Mr. Magoo: About The Filmmakers

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STANLEY TONG (Director) began directing in 1983 after a career as one of Hong Kong's leading stuntmen. In 1989 he established his own film company, Golden Gate, through which he wrote, directed, stunt-directed and produced the critically acclaimed "Stone Age Warriors," the first commercial film to be shot among the aboriginal head-hunters of New Guinea.

"Stone Age Warriors" caught the attention of Golden Harvest, which commissioned Tong to direct the Jackie Chan film "Supercop," thus beginning what has been a Hollywood -- and international -- show business success story.

Tong's first American venture "Rumble in the Bronx," firmly established Chan as the screen's newest global action hero. Tong's second film to hit the American screen, Miramax's "Supercop," shot prior to "Rumble," was first screened at the Hong Kong Film Festival where it won Best Editing and earned Chan his first Best Actor Award.

Tong continued his highly successful and prolific relationship with Chan and New Line with his third US film, "First Strike."

As proof of his growing renown in Asia, and on the centennial of the birth of the Hong Kong film industry, Tong was recently honored with a Golden Horse Award (China's equivalent of the Academy Award®) in his native China for directing "Supercop." His work was chosen from almost 9,000 to represent the burgeoning film industry of the island nation, on the cusp of its return to Mainland China.

PAT PROFT (Written by) is one of Hollywood's foremost comedy writers. Proft's feature credits include the "Naked Gun" trilogy, "Hot Shots!" "Hot Shots! Part Deux," "Police Academy" and "Bachelor Party."

Proft is currently writing, directing, and producing the feature "Wrongfully Accused" for Warner Bros.

Before Proft started writing for television and movies, he worked as an actor, comic, and radio DJ. He performed revue comedy and standup at many now-legendary venues, including The Comedy Store, Kentucky Fried Theater, and Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop.

Proft's television writing credits include "Welcome Back, Kotter," "Fernwood 2-Night," "The Smothers Brothers Show," "The Carol Burnett Show," "Police Squad," and the "Mary Tyler Moore Comedy Hour."

A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, TOM SHEROHMAN (Written by) attended the University of Minnesota as a theatre major before embarking on a professional acting career. For the past 30 years he has performed in and directed numerous regional theatre productions across the country and has appeared in countless commercials.

A member of the Writers Guild of America, Sherohman has written several screenplays including "Modern Problems" (shared credit with Arthur Sellers and Ken Shapiro) starring Chevy Chase, as well as numerous scripts for television.

In 1988 he was hired by Walt Disney Imagineering to write and direct shows for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. There, he wrote and directed the original show at the Comedy Warehouse and helped write and direct the Adventurer's Club show, both on Pleasure Island. In addition, he wrote and directed the original production for the Anacomical Players in the Wonders of Life Pavilion at EPCOT Center.

Sherohman was named Artistic Director of Theatre Downtown in Orlando, Florida in 1991. During this period he acted in and directed many shows there. He will soon return to Orlando to direct two plays: "Merton of the Movies" by George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly, and Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women."

In addition to writing "Mr. Magoo" with Pat Proft (who has been a friend and collaborator since childhood), he helped create a children's television show called "Once Upon a Tree" for the Discovery Animal Channel.

BEN MYRON (Producer) began his career in the film industry as an exhibitor. He owned and operated a 14-screen chain of theaters in San Francisco Bay Area from the mid-70's to the mid 80's when he turned to producing exclusively.

Myron recently completed production on "An Alan Smithee Film-Burn, Hollywood, Burn," written by Joe Eszterhas and featuring a cast which includes Sylvester Stallone, Whoopi Goldberg, Jackie Chan, and Ryan O'Neal. Other projects which Myron has in development are "The Mod Squad," "Barney's Great Adventure," "Flash Gordon," "Wakin' Up in Reno" which Myron will produce with Billy Bob Thornton and Dwight Yoakam for Miramax and "Auntie Mame."

Myron's other producing credits include "Signal 7," "Checking Out," "One False Move," "Leave it to Beaver," "One Night" and "Telling Lies in America."

HENRY G. SAPERSTEIN (Executive Producer) is one of the industry's most well-known and respected producers and distributors. A former movie theater chain owner, he entered the education, industrial and non-theatrical film field producing and distributing hundreds of films. This led to his entry into the theatrical and television fields, where his credits include eleven years of "All Star Golf," "Mr. Magoo" cartoons for NBC and CBS, and "Dick Tracy" cartoons.

