Amy Beth Pascal is American film producer and business executive. She was born in Los Angeles city of California in the United States. Her parents were Anthony H. Pascal and Barbara Pascal. Her father was an economic researcher and worked in RAND Corporation and her mother was a librarian and owned an art bookstore named Artworks. Amy did her schooling from Crossroads School in Santa Monica. She started working as a bookkeeper in Crossroads School and pursued her graduation degree in international relations from the UCLA (University of California in Los Angeles). She started her career with being a secretary for Tony Garnett at Kestrel films. Then she served at the post of Vice President of the production company 20th Century Fox from 1986 to 1987.

She joined Columbia Pictures in the year 1988 and under her several films were developed and finally she left in the year 1994. She then joined Turner Pictures as the President of Production and served for two years. Later, she rejoined Columbia Pictures in the year 1996 as the studio’s President when Turner Pictures merged with Warner Bros. In the year 1999, she became the Chair of Columbia Pictures. From 2003 to 2015 she served as the Chairman of the Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group and in the year 2006 she was named as the Co-chairperson of Sony Pictures Entertainment. In the year 2013, she was nominatedelected to for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as the Board of Governors .of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She was responsible for the production of Spiderman series, James Bond series, Smurfs etc. during her span of being the Chairperson. In the starting of the year 2015, Pascal stated that she was “fired” from Sony.

In a controversial act, a group called Guardians of Peace hacked into Sony‘s Computer System during which Pascal was associated with SPE and upon which a civil rights organization Color of Change filed a petition against Pascal and called to get her “fired” from Sony as she was held accountable. Pascal had started her own production company named Pascal Pictures with a four-year contract for distribution and funding via SPE. She is a recognized woman in the world and had been in the Forbes Top 100 Most Powerful Women. She tied the knot in the year 1997 with the former film business reporter for The New York Times and playwright, Bernard Weinraub. She has a son and she resides in Los Angeles with him and her husband. Her upcoming production ventures include big movies like Ghostbusters, Barbie, Spider-Man: Homecoming, etc.

Craig Ferguson English Actor

Craig Ferguson

Craig Ferguson was born on May 17, 1962. He was born in Glasgow in Springburn district in Stobhill Hospital. He was born to Robert and Janet Ferguson. He brought up in Cumbernauld. He is a Scottish- American. Ferguson is a Stand-up Comedian, Television Host, Actor, Writer, Director, Voice Artist and Producer. He did his primary schooling in Muirfield Primary School. He did high school in Cumbernauld High School. He left school at the age of 16 and became an electronic mechanic in Burroughs Corporation. When he was 13, he visited The United States for the first time. In 1983 he shifted to New York and worked in Harlem in Constructions. Then he worked at a nightclub called Save the Robots as a Bouncer. Craig entertained as a drummer in the rock band Exposure and punk band Bastards From Hell. Peter Capaldi was the lead vocalist of the band. He was the one who inspired Craig to attempt for comedy. He got introduced to Michael Boyd when he was working as a bartender in a local pub in Glasgow. He was the creative director of The Tron Theater in Glasgow. Boyd inspired him to try acting. Soon Craig created an effective stage character, Bing Hitler. In 1986 at the Edinburgh Film Festival it became a great hit. In 1988 he appeared in a television sitcom Red Dwarf. He mixed his Stand up acts and filmed sketches in ‘The Ferguson Theory’. He hosted the show in 1993. In the same year, he appeared in Dirt Detective, a Scottish archaeological series. He appeared in Rocky Horror Show in 1991. In 1994 Ferguson shifted to Las Angeles. He starred in Maybe This Time as Baker Logan McDonough. It got aired on ABC, and it was his first American role. From 1996 to 2003 he appeared on The Drew Carey Show as Nigel Wick. It was a big leap forward in his career. He also starred, directed and wrote the movies The Big Tease, Saving Grace and I’ll Be There. At the Aspen, Dallas and Valencia Film Festivals he won the Audience Award for the Best Film. At the Napa Film Festival, he got titled Best New Director. He gave voice over in Hoe to Train Your Dragon 1 and 2, Brave and Winnie the Pooh. Ferguson got appreciated for his acting in Lenny the Wonder Dog, Born Romantic, The Ugly Truth, Niagara Motel, Kick-Ass, Chain of Fools. On June 11, 2013, Banff World Media Festival awarded him Peter Ustinov Comedy Award. Ferguson became the host of CBC’s The Late Late Show in 2005. The show was a great success, and it reached 1000 episodes on December 15, 2009. In 2010 he won the Peabody Award for that show. He hosted and appeared in many shows in television. He hosted Join or Die with Craig Ferguson in 2016. It is a historical talk show. In April 2006 he wrote the novel Between the Bridge and the River. He wrote a memoir American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot. He first married Anne Hogarth. He lived with her from 1983 to 1986. He then married Sascha Corwin. They had a son Milo. Both these marriages ended in divorce. Finally, he married Megan Wallace, and they have a son Liam.

