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  Edward Burns
Executive Producer/Director

Lauded by critics and audiences alike, Burns gained international recognition for his first feature film The Brothers McMullen, which premiered in competition at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury prize. The film, which Burns wrote, directed and starred in, was shot on a budget of only $25,000 and went on to gross over $10 million at the domestic box office, making it the most profitable film of 1995. The film also won Best First Feature at the 1996 Independent Spirit Awards.

Burns' second film, the romantic comedy She's the One, starring Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz, reinforced his versatile talent as a writer, director and actor able to simultaneously and successfully wear multiple hats.

Burns' 11th feature film as a writer, director and actor is the drama The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, which had its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival and stars Kerry Bishe, Connie Britton, Caitlin FitzGerald, Ed Lauter and Michael McGlone.

Burns continues to write, direct, star in and produce his films, including the Paramount Classics relationship comedy Sidewalks of New York, Purple Violets, Nice Guy Johnny and Newlyweds. In a groundbreaking deal, Purple Violets was the first feature film to premiere exclusively on iTunes. Burns expanded on this new model of digital distribution to include cable Video on Demand to reach even wider audiences and successfully released two films, Nice Guy Johnny and Newlyweds via these platforms in 2010 and 2011.

As an actor, Burns starred opposite Tom Hanks and Matt Damon in Steven Spielberg's critically acclaimed World War II epic Saving Private Ryan. He also starred in the thriller 15 Minutes, opposite Robert De Niro; Confidence, opposite Dustin Hoffman; and the 20th Century Fox romantic comedy hit 27 Dresses, opposite Katherine Heigl.

Burns most recently starred in three-time Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Frank Darabont's event series Mob City as legendary gangster Bugsy Siegel, which premiered in 2013 on TNT.

Ed Burns was born in Woodside, Queens and raised on Long Island. While at Hunter College in New York City, Burns switched his focus from English to filmmaking before quickly moving on to make The Brothers McMullen, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Burns lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Steven Spielberg
Executive Producer

Steven Spielberg, one of the industry’s most successful and influential filmmakers, is a principal partner of DreamWorks Studios.  Formed in 2009, Spielberg leads the motion picture company in partnership with The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group.

Spielberg is also, collectively, the top-grossing director of all time, having helmed such blockbusters as Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones franchise and Jurassic Park.  Among his myriad honors, he is a three-time Academy Award® winner.

Spielberg took home his first two Oscars®, for Best Director and Best Picture, for the internationally lauded Schindler’s List, which received a total of seven Oscars®.  The film was also named the Best Picture of 1993 by many of the major critics organizations, in addition to winning seven BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globe® Awards, both including Best Picture and Director.  Spielberg also won the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award for his work on the film.

Spielberg won his third Academy Award®, for Best Director, for the World War II drama Saving Private Ryan, which was the highest-grossing release (domestically) of 1998.  It was also one of the year’s most honored films, earning four additional Oscars®, as well as two Golden Globe® Awards, for Best Picture - Drama and Best Director, and numerous critics groups awards in the same categories.  Spielberg also won another DGA Award, and shared a Producers Guild of America (PGA) Award with the film’s other producers.  That same year, the PGA also presented Spielberg with the prestigious Milestone Award for his historic contribution to the motion picture industry.

He has also earned Academy Award® nominations for Best Director for Lincoln, Munich, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  Additionally, he earned DGA Award nominations for those films, as well as Jaws, The Color Purple, Empire of the Sun, and Amistad.  With eleven to date, Spielberg has been honored by his peers with more DGA Award nominations than any other director.  In 2000, he received the DGA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  He is also the recipient of the Irving G. Thalberg Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Hollywood Foreign Press’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Kennedy Center Honor and numerous other career tributes.

Spielberg’s upcoming films include Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks, which will be released in theaters October 16, 2015, and the adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved classic, The BFG, which will be in theaters July 1, 2016.  He is also an executive producer on Jurassic World, directed by Colin Trevorrow, which set all-time box-office records in its worldwide openings in June 2015. 

