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Thomas Sherak, whose remarkable career has seen him at the pinnacle of motion picture
marketing, distribution and production, is now serving as President of the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and is also consulting for Marvel Studios (Iron Man 2,
Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk).
Previously, Sherak was a partner at Revolution Studios. In its seven years of operation,
Revolution Studios released more than thirty films, including America’s Sweethearts,
Black Hawk Down, XXX, Anger Management, Daddy Day Care, Hellboy, 13 Going On 30,
White Chicks, The Forgotten, Christmas with the Kranks, Are We There Yet?, Rent, The
Benchwarmers, Click, Rocky Balboa and Across the Universe.
Prior to joining Revolution Studios, Sherak was Chairman of Twentieth Century Fox
Domestic Film Group. In addition, Sherak served as Senior Executive Vice President of
Fox Filmed Entertainment. Previously, he was Senior Executive Vice President of
Twentieth Century Fox.
At Twentieth Century Fox, Sherak oversaw the distribution and post-production of such
films as Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition, Mrs. Doubtfire, True Lies, Speed,
Independence Day, Broken Arrow, Dr. Dolittle, The X-Files, and Star Wars: Episode 1–
The Phantom Menace.
In 1990 Sherak was named Executive Vice President of Twentieth Century Fox.
Previously, he was President of Domestic Distribution and Marketing for Twentieth
Century Fox from May 1983 to September 1984, and again from June 1986 to July 1990.
In that position, he supervised the company’s domestic distribution,
advertising/publicity/promotion operations and the non-theatrical film division. He has
overseen the marketing and distribution of such films as Romancing the Stone, Commando,
Aliens, The Fly, Broadcast News, Predator, Wall Street, Die Hard, Working Girl, The War
of the Roses, Die Hard 2, Home Alone, Edward Scissorhands and Die Hard: With a
Vengeance. Sherak joined Fox from General Cinema, where he was Vice President and
head film buyer.
Sherak began his career in the film industry at Paramount Pictures in 1970 where he
worked in the New York, Washington, D.C. and St. Louis distribution offices.
He is an active board member of the Southern California Multiple Sclerosis Society,
Fulfillment Fund of Southern California, Southern California Variety – the Children’s
Charity, a former Chairman of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and
formerly on the Board of Directors for the Motion Picture and Television Fund. Sherak has
also previously served as Treasurer of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion
Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Sherak holds a degree in Marketing from New York City Community College and is on the
faculty of the UCLA Producers Program.
WILLIAM M. MECHANIC
Through his company, Pandemonium Films, respected industry veteran and now leading
independent producer, Bill Mechanic has applied his incomparable industry knowledge to the
development and production of a slate of first rate, high quality commercial motion picture
projects. He has projects being readied for production with such top flight directors as David
Fincher, Paul Haggis, John Woo, Philip Kaufman and Henry Selick.
Prior to Pandemonium, Mechanic was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Filmed
Entertainment for seven years. As Chairman and CEO, Mechanic oversaw all operations of the
studio including worldwide feature film production, marketing and distribution activities, as well
as all worldwide operations for Fox Video, Fox Interactive, Licensing and Merchandising, and
During Mechanic’s tenure at Fox, the company produced such hit films as Cast Away, Titanic, X-
Men, Independence Day, Entrapment, Big Momma’s House, What Lies Beneath, Men Of Honor,
Never Been Kissed, There’s Something About Mary, Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition,
Braveheart, Boys Don’t Cry, Quills, Mrs. Doubtfire, Speed, True Lies, Die Hard With A
Vengeance, The Full Monty, Dr. Dolittle, The X-Files, Me Myself And Irene, The Thin Red Line,
Ever After, William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Broken Arrow, Courage Under Fire, Soul
Food, Anastasia and Waiting To Exhale.
Twentieth Century Fox also released Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace, the new
chapter in George Lucas’ epic saga, in 1999. Greenlit by Mechanic, but released after his
departure from Fox, were Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, Tim Burton’s reinterpretation of
Planet Of The Apes, and Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise) as well as
sequels to the franchise projects Mechanic had greenlit, most notably the X-Men franchise.
