11 names.

Avi Lerner

Nu Image, Inc. Co-Chairman and principal Avi Lerner is one of the most experienced, prolific and successful independent filmmakers of our time. A well respected feature film producer and distributor, Lerner's reputation, business acumen and impact on the motion picture industry is known worldwide.

Recently labeled The Most Unlikely Movie Mogul by The Hollywood Reporter, Lerner's career has taken to him to all corners of the earth, and producing over 300 films in 20 years. Born and raised in Israel, Lerner began his film career as manger of Israel's first drive-in cinema. He now covers the globe traveling to Nu Image/Millennium Films' multiple productions. Life has changed dramatically since his drive-in theater beginnings. Yet Lerner stays true to his Israeli roots. He goal is producing quality films of well crafted material with exceptional talent and made responsibly.

Lerner anticipated the explosion of home video rental in l979 and founded the largest specialized video distribution company in Israel, and becoming a partner in the largest theatrical distribution company in the country.

In 1984, he executive produced the remake of "King Solomon's Mines" and the sequel "Alan Quartermain and the Lost City of Gold" on location in Zimbabwe. He then sold his Israeli company and relocated to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he founded the Nu Metro Entertainment Group. He went on to own and operate theaters, a video distribution division representing top studios and independent companies, and a production arm that made over 60 features in Zimbabwe and South Africa which were distributed worldwide by major studios.

Lerner's next professional moves were to sell Nu Metro and to join MGM United Artists while still producing movies. A year later he moved to Los Angeles where he founded Nu Image with Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short and Danny Lerner. A string of successful films followed with Nu Image developing the enviable reputation as a producer and distributor of high quality, low to mid budget action pictures for the international and domestic markets.

In 1996 Nu Image formed Millennium Films to address the market's growing need for quality theatrical films and higher budget action features, while Nu Image continued to cater to the lucrative international home-video market. Between the two divisions, over 230 films have been produced since 1992.

Robert A. Halmi

Founder of the Hallmark Channel and Emmy; Award winner Robert Halmi Jr. currently serves as Chairman of Great Point Media Ltd., which provides financing and financial services to the television industry. His career as a film producer began in 1980 with Wilson's Reward, which garnered numerous awards, including a gold medal at the Houston Film Festival. He has produced more than 200 movies and miniseries for television, including Dreamkeeper, Dinotopia, Arabian Nights, The 10th Kingdom, Cleopatra, Alice in Wonderland, The Baby Dance and Lonesome Dove, which earned seven Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries. Recent Halmi Jr. "event" productions include Neverland, Treasure Island, Tin Man, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven, King Solomon's Mines, La Femme Musketeer, Frankenstein, Frederick Forsyth's Icon, Supernova, Jules Verne's Mysterious Island and The Poseidon Adventure. Other recent projects include the Flash Gordon and Farscape series, both produced for Syfy. His other more recent television movies also include Street Warrior, Mask of the Ninja, Depth Charge, Ring of Death, Grave Misconduct, The Deadliest Lesson (aka Detention), Backwoods, Finish Line, Primal Doubt, Dark Beauty (aka Black Widow), The Governor's Wife (aka Deadly Suspicion), Crash And Burn, Black Friday, Sharpshooter, Panic Button (aka Point of Entry) and While The Children Sleep (aka The Sitter), among many others. In 1984, at age 26, Halmi Jr. became President of RHI Entertainment Inc. (RHI) a publicly traded entertainment company founded by his father. In 1994, RHI was sold to Hallmark Cards Inc. and Halmi Jr. became President and CEO of Hallmark Entertainment, the successor to RHI. For over a decade, Hallmark Entertainment was the largest supplier of movies and miniseries in the television industry, garnering more Emmy nominations for television movies than any other production company in the history of television. Under Halmi Jr.'s guidance, Hallmark Entertainment produced over 2,000 hours of television programming. These shows received 458 Emmy; nominations and have garnered 105 Emmy Awards. From 1994-2005, Hallmark Entertainment provided four of the top five highest rated US miniseries and movies made for television, including 2004's highest rated original movie, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Their productions also topped the ratings charts of the major basic cable networks: Earthsea for Syfy Channel (their highest rated miniseries in 2005), Meet the Santas for Hallmark Channel (highest rated in the history of the network at the time), and Human Trafficking for Lifetime, the highest rated miniseries on basic cable for 2005. In 1995, Halmi Jr. was instrumental in forming Crown Media Holdings, where he founded The Hallmark Channel. The Hallmark Channel delivers high quality, broad appeal, entertainment programming. In 2000, Crown Media went public on the Nasdaq stock exchange. In January 2006, Halmi Jr., along with members of senior management and affiliates, acquired all the ownership interest in Hallmark Entertainment, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Hallmark Cards) and re-launched the company as RHI Entertainment, LLC. In June 2011, Robert Halmi Jr. left RHI to form Great Point Media where he serves as Chairman. Great Point Media, produces, distributes, and finances television, feature films and music.

