Michael Lembeck (Director)
Director Michael Lembeck also helmed “The Santa Clause 2” and is a veteran of comedy. As an actor, he appeared in over 200 episodes of half-hour comedy television. As a director, he has helmed nearly 300 episodes of comedy television in the last 14 years.
Among the awards for directing he has received is the Emmy award in 1996 for Best Director of a Comedy Series for his work on “Friends,” one of three Emmy nominations he received for his work on that show.
Other television directing credits include multiple episodes of “Mad About You” and the pilot and episodes of “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
Lembeck has had the good fortune of directing some of the world’s greatest comedy players – Carol Burnett, Carroll O’Connor, Nathan Lane, Mel Brooks, Phil Hartman – in addition to working with Julia Roberts, Jerry Seinfeld, Tom Selleck, Hector Elizondo, Carl Reiner, Gene Kelly, Jack Benny, Joan Plowright, Dennis Quaid, the late John Ritter, Harvey Korman, and many others.
Lembeck is the second generation of a comedy tradition and followed his father, Harvey, into the theatre. Harvey Lembeck starred in both the Broadway play and movie “Stalag 17” as Harry Shapiro, and he has a long and illustrious career as one of Broadway’s and Hollywood’s best-known character men. Harvey Lembeck perhaps is best remembered for his work as Corporal Rocco Barbella on “The Phil Silvers Show” and as Eric Von Zipper in the “Beach Party” series of movies for AIP.
Michael appeared in many plays in New York and regional theatre before finding his way to California and movies and television. He appeared in such movies as “The In-Laws,” as Alan Arkin’s son-in-law, and “The Boys in Company C.” He played Abbie Hoffman in the HBO award-winning movie “The Trial of Chicago 8,” was a regular on “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” and, for five years, was a part of the ensemble on “One Day at a Time,” playing Max, Mackenzie Phillips’ husband.
When not working as a director, Lembeck assists his sister, Helaine, in running The Harvey Lembeck Comedy Workshop. Created by his father over 40 years ago, The Harvey Lembeck Comedy Workshop lists as its long-time members such comedy greats as Robin Williams, Penny Marshall, and the late John Ritter, among others.
Brian Reilly (Producer)
Producer Brian Reilly produced “The Santa Clause” and “The Santa Clause 2.” Reilly also produced “Joe Somebody” and “Jungle 2 Jungle,” which both also starred Tim Allen.
Reilly’s other producing credits include “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead,” directed by Stephen Herek, and “Don Juan De Marco,” starring Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway, and Marlon Brando.
Reilly recently produced “The Life of the Party” starring Ellen Pompeo and Eion Bailey, written and directed by Barra Grant.
Bobby Newmyer (Producer)
Bobby grew up in Washington DC and graduated with honours from Swarthmore College (1978) and with distinction from The Harvard Business School (1982). Bobby worked for Columbia Pictures for nearly five years, where he held a variety of studio positions, including Manager of Pay Television and Home Video, Director of Business Affairs, and Vice President of Production and Acquisitions.
Bobby left the studio in 1987 to co-found Outlaw Productions with Jeffrey Silver. The first film he produced, “sex, lies and videotape,” was a resounding success, winning the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1989. According to Variety, “‘sex, lies, and videotape’ put the Sundance Film Festival on the industry map.” Over the next 16 years with Outlaw, Bobby produced 21 films and was involved in dozens of other projects. These include the teen comedy “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead,” starring Christina Applegate, “The Santa Clause,” starring Tim Allen, which went on to win the People’s Choice Award for Best Comedy, the romantic comedy “Addicted to Love,” starring Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick, and “Training Day,” for which Denzel Washington won the Best Actor Oscar. Most recently, Bobby personally financed the independent urban comedy “Phat Girlz,” which was acquired and released by Fox Searchlight in April 2006.
Outlaw is currently in post-production on “Breach,” a thriller written and directed by Billy Ray, starring Chris Cooper and Ryan Phillippe for Universal.
On December 12, 2005, Bobby passed away from a heart attack while on location for “Breach.” He is survived by his wife, Deborah Jelin Newmyer, and four children.
