Leave It to Beaver: About The Filmmakers

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Director ANDY CADIFF makes his feature film debut on Leave It To Beaver after a long and very successful career in television.

Most recently, Cadiff was the Producer/Director of ABC's top-rated Home Improvement starring Tim Allen from 1992-96. Prior to that, he had numerous directing credits with such series as Delta, Nurses, Empty Nest and Quantum Leap.

Producer ROBERT SIMONDS is one of Hollywood's most prolific producers of motion picture comedies.Leave It To Beaver is the latest in a string of successful comedy releases, which includes Happy Gilmore , Billy Madison and the two Problem Child films. Simonds is also the producer of several upcoming feature comedies, including The Wedding Singer , starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore (New Line Cinema), Half Baked (Universal), Dirtywork (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) and The Waterboy (Touchstone).

Simonds formed The Robert Simonds Company, his Universal Pictures-based motion picture company, in 1994.

Screenwriter BRIAN LEVANT is a true "Beaverphile" working on a labor of love. A dedicated fan of the original series, Levant was also the award-winning director of the television series The New Leave It To Beaver and in 1983, wrote the CBS movie-of-the-week, Still The Beaver.

A successful feature film director, Levant's credits include Jingle All The Way, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Flintstones for Universal and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, Beethoven and Little Giants.

For television, Levant served as writer/producer of the long-running series' Mork & Mindy and Happy Days.

Leave It To Beaver is screenwriter LON DIAMOND's first produced feature film, having been a script doctor on many other Hollywood features. It is the second time he has collaborated with screenwriter Brian Levant, having also worked together on The Flintstones for Universal and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment.

Diamond hails from Long Island, NY. He attended Cornell University and UCLA Film School and began his entertainment career as a television producer. He was the co-creator and co-executive producer of the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed Parker Lewis Can't Lose.

Executive Producer BEN MYRON currently has a very full plate. In addition to executive producing Leave It To Beaver, Myron recently finished the Mike Figgis-directed One Night Stand, starring Wesley Snipes and Nastassia Kinski; Telling Lies In America, starring Kevin Bacon and Brad Renfro and the Joe Eszterhas-penned satire An Alan Smithee Film, starring Sylvester Stallone and Whoopi Goldberg. He is currently producing Mr. Magoo, directed by Stanley Tong. Just on the horizon are The Mod Squad and Barney's Great Adventure.

Myron produced his first feature film in 1987, Checking Out, for Warner Brothers. Another Myron film, One False Move, was nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards.

Myron started in the film business as the owner of a chain of theaters in the Bay Area.

Executive Producer DAVID HELPERN began his prestigious career writing about film and politics for two weekly Boston newspapers. Shortly thereafter he directed and co-produced the feature length documentary about film director Nicholas Ray, I'm a Stranger Here Myself . Two years later he produced and directed the Academy Award nominated feature-length documentary about the Hollywood blacklist, Hollywood On Trial , narrated by John Huston.

While continuing to write about film and politics, Helpern co-authored the story for the film Between The Lines , as well as directed Something Short of Paradise , starring Susan Sarandon and David Steinberg.

After moving to Los Angeles, Helpern produced or executive produced the films: Dead Heat , Something Special , Hidden II: The Spawning . He was also a creative consultant on the long-running half-hour syndicated TV series Kids, Inc ., now airing on The Disney Channel.

Presently, he is developing a number of projects including Tomorrow's Child , The Lone Ranger , Flash Gordon and Sinbad at the Edge of the World .

Executive Producer LYNN AROST had spent the last 20 months as president of Telvan Productions. Prior to that, Arost was partnered with Jessica Lange at Prairie Films. She co-produced Blue Sky at Orion, for which Lange won an Academy Award . Presently, Arost is one of the producing partners of A Thousand Acres , the screen adaptation of James Smiley's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, starring Jessica Lange, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Robards.

Arost also worked as president of production at The Fields Company, and from 1981-84 was vice president of production at MGM, working on a variety of films including A Christmas Story .

Prior to her work in production, Arost worked as a school teacher at a private school in Los Angeles.

Director of Photography THOMAS DEL RUTH brings an impressive list of credits to Leave It To Beaver. The veteran has served as Director of Photography on The Mighty Ducks, Look Who's Talking, Look Who's Talking Too, Quicksilver, Stand By Me, The Breakfast Club, Impulse and Death Wish II, among others.

Del Ruth began his film career as an assistant cameraman and camera operator, serving in those capacities on over 36 feature films, including Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid.

Production Designer PERRY ANDELIN BLAKE joins Producer Robert Simonds for the fourth time on Leave It To Beaver. Previously, Blake worked on the Simonds productions Bullet Proof, Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison, all for Universal.

Blake started his entertainment career art directing commercials for such clients as Coca Cola, Reebok, Nike and Nissan.

Blake earned a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University and initially came to Los Angeles to work with noted architect Frank Gehry. His film and architecture work has appeared in books and magazines like "Progressive Architecture," "Elle Decor" and "Experimental Architecture."

The diversified costumes of designer JEAN-PIERRE DORLÉAC have enlightened audiences through feature films, television, theater, rock-videos and private couture. His creations for features include the exotic rags and tatters assembled for The Blue Lagoon ; the vampy, cartoonish camp of Buck Rogers In The 25th Century ; the whimsical and endearing Heart and Souls, that showed us San Francisco in the late '50s and present day; and the beauty and romanticism of turn-of-the-century Somewhere In Time, the film that garnered him an Academy Award© nomination.

Additionally, his designs, covering 30 years of fashion trends, will soon be seen in the Peter Masterson film, The Only Thrill, starring Diane Keaton, Sam Sheperd and Diane Lane.

In television, he has been nominated by the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences ten times, including four years in a row for Quantum Leap, and won the Emmy for the retro, look-into-the-future costumes of Battlestar: Galactica.

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