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Ghostbusters 2016 Movie Production Notes

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Jul. 5, 2016 at 11:30 PM , Categories: 2016 Parody Remake
DAN AYKROYD (Executive Producer) was born in Ottawa, Ontario Canada on July 1, 1952 (Canada Day) to parents of mixed heritage - a French Canadian Catholic mother and an English Canadian Anglican father. Both worked as public servants for the Canadian Federal Government. His maternal grandfather was a career Royal Canadian Mounted Police Staff Sergeant. This stimulated in Aykroyd a lifelong interest in law enforcement. He majored in sociology studying criminology and deviant psychology at Carleton University for four years. Writing papers on outlaw motorcycle gangs and Michigan Cosa Nostra families he also held a summer position as a Clerk 5 with the Canadian Penitentiary Service in the Solicitor-General's office. There Aykroyd composed a standard manual for the deployment of correctional personnel in emergency situations. He also had jobs with the Canadian Department of Transport as an airport runway load-tester and at the Department of Public Works as a highway surveyor and flex-track/ATV assistant mechanic in the sub-Arctic.

Aykroyd moved full time to Toronto in 1972 to work for Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters director) at City-TV. In 1970, he had first performed on CBC network television as a writer/actor for producer Lorne Michaels in the Great Canadian Humour Test TV Special.

Aykroyd was awarded a Doctorate in Literature (Honoris Causa) from Carleton University in 1997 for recognition of his "Saturday Night Live" writing and for the nine produced screenplays on which he shares co-writing credits - Love At First Sight, Blues Brothers, Spies Like Us, Dragnet, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Coneheads, Nothing But Trouble (Valkenvania), Blue Brothers II.

Aykroyd is also a Grammy and an Oscar® nominee. The Grammy nomination was for Best New Artist 1979 for the triple platinum selling "Briefcase Full of Blues" record album which he recorded with his then partner, John Belushi. The Oscar® nomination was for his performance as Best Supporting Actor in the Best Picture of 1989 - Driving Miss Daisy. The films with which Aykroyd has had principal associations have grossed close to one billion dollars worldwide. He was awarded an Emmy for his writing on the "Saturday Night Live" show starring Sissy Spacek.

Aykroyd was invested with the Order of Canada, which is given to prominent Canadians who "desire to make a better country." He joined the pioneering Canadian Union of Postal Workers as an active member in 1969. He is a member of the Association of Canadian Television Radio Artists, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Screen Actors Guild, the Writers Guild of America and is a subscribing benefactor to the American Society for Psychical Research and the Mutual U.F.O. Network.

In 1983, he co-ventured as an investor with the co-founder of Hard Rock Cafe International, Isaac Tigrett, to open U.S. outlets of the famous establishment. House of Blues Entertainment Inc. was founded in 1993 by Isaac Tigrett, Aykroyd and Laurence Bilzerian. As Elwood Blues, Aykroyd hosts the ten-year-running "House of Blues Radio Hour," which is syndicated on 180 radio stations through the United Stations Radio Networks. House of Blues was sold to Live Nation Entertainment in 2006.

Aykroyd holds the rights to Patron Spirits, which he is currently distributing throughout Canada. Patron Tequila is the number one selling tequila in North America and he hopes to do the same in his native country of Canada.

In December 2005, Aykroyd entered the wine business in Canada with his investing and partnering with Toronto-based Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits LTD. Along with his partners, has launched several wines bearing his name, including the Dan Aykroyd Discovery Series and the Dan Aykroyd Signature Reserve VQA Vidal Icewine. The former was named Canadian Wine of the Year by the Wine Council of Canada this year. The success of his spirit business in Canada prompted Aykroyd to enter the U.S. marketplace in December 2008 with his Crystal Head Vodka, which is produced in Newfoundland. CHV won the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition. The award winning vodka is renowned for being filtered through Herkimer Diamonds and contains no additives. The beautiful glass bottle was designed by famed artist John Alexander and is made by the renowned Bruni Glass Company.

Other credits include The Candidate, Tammy, Get on Up, and the HBO film "Behind the Candelabra."


