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Adrian Paul

With over 30 films and 200 hours of television experience, versatility, discipline and a solid work ethic have been the underpinnings of Adrian’s very successful 30-year acting career. Internationally recognized for his role as Duncan Macleod, in Highlander-The Series”, Adrian has also produced and directed both film and television projects.
Born and raised in London, England, Adrian arrived in the United States in 1984, working as a choreographer and a model. After a year of taking acting classes with acting coaches, Ivana Chubbuck and  Roy London, his first series role came on the ABC television show, The Colbys. This led to a role in the Broadway play, "Bouncers", in 1987, a guest role on the television show, Beauty and the Beast (1987) and his first film role in the film Last Rites (1988), with Tom Berenger.
After a starring role in Roger Corman’s,” Masque of the Red Death “(1989),he became a series regular in the second season of the television series “War of the Worlds”(1988), followed by four episode arc on the MGM Dark Shadows series. Fast becoming known for his solid work ethic, CBS cast him as the lead in the television pilot, The Owl (1990). Although the series wasn’t picked up, Adrian didn’t stop working, guest starring on Angela Lansbury’s “Murder She Wrote”, and co starring opposite the up-and-coming Sandra Bullock in "Love Potion Number 9". But it would be his next role that would bring him international recognition...that of "Duncan MacLeod" in the syndicated series, Highlander (1991-1997). During the 6 year run, Adrian directed four of the series’ episodes, including the epic 100thepisode, shot in Bordeaux France. Three of these episodes were voted in the top ten best of series for the 117 episode run.
When the series ended in 1997, although he was in demand, Paul wanted to go back to his acting roots. After studying with renowned acting coach Larry Moss, he worked on John Landis’ romantic comedy, “Susan’s Plan”, the action thriller, “Dead Men Can’t Dance”, and helped found Actors in Process, a theater group, where actors could meet weekly to ”showcase” current work and receive positive critique from their peers. After two years, a production of an original play, "Things Just aChange", was showcased at the Odyssey theater in Los Angeles, with Paul in the lead role.
The success of the Highlander series however, was still current, leading Paul to be offered to star opposite Christopher Lambert in “Highlander : Endgame”(2000), to take over the franchise’s lead position. Other films followed, including the now cult classic “The Breed” (2001), shot in Budapest, Hungary where Adrian met his future wife, Alexandra.
In 2001, Lionsgate signed Adrian to a 3 picture deal, as well as to star in and executive produce the Sci Fi action thriller, “Tracker” (created by Gil Grant) for Lionsgate Television. With the advent of so many new media outlets, however, the syndicated series was not renewed for a second season. Adrian continued to work on films such as “Nemesis Game” (Lionsgate) and “Tides of War”, along with the Spelling Television and Paramount Pictures’ hit TV series, ”Charmed”. This was the first time in thirteen years that Adrian had actually filmed again on US soil.
In 2006 the Highlander Franchise was back again, this time filming in Lithuania, with Adrian starring in and Executive Producing, what would become his last sortie as Duncan Macleod, in “Highlander :The Source”.  After that came, ”The Legend of Roanoke”(2007) and the Sci Fi Action Comedy “The Immortal Voyages of Captain Drake”(2009), a film in which Paul choreographed all the fight scenes.
Always looking for interesting roles, Adrian found himself in Hungary and Tunisia, filming the Seven Arts production, ”Nine Miles Down”(2009), that he now considers one of his most emotionally challenging roles. Next, he was off to London, in an out of character role, as a Conservative member of Parliament in the thriller, “The Heavy ”(2010), with Gary Stretch, Stephen Rea and Christopher Lee. Also in 2010, Adrian co-founded his first production company Filmblips Inc., in an attempt to bring compelling material to advertising companies.
Since 2010, while working as an actor on several other films and TV movies, Adrian also wrote three screenplays, developed financial and artistic presentation packages for film and television, along with spearheading his charity, The Peace Fund, that he founded in 1997. Peace stands for Protect. Educate. Aid. Children. Everywhere. Over the past 17 years, Adrian has overseen the work of the fund in countries such as Romania, Bellarus, Niger, Hungary, Haiti, Cambodia, Thailand and the United States. In 2012, Adrian launched Peace Fund Radio that he  currently co hosts with Ethan Dettanmaeir,  with an estimated audience of between 1.8 and 2 million listeners a month. The innovative radio show, has been host to many celebrities with causes of their own and is the catalyst behind the Peace Fund’s partnership and donation to  bring computers into LAUSD schools. Through the radio shows influence the fund  has also partnered with Kimberly Moore’s,” Adopt a Letter” program to fulfill children’s wishes at Christmas, brought books for libraries and lights for homes in El Salvador, along with connecting like minded charities to fulfill their initiatives.
In 2014, Adrian helped launch his second production company, Radical Road, aimed at lower budget films. Radical Road is in the funding stages of a slate of pictures for the next five years, some of which Adrian is set to direct and act in.
Adrian has two movies, “The Secret of Emily Blair” and “Stormageddon”, about to be released in 2016 and currently, Adrian is getting ready to direct his first feature, “Chemical Influence”, a screenplay he wrote from an original script.
He is still married to Alexandra and they have two children together, Angelisa and Royce.

