Richard Gere and Topher Grace in The Double Bios

Michael Brandt/Derek Haas  |  Edward Borgerding  |  Patrick Aiello  |  Ashok Amritraj
Stefan Brunner  |  Jeffrey Kimball  |  Steven Mirkovich  |  Giles Masters  |  Aggie Guerard Rodgers

About the Filmmakers

MICHAEL BRANDT (Director, Writer) / DEREK HAAS (Producer, Writer)
Michael Brandt and Derek Haas are the force behind such engaging, fast-paced, kinetic screenplays as 2008’s blockbuster “Wanted.” Brandt and Haas’ adaptation of the acclaimed graphic novel starred James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie and grossed $339 million worldwide.

The pair recently wrapped production on THE DOUBLE, which marks Brandt’s directorial debut. They wrote the screenplay together and the film was shot in Detroit. The film is about a retired CIA agent who has to work with a younger FBI agent to solve a senator’s movie. The Hyde Park film stars Martin Sheen, Richard Gere, Stephen Moyer, Topher Grace, Stana Katic, and Odette Yustman, and will be released in 2011.

Brandt and Haas are adapting the novel “The Thirteenth Hour” for New Line Cinema with Michael DeLuca producing. The story follows a man falsely accused of brutally murdering his wife who is given an opportunity to go back in time, in one hour increments for 12 hours, to find and stop his wife’s killer before it’s too late.

Brandt and Haas also adapted “The Matarese Circle,” based on Robert Ludlum’s novel, for MGM with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler producing. Denzel Washington and Tom Cruise are attached to star and David Cronenberg will direct. They are also writing the next installment of “Beverly Hills Cop”for Paramount with Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing and Brett Ratner directing.

Brandt and Haas first met at Baylor University in 1989, where they attended both undergrad and graduate school. At Baylor, Brandt received an MA in Film and Haas graduated with an MA in English Literature. The duo started writing screenplays together in the mid 1990s.

Their first produced work, Universal’s “2 Fast 2 Furious,”has amassed over $236M in worldwide box office. In September 2007, Brandt and Haas wrote the number one box office film, the remake “3:10 To Yuma,” starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, directed by James Mangold.

In addition to their thriving writing partnership, Brandt has been hired to direct “Countdown,” based on the Richard Matheson short story “Death Ship” with Haas producing and both Brandt and Haas writing. Haas’s first novel, “The Silver Bear,” a thriller centered on the life of an assassin, was published by Pegasus books (distributed by Norton) in July 2008.

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EDWARD BORGERDING (Executive Producer)
A veteran media professional with extensive experience in managing and operating international media companies, Edward Borgerding joined ADMC in 2007 as CEO.

Prior to joining ADMC, Borgerding was Executive Vice-President of Walt Disney International in Hong Kong. During his tenure, Borgerding oversaw the operating units of the Walt Disney Company in the Asia Pacific region, including India and the Middle East. This included activities related to television, home video, consumer products, internet, theatrical distribution and Disney Channels.

Borgerding has also produced, ’Wolverine and the X-Men’, a 26 episode animated television series together with Marvel Productions and First Serve Toonz which was completed in 2007.

In 1995, Borgerding established the first Disney Channel outside the U.S., in Taiwan. In 1997 he opened the Disney Channel in UAE and another in Australia. He also established the first television offices for Disney in both India and China.

Borgerding began his career in the Disney Studios in Burbank, California in theatrical distribution and marketing, before moving to London in 1984.

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Patrick Aiello is the Executive Vice President of Production at Hyde Park Entertainment and is the key development / production executive of the mini major. Aiello oversees a multi-genre mainstream slate for Hyde Park’s co-financing production and distribution deal with 20th Century Fox, and services all other major studio relationships for the company.

Multi-Hyphenate Aiello co-wrote and is Producer on such highly commercial, four-quadrant feature development projects as “Bumper to Bumbper,” “Deck the Halls,” and “The White Shadow” for 20th Century Fox and “Marine Mammals” and “Witches” for Walt Disney Pictures.

