ROBERT De NIRO (Paul Vitti) launched his prolific motion picture career in Brian De Palma's The Wedding Party in 1969. By 1973 he had twice won the New York Film Critics' Award for Best Supporting Actor in recognition of his critically acclaimed performances in Bang the Drum Slowly and Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets.
In 1974 De Niro received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather, Part II, and in1980 won his second Oscar, as Best Actor, for his extraordinary portrayal of Jake La Motta in Scorsese's Raging Bull. De Niro has earned four additional Academy Award nominations: for his role as Travis Bickle in Scorsese's acclaimed Taxi Driver, as a Vietnam vet in Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter, as a catatonic patient brought to life in Penny Marshall's Awakenings, and as an ex-con looking for revenge in Scorsese's 1992 remake of the classic Cape Fear.
De Niro's distinguished body of work also includes performances in Elia Kazan's The Last Tycoon, Bernardo Bertolucci's 1900, Ulu Grosbard's True Confessions and Falling in Love, Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America, Scorsese's King of Comedy, New York, New York, GoodFellas, and Casino, Terry Gilliam's Brazil, Roland Joffe's The Mission, Brian De Palma's The Untouchables, Alan Parker's Angel Heart, Martin Brest's Midnight Run, David Jones' Jacknife, Martin Ritt's Stanley and Iris, Neil Jordan's We're No Angels, Irwin Winkler's Guilty By Suspicion and Night and the City, Ron Howard's Backdraft, Barry Primus' Mistress, Michael Caton-Jones' This Boy's Life, John McNaughton's Mad Dog and Glory, A Bronx Tale, Kenneth Branagh's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Michael Mann's Heat, Barry Levinson's Sleepers and Wag the Dog, Jerry Zaks' Marvin's Room, Tony Scott's The Fan, James Mangold's Copland, Alfonso Cuarón's Great Expectations, Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, John Frankenheimer's Ronin, Harold Ramis' Analyze This, Joel Schumacher's Flawless, Des McNuff's Rocky and Bullwinkle, Jay Roach's Meet The Parents, George Tillman's Men of Honor, John Herzfeld's Fifteen Minutes and Frank Oz's crime drama The Score.
He recently starred in the Michael Caton-Jones drama City By The Sea and teamed with Eddie Murphy for the comedy Showtime.
De Niro takes great pride in the development of his production company, Tribeca Productions, and the Tribeca Film Center which he founded in 1988 with Analyze That producer Jane Rosenthal. Through Tribeca, he develops projects on which he serves in a combination of capacities, including producer, director and actor.
Tribeca's A Bronx Tale marked his directorial debut.
In 1992, Tribeca TV was launched with the critically acclaimed series Tribeca, for which De Niro served as one of the series executive producers. In 1998, Tribeca produced a miniseries for NBC, based on the life of Sammy 'the Bull' Gravano.
In May 2002, De Niro and Rosenthal presented the first annual Tribeca Film Festival, an enormous success, with its mission being to aid in the revitalization of lower Manhattan since the terrorist attacks on September 11th.
BILLY CRYSTAL (Ben Sobel/Executive Producer) has created one of the most versatile and prolific careers in the entertainment business, finding success in front of the camera, as a performer in film and television, and behind the scenes as a writer, director and producer.
Crystal's family owned and operated the legendary Commodore label and record store, so Crystal grew up surrounded by musicians. His father, Jack, produced concerts by the era's greatest jazz performers, including the legendary Billy Holliday.
Crystal parlayed his talent for stand-up comedy into a varied stage act that incorporated his gifts for mimicry and satire and featured characters based partly on family members and people he had befriended through the family business. After touring with Billy Joel, Barry Manilow, Neil Sedaka and Sha Na Na, Crystal became a regular on the popular series Soap, playing the first openly gay character on a network television series. In the 1984-85 television season, he met with phenomenal national success on NBC's Saturday Night Live, creating memorable characters such as Fernando and Willie the Masochist.
Among the films in which Crystal has starred are Running Scared, This is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride, Throw Momma from the Train, Memories of Me, When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers I and II, Mr. Saturday Night (which he also directed), Fathers' Day, Forget Paris (directed), Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet, Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry, Analyze This, My Giant (produced) and America's Sweethearts. He recently lent his voice to the character Mike Wazowksi in Disney's Monsters, Inc.
