JOHN LANDIS (Director/Producer/Co-writer) began his career as
a mail boy at 20th Century Fox. After years as a writer, stuntman, actor,
extra and production assistant on many movies, he rose to international
recognition when he directed the 1977 blockbuster National Lampoon's Animal
House. Since then, he has gone on to direct some of the most popular films
of the last two decades, including such hit comedies as The Blues Brothers,
Trading Places, Spies Like Us, Three Amigos, Coming to America and Beverly
Hills Cop III. Landis' other credits include the cult favorite Schlock,
Kentucky Fried Movie, An American Werewolf in London, The Twilight Zone,
Into the Night, Amazon Women on the Moon, Oscar, Innocent Blood and The
Stupids. In addition, he directed Michael Jackson in the now-classic long
form music videos Thriller and Black or White.
For television, under the St. Clare Entertainment banner, Landis was executive
producer and often director of the ACE and Emmy Award-winning HBO comedy
series Dream On. He was also executive producer on the series Campus Cops
and Weird Science, both for the USA Network and the movies-of-the-week Here
Come The Munsters and The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas for the Fox Broadcast
Network. He is currently executive producing the weekly series Honey, I
Shrunk the Kids: The Series for Buena Vista Television.
Landis has garnered numerous awards and accolades for his work, including
several NAACP Image Awards, People's Choice Awards, Cable Ace Awards for
Dream On and various international film festival awards. In 1985, he was
honored by the French Government when he was given the prestigious Chevalier
dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and, in 1994, the Edinburgh Film Festival
held a career retrospective of his work. The week after completing principal
photography on Blues Brothers 2000, Landis traveled to Rimini, Italy, where
he was awarded the Federico Fellini Prize.
As a representative of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences,
Landis has lectured at various film schools and universities, including
Yale, Harvard, NYU, UCLA, UCSB, USC, Texas A&M, University of Miami
and Indiana University. He is also an advisor at the Sundance Institute
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Landis and his family moved to Los Angeles soon
after his birth. He is married to Deborah Nadoolman, an Oscar - nominated
costume designer, with whom he has two children.
LESLIE BELZBERG (Producer) has produced Oscar, Innocent Blood, Beverly
Hills Cop III and The Stupids, as well as associate produced the films Spies
Like Us, Three Amigos and Into the Night and was executive producer of Coming
to America, all for John Landis.
Born in Calgary, Canada, Belzberg graduated from York University in Toronto
with a degree in English literature and contemporary drama. She moved to
New York City, where she received an MBA from Fordham University before
joining the Simon Wiesenthal Center as a non-profit fund-raiser.
After her job required a transfer to Los Angeles, Belzberg was introduced
to filmmaking through the documentary Genocide, on which she was the associate
producer. Genocide went on to win the 1981 Academy Award for Best Documentary
Belzberg formally entered the film industry when George Folsey, Jr. hired
her to work with him and John Landis on Trading Places.
Partnered with Landis in St. Clare Entertainment, a television production
company, Belzberg executive produced the movies-of-the-week Here Come The
Munsters and The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas for the Fox Broadcast
Network, five seasons of Weird Science and 13 episodes of Campus Cops for
the USA Network and six seasons of the Emmy Award-winning HBO comedy series
Dream On, presently in syndication on Comedy Central. She is currently executive
producing the weekly series Sliders for the Sci Fi Channel and Honey I Shrunk
the Kids: The Series for Buena Vista Television.
GRACE GILROY (Associate Producer) has thirty years experience working
in the film and television industry. She served as production manager on
such features as The Edge, That Old Feeling, The Stupids, Tommy Boy, Intersection,
Hoffa and Jennifer Eight, among others. She was also production supervisor
on Stepping Out. For television, her numerous credits include producer/production
supervisor on The Fierce Dreams of Jackie Watson, associate producer/production
manager on I'll Take Manhattan, production supervisor on the series The
Marshal and production manager on such movies-of-the-week and mini-series
as State of Terror, One More Mountain, The Odd Couple, Ordeal in the Arctic,
Burning Bridges, Assault and Matrimony, A Letter to Three Wives and Perry
Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun. She is currently associate producer
on Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The Series for Buena Vista Television.
A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Gilroy studied in Alberta. She started out
in the business at MEETA which later became known as the ACCESS television
DAVID HERRINGTON (Director of Photography) who makes his major studio
debut with Blues Brothers 2000, previously photographed many independent
features including The Housekeeper. His work for television includes John
Candy's directorial debut, Hostage for a Day, the telefilms A Pleasant Little
Murder, War of the Worlds: The Resurrection, Ghost of a Chance and A Deadly
Business, as well as the miniseries Deadly Matrimony, Common Ground and
Hoover vs. the Kennedy's. In 1984, Herrington received an Emmy nomination
for his work on the made-for-television movie Pippi Longstocking. In addition,
Herrington has photographed over 500 commercial spots for such clients as
Taco Bell, Dodge, Sprint and Chevrolet.
