WILLIAM PAUL BURNS
WILLIAM PAUL BURNS is an actor, screenwriter, director, producer and opera singer, who has appeared on Broadway, in films, television and on the opera stage. Some of his more memorable roles on Broadway were; Lee Strasberg production of “The Three Sisters,” Vivian Matalon’s production of “After the Rain,” “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” originating the role of Chief Bromden, Albert Marr’s production of “Man of La Mancha.” Mel Brooks / Joshua Logan / Charles Strouse/Lee Adams musical “All American,” “The Royal Hunt of the Sun,” in the powerful role of Atahualpa, “Camino Real,” which Tennessee Williams had filmed with Mr. Burns as the definitive Kilroy. This film is now in the National Archives at Lincoln Center.
Under contract to Universal Studios he appeared in many Television shows as well as films. Other film works include Lipstick, Passover Plot, Blood Dolls, Play Murder For Me, Voyeur II, Camino Real, Marianne, Hollywierd, Three Sisters and others. William directed two innovative stage productions in NY: “Hamlet” and “Richard III, played the title role in each .
Also William was co-producer for “The Master and Margarita,” feature film, novel by Mikhail Bulgakov, with John Cusack. In LA, William was in the highly acclaimed production of “Are you Now or have you Ever Been,” a revival of “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “King Lear.”
A few of the artiest William-Paul has worked with: Francis Ford Coppola, Lamont Johnson, Dino DeLaurentis, Lee Strasberg, Paula Strasberg, Elia Kazan, Arthur Penn, Harold Clurman, Richard Avedon, Nikos Psacharapoulos, Joseph Campbell, Roshi Joan Halifax, Tennessee Williams, Bon Jovi, Vivian Matalon, Albert Marr, Mel Brooks, Joshua Logan, Lee Sankowich, Charles Strouse, Lee Adams, James L. Brooks, Allan Burns, Cecil-Beaton, Sid Shienberg & Laurane Shienberg, Freddie Fields - Milton Goldman -Ina Bernstein-Sue Mengers [ICM], MOTP-Maestro Serra, Robin Wagner, Sergei Bodrov, Charles Band, Penelope Spheeris, Noel Black, Michael Campos, Hector Olivera AR, Robert Weaver, Thomas Job DE, Andy Morahan UK, Sir Peter Ustinov UK, Florence Riggs, Seth Riggs, Barbara Bragg, Linda Gates, Sue Seton, Phyllis Grandy, Ron Fields, Ron Lewis, Mat Maddox, Sandra Seacat, Penny Allen. Life Member of the Actors Studio.
A native of Siberia, Russia, ELENA BLESKINA, MBA, Institute of International Law and Management from the University of Economics and Management. Upon completion of her MBA, Miss Bleskina moved to Los Angeles California to continue her studies towards her Doctor of Jurisprudence [JD].
However, soon after her arrival she was introduce to a production company, working on a very famous Russian Novel, "The Master and Margarita," for Feature Film Production. Miss Bleskina joined the company, began her journey into film making. As CEO of Magwill Entertainment she was head of development and Acquisition. Miss Bleskina was in charge of Feature Film/Theatrical Release, Acquisition, Distribution in Russia and CIS and the DVD market.
Presently Miss Bleskina is with Willow Tree Entertainment, as a full time Producer/Partner for another Russian Classic, "A Hero of Our Time," and an original story "Summertime on Gull Lake," along with three other projects in development. She is in constant contact with production companies around the world, as well as developing relationships with various financial institutions, including media funds, support groups, government funds, private equity, TV & Studio support, local and International Banking consortiums. Her principle focus is on co production and foreign distribution.
LORIN BRENNAN is an internationally recognized expert on intellectual-property licensing, especially in the entertainment industry. He has drafted the industry standard international distribution license forms. He is a frequent speaker on intellectual-property licensing issues both in the United States and abroad, including lecturing for the World Intellectual Property Organization. Mr. Brennan is the author of numerous professional articles on international motion picture licensing and financing issues and e-commerce law.
Mr. Brennan received his B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1974. He received his J.D. degree in 1978 from U.C. Hastings College of the Law, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of Comm/Ent: A Journal of Communications and Entertainment Law. He was admitted to the California Bar that same year. In 1983 Mr. Brennan joined Lorimar Productions as Director of Distribution Legal and Business Affairs. In 1988, he became Vice-President, Business Affairs for Carolco Pictures, where he remained until October of 1995. In 1987, Mr. Brennan was elected Vice-Chairman, Secretary, of the American Film Marketing Association, a trade association representing independent motion picture producers and distributors. He served as President of the Independent Producers Association, a trade association representing independent motion picture and television producers, from 1995 to 1998.