Paul F. Bernard

Paul Bernard is an established producer, director and assistant director in film and television. Having over 20 years of experience in the industry, he lived and worked in New York City for 15 year, before relocating to Los Angeles 7 years ago, and has traveled all over the world producing film and television. Along with his producing partner, James Scura, Bernard specializes in producing studio quality movies on independent budgets, but is no stranger to working on films with $100 million budgets.

Throughout the years, Mr. Bernard has had the opportunity to work closely with many talented directors and producers, such as Oliver Stone, Woody Allen, Michael Ritchie, Brian DePalma, Tim Burton, Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Peter Berg, Neil Jordon, Michael Mann, James Brooks, John Singleton, Doug Liman, James Wong, Cameron Crowe, among many others, and has maintained good working relationship with all of them.

Between 2008-2012, Bernard produced and co-executive produced five seasons of the TNT hit television series, Leverage, executive produced by Dean Devlin (Independence Day, The Patriot), created by John Rogers (Transformers), and starring Academy Award Winner, Timothy Hutton.

During the fall of 2011, Bernard co-executive produced a FX pilot, Legit, while simultaneously producing a CBS pilot, Scent of the Missing, for Executive Producer, Carol Mendelsohn (Executive Producer of CSI: Miami, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: New York).

In 2010, Bernard produced White Irish Drinkers, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. Written and directed by the creator of Ghost Whisperer, John Gray, the film features the talents of Stephan Lang (Avatar) and Karen Allen (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), and was nominated for the 2010 Gotham Independent Film "Genius Award."

Other notable credits of Mr. Bernard's include, A Fork in the Road, directed by Jim Kouf, featuring Jamie King; Follow the Profit, directed by Drew Ann Rosenberg, featuring Robert Chimento, Diane Venora, Annie Burgstede; Blank Slate, directed by John Harrison, featuring Eric Stoltz, Clancy Brown; The Air I Breathe, directed by Jieho Lee, featuring Forest Whitaker, Kevin Bacon, Brendon Fraser; The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines, directed by Jonathan Frakes, featuring Noah Wyle, Gabrielle Anwar; Trust the Man, directed by Bart Freundlich, featuring Julianne Moore, David Duchovny, Billy Crudup; Venus and Vegas, directed by Demian Lichtenstein, featuring Donald Faison, Jamie Pressly; Passionada, directed by Dan Ireland, featuring Jason Isaacs, Sophia Milos, Emmy Rossum; and Loose Woman, directed by Mr. Bernard himself, featuring Charlie Sheen, Keith David, Giancarlo Esposito.

In addition to Producing, Mr. Bernard has accumulated numerous Assistant Director credits in both TV and film throughout his career. Such credits include, Leverage, White Irish Drinkers, Sugarloaf, The Marc Pease Experience, Dragonball Evolution, A Fork in the Road, Follow the Prophet, The Air I Breathe, The Kingdom, Ghost Whisperer, Trust the Man, NYPD Blue, Raising Helen, Spanglish, Leo, Day After Tomorrow, Vanilla Sky, The Patriot, Any Given Sunday, Three Kings, The Siege, Godzilla, Mars Attacks!, Mission: Impossible, City Hall, Die Hard With A Vengeance and Interview With A Vampire.

