CALLIE KHOURI, creator and executive producerCallie Khouri galvanized women and sparked nationwide debate in 1991 with the hit movie “Thelma and Louise,” her screenwriting debut, which was nominated for six Academy Awards. She received the Oscar, the Golden Globe, the Writers Guild of America Award and a PEN Literary Award for Best Original Screenplay. “Thelma and Louise” took home the London Film Critics Circle Award for Film of the Year, and was nominated for Best Original Screenplay by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Her second picture, released in August 1995, was “Something to Talk About,” starring Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid and Robert Duvall. Her directorial debut was “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” starring Sandra Bullock and Ashley Judd, which she also adapted for the screen. In 2006 Khouri collaborated with legendary television producer Steven Bochco and wrote and directed the television drama, “Hollis and Rae.” She has directed her second feature film, entitled “Mad Money,” starring Diane Keaton, Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah.
R.J. CUTLER, executive producerAward-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler has received numerous accolades for his work in film and television. His first television series, “American High,” won the very first Emmy Award for Best Reality Series. Cutler produced “The War Room,” the Oscar-nominated documentary about Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign for the presidency, and in 2009 produced and directed “The September Issue,” the feature documentary about legendary Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, which won the Best Cinematography prize at the Sundance Film Festival and enjoyed successful theatrical runs throughout the world.
In addition Cutler has produced over 20 television series, including “A Perfect Candidate,” “Thin,” “Freshman Diaries,” “30 Days,” “Black White,” “The Residents” and “Military Diaries.” He is also directing and producing the feature documentary “The World According to Dick Cheney” for Showtime.
In 2009 Cutler received the Television Academy’s prestigious Honor Award for his work “creating television with a conscience,” and the Museum of Television and Radio held a five-day retrospective in celebration of his work.
JAMES PARRIOTT, executive producerVeteran television producer and writer James Parriott has produced award-winning television series including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Ugly Betty” and “Sons of Anarchy,” and also created the series “Voyagers!,” “Misfits of Science,” “Forever Knight,” “Educating Matt Waters,” “The American Embassy” and “Defying Gravity.”
Parriott has won two Writers Guild Awards, two Golden Globes, a PGA Award and the award from the Television Critics Association. He also has two Emmy and Gemini nominations, and has one produced film as a writer/director, “Heart Condition,” starring Denzel Washington, Bob Hoskins and Chloe Webb.
Parriott has earned a Mass Communications/Theatre degree from University of Denver, an MFA in screenwriting from UCLA, and over 30 years of continuing education as a writer, producer and director in Hollywood.
STEPHEN G. BUCHANAN, executive producerSteve Buchanan is senior vice president of media and entertainment for Gaylord Entertainment. He is responsible for the management of the Grand Ole Opry, the historic Ryman Auditorium, the legendary WSM-AM and Gaylord Program Services, Inc. Buchanan joined Gaylord in 1985 as marketing manager of the Grand Ole Opry. In 1993 he was named general manager of the Ryman Auditorium. During his time at the Ryman, he directed an $8.5 million renovation of the historic structure, executive-produced such noted musical productions as “Always by Patsy Cline” and “Lost Highway -- The Music and Legend of Hank Williams,” and he was the co-creator and executive producer of “Sam’s Place - Music for the Spirit.” Buchanan produced the Grammy-nominated Bill Monroe album, “Live at the Opry” (1990), and Monroe’s “Cryin’ Holy Unto the Lord” (1991).
Buchanan has produced numerous television specials, including the “Grand Ole Opry’s 75th: A Celebration” and “Grand Ole Opry: 75 Years in the Making.” He currently serves as an executive producer of “Grand Ole Opry Live.” He was also responsible for the Opry’s monumental return to Carnegie Hall in November 2005, during the show’s 80th Anniversary Celebration.
Buchanan earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Vanderbilt University. He serves on the board of W.O. Smith Community Music School and is president of the Opry Trust Fund. He is also on the board of the Country Music Association, Sound and Speed and the Nashville Alliance for Public Education, and is a member of the Academy of Country Music. A native of Oak Ridge, TN, Buchanan is married to Ree Guyer Buchanan, a music publisher.
Series Produced byLoucas George .... producer (unknown episodes)
Bill Hill .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music byTree Adams (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography byRodney Charters (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing byKeith Henderson (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Jeanie Bacharach (1 episode, 2012)