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A graduate of Pepperdine University, D. J. CARUSO (Director) began his career in the film industry as a production assistant.  Before long, he directed Cyclops, Baby, a short film written by Scott Rosenberg, which won numerous awards at film festivals in 1996.  He then served as producer and aerial director on Paramount 's Drop Zone starring Wesley Snipes. The director's aerial work garnered rave reviews for its ingenuity and beauty.  Following this success, Caruso went on to serve as executive producer on another feature, Nick of Time, starring Johnny Depp.

In 1997, Caruso was the executive producer on the critically acclaimed HBO feature Rebound, which was nominated for an Image Award.  Later that same year, he directed four episodes of the ABC television series High Incident for executive producer Steven Spielberg.

Caruso teamed with another Hollywood veteran when he directed Frank Darabont's screenplay Black Cat Run for Edge City and HBO Enterprises.  The film was HBO's highest rated world premiere film of 1998.

In 2002, Caruso directed the neo-noir thriller The Salton Sea, for Castle Rock Entertainment, starring Val Kilmer.  The film was praised for its strong performances and visual technique. Caruso also directed several episodes of such hit television shows as Smallville, The Shield and Michael Mann's Robbery Homicide Division.


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