Jeffrey Silver (Producer)
Jeffrey Silver has produced 28 feature films through his new production company, Biscayne Pictures, and through his partnership with Bobby Newmyer at Outlaw Productions, including “The Santa Clause” and “The Santa Clause 2.” Silver is currently producing the epic war drama “300” (Warner Bros), adapted from the Frank Miller (“Sin City”) graphic novel about the ancient Greek Battle of Thermopylae, directed by Zack Snyder (“Dawn of the Dead”). Soon to be released from Outlaw is “Breach” (Universal), directed by Billy Ray and starring Chris Cooper.
Next in theatres for Biscayne Pictures is the supernatural thriller “The Return” (Focus/Rogue), starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and directed by Asif Kapadia (“The Warrior”). Biscayne’s most recent release was the John Carpenter remake “Assault on Precinct 13” (Focus/Rogue), with Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne, directed by Jean-Francois Richet.
Outlaw’s upcoming productions include the Sudanese refugee saga “The Lost Boys” (Paramount), to be directed by Brad Silberling.
Currently in active development at Biscayne Pictures are the cold-war romance “Sadness at Leaving” (Lakeshore), the remake of the hit Belgian thriller “The Alzheimer Case” (Focus), and “Conquistador” (Hollywood Gang), the story of the conquest of Mexico, directed by Andrucha Waddington (“House of Sand”) and starring Antonio Banderas.
In the course of his career, Jeffrey has produced the cop drama “Training Day” (Warner Bros), with Denzel Washington (Academy Award winner) and Ethan Hawke (Academy Award nominee), the action-comedy “National Security” (Sony), with Martin Lawrence, the romantic comedy “Addicted to Love” (Warner Bros) with Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick, the comic love fable “Don Juan De Marco” (New Line), with Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando, and the cult teen comedy “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead” (Warner Bros), with Christina Applegate, as well as many other independent and studio motion pictures.
Silver also produced the hit television series “The Wonder Years” (ABC), for which he received an Emmy as Producer for Best Comedy Series.
In 1999, Silver co-founded FilmAid, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing projected movies to refugee camps around the world. FilmAid has shown hundreds of movies to over one million refugees at outdoor mobile cinemas set up in Macedonia, Afghanistan, Tanzania, and Kenya, drawing crowds in the thousands. FilmAid addresses the problems of refugee despair and psychological trauma and raises awareness of the global refugee crisis.
Silver grew up in Miami and graduated with a degree in theatre from Brandeis University in Boston. His career began in New York, working for Otto Preminger. He now lives in Los Angeles with his family.
William W Wilson III (Executive Producer)
Executive Producer William W Wilson III was executive producer on “The Santa Clause 2” and “Joe Somebody,” both starring Tim Allen. Wilson co-produced both of Tim Allen’s earlier features for Walt Disney Pictures, “The Santa Clause” and “Jungle 2 Jungle.”
Other producing credits include executive producer on “The Ice Princess” and “One True Thing” and co-producer on “The Three Musketeers” and “A Far Off Place.” Wilson also served as the Second Unit Director on “Joe Somebody,” “One True Thing,” “Jungle 2 Jungle” and “A Far Off Place.”
Wilson was co-producer on Tony Richardson’s miniseries adaptation of “The Phantom of the Opera” with Burt Lancaster, and he supervised European production on both Dan Curtis’ ambitious 30-hour miniseries “War and Remembrance,” with Robert Mitchum, Jane Seymour and Sir John Gielgud, and the British miniseries “Wagner,” with Richard Burton and Vanessa Redgrave. He also worked in various production capacities on “Inside the Third Reich,” “Firefox,” “Night Crossing,” “Hopscotch,” “The Prisoners of Zenda,” and the original “The Never-Ending Story.”
Wilson oversaw the Russian portion of Walt Disney’s 360-degree theme park spectacle “From Time to Time,” co-ordinated the International Animator Competition for Disney throughout Eastern Europe and Russia and was Director of European Production for Walt Disney Pictures and Television in Paris.
