Writers,Directors and Producers

by tcaligiuri | created - 10 Mar 2018 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

1. Erich von Däniken

Writer | Egypt

Erich Von Daniken is a writer, producer, and former hotel manager and convicted con artist. He was first convicted at age 19 for theft, then at age 29 for fraud and embezzlement. He was a hotel manager in Davos, Switzerland when he wrote Chariots of the Gods. At age 33 he was convicted again for ...

2. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Schindler's List

One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. He has an extraordinary number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed credits to his name, either as a director, ...

3. George Lucas

Writer | Star Wars

George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Thomas Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional racecar ...

4. James Cameron

Writer | Avatar

James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his ...

5. Francis Lawrence

Director | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Francis Lawrence was born on March 26, 1971 in Vienna, Austria. He is a director and producer, known for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), Constantine (2005) and I Am Legend (2007).

6. Alex Garland

Writer | Ex Machina

Alex Garland is an English novelist, screenwriter, film producer and director. He is best known for the films Ex Machina (2015) and Annihilation (2018).

Garland's others works as a writer includes The Beach (2000), 28 Days Later (2002), Sunshine (2007), Never Let Me Go (2011) and Dredd (2012).

He is ...

7. Jonathan Goldstein

Writer | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Jonathan Goldstein was born in 1969 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Horrible Bosses (2011) and Game Night (2018). He has been married to Adena Halpern since August 26, 2007.

8. Nash Edgerton

Stunts | Mr Inbetween

Nash Edgerton was born on January 19, 1973 in Australia. He is known for his work on Mr Inbetween (2018), Gringo (2018) and The Square (2008).

9. Anders Walter

Director | I Kill Giants

Anders Walter was born on February 5, 1978 in Århus, Denmark. He is a writer and director, known for I Kill Giants (2017), 9 meter (2012) and Helium (2013).

10. John Carpenter

Soundtrack | Escape from New York

John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky ...

11. Garth Davis

Director | Lion

Garth Davis is a renowned film, television and commercials director whose feature directorial debut Lion was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture. For the first time in the history of the Directors Guild of America, Davis was nominated twice in the same year for Lion - for the ...

12. Helen Edmundson

Writer | Mary Magdalene

Helen Edmundson is a writer, known for Mary Magdalene (2018), She-Play (1990) and An Inspector Calls (2015).

13. Philippa Goslett

Writer | Little Ashes

Philippa Goslett is a writer and actress, known for Little Ashes (2008), How To Talk To Girls at Parties (2017) and Holy Money (2009).

14. Bryan Woods

Writer | A Quiet Place

Bryan Woods was born on September 14, 1984 in Davenport, Iowa, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for A Quiet Place (2018), Haunt (2019) and Nightlight (2015).

15. Scott Beck

Writer | A Quiet Place

Scott Beck was born on October 22, 1984 in Denver, Colorado, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for A Quiet Place (2018), Haunt (2019) and Nightlight (2015).

16. Mark Polonia

Director | Land Shark

Mark Polonia was born on September 30, 1968 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a director and editor, known for Land Shark (2017), Saurians (1994) and Empire of the Apes (2013). He is married to Maria Davis.

17. Kathy Nolan

Assistant_director | Men of War

21. Leslie Dixon

Producer | Limitless

Leslie Dixon is a producer and writer, known for Limitless (2011), Freaky Friday (2003) and Hairspray (2007).

22. Bob Fisher

Writer | Overboard

Bob Fisher is a writer and producer, known for Overboard (2018), Wedding Crashers (2005) and We're the Millers (2013).

23. Michael Duggan

Producer | Law & Order

Michael Duggan began his career working in production for Steven Bochco on Hill Street Blues (1981). He began writing on the TV show St. Elsewhere (1982) and continued his career writing and producing at Universal for Michael Mann on Miami Vice (1984) and Law & Order (1990). Duggan has also ...

24. Tim Burton

Producer | Edward Scissorhands

Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was ...

25. Ron Krauss

Producer | Gimme Shelter

Upon graduating Syracuse University, Ronald Krauss received first break working for Roger Corman at his legendary Venice Beach Studio. There he would learn all aspects of movie-making, and eventually was given his first directing opportunity there. Thereafter, he spent his 20's working on ...

