TBS & TNT Executive and Panelist Bios
Kevin Reilly, president of TBS & TNT, chief creative officer for Turner Entertainment
One of television's most influential leaders, Kevin Reilly leads the highly rated TNT and TBS networks and drives opportunities across Turner Entertainment's industry-leading properties, including TBS, TNT, truTV, Adult Swim, ELEAGUE and Super Deluxe.
The only executive to have run two broadcast and three cable networks, Reilly is widely known as an industry disruptor for the new media era. He was among the first broadcast executives to make meaningful investments in digital and social media content and to push for multi-platform ratings measurement, and he led efforts to revitalize TV development by calling for an end to the traditional pilot season. In recognition of his ongoing career accomplishments, in 2016 Reilly was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.
Since joining Turner in November 2014, Reilly has aggressively led major brand evolutions for TBS and TNT. Under his supervision, TBS has focused on creating distinctive original comedies and late-night shows, scoring an unprecedented six consecutive hits in 2016 with Angie Tribeca, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Detour, Wrecked, People of Earth and Search Party. TNT, meanwhile, has begun shifting its focus to premium, buzz-worthy dramas, beginning last summer with the acclaimed hit Animal Kingdom, continuing in the winter with Good Behavior and followed this summer by Claws and Will. Both TBS and TNT scored an unprecedented 100% renewal rate with their 2016 series.
At TNT, Reilly has pioneered efforts to improve the customer viewing experience by significantly reducing commercial inventories in original programming. In addition, at TBS, he has challenged the traditional television schedule with binge-style launches for shows like Angie Tribeca, People of Earth and Search Party.
Reilly also advances next-generation strategies designed to grow Turner's core business, including such new ventures as Super Deluxe, a start-up production studio, social video network and tech incubator, and ELEAGUE, the first major foray into professional eSports by a traditional media company. In addition, he has supported strategic investments in companies like Refinery29 and Mashable, where he also serves as a board member.
Throughout his career, Reilly has been known for championing some of the most acclaimed and culturally influential programs in television history, including Empire, The Office, 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights, The Sopranos, The Shield, Nip/Tuck, ER, Law & Order and pop-culture sensation Glee.
From 2007 to 2014, Reilly served as chairman of entertainment for FOX Broadcasting, where his achievements included an unprecedented seven-year run for FOX as television's #1 network. He also oversaw the development of the smash hit Empire and launched such acclaimed series as Glee, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and New Girl.
As president of entertainment at NBC from 2004 to 2007, Reilly launched the hits The Office, The Biggest Loser, Heroes, Friday Night Lights and the multi-award-winning Tina Fey sitcom 30 Rock.
From 2000 to 2003, Reilly served as president of entertainment for FX, where his rebrand and program strategy transformed the fledgling network into a profitable, creative powerhouse, ushering in a new era in which cable would come to set the bar for quality and cultural relevance on television. Under Reilly's leadership, the FX smash The Shield achieved two historic "firsts" for basic cable: a Golden Globe® for Best Television Series – Drama and an Emmy® for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for the show's star, Michael Chiklis (both in 2002).
Before FX, Reilly was president of television at Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, where he shepherded the pilot for the landmark series The Sopranos. Earlier in his career, Reilly held a variety of positions at NBC, where he had a hand in the development of major cultural phenomena as varied as ER, Law & Order and Saved by the Bell.
An avid conservationist, Reilly serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Nature Conservancy of California. He is also a member of the Los Angeles chapter of the World Presidents' Organization and serves on the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute and the Television Academy. Most recently he joined the panel of advisors for the prestigious Peabody Awards. Reilly graduated from Cornell University and is a member of the Cornell University Council.
Brett Weitz, executive vice president of original programming for TBS
Brett Weitz is executive vice president of original programming for TBS and has been responsible for spearheading the new direction of the network into younger and more relevant comedy. In 2016, he ushered in six consecutive hits with Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Angie Tribeca, The Detour, Wrecked, People of Earth and Search Party, all of which ranked scored well-deserved renewals.
During his previous position as senior vice president of scripted development for TNT & TBS, Weitz developed the dramas The Last Ship, from executive producer Michael Bay, and Legends, from executive producer Howard Gordon, as well as the comedies Ground Floor from Bill Lawrence & Jeff Astrof and Clipped from David Kohan & Max Mutchnick.
Weitz most recently served as senior vice president of development for TBS and TNT. He joined Turner Broadcasting in 2009 to work on original series development for TNT. He developed several hit dramas for the network, including Rizzoli & Isles and Falling Skies. His other credits include the multi-season dramas Dallas, Perception and Franklin & Bash. In addition, Weitz spearheaded the creation of the TNT's diversity program for series staffing.
