Joe Weisberg grew up in Chicago. He worked in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations in the early 1990’s. After leaving the Agency, he wrote the novels 10th Grade and An Ordinary Spy. He was a staff writer on the first two seasons of TNT’s Falling Skies. He currently lives in New York with his wife and daughter.
Joel Fields began his theatrical career with a starring turn in Luigi Pirandello’s post-modern classic “Tonight We Improvise,” delivering a performance widely heralded as one of the most powerful ever seen at Stagedoor Manor Summer Camp… particularly by his mother. Realizing that he had reached the pinnacle of his acting career at the age of 12, he turned his attentions to behind-the-scenes work.
Fields has most recently served as a writer/executive producer on TNT’s hit television show Rizzoli & Isles. Prior to that he wrote on Raising The Bar for Steven Bochco and TNT, was a writer and executive-producer on ABC’s Golden Globe-winning series Ugly Betty and on the FX series Dirt, starring Courteney Cox. He also wrote and produced on Commander In Chief, which received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Dramatic Series of 2005/2006 and Over There, Steven Bochco’s critically acclaimed series about the Iraq war.
Fields has written and produced numerous other film and television projects, including countless television movies and miniseries. Actually, one could count them – 28 and 5 – but why? Among the series he has produced is Kate Brasher for CBS, starring Mary Stuart Masterson, with whom he co-starred in Babes In Arms at Stagedoor Manor. Fields was just 13, the summer was sweltering, and the show called for a stage kiss… but that’s a tale for another bio.
Fields’ play “How I Fell in Love” premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and played Off-Broadway at The Abingdon Theater Company. His other recent theater pursuits include co-authoring a new book for Cole Porter’s classic musical “Can-Can” with director David Lee. Their script received a National Endowment For The Arts grant as part of the NEA’s American Masterpieces project. It premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2007 to sold-out houses and was honored with four LA Theater Ovation Awards.
Fields has written numerous studio screenplays and pilots. In his almost non-existent free time, he serves on the board of OneVoice, a global project giving voice to Israeli and Palestinian moderates. He also served a six-year board term for TreePeople, one of L.A.’s most active environmental organizations, and has served on boards and committees for many other charity and community organizations. And, yes, he did drive an EV1 before they took it away and crushed it. Now he drives a Prius.
Fields lives in New York with his wife, Jessica, and their children Dora and Josh. And of all the things in his life for which he is grateful, they are at the very top of the list.
Graham Yost, 53, says he knew from the age of 18 that he wanted to be a filmmaker. He attributes his early love of film to the fact that his father, the late Elwy Yost, hosted a weekly film show on TV Ontario. “In our family, everything was about movies and books,” says Yost.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Toronto, Yost moved to New York. Already working on his own screenplays, he took a job as a technical writer and published several non-fiction titles, including Spy-Tech.
Yost began writing for television in 1989 on the Nickelodeon series Hey Dude. Next, he joined the writing staff of Full House (where he only lasted nine-and-a-half weeks). The day after he quit, he learned that his script for Speed had been sold to Paramount (it was later produced by 20th Century Fox). In 1991, Yost wrote for Norman Lear’s The Powers that Be, where he worked with the show’s creators, Marta Kauffman and David Crane (later of NBC’s Friends). His comedy series writing credits also include Herman’s Head.
His feature film credits include Broken Arrow, starring John Travolta, Hard Rain, Mission to Mars and The Last Castle.
As a producer, Yost won Emmy® and Golden Globe® Awards for the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. In addition, Yost garnered an Emmy® nomination for writing the episode Apollo One, and he directed the fifth segment of the critically acclaimed series. Yost later penned two installments of the Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award-winning HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.
In 2002, Yost created the critically lauded TV series Boomtown for NBC. Cancelled in the fall of 2003, the late-lamented Boomtown was honored with a Peabody Award and two Television Critics Association awards. In 2006, Yost created Raines starring Jeff Goldblum for NBC. It aired in spring 2007.
Yost won an Emmy® Award for The Pacific, HBO’s epic miniseries following three Marines through the Pacific theater of World War II. Yost directed and co-wrote an episode and served as co-executive producer. Yost is currently the showrunner on Justified, the Sony-produced series on FX, starring Timothy Olyphant, based on a character created by America’s pre-eminent crime novelist, Elmore Leonard.
Yost has been working with The Americans’ creator/showrunner Joe Weisberg for several years on various projects (including the first season of TNT’s Falling Skies) and is thrilled to be a part of this exciting spy drama.
