CHRISTOPHER ERSKIN (Director)
Christopher Erskin makes his feature film directorial debut with a new twist on the outrageous family comedy, JOHNSON FAMILY VACATION. Erskin began his career at the age of 9, making home movies based on the work of the directors he loved, including Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg. In 1996, Erskin began his professional career directing music videos. With credits ranging from R. Kelly and T. Boz (of TLC) to Snoop Dogg and Missy Elliot to Boyz II Men and Teddy Riley's Blackstreet, Erskin became known in the industry for unique aesthetic vision and ability to capture the spirit of young artists. With unique framing, ideas and effects, Erskin enraptured video audiences.
Erskin has also made a name for himself on the cutting edge of commercials, where his work includes Mandy Moore as well as spots for such national brands as Pontiac and Footlocker.
EARL RICHEY JONES & TODD R. JONES (Screenwriters)
Real-life brothers Earl Richey Jones and Todd R. Jones make their feature film screenwriting debut with JOHNSON FAMILY VACATION. The brothers have spent the last decade writing for various television series including “The Hughleys” and “In Living Color” to name a few.
PAUL HALL (Producer)
Paul Hall, CEO and co-founder of Magic Hallway Pictures, is a feature film and television producer whose credits include HIGHER LEARNING, WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE, the 2000 remake of SHAFT. He and his partner, NBA Hall of Famer Earvin "Magic" Johnson, have a first-look distribution deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.
Hall's career began in local news for the San Francisco market, which led to news positions at ABC and NBC network. While in the Los Angeles market, he created documentary programming for KCET, as well as network-affiliated programming for KABC, for which he received an Emmy nomination.
Hall founded The Berkeley Group in 1991, a television production and motion picture marketing company whose credits include the groundbreaking FOX Network reality series, Sightings and Encounters. Paul's television work has aired on FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO and Showtime Networks.
He is currently in active development on multiple projects, including the romantic comedy THE BOMB with Warner Brothers.
ERIC C. RHONE (Producer)
Eric C. Rhone makes his feature film producing debut on JOHNSON FAMILY VACATION. A long-time collaborator with Cedric The Entertainer, he previously produced for television CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER PRESENTS and executive produced CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: STARTING LINEUP.
WENDY PARK (Producer)
Prior to making her feature film debut as producer on JOHNSON FAMILY VACATION, Wendy Park served as Vice President of Production at Warner Bros.-based Hallway Pictures. She brought the project to the company where she nurtured it with screenwriters the Jones brothers. She got her start in the film industry in 1995 as an assistant at Summers/Quaid, Dennis Quaid’s production company and went on to become a creative executive at Cinergi Pictures, where she was involved with such films as DIE HARD III,
NIXON, SCARLET LETTER and JUDGE DREDD. She went on to work as a freelance story consultant for Jerry Bruckheimer, Roland Joffe and Simon West on films such as ENEMY OF THE STATE, GOODBYE LOVER and VATEL before landing at Hallway.
ANDREW SUGERMAN (Executive Producer)
Andrew Sugerman most recently served as the executive/line producer on SHOPGIRL starring Steve Martin, Claire Danes and Jason Schwartzman, directed by Anand Tucker. Previously he line produced Howard Deutch’s THE WHOLE TEN YARDS, starring Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry and Amanda Peet; director Wych Kaosayananda’s BALLISTIC: ECKS VS. SEVER, starring Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu; and director Erik Skoldbjaerg’s PROZAC NATION, starring Christina Ricci, Jessica Lange, Anne Heche and Jason Biggs. Sugerman also recently produced BOAT TRIP, directed by Mort Nathan and starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Roger Moore, Vivica A. Fox and Will Ferrell; and director Walter Hill’s UNDISPUTED, starring Wesley Snipes, Ving Rhames and Peter Falk.
Sugerman’s additional line producer credits include: SPIDERS, THE PROPHET’S GAME, KIMBERLY, THE STERLING CHASE, MICHAELANGEL, BLUE MOTEL, His producing credits include: MCCINSEY’S ISLAND, MERCY STREET, SOMEBODY IS WAITING, SAVATE, SPILT MILK and DEADLY RIVALS among others. He executive and line produced LOVE KILLS and directed the feature film BASIC TRAINING.
