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POWER IS THE ABILITY TO CHANGE THINGS, AND THESE MOVERS AND SHAKERS--FROM STUDIO BIGWIGS TO OUR 9 UP-AND-COMERS--ARE WORKING TO DO JUST THAT

JANE ANDERSON

DIRECTOR AND SCREENWRITER

Resume: Wrote acclaimed Showtime film The Baby, Dance (also directed); HBO's ... Texas Cheer-leader-Murdering, Mom; feature Haw to Make an Next: American Quilt Next: HBO's third If These Walls' Could Talk, which will focus on lesbian lives Out in action: Active with the LA. Gay and Lesbian Center and her son's school

>> CLIVE BARKER

AUTHOR, FILMMAKER, PAINTER

Resume: Latest novel Galilee; last directed Lord of Illusions; executive-produced Bill Condon's Gods and Monsters Next: The Essential Clive Barker, a definitive compendium of his literary work, due this fall; developing new film American Horror as a possible franchise for New Line Cinema Out in action: Enjoys teaching and mentoring other writers

>> PARIS BARCLAY

DIRECTOR

Resume: Emmy-winning director for NYPD Blue; directed features including The Cherokee Kid, Don't Be a Menace..., and American Dream Next: Reportedly attached to long-in-development film adaptation of Larry Kramer's seminal AIDS-crisis play The Normal Heart Out in action: Has worked with gay and lesbian youth at the LA, Gay and Lesbian Center

>> LESLIE BELZERBERG

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, ST. CLARE ENTERTAINMENT

Resume: Won 1981 Oscar for documentary Genocide; produced hits such as Beverly Hills Cop III Next: Developing several TV series Out in action: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force board member; active in ANGLE (Access Now to Gay and Lesbian Equality)

>> JAN BERLINER

TALENT AGENT, CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY

Resume: Represented Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche through the trauma of coming out and seeing Ellen canceled Out in action: Speaks to youth about self-esteem and being out in the workplace; member of the education-focused CAA Foundation

>> TAMMARA BILLIK

PRESIDENT, TAMMARA BILLIK CASTING

Resume: Won a casting award for years of work on TV series Ellen Next: Casting Disney TV film Smart House and feature East of A Out in action: Board member for Human Rights Campaign and for LA. Gay and Lesbian Center; four-year chairwoman of center's Women's Night, raising more than $1 million for women's services

>> DAN BUTLER

ACTOR, WRITER, DIRECTOR

Resume: Between seasons of Frasier, acts in features such as Enemy of the State and The Fan; his one-person play The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me ... continues to be performed around the country--and the world Next: Short film Clowns (written and directed by Bruce Mason) debuted at Slamdance; guested on new Touched by an Angel episode Out in action: Onetime spokesman for HRC; current spokesman for the Trevor Line, a toll-free help line for troubled gay and lesbian youth

>> DOUG CHAPIN

>> BARRY KROST (pictured)

PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT TEAM

Resume: Produced What's Love Got to Do With It and Love! Valour! Compassion! Next: Jackie's Back starting Jenifer Lewis, with cameos by Tom Hanks, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Melissa Etheridge, RuPaul, Dolly Patton, and others Out in action: Promote gay and lesbian civil rights and AIDS awareness within film industry; Krost on Project Inform board of directors

>> BRUCE COHEN

PRODUCING PARTNER, THE JINKS/COHEN COMPANY

Resume: Produced films The Flintstones and Mouse Hunt; executive-produced To Wang Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar Next: Jinks/ Cohen's first feature American Beauty, with Annette Bening and Kevin Spacey Out in action: Board member and past president of Outfest, the Los Angeles gay and lesbian film festival; cofounder and former cochairman of Out There, a group of gay and lesbian entertainment industry activists

>> BILL CONDON

DIRECTOR AND SCREENWRITER

Resume: Screenwriter who debuted as director on Sister, Sister; directed Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh in 1995 and met Clive Barker, who backed Gods and Monsters, which garnered Oscar nominations for Condon's adapted screenplay and for actors Ian McKellen and Lynn Redgrave Next: Vicki Oberjeune, a tribute to a child actress who turns to TV (and drugs) in her later years Out in action: Always out; risked his directing career with Gods, a movie about an aging gay man, and won widespread acclaim

