Creators

CREATORS

JEROME COOPERSMITH

Book

Is a prize-winning dramatist whose musical play Baker Street(Sherlock Holmes set to music) earned him a Tony Nomination as Author of Best Musical. Also on Broadway: The Apple Tree, well remembered for its Diary of Adam and Eve starring Alan Alda. Off-Broadway: The Mystery pf Anna O, Mata Hari, and the York Theatre's recent concert revival of Baker Street. Regional Theatre: Reflections Of A Murder, a thriller which won the Charlotte Repertory Theatre's New Plays in America competition, and was produced by the Arena Players Repertory Theatre on Long Island.His play Eleanor was selected by the Smithsonian Institution to be performed  in Washington, DC in conjunction with the Eleanor Roosevelt Centennial. He has written ex- tensively for television, including anthology dramas, episodic series (Hawaii 5-0 and Spenser For Hire) plus specials and movies for all the networks. His TV movies include The Cradle Will  Fall and An America Christmas Carol starring Henry Winkler. He received the Robert E. Sherwood Award for television writing, and won first prize in Massachusetts State College national  playwriting competition. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of  America, East.

 



WILLIAM GOLDSTEIN

Composer

A piano prodigy, he was discovered by Berry Gordy, and signed to MOTOWN as an artist-composer- producer. Simultaneously, he was commissioned to create a Bicentennial work, Celebration Overture 1776-1976, performed by the National Symphony Orchestra. In 1985 he recorded the first score on a computer, OceanQuest. Screen credits include Fame(Emmy Nomination), Shocker, Hello Again, and Zoya. In addition to Haven he scored The Quarrel and Miracle At Midnight which also delve into mankind's darkest period. He recently released a solo piano CD First Impressions and scored Disney's remake of The Miracle Worker. His first professional  experience as a composer was in the theatre. At age 19 he was the youngest member of BMI's Musical Theater Workshop run by Lehman Engel. He composed a folk opera, A Bullet for Billy The Kid which was produced by CBS when he was 22.

In addition to his professional activities in music and film, Mr. Goldstein has become a founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, a director of the California State Summer School fot the Arts, and is a member of the music branch executive committee, and foreign language committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has also been a "Visiting artist" for the Academy, lecturing from the Far East to the Middle East on contemporary aesthetics as well as music in film.  Mr. Goldstein is one of Haven's producers.




JOE DARION

Lyrics

Has worked in every field in which words are put to music. His Broadway credits include Shinbone Alley, Illya Darling and the classic Man of La Mancha. His oratorio operas include Galileo and David Wept in collaboration with composer Ezra Laderman. Thanks to Mr.Darion we all Dream the Impossible Dream. Besides the Tony he has received the drama Critics Circle Award, The Gabriel Award, and the International Broadcasting Award. Mr.Darion passed away in June.

 


 
 
RUTH GRUBER 

Based on her book "HAVEN"

Ruth Gruber's life reads like a novel. Youngest Ph.D. in the history of the world at age 20.  First westerner allowed into the Soviet Gulag and Siberia at 23 as a Herald Tribune corres- pondent, special assistant to Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes in WW ll, she became General Gruber when Ickes sent her to Italy in 1944 to bring back 1000 refugees from the war (Haven). After the war she covered the story of the Exodus, having been chosen by the British to be the "pool" correspondent (Destination Palestine). Destination Palestine and Haven are  being reissued in new editions by Times Books, a division of Random House.

 



 ROBERT S. BLOCK

Producer

Bob Block has a long and successful career in the communication and entertainment industry including pioneering roles in commercial and pay television and cellular telephone operating companies. He has contributed significantly to the creation and development of communication and entertainment technologies used worlwide. Block is a Founder and Chairman of International Communications Technologies (ICT). Through ICT Block created telecommunication companies in Asia, the Sub Continent, Europe, Russia and Latin America.

Block was also instrumental in the creation of Canal+in France, Europe's most successful TV Company. Block is the Founder, Director and Chairman of 3-D Business Tools, publishers of corporate financial management and accounting software and the author of The Guide to Financial Management. He is a Founder of IBMatrix, a software publishing company that provides software tools for worlwide XML standards development. He is a Founder , past President, and a Trustee of the United States Sports Academy, an accredited graduate school offering Doctoral and Masters Degrees and a Trustee of the L.T.Walker International Center for Human Performance at East Carolina University. Block has been nominated as a Director of Landmark Entertainment Group and is affiliated with Liberty International Entertainment. Block was an early thinker regarding the worlwide distribution of data. His 1984 paper entitled "A World Information Utility" predates the Internet and was published by the US Defense Department, two major Universities, and the Futurist magazine. He is the inventor and patent holder of more than 150 U.S. and international patents. His patents include information labeling, signal control, terrestrial and satellite distribution systems, and subscriber billing systems(including Impulse Pay-Per-View and Parental Control. Block's 1978 patents cover the basic V-chip functions) and Real-Time Billing.


His inventions are used daily by hundreds of millions of people around the world. Block's patents have influenced the marketing of information, communication, entertainment, sports and education services worldwide. Block's career includes the distribution of syndicated television programs, Founder and President of an advertising agency that grew to be one of the 50 largest in the world, owner of the Swan Theater, a star system repertory theater, manager of a Rock Group, Producer of a summer concert series in Pasadena, owner of 3 TV stations(including KWHY-TV in Los Angeles and the owner of the MMDS in Houston, he was a pioneer in the development, distribution, and technology of the Pay-TV industry(founder of SelecTV U.S. and U.K.).