Before coming to TNT, Weitz served as vice president of creative affairs for the fox21 Studios division of 20th Century Fox Television. In its first three years of operation, fox21 developed such series as TNT's Saved, the reality hit Beauty and the Geek and the comedy FreeRide. He also took on the challenge of finding alternative forms of development, searching for undiscovered talent and working with young and seasoned feature writers for cross-over opportunities for cable and broadcast television.
Weitz's other positions include serving as director of drama development for 20th Century Fox Television and, before that, as director of drama development for Columbia TriStar Television. And in 1999, he was part of the initial team that started up Michael Ovitz's Artists Television Group, where he served as director of creative affairs and later as television literary manager.
In 2006 Brett was recognized by the entertainment industry and The Hollywood Reporter as one of "35 Executives Under 35 To Watch." That was followed by Multichannel News naming him as one of the "Top 40 Executives Under 40."
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Weitz has passions include wine, fishing and most importantly celebrating life with his beautiful family, including his wife, Farrah, and their daughters, Sydney and Emerson.
Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT
Television and film producer Sarah Aubrey serves as executive vice president of original programming for TNT. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing all development and production of original series and miniseries for the network's rapidly expanding programming slate. Based in Los Angeles, Aubrey joined the network in February 2015 as a key member of the new executive team under Kevin Reilly, president of TBS and TNT, chief creative officer for Turner Entertainment.
Since coming to TNT, Aubrey has been hard at work developing premium drama series that are bolder and more daring and that appeal to a younger, more dual audience. She has already greenlit several series, the first of which, Animal Kingdom, launched this summer to strong ratings and wide critical praise, especially for star Ellen Barkin's turn as the matriarch of a Southern California crime family. In November, Aubrey's team continued TNT's brand evolution with the launch of Good Behavior, starring Michelle Dockery as a thief and con artist trying to regain her life.
TNT's slate of new series in 2017-18 includes the critically acclaimed Claws, the wickedly funny dramedy starring Niecy Nash as the owner of a central Florida nail salon; Will, a period drama told in contemporary style centering on a young William Shakespeare; and The Alienist, based on Caleb Carr's New York Times bestseller about a serial killer in New York during the Gilded Age.
In addition to her work overseeing TNT original programming, Aubrey serves on the board for the Time Warner Foundation, whose mission is to seek innovative and powerful ways to discover, nurture and celebrate the next generation of storytellers.
Prior to joining TNT, Aubrey was partnered with Peter Berg in their production company, Film 44. Together with Berg, she produced such projects as the acclaimed film and television series Friday Night Lights and the emotionally charged hit film Lone Survivor, based on the book of the same name, which is currently being developed into a series. The pair has also produced the action movies The Kingdom and Battleship, as well as three shows for HBO, including the acclaimed supernatural drama The Leftovers, which HBO has already picked up for a second season, and the sports documentary series On Freddie Roach and State of Play.
Aubrey is an Austin native and former entertainment lawyer who earned her law degree at the University of Texas after graduating from Princeton University. In addition to her work for Film 44, she has produced Terry Zwigoff's irreverent hit comedy Bad Santa, which marked her first feature film credit, and the offbeat romantic comedy-drama Lars and the Real Girl.
TNT's The Alienst
Daniel Brühl, star of TNT's The Alienist
Daniel Brühl - 'Dr. Laszlo Kreizler'
Award winning actor Daniel Brühl (@thedanielbruhl) has been involved in a number of critically acclaimed film and television projects and has garnered international recognition for his talent and versatility. Brühl is currently stars in the lead role of criminal psychologist ‘Dr. Laszlo Kreizler’ in the new TNT series The Alienist, based on international best-selling novel by Caleb Carr. The psychological thriller is set in 1896 in New York City when a series of murders of boy prostitutes grips the city. Brühl’s character works as a specialist in deviant behavior, known as The Alienist (“one who studied mental pathologies”), who is called upon to conduct an investigation in secret.
He recently wrapped on the drama feature Entebbe, with Rosamund Pike and Vincent Cassel. Based on a true story, the film follows four hijackers who commandeer an airplane bound to Entebbe, Uganda in 1976 in an effort to free dozens of Palestinian and pro-Palestinian prisoners in Israel. The feature, produced by Working Title Films, is directed by José Padilha and will be released in 2018.
In February 2018, Brühl will star in J.J. Abrams’ God Particle, about a group of astronauts fighting for survival. Julius Onah is directing, and the feature began shooting in June 2016. David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ziyi Zhang, Elizabeth Debicki and Chris O’Dowd also star, with Bad Robot producing and Paramount releasing the film internationally. The U.S. will release on February 2 and the U.K. follows on February 9.