>> ELLEN DEGENERES

ACTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER

Resume: Made history by coming out as both actress and character through TV series Ellen; costars in just-released Ron Howard film EDtv Next: Goodbye, Lover, due in April; upcoming feature The Love Letter; coproducing HBO's third If These Walls Could Talk, focusing on lesbian lives Out in action: Endured the most public voluntary coming-out in the history of entertainment; seen regularly at gay and HIV-related fundraising events

>> ROB EPSTEIN

>> JEFFREY FRIEDMAN

DIRECTORS

Resume: Epstein won Oscar for The Times of Harvey Milk; duo shared Oscar for Common Threads. Tales From the Quilt and directed The Celluloid Closet Next: At work on The Pink Triangle, documentary about gay survivors of the Holocaust; developing first fiction feature, Save Me, a gay romantic comedy set amid ex-gay ministry Out in action: Have devoted their careers to documenting and increasing visibility of gay and lesbian lives

>> ANDREW FLEMING

DIRECTOR AND SCREENWRITER Resume: Wrote and directed groundbreaking campus comedy Threesome and cult favorite The Craft Next: Dick, a comedy set during Watergate Out in action: Supports local gay and lesbian political candidates

>> LIZ FRIEDMAN

PRESIDENT, TELEVISION FOR RENAISSANCE PICTURES Resume: Co-executive producer of Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules, and Young Hercules Next: Can big-screen versions of these syndicated hits be far behind? Out in action: Vocally supportive of Xena's countless lesbian fans

>> SUSAN GLATZER

VICE PRESIDENT OF ACQUISITIONS AND PRODUCTION, OCTOBER RELEASING Resume: Lesbian love story High Art; Robert Duvall's The Apostle; The Celebration; Oscar contenders Hilary and Jackie and

The Last Days Next: Robert Altman's Cookie's Fortune; Allison Anders's and Kurt Voss's Sugar Town; Maria Maggenti's Us, Them, and Me Out in action: Founding member, New York Women's Film Festival

>> DANA GOLDBERG

VICE PRESIDENT, CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT, VILLAGE ROADSHOW PICTURES Resume: Worked for past three years with Barry Levinson (Wag the Dog, Home Fries, Donnie Brasco) Next: Taking Lives, a thriller; Amanda's Wedding, a comedy; and a remake of Sleuth, a thriller and a comedy Out in action: Outfest board member

>> TODD HAYNES

WRITER AND DIRECTOR Resume: Poison, Safe, Velvet Goldmine (with Toni Collette, pictured below), and Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (with Barbie dolls) Out in action: First filmmaker to suggest that Oscar Wilde descended from heaven

>> ALAN HERGOTT

PARTNER, BLOOM, HERGOTT, COOK, DIEMER, AND KLEIN Resume: One of Hollywood's most respected and powerful attorneys, with clients such as Brad Pitt Out in action: Visible at nearly every Los Angeles-area black-tie event for gay and lesbian and HIV-related causes

>> MARCUS HU

COPRESIDENT, STRAND RELEASING Resume: Producer and/or distributor of landmark gay films including Grief, Wild Reeds, Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss, Steam, and Love Is the Devil Next: Hot coming-out-in-the-'80s film Edge of Seventeen Out in action: Backs gay movies others won't risk; on the advisory board for the San Francisco International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival

>> NICHOLAS HYTNER

DIRECTOR

Resume: Long a leading stage director (Miss Saigon), Hytner moved into films with The Madness of King George and The Crucible Next: Reportedly will direct film version of musical Chicago, starring Madonna Out in action: Used cachet from his first two critical successes to get The Object of My Affection made

>> NINA JACOBSON

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, PRODUCTION, WALT DISNEY PICTURES

Resume: Highly sought-after production executive formerly at Universal and DreamWorks, where she shepherded Antz Next: Disney's Mission to Mars Out in action: Founding member of Out There

>> LORETHA JONES

PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR

Resume: Executive producer and director for Warner Bros. TV show The Parent 'Hood Next: Producer of Price of Glory with Jimmy Smits for New Line Cinema; set to direct film adaptations of E. Lynn Harris novels Invisible Life and Just As I Am Out in action: Board member, LA. Gay and Lesbian Center