For television, Sugerman co-wrote “A Place at the Table,” starring Danny Glover; executive produced “The Bulkin Trail,” starring David Hasselhoff; and produced and directed “The Hayburners” and “Mandy’s Grandmother.”
KEITH BRIAN BURNS (Production Designer)
Keith Brian Burns most recently designed the runaway hit action movie 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS for director John Singleton. His credits also include STARK RAVING MAD, LIBERTY STANDS STILL, BABY BOY, BLACK & WHITE, B.A.P.S., HIGHER LEARNING and POETIC JUSTICE.
During his 15-year career in the film industry, Burns has worked with notable directors such as Michael Apted (ALWAYS OUTNUMBERED), Phil Alden Robinson (SNEAKERS) and Robert M. Young (TALENT FOR THE GAME).
SHAWN MAURER (Director of Photography)
Shawn Maurer’s cinematography credits include those for BOAT TRIP, LIKE MIKE and BRING IT ON, which was his first major studio feature film. THE BIG EMPTY and SHOW AND TELL, both of which Maurer shot, were selected for Kodak’s First Look Series, which showcases strong independent films by first time directors. Previously, Maurer spent 10 years as a cameraman shooting behind the scenes documentaries for major motion pictures such as BACK TO THE FUTURE II and III, HOOK, JURASSIC PARK and FORREST GUMP.
A graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a BFA in Cinema, Maurer’s student film LEILA won best documentary at the Student Academy Awards.
JOHN CARTER, A.C.E. (Editor)
John Carter’s editing credits include THE FORMULA, THE HEARTBREAK KID, LEAN ON ME, KARATE KID III, THE FIVE HEARTBEATS, SISTER ACT 2, DEEP COVER, FRIDAY, A THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE, SET IT OFF, SOUL FOOD, THE WOOD, MEN OF HONOR and most recently BARBERSHOP.
A native of New Jersey, Carter trained at the New York Institute of Photography and the Brooklyn Institute of Motion Picture Production. He was WCBS-TV’s first African-American film editor and spent many years supervising editing for their award-winning Documentary Unit.
In 1968, Carter left CBS to form his own company, John Carter Associates, Inc., with a primary focus on feature films. However, Carter maintained involvement in television documentaries and worked with Gordon Parks on several projects, including the mini-series HEMINGWAY. Carter debuted as a feature film editor on the film PAPER LION. Since then he has worked with many prominent directors on a number of films. The first feature he directed was ZOMBIE ISLAND MASSACRE.
DAVE JORDAN (Music Supervisor)
David Jordan has served as music supervisor for such films as CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN, THE PUNISHER, DAREDEVIL, BIG FAT LIAR, AMERICAN PIE 2, KISS OF THE DRAGON, DUDE, WHERE’S MY CAR? and GETTING TO KNOW YOU. Jordan coordinated the soundtracks for THE FAMILY MAN, TURN IT UP, NUTTY PROFESSOR II, and THE NEXT BEST THING.
RICHARD GIBBS (Music)
Richard Gibbs has a degree in classical composition from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, and was the keyboard player for the alternative rock band Oingo Boingo. From there, he became musical director for television’s “The Tracey Ullman Show” and scored the first season of “The Simpsons.” Along the way, he has also worked with such artists as Chaka Khan, Robert Palmer, Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits.
Gibbs’ recent credits as film composer include BARBERSHOP 2, MY BABY’S DADDY and LOVE DON’T COST A THING. Additional credits include Twentieth Century Fox’s LIKE MIKE and DOCTOR DOLITTLE, the Fox/Regency Enterprises blockbuster BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE, I, SPY, the drama 28 DAYS, starring Sandra Bullock, and the popular teen romance 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU. Gibbs also scored Cameron Crowe’s romantic comedy SAY ANYTHING and Allan Moyle’s THE GUN IN BETTY LOU’S HANDBAG.