DIRECTOR – Jules Stewart
Jules Stewart has been a steady fixture in Hollywood for over 30 years, credited with 30 feature films and over 50 television shows. Her experience spans the big budget studio films to smaller independent projects. She also had the good fortune to work with some the of more creative names in the industry like Micky Moore, Brian Levant, David Lynch and David E. Kelley.
Jules got her start in editorial, trained by the legendary Verna Fields at Warner Brothers. From there she moved to CFI (Consolidated Film Industries) where she continued her career in the editorial field but also stepped into the role of Post-Production Supervisor.In 1977, due to a sick script supervisor, Jules found herself holding book for director, Art Fisher on the TV special, “If They Could See Me Now”, starring Lindsey Wagner, from Bionic Woman. It was there, on the set, that Jules quickly earned a name for herself as a top-notch, trusted pair of ‘eyes’ on the set.
Working as a script supervisor over the years became an invaluable training process for the writer Jules desired to be. Her love for story telling and her knowledge of script format segued her into a successful career as a ghost writer and now a screenwriter in her own right. Jules is now making the jump to director on the original screenplay K-11 that will be in production during the summer of 2011. She and her business partner; Producer Tom Wright formed Libertine Films, Inc. in 2010 with a roster of unique scripts.
PRODUCER – TOM WRIGHT
A California native, Libertine Film’s President Tom Wright Jr. graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1986. His first industry job was as an Apprentice Editor and throughout the late eighties worked a full spectrum of film jobs from PA to First AD.
By the early nineties, he was the Associate Producer and Post Production Supervisor on the Indie film Treacherous starring C. Thomas Howell and Tia Carrere. Tom then became a founding member of Franchise Pictures and Associate Producer on their first film The Immortals starring Eric Roberts and Chris Rock. He also served as the Line Producer on The Last Days of Frankie the Fly, starring Dennis Hopper, Daryl Hannah and Kiefer Sutherland.
In 1996 Tom left Franchise to form Woodbridge Films with Hollywood legend Frank Yablans, former head of Paramount and MGM. The Woodbridge team used a complicated insurance-backed, four picture Prints & Advertising deal as the basis for funding their first production, A Dog of Flanders which starred Jon Voight & Jack Warden and was distributed by Warner Brothers using their P&A funds.
With the new millennium, Tom was still actively developing scripts & preparing budgets for several independent producers, including Joel Douglas and Graham King at IEG. He subsequently produced the buddy comedy Repo, where he met future partner Jules Stewart. They formed their partnership under the Libertine Films banner with several projects in development.
Libertine Film’s first production is K-11 a character driven drama set in Men’s County Jail. Other projects on the Libertine slate include Swingfully Yours, a Cinderella romance piece that swings to the big band era, the romantic comedy Tomfoolery and a 3D event picture, On Gossamer Wings, a political thriller about a government cover up in the exploration of Mars.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER – MICHELE BERK
Film and Television Producer-Writer Michele Berk formed Lotus Pictures, Inc. to produce the Feature Film Legacy, starring Academy Award winner Rod Steiger. Next Michele Produced Blacktop starring Meatloaf and Kristen Davis for HBO, and the Feature Film Tranced starring Josie Davis and Meshach Taylor.
Michele developed the original screenplay, and Produced the Golden Globe nominated Feature Film Bandits, starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett, directed by Barry Levinson, for MGM.
Michele Executive Produced the Feature Films Stateside, starring Val Kilmer, Downtown, starring Genevieve Bujold and John Savage, which was recognized by the United Nations for its poignant portrayal runaway teens, and the film noir thriller The Circle, written by and directed by Yuri Seltzer.
MICHELE BERK Michele Executive Produced the recently completed, compelling drama K-11 directed by Jules Stewart, starring Goran Visnjic, Kate Del Castillo, Portia Doubleday and D.B. Sweeney.
Currently Michele is Executive Producer of the Feature Film thriller Prisoner of Tehran based on the bestselling book, starring Evan Rachel Wood, to be directed by DGC winner Kari Skogland. The film is in
pre-production and scheduled to commence principal photography, January 2012.
Michele, who wrote the Baywatch episode A Little Help which was nominated for a humanitarian award, has Co-Written and will Produce for Paramount Studios, the Major Feature Film version of hit TV series Baywatch, to be directed by Ivan Reitman.
Lotus Pictures’ slate for 2011 includes the epic action adventure William the Bastard and the powerful drama October Squall starring Oscar winner Halle Berry.
In addition, Michele Berk co-created the “Cinevegas” International Film Festival and Produced the event from 1999 to 2001.