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THE CROODS

While growing up in the suburb of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, KIRK DeMICCO (Director, Writer) developed heroes at an early age through novels, comic books, and television. The characters Kirk admired were both animated and real life protagonists, derived from a wide array of sources; such as reading Roald Dahl books, enjoying Hanna-Barbera's animated TV series Hong Kong Phooey, and watching British actor John Cleese perform on the UK's hit TV comedy Monty Python's Flying Circus.

. Throughout his career Kirk has been able to adapt some of his childhood favorites and work with some of his childhood heroes.This includes writing two scripts with John Cleese, including early drafts of THE CROODS; adapting the Roald Dahl book called The Twits into a live action film for Disney; working on a Hanna-Barbera cartoon and a Looney Tunes movie for Warner Bros.; adapting the Jack Kirby comic New Gods; and collaborating with filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld on an adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel. Kirk also teamed up with Sonnenfeld as a first time director for the animated film Space Chimps, which Sonnenfeld producedfor Vanguard Animation and Twentieth Century Fox. Fox released the picture in July 2008.

Kirk's entrance into the entertainment industry was on the road less traveled. After earning his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California, Kirk moved to Italy and lived in Rome for three years. During his quest to pursue a career in the Italian film industry, Kirk became fluent in Italian and served as a journalist for the Italian publication Foreign Sales.During that time he interviewed producers, distributors and Italian filmmakers to promote the sale of Italian films at festivals and markets around the world.

Upon returning to the U.S., Kirk landed a job in the mailroom at the legendary William Morris Agency in New York City. This entry-level position would eventually change his life.Kirk's ambitious spirit soon led him to be promoted to agent's assistant in the motion picture eepartment. In October of 1994, he transferred to the company's Los Angeles office, and sixmonths later he had sold his first spec screenplay, A Day in November, which Warner Bros. landed after a bidding war.

Among Kirk's additional studio film credits are: writer and co-producer of theWarner Bros. family feature Racing Stripes,Sherlock Homeboy for Universal Family; Hong Kong Phooey for Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment; and Casper: Scare School for Classic Media. Kirk has also done production rewrites for feature films from Disney, DreamWorks, Spyglass Entertainment, and Warner Bros.

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