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CASEY SILVER (Producer) first was associated with Martin Brest when he was director of development at Simpson-Bruckheimer Productions and the director was preparing Beverly Hills Cop. Later, Silver's first project as an executive at Universal Studios was Brest's acclaimed comedy Midnight Run. Silver subsequently collaborated with the director on Scent of a Woman and Meet Joe Black.

In October 1999, Silver formed Casey Silver Productions, a motion picture company fully funded through Universal Pictures. In addition to Gigli, the company has produced Hidalgo directed by Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III, Jumanji) and starring Viggo Mortensen as well as Ladder 49 starring John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix. The company has an additional 30 properties in various stages of development.

Silver previously served as chairman and chief executive officer of Universal Pictures. In that position, Mr. Silver was responsible for all divisions of Universal Pictures, including its production, marketing and distribution operations. He supervised all activities worldwide concerning Universal's partnerships with United International and domestic distribution activities through Universal's partnership with October Films.

Additionally, Silver oversaw Universal Studios Home Video, Universal Pictures Animation and Visual Effects, and Universal Family & Home Entertainment Production, including Universal Cartoon Studios.

During his tenure at Universal, the studio developed, produced and released such critically acclaimed films as Schindler's List, Shakespeare in Love, Apollo 13, Babe, Jurassic Park, Out of Sight, Field of Dreams, The Nutty Professor, Twelve Monkeys, Casper, In the Name of the Father, Do the Right Thing, Scent of a Woman, Beethoven, Fried Green Tomatoes, Cape Fear, Backdraft, Born on the Fourth of July, Parenthood, Midnight Run, The Mummy, Casino, American Pie, October Sky, Erin Brockovich, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Gladiator and sequels to the worldwide hits Jurassic Park and The Nutty Professor.

Prior to his appointment as chairman in November 1995, Mr. Silver served as president, Universal Pictures and before that, president of production, from January 1989 to June 1994. He joined Universal Pictures as executive vice president of production in 1987.

Silver began his career in the motion picture industry as a screenwriter. After serving as assistant to director Adrian Lyne on Flashdance, he became director of development and production for Simpson-Bruckheimer Productions, where he was instrumental in developing the original Beverly Hills Cop. Prior to joining Universal, he served for several years as TriStar Picture's vice president of production, and was then promoted to senior vice president of production.

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