David Hasselhoff / David Hasselhoff
David Hasselhoff is listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as “the most watched TV star in the world” thanks to starring roles in both Knight Rider and Baywatch.
Born in Baltimore, MD, and after his theatrical debut at age seven in Peter Pan, David’s childhood dream was to have a career on Broadway. Having appeared in the Frank Wildhorn’s hit Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde, everything came full circle when he made his debut as Captain Hoff the Hook in the UK pantomime production of Peter Pan at the legendary Wimbledon Theatre, breaking all box-office records in its 100-year anniversary. He has continued to play Captain Hoff the Hook for the past 3 years, which has become an annual Christmas tradition in the U.K. At the personal request of good friend and producer, Simon Cowell, David filled in for Cowell in the judge’s chair in UK’s hit TV show, Britain’s Got Talent. Also, he recently completed a highly successful one night only concert playing to an SRO audience in the UK.
David’s first professional job came on the CBS soap opera, The Young and the Restless, playing Dr. Snapper Foster. Six years and 850 shows later, he was lured to prime-time TV by NBC President, Brandon Tartikoff, to star in the now-legendary Knight Rider as Michael Knight, leading him to a People’s Choice Award for Most Popular Actor. 24 years later, the show is still playing throughout the world. In 1989, he headed the cast of Baywatch and, after being cancelled by NBC, it was then acquired by Hasselhoff and the producing partners for first-run syndication at which time he became one of the executive producers and TV history was made. Baywatch ran for 11 years and is still viewed in 140 countries by over one billion viewers every week ... making Hasselhoff the most watched TV star on the planet. Along the way, Hasselhoff appeared in feature films such as Adam Sandler’s Click; The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Layover, Legacy, and Universal’s HOP.
His remarkable musical career took off in the late 1980s when he recorded the album, Looking for Freedom for BMG Germany at the end of the Cold War. The song became an anthem for East and West Germany and remained at the top of their charts for eight weeks. The album went triple platinum in Europe and Hasselhoff was named “most popular and best-selling artist of the year”. He has since garnered over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide. In 1989, he sang “Looking for Freedom” from atop the Berlin Wall to over one million people during the New Year’s Eve German reunification celebration. This past year, he was asked to perform the song again atop the wall to ring in the 2011 New Year.
His latest pop single, “Jump in My Car”, which he performed on the #1 NBC summer show, America’s Got Talent, where he also served as a judge for four years, hit the top of the UK charts. The “Jump in My Car” video, as well as his viral video hit, “Hooked on a Feeling” were downloaded over 16 million times and he became one of the most downloaded artists of the decade. His concerts continue to play to standing-room-only audiences worldwide.
In 2000, Hasselhoff made his long-awaited Broadway debut in the hit musical, Jekyll and Hyde, which was filmed by Broadway Television Network for HBO Signature. It is now available on DVD from Image Entertainment.
He went on to make his West End debut as Billy Flynn in the long-running musical, Chicago, and starred in the Las Vegas production of Mel Brooks’ hit musical, The Producers. His portrayal of the flamboyant Roger DeBris and the “singing Hitler” proved to be an audience knockout.
His autobiography, Making Waves, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and made the best-seller list. A US-release, titled Don’t Hassel the Hoff, was published by St Martin’s Press. Due to its success, Making Waves was re-issued in the German-translated edition, Die Autobiographie, and reached #8 on the German-Austrian non-fiction charts.
Iconic status came for Hasselhoff when he was recently honoured by the Comedy Central channel with The Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff. The Hoff-Roast premiered as one of the top rated comedy specials on the network and was number one in male demographics for all cable and network shows that night. It was a “trending” phenomenon with over two million twitters, domestic and worldwide. His recent appearance on ABC’s #1 prime-time show, Dancing With the Stars garnered an impressive 36% increase in ratings from the previous year.
Hasselhoff, who founded Race for Life, a charity granting wishes for terminal and chronically ill children, is also a frequent visitor to children’s hospitals around the world. He currently is a member of Wheels for Humanity, personally delivering wheelchairs to disabled children and adults across the world. “If you’re blessed, I believe it is your moral obligation to give that blessing to someone else,” Hasselhoff says. David was recently honoured with the International Star of the Year Award for Outstanding Contribution to Global Entertainment by the Bollywood Awards, the “Oscars” of India. In addition, he was awarded the Comeback Star of the Year Award on the VH1 Big in ’06 Awards.
