th of this year. Following that, the studio will release the Platinum Dunes produced Ouija, a horror film based on the popular board game on Oct. 24.
This year, Paramount Pictures will also release two films for Platinum Dunes. The first, a live-action remake of the popular comic book series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is set to debut on Aug. 8. The second, Project Almanac, will follow later this year.
Two years ago, Platinum Dunes decided to bring their production expertise to television. Their first project, Black Sails, debuted for STARZ on Jan. 25, 2014, and is currently in production on its second season.
Hank Steinberg was the creator, executive producer and showrunner of the Emmy®-winning hit TV series Without a Trace and the acclaimed series The Nine for ABC. As a screenwriter, his credits include the Emmy-nominated RFK for FX as well as the Emmy-winning HBO film 61*, for which he was nominated for an Emmy and Writers Guild Award. He recently published his first novel Out of Range for Harper Collins, earning a nomination for Best First Novel for the 2014 International Thriller Writers Thriller Awards. He is currently adapting the book into a screenplay for Paramount. Steinberg is also developing his first play, Pro Bono, at the San Francisco Playhouse for the 2015-16 season. He lives with his family in Los Angeles.
Steven Kane is a writer-producer whose credits include acclaimed drama series The Closer, Major Crimes, Alias and Without a Trace, as well as comedies American Dad and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He's been nominated for an Edgar Award for mystery writing. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, daughter, son, two dogs, cat and the occasional goldfish.
Jack Bender studied fine art, drama and cinema at the University of Southern California before beginning to build a career in television, becoming one of the most celebrated director-producers of primetime TV. His television work has included Lost, Alias, The Sopranos, Felicity and many others.
Bender wrapped production on the final season of ABC's Lost in April 2010, where he served as director and executive producer for all six seasons. He directed more than 36 hours of the show, which have earned him a Golden Globe®, Emmy®, Peabody Award and countless other nominations.
Since the conclusion of Lost, Bender has directed and executive-produced the Syfy pilot Alphas, which debuted in summer 2011, the hit series Under the Dome, which has been renewed for a second season.
In addition to his work as a director, Bender is a prolific painter and sculptor and his artwork has been featured in five prior one-man shows, galleries and many private collections.