In addition to his background in film production, Mr. Bernard also has experience producing music events and concert tours, serving as Line Producer and Production Manager for the Grateful Dead Summer Tour 92', Billy Joel PBS Concert 93' and Pete Towndsend's Psychoderelict 93'.

Mr. Bernard graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Film from the University of South Carolina.

Richard Albiston

Richard Albiston was born in Rugby, Warwickshire in 1989, but was raised and educated in Lancashire. After writing, producing & directing a werewolf short, Something Evil, Something Dangerous in 2009, he worked for a short period for cult Italian producer Ovidio G Assonitis and his film establishment KOA Film/Charlie 'O' Communications in Rome.

He then went to work for former Chairman of The Cannon Group Inc & Academy Award nominated filmmaker Menahem Golan, writing an original screenplay under Mr Golan's guidance, Allan Quatermain & the Jewel of the East, a sequel to the earlier Golan produced films King Solomon's Mines & Allan Quatermain & the Lost City of Gold with Richard Chamberlian and Sharon Stone. His other screenplay projects included The Return of the Delta Force, Zombi: They Live! and the long gestated supernatural thriller The Golem, all with Menahem Golan.

Since Mr Golan's passing in 2014, Richard has worked at the new company, Cannon Films Ltd, based in Lancaster, England and continues to develop and produce original material, along with the projects developed under Menahem Golan.

Frank V. Phillips

Frank Van Tuyl Phillips ASC was a child of Hollywood. As a child he was a neighborhood kid near Walt Disney's original garage studio. Like many others he played in the animated/live action series that Disney did. Dreaming of a football career at Notre Dame while attending Hollywood High School he was befriended by the son of the manager of the Grumman's Chinese Theater. There was an opening for a summer job at Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios. Frank signed up to work in the laboratory shipping department and was responsible for shipping the original silent "Ben Hur". Hanging around the studio he observed the intricacies of the camera and how sophisticated and in control the cinematographer was. He turned down upwardly mobile opportunities for the chance to become a film loader in the camera department. He slowly moved up the ladder with the help of life long friend, Harry Stradling Sr. ASC who took him under his wing, moving him up from loader to assistant cameraman. In time Frank was ready to operate and was given the opportunity on "King Solomon's Mine" and "Singing in the Rain". He decided there were more opportunities at other studios moving into second unit photography on several CinemaScope features before he decided to drop back down to camera operator on George Stevens "Giant". The television industry was looking for experienced young men hoping to become cinematographers. Frank's first full fledged job as director of photography was on the television series, "Navy Log". From there he became a sought after series cameraman on the hit series "Have Gun Will Travel", "Gunsmoke" and "Hawaii 5-0". Having done some 2nd Unit photography for Walt Disney on Mary Poppins, The Gnome-mobile" and Lt. Robinson Crusoe" he was offered a contract to work full time on many of Disney's television projects and feature films. His features at Disney included "Bedknobs and Broomsticks", "Scandalous John" (a beautifully photographed Panavision feature - very unusual for Disney) and "The Black Hole" for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. Frank has two daughters from his first marriage, Diane and Corliss and many grandchildren. He is godfather to Phillip H. Wagner, a Google Educator and son of cinematographer Roy H. Wagner ASC. Frank had many interests aside from cinematography. He loved the outdoors, gardening and raising race horses. He was a gentle kind man and, like his mentor Harry Stradling, a gifted teacher.

Innocent Choda

The name is Innocent Choga .Acted and did stunts in King Solomon's mines and Jake Speed.He was trained in stunts by Peter Diamond along with other fourteen stunt specials. He is a former Zimbabwean bodybuilding champion .He won the title a record six times.Record standing for twenty two years now. He has been married to Grace since 1990 .Has three children Carillon Tawanda ,Victoria Rutendo and Innocent Chisango Junior .