James Miller (Executive Producer)
Jimmy Miller manages some of the most sought-after talent in the industry, including, among others, actors Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell, Tea Leoni and Sacha Baron Cohen; writers Steve Rudnick and Leo Benvenuti; writer-directors Judd Apatow and Adam McKay; and director Jay Roach.
In addition, Mr Miller has produced such hit movies as “Elf,” “Kicking & Screaming” and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.” He also served as executive producer on both “The Santa Clause” and “The Santa Clause 2.” As a partner in the Mosaic Media Group, Mandalay Mosaic Television Group and Werner-Gold-Miller, he is currently involved in the creation of wide-ranging television and film projects.
Among his future film projects as a producer are “Land of the Lost” and a movie version of the popular 1960s television comedy series “Get Smart.”
Ed Decter & John J Strauss (Written by)
Ed Decter & John J Strauss return to the North Pole after co-writing the screenplay for “The Santa Clause 2” in 2002.
Since then, they have written the screenplays for “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” and the 2006 animated hit “The Wild.” Decter and Strauss also co-produced “The Wild,” which featured the voice talents of Kiefer Sutherland, James Belushi, Eddie Izzard and William Shatner, among others. They also contributed the story to the Martin Lawrence comedy “Rebound” in 2005.
In 2002, Decter directed and Strauss produced the hit comedy “The New Guy” for Revolution Studios. The pair also executive produced and co-wrote “Head Over Heels” for Universal. In 1998, Decter & Strauss penned the smash-hit comedy “There’s Something About Mary,” starring Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller and Matt Dillon.
Over the past several years, the pair has also served as executive producers on several TV series, including “Boy Meets World” and “Chicago Sons.” They also wrote and produced the 2006 comedy series “The Worst Week of My Life,” based on a popular British TV series.
Strauss will next produce the films “Delta Farce” and “Time Share,” to which Nicolas Cage and Will Smith are attached.
Robbie Greenberg ASC (Director of Photography)
Cinematographer Robbie Greenberg ASC, began his career shooting documentary films and independent features. In 1975, Greenberg moved to Hollywood, where he continued shooting independent films, among them “Youngblood,” the original “Swamp Thing,” and the science-fiction classic “The Lathe of Heaven.” During that time, he shot several award-winning television movies, including “Second Serve” and “The Winter of Our Discontent.”
Over the course of a distinguished career, Greenberg photographed such films as “Creator,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Far North,” “The Milagro Beanfield War,” “Free Willy,” “Fools Rush In,” and “Save the Last Dance.”
He won back-to-back ASC and Emmy awards for his work on “Winchell” and “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” both for HBO, and followed them with the highly regarded biopic “James Dean: An Invented Life,” which garnered him another Emmy nomination.
His latest works include Mark Rydell’s “Even Money,” starring Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, and Kelsey Grammer, Paramount’s “Marci X,” and the critically acclaimed HBO specials “Warm Springs” and “Iron Jawed Angels,” both of which garnered an Emmy nomination for Greenberg with “Iron Jawed Angels” receiving an ASC award.
Richard J Holland (Production Designer)
Richard J Holland has designed such films as “A Sound of Thunder,” “Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London,” and “End of Days,” and the television pilot for “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
He worked as art director on “Batman and Robin,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Congo,” “Higher Learning,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” “The Three Musketeers,” “Shadow of the Wolf,” “License to Kill,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?,” and “The Princess Bride,” and in the art department on “Lionheart,” “Return to Oz,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “Superman III,” and “The Dark Crystal.”
Ingrid Ferrin (Costume Designer)
Costume designer Ingrid Ferrin delighted audiences with her designs in “The Santa Clause 2.” She also designed the feature films “Batman and Robin” and “The Client” and was co-designer on “Batman Forever.”
Other feature credits include “A Time to Kill,” “Golden Gate,” and “Love at Large.” Ingrid also designed for Barbra Streisand’s Millennium Show & Live Concert 2000.
David Finfer (Film Editor)
This is editor David Finfer’s third collaboration with director Michael Lembeck (“The Santa Clause 2,” “Connie & Carla”) and his third with star Tim Allen (“The Santa Clause 2” and “Joe Somebody”).