Crystal's film "61*" for HBO showcased him as both director and executive producer. The film received 12 Emmy nominations including those for Best Director and Best Made for Television Movie. In addition, Crystal was nominated for a DGA Award as Best Director.
He created, wrote and produced the critically acclaimed HBO series Sessions, and became the first comedian to perform in the (then) Soviet Union with his special Midnight Train to Moscow, one of the four one-man specials he has done for HBO. His work has earned six Emmy Awards, six American Comedy Awards and seven CableAce Awards.
Crystal has served as host for the Grammy Awards three times, and for the Oscars, seven times. A dedicated human rights advocate, Crystal has co-hosted with Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg all eight Comic Relief telethons for HBO.
LISA KUDROW's (Laura Sobel) characterization of the quirky and complex Pheobe Buffay on the NBC hit comedy series Friends has earned her an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe Award and an American Comedy Award.
Kudrow was also named Best Supporting Actress by the New York Film Critics and received an Independent Spirit Award nomination and a Chicago Film Critics Award nomination for her role in the Don Roos film The Opposite of Sex in 1998. In 2000, she was honored with a Blockbuster Award as well as an American Comedy Award nomination for her performance opposite Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal in the international hit Analyze This.
Her recent film credits include starring roles in Diane Keaton's Hanging Up, Nora Ephron's Lucky Numbers, the hit Romy & Michele's High School Reunion, Clockwatchers and Albert Brooks' Mother.
Although passionate about acting, the California native never considered it as a career until after her graduation from Vassar College with a degree in biology. She intended to go into the medical research field with her father, a renowned headache specialist. At that time, her brother's good friend, actor/comedian Jon Lovitz, encouraged her to pursue her dream. She began studying with improvisational instructor Cynthia Szigeti and acting teacher Ian Tucker, and in 1989 was accepted as a member of the famed Los Angeles improvisational group, The Groundlings.
Kudrow has the distinction of having appeared in two television series simultaneously: Friends and Mad About You.
She is currently shooting a film based on the infamous Wonderland Murders alongside Val Kilmer, who stars as porn star John Holmes.
JOE VITERELLI (Jelly) has appeared in more than 40 films, most recently Face to Face, Shallow Hal, and Serving Sara.
Equally effective in drama or comedy, Viterelli's feature film credits include See Spot Run, Analyze This, Mickey Blue Eyes, American Strays, Eraser, Heaven's Prisoners, The Crossing Guard, The Firm, Ruby and State of Grace. He also starred as Nick Valenti in Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway and as Clamato in the spoof Mafia!
Among his television work are the telefilms What She Doesn't Know, In the Shadow of a Killer and Palace Guard. He starred in the Las Vegas-based drama The Strip, and guest-starred on the series Fallen Angels, The Commish and Equal Justice.
Viterelli was a late bloomer in his acting career. For more than 25 years he turned down numerous acting opportunities offered by producers, directors and casting directors, including his longtime friend, filmmaker Leo Penn, to whom he stated, "I lived my whole life keeping a low profile, now you want me to put this mug on a 40-foot screen?"
Then, in 1981, Sean Penn (Leo Penn's son) called to say that they were having difficulty casting a character from the Lower East Side in a film currently shooting on location in Viterelli's old neighborhood on Mott Street. The resulting screen test led to Viterelli's motion picture debut in Phil Joanou's State of Grace, and the rest is history.
CATHY MORIARTY-GENTILE (Patty LoPresti) made her feature film debut at 18 in Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull, opposite Robert De Niro, a role that earned her a BAFTA nomination, two Golden Globe nominations and an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress.
She followed up her Raging Bull performance with appearances in Kindergarten Cop, Soapdish, Matinee, The Gun In Betty Lou's Handbag, Another Stakeout, Steven Spielberg's Casper, and Forget Paris, directed by Billy Crystal. In 1995, Moriarty-Gentile co-starred in the CBS-TV series Bless This House, and also appeared in Séance, an episode for HBO's Tales from the Crypt, winning a CableAce Award.