In 2003, Hyde Park Chairman Ashok Amritraj brought Aiello into the mini-major with a first-look producing deal, and in 2005, Aiello transitioned into Hyde Park’s Senior Executive post, where he fulfilled company’s tent-pole mandate for their new co-production deal at 20th Century Fox with such commercial fare as the high-concept comedy “New Year’s Steve.”

From 2006 thru 2008, Aiello oversaw the production of “Asylum” and produced Hyde Park’s self-financed film “Street Fighter” for 20th Century Fox. Aiello also produced Hyde Park’s Thomas Jane 3D thriller, “The Dark Country” for Sony Pictures.

In 2009, Aiello produced four of Hyde Park’s features – “Leonie,” the life story of artist Isamu Noguchi, followed by the much anticipated comic book adaptation of ‘Dylan Dog’, “Dead of Night,”starring Brandon Routh from “Superman Returns,” the remake of the iconic Blake Edwards romantic comedy 10 and Victor Salva’s “The Nightwatchman of Alcatraz,” for Overture Films.

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A landmark figure in contemporary entertainment, Ashok Amritraj has produced or executive produced over 100 films during the span of his 30-year career, with a worldwide gross in excess of $1 billion. He has partnered with every major studio in Hollywood, and produced films starring the likes of Bruce Willis, Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone, Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Dustin Hoffman, Steve Martin, Antonio Banderas, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning.

As Chairman and CEO of Hyde Park Entertainment, Amritraj has grown the company into a cutting-edge independent alternative to the traditional Hollywood studio system, fully realizing his vision of a progressive global company that incorporates the most essential elements of a full-fledged studio. Hyde Park’s offerings encompass live-action, animation and cross-cultural cinema, and is capable of developing, producing and financing projects, as well as handling international sales and marketing.

Amritraj's Hyde Park and Imagenation Abu Dhabi partnered in November 2008 on a $250 million financing deal to develop, produce and distribute up to 20 feature films over seven years – with additional financing for the production of cross-cultural films. In October 2009, they extended their partnership to create a strategic alliance with Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA). Under the deal, Hyde Park Imagenation Singapore was launched to fund three to four films a year worth an estimated production value of 75 million USD over the next five years.

Amritraj’s international sales arm, Hyde Park International is headed by veteran Mimi Steinbauer and in addition to handling Hyde Park’s own titles represents major studio movies such as Robert Rodriguez’ “Machete,” Sony’s “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” starring Nicolas Cage, and indie fare including Occupant Films’ “Peep World,” and Big Beach’s forthcoming “My Idiot Brother.”

Amritraj recently completed principal photography in Detroit, Michigan on Hyde Park’s THE DOUBLE. The film stars Richard Gere, Topher Grace, Martin Sheen, Stephen Moyer, Stana Katic, and Odette Yustman and was directed by Michael Brandt, of the Hollywood writing duo Brandt & Haas (“Wanted” & “3:10 To Yuma”). The film is currently in post production and will be released next year.

Amritraj produced the successful box-office hits, “Bringing Down the House,” starring Steve Martin and Academy Award-nominee Queen Latifah, and “Premonition,”starring Sandra Bullock and Julian McMahon. His most recent releases include the critically acclaimed “Traitor,” starring Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce, and the cross-cultural romantic comedy, “The Other End of the Line.” February 2009 saw the release of Amrtraj’s 100th film, “Street Fighter,” through 20th Century Fox, based on the iconic video game. Currently in post-production are “Dead of Night,” based on the best-selling Italian comic book thriller “Dylan Dog”, and the U.S./Japanese co-production “Leonie.” Forthcoming projects include “Killer,”with Parkes/MacDonald Productions, the spy thriller “Echelon,” based on Andy McNab’s ‘Nick Stone’ series of books, and an adaptation of the popular British television series, “The Persuaders.”

