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Robert Towne
Tom Cruise
Paula Wagner
Jonathan Sanger
Kenny Moore
Conrad L. Hall A.S.C.
William Creber
Claire Simpson
Robert K. Lambert, A.C.E.
Danny Bramson
Randy Miller

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Robert Towne

Filmmaker Photo Director/Co-writer ROBERT TOWNE, whose last picture for Warner Bros. was "Tequila Sunrise," which he wrote and directed, is best known for his Academy Award-winning script for the classic film "Chinatown." Most recently, Towne co-wrote (with David Koepp) "Mission: Impossible," which was produced by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, and in which Cruise stars. Towne's additional credits as a writer include "The Last Detail" and "Shampoo," both of which earned him Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay; "Tequila Sunrise," starring Mel Gibson, Kurt Russell and Michelle Pfeiffer, and "Personal Best" (both of which he also directed); "Days of Thunder" and "The Firm" (which both starred Tom Cruise).

Tom Cruise (Producer)

Two-time Academy Award-nominee TOM CRUISE has always had a keen interest in the art of filmmaking, in addition to his work in front of the camera as one of the most popular actors of his generation.

In 1993, Cruise teamed with his former agent, Paula Wagner, to form Cruise/Wagner Productions. Since then Cruise/Wagner has produced "Mission: Impossible" (1995). Now "Without Limits" (1998) marks their second feature-film project as producers.

In addition to his work as a producer, Cruise is an accomplished actor whose sympathetic performance as a wounded Vietnam veteran in "Born on the Fourth of July" (1990) and his touching portrayal of a down-but-not-out sports agent in "Jerry Maguire" earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Actor. Cruise won Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in both films.

Cruise made his directorial debut in 1993 with an episode of the critically acclaimed series "Fallen Angels" titled "The Frightening Frammis." This episode, based on a short story by Jim Thompson, starred Peter Gallagher, Isabella Rossellini and Nancy Travis.

Paula Wagner (Producer)

In 1993, PAULA WAGNER teamed with Tom Cruise to form Cruise/Wagner Productions. Their first feature film production was "Mission Impossible," followed by "Without Limits."

Prior to forming Cruise/Wagner Productions, Wagner spent almost 15 years as an agent, guiding the careers of such clients as Tom Cruise, Oliver Stone, Demi Moore, Robert Towne, Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Val Kilmer and Kevin Bacon during her 12 years at Creative Artists Agency.

Besides her busy career as a producer, she is on the Board of Trustees for Carnegie-Mellon University, where she obtained a B.F.A. in drama. Wagner also serves on the boards of The Geffen Playhouse and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. She has lectured for such symposiums as the American Film Institute and the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, and was the keynote speaker for the 1996 Toronto Film Festival. Together with her partner, Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner received the 1997 Producers Guild Nova Award for the most outstanding achievement by a new or emerging producer in theatrical motion pictures.

After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University, Wagner relocated to New York and acted on and off Broadway and in regional theater, including several Yale Repertory productions. She is also a published playwright, having co-authored "Out of Our Father's House," adapted from Eve Merriam's Growing Up Female In America: Ten Lives.

Jonathan Sanger

Executive producer JONATHAN SANGER produced "The Elephant Man," which starred John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins and received eight Academy Award nominations, as well as the British Academy Award for Best Motion Picture. He also produced "Frances," starring Jessica Lange, Kim Stanley and Sam Shepard, which garnered two Oscar nominations, for Lange as Best Actress and Stanley as Best Supporting Actress.

Sanger's other producing credits include "The Doctor and the Devils," starring Timothy Dalton; he was the executive producer of "Flight of the Navigator," which received the Best Picture Award from the Academy of Family Films and Television.

In 1987 Sanger formed Chanticleer Films with Jana Sue Memel, and created The Discovery Program at the American Film Institute. More than 50 short films have been produced to date, including the Academy Award-winning and internationally acclaimed "Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall" and the 1992 Academy Award-winner "Session Man."

Kenny Moore

Executive producer and co-writer KENNY MOORE met Steve Prefontaine in 1969 at a track meet. A two-time Olympic marathoner (1968 and '72), Moore placed fourth -- as did Prefontaine -- in his event (the Marathon and the 5,000, respectively) on the same day in the Munich Games.

In 1972, Moore became a founding member of the U.S. Olympic Athletes' Advisory Council and served on the committee until 1980. He also wrote Best Efforts, which was published in 1982. Many of his articles written for Sports Illustrated over the years are regarded as some of the best ever on running.