He resides in southern California with his two daughters, Taylor-Ann and Hayley; his six dogs, a cockatoo named Peaches and two bearded dragons, Ikki and Nikki.
Katrina Bowden / Shelby
Danielle Panabaker / Maddy
A stunning and talented young actress, Danielle Panabaker has quickly grabbed attention as one of Hollywood’s most vibrant talents.
Panabaker will next be seen starring in “Girls Against Boys” directed by Austin Chick, which premiered at SXSW 2012 and will be released by Anchor Bay Films later this year.
Panabaker recently starred in John Carpenter’s latest thriller “The Ward” opposite Amber Heard, and in the independent film, “Weakness” opposite Bobby Cannavale. Other film credits include Overture Films’ “The Crazies” directed by Breck Eisner in which she starred opposite Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell as the receptionist at a medical center in a small town whose residents mysteriously begin going insane. Panabaker also starred as the female lead in the highly anticipated remake of “Friday the 13th,” opposite Jared Padalecki. The Paramount film, directed by Marcus Nispel and produced by Michael Bay, was released on February 13, 2009 and grossed over $43 million its opening weekend, setting a new record for the highest take for an R-rated horror film. She also appeared opposite Kevin Costner and Dane Cook in the MGM thriller “Mr. Brooks.” Her additional film credits include Sony Pictures’ “Yours, Mine and Ours,” opposite Renee Russo and Dennis Quaid, and Disney’s “Sky High,” opposite Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston.
On television, Panabaker starred as James Woods’ unwaveringly wise daughter on CBS’ drama “Shark.” Panabaker garnered much critical acclaim for her breakout performance in the HBO miniseries “Empire Falls,” in which she starred opposite Paul Newman and Ed Harris.
Panabaker also appeared in the Disney Channel Original Movie “How My Personal Private Journal Became a Best-Selling Novel,” where she and her sister, Kay, played versions of the same character. Panabaker’s additional television work includes starring roles in “Searching for David's Heart,” (for which she won the 2005 Young Artist Award for Best Performance for a TV Movie Leading Young Actress), “Mom at Sixteen,” “Sex and the Single Mom,” and the Disney Channel Original Movie “Stuck in the Suburbs.” Her notable guest-starring roles have included “The Guardian” (for which she won the 2004 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series Guest Starring Young Actress). She has also made such notable guest appearances on “Grimm,” “Law and Order: Los Angeles,” “Necessary Roughness” and “Memphis Beat”, “Chase,” “Medium,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Eli Stone,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “CSI,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” and “Summerland.”
Born in Georgia, Panabaker graduated from high school at the age of 14 and received her Bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
Matt Bush / Barry
Chris Zylka / Kyle
Paul Scheer / Drew Cunningman
Christopher Lloyd / Mr. Goodman
Christopher Lloyd began his career in theatre. He has appeared in over two hundred plays including on and off Broadway, regional and summer stock productions. For his title role in KASPAR he took home an Obie and Drama Desk award. Christopher starred in the Tony Award winning Broadway production of MORNINGS AT SEVEN, directed Dan Sullivan, as well as TWELFTH NIGHT in NY Festival’s Shakespeare in the Park and Center Stage’s WAITING FOR GODOT, and as Dalton Trumbo in the New York production of TRUMBO.
In 1975 Lloyd began his film career in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST. This was soon followed by a two year run as Jim Ignatowski on the television series TAXI, for which Lloyd won two of his three Emmys.
In 1992 Lloyd made Emmy history when he won Best Dramatic Actor for Disney’s ROAD TO AVONLEA. In a category dominated by series regulars, Lloyd was the first actor to win for a guest appearance. The following year, the rules were changed to include a Guest Appearance category.
Lloyd has appeared in over ninety film and television productions including the BACK TO THE FUTURE trilogy, THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU’RE DEAD, EIGHT MEN OUT, ADDAMS FAMILY and ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES, BBC’s DEAD AHEAD: EXXON VALDEZ DISASTER, THE PAGEMASTER, DENNIS THE MENACE, ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI, TRACK 29, CLUE, THE DREAM TEAM, ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD, STAR TREK III, GOIN’ SOUTH, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, MY FAVORITE MARTIAN, TALES OF DESPEREAUX, SNOWMEN and Mike Nichols’ HBO adaptation of WIT, starring Emma Thompson.
