The Last Ship Production Bios
Season 3 Producer Bios
Michael Bay became a professional director at the young age of 23. By 25, he was recognized as one of the world's major commercial directors. He went on to win the Cannes Lions Grand Prix for Best Commercial in the world for his "Got Milk?/Aaron Burr" spot, which has been established as one of the Top 10 classic commercials of all time. Several of his commercials are housed in the permanent collection of MOMA (the Museum of Modern Art) in New York.
From there, Bay became a feature film director who jump-started Will Smith's film career as an action hero with Bad Boys. Next, he moved into the memorable high stakes action film, The Rock, starring Sean Connery, Nicholas Cage and Ed Harris.
Bay's career, along with his Bay Films production company, continued with blockbuster after blockbuster: Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys 2 and four films of the Transformers franchise. With the huge box office success of these films, Bay is currently the second highest-grossing film director in America, after one of his mentors, Steven Spielberg, and the fourth most successful director in the global market. Forbes and Vanity Fair magazines have listed him among the very top earners in Hollywood for the past six years.
In the past couple of years, Bay has branched beyond the mainstream into smaller, more artistically driven films like the dark comedy Pain and Gain with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, and more recently 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, the true, untold story chronicling the heroic rescue mission that saved 36 Americans during an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.
In September 2015, Bay was honored with a career tribute at the 41st Deauville American Film Festival, where several of his films were screened and where the Mayor of Deauville, in an enduring tradition of the seaside town, christened a beach cabana with his name.
Last year, The Hollywood Reporter named Bay and his two partners in Platinum Dunes as Producers of the Year. The company boasts an extremely successful track record with films of all genres, from smaller horror movies like Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Amityville Horror (2005) and Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), which help break new actors and directors, to tent-pole features like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The second installment of this new franchise, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, was released June 3, 2016. Overall, Bay's films as director and producer total more than $7.3 in global box office receipts.
The Platinum Dunes Television division has produced the popular Starz series Black Sails, which recently aired its third season to rave reviews, and The Last Ship, airing its third term on TNT this summer. A small screen version about novelist Tom Clancy's CIA hero, Jack Ryan, starring John Krasinski, is currently in development with partners Paramount Television and Amazon.
Recently Bay helped to launch yet another company, 451 Media Group, which will focus on developing, producing and worldwide marketing of technology, art and merchandise based on graphic novels, as well as new content.
With the money he has made from his business empire, Bay is funding a sizable long-term Animal Conservancy Trust Fund that focuses on the protection of African endangered animals. He also has plans to produce a large-scale IMAX documentary on elephant poaching in Africa.
Bay has lectured at Harvard Graduate School of Architecture, Wesleyan University and the University of Southern California, among several others, as well as at various national business leader conferences. In 2011 he was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, Wesleyan University.
Bay is currently at work on the fifth installment of Transformers, set to go before cameras this summer.
Andrew Form & Brad Fuller
Andrew Form and Brad Fuller producers) founded Platinum Dunes in 2001, along with partner Michael Bay. Established with the intent of creating opportunities for first-time directors, the partners strive to make commercially viable films on modest budgets for a global audience. Since its inception, the company has released 14 films. Platinum Dunes renewed a first-look deal with Paramount Pictures through 2019.
In 2014, Form and Fuller produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett and William Fichtner for Paramount Pictures. The film opened in August and garnered more than $493 million around the globe. More recently, the duo released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, starring Fox and Arnett, as well as Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek and Jeremy Howard as the Turtles. The all-star cast also includes Laura Linney, Stephen Amell, Tyler Perry, Brian Tee, Stephen "Sheamus" Farrelly, Gary Anthony Williams and Brittany Ishibashi. The film has made $116 million to date.
On Oct. 24, 2014 Universal released the Platinum Dunes produced Ouija, a horror film based on the popular Hasbro board game. Made for $5 million, the film brought in more than $103 million in box office receipts. A follow-up to the saga, Ouija 2, starring Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser and Doug Jones, directed by Mike Flanagan, is set for release Oct. 21.