Jerry Robbins

As Co-founder of the Colonial Radio Theatre on the Air (celebrating its 21st Anniversary in 2016), Jerry has written, produced, and acted in over 650 Audio Dramas, including Ticonderoga, Captain Blood, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Gettysburg, Logan's Run Last Day, Beacon Hill, King Solomon's Mines, The Star Angel, Yankee Clipper, Vincent Price Presents, and Buck Alice And The Actor Robot with Star Trek legend Walter Koenig. His most popular series with Colonial Radio is the long running western, Powder River.

His audio dramas appeared six days a week on Sirius XM Radio from 2005-2013.

In 2006 he started a collaboration with legendary author Ray Bradbury, producing Dandelion Wine, followed by Something Wicked This Way Comes, and wrote the script for, and produced The Halloween Tree, and The Martian Chronicles - all were award winning productions. Other awards include two Parents Choice Awards, two Mark Time Awards, five Ogle Awards, an Audiofile Magazine Earphone Award (The War of the Worlds) and two nominations for the Audie Award for Best Audio Drama (The Star Angel, The War of the Worlds). He has appeared in over 100 stage productions and several films and Television programs.

His first screenplay is "Jimmy and the Star Angel," which received a high rating on "The Black List" in the category of animation.

Charles Norton

Charles Norton grew up in North Carolina and was very susceptible to colds, flu, etc. In the third grade he was sick in bed for the entire school year. The doctors told his parents that they would have to move to Florida for his health or construct a cottage at the beach to build him up, which they did at Atlantic Beach. By the time he was 9 years old his family had the cottage and he spent the summers swimming in the ocean and became a strong swimmer and rider of waves. He was the best on the beach and swam in all weather including storms.

When he was ten a boy took him sailing in a small sailboat. He fell in love with sailing immediately. The fact that you could utilize the wind to take you where you wanted to go was marvelous to him. He began sailing as crew in a racing scow the style of which dated back for centuries and the time of the Vikings. The old salts used hiking boards for ballast which they switched from side to side. No decks, about 22 feet long. They would sail in the ocean with 6 or 7 man crews and he'd be on the floor of the boat with a scooper bailing water over the side. The young man who owned the boat (which was fully equipped for racing), which utilized a storm jib, reefing, topsail, spinnaker and hiking boards was named Buzz Mitchell. The skipper was tough and he and his crew won most of their races against the old salts that had generations of experience. They demanded Norton get the water out which was hard work because the water poured over the gunnels without the obstruction that decks would have provided. It gave him great experience and an understanding of the ruthlessness of racing in heavy weather. But they supported him in learning and this was one of his lessons at a young age. Hard work under pressure with no let up. The point was to win and these were the sacrifices.

The next year he persuaded his father to buy him a 15 foot boat and spent the summer learning to sail by himself. He and his friends would turn the boat over in the middle of the sound and swim it to an island, turn it back up and start sailing again. His father realized how much he loved sailing and the following year had a Comet built for him which cost about $250 at the time. It was a miniature "Star", a sailboat known world wide, Charles rented a "Star" in Portofino years later and sailed around that area.

He and his friends quickly had a fleet of about 22 Comets. Initially one person was winning most of the races but during his boyhood illness he had become a tremendous reader and held on to this when he became well. He read a book called "The Aerodynamics of Sails" by Manifred Curry. To this day this book provides any sailor with an easy to understand explanation of why sails work. It elucidates the tools and knowledge needed to come out on top using tactics and strategy. He began to win all the races and set course records all over the Carolinas. And here he was only 11 years old!

When he was 15 he sailed his boat "The Popeye" 800 miles to New York and the Worlds Fair. The New York Herald Tribune says his arrival was at the Battery Pier A Thursday at 4 PM. They were featured on the cover of all the New York News Papers and the Christian Science Monitor on Friday August 2nd. It was remarked in the paper that not since Lindberg's historic flight across the Atlantic has there been such a hero's welcome in New York City. One person remarked that you might as well try to see the President. He was given the Key to New York City by the Mayor, a Trip around New York in the Mayor's Yacht with an escort and then the boat was put on view at the New York Worlds Fair in the Maritime Building with an escort around the fair and into all the exhibits through side doors. No waiting in line. This was 1940 and their was closed Circuit Television from the FAIR and he was on it. He was given many Honors for the sailing trip to New York. He was made a member of the Quiz Kids Hall of Fame and also Boy of the Month in "Youth of Today" and "Boys Life".

