MITCH GLAZER – Writer, Executive Producer and Creator
J. GEYER KOSINSKI – Executive Producer
Mitch Glazer is the Writer, Executive Producer and the Creator of the STARZ Original series "Magic City."
Glazer was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida. After graduating NYU, Mitch stayed in New York writing lengthy magazine profiles for Esquire, Playboy, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair on everyone from John Belushi and George Harrison to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Richard Neutra, Peter Sellers and Roman Polanski.
As a screenwriter, Mitch and his partner Michael O'Donaghue wrote the cult classic "Mr Mike's Mondo Video" and the Christmas perennial, "Scrooged" starring Bill Murray. Mitch went on to write, among other films: "Great Expectations" starring Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert De Niro, "Three Of Hearts" with Billy Baldwin and (Mitch's lovely wife) Kelly Lynch and "The Recruit" starring Colin Farrell and Al Pacino. Mitch was also a producer of the Sofia Coppola film "Lost In Translation."
Mitch recently made his directorial debut with the feature "Passion Play," starring Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox and Bill Murray.
ED BIANCHI – Director, Executive Producer
J. Geyer Kosinski is the Executive Producer of the STARZ Original series "Magic City."
Kosinski got his start in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency in 1992 and became an agent within a year. There, he represented talent including Billy Bob Thornton, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Bill Paxton and Robert Downey Jr. He packaged movies such as “Swimming With Sharks,” “Sling Blade,” “The Usual Suspects,” “LA Confidential,” “Albino Alligator” and “Gia.”
Kosinski left the William Morris Agency in 1997 for Addis-Wechsler, which evolved into Industry Entertainment. Kosinski was managing partner and co-owner of this major management/production company that revolutionized the entertainment industry by combining management and production under the same roof, housing over 150 clients including Academy Award-winning actors, writers, directors, producers and musicians while producing 14 motion pictures and seven television shows.
In 2004, as a manager and producer, Kosinski formed Media Talent Group. As chairman and CEO, he and his staff continue to cultivate the careers of actors, writers and directors. Media Talent Group has approximately 30 feature films and television shows in active production or development. These include “Jayne Mansfield’s Car” written by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson with Thornton directing and starring alongside Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon, John Hurt, Ray Stevenson and Robert Patrick; “Goat Island,” written and directed by D.J. Caruso and based on the award-winning children’s book; “The Paperboy,” directed by Lee Daniels and starring Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron and John Cusack; “Stoker,” directed by Chan-wook Park, starring Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode and Mia Wasikowska for producer Ridley Scott and Fox Searchlight; “The Baytown Disco” written by Barry Battles and Griffin Hood with Battles directing and starring Eva Longoria and Billy Bob Thornton; “Hemingway and Gelhorn” directed by Philip Kaufman and starring Nicole Kidman, Clive Owen and Robert Duvall for HBO Films; “The Lady” (aka “Gertrude Bell”) written by Jeffrey Caine for Ridley Scott to direct and starring Angelina Jolie; “Maleficent” written by Linda Woolverton and starring Angelina Jolie for Walt Disney Pictures; “Bad Santa 2” starring Billy Bob Thornton for The Weinstein Company; “Our Wild Life” written by Jeff Stockwell and based on the novel by Daphne Sheldrick for Philip Noyce to direct and starring Nicole Kidman; “Scarpetta” based on Patricia Cornwell’s best-selling novels set up at 20th Century Fox Studios; “Cleopatra” starring Angelina Jolie, written by Eric Roth and to be directed by David Fincher for Sony Pictures.
Television shows in active production or development include “Magic City” for Starz; “Totally Killer” written by Bret Easton Ellis and based on the novel by Greg Olear for Media Rights Capital; “The Follower” written by Bret Easton Ellis for Lionsgate; “Diamonds” written by Dan McDermott for Starz; and “Donor Party” written by Alex Schemmer for Lionsgate. Kosinski was also involved in putting together projects such as “The Tourist,” “Kung Fu Panda” and “Kung Fun Panda 2,” “I am Number Four,” “Salt,” “The Changeling,” “Wanted,” “Eagle Eye,” “Shark Tale,” “Accidental Husband,” “Beowulf,” “A Mighty Heart,” “The Resident Evil” franchise, “Mr. Woodcock,” “Disturbia,” “The Good Shepherd,” “Two For The Money,” “Alexander,” “Taking Lives,” “Bad Santa,” the “Tomb Raider” Franchise, “Monster’s Ball” and “Original Sin.”
Kosinski was executive producer on the hit sitcom “Hope & Faith” starring Kelly Ripa and Faith Ford. Other television credits include “Becker” for CBS; “Big Shots” for ABC; “Threat Matrix” for ABC; “Haunted” for UPN; “War Stories” for NBC; “Going to California” for Showtime; “The Education of Max Bickford” for CBS; and “Live From Baghdad” for HBO. Kosinski sits on the board of directors for SKECHERS USA as well as the Seattle-based social-gaming company, King of the Web, and is an advisor for the World Wildlife Fund.
DWAYNE SHATTUCK - Producer
Ed Bianchi is the Director and Excutive Producer of the STARZ Original series "Magic City."