Yost lives with his wife and two children in Monterey, CA.
As the Co-President of DreamWorks/Amblin Television, Justin Falvey oversees all series development and long-form programming for the company which is the television production arm of DreamWorks. Falvey works alongside longtime friend and business partner, Darryl Frank. The two producing partners lead the studio in developing quality programming that speaks to a wide array of audiences.
During his 17-year tenure at the studio, Falvey has produced a number of acclaimed series’ for the studio including the NBC hour-long dramatic series Smash. Starring Anjelica Huston, Debra Messing, Jack Davenport and Katharine McPhee, the series’ first season chronicled the development of an original Broadway musical from its creative inception through opening night. Falvey also executive produces the alien invasion series Falling Skies for TNT, which is based on an original idea by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan). Starring Noah Wyle, the series is currently in production on its third season. In addition, Falvey is executive producing the acclaimed Showtime series The Borgias, starring Jeremy Irons, which premiered April 2011 and is currently in production on its third season.
Falvey executive produced the Showtime series, United States of Tara, which was based on an idea by Steven Spielberg. The series was written by Diablo Cody (Juno) and starred Toni Collette in a role that garnered her an Emmy®. Falvey’s other credits include five seasons of the drama Las Vegas, as well as overseeing the production and development for NBC’s Freaks and Geeks, ABC’s The Job, and FOX’s Undeclared. DreamWorks Television was also responsible for the critically acclaimed FX series Rescue Me, which starred Dennis Leary and ran for six seasons. Falvey also served as co-executive producer on Into the West, an epic limited series from Executive Producer Steven Spielberg, which became the most Emmy®-nominated program of the year with 16 nominations, as well as a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Darryl Frank serves as Co-President of DreamWorks/Amblin Television, where he oversees all series development, production, and long-form programming.
In addition to The Americans for FX, Frank currently serves as executive producer on a number of acclaimed series, including the NBC musical-drama Smash starring Anjelica Huston, Debra Messing, Jack Davenport and Katharine McPhee. The series chronicles the development of an original Broadway musical from its creative inception through opening night and is currently in production on its second season. Frank is also the executive producer of Falling Skies for TNT. Falling Skies is based on an original idea of Steven Spielberg and was created by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan). The show stars Noah Wyle and is currently in production on its third season. Additionally, Frank is an executive producer on the Showtime series The Borgias starring Jeremy Irons, also in production on its third season. Some of Frank’s previous credits include executive producing all three seasons of The United States of Tara with Oscar-winning series creator Diablo Cody (Juno) and starring Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Toni Collette. Frank developed and served as executive producer on the NBC drama Las Vegas for all five seasons and 106 episodes. He also oversaw the development and production of Spin City for its entire six-season run.
In the long form arena, Frank served as co-executive producer on Into The West, an epic limited series from executive producer Steven Spielberg, which became the most Emmy-nominated program in 2006 with 16 nominations, as well as garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. In addition, Frank served as the co-executive producer on Taken, the epic 20 hour miniseries for the SyFy Channel, which won the Emmy Award in 2002 for Best Mini-Series and was nominated in the same category for the Golden Globes.
Joshua Brand, a 1972 alumnus of City College of New York with a B.A. degree in English Literature, graduated Magna cum Laude and was named to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1974 he was awarded a fellowship to Columbia University, where he received an M.A. degree with Honors in English Literature.
His full-length play, Babyface, was produced at the Cast Theatre in Los Angeles in 1978, and was chosen as a semi-finalist in the Louisville Actors’ Theatre, Great American Play contest. In 1983, his full-length play, Grunts, was produced at the Wonderhorse Theatre in New York City. His full-length play, The Real Me, was given a reading at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in 2011. The Real Me was a finalist in the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference in 2012.
In 1980, Brand joined The White Shadow television series as a story editor. Following that, Brand co-created and produced the award-winning television series, St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he developed the TV series Amazing Stories with Steven Spielberg and served as Supervising Producer for the show’s first season. Brand co-created and was Executive Producer of A Year in the Life, which received the Emmy as best miniseries in 1986-87 and which continued as a weekly series on NBC.
