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PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES

DAVID S. GOYER

(Executive Producer / Creator)

David S. Goyer is the creator and executive producer of the STARZ Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” Goyer has

earned a reputation for telling character-driven stories adapted from the otherworldly realms of superheroes, fantasy,

and the supernatural. His breakout came in 1998 when he wrote the action hit Blade, based on the Marvel Comics property. He went on to serve as executive producer on the 2002 sequel, Blade II, and pulled triple duty as director, writer and producer for the 2006 trilogy finale, Blade: Trinity.

In film, his current projects include: the screenplay for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice; co-writing James Cameron’s remake of Fantastic Voyage; producing the DC property Sandman; co-producing an untitled elevated horror film directed by Marc Munden, under his Phantom Four banner with A24 and Eva Maria Daniels of VisionChaos Productions; and directing Lionsgate’s The Breach, which he developed independently under his Phantom Four banner, along with Lorenzo di Bonaventura. His horror feature, The Forest, co-produced with Lava Bear, distributed by Focus, and starring Natalie Dormer, is set to premiere January 2016.

In TV, Goyer is the creator, director, and executive producer of STARZ’ “Da Vinci’s Demons,” which focuses on the life and adventures of a young Leonardo da Vinci. He also served as Executive Producer of “Constantine,” based on the DC property, for NBC. In addition, he is currently developing “Krypton,” a story that explores the world of Superman’s ancestors, for Syfy. Furthermore, Goyer recently closed a first look deal at Universal Television.

Goyer’s past film credits include collaborating with Christopher Nolan on Dark Knight trilogy, which successfully brought the iconic character back to his origins; his story work with Nolan on the 2nd installment of the trilogy, The Dark Knight, led to a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. From there, Goyer went on to pen the screenplay for Man of Steel. His past TV credits include the cult-favorite series “Flashforward” on ABC, for which he served as creator and pilot-director.

Goyer has also moved beyond the screen, writing the videogames “Call of Duty: Black Ops” and “Black Ops II.” In 2002, Goyer made his feature film directorial debut with the drama Zig Zag, for which he also wrote the screenplay based on the acclaimed novel. His other directing credits include The Invisible and the hit supernatural thriller, The Unborn, based on his own original screenplay.

JOHN SHIBAN (Executive Producer / Showrunner) John Shiban is the executive producer and showrunner on the STARZ Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” He received his undergraduate degree in English Literature from UCLA and an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. Shiban began his career as a staff writer on “The X-Files.” During his stint on the celebrated FOX series, Shiban wrote or co-wrote over twenty episodes and served as Executive Producer by the end of the series’ nine-year run. His writing on “The X-Files” garnered him an Emmy nomination. As a producer, Shiban has also been honored with a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Dramatic Series for “The X-Files.” Shiban joined AMC's “Breaking Bad” as a Consulting Producer in its second season. He penned several episodes of the acclaimed series, received a WGA Award nomination for Episodic Drama for the episode “Phoenix” and wrote and directed season 3’s penultimate episode “Sunset.” On AMC’s “Hell on Wheels” Shiban served as Executive Producer and Showrunner, writing and directing numerous episodes.

Shiban also served as Executive Producer and Co-Creator on the FOX series “The Lone Gunmen” and as Supervising Producer on the FOX series “Harsh Realm.” In addition, he has written for and produced UPN’s “Star Trek: Enterprise,” the CW Network hit “Supernatural” and the BBC/STARZ co-production “Torchwood: Miracle Day.” In addition to running season 3 of the BBC Worldwide/STARZ co-production “Da Vinci’s Demons,” Shiban is also in development on the series “Blackbirds” for STARZ, with Executive Producer David Knoller.

Shiban is also a founding partner in the RAW FEED brand of genre films which has a multi-picture deal with Warner Home Video. He wrote and directed Raw Feed’s premier film, “Rest Stop,” which has become the biggest-selling home-video original in Warner Bros history to date.

Shiban lives in Los Angeles with his wife Janet, son Jerry, three dogs and a cat named Charles.