In 2012, Spielberg directed Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln. The DreamWorks Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox film, in association with Participant Media, garnered 12 Academy Award® nominations. The film won two Oscars®, including Daniel Day-Lewis’ third Oscar® for Best Actor playing the iconic 16th President, as well as Best Production Design.

Spielberg’s career began with the 1968 short film Amblin, which led to him becoming the youngest director ever signed to a long-term studio deal. He directed episodes of such TV shows as Night Gallery, Marcus Welby, M.D. and Columbo, and gained special attention for his 1971 telefilm Duel. Three years later, he made his feature film directorial debut on The Sugarland Express, from a screenplay he co-wrote.  His next film was Jaws, which was the first film to break the $100 million mark.

In 1984, Spielberg formed his own production company, Amblin Entertainment.  Under the Amblin banner, he served as producer or executive producer on such hits as Gremlins, Goonies, Back to the Future I, II, and III, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, An American Tail, Twister, The Mask of Zorro, and the Men in Black films.  In 1994, Spielberg partnered with Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen to form the original DreamWorks Studios.  The studio enjoyed both critical and commercial successes, including three consecutive Best Picture Academy Award® winners: American Beauty, Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind.  In its history, DreamWorks has also produced or co-produced a wide range of features, including the Transformers blockbusters, Clint Eastwood’s World War II dramas Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, the latter earning a Best Picture Oscar® nomination.  Under the DreamWorks banner, Spielberg also directed such films as War of the Worlds, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can and A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

Spielberg has not limited his success to the big screen. He was an executive producer on the long-running Emmy-winning TV drama E.R. produced by his Amblin Entertainment company and Warner Bros. Television for NBC.  On the heels of their experience on Saving Private Ryan, he and Tom Hanks teamed to executive produce the HBO Emmy®-winning miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific.  Among the shows Spielberg also executive produced were the Emmy®-winning Sci-Fi Channel’s miniseries Taken and TNT’s Emmy® winning Into the West. He is currently an executive producer on TNT’s Falling Skies and Public Morals, CBS’s Under the Dome and Extant, The Whispers for ABC, Minority Report for FOX and his Amblin Television is also a producer of FX’s Peabody Award winning The Americans.

Apart from his filmmaking work, Spielberg has also devoted his time and resources to many philanthropic causes.  He established The Righteous Persons Foundation using all his profits from Schindler’s List. He also founded the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, which in 2006 became the USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education.  The Institute has recorded more than 52,000 interviews with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides and is dedicated to making the testimonies a compelling voice for education and action.  Additionally, Spielberg is the Chairman Emeritus of the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Aaron Lubin
Executive Producer

Aaron Lubin has been Edward Burns' producing partner at Marlboro Road Gang Productions for the past 16 years. In addition to Public Morals, Lubin recently produced Burns' The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was acquired by Tribeca Film and was distributed in 2012 on all platforms, including theatrical. Additionally, Lubin produced Burns' Newlyweds, which was the closing night film for the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Lubin produced, Something Borrowed, alongside Molly Smith and Hilary Swank for Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros., based on the best selling novel by Emily Giffin and directed by Luke Greenfield. The film starred Kate Hudson, John Krasinski and Ginnifer Goodwin and grossed $40 million in the United States.

Previously, Lubin produced several other films written and directed by Burns: Nice Guy Johnny, which was the opening film for the Tribeca Virtual Film Festival and which became a pioneer film in day-and-day digital distribution, with a multi platform release in October of 2010 that scored a Top 10 run on iTunes; Purple Violets, in which Burns also stars alongside Selma Blair, Patrick Wilson and Debra Messing, and which gained notoriety when it became the first feature film to premiere exclusively on iTunes in November of 2007; and the ensemble comedy The Groomsmen, which was released in 2006 to critical acclaim and in which Burns also starred with Brittany Murphy, John Leguizamo, Jay Mohr, Matthew Lillard and Donal Logue.

Additional Burns films on which Lubin served as a producer include Ash Wednesday, starring Burns, Elijah Wood, Rosario Dawson and Oliver Platt, and Sidewalks of New York, starring Brittany Murphy, Rosario Dawson, Heather Graham, David Krumhotlz, Stanley Tucci and Burns. Lubin has produced several short films with Burns for major corporations such as Tiffany and Co. and American Express. Prior to Marlboro Road Gang, Lubin was a creative executive at Kopelson Entertainment, where he worked on such films as The Devil's Advocate, starring Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino, and U.S. Marshals, starring Tommy Lee Jones.