Moore has appeared in two films directed by Robert Towne, "Personal Best" and "Tequila Sunrise."

Conrad L. Hall A.S.C. (Director of Photography)

CONRAD L. HALL A.S.C. has been nominated for Academy Awards seven times, for "Saboteur: Code Name Morituri," "The Professionals," "In Cold Blood," "The Day of the Locust," "Tequila Sunrise," "The Search For Bobby Fischer" and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," receiving the Oscar for the last-named film.

Highly respected for his dramatic, evocative lighting techniques that have stylistically distinguished many films, Hall's other feature credits include "Harper," "Cool Hand Luke," "Divorce, American Style," "Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here," "The Happy Ending," "Fat City," "Electra-Glide in Blue," "Smile," "Marathon Man," "Black Widow," "Class Action" and "Love Affair."

William Creber (Production Designer)
WILLIAM CREBER's for "The Towering Inferno," "The Poseidon Adventure" and "The Greatest Story Ever Told."

Creber began his career in 1955 as an apprentice draftsman. Five years later, he earned his first screen credit on "Rio Conchos" as art director. His other feature film credits include "Caprice," "The Detective," "Planet of the Apes," "Islands in the Stream," "Yes, Georgio," "Hopscotch," "Flight of the Navigator," "The Domino Principle," "Any Which Way You Can," "Twice In A Lifetime," "Street Fighter" and "Spy Hard."

He also designed the pilot and first six episodes of the television series "Christy," and has worked with producer Irwin Allen on various television pilot projects including "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea," "Lost in Space" and "The Time Tunnel." Creber art directed several television series, including "Mod Squad" and "Room 222."

In addition to his film and television projects, Creber designed and supervised construction of the New York Street and residential street backlot sets for Disney-MGM Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Claire Simpson (Editor)

CLAIRE SIMPSON received an Academy Award for her work on Oliver Stone's "Platoon," in addition to winning a British Academy Award and the American Cinema Editors' Eddy Award.

Simpson began her career editing nature films for Irish television. The editor of several award-winning documentaries, Simpson became known for her energetic, narrative-driven cutting. Simpson's other editing credits include Stone's "Salvador" and "Wall Street," Ridley Scott's "Someone to Watch Over Me," Robert Towne's "Tequila Sunrise," Phil Joanou's "State of Grace," Arne Glimcher's "The Mambo Kings" and Caroline Thompson's "Black Beauty."

Robert K. Lambert, A.C.E.

ROBERT K. LAMBERT, A.C.E. (Editor) began his career as an assistant film editor for a commercial and animation company, moving on to ABC-TV and then to David L. Wolper Productions in 1986. There, he edited many projects, including the National Geographic and Jacques Cousteau specials, as well as "I Will Fight No more Forever" and "LIFE Goes to the Movies," both nominated for Emmy Awards and the last-named earning Lamber an editors' Eddie Award.

Lambert began editing films at Wolper Productions with "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium," "The Hellstrom Chronicle," "WATTSTAX" and "Visions of Eight." For William Friedkin he edited "Sorcerer" and "The Exorcist" for its re-release; he also cut Walter Hill's "The Driver." Among his other movie credits are "The Final Countdown" and "The Border."

Danny Bramson

Music Supervisor DANNY BRAMSON collaborated with writer/director Cameron Crowe on such movies as "Jerry Maguire," "Singles" and "Say Anything." In addition, he has served as music supervisor on "Indian Runner," "Tequila Sunrise," "Bull Durham," "Nothing In Common," "City of Angels" and many other films.

A former executive director for the Universal Amphitheatre and senior vice president of MCA Concerts, Inc., Bramson is the founder and president of Backstreet/MCA Records, whose acts include Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Nils Lofgren and Men Without Hats.

Randy Miller

Composer RANDY MILLER has previously created scores for such films as "The Time of her Time," "Soong Sisters," "Darkman II: The Return of Durant," "Darkman III: Die Darkman Die," "Space Marines," "Into the Sun," "And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird," "Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth" and "Black Magic Woman." He also provided additional music for Oliver Stone's "Heaven and Earth."

His orchestration credits include "Dumbo Drop," "Rover Dangerfield," "The Marrying Man," "The Mighty Ducks," "I Love Trouble," "Undercover Blues," "Miles From Home," "Mr. Destiny," "Tremors," "Coneheads," "Tommy Boy," "The Thief and the Cobbler," "Hoffa," "Honeymoon in Vegas," "My Father the Hero," "The Flintstones" and "Heaven and Earth."

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