26. Joel Eisenberg

Producer | April Showers

Joel Eisenberg is an author, screenwriter-producer, and partner in television development group Council Tree Productions with Steve Hillard. The company is primarily developing long-form television content. Joel's epic novel series with co-author Hillard, "The Chronicles of Ara," was an Amazon ...

27. Steve Snyder

Actor | Sox

Steve Snyder is an actor and cinematographer, known for Sox (2013), Act Like You Love Me (2013) and Deceitful (2013).

28. M. Night Shyamalan

Producer | Lady in the Water

Born in Puducherry, India, and raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and occasional actor, known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots.

He is the son of Jayalakshmi, a Tamil ...

29. Matt Groening

Writer | The Simpsons

Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Matt Groening did not particularly like school, which is what originally turned him towards drawing. In the mid-1980s, he moved to Los Angeles and started drawing a comic strip named "Life in Hell", which eventually became published in the newspaper where he worked. ...

30. Josh Weinstein

Producer | The Simpsons

Josh Weinstein was born on May 5, 1966 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA as Joshua Moses Weinstein. He is a producer and writer, known for The Simpsons (1989), Futurama (1999) and Disenchantment (2018). He has been married to Lisa Simmons since July 2, 1995. They have two children.

31. Jeff Rowe

Writer | Gravity Falls

Jeff Rowe is a writer and director, known for Gravity Falls (2012), The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2020) and Disenchantment (2018).

32. Patricia Riggen

Director | The 33

Patricia Riggen was born on June 2, 1970 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She is a director and producer, known for The 33 (2015), The Cornfield (2002) and Under the Same Moon (2007). She is married to Checco Varese. They have one child.

33. Daniel Sackheim

Producer | House M.D.

Daniel Sackheim is a producer and director, known for House (2004), The Glass House (2001) and The X Files (1998).

34. Carlton Cuse

Producer | Lost

Born in Mexico City, Cuse grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and Orange County, California. He attended Harvard University, graduating with a degree in American History.

Cuse along with Damon Lindelof served as writer and showrunner for all six seasons of Lost for ABC. He also wrote, directed, and was...

35. Morten Tyldum

Director | Hodejegerne

Morten Tyldum was born on May 19, 1967 in Bergen, Norway. He is a director and producer, known for Headhunters (2011), The Imitation Game (2014) and Passengers (2016).

36. Matt Duffer

Writer | Stranger Things

Matt Duffer was born as Matthew C. Duffer. He is a writer and producer, known for Stranger Things (2016), We All Fall Down (2005) and Wayward Pines (2015).

37. Ross Duffer

Writer | Stranger Things

Ross Duffer was born as Ross C. Duffer. He is a writer and producer, known for Stranger Things (2016), We All Fall Down (2005) and Wayward Pines (2015).

38. Shawn Levy

Producer | Arrival

Shawn Levy was born on July 23, 1968 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a producer and director, known for Stranger Things (2016), Real Steel (2011), and the Night at the Museum franchise. He is the founder and principal of 21 Laps Entertainment. He is married to Serena Levy and they have four ...

39. Andrew Stanton

Writer | WALL·E

Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton was raised in Rockport, Massachusetts. He was educated at The California Institute of the Arts (or "CalArts") in Los Angeles, where he studied character animation. After graduation, Stanton began working as a writer on the TV series Mighty Mouse: The New ...

40. Uta Briesewitz

Director | Westworld

Uta Briesewitz was born on September 1, 1967 in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. She is a cinematographer and director, known for Westworld (2016), Stranger Things (2016) and Altered Carbon (2018).

41. Rebecca Thomas

Director | Stranger Things

Rebecca Thomas is a director and writer, known for Stranger Things (2016), The Little Mermaid and Intelligent Life.

42. Robert Stromberg

Production_designer | Avatar

Robert Stromberg is known for his work on Avatar (2009), Maleficent (2014) and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003).

43. F. Gary Gray

Director | Set It Off

F. Gary Gray was born on July 17, 1969 in New York City, New York, USA as Felix Gary Gray. He is a director and producer, known for Set It Off (1996), The Italian Job (2003) and The Negotiator (1998).