Finfer’s extensive body of work includes Albert Brooks’ cult favourites “Real Life,” “Modern Romance,” “Lost in America,” and “Defending Your Life.” Other comedies he edited include “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion,” “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” “Snow Day,” and “Soul Man.”
He also edited numerous drama and action films and was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on “The Fugitive.”
George S Clinton (Composer)
Having also scored “Santa Clause 2: The Mrs Clause,” this score is the second which George S Clinton has composed for the popular “Santa Clause” sequels.
He began his professional musical career as a songwriter, arranger, and session musician in Nashville, while earning degrees in music and drama at Middle Tennessee State University. The summer after graduation, George attended the Atlanta Pop Festival and, upon hearing Joe Cocker perform “With a Little Help From My Friends,” left his native Chattanooga, bound for Los Angeles and ready to rock and roll.
He became a staff writer for Warner Bros Music, with songs recorded by such artists as Michael Jackson, Joe Cocker, Johnny Mathis and Smokey Robinson; continued arranging and session work; and, as a recording artist, did four albums for MCA, Elektra, ABC, and Arista. The critically acclaimed George Clinton Band attracted the attention of a movie producer, giving George the opportunity to score his first film, “Cheech and Chong Still Smokin’,” and later, another Cheech and Chong film, “The Corsican Brothers.”
He developed his craft scoring “ninja” movies for Cannon Films, network and cable television movies and miniseries, writing for a wide range of genres and musical styles. The soulful, erotic jazz for Zalman King’s Showtime anthology “Red Shoe Diaries” developed a following and brought more public awareness.
His musical inventiveness and versatility in both orchestral and popular idioms have allowed him to contribute memorable scores to such diverse films as the hit comedy “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,” its blockbuster sequels, “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” and the hit martial-arts fantasy “Mortal Kombat” and its sequel. Other noteworthy projects include John Waters’ “A Dirty Shame,” Tim Allen’s poignant comedy “Joe Somebody,” Kevin Costner’s wild “3000 Miles to Graceland,” the sexy thriller “Wild Things,” and the scary, yet romantic, “The Astronaut’s Wife,” starring Charlize Theron and Johnny Depp.
In addition, he has written several concert works and three musicals and is proud to serve as an advisor at the Sundance Composers Lab.
Frankie Pine (Music Supervisor)
Frankie Pine is a top music supervisor and music consultant for films.
Pine previously served as music supervisor on “The Matador,” “Ocean’s Twelve,” “Kinsey,” “Chasing Papi,” “Joe Somebody,” “The Santa Clause 2,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Kung Pow: Enter the Fist,” “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius,” “Woman on Top,” “Traffic,” “Nurse Betty” and “Your Friends & Neighbours.”
In addition to her film work, Pine serves as music supervisor on the hit television shows “Ugly Betty” and “Day Break” for ABC as well as “The Loop” for Fox.
Alec Gillis & Tom Woodruff Jr (Special Character Effects, Designed and Created)
Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr are partners in Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc., which they created in 1988, and are Academy Award-winning creators of special characters and character effects. Calling upon a diverse range of talents and techniques, they create prosthetic make-ups, animatronic puppets, actor duplicates and animal replicas.
Gillis and Woodruff won an Academy Award for their work on “Death Becomes Her” and have been nominated three other times for Academy Awards for their work on “Hollow Man,” “Starship Troopers,” and “Alien3.” They also contributed their considerable talents to director Sam Raimi’s comic-book classic “Spider-Man.” Their numerous other feature-film credits include “Jumanji,” “Panic Room,” “The 6th Day,” “Cast Away,” “Tremors,” “Bedazzled,” “The Santa Clause” and “The Santa Clause 2.”
More recently, Gillis and Woodruff have provided various effects for such films as “Scary Movie 3,” “Looney Tunes: Back in Action,” “Alien vs. Predator,” “Elektra,” and “Failure to Launch,” doing everything from creature design to character, animatronic and body effects.
The team recently created a subtle prosthetic make-up for Sean Penn’s portrayal of Huey Long in “All the King’s Men” and is currently working on creature effects and special effects for “Alien vs. Predator 2.”