Producers: James Egan, Adam W. Rosen, Gwen Wynne
Executive Producers: Pamela Tom, Mary Beth Fielder, Annette Dyvi
Associate Producers: Jodi Cahn, Kimberly Culotta
Line Producer: Randy Turrow
Co-Producer: Suzan Crowley
Writers: Gwen Wynne and Mary Beth Fielder
Director: Gwen Wynne
Art Director: James Parris
Production Designer: John de Meo
Casting Directors: Ed Mitchell & Robyn Ray
Publicist: Rogers & Cowan: Julie Polkes
Gwen Wynne, a filmmaker and theatre director, began her career on Broadway at Circle in the Square Theatre scouting for new plays. From there she co-founded and served for six years as Artistic Director of The No-Neck Monsters Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.; its mission was to challenge audiences with the essential questions of our time. Funders of her company included The National Endowment for the Arts , D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation , Comic Relief ,The Rockefeller Foundation, The Annenberg Foundation and many others.
Presently, Ms. Wynne is leading Cape Cod Films, LLC and Cape Cod Films Ltd; these companies have been created to champion emerging filmmakers and tell stories that are often suppressed in our culture. She is producing Pam Tom’s BRUSHSTROKES IN HOLLYWOOD: A PORTRAIT OF TYRUS WONG and “TURNING THE MAP” about Col. Andrew Croft, famous Arctic explorer, WW II hero and spy that Ian Fleming based his character James Bond upon. Ms. Wynne is also producing and directing ONCE IN A VERY BLUE MOON, short listed as a finalist for the Sundance Feature Film Program in 1996 and 1997. Ms. Wynne graduated from Brown University, receiving degrees in Literature & Society and Theatre Arts. She also received her M.F.A. in Film and Video Production at the USC’s School of Cinema-Television.
BRUSHSTROKES IN HOLLYWOOD examines the life and work of pioneering Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong. Beginning with his arrival to the immigration detention center at Angel Island in 1919, nine year old Tyrus would overcome a life of poverty, racism, and discrimination to become a renowned painter and Hollywood sketch artist. The film will show how the quiet beauty of Tyrus’s eastern influenced paintings caught the eye of Walt Disney and became the inspiration for the classic animated feature Bambi . For the next 25 years, Tyrus brought his artistry to Warner Brothers where his striking storyboards and set illustrations helped set the tone and drama for films such as The Sands of Iwo Jima , Rebel Without a Cause, William Goldman’s Harper and Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch . A 9 minute trailer of the documentary is presently part of an exhibit on Tyrus Wong at the American-Chinese Museum in downtown Los Angeles.
As a film-maker Ms. Wynne has served as Development Director and 2nd Unit Director for the ABC network documentary film, THE STORY OF MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS, which aired in the Spring, 1997. One of her primary responsibilities was to oversee ancillary product creation for the network documentary. She worked with Hallmark Cards, HarperCollins Publishing, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Other work includes screenwriting and writing interactive games. She wrote a CD-ROM children’s game on physics, DA VINCI’S APPRENTICE, for CyberIsland and Panasonic, and directed the video sequences for Bandai’s GUNDAM . At USC’s School of Cinema-Television she directed and edited many shorts as well as co-taught intermediate editing and assisted in teaching an advanced directing course.
At her theatre company, she directed, developed and co-produced forgotten dramas and new plays. Extensive workshops prior to the rehearsal process were conducted with the writer(s) and actors when producing a new play at the theatre. She brought together emerging artists and established Broadway talent. Her productions included such projects as Ralph Brown’s rap musical, SANCTUARY, D.C. — a world premiere about Washington’s disadvantaged youth: runaways, drug dealers, crack addicts and homeless young people. This musical was nominated for two Helen Hayes Awards : Outstanding Resident Musical and Outstanding Actress in a Musical . Her production received attention from NPR, The Washington Post, the McNeil/Lehrer News Hour, and many other national and local newspapers and organizations.
Another production, Stuart Browne’s (Bloomsbury’s acclaimed British novelist of Dangerous Parking ) world premiere ANGEL, was an epic drama capturing the political and environmental upheaval of the 20th century. ANGEL was nominated for three Helen Hayes Awards : Outstanding New Play , Outstanding Lighting Design , and Outstanding Sound Design .
Ms.Wynne created a successful drama program for at-risk youth in inner city Washington, D.C. in conjunction with other not-for-profits fighting against homelessness and drug abuse. She taught directing and acting. One of the teachers in the program received an award from Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House for providing outstanding leadership in the community.
Ms. Wynne was selected by the Fulbright Committee in the United States to do theatre workshops and productions in Zimbabwe focusing on the everyday dilemmas women faced with AIDS and/or unwanted pregnancies. Zimbabwe declined her candidacy due to the proposed productions and workshops’ controversial nature.
Ms. Wynne’s other theatre productions include FOR EVER EVER, first performed at the Washington Theatre Festival; this production was subsequently nominated for Best Director, Best Play, Best Production, Best Actress , and Best Actor . It was later staged at The Kennedy Center for the Inside/Outside Open House, highlighting local talent. Another production Ms. Wynne staged for the Washington Theatre Festival was Stuart Browne’s THE TWO — the epic story about the Siamese twins Chang and Eng set in nineteenth century America, Siam, and England. This production won a Finalist Prize for Best New Play and Ms. Wynne was nominated for Best Director . Her apprenticeship as a stage director began at Arena Stage where she assisted Director Doug Wager on Emily Mann’s EXECUTION OF JUSTICE and served as Assistant Director on The Washington Opera’s L’AMICO FRITZ.
