ANDREW G. VAJNA (Producer)
one of the motion picture industry’s most experienced and dedicated executives, is an expert in the financing, development and marketing of films for worldwide audiences. Vajna launched his career in the entertainment industry with his purchase of motion picture theatres in the Far East. He founded Panasia Films Limited in Hong Kong, a highly profitable venture in the distribution, acquisition and representation of films. After Vajna negotiated the sales of Panasia to Raymond Chow’s Golden Harvest Company in 1976, he and Mario Kassar formed Carolco, specializing in sales, financing and distribution of films worldwide. In less than four years, Carolco became one of the top three foreign sales organizations in motion pictures.

In 1982, Vajna was a founder and then president of the American Film Marketing Association. During that same year, Vajna and Kassar made their film production debut with “First Blood.” Starring Sylvester Stallone, “First Blood” became a phenomenal success, grossing $120 million internationally. It also rocketed Carolco into the forefront of independent production companies. “Rambo: First Blood Part II” was released in 1985, generating more than $300 million worldwide, making it one of the most profitable films in the history of moviemaking.
Vajna was executive producer with Mario Kassar on such films such as Alan Parker’s “Angel Heart,” and “Rambo III.” Other projects include “Music Box,” “Mountains of the Moon,” “Total Recall,” “Air America,” “Narrow Margin” and “Jacob’s Ladder.”
In December 1989, Vajna sold all his interest in Carolco and formed Cinergi Productions, Inc. Cinergi Productions, Inc. was founded in December 1989 by Andrew G. Vajna to engage in the financing, development, production and distribution of major event motion pictures. As part of its business plan, Cinergi has formed an alliance with The Walt Disney Company for distribution of Cinergi motion pictures in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Vajna’s strategy is to develop long-term relationships with certain talent and produce a steady supply of two to four event motion pictures per year.
John McTiernan directed Cinergi’s first production, “Medicine Man,” starring Oscar winner Sean Connery. Christmas 1993 saw the release of “Tombstone,” the Wyatt Earp/Doc Holiday legend starring Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, and directed by George Cosmatos. In 1994, Cinergi released “Renaissance Man,” starring Danny DeVito and directed by Penny Marshall and “Color of Night,” starring Bruce Willis and Jane March, directed by Academy Award nominee director Richard Rush. The summer of 1995 saw the release of two Cinergi productions. The first was “Die Hard With A Vengeance” which is the third installment of the highly successful “Die Hard” series. The film stars Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons and Samuel Jackson and was directed by John McTiernan. To date, the film has grossed over $365 million worldwide. The second summer release was “Judge Dredd” starring Sylvester Stallone and directed by Danny Cannon. Also in 1995, Cinergi released two more highly anticipated films. The first was “The Scarlet Letter” starring Demi Moore, Gary Oldman and Robert Duvall. Based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story of an illicit love in Puritan New England, the film was directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Roland Joffe. Next to be released was “Nixon” starring Anthony Hopkins as the beleaguered president. The film chronicles the life and controversial career of Richard M. Nixon and was directed by Academy Award winner Oliver Stone. “Nixon” was released in December and received four academy award nominations.
Another Cinergi release, “Evita” starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, won the Golden Globe for Best Picture of 1996. Alan Parker directed the story of Evita Peron, the wife of Argentina’s former dictator Juan Peron.

In 1998, Andrew Vajna took Cinergi private by buying out the public stockholders. Thereafter, he reteamed with his former partner, Mario Kassar. Their first venture into big budget Hollywood fare again was “I, Spy” starring Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson. In 2003 they produced a film again that is the kind of movie they are so well known for: “Termintator 3 – Rise of the Machines” with Arnold Schwarzenegger was a mega budget action adventure and became a world wide box office success. In 2005 Andy Vajna was – together with Quentin Tarantino and Lucy Liu – the executive producer of a feature length documentary called “Freedom’s Fury” created by Colin Keith Gray and Megan Raney Aarons which showed his renewed interest in the story of the Hungarian Revolution in 1956.