44. S.J. Clarkson

Director | The Defenders

S.J. Clarkson is a director and writer, known for The Defenders (2017), Life on Mars (2006) and Jessica Jones (2015).

45. Mika Collins

Writer | Deep Six

Mika Collins is a writer, actor and producer originally from South Africa. She is a writer on Syfy's upcoming series Vagrant Queen, has written for several Netflix series including Travelers, and Northern Rescue, as well as written and produced multiple award-winning web series and short films ...

46. Giorgio Tsoukalos

Producer | Ancient Aliens

Giorgio A. Tsoukalos is the director of Erich von Däniken's center for ancient alien astronaut research, The Archaeology, Astronautics and SETI Research Association (A.A.S. R.A.), and presents himself as an expert in his numerous documentaries. However, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos has no qualifications or...

47. P.J. Hogan

Writer | Muriel's Wedding

P.J. Hogan was born on November 30, 1962 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia as Paul John Hogan. He is a writer and director, known for Muriel's Wedding (1994), The Dressmaker (2015) and Peter Pan (2003). He is married to Jocelyn Moorhouse.

48. Andy Cochran

Writer | Siberia

Known for the strength of his female characters, his scripts have attracted actresses including Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Emma Roberts, and Scarlett Johansson.

49. Ben Coccio

Writer | Zero Day

Ben Coccio was born on August 2, 1975 in the USA. He is a writer, known for Zero Day (2002), The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) and The Beginner (2010).

50. Walter Hill

Writer | 48 Hrs.

Hill was born in Long Beach, California and educated at Mexico City College and Michigan State University. He worked in oil drilling and construction in the 60s before becoming a 2nd assistant director in 1967. He has written and co-written screenplays, including several uncredited works. He has ...

51. Mike Judge

Writer | Beavis and Butt-Head Do America

Mike Judge was born on October 17, 1962 in Guayaquil, Ecuador as Michael Craig Judge. He is a writer and producer, known for Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996), Office Space (1999) and Beavis and Butt-Head (1993).

52. J.J. Abrams

Producer | Lost

Jeffrey Jacob Abrams was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, the son of TV producer parents. Abrams planned on going to dental school, but decided to study film at Sarah Lawrence College. At 15, he wrote the music for Don Dohler's Nightbeast (1982). In his senior year, he and Jill ...

53. D.C. Fontana

Writer | Star Trek: The Next Generation

D.C. Fontana was born on March 25, 1939 in Sussex, New Jersey, USA as Dorothy Catherine Fontana. She is a writer and producer, known for Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) and Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II (2004).

54. Nick Castle

Director | The Last Starfighter

Nick Castle was born on September 21, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Nicholas Charles Castle Jr. He is a writer and director, known for The Last Starfighter (1984), The Boy Who Could Fly (1986) and Escape from New York (1981). He has been married to Charlene N Nelson since December 31, ...

55. Patrik Syversen

Director | Exteriors

Patrik Syversen is a director and writer, known for Exteriors (2011), Kielergata (2018) and Manhunt (2008).

56. Matthew Feitshans

Producer | What Happened to Monday

Matthew Feitshans is a screenwriter, works as Executive VP of Development for Raffaella Productions, and has a production background as assistant director on several films. He is a graduate of USC's School of Cinema-TV with a degree in Screenwriting. Son of Buzz Feitshans; younger brother of Buzz ...

57. Olaf de Fleur Johannesson

Producer | The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela

Olaf de Fleur studied physics in Reykjavik, graduating in 1995. Since then he has participated in numerous film projects, including both feature and documentary films. After working for two years for a production company, focusing primarily on TV documentaries, he founded the independent production...

58. Ben Ketai

Writer | Chosen

Ben Ketai is a writer and producer, known for Chosen (2013), Beneath (2013) and StartUp (2016).

61. Criss Angel

Actor | CSI: NY

Criss Angel was born on December 19, 1967 and raised in East Meadow, New York. He grew up loving music, playing the drums and always having an interest in magic. Two of his biggest magic influences are Harry Houdini and Richiardi Jr.. His father was also a big influence on him, especially after a ...

