THE BEST OF ENEMIES
ROBIN BISSELL (Director/Writer/Producer) makes his debut as
a screenwriter and feature film
director after more than 20 years as a film producer.
Bissell was based at Universal Pictures for 12 years as producer for
writer-director Gary Ross.
The filmmakers' collaboration began before they settled in at the studio, with
the Oscar-nominated 1998
film Pleasantville, starring Tobey Maguire, Joan Allen and William H. Macy, and
continued after they left
with the release of Lionsgate's The Hunger Games, starring Jennifer Lawrence in
Bissell executive produced the 2003 Depression-era drama Seabiscuit for Ross,
Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. With a cast including Maguire, Chris
Cooper, Elizabeth Banks
and Jeff Bridges, the film received seven Oscar nominations, including "Best
Picture." Bissell also rearranged and performed Seabiscuit's end title song, "If
I Had a Million Dollars." He spent two years
executive producing the 2008 animated comedy The Tale of Despereaux (written by
Ross), with an all-star voice cast including Macy, Emma Watson, Sigourney
Weaver, Dustin Hoffman, Stanley Tucci and
Bissell began production on The Hunger Games alongside producers Nina
Jacobsen and Jon
Kilik in 2011. The 2012 action-adventure blockbuster starred Jennifer Lawrence,
Woody Harrelson, Wes Bentley, Banks and Liam Hemsworth.
Bissell's film career began when Ross hired him as his assistant during
Pleasantville in 1996. Ross promoted him to associate producer during post.
Bissell also wrote and
performed two of the film's background songs and met his wife Krista on the
Bissell came to Los Angeles in 1991 to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter
and toured and
recorded with his band for four years. He began singing at an early age and
started writing songs while
studying at the University of Maryland. He also spent a summer semester at
Oxford University, studying
English and theater. Raised near Philadelphia, he attended Germantown Academy,
and was a member
and president of The Belfry Club, the oldest high school dramatic society in the
U.S. Bradley Cooper is
also an alum of The Belfry Club at G.A.
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