KRISZTINA GODA (Director)
Graduated in film directing at the National Film and Television School in England, and later, as an HBO’s scholarship holder, she studied screenwriting at UCLA in the U.S. In England, the United States, and Hungary she directed several award-winning commercials, worked on sit-coms and serials. Playtime (Játékidő, 1985) and Car Story (Autós történet, 1986) were her directorial debuts in 1995, followed by the television film Croatian Syndrome (Horvát szindróma) in 2000. Just Sex And Nothing Else (Csak szex és más semmi) (2005) was her first main feature film as director, and she also co-wrote it with Réka Divinyi. The film became the most popular Hungarian comedy of 2006, more than 430 000 people have watched it since its premier.
Krisztina also tried her hand in theatrical directing, putting David Auburn's Proof on the stage at Merlin International Theater Budapest. In 2006 she and Réka Divinyi jointly received the Best Original Script Award at the 37th Hungarian Film Week.

JOE ESZTERHAS (Screenplay/Screenwriter)
Eszterhas was born on 23 November in 1944 in Csákánydoroszló (western Hungary). He was 6 years old when he moved to Cleveland with his family. He graduated at Cathedral Latin High School and started to be engaged in writing. He inherited his love for words from his father who was the author of more than 30 historical novels (in Hungarian). His articles appeared in Rolling Stone magazine as well, and wrote about films into Cleveland Plain Dealer, which was the first step in his movie career. In 1975, his non-fiction book “Charlie Simpson’s Apocalypse” was nominated for the National Book Award. He wrote his first story for the screen, F.I.S.T. in 1978. The movie, which was helmed by Norman Jewison, starred Sylvester Stallone, Rod Steiger and Peter Doyle. This was followed by Flashdance in 1983, which he co-scripted with Thomas Hedley Jr. His list of stories and screenplays has 15 other entries and he is also the author of a number of highly successful books, among them American Rhapsody, which tells the “tale” of the liaison between U.S. President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky.
Eszterhas has been credited with Andy Vajna a number of times. They first worked together on Music Box in 1989, which was followed by the hit Basic Instinct, which brought real fame and success for Eszterhas. The sequel to the story was conceived by him and Vajna in 2006. Eszterhas was paid 3 million US dollars for the screenplay of Basic Instinct, which was an unusually large amount of money at that time. He started working on the script for Children of Glory in 2004. He wrote the original script, which was adapted and spun around by his Hungarian peers.

ÉVA GÁRDOS (Editing /Screenplay)
She arrived to the United States as a Red Cross refugee and learned the trade under the wings of such magnificent professionals as Hal Ashby or Francis Ford Coppola. She ended up a much sought after editor in the business. She took part in the making of the following productions: Bastard Out of California, Agnes Browne, Barfly, Valley Girl, Mask, Under The Cherry Moon and Out of Order (A miniszter félrelép). For her work in HBO-produced Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story she won the Cable ACE award (an award to honour excellence in American cable television programming).
Gárdos’ latest work was In the Time of the Butterflies, which starred Salma Hayek. Gárdos debuted as a director in 2002, when Andrew G. Vajna executive produced An American Rhapsody. The film, which was based on her own, award-winning screenplay, had Nastassja Kinski and Scarlett Johansson in the leading roles.

GÉZA BEREMÉNYI (Screenwriter)
Writer, screenwriter, lyrics-writer, film-director, stage-director. He is the art director of the Sándor Hevesi Theatre in Zalaegerszeg, and also the life member of the theatre. He graduated in Hungarian and Italian from the Lóránd Eötvös University, and in that year he also published his first book The Swedish King (A svéd király), which contained short-stories. His first novel, The Legendarium (A legendárium) was published in 1977. In the early 70s, he met Tamás Cseh, and they wrote many legendary songs together, which were played only in underground clubs, and were only published in 1978. These song have become legendary amongst many generations. The same happened to many of the films, which were written by him, like Time Stands Still (Megáll az idő, 1981), The Great Generation (A nagy generáció, 1985), Meteo (Meteo, 1989). He also achieved success and recieved many awards with his own movies, which were both written and directed by him. Movies like The Disciples (Tanítványok, 1985), The Midas Touch (Eldroádó, 1989), On Tour (Turné, 1993) and The Bridgeman (Hídember, 2002). He recieved the Attila József Award in 1984, the Béla Balázs Award in 1989 and the Kossuth Award in 2001. With The Midas Touch he recieved the Award of the Film Critics and the Main Price of The Hungarian Film Week in 1989. He also won ’The Best European Film Award’ with the same film.