JANE TRANTER

(Executive Producer) Jane Tranter is an executive producer of the STARZ Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons” for Adjacent Productions.

In 2009 Jane Tranter moved to Los Angeles and launched BBC Worldwide Productions, a BBC Worldwide production company to make scripted and unscripted BBC re-formats for the US television market. In 2012 she launched Adjacent Productions, a sister label that was created to develop and produce original programming. Both companies went on to become leading players in the US television market, producing acclaimed titles such as “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC), “Top Gear” (History), “Life Below Zero” (NatGeo) and “Ladies of London” (Bravo), as well as “Getting On” (HBO), and the forthcoming HBO mini-series “Crime.” Before coming to the States to head BBC Worldwide’s Los Angeles-based production business, Tranter held the post of Controller of BBC Fiction in the UK. Tranter was responsible for commissioning the BBC’s entire drama, comedy, motion picture and program acquisition output, leading a portfolio of diverse and distinctive productions including “Little Dorrit,” “Criminal Justice,” “Gavin and Stacey,” “Mad Men,” “House of Saddam,” “Doctor Who,” “Rome,” “Blackpool,” “Bleak House” and “State of Play.” From 2000 to 2006, Tranter was Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, leading the team that modernized and reinvented the BBC’s drama output. Before that, Jane headed up in-house drama at the BBC working as an Executive Producer on a number of award-winning films, mini-series and series. In 2009 Tranter was the recipient of the BAFTA Special Award in recognition of her outstanding creative contribution to the industry. She is an honorary fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford and of the Royal Television Society.





MATTHEW BOUCH(Executive Producer)

Matthew Bouch is an executive producer on the STARZ Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” He is best known for co-devising and producing the award-winning BBC series “Being Human.” After developing shows like “No Angels” for Channel 4 and “Mistresses” for BBC 1, he produced “The Sarah Jane Adventures” for BBC 1 and “My Mad Fat Diary” for E4, both BAFTA nominated.

JULIE GARDNER(Executive Producer)

Julie Gardner is an executive producer of the STARZ Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons” for Adjacent Productions.

Gardner is responsible for scripted drama development for BBC Worldwide Productions, bringing the best of the BBC to US audiences, as well as Adjacent Productions, where she nurtures relationships with top-level writers, to create new and unique dramas for US networks. Since joining BBC Worldwide Productions in 2009, Gardner has served as Executive Producer for BBC Worldwide Productions’ “Getting On” (HBO), “Torchwood: Miracle Day” (STARZ) and “Intruders” (BBC America) as well as Adjacent Productions’ “Da Vinci’s Demons” (STARZ).

Prior to joining BBC Worldwide’s Los Angeles-based production business, Gardner was Head of Drama Commissioning and Head of Drama for BBC Wales. In this role, she was responsible for spearheading the revival of “Doctor Who,” as well as the successful series, “Torchwood” and “The Sarah Jane Adventures.” She also led the production of an unparalleled string of hit dramas including “Life on Mars,” “Ashes to Ashes,” “Being Human,” “Girl in a Café,” “Stuart: A Life Backward,” “Mistresses” and “Casanova,” for which she received a multitude of awards.

Gardner was awarded an MBE in 2014 for her services to television and for her contribution to the industry in Wales.

AMY BERG (Executive Producer / Writer) Amy Berg is a writer and executive producer on the STARZ Original series STARZ Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” She's written for over a dozen television shows including “Person of Interest,” “Eureka,” “Leverage” and “The 4400.” She also created the award-winning digital series “Caper” that premiered on Hulu and YouTube last year. Currently she's executive producing the new STARZ series “Counterpart” starring J.K. Simmons and is in development on several pilots and a feature film.

JESSE ALEXANDER

(Co-Executive Producer / Writer) Jesse Alexander is a co-executive producer on Season 3 of the STARZ Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” He is currently an Executive Producer on "Agent-X" for TNT.