Bianchi has helmed a wide variety of film, television and theatre projects. Similar to "Magic City," Bianchi served as producer/director on HBO's "Deadwood" where he was nominated for an Emmy. Bianchi feels fortunate to have worked with some of the most talented writers in television. His list of directing credits includes the critically-acclaimed television shows "Mad Men," "The Killing," and "Rubicon" for AMC, HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and "The Wire," F/X's "Damages," TNT's "Men of a Certain Age," Showtime's "Brotherhood" and NBC's "Homicide."
Other TV directing credits include "John from Cincinnati," "Kings," "Heroes," "Lights Out," "Detroit 187," and "Waterfront" (as producer/director). Bianchi also designed, produced and directed the musical title sequence for "The Cosby Show." Bianchi started his career in advertising where he won all the major awards for both his print and television campaigns. He opened Bianchi Films to produce and direct commercials. He has directed over 500 commercials for clients such as American Express, Pepsi, Coke, 7-Up, Dr. Pepper, Mercedes-Benz, Chevrolet, AT&T, Pizza Hut, and the Jello campaign that starred Bill Cosby.
Bianchi has won the prestigious Golden Lion from the Venice Film Festival, numerous CLIO Awards, and a gold medal from the Miami Film Festival. His commercials have won medals from the NY Art Directors Club and the ANDY awards. One of his Dr. Pepper musical commercials is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Bianchi was recognized by his peers with the prestigious Directors Guild Award for "Best Commercial Director," the award for which he is most proud.
In features, Bianchi has directed "The Fan" with Lauren Bacall, James Garner and Maureen Stapleton. His second feature, "Off and Running," was his first collaboration with Mitch Glazer. It starred Cindy Lauper.
Bianchi lives in Manhattan with his wife Carla who plays 'Peggy Reef' in "Magic City." He has three children Adam, Alan and Stella.
CARL FRANKLIN - Director, Episode One
Dwayne Shattuck is the Producer of the STARZ Original series "Magic City."
Shattuck is an award winning television producer. Most recently, he worked as a producer on the AMC drama series "Mad Men," as well as "Push Nevada" and "Skin" for producers Jerry Bruckheimer, Ben Affleck, and Sean Bailey. Dwayne started in the film industry as a set medic, and has worked as an Assistant Director, Production Manager, and then as a Producer.
Dwayne has won multiple awards including Emmy, Golden Globe, Directors Guild and Producer's Guild Awards, for producing "Mad Men". In 2011, Dwayne won the AFI Award for Television, winning the "Producer of the Year Award in Episodic."
Dwayne lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Nicole, a still photographer, and his two sons.
JENNIFER JACKSON – Associate Producer
Carl Frankin is the Director of Episode One of the STARZ Original series "Magic City."
Franklin studied history and dramatic arts at UC Berkeley and soon began his professional career as an actor at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre in New York. After several years as a stage actor, he transitioned to television where he co-starred in three television series with veteran actors James Arness, Roddy McDowell and Stacy Keach. Later, Franklin had a recurring role in the eighties series "The A Team." Franklin began writing to create new opportunities for himself and decided to return to school to study film directing at the AFI. He received his Masters Degree from the American Film Institute, where he won the Remy Martin Award for his short film "Punk".
Mr. Franklin was hired directly out of film school by Roger Corman's Concorde Films for whom he directed three low-budget movies. He followed that with his breakthrough film, the crime drama "One False Move," which was released in 1992 to great acclaim. The film was widely praised and wound up on numerous top-ten lists by various critics (including #1 By Gene Siskel & #2 by Roger Ebert on their famous TV series "Sneak Previews"). Mr. Franklin's work on "One False Move" earned him the New Generation Award by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, US Magazine's Breakthrough Award, the MTV Movie Award for Best New Filmmaker and the IFP Spirit Award for Best Director.
Franklin went on to direct the award-winning mini-series "Laurel Avenue" (1993) for HBO. Franklin then wrote and directed "Devil in a Blue Dress" (1995) starring Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle. Based on the Walter Mosely book, the film drew rave reviews from the critics. In 1996, he was awarded the American Film Institute's prestigious Franklin Schaffner Award for excellence and a commitment to quality in directing. In 1998 he directed the adaptation of Anna Quindlen's novel "One True Thing" starring Meryl Streep, Renee Zelwegger and William Hurt. The film earned Meryl Streep Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.
In 2002, Franklin's next film "High Crimes" was released by Fox. The film starred Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Jim Caveziel. He re-teamed with Denzel Washington for the 2003 thriller "Out of Time."
After directing the pilot for the FX series "The Riches" starring Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver, Carl directed episodes on HBO's acclaimed series "Rome" and the award-winning HBO mini-series "The Pacific." He also directed the pilot for DreamWorks'/TNT series, "Falling Skies."
Franklin l recently wrote and directed the adaptation of the acclaimed Rudolfo Anaya novel, "Bless Me, Ultima." The film will be released in 2012.
Jennifer Jackson is the Co-Producer of the STARZ Original series "Magic City."
Jackson was born in Miami and grew up in Orlando, Florida. After graduating from Wake Forest University, Jennifer moved to Los Angeles and worked for director Walter Hill on the feature film "Supernova." She worked as part of the production team on HBO's award-winning World War II miniseries "Band of Brothers," executive produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.
Jennifer was active in the development of multiple television and film projects for Studios International and worked as Associate Producer on HBO's critically-acclaimed miniseries "The Pacific," a companion piece to "Band of Brothers" following U.S. Marines through the Pacific theater of WWII.