In June 2017, Brühl appeared in Vincent Perez’s Alone in Berlin, with Emma Thompson and Mark Rylance. The film is a fact-based WWII story about German parents who, after their son is killed on the front lines, begin an anti-Hitler postcard campaign against his evil regime. Prior to this, Brühl played ‘Lutz Heck’ in The Zookeepers Wife, opposite Jessica Chastain. Directed by Niki Caro, the feature depicts the story of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, ‘Jan and Antonina Zabinski,’ who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion. The Focus Features picture was released in the US on March 31.
In 2016, Brühl took on the role of ‘Zemo’ in the summer blockbuster Captain America: Civil War, starring alongside Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. in the third adaptation of the popular Marvel comic book Captain America. The film was released in the U.K. on April 29, followed by a release in North America on May 6. Following this, Brühl starred in thriller feature Colony as ‘Daniel’ opposite Emma Watson. Set against the backdrop of the Chilean military coup, the story follows a young woman’s desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous ‘Colonia Dignidad,’ a notorious cult in the South of Chile. The film was released in the UK on July 1.
In November 2015, Brühl starred as Maitre Di ‘Tony’ in the Weinstein’s Burnt, alongside Alicia Vikander, Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Uma Thurman. The film focuses on a chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior and cleans up, returning to London to redeem himself. Also in 2015, Brühl appeared in Simon Curtis’s Woman in Gold, written by playwright Alexi Campbell. The feature tells of the true story of one battle to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s painting “The Lady in Gold.” Boasting a cast including Helen Mirren, Max Irons and Charles Dance, the film was released on February 9.
In February 2014, Brühl starred in Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of An Angel, playing the male lead role of ‘Thomas’, opposite Kate Beckinsale and Cara Delevingne. The film follows a journalist and a documentary film maker as they explore the story of a murder in Tuscany. Also in 2014, Brühl appeared in the lead role of ‘Sebastian Zöllner’ in Ich Und Kaminski, written and directed by Wolfgang Becker. Early that year, in January 2014, Anton Corbijn’s thriller A Most Wanted Man premiered at Sundance, with Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. The film was released in September 2015.
In 2013, Brühl starred as ‘Niki Lauda’ in Ron Howard’s Rush, opposite Chris Hemsworth’s ‘James Hunt’. Set in 1976, the film is based on the true story of the Formula 1 champion driver and the 1976 crash that almost claimed his life. The multi-award nominated film was released worldwide in September, with Brühl being heralded as its breakout star. Digital Spy called his portrayal “an Oscar-worthy turn… Daniel Brühl is a masterful chameleon,” while Rolling Stone Magazine wrote he “starts at brilliant and revs up from there.” More glowing reviews of his performance followed: “awfully well played by Daniel Brühl” wrote The Hollywood Reporter, “quite brilliant” said HitFix, “remarkable” raved The Telegraph, “Brühl steals the show with a truly outstanding performance” reviewed HeyUGuys and Deadline said “take my word, this guy is the real deal and this is his year.” Brühl was consequently nominated for Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG and Critics Choice awards in the category of ‘Best Supporting Actor.’
Also in 2013, Brühl appeared in Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate playing ‘Daniel Domscheit-Berg’, colleague and friend of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, played by Benedict Cumerbatch. Based on the book "Inside Wikileaks" by Daniel Doimscheit-Berg himself and the Guardian book "Wikileaks" written by David Leigh and Luke Harding, the film follows the friendship and the eventual rift between the two as the international profile of the website suddenly explodes bringing instant fame and gradual disillusionment to its creators. The Fifth Estate opened the 2013 Toronto Film Festival before its worldwide release in October of the same year.
Even before his scene stealing turn in 2009 as German War Hero ‘Frederik Zoller’ in Quentin Tarantino’s iconic and Oscar winning Inglourious Basterds, opposite Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz, Brühl was an established and award winning actor in Europe. In 2003, Brühl starred in Good Bye, Lenin! and was lauded for his portrayal of ‘Alexander Kerner’ in the German tragicomedy set in East Germany in the year 1989. Brühl gives a heart-breaking performance playing a young man protesting against the regime, while desperately trying to protect his frail mother from the truth. The role saw him win the European Film Award for Best Actor and the German Film Award for Best Actor in 2003.
Brühl’s other notable film credits include: The White Sound with Jane Fonda and Geraldine Chaplin, Ladies in Lavender where he made his English speaking debut opposite Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, Stephane Robelin’s If We All Lived Together, Love In Thoughts for which he won the People’s Choice for Best Actor, The Edukators for which he was nominated for Best Actor at the 2004 European Film Awards, Joyeux Noel, Salvador, The Bourne Ultimatum, Julie Delpy’s The Countess and In Transit with John Malkovich.
He also speaks fluent German, English, Spanish and French.