His competitors in races had accused his boat of not being regulation with more dead-rise in the bow than the other Comets. Years later he kept his boat at the Larchmont Yacht Club on Long Island Sound having been offered free berth because of all he had done for sailing. He worked in New York at CBS and because of his heavy schedule he raced in only one race week at Larchmont which is a 7 day race. Because of his job he could only race three days out of the seven and he took two first places and a second but he couldn't conceive that he could win anything overall so he didn't go to the banquet and found out later that he had indeed one a third place trophy as his time was that good on the three days he raced. Larchmont had his boat measured before the race and it conformed totally to the Comet measurements dispelling the earlier claims that it was not regulation.

He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1949 with a BA in English and Minors in Business and Dramatics. Membership in the Honors Society, "The Order of the Old Well", in recognition of High Attainment in Scholarship and Leadership was conferred on him at that time. He was captain of the University Boxing Team and won two Gold Medals in pole vaulting. He is a Navy Veteran having served during World War II and was stationed at Guantanamo air station in Cuba. He had made the highest qualifying grades for Air Corps training in his squadron and was made Assistant to the Duty Officer while awaiting call up for flight training. The war ended and he returned to Carolina.

He started in the mail-room at CBS in 1950 and was later accepted into the Directors Guild of America in 1952. He became Assistant to Robert Stevens, Producer and Director of "Suspense" and performed the jobs of script supervisor and stage manager as well. Essentially they did everything to prepare the show and on the day of the live shoot a crew and First Assistant Director were brought in. Robert Mulligan who had been Steven's assistant prior to Charlie was the First Assistant who came in. He went directly to Hollywood to Direct "To Kill a Mocking Bird" with Gregory Peck who won the Oscar for his performance. When Charlie went to work for CBS, he signed a contract that they would own anything he created while there so he left CBS to produce a pilot film based on four books by William B. Seabrook which he optioned. His technical advisor was Dr. J.B. Rhine of Duke University Head of the Department of Para Psychology and author of the acclaimed book "New World of the Mind". The Pilot Film Charles Produced Starred Franchot Tone, Darren McGavin, John Baragrey, Robert Middleton and Blanche Yurka. It was directed by Harold Young who had Directed "The Scarlett Pimpernell" with Merle Oberon and Leslie Howard. He directed 75 other films as well. Charles rejected a deal with CBS to produce the series because they wanted a different producer who was familiar with California production. They offered him the job of Assistant Producer. He turned it down at the advice of his attorney and never had another solid offer. The pilot is written up on the Internet and can be purchased on a DVD entitled, "Lights Out."

He returned to work at NBC as Staff Associate Director and Directed episodes for "Wide, Wide, World" and other shows. He left N.B.C. to form a Company with James Hammerstein, Son of Oscar. They had a screenplay written by Norman Brooks who had written "Fragile Fox", an acclaimed play on Broadway, which was made into the successful motion picture "Attack" by Robert Aldrich and starring Jack Palance and Eddie Albert.

Through Lillian Small their Agent, they made contact with David Miller, who was in New York Directing "Happy Anniversary" with David Niven and Mitze Gaynor. David wanted to direct the movie but first wished to supervise a rewrite of the Screenplay. Jim and I agreed that was a good idea and thought it would be cheaper to take the writer and his wife to California than pay per diem to David and have him stay in New York. Wrong, they should have done it by mail and then they would have had a paper trail. They refused an umbrella deal with Columbia which Lillian engineered. Another big mistake.