Lloyd won an Independent Spirit Award for his chilly depiction as a soulless murderer in TWENTY BUCKS.
Ving Rhames / Deputy Fallon
David Koechner / Chet
Gary Busey / Clayton
Meagan Tandy / Ashley Fallon
Jean-Lux Bilodeau / Josh
Proving himself among his peers with natural charisma and comic adeptness, Jean-Luc Bilodeau has become an emerging young talent. This summer, you can catch Jean-Luc as the fun loving, cool, and good-looking, Ben Whelan on the highly anticipated ABC Family comedy, “Baby Daddy.“ A young 20-something bachelor, Ben is living the life and enjoying all that the city has to offer until one day his world is turned upside down, when he discovers a baby girl left at his front door by an ex-girlfriend claiming he is the father. Ben inevitably decides to raise the baby with the help of his friends and family. The series is written by writer/producer, Daniel Berendsen best known for the blockbuster theatrical film release, HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE and television series “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch” and ABC Family’s “The Nine Lives of Chloe King.” “Baby Daddy” also stars Chelsea Kane (“One Tree Hill,” “Dancing With the Stars”) and Tahj Mowry (SMART GUY). The show will premiere Wednesday June 20th, 2012 at 8:30pm ET/PT.
Before the summer heats up, Jean-Luc can be seen in the Mandate Pictures’ romantic comedy LOL, playing Jeremy, the best friend to Miley Cyrus’ character, Lola. This is a coming-of-age story about young romance and friendship set in a world connected by YouTube and Facebook. The film co-stars Demi Moore, Thomas Jane, and Ashley Greene, and opened in theaters on May 4th, 2012. You can also catch Jean-Luc in Dimension Films’ highly anticipated horror sequel, PIRANHA 3DD in theaters on June 1st, 2012. The movie also stars Golden Globe winner Ving Rhames and Katrina Bowden (“30 Rock”).
Jean-Luc is best known for his role on the long running ABC Family sci-fi drama series “Kyle XY,” where he played Kyle’s smug but charmingly handsome bad boy brother, Josh Trager. Most recently, he was featured in the recurring role of Bret Martin on ABC’s “No Ordinary Family” starring Emmy winner Michael Chiklis, playing the love interest to Kay Panabaker’s character. He also starred opposite Debby Ryan in the hit MOW for the Disney Channel “16 Wishes.” Jean-Luc’s film credits include Warner Brothers Pictures’ TRICK R TREAT produced by Bryan Singer (X-MEN, THE USUAL SUSPECTS).
Born and raised in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada (a quaint town just outside Vancouver) Jean-Luc and his family knew at an early age that he was destined for show business. He can remember making his family laugh to tears at the dinner table and bringing comic relief to his downtrodden classmates at school. After one serendipitous audition, Jean-Luc was hooked and a serious acting career was in the making.
When not pursuing the rigors of acting, he can be found enjoying yoga, playing hockey and hitting the slopes for snowboarding in the winter.
Jean-Luc currently resides in Los Angeles.
John Gulager / director
It is 1969 and 12 year old John Gulager is perched on the hood of his father’s Cadillac, gliding down Universal Studio’s New York Street, shooting super 8 footage, always keeping an eye out for the studio security. Since John was 5 years old he was smuggled into the studios under blankets on the back floor of his parents’ car. He became adept at eluding the authorities on the back lots of studios as his father and mother worked in movies and television series.
John is the son of Clu Gulager (THE KILLERS, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, THE VIRGINIAN, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD) and Miriam Byrd Nethery (“Barney Miller,” “Mr. T and Tina,” “The Sandy Duncan Show,” LEATHERFACE: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III). He has been immersed in the filmic arts since birth.
John's first acting job was in the largest musical comedy theatre in America located in Maggie Valley, North Carolina where he played Little Jake in “Annie Get Your Gun.” He toured with his father and mother to fairs, amusement parks and rodeos, doing karate "bad guy" acts and finally graduating to comedy speaking skits with his father on personal appearances around America.