TOM POLLOCK (Executive Producer) served as Vice Chairman of MCA INC. from July 1995 to March 1996. He previously served as Executive Vice President of MCA and Chairman of its Motion Picture Group, Universal Pictures from September 1986 to July 1995. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of MCA INC. and Cineplex- Odeon Corporation.

One of the most highly-regarded and experienced attorneys in the entertainment field, he was previously the Senior Partner of Pollock, Bloom and Dekom. The firm (now Bloom, Hergot, Diemer and Cook, LLP) represents leading producers, directors, writers and actors.

Pollock joined MCA on September 18, 1986. During his tenure as Chairman of the Motion Picture Group, Universal released over 200 films that grossed in excess of $10 billion worldwide, including Jurassic Park, the then highest grossing film of all time, Parenthood, Cape Fear, Twins, The Flinstones, Kindergarten Cop, Back to the Future 2 and 3, Casper, Waterworld, Backdraft, Beethoven, and Beethoven's 2nd, Do The Right Thing, Fried Green Tomatoes, Sneakers, and Lorenzo's Oil.

Also during this time, Universal had seven Academy Award® Best Picture nominations, including Schindler's List, which won the Academy Award® for Best Picture in 1993. Other Best Picture nominees include Field of Dreams, Born on the Fourth of July, Scent of a Woman, In the Name of the Father, Apollo 13, and Babe.

Pollock was also responsible for bringing numerous creative talents to the studio including Ivan Reitman, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, George Miller, Jon Avnet, Martin Brest, Rob Cohen, Phil Alden Robinson, Jim Sheridan, James Cameron and Larry Gordon.

Pollock played a key role in the creation of United Cinemas International (UCI), a joint venture with Paramount Pictures, which has become the largest exhibitor outside North America, with nearly 700 multiplex screens. He also formed Gramercy Pictures with Polygram in 1992.

During his tenure as Vice Chairman, Pollock forged MCA's alliance with DreamWorks SKG and the interactive arcade venture Gameworks among Sega, DreamWorks and MCA.

In 1998, Pollock, together with Director/Producer Ivan Reitman, set up The Montecito Picture Company, which has produced Road Trip (2000), Old School (2003), Disturbia (2007), the Academy Award® Best Picture Nominee Up in the Air (2009), I Love You, Man (2009), Chloe (2010), No Strings Attached (2011), Hitchcock (2012), Draft Day (2014), and the forthcoming productions Bastards (2016) starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms and Baywatch (2017) starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron.

Pollock was born April 10th, 1943, in Los Angeles, California. He graduated with a B.A. from Stanford University in 1964, and received a J.D. from Columbia University in 1967.

He is a member of the California Bar Association, the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute, a trustee of the American Museum of the Moving Image, Adjunct Professor of Film, University of California at Santa Barbara and a former trustee of the Los Angeles Music Center. Pollock has three children: Alexandra, Allegra and Luke.


JOE MEDJUCK (Executive Producer) was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He received his BA in Honors English from McGill University and his MA and PhD from the University of Toronto where he taught for 12 years and founded the Cinema Studies Program at Innis College.

While teaching at U of T Medjuck also worked as a journalist for the film magazine Take One, The Canadian Forum, The London Times Literary Supplement, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and TV Ontario.

His producing credits include the films Stripes, Heavy Metal, Ghostbusters, Legal Eagles, Twins, Ghostbusters II, Beethoven, Kindergarten Cop, Dave, Junior, Commandments, Father's Day, Private Parts, Space Jam , Six Days/Seven Nights, Road Trip, Old School, Eurotrip, Disturbia, Chloe, Up in the Air, No Strings Attached, Hitchcock, and Draft Day.

In television, his producing credits include the cartoon shows "The Real Ghostbusters," "Beethoven," and "Mummies Alive," as well as the Emmy nominated HBO film "The Late Shift."

Medjuck was one of the founders of The Criterion Collection. He lives in Montecito, California with his wife Laurie Deans.