RÉKA DIVINYI (Screenwriter)
Divinyi graduated from stage scriptwriting at the University of Film and Drama in 1999/2000. She made her trial at Új Színház where she turned up as an assistant in Woyczeck. During the University she wrote the script of the TV-film Szerencsi fel! and the serials Among Friends (Barátok közt). After graduating in 2000 she presented her play (as a writer) Prince Árgyélus and Tündérszép Ilona at Theatre Zsigmond Móricz. During the year of 2005 she was an assistant at performance Prince Rigócsőr at Theatre Gyula Gózon and she also wrote the screenplay of Just Sex And Nothing Else (Csak szex és más semmi, 2005) with Gábor Heller and Krisztina Goda, who was the director of the movie. So, Children of Glory (Szabadság, Szerelem)is their second film together. In 2006 she and Krisztina Goda jointly received the Best Original Script Award at the 37th Hungarian Film Week. Divinyi also took part in other movies like Argo (Argó, 2004) as a scriptwriter and Young, dumb and full of love (Tibor vagyok, de hódítani akarok, 2006) as a screenwriter.

NICK GLENNIE-SMITH (Music Composer)
Glennie-Smith is a composer and conductor who is mainly known as film-music composer. He took part in famous movies from the eraly ’80th like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern is dead or The Lion King, but his first success was The Rock (directed by Michael Bay) where he was Hans Zimmer’s assistant as a composer, conductor and music producer. Besides, he took part in several big hits, like the action movie, Con Air or in the second part of the biggest hits of recent times, Pirates of the Carribian. As a chief composer he made the music for A Sound of Thunder, Laura Stern os We Were Soldiers. Glennie-Smith is also known as the master composer of the music in the French theme park Le Puy de Fou.

TAMÁS S. ZÁKONYI (producer)
Tamás S. Zákonyi, who came from a film-related family, has taken part in several TV-films and programmes as a second director since the age of eighteen. In 1992 he started his own company (Flashback Ltd.), in which he first made TV-commercials, and later TV-programmes. He graduated from the University of Film and Drama in 1993 as a producer. After graduating he worked for several companies as a producer and executive producer. (Sawdust Tales, Dracula, Mix). He also worked in the documentary ’Egerszegi’, which was on the carrier of the World-famous swimming champion, Krisztina Egerszegi, and was a great success. In 2004 he led the shooting process in Hungary of Amazing Reality as a producer for the CBS, in charge of Jerry Bruckheimer’s production company. His greatest challange was the Hungarian shooting of Steven Spirelberg’s Munnich, where he was the local producer.

JÁNOS SZABOLCS (Production Designer)
For several years Szabolcs worked for the most important and most tarnished firm, Mafilm Szcenika. It has had a Design Studio and Janos Szabolcs worked there. Nowadays he is a freelancer. He designed the set for the Close to Love (Közel a szerelemhez) in 1999, Jadviga’s Pillow (Jadviga párnája) in 2000, Gold City (Aranyváros) in 2001, Mix in 2004 and Stammbuch in 2005. Szabolcs was one of the Art Directors on Steven Spielberg’s Munich (München) in 2005, on a series of well-respected short movies (Táltosember vs. Ikarus, They (Ők) and on the Cannes Film Festival-nominated Virus (Vírus). He is also a regular collaborator on a number of successful television productions.

BEATRIX ARUNA PÁSZTOR (Costume Designer)
Pásztor was born on 2 March in 1958. Her first American debut as a costume designer was Gus Van Sant’s The Drugstore Cowboy in 1989. She has worked with Matt Dillon, Kelly Linch and Heather Graham. She was the costume designer on the following movies: My Own Private Idaho (1991), Good Will Hunting (1997), Wonder Boys (2000). In 2004 , Pásztor worked on both Vanity Fair and also the remake of Alfie with Jude Law. Pásztor has worked with Andy Vajna on a number of projects including Eva Gardos’s An American Rhapsody and Basic Instinct 2.