Under Mechanic, Twentieth Century Fox in 1998 was the number one studio in worldwide box-
office gross. That same year, Fox Music produced five of the top ten selling soundtracks: Titanic,
Hope Floats, Doctor Dolittle, Bulworth, and Ally McBeal. In addition, Fox has produced six of
the top ten grossing movies of all time, and six of the top ten selling live action videos – both
domestically and internationally – including the best selling video in history, Titanic. For three
years of Mechanic’s tenure, Fox produced the number one grossing movies worldwide with Die
Hard With A Vengeance, Independence Day and Titanic, shared the Best Picture Oscar for two
years (Braveheart and Titanic), and won the Best Actress Award for Boys Don’t Cry. In all, Fox
earned 42 Oscar nominations and 2 Best Picture Oscars under Mechanic’s tenure.
Mechanic came to Fox from the Walt Disney Studios, where he served as President of
International Distribution and Worldwide Video, overseeing international theatrical, worldwide
home video and worldwide pay television. He joined Disney in 1984, subsequently building its
home video units both in the United States and overseas from minor industry players to nearly
double the size of their nearest competitors. The division grew from $30 million in revenue to
over $3 billion in revenue and is now responsible for 15 of the top 20 all-time best-selling video
cassettes. He pioneered the concept of direct sales to mass merchants, which has become an
important part of the home entertainment business.
Mechanic ended a five-year relationship between Disney and Warner Bros. for the overseas
distribution of the Disney studio’s theatrical product and set up BVI, the first completely new
international theatrical distribution organization in more than three decades. In its first full year
of operation, the unit established a record for Disney.
Mechanic served as both Senior Vice President of Walt Disney Home Video and Vice President
of Pay Television Sales for the Walt Disney Company. During this period, he also oversaw
network specials for Disney Television and his programs were nominated for several Emmy
Before joining Disney in 1984, Mechanic held the position of Vice President of Pay TV and
Post-Theatrical Markets for Paramount and Senior Creative Executive at Paramount Pictures.
From 1978 to 1982 he worked for Select TV Programming Inc., as Vice President of
Programming. He was head of its Program Department since the company’s inception in 1978,
where he designed the look and content of service, achieving a number of programming
Mr. Mechanic recently executive produced critically acclaimed The New World, directed by
Oscar nominee Terrence Malick, starring Colin Farrell, and released in December, 2005.
Mechanic produced Dark Water, starring Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly, and Oscar nominees
Pete Postlethwaite, John C. Reilly and Tim Roth. Dark Water is the first English-language
project for Brazilian director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries), and was released in July,
2005. Additionally, Mechanic is in production with the animated project Coraline, based on the
best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman, directed by Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas),
and featuring Dakota Fanning and Teri Hatcher. Mechanic is also producing Torso at Paramount
for director David Fincher, based on a script by Ehren Kruger; and The Desmond Doss Story at
Bristol Bay, with Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan scripting.
Mr. Mechanic serves on the Board of Counselors for the prestigious USC Film School, and the
Board of National Film Theatre American Friends. He has been honored with the Showman of
the Year Award by the Producers Guild, is in the Video Hall of Fame, and has received a Crystal
Award from Women in Film. In past years, he served as President of the Jury for the Berlin Film
Festival. He has also served on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences. Most recently, Mechanic served as Chairman of an International Jury for the
Venice Film Festival.
Adam Shankman Bio
One of the most commercially successful filmmakers of his generation, Adam Shankman’s directorial
credits include BEDTIME STORIES, HAIRSPRAY, A WALK TO REMEMBER, and THE WEDDING PLANNER.
Adam’s upcoming projects include SINBAD; BOB: THE MUSICAL; and ROCK OF AGES. In addition to
directing, Adam along with his sister, Jennifer Gibgot, produce films through their shingle, Offspring
Entertainment. Together, they are currently producing THE LAST SONG, GOING THE DISTANCE, and
STEP UP 3D. Before becoming a director, Adam attended Julliard and was a dance and physical-comedy
choreographer who put his creative stamp on many well-known films including BOOGIE NIGHTS and THE
ADDAMS FAMILY. Shankman served as a judge on the sixth season SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.