Another directing highlight includes staging a live performance for the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, “A NIGHT TO UNITE”; it was their first Benefit Gala Fundraiser held in Washington, D.C. The Gala brought together famous performers as well as Democratic and Republican senators to raise awareness about children with AIDS. Cher, Alan Alda, and Meredith Baxter-Birney were the featured entertainers. Coordinating thirty Hollywood stars and directing over twenty children for a musical number for an audience of one thousand was just one of the many tasks involved. The event raised over one million dollars.
Adam W. Rosen
Adam W. Rosen has been involved in structuring entertainment transactions and practicing entertainment law for over a decade, both in-house and in private practice, and is highly regarded and respected among his peers for his depth of knowledge, excellent negotiating and drafting skills, and creative deal-making abilities. Rosen is a founding partner of the law firm of Rosen Feig Golland & Lunn LLP – a transactional entertainment, corporate and intellectual property law boutique that provides legal services of the highest caliber and quality, and offers its clients a better alternative to the existing entertainment law firms. Rosen’s broad expertise encompasses a variety of entertainment services, including: the representation of writers, directors, actors and other above- and below-the-line talent; providing development legal services; performing production legal services; structuring, negotiating and implementing foreign and domestic co-productions, and film and television financing transactions; negotiating acquisitions of rights; negotiating distribution and licensing arrangements; representing and packaging of scripts and films for development and sale; and other transactional entertainment services. Rosen’s experience encompasses the areas of film and television, live action and animation, and domestic and international transactions.
Rosen is also the founder and principal of Firebrand Entertainment LLC (formerly named Fortress Films LLC), a film and television development and production company. Through Fortress, Rosen develops and packages quality scripts, arranges for project financing, structures various production transactions, and arranges for distribution of completed films. In addition, Rosen works closely with a number of other independent producers, helping them co-develop and co-produce their own film and television projects utilizing Rosen’s vast entertainment experience and expansive network of industry relationships.
From 2000 through 2002, Rosen served as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel for RKO Pictures, Inc. In this capacity, Rosen handled all business and legal matters for RKO and all of its divisions, as well as managed RKO’s business and legal affairs and international sales departments. Additionally, Rosen supervised all of RKO’s production, business development, international sales, corporate, accounting and financing activities, and oversaw RKO’s administrative and human resources departments. Rosen worked closely with the rest of RKO’s senior management team, providing business and legal guidance, strategy and advice in all areas. As a member of RKO’s Executive Management Committee, Rosen was responsible for determining RKO policy and procedures and spearheading efforts to revitalize RKO to create a growing, profitable entertainment company. Business development activities pursued by Rosen at RKO included the development for production of movies, mini-series and episodic programs initially intended for cable, network and/or syndicated television, direct-to-video and new media/on-line/wireless applications, including the development for production of feature-length animated films and television series. While at RKO, Rosen oversaw the production of the movie SHADE, starring Sylvester Stallone, Gabriel Byrne, Stuart Townsend, Melanie Griffith, Jamie Foxx and Thandie Newton, and negotiated and concluded a number of studio development deals for RKO, including deals with Artisan Entertainment (now part of Lions Gate Entertainment), Dimension Films, Paramount Pictures, 20 th Century Fox and DreamWorks. Rosen was also instrumental in concluding a number of high profile development deals for RKO, including directing deals with Sidney Lumet, Gregory Hoblit, Steve Carr, Mark Rydell, Kaos and Irwin Winkler, among others.
Prior to RKO, Rosen was Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs for Warner Bros. International Television Production. Rosen was recruited by Warner Bros. in 1996 to build and run the business and legal affairs department for the Studio’s then newly formed international television production group. While at Warner Bros., Rosen was single-handedly responsible for structuring, negotiating and implementing a variety of complex international television co-productions, and producing close to 200 hours of programming in just over four years, including children’s animated TV series, both comedy and drama live-action TV series, a movie-of-the-week for Fox Television Network, and a number of live-action format series. Rosen was also responsible for overseeing and managing all business, legal and financial matters on all co-production projects on a daily basis, shepherding projects along from development or acquisition to delivery and distribution, developing new business opportunities and relationships for the company, and exploring and implementing new production financing arrangements, including foreign tax credits, private and public international production subsidies, pre-sales, work-in-kind investments and equity contributions. Rosen specialized in structuring “finance-incentive” productions and ensuring project compliance with all foreign content, financing, legal and broadcaster requirements.
From 1991 to 1996, Rosen was in private practice as an entertainment, finance and corporate/securities attorney at the national law firm of Proskauer Rose LLP, and prior to that at the entertainment law boutique of Gipson, Hoffman & Pancione. Rosen conducted a diverse legal practice encompassing motion picture and television finance, production, distribution, investment and joint venture transactions. Rosen represented lending institutions in motion picture and television financing transactions, as well as independent film and television producers, production companies and distributors in connection with various acquisition and distribution arrangements, co-production and investment transactions and talent negotiations. Rosen started off his career as a corporate, tax and securities lawyer representing such clients as Carolco Pictures and Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute.
Rosen earned his legal degree from UCLA School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University, where he graduated cum laude with a double major in the fields of Anthropology and Philosophy and a minor in classical studies in the field of Latin. Rosen is admitted to the State Bar of California and the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.