In 1990, Brand co-created and was Executive Producer of Northern Exposure, whose pilot he directed for CBS. Northern Exposure ran for over five years and won two Peabody Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, the Producer’s Guild Award and six Emmy Awards. Brand also co-created and was Executive Producer on the critically acclaimed series I’ll Fly Away for NBC which also won two Peabody Awards, two Golden Globes, three Humanitas Prizes and three Emmys. Brand directed the two-hour I’ll Fly Away pilot for which he received a Director’s Guild Award nomination as well as an Emmy nomination.
In 1992-93, Brand co-created and was Executive Producer of Going to Extremes which was the first network television series shot entirely on location in Jamaica, West Indies. In 2004, Brand was a co-executive producer on the TNT limited series The Grid.
In 1994, Brand directed the feature film, A Pyromaniac’s Love Story for Hollywood Pictures. In 2005, Brand re-wrote the feature film 88 Minutes starring Al Pacino, directed by Jon Avnet.
Additionally, Brand wrote, produced and directed the television pilot Gemini for the Fox Network, co-wrote and was Executive Producer on the Fox TV pilot Traffic, directed the pilot Wall to Wall Records for the WB, and directed the pilot Homeward Bound for ABC. He has directed an episode of thirtysomething and an episode of Joan of Arcadia, as well as creating and directing a commercial for Coca-Cola titled The Glassblower.
In 2011, Brand’s one-hour Civil War pilot, Reconstruction was shot in New Mexico for NBC, and his half-hour script Circling the Drain was shot by the Tornante Company.
He is currently writing a one-hour pilot for the FX network about the club scene in Los Angeles in the ‘70s.
Better known for an acting career spanning 40 plus years, Adam Arkin has become one of the busier television directors working today. Starting with Northern Exposure, Arkin has helmed episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Sons Of Anarchy, Justified, Boston Legal, Chicago Code, The Closer, Ally McBeal, The Riches and Lie To Me, to name a few.
He directed the Showtime original family film, My Louisiana Sky, for which he won a Daytime Emmy, and recently directed the entire 2nd season of the acclaimed Hulu web series, The Booth at the End, which he also produced.
As an actor, amongst his hundreds of television appearances, Arkin has been nominated for Emmy® Awards in three different categories for his work on Chicago Hope, on which he starred for six seasons; Northern Exposure; and as a guest star on the 200th episode of Frasier. His feature film work has included roles in the Coen Bros.' film A Serious Man, The Doctor, The Sessions, Hitch and many others. He's been one of the narrating cast members on several of Ken Burns' award winning documentaries, including Lewis and Clark, Baseball and Jazz.
On stage, Arkin received a Tony Award nomination for his Broadway debut in I Hate Hamlet, played the title role in the Broadway premiere of Donald Margulies' Brooklyn Boy and appeared as 'Nathan Detroit' in Jerry Zaks' revival of Guys and Dolls. He has also performed in many notable Off-Broadway productions.
Gavin O’Connor co-wrote, produced and directed the acclaimed film Warrior, starring Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte. Warrior is the story of two estranged brothers whose pasts collide in an elite Mixed Martial Arts tournament. For his performance in the film, Nick Nolte earned the 2011 San Diego Film Critics Society award for best supporting actor, an Academy Award nomination, as well as many other award nominations.
O’Connor’s next directorial project will be Cinnamon Girl, a TV series he is executive producing alongside Anthony Tambakis, his writing partner on Warrior, and Renée Zellweger. O’Connor is also developing a number of film projects. For Warner Bros., he is writing the thriller Blood In, Blood Out, and the World War II drama Victory. For Brian Grazer and Universal, O’Connor is writing Yakuza, a crime drama set inside the world of the Japanese mafia. He is also adapting the 1961 acclaimed film The Hustler into a Broadway stage play.
A native New Yorker, O’Connor began writing while studying at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, he returned to New York, where he began his career writing short films and plays. O’Connor made his screenwriting debut with the award-winning short film The Bet, which also marked Ted Demme’s film directorial debut. O’Connor then wrote and directed the short film American Standoff.
O’Connor first garnered attention for directing and co-writing the acclaimed independent feature Tumbleweeds, starring Janet McTeer and Kimberly Brown. O’Connor also directed Miracle, his first major studio feature for Disney/Touchstone, which starred Kurt Russell in the inspiring story of the U.S. Hockey Team’s Gold Medal triumph over the Russians at the 1980 Winter Olympics. Following the success of Miracle, Gavin O'Connor co-wrote and directed the drama Pride and Glory, starring Edward Norton, Colin Farrell and Jon Voight.
O’Connor resides in Los Angeles.