75 Star Players

By Kilday, Gregg; Steele, Bruce C. et al. | The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine), March 30, 1999 | Go to article overview

75 Star Players


Kilday, Gregg, Steele, Bruce C., Hildreth, David, The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)


POWER IS THE ABILITY TO CHANGE THINGS, AND THESE MOVERS AND SHAKERS--FROM STUDIO BIGWIGS TO OUR 9 UP-AND-COMERS--ARE WORKING TO DO JUST THAT

JANE ANDERSON

DIRECTOR AND SCREENWRITER

Resume: Wrote acclaimed Showtime film The Baby, Dance (also directed); HBO's ... Texas Cheer-leader-Murdering, Mom; feature Haw to Make an Next: American Quilt Next: HBO's third If These Walls' Could Talk, which will focus on lesbian lives Out in action: Active with the LA. Gay and Lesbian Center and her son's school

>> CLIVE BARKER

AUTHOR, FILMMAKER, PAINTER

Resume: Latest novel Galilee; last directed Lord of Illusions; executive-produced Bill Condon's Gods and Monsters Next: The Essential Clive Barker, a definitive compendium of his literary work, due this fall; developing new film American Horror as a possible franchise for New Line Cinema Out in action: Enjoys teaching and mentoring other writers

>> PARIS BARCLAY

DIRECTOR

Resume: Emmy-winning director for NYPD Blue; directed features including The Cherokee Kid, Don't Be a Menace..., and American Dream Next: Reportedly attached to long-in-development film adaptation of Larry Kramer's seminal AIDS-crisis play The Normal Heart Out in action: Has worked with gay and lesbian youth at the LA, Gay and Lesbian Center

>> LESLIE BELZERBERG

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, ST. CLARE ENTERTAINMENT

Resume: Won 1981 Oscar for documentary Genocide; produced hits such as Beverly Hills Cop III Next: Developing several TV series Out in action: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force board member; active in ANGLE (Access Now to Gay and Lesbian Equality)

>> JAN BERLINER

TALENT AGENT, CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY

Resume: Represented Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche through the trauma of coming out and seeing Ellen canceled Out in action: Speaks to youth about self-esteem and being out in the workplace; member of the education-focused CAA Foundation

>> TAMMARA BILLIK

PRESIDENT, TAMMARA BILLIK CASTING

Resume: Won a casting award for years of work on TV series Ellen Next: Casting Disney TV film Smart House and feature East of A Out in action: Board member for Human Rights Campaign and for LA. Gay and Lesbian Center; four-year chairwoman of center's Women's Night, raising more than $1 million for women's services

>> DAN BUTLER

ACTOR, WRITER, DIRECTOR

Resume: Between seasons of Frasier, acts in features such as Enemy of the State and The Fan; his one-person play The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me ... continues to be performed around the country--and the world Next: Short film Clowns (written and directed by Bruce Mason) debuted at Slamdance; guested on new Touched by an Angel episode Out in action: Onetime spokesman for HRC; current spokesman for the Trevor Line, a toll-free help line for troubled gay and lesbian youth

>> DOUG CHAPIN

>> BARRY KROST (pictured)

PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT TEAM

Resume: Produced What's Love Got to Do With It and Love! Valour! Compassion! Next: Jackie's Back starting Jenifer Lewis, with cameos by Tom Hanks, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Melissa Etheridge, RuPaul, Dolly Patton, and others Out in action: Promote gay and lesbian civil rights and AIDS awareness within film industry; Krost on Project Inform board of directors

>> BRUCE COHEN

PRODUCING PARTNER, THE JINKS/COHEN COMPANY

Resume: Produced films The Flintstones and Mouse Hunt; executive-produced To Wang Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar Next: Jinks/ Cohen's first feature American Beauty, with Annette Bening and Kevin Spacey Out in action: Board member and past president of Outfest, the Los Angeles gay and lesbian film festival; cofounder and former cochairman of Out There, a group of gay and lesbian entertainment industry activists

>> BILL CONDON

DIRECTOR AND SCREENWRITER

Resume: Screenwriter who debuted as director on Sister, Sister; directed Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh in 1995 and met Clive Barker, who backed Gods and Monsters, which garnered Oscar nominations for Condon's adapted screenplay and for actors Ian McKellen and Lynn Redgrave Next: Vicki Oberjeune, a tribute to a child actress who turns to TV (and drugs) in her later years Out in action: Always out; risked his directing career with Gods, a movie about an aging gay man, and won widespread acclaim

>> ELLEN DEGENERES

ACTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER

Resume: Made history by coming out as both actress and character through TV series Ellen; costars in just-released Ron Howard film EDtv Next: Goodbye, Lover, due in April; upcoming feature The Love Letter; coproducing HBO's third If These Walls Could Talk, focusing on lesbian lives Out in action: Endured the most public voluntary coming-out in the history of entertainment; seen regularly at gay and HIV-related fundraising events

>> ROB EPSTEIN

>> JEFFREY FRIEDMAN

DIRECTORS

Resume: Epstein won Oscar for The Times of Harvey Milk; duo shared Oscar for Common Threads. …

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