Among her film credits are roles in Hugo Pool, Dream with the Fishes, Copland, Digging to China, the 1999 remake of Gloria, Crazy In Alabama and The Prince of Central Park. In 1998, Moriarty-Gentile played the part of the good witch Gert in Fox Home Video's Casper Meets Wendy. She can also be heard as the voice of Ruby the Junkyard Dog in Disney's DVD of Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventures.
Married in the summer of 1999, Moriarty-Gentile is spending more of her time in New York with her husband Joseph Gentile, a well-known New York financier, their twins, Joseph John and Catherine Patricia, and newborn daughter, Annabella Rose.
Celebrated for his unique gifts in writing, directing and producing,HAROLD RAMIS (Director/Writer) has lent his expertise to many of the most successful screen comedies ever made.
Ramis was born in Chicago. He earned a bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis and returned there in 1993 to receive an honorary Doctorate of Arts. He got his start in comedy with that city's famed Second City improvisational theater group while employed as associate editor of Playboy Magazine. In 1974, he moved to New York to write and perform in The National Lampoon Show with fellow Second City graduates John Belushi, Gilda Radner and Bill Murray, and in 1976 became head writer and regular performer on the SCTV comedy series.
Ramis co-wrote the blockbuster National Lampoon's Animal House, and teamed with producer/director Ivan Reitman as writer on Meatballs, Stripes, Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. He also co-starred in Stripes and the popular Ghostbuster films, and appeared in Baby Boom, Stealing Home, Groundhog Day, Airheads, Love Affair, As Good As It Gets, and the 2002 comedies Orange County and I'm With Lucy.
Ramis made his directorial debut with the hit comedy Caddyshack, which he co-wrote. Among his other directorial credits are Vacation, Club Paradise, Groundhog Day (for which Ramis won the British Comedy Award and shared a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay), Multiplicity, Stuart Saves His Family, the international hit Analyze This and the recent fantasy comedy Bedazzled, which he also co-wrote and produced.
PAULA WEINSTEIN (Producer), who oversees Baltimore Spring Creek Pictures with partner Barry Levinson, has worked with virtually every major film studio during her 25-year career in the entertainment industry. Her latest film, released this year, is the romance Possession, directed by Neil LaBute and starring Gwyneth Paltrow. Weinstein is currently producing the Warner Bros. Pictures action/adventure comedy feature Looney Tunes: Back in Action, scheduled for a 2003 release, and the HBO project Iron Jawed Angels.
She began her career as an agent, and in 1976 joined Warner Bros. as a vice president of production before subsequently moving to 20th Century Fox and the Ladd Company. In 1984, Weinstein inaugurated her own production company WW Productions, and in 1987 was executive consultant to MGM's worldwide motion picture division while continuing to produce her own projects including A Dry White Season and The Fabulous Baker Boys, which received four Academy Award nominations.
Among the films she has produced are Bandits, The Perfect Storm, Analyze This, An Everlasting Peace, Liberty Heights, Fearless, Flesh and Bone, Something To Talk About and With Honors. Weinstein served as executive producer on HBO's Citizen Cohn, Truman, The Cherokee Kid and First Time Felon.
Weinstein shared an Emmy Award as executive producer on the 1995 television movie Truman, and was nominated for another Emmy for Citizen Cohn.
As a founding member of the Hollywood Women's Political Committee, in 1989 Weinstein, along with Mark Rosenberg, received the Bill of Rights Award from the Southern California Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. In 2000, Weinstein received Variety's Showbiz Expo Hall of Fame Award and in 1999 she received the Women In Film's Crystal Award.
JANE ROSENTHAL (Producer) founded Tribeca Productions and the Tribeca Film Center with Robert De Niro in 1988. She oversees all aspects of project development and serves as producer with De Niro.
Tribeca's motion picture productions include Thunderheart, Cape Fear, Mistress, Night and the City, The Night We Never Met, Panther, A Bronx Tale, and the screen adaptation of Scott McPherson's award-winning play, Marvin's Room, starring Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton. She also produced Barry Levinson's critically acclaimed, Academy Award-nominated Wag the Dog, written by David Mamet and featuring Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro. Rosenthal also produced the hit miniseries Witness to the Mob for NBC.