His feature credits include the family animation classics "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol," "The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo," and "Uncle Sam Magoo." He also produced "Godzilla," "War of the Gargantuas," and the classic "What's Up, Tiger Lily?"

ANDRE MORGAN (Executive Producer) was born in Casablanca, Morocco and began his career with Raymond Chow's Golden Harvest in Hong Kong as a studio manager and producer. Morgan engineered the first venture between Chinese and American production companies, with the classic Bruce Lee film "Enter the Dragon." Morgan's film credits include "Farewell to the King," "Impulse," "Speedzone," "Miracle in the Wilderness," "Ladybugs," "Bad Girls," "The Scout," and "Heaven's Prisoners."

Based in Hollywood, he is a frequent traveler to Europe and the Far East, and is universally recognized for his singular financial acumen and highly developed creative instincts and as a versatile and resourceful motion picture and television entrepreneur.

Executive producer ROBERT L. ROSEN most recently completed Hollywood Pictures' "Spy Hard." He is currently working on a co-production of Morgan Creek and Constantin Films' "Wrongfully Accused," yet another collaboration with the king of spoof comedy, Leslie Nielsen.

Rosen has produced or supervised over fifty films during his career, including "The Challenge," "Prophecy," "Little Big Man," "Le Mans," "A Man Called Horse," "Scrooge," "The April Fools," "Monte Walsh," "Big Jake," and "Rio Lobo." Rosen's longtime association with director John Frankenheimer also includes "The French Connection II," "Black Sunday," and "Dead Bang." His other productions include "Sniper" with Tom Berenger and the critically acclaimed box office hit "The Crow."

A graduate of the University of Southern California, Rosen began his career as a director for films and television, working on such memorable classics as "Gunsmoke" and "Have Gun, Will Travel." Rosen moved to CBS-TV as a production executive, where he served as associate producer, then producer of "Gilligan's Island," before becoming executive producer of the pilot of "Hawaii Five-O." Afterward, he returned to features as vice president of Cinema Center Films, where he oversaw the production of nearly forty features.

JUSTIS GREENE (Co-Producer) has produced for both film and television. He most recently served as co-producer on the Touchstone Pictures' comedy, "The Sixth Man." His other recent credits include producing the TV series "The Outer Limits," co-producing Walt Disney Pictures' "Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco," "White Fang II: Myth of the White Wolf"; associate producing "Another Stakeout" for Touchstone Pictures; and producing the last two seasons of "Neon Rider" for the CTV network in Canada.

His involvement in other films include "Alive," "Ernest Saves Christmas," "Earth*Star Voyager," "Return of the Shaggy Dog," "Davy Crockett," "Iceman," "Agnes of God" and "The Clan of the Cave Bear."

Actively involved in the Canadian film industry for the last 25 years, Greene was instrumental in establishing a major film equipment rental house and the B.C. Film Commission which under his 3-year directorship helped the film industry grow from $1.8 million in business to $52 million.

Greene and his family make their home in West Vancouver.

JINGLE MA (Director of Photography) began his lifelong passion for cinematography in his native Hong Kong while he watching commercials being shot on the streets. Jingle worked as a gaffer and camera operator in commercials for over ten years when director Sylvia Chang asked him to be the director of photography on her film "Passion" in 1986. This film netted him nominations at both the Hong Kong Film Awards and the Golden Horse Awards.

Ma has become one of Hong Kong's premier director's of photography, earning him numerous awards and nominations. He has worked with some of today's most important directors, including John Woo, Jackie Chan, Tsui Hark, and Stanley Tong. Ma's credits include "First Strike," "Rumble in the Bronx," "Comrades, Almost a Love Story," "Viva Erotica," "The Private Eye Blues," "Farewell China," and "Last Princess of Manchuria."

JOHN WILLETT (Production Designer) graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in stage design and started his career on the Canadian-based "SCTV." His television credits include the long-running series, "The Beachcombers," and television movies, "Rose Hill," and "That Secret Sunday."

Feature credits as art director include "Road to Wellville," "The Firm," "Jennifer Eight," "Billy Bathgate," "Shoot to Kill" and "Mississippi Burning." In addition, Willett has production designed "Call of the Wild," "The Amazing Panda Adventure," "Mystery Date," "Run," and "High Stakes."