Luke Evans, star of TNT's The Alienist
Luke Evans - 'John Schuyler Moore'
In just a little over a decade, Welsh actor Luke Evans (@TheRealLukevans) has made an immediate impression in Hollywood, making his mark as a leading man across all genres. Evans began his career in London's West End and most recently starred as ‘Gaston’ in Disney’s highly successful, live-action adaptation of the animated classic, Beauty and the Beast. Directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon, the film released in theaters on March 17, 2017 and has grossed over $1.2 million in the worldwide box office.
Evans can next be seen in Annapurna’s Professor Marston & The Wonder Women. The film chronicles the life of Harvard psychologist and inventor Dr. Marston (Evans), who created Wonder Woman, and his relationship with his wife, fellow psychologist and inventor Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall), and their polyamorous relationship with Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote). The film will premiere at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival and opens nationwide on October 27, 2017.
Evans will be seen in TNT’s upcoming drama series The Alienist and stars alongside Daniel Brühl (Rush, Inglorious Bastards). Based on the international best-selling novel by Caleb Carr, the show is set in the Gilded Age of New York City in 1896. Evans plays ‘John Moore’, a newspaper reporter for the New York Times, who is enlisted by newly appointed NYPD commissioner Teddy Roosevelt to track down one of New York’s first serial killers. Brühl’s ‘Dr. Lazlo Kreizler,’ is a doctor who studies deviant behaviors after a series of haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes. The show is slated to premiere on TNT in late 2017.
Evans has also wrapped production on the indie film State Like Sleep starring alongside Kathryn Waterston and Michael Shannon. The drama revolves around the basic need for human connection and love. In 2016, Evans starred in Universal Pictures’ big screen adaptation of the highly successful book of the same name, The Girl on The Train, opposite Emily Blunt and Justin Theroux, directed by Tate Taylor. Evans also starred in Ben Wheatley’s suspense noir film High Rise, for which he received a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the British Independent Film Awards. The Hollywood Reporter recently named Evans one of the Best Performancers of 2016.
In December 2015, Evans reprised his role as the iconic dragon slayer and archery expert, 'Bard the Bowman' in the final installment of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Evans also appeared as ‘Bard’ in the third installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The films were released in December 2014 and 2015 and co-starred Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, and Richard Armitage. Prior to this, Evans was seen in the lead role of the heroic Dragon-slayer Vlad in Gary Shore’s Dracula Untold. The role saw him star alongside Charles Dance, Dominic Cooper, and Sarah Gadon and strengthened his global recognition.
For BBC, Evans starred in Chris Chibnall's The Great Train Robbery as the infamous, real-life train robber "Bruce Reynolds." The special aired in December 2014 and detailed the 2.6 million pound robbery of a Royal Mail train from Glasgow in 1962 and the aftermath when Reynolds spent five years on the run. The mini-series garnered awards recognition from the BAFTA TV committee as well as the Monte Carlo Television Festival.
In Summer 2013, Evans starred as the villain ‘Owen Shaw’ in the sixth installment of Universal's The Fast & Furious franchise. Directed by Justin Lin, the film opened in May and has grossed over $700 million world-wide. He returned to Fast Seven and has also been immortalized in the new Fast & Furious: Super Charged attraction at Universal Studios amusement park.
Between 2010 and 2012, Evans' career began to take off with supporting and starring roles in films such as Immortals for director Tarsem Singh, The Three Musketeers for director Paul Anderson, The Raven starring opposite John Cusack for director James McTeigue and No One Lives for director Ryuhei Kitamura.
Evans first co-starring role came in Fall 2010 when he portrayed the lead role of 'Andy' in acclaimed director Stephen Frears' Tamara Drewe, based on the hugely successful Guardian newspaper comic strip and graphic novel of the same name. This romantic comedy, which premiered at The Cannes Film Festival, told the story of a young newspaper reporter (Gemma Arterton) who returned to the town she grew up in as her family sold her childhood home. Evans gained many fans and turned the heads of critics and journalists both stateside and internationally for his charming performance.
Prior to his film career, Evans had successfully carved out an enviable stage career starring in West End plays and musicals such as La Cava, Boy George's Taboo, Avenue Q, Dickens Unplugged, A Girl Called Dusty, and, at the acclaimed Donmar Warehouse, Small Change and Piaf. His powerful, trained voice and engaging stage presence made him the perfect choice for leading roles such as 'Chris' in Miss Saigon and 'Roger' in Rent.
Evans made his UK feature film debut in the 2009 British Independent Film Academy nominated feature Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. It was Warner Brothers’ action/fantasy/drama Clash of the Titans, however, that put Evans on the map, where he portrayed the charismatic god, 'Apollo.'
After Clash of the Titans, Evans was next seen in the Ridley Scott’s remake of Robin Hood, playing the Sheriff's head henchman to Russell Crowe's interpretation of 'Robin Hood.'