Most recently, Rosenthal has enjoyed major box office success with the runaway hit Analyze This and the smash box office hit Meet the Parents. The company recently released Showtime for Warner Bros. Pictures, starring Robert De Niro and Eddie Murphy. It also produced About a Boy, starring Hugh Grant and Rachel Weisz, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Rosenthal is currently developing Meet the Fockers, which will re-team De Niro and Ben Stiller. Other Tribeca films include Rocky and Bullwinkle, starring De Niro, Jason Alexander and Renee Russo, and Flawless, which also starred De Niro and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
In May 2002, Rosenthal and De Niro created the first annual Tribeca Film Festival to celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking capital and to assist in the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan. The festival screened more than 155 films, including major studio releases such as About a Boy, Insomnia and Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, along with independent short, documentary, and feature-length films in competition. The festival energized lower Manhattan by attracting over 150,000 visitors for screenings, panels, an all-day family festival and a free outdoor concert.
This year marks Tribeca's first theatrical production with the musical We Will Rock You, based on the music of Queen. Rosenthal and De Niro are co-producing the musical, which was written by Ben Elton and is being directed by Chris Renshaw. It opened in London's West End in May 2002.
Prior to founding Tribeca, Rosenthal was at Warner Bros. Television as Vice President of Movies and Miniseries. Prior to that, she spent two years at Walt Disney as Vice President in Charge of Motion Pictures and Television, where she was involved in the production of The Color of Money, Adventures in Babysitting and The Good Mother.
Academy Award winning Director-Screenwriter-Producer BARRY LEVINSON (Executive Producer) has crafted an enviable reputation in the film industry as a filmmaker who blends literate and intelligent visions into films. In 1988, he was awarded the Best Director Oscar for Rain Man. His 1991 film, Bugsy, was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Levinson used his hometown as the setting for four widely praised features: Diner, the semi-autobiographical comedy drama that marked his directorial debut; Tin Men, starring Danny De Vito and Richard Dreyfuss as aluminum siding salesmen; Avalon, in which his native city takes center stage through the recollections of an immigrant family; and Liberty Heights, a humorous and touching drama that captures the spirit of change in Baltimore circa 1954, while addressing issues of class, race and religion.
Levinson attended American University in Washington, D.C., before moving to Los Angeles where he began acting as well as writing and performing comedy routines. He wrote several television variety shows including The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine and The Carol Burnett Show.
Levinson's credits as a director include The Natural, Young Sherlock Holmes, Toys, Good Morning Vietnam, Jimmy Hollywood, Disclosure, Sleepers, Sphere, Wag the Dog, An Everlasting Peace and Bandits. He also served as producer on all but the first two titles. Additionally, Levinson's company, Baltimore Spring Creek Pictures, produced Donnie Brasco, Quiz Show and the blockbuster epic The Perfect Storm.
As a screenwriter, Levinson has been nominated for three Academy Awards, for And Justice for All, Diner and Avalon.
Levinson returned to Baltimore to film the television series Homicide: Life on the Street, which earned him an Emmy for Best Individual Director of a Drama Series. The series also received three Peabody Awards, two Writers Guild Awards and an Excellence in Quality Television Founders Awards for 1994 and 1995.
He is currently directing Envy, a comedy starring Ben Stiller, set for 2003 release.
CHRIS BRIGHAM (Executive Producer) was an executive producer on Analyze This. He also served as executive producer on the 2002 dramatic thriller The Count of Monte Cristo, directed by Kevin Reynolds; as co-producer on the Robert Redford-directed feature The Legend of Bagger Vance, Michael Apted's Extreme Measures, and both Barbet Schoeder's Kiss of Death and Before and After.
Among some of Brigham's other credits are as unit production manager on Interview with the Vampire, Six Degrees of Separation, Lorenzo's Oil, For Love or Money, Walker and Lieberstraum.
Brigham also oversaw production on the Philippines location shoot for Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July.
LEN AMATO (Executive Producer) is Executive Vice President of Baltimore Spring Creek Pictures. He recently produced the Focus Features/Baltimore Spring Creek comedy feature Deliver Us From Eva, set for a 2003 release, and is executive producer on Spring Creek's HBO film Iron Jawed Angels, set to air in 2003. Amato executive produced the Warner Bros. Pictures/Focus Features/Baltimore Spring Creek picture Possession, directed by Neil La Bute.
