NEAL H. MORITZ (Producer) is the owner of Original Film, an established feature film, television, commercial and music video production company. Moritz has a degree in economics from UCLA and a graduate degree from the Peter Stark motion picture producing program at the University of Southern California.
Moritz's first major film was Juice, released by Paramount Pictures. It was one of
the most lucrative independent pictures ever, and the fifth most profitable movie of
1992. The Stoned Age was his next feature, a comedy about a night in the life of two
high school boys set in 1979. He then embarked on two movies for HBO, "Blind Justice,"
a western starring Armand Assante and Elizabeth Shue, and "Framed," starring Jeff
Goldblum and Kristen Scott Thomas.
Moritz went on to produce Fox's $100 million Volcano, starring Tommy bee Jones, as well as the biggest hit of fall 1997, I Know What You Did Last Summer, written by Kevin Williamson (Scream) and starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze, Jr. He continued the trend of teen movies with Urban Legend, produced with Phoenix Pictures, starring Alicia Witt, Jared beto, Rebecca Gayheart and Josh Jackson; and with Cruel Intentions, Original Film's first self-financed feature released by Columbia Pictures, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Philippe. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer brought back cast members Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. and added pop sensation Brandy.
Moritz's production of "The Rat Pack" for HBO was nominated for 11 Emmys, including Best Picture. It brought together the talents of writer Kario Salem ("Don
King"), director Rob Cohen and actors Ray Liotta and Don Cheadle. Moving into comedy, he released Blue Streak in the fall of 1999, starring Martin Lawrence, written by Steve Carpenter, and directed by
Les Mayfield for Columbia Pictures.
The Skulls is another self-financed feature that was released by Universal Pictures in March 2000, featuring rising stars Josh Jackson, Paul Walker and
Leslie Bibb, written by John Pogue and directed by Rob Cohen. The sequel to Urban Legend, directed by John Ottman, was released in September 2000.
Moritz is in post-production on four new films: The Glass House, starring
Leelee Sobieski, Diane Lane and Stellan Skarsgard, directed by Daniel Sackheim; The
starring Devon Sawa and Jason Schwartzman, directed by Dewey Nicks; The Fast and the
Furious, pairing Moritz again with director Rob Cohen and starring Paul Walker, Vin
Diesel and Jordan Brewster; and Soul Survivors, which stars Wes Bentley and Casey
Affleck, and is writer Steve Carpenter's directorial debut. He will start production in
February on Teen Movie, to be directed by Joel Gallen for Columbia Pictures. Moritz has also successfully launched shows on network TV, such as "Shasta
McNasty "and USA Networks' "Cabin by the Lake." His current television projects include "Electra's Guy," with Carmen Electra; "Class Warfare," for USA Cable; "Shotgun Love Dolls," for MW; and the Steve
Levitan project "Greg the Bunny" for Fox.
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