At nine years of age, John acted the lead in a Universal Studios short subject film, A DAY WITH THE BOYS. This lovely 18 minute small film opened the 1970 Cannes Film Festival as an example of "state-of-the-art" filmmaking and was released on the GEORGE WASHINGTON DVD by The Criterion Collection for being an inspiration to director David Gordon Green.
John's directing and cinematography debut was bootlegged on weekends and weekday evenings in Universal's backlot when he was 11 years old. The super 8 film had a successful one night run at his elementary school Science Fair.
John graduated to 16mm with enrollment at the Southern California Film Institute where John studied with Don Ham. He then enrolled at the Chounard Art Institute (the original Cal Arts) in downtown L.A.
John continued his studies in filmmaking at the original Sherwood Oaks Experimental College of Film. There, he studied with world-class cinematographers: Laszlo Kovacs, William A. Fraker, Vilmos Zsigmond and John A. Alonzo. This was the first time John held the “new” 35mm Panaflex camera. During this time, John completed two short subject 16mm films in Howard Lester’s class and shot his father’s acting class in video. John also studied acting, but not with his father. He studied at the famous Loft Studio with Peggy Feury and Bill Traylor. His classmate was Sean Penn.
In Los Angeles, he studied guitar flatpicking with Herb Peterson (Linda Ronstadt, The Eagles, etc.), electric guitar with Tom Wheeler (author and editor of Guitar Player Magazine) and classical guitar with George Economedes.
John was asked to compose the score and star in a rock opera motion picture, JOHN AND NORMA NOVAK. He completed the entire score for the film. Only enough money was secured to film 30 minutes of the production. Although the 30 minutes was beautiful, both visually and musically, the 35mm-scope movie was not finished because of inadequate financing.
After the rock movie, John took an esoteric electronic band he had formed, STREAM BY STANDERS, to New York City where they played world famous venues such as the Mudd Club. He stayed there in the East Village and continued to shoot film for the band's performances and videotape fashion shows.
He composed scores for several medical films while in NYC.
Eventually, John teamed with his father and actor brother, Tom, to produce a film. John and his partners moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where they partially completed FUCKING TULSA. John was the cinematographer, the sound and film editor and was in charge of all postproduction including the score. John taught a filmmaking class for the film's crew. It included all the filmic arts necessary to complete the filming portion of the motion picture. LA WEEKLY said, “Fucking Tulsa's 20-minute promo, which was shot, scored and edited by John Gulager… are small masterpieces of craft. John skillfully set the script's atonal mayhem to an impressive visual melody: The scenes are a dreamweave of telephoto-angle shots of Tulsa's people and urban terrain, countered by brooding "nature" in the form of sun-dappled trees and disconsolate twilights.” Recently, the American Cinematheque in Hollywood, showed FUCKING TULSA, JOHN AND NORMA NOVAK and A DAY WITH THE BOYS as part of their Hollywood Outlaws series.
John works with the Coppola and Stallone families, shooting and editing Sage Stallone’s directing debut, VIC, a 30 minute, 35mm short starring Clu Gulager, Carol Lynley, Gary Frank, Richard Herd and John Phillip Law.
A few years later John entered an internet contest, Project Greenlight, created by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. He won, along with screenwriters Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. As his prize, he directs FEAST with Balthazar Getty and Henry Rollins. It played at the first Fantastic Fest and he won Best Director. His season of “Project Greenlight” is shown in universities and film schools across the country (sometimes as a cautionary tale).
John can also be seen in the Christian Slater starring film, HE WAS A QUIET MAN, doing double duty as Maurice the psychologist and the goldfish that urges Slater to kill his co-workers.
John subsequently made two DVD sequels to FEAST, FEAST II: SLOPPY SECONDS and FEAST III: THE HAPPY FINISH.
Now, PIRANHA 3DD is poised to strike on June 1st.
Mark Canton / producer
Mark Canton has been a preeminent force in the entertainment industry helping to bring more than 300 pictures to the screen in his capacity as a senior studio executive and producer. Canton controls a large number of high profile projects in various stages of development, pre-production, production and post- production.
Canton’s latest film, Immortals, an epic mythological tale set in war torn ancient Greece, was released on 11/11/11 and has since amassed a worldwide gross in excess of $230 million.