BUDA GULYÁS (Cinematographer)
After graduating from the University of Film and Drama, Gulyás was cinematographer on many successful Hungarian movies, TV-films and commercial as well as a Visual and Special F/X-techniques supervisor. Gulyás was the special effects supervisor on two of the most succesful Hungarian movies in recent times, the Fateless (Sorstalanság) and Bridgeman (Hídember). From the late ’70’s, he was the cinematographer on many popular Hungarian TV-series such as In Uniform (Angyalbőrben) and Private Cop (Privát kopó). Gulyás was also involved in A három testőr Afrikában and Just Sex and Nothing Else (Csak szex és más semmi).

JÁNOS VECSERNYÉS (Cinematographer)
He graduated as a Cinematographer in the University of Film and Drama. As a cinematographer he made several TV-films, movies and commercials. From the year of 2000 he took part in many successful Hungarian movies as a cinematographer, like El Nino, which granted the European Film Award, Mix and Üvegtigris 2 which was a big Hungarian hit from Péter Rudolf. His first movie as a director was Quartett (Kvartett) in 2001, and the script was also written by him. Now he’s working on two films. He granted the special price from Hungarian Film Week in 1999, the Award of Film – and Tv-Critiques for Peer Gynt in 1988, and the Prix Italia for Gaudipolis in 1989. He is the professor of University of Film and Drama, member of Society of Hungarian Cinematographers and Hungarian Press-Box.

ANNAMÁRIA KOMLÓSSY (film editor)
was graduated from the Budapest Academy of Drama and Film and had contributed to a number of European television and big screen projects before starting to work for the renowned Hunnia Film Studios in her native Hungary. Later she moved to the US to pursue her career in New York City and Los Angeles, working for such well-known studios as the Paramount, Warner Bros., Sony and Disney.
Her first full-length feature was the Sípoló Macskakő (The Whistling Cobblestone)(1971) directed by Gyula Gazdag. Since then she has served as editor on many successful productions, including Staféta (Relay Race)(1971), A kenguru (The Kangaroo) (1975), two big hits by director Péter Bacsó, Ereszd el a szakállamat! (Don t Pull My Beard) (1975) and Zongora a levegőben (A Piano in Mid Air) (1976), Judit Embers Fagyöngyök (Mistletoes) (1979), Örökség (The Heiresses) (1980) directed by Márta Mészáros, a French production titled Les Pyramides Bleues (1988) starring Omar Sharif, Cool World (1992) starring Brad Pitt, Kim Basinger and Gabriel Byrne, as well as a dozen of other American movies.
VIC ARMSTRONG (Action Unit Director, Stunt co-ordinator)
Victor Monroe Armstrong, the world’s most famous stunt co-ordinator and action sequence director, was born on 5 October 1946 in Farnham Common, England. According to the Guinness Book of Records, he is the world’s most prolific stunt double. He doubled in the saddle for Gregory Peck in Arabesque in 1966 and also for Sean Connery in the dangerous scenes of You Only Live Twice in 1967. Since then, Armstrong has completed stunt work on more than 50 movies, doubling for Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones series among others. He also took part in the shooting of Superman, Brazil and several James Bond films. Armstrong received his first assignment as a stunt co-ordinator in 1979 in British-Canadian adventure movie, Bear Island. Since then he has been picked 2nd unit director in over 40 films. He directed the opening sequence of Terminator 2 – Judgement Day and his unique vision is manifested in the action sequences of Red Sonja (1985), Total Recall (1990), Universal Soldier (1992), The Last Action Hero (1993), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World is Not Enough(1999), Charlie’s Angels (2000), Die Another Day (2002), War of the Worlds (2005) and Mission: Impossible 3 (2006), just to name a few. Armstrong won the Technical Achievement Academy Award in 2001 “for the refinement and application to the film industry of the Fan Descender for accurately and safely arresting the descent of stunt persons in high freefalls.” His wife, two sons and a daughter also work in the field of stunts.