Prior to that he was an Executive Producer and Consulting Producer on the first two seasons of the critically acclaimed series “Hannibal” for NBC. He was a co-executive producer and writer on the first three seasons of NBC’s epic saga “Heroes” an executive producer on J.J. Abrams’ innovative serial spy drama “Alias.” Abrams then enlisted Alexander to help develop the pilot of ABC’s ground breaking serial adventure “Lost.” He served as a co-executive producer through season one, sharing the Emmy® Award for outstanding drama with his fellow “Lost” producers.

Alexander has been an innovator in the field of transmedia storytelling: the process of extending narrative across multiple media platforms simultaneously. This strategy was critical to the success of “Alias” and “Lost.” The transmedia content he designed for “Heroes” established a new paradigm for how television shows can thrive cross platform. In 2008, Alexander won his second Emmy® Award for the “Heroes” online content.

Alexander has shared his vision of a transmedia future with M.I.T., Lucasfilm, NewTeeVee, Game Developers Conference, Microsoft Research, The AFI, SMPTE, UBISOFT, USC, BBDO Energy, and others.

COURTNEY B. CONTE (Co-Executive Producer) Courtney B. Conte is a co-executive producer on the STARZ Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” Conte joined BBC Worldwide Productions in 2010 as Chief Operating Officer. He helps develop and manage the company’s business strategy, as well as overseeing production management, administration and operations for both BBC Worldwide Productions and Adjacent Productions scripted and unscripted programming, including the hit "Dancing with the Stars.” Conte also is Co-Executive Producer on “Us & Them”(Fox) and “Getting On” on (HBO).

Prior to joining BBC Worldwide Productions, Conte was Co-President at Carsey-Werner Productions. He was responsible for over 2,000 episodes of primetime television including hits such as “The Cosby Show,” “Roseanne,” “Grace Under Fire,” “3rd Rock From the Sun,” “Cybill,” “Grounded for Life,” and “That 70's Show.” While at CarseyWerner, Conte was named Senior Vice-President of Production at Oxygen, where he facilitated the launch of the network and led all west coast production.

JOSHUA THRONE

(Producer) Joshua Throne is a producer on the STARZ Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” He is a frequent guest speaker and panelist at schools and events such as UCLA Film School, Women in Film and Chicago Independent Film Festival.

With over 20 years of experience in film, Throne began his career as an intern on the television series “Sweet Valley High” and quickly moved over to feature films, working for low-budget film legends like Charlie Band, Roger Corman, and Avi Lerner. He was also a part of a division of the Fox Network called Fox Lab, where a small, select group of producers conceived of and shot various pilots for the network.

In 2006 he started a run of mid-to high-budget action/thriller films, including Cleaner starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ed Harris, Beyond A Reasonable Doubt with Michael Douglas, and Sylvester Stallone’s 2010 summer blockbuster The Expendables.

His recent television credits include the STARZ one-hour premium cable drama “Boss,” starring Golden Globe winner Kelsey Grammer.

PETER HOAR (Producer / Director) Peter Hoar is a director and producer on the STARZ Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” In 2012 he directed “Shetland,” a two-part thriller for BBC starring Douglas Henshall.

Prior to this, he directed the opening episode of the second season of “Vera,” having previously worked on season one. He also directed the mid-season finale of “Doctor Who” titled “A Good Man Goes to War.” In 2010 he directed the closing block of “Five Days II,” the sequel to the BAFTA-nominated original series written by Gwyneth Hughes.

He also directed the opening block of season two of “Silk” starring Maxine Peake and Rupert Penry-Jones.

Prior to that, he directed “Breaking the Mould,” a single drama for BBC4 about the discovery of penicillin, starring Dominic West. His series credits include “Spooks,” “Mistresses,” and “Wire in the Blood.” Hoar is currently filming Marvel’s “Daredevil” for Netflix and recently completed “The Last Kingdom” for BBC America.

EDWARD THOMAS

(Production Designer Co-Producer) Edward Thomas is the Production Designer and a Co-Producer on the STARZ Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” Born in Swansea, Wales, Thomas’ feature film career developed while working across Africa and other parts of the world creating a diverse portfolio of 18 films including the western, Viking, and other family, fantasy, thriller, science fiction, period films that include contemporary genres.



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