BOB SPIERS (director) has worked with three generations of comedians
and directed some of Britain's finest comedies. He began his comedy career
in the 1970s as a television director of the immensely popular "It
Ain't Half Hot Mum," "Are You Being Served" and "The
Goonies." He then directed the award-winning comedy "Fawlty Towers."
These widely acclaimed credits were later followed with comic hits like
"The Comic Strip Presents," "French and Saunders," "Ruby
Wax," "Alexi Sayle" and "Fry And Laurie." His most
recent international television success has been directing the '90s cult
series "Absolutely Fabulous." Bob recently directed his first
feature film, the Disney remake of That Darned Cat, starring Christina Ricci.
URI FRUCHTMANN (producer) has a documentary and music background
as a director, producer and writer. He made several award-winning films,
including A House for Pele, Atlantic: Hip to the Tip, about the great soul
label, and the reggae music documentary Stir It Up. In 1996, he set up Fragile
Films with fellow producer Barnaby Thompson. In 1997, Fragile became part
of the Guild Pathe Franchise. SPICE WORLD is the first feature production
to come from the Fragile Films slate; future productions include An Ideal
Husband, Mad Dogs and Frenchmen, and Shapinsky's Karma.
BARNABY THOMPSON (producer) has recently established Fragile Films
with Uri Fruchtmann. After working for six years in the U.S. as vice president,
creative affairs at Broadway Pictures, Lorne Michael's production company,
Thompson has returned to England. During his stint at Broadway, he co-produced
The Kids In The Hall: Brain Candy, which was nominated for four Canadian
Genies; Tommy Boy, starring Chris Farley and David Spade; Lassie, directed
by Dan Petrie; Coneheads, starring Dan Aykroyd; and Wayne's World and its
sequel, with Mike Myers and Dana Carvey. All of these films were made for
Before moving to America in 1990, Barnaby ran the U.K.-based independent
production company World's End Productions, where he produced and directed
many award-winning documentary films, including Jimi Hendrix, which won
the Silver Plaque at the Chicago Film Festival, and The Forgotten Holocaust,
which received the Silver Medal at the New York Film Festival. He also produced
Dear Rosie, a short film nominated for both British and American Academy
SIMON FULLER (executive producer) is former manager of the Spice
Girls. His career as a manager started in 1985 when he launched music act
Paul Hardcastle with the hit single "19." He then took the song
title and formed 19 Management representing successful acts such as Annie
Lennox, Cathy Dennis and Brian Kennedy. From March 1995 to November 1997
the Spice Girls were a 19 Management act.
PETER MCALEESE (co-producer) joined Ulster TV as a floor manager
and first assistant director after finishing college in his native Northern
Ireland. He left in 1987 to pursue a freelance career, going to work as
first assistant director on television productions and feature films such
as Ken Loach's Hidden Agenda and Riff Raff and John Sayles' The Secret of
Roan Inish. Peter went on to line produce the feature films The Young Poisoner's
Handbook and John Duigan's The Leading Man. In 1996, he produced Twin Town
and additionally acted as executive in charge of production for international
distributors J & M Entertainment on The Serpent's Kiss and An American
Werewolf in Paris.
KIM FULLER ( writer) has written for some of television's finest
comedy shows over the past 15 years. His credits include "Not The Nine
O' Clock News," "Three of a Kind," "Spitting Image"
and "Red Dwarf." He also co-wrote and produced the cult hit series
"The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos." He has worked
extensively in the U.S. as writer/producer for "The Tracey Ullman Show,"
for which he received three Emmy nominations. Fuller's first feature film
credit was Palace Pictures' Lenny Live & Unleashed.
JAMES CURTIS (co-writer) was put to work at eight years old putting
up posters for "Rowan Atkinson In Review" and ended up as a script
editor and producer in television comedy 20 years later. He was comedy producer
on the multi-award-winning "Good Sex Guide," where he worked with
Timothy Spall, Helena Bonham-Carter and Martin Clunes. Three years ago he
turned to feature film writing and now divides his time between L.A. and
GRENVILLE HORNER (production designer) was educated at the Royal
College of Art where he earned a Master of Arts in Three-Dimensional/Environmental
Design. Since graduating he has worked extensively for the BBC both on comedy
and drama productions. His credits include "South of the Border,"
"French and Saunders," Alive and Kicking and various BBC Screen
KATE CARIN (costume designer) is experienced in both contemporary
and period costume for film and television. She started work as a costume
supervisor on various feature films including Let Him Have It and The Big
Man. Kate's other film credits include assistant costume designer on Shadowlands
and Splitting Hairs, and costume designer on Shallow Grave, Gillies Mackinnon's
Small Faces and Regeneration. She also worked as crowd wardrobe mistress
on Evita and as costume designer on many diverse television productions.
CLIVE TICKNER (director of photography) has worked on a number of
award-winning feature films and television productions. His productions
for the big screen include Trevor Nunn's Twelfth Night, John Henderson's
Loch Ness, Ken Loach's award-winning Hidden Agenda and Richard Eyre's productions
Loose Connections and The Ploughman's Lunch. He received BAFTA awards for
Best Cinematography for his work on TV's "The Borrowers," "Traffik"
and the acclaimed drama series "Inspector Morse."
ANDREA MACARTHUR (editor) has been editing since 1987. Her editing
work includes many award-winning commercials and promotional spots, including
the Levi's jeans campaign. In 1990, she started Whitehouse Post Productions
with Rick Lawley and John Smith. The company has expanded and is now regarded
as one of the foremost editing companies in London. Her editing work from
1992 to 1997 covers several television and feature film productions, including
the BBC2 opera "Killing Time," "The Good Sex Guide"
series, and feature films Savage Hearts and Murder In Mind.