MARC SHAIMAN is happy to be returning to The Academy
Awards for his second stint as Musical Director. He prefers
being nominated, but this will have to do for now.
Marc enjoyed composing the music and co-writing the lyrics for
Hairspray with Scott Wittman. For their score, the pair won
the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards. Their next Broadway
score was for Martin Short—Fame Becomes Me, for which
they won absolutely nothing.
As a composer and arranger, Marc’s film credits date back to
the silents and include When Harry Met Sally, Beaches,
Misery, City Slickers, The Addams Family, A Few Good
Men, Sister Act, Sleepless in Seattle, The First Wives Club,
Patch Adams, The American President, George of the
Jungle, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, and The
Bucket List. He has been nominated five times for an Oscar
and lost every time.
As her music director and co-producer, Marc brought his long
time partner Bette Midler the Grammy winning songs “The
Wind Beneath My Wings” and “From A Distance”, but it is
their collaboration on her Emmy Award-winning performance
for Johnny Carson’s penultimate Tonight Show that will
always remain a dream. He auditioned but was not chosen to
play himself on her sitcom.
Besides the Carson moment, having recently co-written and
appeared with both Nathan Lane and Billy Crystal for their
respective musical bon voyages to Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno
on both of their penultimate shows (before the big ol’ mess that
followed), Marc recently became a figure of trivia, a one man
walking Jeopardy question and most certainly the kiss of death
to any talk show host who sees him approaching with a musical
tribute under his arm.
Marc was Emmy nominated for writing on Saturday Night
Live (the Sweeney Sisters) and an actual Emmy Award winner
for co-writing Billy Crystal’s medleys for The Academy
Awards. His arrangements for Harry Connick Jr. were
Grammy-nominated, as was the Hairspray soundtrack, and he
has worked with many other artists, including Will Ferrell,
Jack Black, Eric Clapton, Kristen Chenoweth, Jennifer Holiday,
Jenifer Lewis, Patti LuPone, John Mayer, Barbra Streisand, Rob
Thomas, Raquel Welch and, well, basically everyone in show
Marc's Internet sensation, the “Webbie”-winning PROP 8-The
Musical, had been viewed over 4 million times
(@funnieordie.com) on, ironically, January 3rd, 2009, which was
his and Scott Wittman's 30th Anniversary as a couple.
Marc & Scott’s latest musical “CATCH ME IF YOU CAN” is
landing on Broadway next season and they are currently co-
writing an original Broadway musical of “CHARLIE & THE
CHOCOLATE FACTORY” as well as collaborating with
Steven Spielberg on a new scripted series for SHOWTIME
about the goings on behind the scenes of the creation of a
Broadway musical. Marc intends to air everyone’s dirty
laundry and is considering NOT changing the names.
Jamal Sims, Associate Choreographer, 82nd Academy Awards
Renowned choreographer Jamal Sims has choreographed some of the most
memorable dance sequences seen on “Hannah Montana: The Movie,”
“Hairspray,” “17 Again,” “Step Up,” and “Step Up 2: The Streets.” Jamal was also
a choreographer on “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Kayla Radomski, Assistant Choreographer 82nd Academy Awards
Finalist in the fifth season of “So You Think You Can Dance,” Kayla Radomski
specializes in jazz and contemporary dance. The 19-year-old was born in Aurora,
CO has been a performer her entire life. As well as dancing, she enjoys acting
Ellenore Scott, Dancer, 82nd Academy Awards
Finalist in the sixth season of “So You Think You Can Dance,” the California
native grew up dancing under the direction of Ruth Fisher and her own mother,
Michelle Burkhart. Ellenore describes her personal dance style as “lockerina,” or
a ballerina who locks. The California native graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia
High School of Music and Art & Performing Arts with Honors and
received Honorable Mention and New York Regional Award from the National
Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. She has danced with numerous
dance companies in New York City including The Von Howard Project, jill
sigman/thinkdance and nathantrice/RITUALS. Ellenore currently serves as the
Board President for Spectrum Equality Arts Inc., a New York based arts
consulting firm dedicated to culturally specific artists.