Dakota Fanning, star of TNT's The Alienist
Dakota Fanning - 'Sara Howard'
Dakota Fanning (@dakotafanning) stars in the TNT limited series The Alienist, based on the international bestselling novel by Caleb Carr. She stars opposite Luke Evans and Daniel Brühl.
Last year she was seen in American Pastoral, an adaptation of the novel by Philip Roth. Ewan McGregor directed and stars along with Jennifer Connelly. Fanning plays “Merry,” the Swede’s (McGregor) daughter who becomes a revolutionary and commits an act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.
She can currently be seen in Brimstone for Dutch filmmaker Martin Koolhoven. Fanning plays “Liz” opposite Guy Pearce, Kit Harrington and Carice Van Houten. Reminiscent of The Piano, Brimstone is an epic story of survival and of powerful womanhood and resistance against the unforgiving cruelty of a hell on earth. Liz is the heroine of the film, a genuine survivor and a woman of fearsome strength who responds with astonishing bravery to claim the better life she and her daughter deserve.
In 2014, she starred in director Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves opposite Jesse Eisenberg and Peter Sarsgaard. The film had its world premiere at the 2013 Venice Film Festival and North American premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. It was also the winner of the 2013 Deauville Grand Prize.
Fanning's extensive filmography includes I Am Sam, Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, Man on Fire, War of the Worlds, Uptown Girls, Dreamer, Charlotte's Web, The Secret Life of Bees, The Runaways, The Last of Robin Hood, The Benefactor, Coraline and The Twilight Saga. She is the youngest actor to have been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award® and has also been nominated for numerous Critics' Choice Awards.
Fanning currently attends New York University and is an Artist Ambassador for Save the Children.
Jakob Verbruggen, executive producer & director of TNT's The Alienist
Jakob Verbruggen is the director and executive producer of The Alienist for TNT, Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. He previously directed Black Mirror and the season four finale of House of Cards. He also directed London Spy, starring Ben Wishaw and Jim Broadbent, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Craft Award for Best Director. Among his other credits, Verbruggen directed the BBC crime drama The Fall for Artists Studio. The series, starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Miniseries and was described by The Guardian as “one of the best dramas on the BBC in years.”
Rosalie Swedlin, executive producer of TNT's The Alienist
Rosalie Swedlin is a producer and literary manager at Anonymous Content. She was previously a literary manager, producer and partner at Industry Entertainment for twelve years after having served as a senior vice president at International Creative Management (ICM). Prior to that, Swedlin was an agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) from 1981 – 1991 and was named co-head of the agency’s motion picture department during that time.
In addition to The Alienist, upcoming television projects include a limited series based on the bestselling novel Defending Jacob, adapted by Mark Bomback and to be directed by Morten Tyldum and a television series based on Diksha Basu’s novel The Windfall to be written and directed by Shonali Bose.
Upcoming film projects include Jane Anderson’s adaptation of the bestselling novel The Women in the Castle, a film by Cherien Dabis about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, Haifaa Al Mansour’s adaptation of the Cara Hoffman novel Be Safe I Love You and The Wife, written by Jane Anderson, starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce, which will be premiering at TIFF 2017.
Swedlin also manages a distinguished list of film and television writers and directors.
TBS' Final Space
Conan O'Brien, executive producer of TBS' Final Space
Conan Christopher O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, and he started his path in comedy when he served twice as the president of The Harvard Lampoon. Conan went on to become a writer and producer on several television shows, including Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons, until 1993, when NBC tapped him to take over as host of Late Night. Since then, Conan has hosted two Emmy Awards, the MTV Movie Awards, performed a 32-city live comedy tour, been the subject of a documentary titled Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, and performed at the White House Correspondent's Dinner for two presidents. He's won 3 Emmy Awards and six Writer's Guild Awards for comedy writing, the People's Choice Award for "Favorite Television Host," and is currently helming the show CONAN, now in its 9th season on TBS. With the retirement of David Letterman in 2015, Conan became the longest-working current late-night talk show host in the U. S., celebrating 25 years in 2018.
Olan Rogers, creator, executive producer & star of TBS' Final Space
Olan Rogers (@OlanRogers) aka 'The Tennessee Wonder Child' is a consummate creator best known for his digital content massing over 900k subscribers and soon-to-debut series on TBS, Final Space. Final Space began as a fan-favorite short film which Rogers wrote, directed, voice acted and produced. It was released on his channel in 2016, and quickly sparked a multi-network bidding war, ultimately selling with a series commitment to TBS. Premiering in 2018, Final Space is produced by Conan O’Brien’s Conaco and New Form, with Rogers continuing to serve as Creator and Executive Producer.
In addition to his entertainment career, Rogers founded and owns The Soda Parlor and a clothing brand Star Cadet in Nashville, Tennessee.
