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AUGUST RUSH

RICHARD BARTON LEWIS (Producer) is the founder and CEO of Southpaw Entertainment and a producer with 14 films and more than 300 hours of television to his credit. "August Rush” marks his return to Warner Bros. Pictures, where he produced the major boxoffice success "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.”

Lewis has over 15 pictures currently in development at Southpaw, including "The Box,” with director Barry Sonnenfeld helming; "The Joint,” a music-driven comedy starring Jamie Foxx, which Lewis is co-writing; "Out Of This World,” being written by Alan Loeb ("Things We Lost In The Fire,” Lasse Halstrom's "New Amsterdam”); and the thriller "Last Lights,” helmed by acclaimed Spanish director Daniel Calparsoro ("Ausentes”).

While a founding partner at Trilogy Entertainment for over 16 years, Lewis led the company's movie and television divisions, generating ten motion pictures, six television series and four longform movies, which, together, generated more than $1.5 billion dollars in gross revenue. Lewis and his former Trilogy partners burst onto the motion picture scene by producing two mega-hit films: "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” starring Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman, and Ron Howard's "Backdraft,” starring Robert DeNiro, Kurt Russell, Rebecca DeMornay, Donald Sutherland and William Baldwin. Together, these films garnered four Academy Award nominations, resulted in two successful soundtracks, inspired a major theme park attraction at Universal Studios and were the number two and five most successful pictures of the year.

Lewis was also the primary force behind building a television division at Trilogy, with a prodigious line-up that included the widely successful multi-award-winning Showtime series "The Outer Limits” (154 episodes); Showtime and the Sci-Fi Channel's "Poltergeist: The Legacy,” (88 episodes) created by Lewis; the CBS Emmy Award-winning series "The Magnificent Seven” and the double Emmy Award-winning first-run series "Fame L.A.,” also created by Lewis; as well as the TNT original movies "Houdini” and "Buffalo Soldiers”; and the ABC event mini-series "Peter Benchley's Creature,” starring Craig T. Nelson and Kim Cattrall.

With a strong desire to get back into hands-on moviemaking, Southpaw Entertainment was launched in 2003 by Lewis as an independently financed production and development company. It immediately co-financed and set into production two motion pictures: "Eulogy,” starring Ray Romano, Debra Winger, Hank Azaria, Kelly Preston, Zooey Deschanel, Famke Janssen, Jesse Bradford and Rip Torn; and "House of D,” starring Robin Williams, Tea Leoni, David Duchovny, Anton Yelchin and Erykah Badu. Both films premiered in 2004 at the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals to rave reviews. Southpaw's third film, "Brooklyn Rules,” written by Terence Winter, Emmy Award-winning head writer of HBO's "The Sopranos,” and starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Scott Caan, Alec Baldwin, Jerry Ferrara and Mena Suvari, was released in Spring 2007.

Lewis' other feature producing credits include "Moll Flanders,” starring Robin Wright Penn, Morgan Freeman and Stockard Channing; "Blown Away,” starring Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Lloyd Bridges and Suzy Amis; and "Larger Than Life,” starring Bill Murray, Matthew McConaughey and Janeane Garofalo.

A graduate of UC Berkeley's department of Biological Anthropology, Lewis received his master's degree from UCLA's School of Motion Picture and Television Production.

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