Money ran out and Norton headed back to North Carolina with his wife and two daughters and within 2 weeks landed a position as Director of Public Information at the Research Triangle Institute where he was given top security clearance and wrote news releases to the papers on projects that were government financed. RTI had an annual report done the year before by an Advertising Agency that he wanted to improve on. Charles was given the assignment and wrote and laid out a report style that is still being followed.

After this, he was asked by the Mayor of Durham to try to bring the School of Performing Arts to the Research Triangle. He brought Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Hillsboro together and made a pitch. Winston Salem out pledged us and won the Contract. Richard Adler, Sidney Blackman, Agnes DeMille and Mayor Grebarak then asked Charles to start a professional Equity Theater in Durham which he did with Buck Roberts. They cast in New York and had a successful season. In addition, Charles brought Wayne Rogers, a friend from California, to star in one of the plays. Also, he brought Rick Wyler to Star in "Streetcar" with Mary Jane Wells.

When Charles directed his first Television Show, he shot 15 5/8 pages the first day with 3 moves, totally startling everyone, and brought the entire show in 7 hours ahead of schedule. It turned out to be one of their best episodes. He directed a second episode "Bang,Bang,Bang" starring a monkey.

He directed "No Hard Feelings" in Africa, a picture which he also wrote and which contained 7 original songs by Jim Wetherly who wrote "Midnight Train to Georgia". Jimmy Haskell wrote the music. It was an action movie he had been inspired to write about rapes that were taking place on the U.C.L.A. campus when his daughter was arranging to go there. He wanted to alert the board of Governors to ways they could protect their Students and Secretaries.

The picture, which he brought in a week ahead of schedule, received two stars in "Movie Guide" when J. Lee Thompson's Film, "King Solomon's Mines", starring Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone and John Rhys-Davies received a "Turkey." For bringing it in a week ahead of schedule, the company gave him a free trip to the Sabi-Sabi Game reserve which was a tremendous thrill.

Charles had studied directing in University and with Lee Strasberg at the American Theatre Wing while working as an Associate Director at NBC. Charles trained many of the 2nd Assistant Director "Trainees" for the DGA and has lectured at several universities on film Production. He gave a three hour lecture at the Art Center College of Design that was very well received. His daughter graduated there in Illustration) and was just named teacher of the year at the "Pace Academy" in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Mischa Spoliansky

Mischa Spoliansky, the distinguished composer who was born on December 28, 1898 in Bialystok, Russia, was forced forced to flee his native Russia after the Revolution of 1905 and then his adopted Germaany after the Hitler's rise to power. His family emigrated to Germany in 1905. The product of a musical family - he was the son of an opera singer - young Mischa was a prodigy, giving his first concert at the age of 10.

After studying music, Spoliansky joined the booming theatrical and cabaret life of Weimar Berlin, writing popular musical revues and establishing a reputation as a more upbeat version of Kurt Weill. Among the notable people of the theater he worked with were the director Max Reinhardt and the actress Marlene Dietrich. Spoliansky's musical "Zwei Krawatten" was filmed in 1930. He ven appeared as the Piano Man in a film, "Nie wieder Liebe" (1931).

In 1933, he moved his family to England, where he was commissioned by film-maker Alexander Korda of London Films to write the scores of "Sanders of the River" (1935), which won the prize for Best Music at the Venice Film Fesitval, and "The Ghost Goes West" (1935). He scored over 50 movies in his 40 years as a composer in England, including the original scores for "King Solomon's Mines" (1937) and Otto Preminger's "Saint Joan" (1957).

Known for writing music that well-suited the film, Spoliansky probably wasn't more famous because he did most of his composing for comedies, whereas better-known British composers such as Benjamim Britten and William Walton typically scored more prestigious dramatic pictures. His last score was for the somber "Hitler: The Last Ten Days" (1973).

Mischa Spoliansky died on June 28, 1985 in London, England of natural causes.