A graduate of The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Loyola Law School, where he was a Faculty Scholar, Lubin recently became a member of the Board of Advisors for www.scripted.com.

Steven Spielberg
Executive producer

Steven Spielberg is a principal partner of DreamWorks Studios. Along with partner Stacey Snider, they joined with The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group in 2009 to form the new DreamWorks. This new entity is a continuation of DreamWorks Studios, which was formed in 1994 by Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.

In its history, DreamWorks has enjoyed critical and commercial success. It has been responsible for some of the most honored films in recent years, including three consecutive Best Picture Academy Award® winners: American Beauty, Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind (the latter two co-productions with Universal). DreamWorks has also brought to the screen such box-office successes as Transformers, The Ring, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can and Meet the Parents and its sequel.

One of the industry's most successful and influential filmmakers, Steven Spielberg has directed, produced, or executive-produced some of the top-grossing films of all time, including Jurassic Park and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Among his myriad honors, he is a three-time Academy Award winner, earning two Oscars® for Best Director and Best Picture for Schindler's List and a third Oscar® for Best Director for Saving Private Ryan. Spielberg has also directed the Indiana Jones films, from Raiders of the Lost Ark to the 2008 hit Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. His most recent films as director include the 3D animated extravaganza The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, the classic tale War Horse and this past year's acclaimed historical drama Lincoln, which earned 12 Academy Award nominations and earned Daniel Day Lewis his third statuette for Best Actor.

Spielberg began his career in television, directing episodes of such shows as Columbo, Marcus Welby M.D. and Night Gallery, among others. After premiering on television in the United States, his thriller Duel was later released in theaters internationally, launching Spielberg's motion picture career and opening the door to his first feature films Sugarland Express and the blockbuster Jaws.

Spielberg's most successful series for television was the Emmy-winning ER, which he executive-produced with his Amblin Entertainment studio and Warner Bros. TV. He also executive-produced Band of Brothers and The Pacific, which both won Emmys for Outstanding Miniseries. Spielberg's current television productions include TNT's Falling Skies, FX's The Americans and CBS's Under the Dome and Extant.

In addition to his directing and producing duties, Spielberg has devoted his time and resources to many philanthropic causes. Using all his profits from Schindler's List, Spielberg established The Righteous Persons Foundation. He also founded the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, which in 2005 became the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education. The Foundation has recorded more than 52,000 Holocaust survivor testimonies and is dedicated to research and scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.

Justin Falvey
Executive Producer

As the Co-President of Amblin Television, Justin Falvey oversees all series development and long-form programming for the company.  Falvey works alongside longtime friend and business partner, Darryl Frank, and the two currently serve as executive producer on seven series.

In addition to executive producing TNT’s upcoming new drama Public Morals, which was written, directed and stars Ed Burns as a 1960’s detective in New York City’s Public Morals Division, and is set to debut in August 2015, Falvey also serves as executive producer on the acclaimed series The Americans on FX, starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as KGB spies living in the US, which recently garnered an AFI Award, Peabody Award, and the Critics Choice Award, and will be returning next year for a fourth season. 

Falvey executive produces the new series The Whispers on ABC, created by Soo Hugh and starring Lily Rabe as a child specialist in the FBI, which scored the number one summer series premiere in two years on any network.  

Falvey is executive producer of the upcoming Fox series Minority Report, based on the international blockbuster film from Steven Spielberg, which was written by Max Borenstein (Godzilla), and directed by Mark Mylod (The Affair).

Falvey executive produces the sci-fi drama Extant on CBS, starring Halle Berry.  The show received a straight to 13-episode pickup in 2014, making it one of the biggest sales of the year, and is set to return for a second season this summer.  He also developed and is executive producer of Under the Dome, which will be back for a third season this summer on CBS, and is based on Stephen King’s New York Times best-selling novel.

Falvey serves as executive producer on Falling Skies, also on TNT.  Starring Noah Wyle, the series will return this summer for its fifth and final season.

He also serves as executive producer on All The Way, an upcoming HBO movie starring Bryan Cranston and written by Robert Schenkkan, which is adapted from Schenkkan’s Tony Award-winning play of the same name.

During his 19-year tenure at Amblin, Falvey has produced numerous acclaimed series, including the NBC drama series Smash, which starred Anjelica Huston, Debra Messing, Jack Davenport and Katharine McPhee; the Showtime series United States of Tara, based on an idea by Steven Spielberg, which was written by Diablo Cody (Juno), and starred Toni Collette in a role that garnered her an Emmy; and the acclaimed Showtime series, The Borgias, starring Jeremy Irons.

Falvey’s additional credits include five seasons of the drama Las Vegas, as well as overseeing the production and development for NBC’s Freaks and Geeks, and Fox’s Undeclared.  Amblin Television was also responsible for the critically acclaimed FX series Rescue Me, which starred Dennis Leary and ran for six seasons.

Falvey served as co-executive producer on Into the West, an epic limited series from executive producer Steven Spielberg, which became the most Emmy®-nominated program of the year with 16 nominations, as well as a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Darryl Frank
Executive Producer

Darryl Frank serves as Co-President of Amblin Television, where he oversees all development, production and programming for the company.  Frank works alongside longtime friend and business partner, Justin Falvey, and the two currently serve as executive producer on seven series.

In addition to executive producing TNT’s upcoming new drama Public Morals, which was written, directed and stars Ed Burns as a 1960’s detective in New York City’s Public Morals Division, and is set to debut in August 2015, Frank also serves as executive producer on the acclaimed series The Americans on FX, starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as KGB spies living in the US, which recently garnered an AFI Award, Peabody Award, and the Critics Choice Award. It will be returning next year for a fourth season. 

Frank executive produces the new thriller series The Whispers on ABC, created by Soo Hugh and starring Lily Rabe as a child specialist in the FBI, which scored the number one summer series premiere in two years on any network.  

Frank is executive producer of the upcoming Fox series Minority Report, based on the international blockbuster film from Steven Spielberg, which was written by Max Borenstein (Godzilla), and directed by Mark Mylod (The Affair).

Frank also serves as executive producer on the hit drama series Under the Dome, which is based on the best selling novel by Stephen King, adapted for television by Brian K. Vaughn (Lost), and returns for a third season this summer on CBS.  Under the Dome was the most-watched summer drama premiere on any network since 1992.  Also for CBS, Frank is executive producer on the upcoming second season of science fiction drama Extant starring Halle Berry, which premiered in Summer 2014, and was one of the biggest sales of the year garnering a straight-to-13 episode series pickup.

Also for TNT, Frank serves as executive producer on the sci-fi thriller Falling Skies, starring Noah Wyle, based on an original idea of Steven Spielberg and developed by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan).  The series will air its fifth and final season later this year. 

He also serves as executive producer on All The Way, an upcoming HBO movie starring Bryan Cranston and written by Robert Schenkkan, which is adapted from Schenkkan’s Tony Award-winning play of the same name.

In his 19-year tenure at Amblin Television, some of Frank’s previous credits include executive producing two seasons of the NBC musical-drama series Smash starring Anjelica Huston, Debra Messing, and Katharine McPhee; three seasons of Showtime series The Borgias starring Jeremy Irons; and three seasons of The United States of Tara with Oscar-winning series creator Diablo Cody (Juno) and starring Emmy® and Golden Globe® winning actress Toni Collette.

Additionally, Frank developed and served as executive producer on the NBC drama Las Vegas, for all five seasons and 106 episodes. He also oversaw the development and production of Spin City starring Michael J. Fox for its entire six-season run. 

In the long-form arena, Frank served as co-executive producer on Into The West, a 12-hour limited series from executive producer Steven Spielberg, which became the most Emmy®-nominated program in 2006, with 16 nominations, and garnered a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.  In addition, Frank served as the co-executive producer on Taken, the epic 20-hour miniseries for the SyFy Channel, which won the Emmy® in 2002 for Best Mini-Series and was nominated in the same category for the Golden Globes.