Additional releases include “Dreamer,” starring Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning through DreamWorks SKG, which opened in the number 2 spot at the U.S. box office,” Shopgirl,” starring Steve Martin and Claire Danes through The Walt Disney Company, which opened to rave reviews, and “Death Sentence,” released by 20th Century Fox and starring Kevin Bacon and Kelly Preston. Additionally, Amritraj enjoyed a successful box office with the Kate Hudson feature “Raising Helen,”which was directed by Hollywood legend Garry Marshall and “Walking Tall,” which starred The Rock.

Through The Walt Disney Studios, Amritraj released the critically acclaimed drama/romance “Moonlight Mile,” directed by Brad Silberling, starring Academy Award winners Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon and Holly Hunter. Through MGM, Amritraj also produced “Original Sin,”starring Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas and the Golden Globe nominated “Bandits,” directed by Barry Levinson starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett.

In addition to the various awards garnered by his films, Amritraj received a special award from the American Indian Foundation (chaired by President Bill Clinton) for “making India and Indians proud’. He received a Certificate of Special Recognition from the United States Congress for Exemplary Public Service to the People of the United States of America, and the Producer of Vision Award for “exceptional foresight and insight, and creative contribution to the enrichment of humankind”. Amritraj was named “Producer of the Decade” by the Spirit of India Foundation, and the Indian International Film Festival awarded Amritraj for his “extraordinary contribution by an Indian in international cinema.” Korn/Ferry International recently named Amritraj one of the Most Influential South Asian Executives in Media and Entertainment.

Amritraj served on the Foreign Film Board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was a member of Los Angeles Board for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the International Council for the Emmy Awards.

Amritraj was a former tennis professional, having played in every major tennis event including Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

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Stefan Brunner joined imagenation Abu Dhabi as the CFO when the company was launched in September 2008. Brunner has since been elevated to the COO, where is responsible for all operational aspects of the company including content development, financing and production activities.

Brunner has an established background in finance – overseeing the set-up and development of imagenation in Abu Dhabi, as well as the implementation of its corporate strategies, objectives and formation of overseas subsidiaries. In addition to these operational activities, Brunner managed all legal and financial negotiations and the structuring of the company’s join venture partnerships with Participant Media, Hyde Park Entertainment and National Geographic. Brunner also structured a partnership with Warner Brothers for film and videogame productions.

Before joining imagenation Abu Dhabi, Brunner spearheaded the Munich-based Entertainment Value Associates’ (EVA) corporate financing activities, including acquisitions of Atlas International Film GmbH, Duo Entertainment and EVA’s production finance activities. In this role, he co-produced the animated series WOLVERINE and THE X-MEN for Marvel – among others.

Prior to EVA, Brunner was engaged by Tandem Communications in Munich where he became the Head of Business Affairs and was actively involved in the company’s television co-production and co-financing ventures. Before Tandem, Brunner was at Bertelsmann AG’s subsidiary in Seoul, South Korea where lead joint marketing activities between the company’s book club and Adidas for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Brunner obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of San Diego with an emphasis on International Business, Management. He successfully graduated with an MBA in Media Management in 2007.

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JEFFREY KIMBALL (Cinematographer)
Jeffrey Kimball has been impressing audiences with his cinematography for four decades and still continues to do so, with several projects currently in the works. He began working as director of photography in the seventies with his first project “On the Line,” a documentary about desert motorcycle racing. In the eighties, Jeffrey worked on one of his most notable projects, “Top Gun,” which quickly became iconic, and followed it up with “Beverly Hills Cop II.” Working with some of the most skillful actors and directors, he continued over the next two decades with films such as “True Romance,” “Mission Impossible II,” which earned him a Satellite Award nomination, and most recently, “Four Christmases” and “The Expendables.” His upcoming films to look out for include “Valley of the Sun."

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THE DOUBLE adds to Steven Mirkovich’s more than thirty feature film credits as a film editor. His career includes earlier cult classics like John Carpenter’s “Big Trouble in Little China” and blockbusters such as, “Con Air,” “Broken Arrow,” “The Ghost and the Darkness,” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” Steven recently completed a six month editing stint on Sony’s hit action/comedy “The Other Guys,” directed by Adam McKay, starring Will Ferrell. Reviewers singled out Steven’s outstanding editing on “16 Blocks,” a Richard Donner film. He is un-credited on many high profile features where his experience is used to doctor films.