Interest in the late composer is on the rise: Spoliansky's 1931 musical comedy "Send for Mr Plim" was revived at Lodon's Battersea Arts Centre in 1999, where it received critical kudos and has since been re-staged across Europe, including a production at the Covent Garden Festival in 2000 and a 2001 radio broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Spoliansky's autobiography, edited by his daughter Irmgard, was slated to be published in Germany in 2004, with an English translation set to follow.

Nkhensani Mlondzo

Nkhensani Mlondzo was born and lives in South Africa, where she graduated drama and has a National Diploma from Technikon Pretoria. During her studies, was involved in a number of local productions as well as "Macbeth" and "Beauty En Die Bees". In the summer of 2003 she was cast for the role of Foulata, a tribal witch in the TV feature, the remark of H. Rider Hagyard's novel "King Solomon's Mines" with co star Patrick Swayze.

Michael L. Games

Michael L. Games was born 29 January 1952 in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesian (modern day Zimbabwe), a second generation African. On completing his education, Michael was "called-up" for compulsory national service by the Rhodesian Defense Force, then in the throes of a guerrilla war in defense of its "illegal" declaration of independence from Britain in 1965.

On completion of his national service & with no real sense of direction, Michael fell into the fashion business where he quickly established himself as Manager of the country's premier fashion boutique chain of John Lance, Fashion for Men, with a branch in every city of the country. Increasing demands by the Rhodesian government for extended compulsory military call-ups, beyond national service, took its toll on the nation & its people. Michael resigned from his adventures in the rag trade in 1976 at a time when work opportunities were few & far between in an ailing Rhodesia.

Hollywood came to town and Michael got to taste the magic of the mystery that is the 'movies'. Flying in the face of good sense, Salvatore Alabiso, an Italian Producer, flew into Victoria Falls to make not one, but two movies, set in that unique & mystic vision only the Italians have of the Continent of Africa. Safari Express, the second of the duo of films, would become Michael's first adventure into the movies. Directed by Duccio Tessari and starring the world's hottest new sex symbol, Ursula Andress; who wouldn't have jumped at such an opportunity! And so the die was cast! On completion of his second film, Slavers (Prod/Director, Jurgen Goslar, and starring Cameron Mitchell, Brit Ekland, Trevor Howard & Ray Milland), Michael was invited to take over as Props Master on King Solomon's Treasures, with Producers, Harry Allan Towers (a relationship that continued until Harry sadly passed away in July 21, 2009) and David Millen, Directed by Alvin Rakoff and starring Patrick MacNee (The Avengers - TV Series), David McCullum (The Man From UNCLE - TV series) & Brit Ekland (for a second outing), and shooting in Johannesburg, South Africa, which subsequently became Michael's new home. Michael's fascination and enthusiasm for the industry inspired him to seek greater challenges and to that end, he secured an opportunity to Production Manage, the first ever television series in Zulu & Khosa for the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Michael's love of Film over Television resulted in his leaving Heyns Film & Television, where he had been resident Production Manager for almost four years to re-join the motion picture side of the business as a freelance Production Manager. Some considered the move insane, in a country fast loosing friends around the globe for its political stance on apartheid policies. But one must follow ones heart. His first adventure was as Production Manager on the Richard Chamberlain sequel to Cannon Production's King Solomon's Mines, Allan Quatermain & the Lost City of Gold, shot on location in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Michael had come almost full circle in 8 years! Michael enjoyed a immensely rewarding, and probably the biggest learning experience of his career, over the next four years, working with Avi Lerner and his team at Cannon International on another six films, shooting on locations around South Africa & Zimbabwe and working with the likes of Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone, James Earl Jones, Dom de Luise, Peter Fonda, Donald Pleasance, Herbert Lom, Robert Vaughan, along with Producers & Directors like, David Dortort (Bonanza), Gary Nelson, Aaron Norris, Albert Pyun, Boaz Davidson & Steve Carver, to name a few. Wanting to extend himself even further, Michael left the comfort of a permanent position on Avi Lerner's team, to willingly go back to working Freelance. The gods smiled on Michael for he was immediately invited by Writer/Producer/Director David Wicht to Produce Windprints, an African story set during the period of South West Africa's transition to Namibia.

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