(Left to Right)
Christopher Owens, Justin Gorence (Actor), Ran Barker,
Mark Pifer (Screenplay writer), Brandon Hogan, Bob Bajorek, Tom
Whelan, Colette O'Connell (Actress) and Corey Miller (Writer)
worked in television production in the late 70's and early 80's after
leaving his native Ohio. In 1982, he moved onto post-production and
later co-founded VDI MEDIA, a Los Angeles based television post
production and duplication facility (now traded on NASDAQ as VDIM).
Some of VDI's Clients include Warner Bros., Universal, Disney, Fox,
Turner, and Sony as well as nearly 2000 other clients. VDI performs
digital film mastering, conversions, closed captioning, digital
duplication, and dubbing. Prior to VDI, beginning in 1981, he was Vice
President of AME, a Burbank based post production facility. In April
1987, AME went public, Mr Bajorek served on the Board of Directors
until September 1989, when the company was purchased and taken
private. He left in 1990.
Currently, Bob founded and is president of a new production company,
Blue Marlin Productions, an independent film and television
production company. Blue Marlin's current project are "SEA
DEVILS", an action-comedy feature, "THE FLAG",
a TNT original, "GOODY GEAR, a half hour comedy pilot
beginning in the fall and "TEST PILOT" a documentary
for the Discovery Channel .
grew up on his families Ranch in West Texas. He graduated from
Tarleton State University/Texas A&M and moved to Los Angeles in
1989 to pursue an acting career and studying film at UCLA and AFI.
Appearing in over 100 national commercials, feature films and TV
series before joining Warner Bros. in 1989, he became head of
Corporate Services for 6 years before becoming Administrator of TV in
1994, working with ER, FRIENDS, LIVING SINGLE, SUDDENLY SUSAN,
& 30 other shows. In 1997, he went to work with JOHN
WELLS PRODUCTIONS and worked with productions, ER, TRINITY, WEST
WING, ADVERSARIES & THIRD WATCH.
Recently finishing the features "GAME DAY",
"FUGLY" and "I'M THE ONE THAT I WANT".
He is currently working on the features "PUZZLED",
shot in Venice, "APPLE JACK" shot in the LA
desert, a second Margaret Cho movie, titled "Notorious Cho"
set in Seattle and "SEA DEVILS"
scheduled to shoot in Spring 2002. For More information go to Ran101.com
is a graduate of Film Studies at Montana State University. He was
mentored into the Studio realm by Mel Gibson and began working at
Warner Bros. in 1996 in the Corporate Feature Department as a post
production executive for over 40 films. Prior to Warner Bros., Mr.
Hogan was under contract with Big Sky Video Productions as producer of
numerous projects direct to video. In 1992, Mr. Hogan won an
emmy for his creative participation in the ABC mini-series "SON
OF THE MORNING STAR".
Mr. Hogan is Chief Operating Officer and producer for Blue Marlin
Productions. He is currently working on his next feature film "SEA
DEVILS" scheduled to begin shooting in the Winter of 2001 as
well as 4 other films and TV projects currently in development.
was born and raised in Southern California and has worked for 23 years
in the engineering side of teleproduction community. As Director of
Engineering for Warner Bros. Video Operations, he is responsible for
the developmental implementation of new technology for feature film
CHRISTOPHER DANE OWENS
As a movie producer, Chris Dane Owens' debut film
"Border to Border" (distributed by Independent
Artists) has won many recent awards, including "Best
Picture" at the Las Vegas International Film Festival. It was
also awarded "Best Comedy" and "Best Actress"
(Colette O'Connell) at the New York International Film Festival. The
film stars O'Connell ("13 Days," with Kevin Costner) and
features Jonathan Silverman ("Weekend at Bernie's"), Rue
McClanahan ("The Golden Girls"), Abe Benrubi
("ER," "Twister"), Curtis Armstrong ("Risky
Business," "Revenge of the Nerds") and Chris Owens'
father, Gary Owens ("Laugh-In," "The Gong Show",
"European Vacation"). The movie, which was shot in over 140
locations in two countries, is described by "Entertainment
Tonight" film reviewer Leonard Maltin as "No small
accomplishment! A solid script ... very well directed. A very likeable
In October, 2000 Owens sold his co-authored script
"Gabriel's Gift" to producer/director Robert
Marcarelli ("The Omega Code," starring Casper Van Dien and
Michael York). The screenplay, best described as a "romantic
comedy with spirit," is scheduled to shoot in October, 2001. The
project will be co-produced by Owens and Marcarelli.
Owens and creative partner Jerry Biederman are
developing numerous Reality TV series. At present, their company (Biederman/Owens
Entertainment) has seven series in development with Lions Gate,
Cosgrove/Meurer, lmno Productions, and King World.
Owens was also a co-producer on the highly
successful home video "Sing Like the Stars"
(distributed by Parade and Blockbuster Video). The project was
nominated for "Best Instructional Video" at the A.V.A.
Awards (sponsored by Billboard magazine). The program features many
star appearances, including Bobby Brown, Chicago, Wilson Phillips,
John Stamos, Nelson and Def Leopard.
While studying cinema at both UCLA and AFI
extension, Owens produced his first short film, titled "Rapscallion."
This sci-fi action/comedy co-starred Jonathan Winters as a
"psychic visionary from another dimension."
Owens was a contributing author on the books Earth
Angels (Broadway Books, a division of Random House) and 101
Ways to See the Light (St. Martin's Press). Both books were
co-authored by best-selling author Jerry Biederman.
Owens projects have been featured on
"Entertainment Tonight," The E! Channel, KTLA's
"Morning Show," and written about in the Los Angeles Times,
The New York Times, the Los Angeles Daily News, Beverly Hills 213
magazine, Daily Variety, Hollywood Reporter and Billboard magazine.
Owens lives in Woodland Hills, California and spends
time each year in New York and London
grew up in Sacramento, CA. Before embarking on her entertainment
career, Karen played professional soccer in Japan for two years. She
moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and worked at both Warner Bros. and 20th
Century Fox on such shows as "LOIS AND CLARK: THE ADVENTURES
OF SUPERMAN", 413 HOPE STREET & VENGEANCE UNLIMITED. She
is currently working on the hit show "MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE"
with an 8mm camera by age 8, Thomas Whelan began his career in film in
Sacramento, California. After graduating from Vancouver Film School in
1993, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue the virtues of the Independent
Film circuit. Surviving the grueling 18 to 24 hour work days required
by the Independent filmmaking process, he eventually started working
for Warner Brothers Television on the hit show, "Lois and
Clark." Whelan quickly realized the vast differences of the
processes of the Studio verses low budget filmmaking, and dually
became convinced that cohesion of these two styles would have a mutual
benefit, dubbing it "Gonzo filmmaking."
While working for Warner Brothers, Whelan and five friends pulled
their resources together to shoot an independent film entitled, "Border
To Border." This film was shot in five states, two countries,
one hundred forty-four locations, with a crew of twenty-four people,
Seattle, Washington to Mexico without ever obtaining film permits.
Whelan wrote, produced, and directed "Border To Border"
which went on to win best picture at the New York Independent Film
Festival, the Las Vegas Film Festival, and the Napa Valley Film
Festival. "Border" later went on to get distribution
from Independent Artists in Los Angeles. Whelan’s current feature
film, "Sea Devils" is scheduled to start shooting in
March of 2002, and is a narrative surrounding Italian Frogmen during
World War II. Locations for this film are slated to shoot in Italy,
Malta, and Australia; www.filmforce.ign.com
currently displays behind-the–scenes footage in "the
making" of this film.
At present, Whelan is in his third season with the Fox’s hit
television show, "Malcolm in the Middle" which has
been nominated for eight Emmys, including Best Comedy Series.
"BORDER TO BORDER" marks his directorial debut