Amato co-produced the comedy hit Analyze This as well as Spring Creek's HBO film First Time Felon, starring Omar Epps and Delroy Lindo.
Amato began his career as a studio reader and story editor for an independent producer in New York. He became a director of development for Tribeca Productions, then began his association with Paula Weinstein and Mark Rosenberg as vice president of Spring Productions, running their New York office. In 1998, he relocated to Los Angeles when Weinstein partnered with producer/director Barry Levinson to create Baltimore Spring Creek Productions.
Born in Chicago, Amato attended Columbia College.
BRUCE BERMAN (Executive Producer) joined the production division of Warner Bros. Pictures and rose through the executive ranks to become President of Worldwide Theatrical Production. Under his aegis, the studio produced and distributed such titles as the Oscar-winning Driving Miss Daisy, as well as GoodFellas, Presumed Innocent, Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, Batman Forever, Malcolm X, The Bodyguard, JFK, The Fugitive, Dave, A Time To Kill and Twister.
In 1996, Berman started Plan B Entertainment, the Warner Bros. Pictures-based independent production company that was later acquired by Village Roadshow Pictures. Village Roadshow Pictures, where Berman now holds the post of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, currently has 20 projects in various stages of development at Warner Bros. Pictures. Most recently, Berman executive produced the immensely successful Ocean's 11, Showtime, Eight Legged Freaks, Training Day, Cats & Dogs, Three Kings, The Matrix, Analyze This, Deep Blue Sea, Practical Magic and Space Cowboys through Village Roadshow's partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures, as well as the hit comedy Miss Congeniality, produced jointly with Warner Bros. Pictures and Castle Rock Entertainment. He most recently served as executive producer on the thriller Ghost Ship, produced by Joel Silver, currently in release.
His upcoming films include Two Weeks Notice, starring Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant; and Dreamcatcher, starring Morgan Freeman, based on the Stephen King best-seller and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. Berman will serve as executive producer for the next two highly anticipated chapters in the Matrix saga, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, both scheduled for release in 2003.
Co-producer SUZANNE HERRINGTON currently serves as Vice President of Development/Production for Harold Ramis's company, Ocean Pictures. Born in Pinehurst, N.C. and raised in Myrtle Beach, S.C., she attended Hofstra University and began her career in publishing in New York City.
Since joining Ocean Pictures, Herrington has worked closely with Ramis on Groundhog Day, was production associate on Stuart Saves His Family and worked as associate producer on Multiplicity. She was also the associate producer of Analyze This and co-produced Ramis' latest film, Bedazzled.
PETER STEINFELD (Writer) was raised in New Jersey. His first production was a play entitled C'est La Vie. The show opened New York's Lincoln Center Performing Arts Festival of 1995. By 1998, Steinfeld moved to Los Angeles and sold the Danny De Vito/Bette Midler feature film Drowning Mona, which opened in 2000.
Also in 2000, Steinfeld wrote the Columbia Pictures feature film Snatching Sinatra for producer/director Betty Thomas. In 2001, he wrote the Columbia Pictures feature film The Best Lie for Sean Connery.
In 2002, Steinfeld was both writer and executive producer of a television pilot, with his wife and business partner, DeShawn Schneider, for Jersey Television and the Fox Network. He is also writing and producing the feature film Shock Therapy with Schneider, for Betty Thomas' company, Tall Trees.
Also in 2002, Steinfeld worked on the feature film Alles Bob with Ridley Scott producing, and Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones' Diary) attached to direct. Currently, Steinfeld is writing the MGM sequel to Get Shorty, entitled Be Cool, for Jersey Films.
Among PETER TOLAN's (Writer) recent screenwriting credits are the comedies Stealing Harvard, America's Sweethearts (for which he also served as executive producer), What Planet Are You From?, My Fellow Americans, and Bedazzled, which was directed and produced by Harold Ramis. Tolan and Ramis previously collaborated on the comedy hit Analyze This, with Tolan receiving both screenplay and story credit.
For television, Tolan was a writer and executive producer for The Larry Sanders Show, and won an Emmy Award (with Garry Shandling) for writing the show's final episode. He also won an Emmy for his work on Murphy Brown. He recently created and executive produced The Job, starring Denis Leary, for ABC.