The Last Ship Season 4 Production 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 recognized as one of the top ten 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. His career, along with his Bay Films production company, continued with blockbuster after blockbuster: Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys 2, and five 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 fifth most successful director in the global market.
In the past several 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 story chronicling the heroic rescue mission that saved 36 Americans during an attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012.
In 2014 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 such franchise features as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Purge and Ouija. Overall, Bay's films as director and producer total more than $8.4 billion in global box office receipts.
In television, Platinum Dunes has produced two critically-praised series: Black Sails for Starz and The Last Ship for TNT, the latter is in production on its fifth season. Also in production is a small screen version about novelist Tom Clancy's CIA hero, Jack Ryan, starring John Krasinski, with partners Paramount Television and Amazon.
In 2015 Bay helped to launch yet another company, 451 Media Group, which focuses on developing, producing and worldwide marketing of technology, art and merchandise, based on graphic novels as well as new content.
Paramount Pictures is set to release Transformers: The Last Knight on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD in Autumn 2017.
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. Currently, the company is in production on its 17th and 18th 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.
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, was released on Oct. 21, 2016.
In 2013, Platinum Dunes produced The Purge for Universal Pictures for a mere $2.5 million. The innovative sleeper hit surprised the industry when it grossed $34.1 million its opening weekend, and was followed by The Purge: Anarchy, which grossed $29.8 million its opening weekend, earning $112 million worldwide. The third installment, The Purge: Election Year, written and directed by James DeMonaco, was released in theatres on July 1, 2016 and earned $118.6 million worldwide. They are currently in production on the fourth Purge movie.
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 concluded its fourth season to rave reviews. The Last Ship, starring Eric Dane, is currently shooting its fifth season.
Platinum Dunes is now in production on the much-anticipated Jack Ryan, starring John Krasinski, based on the Tom Clancy-created character, for Paramount Television, as well as A Quiet Place, starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.
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. His first novel, Out of Range, for Harper Collins, earned him a nomination for Best First Novel for the 2014 International Thriller Writers Awards. He is currently developing two new series, Dawn (a drama about the birth of mankind) for MGM and Vengeance (a post World War II spy thriller) for Keshet.
Steven Kane is a writer, producer and director whose credits include acclaimed drama series The Closer, Major Crimes, Alias and NCIS, as well as comedies American Dad! and Curb Your Enthusiasm. His awards and accolades include Best Director honors at the NY Independent Film Festival and an Edgar Nomination for mystery writing. For his work on The Last Ship, Kane received the Navy’s top civilian honor, the Distinguished Service Award; and the Department of Defense flew an American Flag over the Pentagon in his name. He also won a trophy for wrestling at summer camp when he was nine. Kane lives in Los Angeles with his wife, daughter, son, dog, cat, fish and two lizards.
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's been a director-producer for Fairly Legal (USA), The Ex-List (CBS), Without a Trace (CBS) and In Justice (ABC). For the last three seasons, he has been Executive Producer on TNT's The Last Ship, from Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes.