NICHOLAS BROOKS, Producer / Screenwriter / Director
Nicholas Brooks worked for twenty five years as a story editor for his father’s production company, Brooksfilms, under the tutelage of one of America’s best filmmakers. There he learned to love the art, craft and business of making movies. Armed with that love, Nick then co-wrote Sam with John Gallagher, (Sam being Nick’s sixth screenplay up to that time). After a twisting, turning roller coaster of a development journey, Nick then married forty-two Sam crew members and a roughly equal number of cast members. Their collective love, joy, craftsmanship, dedication, and sense of fun birthed a sweet little picture named Sam.
Nick hopes you enjoy watching her as much as he and his eighty three spouses enjoyed making her!
Mel Brooks, director, producer, writer and actor, is in an elite group as one of the few entertainers to earn all four major entertainment prizes – the Tony, the Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar. His career began in television writing for Your Show of Shows and together with Buck Henry creating the long running TV series Get Smart. He then teamed up with Carl Reiner to write and perform the Grammy-winning 2000 Year Old Man comedy albums & books. Brooks won his first Oscar in 1964 for writing and narrating the animated short The Critic and his second for the screenplay of his first feature film, The Producers in 1968. Many hit comedy films followed including The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World Part I, To Be or Not to Be, Spaceballs, Life Stinks, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Dracula: Dead and Loving It. His film company, Brooksfilms Limited also produced critically acclaimed films such as The Elephant Man, The Fly, Frances, My Favorite Year and 84 Charring Cross Road. For three successive seasons, 1997-1999 Mel Brooks won Emmy Awards for his role as “Uncle Phil” on the hit sitcom Mad About You. Brooks received three 2001 Tony Awards and two Grammy Awards for The Producers: the New Mel Brooks Musical, which ran on Broadway from 2001 to 2006. The Producers still holds the record for the most Tony awards ever won by a Broadway musical. He followed that success with The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, which ran on Broadway from 2007 to 2009 and both musicals continue to be performed and enjoyed by audiences all over the world. In 2009 Mel Brooks received The Kennedy Center Honors, recognizing a lifetime of extraordinary contributions to American culture. In 2013 he was the subject of an Emmy winning American Masters documentary on PBS called “Mel Brooks: Make A Noise” and was the 41st recipient of the AFI’s Life Achievement Award. His recent projects include the Emmy nominated HBO comedy specials Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again, Mel Brooks Strikes Back!, and Mel Brooks Live at The Geffen.
For over 30 years, Sibyl Santiago has been involved in film, television and stage production both in the US and Asia. As president of Sitting Cat Productions, Sibyl has several films slated to release in 2015/2016 including the highly anticipated feature “The Prenup” from Regal Entertainment Group, Inc. (Philippines), “Enchantments” (US), “Sam” (US), pilot for “High School Noir” (US), and short film “Alibi”. Having successfully tackled roles ranging from talent management to producing and directing, Sibyl knows firsthand what it takes to bring a story from script to screen. A recent recipient of The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York, Arts & Culture Award at Carnegie Hall, Sibyl remains an active member of both SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity, and has appeared in several film, television, and Off-Broadway productions in NYC. She trained with the Philippine Educational Theater Association, and has performed in several high profile companies including La Mama, May-I Theater and INTAR’s "Night Over Taos", directed by Academy award-winning actress Estelle Parsons. Sibyl currently serves as Executive Director and Head of Programming for the SOHO International Film Festival.
John A. Gallagher is a New York City-based filmmaker, a fixture for over 30 years as a director, writer, producer, author, and historian. He is an educator with a highly regarded, encyclopedic knowledge of films and filmmaking. His track record is especially strong in discovering and mentoring new talent. Among the actors John has worked with in debut or significant early roles are John Leguizamo, Amanda Peet, Zach Braff, Michael Imperioli, Gretchen Mol, Matthew Lillard, Vincent Pastore, Heather Matarazzo, and Denis Leary. He wrote and directed the critically acclaimed feature romantic fable Blue Moon, starring screen legends Ben Gazzara and Rita Moreno. Blue Moon won Best American Feature at the Avignon/New York Film Festival, and Best Fantasy Film at Worldfest Houston. John also directed and co-wrote the popular cult comedy The Deli, with a cast including Mike Starr, Matt Keeslar, Gretchen Mol, Ice T, Heather Matarazzo, Debi Mazar, Michael Imperioli, Iman, David Johansen, Burt Young, Chris Noth, Heavy D, Frank Vincent, Vincent Pastore and Tony Sirico. The Deli won the Spirit of Independents Award at the Ft. Lauderdale Int’l Film Festival, and was cited for Excellence in Filmmaking by the National Board of Review.
Martin Koch is a British music supervisor, orchestrator, conductor, and composer who won both the 2009 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations and the 2009 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for Billy Elliot the Musical. A scholar from the London Royal College of Music. He has served as the musical supervisor for numerous productions, including Les Miserables, Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia, Miss Saigon, Cats, Moby Dick, Follies, and Into the Woods to name a few; several international tours of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon. Martin made his Broadway debut as the musical director for Shirley Bassey in 1986. He orchestrated and arranged the music for Mamma Mia!, which garnered his first Tony and Grammy nomination. He has recorded numerous albums, including Les Misérables, Hey, Mr. Producer!, Oliver, The Complete Symphonic Recording of Les Miserables and original cast recordings of Miss Saigon around the world. Martin orchestrated five operas by Richard Thomas, a project commissioned by the BBC. He and collaborator Nick Gilpin own and operate a music production company and studio that has been responsible for numerous television programs, recordings and films. Martin was overall music supervisor for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Ceremonies which included his original music for the Opening of the Paralympic Games. In 1998 he was also the overall Musical Supervisor for the Eurovision Song contest. Throughout Martin’s career he has worked with and is a favourite of many stars from theatre, film and television. Martin is currently working on the film Consider Yourself for Mob Films , PTL a musical with Sir Elton John destined for a Broadway opening in 2017 and the first live British performance of a musical on television airing this Christmas for the ITV network.