Rogers continues to work tirelessly on projects as diverse as special-effects-laden web originals and original animations, a recent sold out stand-up tour of the US, and a science fiction novel. He is based in Los Angeles, California for the present moment.
David Sacks, executive producer of TBS' Final Space
David Sacks is currently executive producing Final Space for TBS — a prime time, animated sci-fi serialized comedy action adventure which he developed for Television with Olan Rogers. Born and raised in New York City, David Sacks attended Harvard College, where he wrote for The Harvard Lampoon.
Among the shows Sacks has worked for are The Simpsons, where he won an Emmy Award, Third Rock from the Sun where he won a Golden Globe Award, the original Live Action Tick, and Regular Show. He created, Lewis Black’s: The Root of All Evil, which featured weekly match ups like “Disney vs. Scientology”, in a quest to find the most evil thing in the world.
In addition, Sacks does a weekly podcast on iTunes called Spiritual Tools for an Outrageous World based on ideas drawn from science, psychology, and Jewish Mystical thought. He is invited to speak around the world.
Tika Sumpter, star of TBS' Final Space
As an accomplished actor and producer, Tika Sumpter (@iamtikasumpter) has established herself as one of Hollywood’s rising stars. Most recently she delivered what Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter called, “a spot-on performance” as “Michelle Obama” in Miramax’s feature film Southside With You, which she co-produced with John Legend.
Previous feature credits include Universal’s hit action comedy franchise Ride Along, opposite Kevin Hart and Ice Cube; HBO’s Emmy-winning miniseries Bessie, with Queen Latifah; and Universal's award-winning James Brown biopic Get On Up with Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Chadwick Boseman. Sumpter will next be seen in the upcoming Fox Searchlight feature The Old Man And The Gun, alongside Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, and Elisabeth Moss and the independent feature The Pages opposite Jamie Lee Curtis.
On television, Sumpter is known for her work on OWN’s highest-rated series The Haves And The Have Nots. Tika stars as 'Candace Young' in the one-hour drama written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry. Her past television credits include the CW’s Gossip Girl, BET’s The Game and the Daytime, Emmy award-winning soap opera, One Life To Live, which garnered her an NAACP Image Award nomination.
TBS' Miracle Workers
Daniel Radcliffe, executive producer and star of TBS' Miracle Workers
Daniel Radcliffe - 'Craig'
DANIEL RADCLIFFE most recently starred in the survivalist film Jungle, the true-life story of Yossi Ghinsberg who was stranded alone in the Amazon jungle. He will next be seen in the feature Beast of Burden playing a drug runner with only an hour to deliver his illegal cargo. Radcliffe is also filming his first US TV series, TBS’ comedy series Miracle Workers. Written by Simon Rich and adapted from his own book What in God’s Name: A Novel. The series launches with seven episodes in 2018. Radcliffe serves as executive producer.
Radcliffe also starred opposite Michael Caine in Now You See Me 2, and opposite Paul Dano in A24’s indie hit Swiss Army Man, as well as in Imperium, a thriller inspired by real events about white supremacists in America. He also won rave reviews for his performance as Rosencrantz, opposite Josh McGuire’s Guildenstern, in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at The Old Vic, London. And last year he completed a sell out run of Privacy, a timely play at NYC’s The Public Theatre about the digital age and technology.
Prior to this, Radcliffe starred opposite James McAvoy in the feature film Victor Frankenstein and in the BBC telefilm The Gamechangers. In 2014 he starred in the horror-thriller Horns and the romantic comedy What If and in the previous year Sony Pictures Classics’ Kill Your Darlings. On stage, he starred as Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Martin McDonagh’s comic masterpiece. The play made its way to Broadway from London’s West End, where it debuted the summer of 2013.
Since completing the final installment in the series of eight Harry Potter films in 2010, Radcliffe quickly proved himself a diverse talent. In 2011, he starred in a 10 month sell-out run of the Broadway musical ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’. The following year Radcliffe starred in the horror/thriller The Woman in Black. He also starred opposite Jon Hamm in two seasons of the TV mini-series, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, a comedy drama based on a collection of short stories by celebrated Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov.
Radcliffe first appeared on stage in 2007 as Alan Strang, playing opposite Richard Griffiths, in Peter Shaffer’s Equus. Directed by Thea Sharrock, the play then transferred from London’s West End to Broadway in 2008.
A lifelong fan of The Simpsons, Radcliffe has lent his voice twice to the show. First, to the character of a brooding vampire named Edmund for the show’s “Treehouse of Horror XXI” special entitled “Tweenlight,” which aired November 2010. He then voiced the character Diggs, a new transfer student whom Bart befriends. Previously, Radcliffe made a guest appearance as himself in the HBO/BBC series Extras. He has also lent his voice to Robot Chicken and BoJack Horseman.