In 2013, Platinum Dunes produced The Purge for Universal Pictures for a mere $3 million. The innovative sleeper hit surprised the industry when it grossed $34.1 million its opening weekend. Last summer's sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, grossed $29.8 million its opening weekend, earning $112 million worldwide. A third installment, The Purge: Election Year, written and directed by James DeMonaco, will hit theatres this summer on July 1.
Also for Paramount, the filmmakers released the low budget thriller Project Almanac in January 2015. Directed by Dean Israelite, the film introduced a cast of exciting new talent including Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista and Virginia Gardner as a group of friends who embark on the adventure of their lives when they stumble upon secret designs for an experimental time machine.
In 2014, the Platinum Dunes partners made their first foray into television with two hugely successful shows. Black Sails, starring Toby Stephens, which debuted on Starz on Jan. 25, 2014, and recently aired its third season to rave reviews, is shooting its fourth season in South Africa. The Last Ship, starring Eric Dane, first aired on TNT on June 22, 2014, and premiered its third season in June 2016. A new show, Billion Dollar Wreck, chronicling the adventures of real life treasure hunter Martin Bayerle, debuted this past February on the History Channel.
The production team has several film and television projects in development, among them, the much-anticipated Jack Ryan, starring John Krasinski, based on the Tom Clancy-created character, for Paramount Television.
Hank Steinberg was the creator, executive producer, and show-runner 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 has been nominated for an Edgar Award for mystery writing. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, daughter, son, two dogs, cat and a gargoyle gecko.
Born in New Jersey, Paul Holahan started on his career track by cranking his Bolex and setting f-stops while making politicized films at the University of Wisconsin. He later graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute. After a multi-year stint living and shooting in Indonesia and the Philippines, he returned to New York to shoot rock videos, MTV shorts, slick commercials and low-budget features.
Holohan moved from cinematographer to director after landing in Los Angeles, starting with commercials and quickly moving into one-hour episodic television, where he combined a love of storytelling with his keen cinematic approach. He quickly developed a reputation for being a fast-paced director with whom cast and crew relished working due to his humor and speed on set.
Holahan's work in television has been varied – from his early years on TNT's genre cult series Witchblade to his work on Fringe, Ugly Betty, Burn Notice, White Collar, Castle and more. As an episodic director, he has helmed some of the highest-rated one-hour dramas on television. He just wrapped a season as an executive producer/director on TNT's The Last Ship, from executive producer Michael Bay. As a director-producer, he has also worked on the series Facing Kate (USA), The Ex-List (CBS), Without a Trace (CBS) and In Justice (ABC). His 2016 episodic schedule is quickly filling up, including bookings for Amazon Prime and Scott Free Television's critically acclaimed The Man in the High Castle.
Michael Katleman is a prolific director and executive producer known for both high-octane action and visually engaging, character-centric material. His directing work includes such iconic shows as Scandal, Justified, The X-Files, Northern Exposure, Dark Angel and ER, as well as the two-hour finale of the Emmy®-winning Steven Spielberg miniseries Taken.
Katleman's producing work includes Life on Mars, Mercy Point, Memphis Beat, My Generation, Eastwick, Big Shots, Reunion, Point Pleasant, Tru Calling, Birds of Prey, Gilmore Girls and Mercy Point.
Most recently, Katleman has been the executive producer of Michael Bay's The Last Ship for TNT. He is currently the executive producer of the CBS summer hit Zoo, based on James Patterson's bestselling novel.
Katleman is also an accomplished pilot director, with four out of his five pilots getting picked up to series. In 2006, he directed his first feature film for Disney and Hollywood Pictures with Primeval, a visual effects-driven action-adventure shot entirely on location in South Africa.
Katleman lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Allyn, and three children. He is an avid martial artist, skier and music aficionado.