62. Liz Friedlander

Director | Conviction

Liz Friedlander is a director and producer, known for Conviction (2016), Stalker (2014) and Jessica Jones (2015).

63. Kevin Williamson

Writer | Scream

As a child Williamson was a fond fan of movies, epically those or Steven Spielberg. After high school, Williamson went to college for a future in acting. Though he landed very small parts on T.V shows and movies nothing had happened. Williamson moved out to L.A in 1990 in hope it would aid his ...

64. Daniel Goldhaber

Director | Cam

Daniel Goldhaber is a director and writer, known for Cam (2018), The Summer (2012) and Bad Kid (2013).

65. Isabelle Link-Levy

Producer | Cam

Isabelle Link-Levy is known for her work on Cam (2018), Swiss Army Man (2016) and Sleeping with Other People (2015).

66. Chris Renaud

Actor | Despicable Me 2

Director Chris Renaud has established himself as a heavyweight in the world of animation following the phenomenal box office success of recent movies Despicable Me (2010), Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (2012) and Despicable Me 2 (2013). Along with Pierre Coffin and Eric Guillon, he also co-created the ...

67. Brian Lynch

Writer | Puss in Boots

Brian Lynch is a native of New Jersey. Big Helium Dog (1999) was the first feature film that he wrote and directed and despite not yet getting nationwide distribution, it has received tremendous reviews due to its showings at various festivals. The film is primarily a series of sketches which are ...

68. Jessica Seinfeld

Producer | The Marriage Ref

Jessica Seinfeld was born on September 12, 1971 in Oyster Bay, New York, USA as Nina Danielle Sklar. She is a producer and writer, known for The Marriage Ref (2010), Comedian (2002) and Entertainment Tonight (1981). She has been married to Jerry Seinfeld since December 25, 1999. They have three ...

69. Brian De Palma

Director | Dressed to Kill

Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters (1972) and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the ...

70. Casey Neistat

Director | Casey Neistat Vlog

Casey Neistat was born on March 25, 1981 in New London, Connecticut, USA. He is a director and editor, known for Casey Neistat Vlog (2015), Daddy Longlegs (2009) and Nerve (2016). He has been married to Candice Pool since December 29, 2013. They have three children.

71. Peter Farrelly

Producer | Green Book

Peter Farrelly was born on December 17, 1956 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA as Peter John Farrelly. He is a producer and writer, known for Green Book (2018), There's Something About Mary (1998) and Dumb and Dumber (1994). He has been married to Melinda Farrelly since December 31, 1996. They ...

72. Daniel Campbell

Writer | Antiquities

Daniel Campbell is a writer and director, known for Antiquities (2018), Mud (2012) and Nothing But the Truth (2008).

73. Kaylaera Miller

Producer | North Troy Roughcut

Kaylaera Miller is a producer, known for North Troy Roughcut (2010).

74. Kate Driver

Producer | The Wolf Hour

Kate Driver was born as Katherine Constance Driver. She is a manager and producer.

75. Stephen King

Writer | Maximum Overdrive

Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947, at the Maine General Hospital in Portland. His parents were Nellie Ruth (Pillsbury), who worked as a caregiver at a mental institute, and Donald Edwin King, a merchant seaman. His father was born under the surname "Pollock," but used the last name ...

78. Michelle Alexandria

Producer | A Life Lived

An LA native, Michelle Alexandria, began her career working in finance. She then took time off to study at The Sorbonne University in Paris. After several years as a financial manager for Jaguar cars, she pursued acting and began studying at the prestigious Beverly Hills Playhouse. Within a few ...

79. Hank Green

Producer | Brotherhood 2.0

Hank Green was born on May 5, 1980 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Vlogbrothers (2007), The Brain Scoop (2013) and Crash Course: Economics (2015).

80. Otto Bathurst

Director | Robin Hood

Otto Bathurst was born in June 1971 in Hammersmith, London, England as Otto Benjamin Charles Bathurst. He is a director and producer, known for Robin Hood (2018), Criminal Justice (2008) and Black Mirror (2011).

83. Marcel Langenegger

Director | Deception

Marcel Langenegger is a director and actor, known for Deception (2008), Latitude and Silver or Lead.



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