Gabrielle Tana is a British film producer who made her mark in Hollywood with two big films ‘Philomena’ and ‘ The Invisible Woman’ that became the cynosure of everyone’s eyes. With just two films, she has established herself as one of the most significant British film producers and achieved critical and box office success.

Tana has gained a reputation as her film ‘‘Philomena’ is one of the greatest films. It was an adaptation based on a novel, and this film was nominated for Academy Awards and even BAFTA awards in 2014. ‘Philomena’ swept the Venice International Film Festival and even Toronto International Film Festival. In the year 2011, Gabrielle Tana produced a film titled ‘ Coriolanus’ which was the adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy Coriolanus. This film also received a huge critical response.

Tana is always in search of good stories, which is her priority. She has been in production business for over 25 years and earlier had taken up work In Disney (France) and later felt that she can become an independent producer. She migrated from France to New York in order to establish herself as a film producer. Then she made her debut as a European independent film producer. She made a film titled ‘Someone Else's America’ which had involvement of the French and Germans, and it was directed by Goran Paskaljevic.

This film placed her in New York and after which there was no looking back for her. After migrating to New York, Tana made a film ‘Animals’ for Michael Di Jiacomo in 1998. Later on, she made another sensational film, ‘The Duchess’ in 2008 which was directed by Saul Dibb. In her career, she has maintained cordial relationships with many directors and even joined hands with many distributors too.

Her film ’The Invisible Woman’ was based on the secret love affair between Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternana that lasted until Dicken’s death (1870). The film had excellent performance from the cast and was a highly successful movie in the box office.

Fred Ward English Actor

Fred Ward

Fred Ward is an American model, actor, and producer. He was born as Freddie Joe Ward in San Diego City, California. He is a descendant from Scottish- Irish Cherokee. In his teens, he was recruited in the United States Air Force. He spent three years there. At the age of 21, he decided to choose acting as his career. He shifted to New York and went on to study acting at Herbert Berghof Studio. He funded for his education by doing odd jobs such as a custodian, short-order cook and as a lumberjack. He was also a boxer and had broken his nose four times. After his education at the studio, he moved to San Francisco and started working at an experimental theater. Since acting couldn’t support his livelihood, he took up the job of a construction rigger. In Europe and North Africa, he performed in mime, Masque theater, and cabarets. Then, he moved to Rome where he dubbed Italian movies into English (spaghetti westerns into English). He next made his debut in two films of Roberto Rossellini. He came back to San Francisco and appeared in Angel City, and Inacoma (stage production by Sam Shepard). His other stage performances were The Glass Menagerie, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. His foremost appearance on the big screen was with the movie Hearts of the West, in which he played the role of a cowboy. He landed a major role in the film Escape from Alcatraz by Don Siegel in 1979. He played the role of John Anglin, one of the main leads along with Clint Eastwood, who played the role of Frank Morris. In Southern Comfort (1981), he played the character of National Guardsman. His next performances were seen in Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982), The Incredible Hulk (1979), Carny (1980), Cardiac Arrest (1980), Belle Starr (1980), Silkwood (1983), Uncommon Valor, and The Right Stuff(1983). He gained critical attention in Philip Kaufman’s, The Right Stuff for the portrayal of a doomed astronaut Gus Grissom. Subsequently, he worked in numerous TV shows and movies. Some of them are Swing Shift as Archibald Biscuits Toue, American Playhouse as Mr. Crouch/ Royale Earle Thompson, UFOria as Sheldon Bart, Secret Admirer as Lou Fimple, The Hitchhiker, Big Business, Catchfire as Pauling, The Prince of Pennsylvania as Gary Marshetta, Miami Blues as Sgt. Hoke Moseley, The Player as Walter Stuckel, Two Small Bodies as Lt. Brann, Chain Reaction as FBI Agent Leon Ford, Gun as John Farragut, and The Chaos Factor as Max Camden. Other recent performances were in Road Trip, Summer Catch, Joe Dirt, Wild Iris, Sweet Home Alabama, The Last Ride, 10.5, Grey’s Anatomy, ER, Feast of Love, Exit Speed, Farewell, The Wild Stallion, United States of Tara, In Plain Sight, Leverage, 2 Guns, 30 Minutes or Less, True Detective, and many more. He was also the producer of Miami Blues in 1990. Fred was formerly married to Silvia Ward, and the duo had a son Django Ward. After their divorce, Fred married Marie – France Boisselle in the year 1995. Marie filed for the divorce in August 2013, but the couple resolved their differences and reunited later that year. Fred Ward has won Special Volpi Cup, Golden Globe Award, and was nominated for Cable ACE Award and Video Premiere Award.

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Gale Anne Hurd

Gale Anne Hurd is an American movie and television producer. She was born on 25 October 1955 in Los Angeles, California, United States of America. She is the daughter of Frank E. Hurd, an investor, and Lolita (née Espiau). She has Jewish-Catholic parentage. Her father was a Jewish and her mother, Roman Catholic. She got raised by them in Palm Springs, California, United States of America. She completed her graduation with a BA in economics and communications from Stanford University. In 1977, she was also a minor in political science. She worked as an executive assistant of Roger Corman, president of New World Pictures Company. She worked at various positions in the film industry. She was at many administrative positions and soon became a part of production division. In 1982, she founded her production company named Pacific Western Productions. Her company produced various box-office hit films such as Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989) and The Terminator (1984). In 1985, she got married to James Cameron whom she divorced in 1989. In 1991, she had produced the movie named Cast a Deadly Spell.She married director Brian De PalmaI in 1991 for four years. In 1995, she tied the knot with screenwriter/director Jonathan Hensleigh. In 1998, she garnered the Women in Film Crystal Award for “Outstanding Women.” It was awarded to her for her endurance and excellence in the work and expanding the scope for other women in the entertainment industry. In 2003, she received the Telluride Tech Festival Award of Technology along with Sir Arthur C. Clarke at Telluride, Colorado. In 2010, she produced AMC’s drama series called The Walking Dead. In 2011, she went on to become the administrator of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2012, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she won a star. In 2013, the Athena Film Festival awarded Gale Anne Hurd with the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award at Barnard College in New York, United States of America. She got it for her courage and demonstration of leadership which inspired other women to emulate. As a producer, she has films like Downtown (1990), The Waterdance (1992), Safe Passage (1994), Armageddon (1998) and The Incredible Hulk (2008) to her credit. She has been the writer for The Terminator (1984), Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008), Terminator Salvation (2009), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) and Terminator Genisys (2015). Currently, she is recording secretary at the Producers Guild of America.

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