ROB CARLINER launched his Hollywood career in Russia as
an interpreter for director Ivan Passer on the telefilm Stalin,
starring Robert Duvall. After production, Carliner finished
school at Princeton and the University of Michigan, and asked
Duvall for a job at his fledgling production company, Butchers
Carliner's rapid rise through the industry ranks began one morning
in 1995 after working for Duvall for two years reading scripts.
The awardwinning actor called to say his producer was leaving
the company and Carliner would now take the reigns. As Carliner
remembers, Duvall said, "You're in charge and don't screw
up." At the young age of 25, Carliner suddenly found himself
heading a production company for one of the industry's most esteemed
In his new position at Butchers Run, Carliner immediately entered
preproduction on the TNT film The Man Who Captured Eichmann
which was nominated for two Emmy Awards. As coproducer,
Carliner worked for two months on location in Argentina during
filming of the critically acclaimed telefilm. He also helped develop
A Family Thing from a script by Oscarwinner Billy
After Carliner's successful producing debut, Duvall entrusted
him with his longtime personal endeavor, THE APOSTLE.
Duvall financed and directed the film. While Carliner oversaw
every element of production.
Sharing Duvall's interest in quality projects laden with realism,
Carliner is overseeing for Butchers Run the development of a project
based on the early days of country music legend Merle Haggard,
written by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson for United Artists.
Carliner is also developing a film to be directed by Martha Coolidge
(who directed Duvall in the Oscarnominated Rambling Rose),
and several scripts written by Duvall, notably a tango project
the company hopes to produce next year.
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