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SIMON WINCER (Director) has found equal success in the United States after ascending to the position of one Australia's most celebrated film and television directors.

In the summer of 1993, Wincer's Free Willy was a critical and commercial smash hit, which took in more than $200 million worldwide.  For American television, Wincer directed the hugely successful epic miniseries, Lonesome Dove which ranks among the top dramatic programs ever screened in the U.S. Lonesome Dove was nominated for an incredible 18 Emmy Awards, winning seven, including Best Director for Wincer.

In 1999, Wincer directed P.T. Barnum for A&E starring Beau Bridges.  The 4-hour special was nominated for Best Miniseries and Best Performance by an Actor at the 2000 Emmy Awards.  Also in 2000, Simon's Crossfire Trail a Louis L'Amour Western starring Tom Selleck, became the highest rated movie ever screened on U.S. cable television.  In January 2002, Simon's Monte Walsh starring Tom Selleck and Isabella Rosellini garnered ratings as the highest audience ever for a Friday night movie on cable and a combined three-night audience of 36 million.

In his native Australia, Wincer was the executive producer of The Man From Snowy River and director of Phar Lap.  Wincer's other Australian features include Snapshot, Harlequin and The Lighthorsemen, the latter a huge historical spectacle about the last successful cavalry charge in history.  Wincer's additional directing credits include the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, The Echo of Thunder starring Judy Davis (who was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance), The Phantom based on Lee Falk's comic book hero, Operation Dumbo Drop, D.A.R.Y.L., Quigley Down Under, Lightning Jack, for which he also served as a producer, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles and Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man.

Wincer's most recent work includes directing The Young Black Stallion, Disney's first live action 15/70 film.


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