Currently in production is The Tomb, an action thriller by Miles Chapman directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Hafstrom for Summit Entertainment and starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. It is filming on location in Louisiana April – June 2012. In pre-production is 300: The Battle of Artemesium, the companion to the mega-hit, 300, which will begin filming in July 2012. It is written by Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad and will be directed by Noam Murro for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel.
In advanced development are Emperor, the story of young Julius Caesar for Exclusive Media Group which is based on the first of Conn Iggulden’s internationally acclaimed, best-selling Emperor novels, The Gates of Rome, which tells the story of a young Julius Caesar and Marcus Brutus, is adapted by Academy-Award® winner Bill Broyles and Stephen Harrigan and will be directed by Burr Steers, with Nigel Sinclair, Guy East and Broyles also producing; and Eleven Minutes from Paulo Cohello’s sexy, best-selling novel about a young woman’s odyssey from Brazil to Geneva to become a high-class call girl. Also Tunnels, to be directed by Vincenzo Natali for Relativity Media, which is expected to be the next sensation to replace the “Harry Potter” franchise; Spanking Shakespeare, an hilarious high school comedy about a kid with a funny name who has two things on his mind: getting into college and getting laid; and Play Dead, a fresh and riveting supernatural thriller about football player zombies bent on revenge in a football-obsessed Texas town, is being written by novelist and screenwriter Joe Schreiber based on Ryan Brown’s debut novel with Lucky VIII Films and Davids Canton Productions also producing.
Being readied for release by Magnolia is Rites of Passage, a high-adrenaline thriller with a darkly comic tone that examines the lives and relationships of stressed-out, Ritalin-fueled, hard- partying Southern California college students. Christian Slater, Stephen Dorff, Wes Bentley and Kate Maberly head the ensemble cast of the independently produced and financed theatrical feature that marks the directorial debut of Peter Iliff. Currently in post-production is Cold Light of Day, an espionage thriller starring Henry Cavill (Immortals, Superman), Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver, which will be released by Summit in Sept 2012.
Also active in the television arena, Canton has two projects that are being readied for production: Vanguard written by Christian Gudegast for FX, in the tone of Sons of Anarchy, but in the world of Navy Seals as well as an Untitled Courtney Kemp Project, which is being developed along with rapper 50 Cent.
Amongst his notable films are the mega-hit 300 and The Spiderwick Chronicles. 300, based on the Frank Miller graphic novel and directed by Zack Snyder for Warner Bros Pictures, opened to record-setting box office numbers, having grossed more than $460 million worldwide and is the highest-grossing March release in the history of the motion picture business. The 300 DVD has set sales records around the world. The Spiderwick Chronicles, based on the best selling children books by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black with Mark Waters (Mean Girls) directing, was released in February 2008 by Paramount Pictures and was the highest-grossing family film of early 2008. He had two movies released in 2010: Dimension Films’ Piranha 3D directed by Alexandre Aja, which Canton describes as “Jaws for a new generation.” Its sequel, Piranha 3DD, will be released later this year, also by Dimension. And Letters to Juliet, a romantic drama for Summit Entertainment, which was directed by the late Gary Winick on location in Verona and Tuscany, Italy, and New York City.
After holding posts as President of Worldwide Theatrical Production at Warner Bros. where he was instrumental in creating the notable Batman, Lethal Weapon and National Lampoon’s Vacation film franchises and Chairman of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Companies, where he greenlit numerous highly popular, widely acclaimed award-winning films including As Good As It Gets, Jerry Maguire and Men in Black, Canton returned to Warner Bros. to create his own production entity, The Canton Company. In early 2002 he joined Artists Production Group as a partner, Chairman and CEO and in December 2003, he launched Atmosphere Entertainment MM – an entrepreneurial venture that develops, produces and finances theatrical motion pictures and television programming. Canton is currently a member of the board of Platinum Studios, the company responsible for the highly popular Men In Black franchise.
A native of New York, Canton is a UCLA graduate (magna cum laude) and a member of UCLA’s National Honor Society for American Studies. He delivered the 2011 commencement address at UCLA’s School of History. In addition to serving on the UCLA Board of Councilors and the Deans Advisory Board for the School of Theatre, Film, and Television, Canton was Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Film Institute and Founder and is Chairman Emeritus of AFI’s Third Decade Council.
Joel Soisson / producer