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J K Rowling

Joanne Rowling was born on 31st July in 1965, in England. She is the most established author to have taken birth on the planet. Her pen name is J K ROWLING, by which she is fondly known across the globe. Rowling is best known for the Harry Potter book series which was later picturised also. Early Life J K Rowling was not the real name of Joanne Rowling. She used the name J K Rowling to publish her content. She was born in Gloucestershire in England. She was born to Peter James Rowling and Anne Rowling. Her father was an aircraft engineer at Rolls Royce and mother a science technician. Her family moved to Winterbourne when she was just four years old. She pursued her primary education from the St Michael’s Primary School. Rowling wrote fantasy stories from her childhood. She recited the stories to her little sister every night. She later moved to Church Cottage, which is located nearby Wales. She went with her mother to the Wyedean School and College where she continued her education. J K Rowling describes her childhood to be very traumatic as she had many problems to face. Her mother was ill and had a strained relationship with her father. She is not on talking terms with her father anymore. Rowling was inspired by Jessica Mitford’s autobiography which was gifted to her by her great- aunt. She read all the books by Jessica Mitford as she got even more inspired by her. After her high school, she applied for an entrance in Oxford University but was rejected. She then joined the University of Exeter where she studied B.A in French. Rowling was described as a competent student who did everything that was necessary for academics terms. Rowling graduated from Exeter University in 1986. She settled in London where she worked as a researcher and bilingual secretary. Rowling was hit hard by the death of her mother who was suffering from multiple sclerosis. This was when she began writing Harry Potter. She was immensely affected by the death of her mother. She has partly described her life in the Harry Potter, where she express her loss in Harry’s character. Rowling continued her work by moving to Portugal to teach English. Here she met Jorge Arantes, a television journalist. She got married to him on 16 October 1992. She suffered a miscarriage before giving birth to her first child, Jessica Isabel Rowling Arantes in Portugal. Her name was inspired from Rowling’s inspiration Jessica Mitford. Rowling separated from Arantes in 1993, just after a year into the marriage. Rowling experienced domestic abuse during her marriage. She moved to Scotland with her baby, to live close to her sister. Rowling’s failure diagnoses her of clinical depression, but she claimed it helped her concentrate on her writing. Rowling continued to write even after her failures. She failed with her marriage and was jobless but never left writing. She described herself as poor to be in modern Britain. Since then Rowling has overcome every event in her life and became a millionaire. Today she is amongst the most established writers and influential personalities not just in Britain but across the globe. In 1990 on a delayed train to Manchester; Rowling came up with the idea of writing Harry Potter. She wrote Harry Potter initial version during her depression period. She completed her first version of the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone in the year 1995. The book was reviewed by Bryony Evens, who agreed to represent Rowling. The book was given to twelve different publishers but was rejected. It was finally accepted by Bloomsbury publishing house. Alice Newton, the daughter of Barry Cunningham, was the first one to demand the book. This prompted him to publish the book but was uncertain about its success. It was published in 1997 with just 1000 copies printed out of which 500 were distributed in libraries. Soon after its publish, the Scottish Arts Council enabled Rowling to continue writing. She won her first award for the book at the Nestle Smarties Book Prize. Later, in February, she gained the British Book Award for Children’s Book of the Year. Rowling’s book had become a fantasy for children across Europe. In 1998, Scholastics Inc. won the bid to publish the novel for a big amount. Her book was published in the US in 1998 under the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Change which Rowling was against but could not do much to help her. Rowling came up with the sequence, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in 1998 for which she again won the Nestle Smarties Prize. She won the same award again for the third time running after the release of her next version, Harry Potter and the Prisoner Of Azkaban. Rowling later withdrew herself from contention for the award to allow the other books a chance. The release of the fourth edition, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire smashed all records as it was released in the US and the UK. A record 3 lakh copies were sold on its first day in the UK. Rowling won the Author of the Year in 2000 at the British Book Awards. After a much anticipated three years, Rowling came up with the fifth version, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix denying speculations of a writer’s block. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince got released in the year 2005 selling over 9 million copies on its first day. Rowling again won the British Book Awards for her sixth edition. In 2007, Rowling came up with the last edition of the Harry Potter series, The Deathly Hallows. It broke all previous records as over 11 million copies were sold on its first day. Today, The Harry Potter is a global brand worth 15 billion. The book has been breaking records throughout the world and got translated into 65 languages. Harry Potter series is regarded amongst the most successful series across the globe. During a time where books were being abandoned for technology, Rowling sparked the reader inside every child. The series gained such mass recognition that in 1998, the Warner Bros purchased the right to film the first two edition of the series. The films also became a success across the globe and won uncountable awards. Rowling has announced her partnership with Warner Bros to plan another series of films. While her success stories were told across the UK, she married Neil Murray in 2001 with whom she has two kids. In 2012, Rowling targeted the adult audience with the release of The Casual Vacancy. Over 1 million copies were sold across the globe, and it was later announced that the book would become a television drama on BBC. Her next release was a crime novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling. Rowling has guided her success in many directions. She donates heavily to charity. She has been working hard for Anti-poverty and children’s welfare. She has contributed money in support for treatment of multiple sclerosis, a problem which her mother lost out to. She supports many reading plans across Britain to promote reading. Rowling has donated 1 million for the Labour Party to support Prime Minister candidate Gordon Brown. She is also friends with Sarah Brown, wife of the former prime minister as they collaborate at many charity events. Rowling has influenced a generation with her writings. From being a single mom with financial issues to being depressed to being abused, Rowling never let the writer in her die ignoring all the failures. She is today an inspiration to many of the youngsters, and she will continue to inspire a generation of writers to come. Rowling denied writing any Harry Potter series but later confirmed a two-part play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which would focus Harry’s son Albus. The tickets were sold out in just hours. She plans to write an encyclopaedia on the Harry Potter tale., which she says would take her ten years to complete. Rowling plans to continue her work for as much as time possible.

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