Steve Buscemi, executive producer and star of TBS' Miracle Workers
Steve Buscemi - 'God'
STEVE BUSCEMI has built a career out of portraying some of the most unique and unforgettable characters in recent cinema.
Buscemi has won an Independent Spirit Award, The New York Film Critics Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in MGM’s Ghost World directed by Terry Zwigoff, co-starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson. He was also nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Emmy for his role as Tony Blundetto in season five of The Sopranos and received Guest Actor Emmy nominations for his appearances on NBC’s 30 Rock and IFC’s Portlandia. He was nominated for a Lola, from the German Film Academy Awards, for his work in John Rabe, which was directed by Academy Award winning director Florian Gallenberger and stars an International cast.
He starred in the HBO drama, Boardwalk Empire which garnered him a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Emmy nominations.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Buscemi began to show an interest in drama while in his last year of high school. Soon after, he moved to Manhattan to study acting with John Strasberg. There he and a fellow actor/writer Mark Boone Junior began writing and performing their own theatre pieces in performance spaces and downtown theaters. This soon led to Steve being cast in his first lead role in Bill Sherwood's Parting Glances as a musician with AIDS.
Since this impressive breakout performance, Buscemi has become the actor of choice for some of the most respected directors in the business. His resume includes Martin Scorsese's New York Stories, Jim Jarmusch's Coffee And Cigarettes, and Mystery Train, for which he received an IFP Spirit Award Nomination, Alexandre Rockwell's Somebody To Love, and the 1992 Sundance Film Festival Jury Award-winner In The Soup, Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, for which he received an IFP Spirit Award for his stand out performance as Mr. Pink, the Coen Brothers' Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, the Academy Award-winning Fargo and The Big Lebowski, Twenty Bucks, Tom DiCillo's Double Whammy and his Sundance Film Festival Award-winning Living In Oblivion with Dermot Mulroney and Catherine Keener, Desperado, Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead, Robert Altman's Kansas City, John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. with Kurt Russell, Jerry Bruckheimer Productions’ Con Air and Armageddon, Stanley Tucci's The Imposters, the HBO telefilm The Laramie Project, Love In The Time Of Money, Tim Burton’s Big Fish, Michael Bay’s The Island, Terry Zwigoff’s Art School Confidential, I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry with Adam Sandler, I Think I Love My Wife with Chris Rock and numerous cameo appearances in films such as Rising Sun, The Hudsucker Proxy, Big Daddy, Pulp Fiction, and The Wedding Singer. Buscemi’s recent screen credits include Miguel Arteta’s Youth In Revolt, Oren Moverman’s directorial debut, The Messenger, Rampart, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opposite Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, Grown Ups 2 opposite Adam Sandler, Time Out of My Mind, and Norman from director Joseph Cedar.
Buscemi has provided the voices for characters in many animated features including Pixar’s Monsters, Inc., Columbia Pictures’ Final Fantasy and can be heard in the feature version of the children’s classic Charlotte's Web as the voice of “Templeton” the rat. He was the voice of "Nebbercracker" in Sony Pictures’ Oscar nominated animated film Monster House, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, and the voice of Scamper in MGM’s Igor opposite John Cusack. His other voice credits include G-Force produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for Disney, and Columbia Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2 as the voice of "Wayne" Buscemi reprised his role as the voice of Randall Boggs in Pixar’s Monsters University the sequel to Monsters, Inc. He was most recently heard opposite Alec Baldwin in the DreamWorks Animation film The Boss Baby.
In addition to his talents as an accomplished actor, Buscemi has proven to be a respected writer and director. His first project was a short film entitled What Happened to Pete which was featured at several film festivals including Rotterdam and LoCarno, and which aired on the Bravo Network.
He marked his full-length feature film directorial debut with TreesLounge, which he also wrote and starred in. The film, which co-starred Chloë Sevigny, Sam Jackson, and Anthony LaPaglia, made its debut in the Directors' Fortnight at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Buscemi’s second feature film as a director, Animal Factory told the story about a young man sent to prison for an unjustly harsh sentence, who eventually becomes a product of his environment. The film, based on a book by Edward Bunker, starred Willem Dafoe and Edward Furlong, and premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
IFC released his third directorial feature, Lonesome Jim a comedy-drama about a dysfunctional family, starring Casey Affleck and Liv Tyler. It was named one of the year’s top ten independent films by the National Board of Review, and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
In 2007, Sony Pictures Classics released Interview which Buscemi also co-wrote, directed, and starred in with Sienna Miller. This Theo Van Gogh remake premiered the Sundance Film Festival that same year.