STUART PAPPÉ (Edited by) most recently edited this summer's hit live-action Walt Disney Pictures comedy "George of the Jungle." Prior to that he edited "Wild America," as well as Touchstone Pictures' "Bad Company" and "What's Love Got To Do With It." Before that, he collaborated on seven features with director Paul Mazursky: "Enemies, A Love Story," "The Pickle," "Scenes From a Mall," "Moon Over Parador," "An Unmarried Woman," "Alex in Wonderland" and "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice."

Pappé began his industry career in the mail room at The Walt Disney Studios. He subsequently became an apprentice editor at MCA/Universal. He became an independent editor in 1964 with "The Loved One" and received his first full editing credit in 1967 on "The President's Analyst."

DAVID RAWLINS (Edited by) has established his successful career editing a number of hit feature films and television productions. Among his most prominent motion picture credits are "Baby's Day Out," "Life Stinks," "The Last Dragon," "Urban Cowboy," "Saturday Night Fever," "The Osterman Weekend," "The Absent-Minded Waiter," "Police Academy IV" and "The Bingo Long Traveling All Star Motor Kings." He also provided additional editing services on "What's Love Got To Do With It" and "Broadcast News."

For television, Rawlins directed and edited several episodes of "Night Gallery" as well as "The Shadow in the Streets."

MICHAEL R. MILLER, A.C.E. (Edited by) previously edited "Anaconda," "Keys to Tulsa," "Head Above Water," "Boys on the Side," "With Honors," "Swing Kids" and "Medicine Man." He also edited Joel and Ethan Coen's "Miller's Crossing" and "Raising Arizona," and served as sound editor on the acclaimed directors' "Blood Simple."

Miller's other editing credits include Paul Schrader's "Patty Hearst," as well as Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel's "D.O.A." James Orr's "Mr. Destiny" and Keenan Ivory Wayans' "I'm Gonna Git U Sucka." "Split Cherry Tree," which he edited for Andrei Konchalovsky, received an Academy Award® nomination for best live-action short subject.

For television, Miller edited a season of the series "The Equalizer," and received an Emmy Award nomination for editing the Afterschool special "It's No Crush, I'm In Love." He also edited film segments for "Saturday Night Live."

A graduate of Cornell University, Miller began his career as an assistant to several renowned editors including Paul Hirsch on "The Fury," Susan Morse on the Woody Allen classics "Manhattan" and "Stardust Memories"; and Thelma Schoonmaker on "Raging Bull."

TOM BRONSON (Costume Designer) began his career with Universal Studios and moved on to design such films as "The Deep," "Slapshot," "The Long Riders," "First Blood," "Rambo," "48 HRS.," "Beverly Hills Cop," "Rocky II" and "Rocky III."

Bronson received Academy Award® consideration for his designing contributions on "Brubaker," "Rocky IV," "Staying Alive," and "Victory." He received Emmy nominations for the telefilms "Fear on Trial," "The Execution of Pvt. Slovick," "Ruby & Oswald" and "For the Woman I Love."

In 1987, Bronson became staff designer for Walt Disney Pictures & Television. He also serves as Director of the Walt Disney Studios Costume Department. During his Disney tenure, he received Emmy nominations for "Polly," "Polly: Comin' Home" and "Plymouth." He has served as designer on all of the "Wonderful World of Disney" movies, and numerous television pilots and series. Other Disney credits include "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid," "The Program," "Man of the House," "Spy Hard," "Puppetmasters," "Prefontaine" and the Disney Home Video release, "Honey, I Blew Up Everyone."

MICHAEL TAVERA (Music by) has created original music for a dozen films and numerous television series. Most recently, he scored the music for Walt Disney's comedy "RocketMan" as well as Walt Disney Home Video's release "Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves."

Additional film work includes the scoring of such movies as "Mr. Payback," an interactive film by Sony Pictures; Amblin/MCA Home Video's "The Land Before Time" (sequels); "Lucky Stiff" (New Line Cinema), "Frozen Assets" (Skouras Films/Fox Video), and "Bitter Harvest" (Prism Entertainment). He also composed the theme song for Twentieth Century Fox's "Once Upon a Forest," and provided the source music for the features "Ransom" and "Dead Presidents."

Tavera has scored an impressive list of television projects including: "Melrose Place," "One of the Boys," "Charlie Hoover," and the Von Zernick/Sertner films "No One Would Tell" and "Dying to Belong." His music also enlivens dozens of animated series (exceeding 500 half-hour episodes) including "Casper," and DIC's "Sonic the Hedgehog" and "Where's Waldo?" to name a few.

A native of California, Tavera now resides in Agoura Hills with his wife and two daughters.

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