Laura Vandervoort

Laura Vandervoort is a versatile actress who got her start at age 13, on "Goosebumps" and then "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" Best known for her roles on the television shows "Smallville" and "V," Laura has also more recently starred in Syfy's "Bitten" and the most recent incarnation of the Saw film franchise - "Jigsaw". This year see's her as the lead on the Soska Sister's reimagination of "Rabid" and shooting "V Wars" for Netflix alongside Ian Somerhalder. She hasn't left behind her Supergirl roots though, guest starring as Indigo on the CW's "Supergirl" series.

Laurie Holden

Heather Laurie Holden is an American-Canadian actress and human rights activist. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Marita Covarrubias on The X-Files, Adele Stanton on The Majestic, Cybil Bennett on Silent Hill, Amanda Dumfries on The Mist, Olivia Murray on The Shield, and now as Andrea on The Walking Dead.   The stepdaughter of veteran film director Michael Anderson, Holden traveled the world with her family growing up on various locations and got her first break as Rock Hudson's daughter in Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles (1980). Holden was raised in Canada, spent her freshman year at McGill University, then transferred to UCLA to do a BA in Theatre Arts. She is the recipient of the prestigious Natalie Wood Acting Award. She is currently enrolled at Columbia University where she is acquiring her Master of Human Rights degree.   Holden has starred in numerous television and film projects and has received worldwide critical acclaim and honorable recognition for her diverse and eclectic choice of roles.   Early in her career, Holden made a name for herself by costarring opposite Vanessa Redgrave in the TNT miniseries Young Catherine. Later, she also found some success on the small screen, playing a memorable recurring role on the seminal sci-fi series The X-Files, that of Marita Covarrubias, a mysterious government worker who becomes an informant to Special Agent Fox Mulder starting in the fourth season of that show through the final one (1996-2002). She also had a supporting role, as Mary Travis, opposite Michael Biehn and Ron Perlman in the remake of the MGM classic The Magnificent Seven (1998-2000) for CBS.   Holden's most notable roles include starring opposite Jim Carrey in Frank Darabont's film The Majestic. Her memorable roles are in such hits as Fantastic Four (where she played Michael Chiklis' love interest), playing cult hero Cybil Bennett in Christophe Gans' artistic-horror video game adaptation of Silent Hill, and co-starring as Amanda Dumfries opposite Marcia Gay Harden and Thomas Jane in Stephen King's The Mist. Holden starred as Olivia Murray in FX's critically acclaimed series The Shield and is well known as Andrea AMC's critically acclaimed The Walking Dead, based on the graphic novel series.   Holden starred opposite Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, and Jennifer Lawrence in Dumb and Dumber To as Adele Pichlow and more recently has appeared on The Americans and is currently promoting Dragged Across Concrete featuring a role beside Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn.

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton launched his acting career while still a student at the University of Southern California. Cast in the groundbreaking role of Kunta Kinte in the landmark television series “Roots,” at 19 he found himself on the cover of Time Magazine. A seemingly impossible act to follow, Burton managed to do so in dramatic fashion, achieving further global acclaim as Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge in the iconic “Star Trek: The Next Generation” television series and in feature films. However, it has been his role as host and executive producer of the beloved PBS children’s series “Reading Rainbow” of which he is most proud. Airing from 1983 to 2009, it was not only one of the longest-running children’s television shows in history, but also one of the most acclaimed, earning over 200 awards including multiple Emmy's and a Peabody.
Always committed to improving children’s education through innovative uses of storytelling, in 2012 Burton launched RRKidz, a digital educational publishing company. In a deal that ended in August, 2017 his company held the global rights to the Reading Rainbow brand through a partnership with series creator, WNED/Buffalo. That partnership resulted in a successful relaunch of the Reading Rainbow brand for a new generation of children. SKYBRARY is a digital reading service filled with over 500 children’s fiction and non-fiction books, more than 150 newly-produced video field trips and new content added every week. With over 16 million books and videos enjoyed since launch, SKYBRARY is a top selling educational app on iTunes and recipient of numerous awards.
In 2014 Burton turned to Kickstarter to bring Reading Rainbow to “Every Child, Everywhere” -- especially to classrooms in need. The campaign met its 35-day goal of raising $1 million in less than eleven hours, and set a crowdfunding record at the time with over 105,000 backers and a final tally of over $6.4 million. With these funds, in May, 2015 Burton and RRKidz brought the SKYBRARY product to the web, accessible to 83% of American households. Then in January, 2016, the education-specific, SKYBRARY SCHOOL rolled out for teachers and students, fulfilling the promise of the crowd-funding project.
Now in his fourth decade in the industry, LeVar continues to exercise his vigorous passion for storytelling with his new podcast LEVAR BURTON READS, where each episode he chooses a favorite piece of short fiction and performs it. The enormously successful podcast is in it’s third season and LeVar is currently touring the country with a live version of the podcast. LEVAR BURTON READS: LIVE! is coming to a theater near you.
As the honored recipient of 13 Emmy Awards, a Grammy, and five NAACP Awards, Burton has demonstrated in his career that he can do it all -- acting, directing, producing, writing and speaking. He is often invited as a keynote speaker at leading education and technology events, most recently speaking at NASA, ISTE, The National Education Association, FAST COMPANY’s Innovation Series and many more.
With millions of fans throughout the world, Burton continues his mission to inspire, educate and entertain.
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