In A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY, a film by Oscar nominated director Liz Garbus and Buscemi (a former New York City firefighter) for HBO, Buscemi explores what it’s like to work in one of the most demanding fire departments in the world, where going to work means risking it all. From old New York to the post-9/11 landscape, the film reveals the immense mental and physical toll that fire-fighting takes on individuals, and on the community borne out of sharing an incredible responsibility.
Buscemi’s directing work also includes numerous television credits, including HBO’s Homicide: Life on the Street for which he was nominated for a DGA Award, and HBO’s The Sopranos for which he was nominated for an Emmy and DGA Award for directing the “Pine Barrens” episode during the third season. He has directed episodes of the Emmy Award winning show 30 Rock, Showtime’s critically acclaimed drama Nurse Jackie starring Edie Falco, IFC’s Portlandia as well as the Netflix series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Love.
Buscemi started a New York based independent film and television production company in 2008, called Olive Productions, with Actor/Director Stanley Tucci and Producer Wren Arthur. The company produces an eclectic array of TV projects as well as narrative and documentary films. Using its combined and extensive experience, the company’s mandate is to tell stories with great characters, humor, and compassion. Olive recently signed a multi-year overall television first-look deal with global indie Entertainment One.
Park Bench With Steve Buscemi is a critically acclaimed and award winning web-series for AOL, produced by Olive Productions and Radical Media. The show features Buscemi and his titular bench in a variety of locations throughout his hometown, talking to everyday New Yorkers as well as celebrity friends. The show earned an Emmy for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series in 2016.
In the fall of 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Buscemi as a member of the Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission. The Commission, comprised of appointees from a diverse array of cultural and artistic organizations and practices, advises Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl on issues impacting NYC's cultural community.
Steve recently co-starred in the critically acclaimed web series Horace And Pete. He will soon be seen in Armando Iannucci’s political satire The Death Of Stalin and in the feature film Lean On Pete from director Andrew Haigh. He also appears in Channel 4 (UK) and Amazon Prime’s anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. He will reprise his role as the voice of “Wayne” in Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation set for release July 13, 2018. He will next co-star opposite Daniel Radcliffe in TBS’ anthology comedy series Miracle Workers, executive produced by Lorne Michaels.
Simon Rich, executive producer of TBS' Miracle Workers
Simon Rich is a screenwriter, showrunner and novelist. In film, he most recently wrote a Dr. Dolittle reboot for 20th Century Fox and Image Agents for 20th Century Fox Animation and Boom! In television, he is currently the executive producer of Miracle Workers for TBS, which will star Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi and air next year. He created this series off his own book, What in God’s Name. Most recently, he created and ran FXX’s critically-acclaimed Man Seeking Woman, starring Jay Baruchel and Eric Andre. Previously in film, Simon has written for Inside Out, The Secret Lives of Pets and The BFG. Rich was one of the youngest writers ever hired on Saturday Night Live and served as a staff writer for Pixar. He has published two novels and three collections of humor pieces, several of which appeared in The New Yorker, and his novels and short stories have been translated into over a dozen languages. Point Grey is producing his novella, The Sell Out, with Seth Rogen set to star and Jonathan Krisel set to direct. While at Harvard, Simon was president of the Lampoon.
Karan Soni star of TBS' Miracle Workers
Karan Soni - 'God's right hand man'
KARAN SONI was born and raised in New Delhi, India. He emigrated to Los Angeles to study theater and film at the University of Southern California. His feature debut was in Colin Trevorrow’s 2012 Sundance darling, Safety Not Guaranteed. He then landed a series regular role on Amazon's first original series Betas as well as Paul Feig’s Yahoo sitcom Other Space.
In 2016, he appeared in Marvel's smash hit blockbuster "Deadpool," which ended its theatrical run as the highest grossing R-rated movie ever. Karan reunited with Feig in Sony’s reboot of Ghostbusters alongside Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig. He can also be seen in Rough Night, Office Christmas Party and Goosebumps. Karan was a series regular on the Starz comedy series Blunt Talk with Patrick Stewart. Next year he will also be seen in the indie dramedy "Monumental" and Brie Larson’s comedy feature, Unicorn Store. In 2017 Karan appeared in HBO’s hit series Silicon Valley and also appeared in the Duplass Brothers’ latest series Room 104. He can also be seen this fall on ABC’s The Goldbergs.
Geraldine Viswanathan, star of TBS' Miracle Workers
Geraldine Viswanathan - 'Eliza'
Geraldine Viswanathan (@yoyogeraldinev) is an Australian multi-hyphenate who will next be seen in the lead role of ‘Kayla’ in Universal’s Blockers opposite Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena, produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and directed by Kat Cannon. Geraldine recently shot the lead role of ‘Becky’ in the Netflix comedy feature Eggplant Emoji, produced by Red Hour and the Workaholics (Adam Devine, Anders Holm, Blake Anderson, Kyle Newacheck).