Born in Oceanside, California, to a Marine Captain who worked in the film unit, his first job was in the mail room at Warner Brothers, where he worked his way into the editing department. By his early twenties he was an assistant to some of the top editors of the day, and was credited as film editor on his first feature film by age 29. Steven is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences/Film Editing Branch and the American Cinema Editors.

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GILES MASTERS (Production Designer)
Giles Masters was born into a Film Family: his mother was BAFTA winning actress, Heather Sears and his father the visionary Production Designer/Art Director Anthony Masters (“2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Lawrence of Arabia...”) - also a BAFTA recipient and nominee of the Academy for Best Design.

Giles’ career has spanned over twenty-nine years in the film industry, working in Art Departments through the grades of Draughtsman, Assistant Art Director, Art Director, Supervising Art Director to Production Designer. His credits to date include thirty-five feature films, six television features and a television mini-series, as well as work on many commercials.

Giles’ successful career speaks for itself. His most recent credits, on a number of notable feature films, are: as Production Designer on: “THE DOUBLE” and “Leonie;” as Supervising Art Director or Art Director on: “Fred Claus,” “Angels & Demons,” “The DaVinci Code,” “Van Helsing,” “Sahara,” “Shanghai Knights,” “The Mummy Returns,” “The Mummy,” “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “Event Horizon,” “First Knight” and “Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves.” Both “The DaVinci Code” and “Angels and Demons” earned Giles two nominations for the Guild Award for Excellence in Design.

Giles is a member of IATSE and BAFTA. He has also been a member of the British Film Designers Guild for over twenty years, served on the Guild’s Committee for fifteen and been Secretary for eight.

In addition to being a designer, Giles also has garnered significant attention from notable Production companies with his screenwriting ability. His screenplay portfolio includes over 18 original projects: ranging from High Concept Action Adventure to Romantic Comedy to Drama to Historical Biopics and he has also written and illustrated a Graphic Novel.

Giles Masters is represented by The Gersh Agency.

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Aggie Guerard Rodgers graduated with a master's degree in theatre costume design from Cal State Long Beach in 1970. Immediately following, she moved to San Francisco where she was the last and most fortunate costume designer to interview for “American Graffiti.” Although she had no experience in film costume design, she hit the jackpot as production manager James Hogan realized she understood the script: Hogan asked, "Do you know anything about dragging the main?" And she replied matter-of-factly, "My sister has a '54 Ford with no door handles." Hogan excused himself, returned with George Lucas and all came to realize that the director and Aggie graduated high school the same year 20 miles apart in California's Central Valley. From the very beginning, Aggie's personal connection to the material she takes on was ingrained in her work.

Firmly settled in the Bay Area, she has since found herself a member of the area's tight clique of filmmakers working time and again with George Lucas (“American Graffiti,” “The Return of the Jedi”), Francis Ford Coppola (“The Conversation,” “The Rainmaker,” “Jack”), Chris Columbus (“Rent”), Philip Kaufman (“Invasion of the Body Snatchers”), and John Korty (“A Farewell To Manzanar”). She has remained in the Bay Area her whole career, travelling to Los Angeles and to locations around the globe whenever work strikes. Such ventures outside the Bay Area have seen her paired with Milos Foreman (“One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest”), Ron Howard (“Cocoon”), Tim Burton (“Pee Wee's Big Adventure,” “Beetlejuice”), Norman Jewison (“In Country,” “The Hurricane”) and an Academy Award Nominated collaboration with Steven Spielberg (“The Color Purple”).

Born in Fresno, California, 1943 to F.A. Reid Guerard and John Guerard. Met Peter Laxton in 1979 and married in June 1980. They have two children: James Laxton, a young cinematographer, and Thomas Laxton, a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

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