ALI BELL is the President of Development/Production for Ivan Reitman's production banner, The Montecito Picture Company and Ghost Corps. While at The Montecito Picture Company, Bell served as the associate producer on Post Grad, Chloe, and Up in the Air. She was a co-producer on No Strings Attached, executive producer on Hitchcock and a producer on Draft Day.

Prior to joining The Montecito Picture Company, Bell was a Director of Development for David Heyman's production banner Heyday Films, under which he produced television and film in London as well as the United States. Heyday Films is most well known for producing the Harry Potter Franchise.

Prior to joining Heyday Films, Bell was an executive at Nickelodeon Movies, a production company based at Paramount Pictures. Bell contributed to the development and production of the company's slate of projects, including films such as Spongebob Squarepants: The Movie, Nacho Libre, and Lemony Snickett's A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Before becoming a member of the creative team, Bell worked as the head of West Coast Marketing for Nickelodeon Movies overseeing everything from the inception to execution of On-Air Campaigns, Print-Campaigns, On-Line, Publicity, Consumer Product Tie-ins, and Brand Strategy. She ran the Oscar® campaign for Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, when that film was nominated for the Academy's inaugural Best Animated Feature award.

Before joining Nickelodeon, Ali worked for Paramount Pictures as Marketing Coordinator for their 2000 Academy Awards® campaign, which included Curtis Hanson's Wonder Boys. Her first job out of school was as Paramount legend A.C. Lyles' intern, which gave her the opportunity to work as a producer's assistant at "Entertainment Tonight," a post-production PA on the feature film Bless The Child, and as an assistant for the Paramount Marketing Department.

For the past few years, Bell has served on the Dean's Advisory Board of the Florida State University Film School and has served as a mentor/advisor for the Nantucket Film Festival's Screenwriter Colony, and a judge for the Austin Film Festival. In 2008, Bell was spotlighted by Hollywood Reporter as one of their seven film executives in their Next Generation Issue.

Bell graduated from Florida State University in 1999 with a BFA from The Film School.


MICHELE IMPERATO STABILE (Executive Producer) previously teamed with director Paul Feig on 20th Century Fox's The Heat. Her other recent credits include the sleeper hit The Fault in Our Stars and Summit Entertainment's blockbuster film Twilight. She also produced Illumination's hybrid feature Hop.

Stabile moved to Los Angeles from New York in 1988, starting her career as a production assistant. She became a DGA member in 1991 and has worked as a producer, executive producer, co-producer, associate producer, and unit production manager. Throughout her career, Stabile has worked with many notable directors, writers, and cast, including but not limited to Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Ridley Scott, Brian DePalma, and Harold Ramis.

Stabile's other credits include The Birdcage, Primary Colors, Wolf, Postcards from the Edge, The Longest Ride, Honeymoon in Vegas, G.I. Jane, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, and Garfield.

Stabile and her husband Billy live in Hidden Valley, California, with their seven horses and five dogs. She is an avid equestrian and wants to open a sanctuary for homeless animals.


ROBERT YEOMAN, ASC (Director of Photography) was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Wilmette, a suburb of Chicago.

He received a BA from Duke University and went on to earn an MFA in Film Production at the University of Southern California.

He discovered his passion for cinematography and entered the world of shooting commercials. In 1985, Yeoman worked on his first motion picture, serving as the Second Unit Director of Photography on William Friedkin's To Live and Die in LA. This led to another film with Friedkin, Rampage, and many other independent features. Best known was Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy, for which he was awarded an Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography in 1990. Since then, Yeoman has shot hundreds of commercials and numerous feature films. His studio comedies include Yes Man, Bridesmaids, Get Him to the Greek, The Heat, and Spy. Yeoman has collaborated with Wes Anderson on all of his live action films, including Bottlerocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic, The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom (for which he was nominated for another Independent Spirit Award), and The Grand Budapest Hotel, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA and an Academy Award®. Other credits include Noah Bombach's The Squid and the Whale, Kevin Smith's Dogma, Roman Coppola's CQ, Wes Craven's Red Eye, and Bill Pohlad's Love and Mercy.

Yeoman is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. He has also served as a juror at the Sundance Film Festival (dramatic competition) and the Gotham Awards.

He lives in Santa Monica, California with his wife and two children.


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