A native of England, Herrington began his career in the film business as
a lab technician with the Rank Organization. In 1971, he moved to Toronto,
Canada to work with Filmhouse as their chief timer/grader, becoming their
technical director before moving on to production and then cinematography.
For the past eight years, Herrington has been based in Los Angeles where
he lives with his wife and their two daughters.
DALE BELDIN (Editor) previously worked with director John Landis
on The Stupids, Beverly Hills Cop III, Innocent Blood, Oscar, Michael Jackson's
Black or White music video and The Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller,
as well as Landis' Disney/NBC special Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special.
His other films include Hit and Run and The Ratings Game, which was Danny
DeVito's feature directorial debut.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Beldin graduated from the University of Southern
California School of Cinema and entered the film industry as a documentary
filmmaker working on several award-winning television specials. He also
helped to create the first TV-magazine format program for Showtime Cable,
What's Up America!, which was Showtime's number one program for two consecutive
Beldin produced and directed, along with collaborator Mark Krenzien, the
Emmy-nominated special Who Happen to Be Gay. He also served as chief editor
on the behind-the-scenes television specials about Back to the Future, Top
Gun, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Production Designer BILL BRODIE has been designing for film and television
for over 40 years. He has worked extensively in both Canada and the United
Kingdom and lists among his many production design credits such features
as Short Circuit II, Dead of Winter, One Magic Christmas, The Grey Fox,
Silence of the North and Privilege. He was a supervising art director on
Superman and art director on Joseph Andrews, Barry Lyndon, Malachi's Cove
and Modesty Blaise.
In 1968, he directed and co-produced Terry Whitmore For Example, a feature-length
documentary, which was subsequently shown in the Director's Fortnight at
the 1969 Cannes Film Festival.
A native of Ottawa, Canada, Brodie received his early training in the theatre.
During the 1950s, as one of the first in-house designers at the Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation, Brodie, along with such people as Norman Jewison
and Lorne Green, helped shape the face of Canadian television. Since then,
he has designed over 100 different projects for television.
DEBORAH NADOOLMAN's (Costume Designer) diverse credits include Steven
Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark and 1941, Louis Malle's Crackers and
eleven films by John Landis: National Lampoon's Animal House, The Blues
Brothers, An American Werewolf in London, Trading Places, Into the Night,
Three Amigos, Spies Like Us, Oscar, Innocent Blood, and Coming to America,
for which she was nominated for an Academy Award¨ in 1988, and The
Stupids. Nadoolman also designed rock videos Michael Jackson's Thriller
and Black or White. Most recently, she designed Costa Gavras' Mad City,
starring Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta.
Nadoolman created a pair of the world's most famous leather jackets - the
ones that belonged to "Indiana Jones" in Raiders of the Lost Ark,
displayed in the Smithsonian, and Michael Jackson in Thriller.
Nadoolman's stage credits include Dinner at Eight, for which she won a Drama-Logue
Award and the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award in 1993, the Virginia
Opera's inaugural production of Turandot, the enormously successful 1994
production of The Waiting Room at the Mark Taper Forum, which garnered her
a second Drama-Logue Award, Gas Light at the American Conservatory Theatre
in San Francisco and The Last Survivor for the Mark Taper Too.
Nadoolman received her Masters from UCLA in Costume Design in 1975.
BARRY LATHER (Choreographer) is one of the industry's most sought
after young choreographers. He won an MTV Award and Billboard Award for
choreographing Janet Jackson's The Pleasure Principal, a Billboard Award
for Sting's We'll Be Together and has garnered accolades for his work with
such recording artists as Michael Jackson, Bryan Adams, Prince, Paula Abdul
and George Michael.
Lather's credits are numerous and diverse, ranging from choreographing the
production numbers for the 68th Academy Awards to creating the dance numbers
for Michael Jackson's new short film Ghosts. He spent three years choreographing
Nickelodeon's ACE Award-winning musical/variety show Roundhouse and has
worked his magic designing innovative skate routines for Kristi Yamaguchi,
Katarina Witt and Brian Boitano. His work can be seen in commercials for
Pepsi, Coke, Revlon and McDonald's, to name just a few.
Recently, Lather directed and choreographed the stage shows House of Groove
and Retro-ACTIVE for Paramount Parks and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
RICK AVERY (Stunt Coordinator) previously worked with John Landis
as stunt coordinator on Beverly Hills Cop III, Innocent Blood, Oscar and
With almost twenty years experience as a stuntman, Avery has crashed cars,
been set on fire, fallen from buildings and leaped off bridges in over 300
films and television shows including Titanic, Independence Day, Airforce
One, L.A. Confidential, Broken Arrow, The Abyss, Cannonball Run II, Casino,
Batman Returns, Hook and Tango and Cash. His credits as stunt coordinator
include Look Who's Talking, Article 99, The Perfect Weapon, Lionheart and
Avery lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Joni, two sons Michael and Brian
and daughter Dianne, all of whom are successful in the stunt industry.