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Academy Award-winning filmmaker GORE VERBINSKI (Director/Producer) has enjoyed tremendous box-office success as the innovative director of both character-driven franchises and thoughtful genre-bending fare.

In March 2011, Verbinski released his first animated film, the smash hit "Rango," starring Johnny Depp. Grossing over $240 million worldwide, the film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film and the Annie for Best Animated Feature. The film also earned Golden Globe and PGA nominations, as well as wins on numerous critics association lists. Verbinski previously helmed the hit franchise "Pirates of the Caribbean," directing the first three films starring Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley. The films have collectively grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide since release. He made his directorial debut with "MouseHunt," starring Nathan Lane, followed by the road movie "The Mexican" starring Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini. He also directed the smash hit "The Ring" starring Naomi Watts.

Verbinski is also a successful award-winning commercial director. He has been honored with four Clio Awards and a Cannes Silver Lion Award for his work on an assortment of memorable advertising spots such as Nike's "100 Foot Hoop," featuring Michael Jordan, and the first of the popular Budweiser "Frog" spots. In addition, Verbinski directed music videos for bands, including Bad Religion and Crystal Method.

Verbinski is a graduate of the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA. He resides in Los Angeles with his family.


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