Patty Jenkins is a writer and director best known for directing Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ 2017 blockbuster Wonder Woman and her debut Oscar-winning feature Monster. Additionally, Jenkins is responsible for casting, building and helming the pilot and finale episodes of AMC’s hit show The Killing, garnering her the 2012 DGA Award for Best Director of the Year along with a Primetime Emmy nomination.
Jenkins began her career as a painter at The Cooper Union in New York City. Upon transitioning to filmmaking, she spent eight years as an assistant camera person/focus puller for various commercials and then attended the AFI in Los Angeles. In 2003, Jenkins wrote and directed her debut feature film Monster, starring Charlize Theron. The film garnered Jenkins numerous awards including Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards, AFI’s Movie of the Year and Roger Ebert’s Best Film of 2004 and Third Best Film of the millennial decade. Additionally, Theron went on to sweep the awards circuit, winning the Academy Award, amongst every acting award of the year, in the Best Actress category.
After the success of her debut feature, Jenkins went on to direct many commercials and TV programs. In addition to her award-winning work on The Killing, she directed episodes of Fox’s Arrested Development, HBO’s Entourage and the pilot episodes of ABC’s Betrayal and Exposed.
In 2017, Jenkins became the first woman in history to helm a film with a budget over $100 million with her global and critical hit Wonder Woman. The film opened to rave reviews and became Rotten Tomatoes’ highest-rated superhero film of all time at the time of release. Additionally, it smashed box office records becoming the highest grossing film of the summer, third highest grossing film of the year and the highest grossing live-action film directed by a woman – domestic and worldwide. To date, Wonder Woman has grossed more than $821.8 million at the global box office.
Coming off the success of the first installment, Jenkins signed on to direct and co-write the sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, which is currently in production and slated for a November 2019 release. Additionally, she is executive producing and directing of TNT’s upcoming limited drama series I Am the Night, set to premiere in January 2019.
Sam Sheridan graduated from high school and went into the US Merchant Marines, where he washed dishes on the USNS Able. From there, it was a short step to Harvard University and the Slade School in London, where he studied painting. Sheridan has worked a variety of jobs, including as a professional sailor, a wild-land firefighter/EMT in New Mexico with the Gila Hotshots, a ranch-hand on the largest cattle ranch in Montana and construction at the South Pole Station in Antarctica. During this time, Sheridan boxed and studied martial arts.
His first book, A Fighter’s Heart, was a memoir of Sheridan’s experiences in the fight world in Thailand, Japan, the US and Brazil, where he fought alongside and trained with some of the best in the world. His second book, The Fighter’s Mind, is a collection of essays on the mental strategies that great champions use in the ring and the cage (both books published by Grove/Atlantic).
His third book, published by Penguin, is called The Disaster Diaries and is a memoir of learning the skills to survive the end of the world.
Sheridan played himself in the movie Warrior, had a recurring role on The Discovery Channel’s Mankind: The Story of Us and starred in the National Geographic Documentary Muay Thai: A Fighting Chance. He lives in LA and is focused on writing for TV and film.
Most recently, Pine starred in Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time, opposite Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis, Mindy Kaling and Oprah Winfrey. Prior to that, Pine starred opposite Gal Gadot, Danny Houston and David Thewlis in the critically acclaimed box office sensation, Wonder Woman. Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman was one of the highest grossing films of 2017 and was selected as one of the Top 10 Movies of the Year by the American Film Institute. In 2016, he starred in David Mackenzie’s Hell or High Water alongside Jeff Bridges and Ben Foster, which earned Academy Award, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice nominations for Best Picture.
Pine reunited with Mackenzie for the Netflix period drama, Outlaw King, in which he will portray Robert the Bruce, opposite Aaron Taylor Johnson, Florence Pugh, James Cosmo, Stephen Dillane and Billy Howle. He is currently in production on the Wonder Woman sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, for director Patty Jenkins; which is scheduled to be released in 2020.
Last summer, Pine reprised his role as Eric in Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, the sequel to David Wain’s Wet Hot American Summer and the 2015 prequel, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. Pine also guest starred on Steve and Nancy Carell’s hit TBS comedy series, Angie Tribeca. Additionally, he continues to lend his voice to as many characters as he is allowed in the Bryan Cranston animated series, SuperMansion, a comedy that follows an aging superhero and his team as they tackle the ever-changing world while battling various supervillains. Pine received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance for his work on the show. The third season premiered this spring.
Additional feature credits include: Star Trek Beyond, the third installment of the highly successful franchise, for which he reprised his role as Captain James T. Kirk (Pine also starred in Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness); Disney's The Finest Hours opposite Ben Foster again; Z for Zachariah opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor and Margot Robbie; Horrible Bosses 2; Rob Marshall’s Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated musical-comedy Into the Woods opposite Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt; the title role in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit for director Kenneth Branagh opposite Kiera Knightly; DreamWorks’ animated feature Rise of the Guardians; People Like Us; the 20th Century Fox action-comedy This Means War opposite Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon; FOX’s Unstoppable, opposite Denzel Washington for director, Tony Scott; Paramount Vantage’s Carriers; Joe Carnahan’s gritty ensemble drama Smokin’ Aces for Working Title Films and Universal Pictures; he had his film debut opposite Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews in Garry Marshall’s Princess Diaries 2.
On the stage, Pine starred in Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, for which he was awarded Best Lead Performance by the LA Drama Critics Circle. Pine received a 2009 Ovation Award nomination for his performance in the drama Farragut North starring opposite Chris Noth at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. His additional stage credits include the Neil LaBute play, Fat Pig, also at the Geffen Playhouse and The Atheist, a one-man show performed off-Broadway, in addition to multiple productions at The Williamstown Theatre Festival, among many others.
He has been the voice of BMW for 9 years and has been known to help Giorgio Armani sell scents for cents.
Pine graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. His parents are actors Gwynne Gilford & Robert Pine and his late grandmother, Anne Gwynne, was a film actress of the ‘30s and ‘40s. Pine currently resides in Los Angeles with his dog, Wednesday Weld.
Michael Sugar recently launched Sugar23, a management and production company with a multi-year first-look deal with Anonymous Content, where he was a partner for many years. He was awarded the Oscar for Best Picture for Spotlight, starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams.
Sugar most recently wrapped production on I Am The Night at TNT with Chris Pine starring and Patty Jenkins directing, as well as the high-profile Netflix series Maniac, with Cary Fukunaga directing and Emma Stone, Jonah Hill and Justin Theroux starring. He is an executive producer on the Netflix series The OA, co-created by Zal Batmanglij and client Brit Marling, who also stars, as well as the hit Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, created by Brian Yorkey and directed by Tom McCarthy, both in their second seasons. Sugar also executive produced Cinemax’s critically acclaimed drama series The Knick, starring Clive Owen and directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Sugar’s impressive roster of literary and talent clients includes Steven Soderbergh, Richard Linklater, Cary Fukunaga, Marc Webb, Patty Jenkins, George Stroumboulopoulos and Robin Wright, among others.
Sugar is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Producer’s Guild of America, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and lectures regularly at USC, NYU, Columbia and the American Film Institute. He has been nominated for multiple Emmys, and won a Peabody Award for The Knick.