Damon Lindelof, New Jersey born and bred, earned a film degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts before heading west to pursue a screenwriting career. In 2004, he began working with writer-director-producer J.J. Abrams to create a television series about the survivors of a mysterious plane crash in the South Pacific. Lost brought together a number of creative talents that would reteam for Star Trek, which represented Lindelof’s first feature credit as a producer. Since then, he has worked as a writer and producer on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness and Tomorrowland. He is currently showrunning the third and final season of HBO’s critically-acclaimed The Leftovers, which he fiercely defends as “not as depressing as everyone says.” He also wrote this bio.
Justin Theroux is an accomplished film, television, and stage actor who gained industry notice with his unforgettable performance as director Adam Kesher, opposite Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring, in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive.
Theroux currently stars in HBO’s critically acclaimed series The Leftovers, created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta. The show recently won a 2016 Peabody Award, and Theroux received a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for his role as Kevin Garvey. He will next be seen in the film adaptation of the best-selling novel and psychological thriller, The Girl on The Train alongside Emily Blunt. He will star as Tom, the ex-husband of a suspected murderer.
Theroux is also a talented film writer. He co-wrote the script with Ben Stiller to Zoolander 2. In 2012, he co-wrote Rock of Ages for starring Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Theroux also penned Iron Man 2 for Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios.
Theroux’s acting credits include David Lynch’s Inland Empire, Zoe Cassavetes’ Broken English, Michael Mann’s Miami Vice, Ben Stiller’s smash hit comedy Zoolander, David Gordon Green’s Your Highness, Mary Harron’s American Psycho, David Wain’s The Ten, The Baxter, Strangers with Candy, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Duplex, I Shot Andy Warhol, Greg Berlanti’s romantic comedy, The Broken Hearts Club, and Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.
Theroux made his directorial debut with Dedication, which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.
On television, Theroux portrayed John Hancock in HBO’s award winning mini-series John Adams alongside Paul Giamiatti, Laura Linney, and Tom Wilkinson. He had a guest starring arc opposite Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreation and was a recurring character on HBO’s acclaimed series Six Feet Under. Theroux has also appeared on Alias, Sex and the City, Spin City and Ally McBeal.
Mimi Leder has the distinction of having directed DreamWorks’ first theatrical release, The Peacemaker, starring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman. She then directed the feature film Deep Impact, which grossed more than $350 million worldwide, making it one of 1998’s most profitable films, and went on to direct the feature Pay It Forward, which had a lasting impact on the American vernacular. Her most recent feature film was The Code starring Morgan Freeman and Antonio Banderas. Her next film, which she co-wrote with Reuben Leder and Stefanie Leder will be I Dismember Papa, a comedy/drama about her father, a 1980’s B-movie maker and his family of filmmakers.
Leder came to features after distinguishing herself as one of television’s most versatile and accomplished Producer/Directors. In 1995, she received an Emmy Award for directing the powerful and critically acclaimed “Love’s Labor Lost” episode of ER. Her work on ER as a Director and Co-Executive Producer earned her a second Emmy, two additional Emmy nominations, and three Directors Guild of America nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series.
Leder was the first woman accepted to study cinematography at the American Film Institute. She began her directing career on L.A. Law and went on to direct several other Emmy-winning dramatic series.
Of the nine pilots Leder has directed, six have gone on to series including The Beast, John Doe, Johnny Zero and Vanished, all of which she executive produced. In 1999, Leder won the American Film Institute’s Franklin J. Schaffner Award, and in 2000, she received the Distinguished Women in Film Dorothy Arzner Directors Award.
Leder is currently an Executive Producer on HBO’s acclaimed series The Leftovers, of which she has directed multiple episodes. In addition, she directed multiple episodes of the Showtime series Shameless, Neil Labute’s Full Circle for Direct TV, and the season/series finale of HBO’s Luck.
Tom Perrotta is the author of eight works of fiction, including Election and Little Children, both of which were made into critically acclaimed movies, and The Leftovers, which was adapted into an HBO Series. He lives outside Boston.