>> NATHAN LANE

ACTOR

Resume: Broadway star (Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum); braved many gay film roles (Frankie and Johnny, Jeffrey, The Birdcage); starred in hit Mouse Hunt; voiced Timon in The Lion King Next: The Best Man, Popcorn, and Love's Labour's Lost, all due out this year, as is Isn't She Great the Jacqueline Susann biopic starring Bette Midler Out in action: Came out publicly in The Advocate in February

>> MAXINE LAPIDUSS

PRODUCER, WRITER, PERFORMER

Resume: As a producer-writer on Roseanne, introduced gay Martin Mull and Sandra Bernhard characters; on Ellen's last season, introduced Ellen's girlfriend and their first kiss; winner of 14 Dramalogue awards and nominated for Ovation Award for best new musical for Situation Tragedy: Observations on 10 Years in Hollywood ... With Bongos, at L.A.'s Globe Playhouse last year Next: Producing half-hour pilot for CBS; developing first feature film, Me & Mrs. Jones Out in action: Works with the Aviva Center, which serves abused girls in the Los Angeles area, and the Preservation Committee of the Museum of Television and Radio

>> CHRIS LEE

PRODUCER, CHRIS LEE PRODUCTIONS

Resume: Philadelphia, Jerry Maguire, As Good as It Gets, The Mask of Zorro, and the gay-themed comedy Go, due March 26 Next: SWAT, Doom, Final Fantasy Out in action: Bought a pitch from Rupert Everett; active in the Gay Asian Pacific Support Network and East-West Players

>> RICK LEED

PRESIDENT, WIND DANDER PRODUCTION GROUP

Resume: Wind Dancer produces ABC's Home Improvement Next: Coming up are Firelight and Company Man, with Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro, and Ryan Phillippe; in development are film bio of Evelyn Hooker (pioneer researcher on sexual orientation), film adaptation of Billie Letts novel Where the Heart Is, plus other film and stage projects Out in action: Involved with LA. Gay and Lesbian Center; Kol Ami, Los Angeles gay synagogue; Family Pride Coalition, San Diego group for families with gay parents or children

>> LAURENCE MARK

PRESIDENT, LAURENCE MARK PRODUCTIONS

Resume: Produced Jerry Maguire, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, and Simon Birch; executive-produced As Good as It Gets Next: Anywhere But Here, with Susan Sarandon; Hanging Up, with Meg Ryan, Diane Keaton, and Lisa Kudrow Out in action: Used clout to back unlikely gay man-straight woman love story The Object of My Affection

>> ANNIE MEREDITH

SCREENWRITER

Resume: Fought to keep lesbian material in film adaptation of Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina, which wound up on Showtime after Ted Turner refused to release through Fine Line Features Next: Plans to start directing her own scripts Out in action: Addressed issue of married women discovering lesbian love in feature Losing Chase

>> SARAH PETTIT

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR, NEWSWEEK

Resume: Cocreated Out magazine and served as editor in chief; now arts gatekeeper for Newsweek's 19.3 million readers Out in action: Lifelong activist, from ACT UP street demos and OutWeek exposes to countless op-ed pieces, talk show appearances, and university lectures

>> ALLAN POUL

PRODUCER

Resume: Armistead Maupin More Tales of the City for Showtime as well as original Tales of the City miniseries on PBS; theatrical feature Thursday; muchlauded TV series My So-Called Life Next: Woman on Top, a sexy romantic comedy with Spanish star Penelope Cruz; Epstein and Friedman's Save Me; and Center Square: The Paul Lynde Story Out in action: Copresident of Outfest; former board member for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation

>> CHRIS PULA

PRESIDENT, THEATRICAL MARKETING, BUENA VISTA PICTURES

Resume: Marketing whiz behind New Line's early blockbusters; after stint at Warner Bros., now overseeing Disney's theatrical marketing behemoth Next: Outside his day job, is "often held captive by his two Jack Russell terriers and hoping one day to outwit them" Out in action: On February 14, celebrated 20 years with boyfriend Thom Biggert

>> HOWARD Z. ROSENMAN

PRODUCER

Resume: Buffy the Vampire Slayer feature, hit remake Father of the Bride, and Oscar-winning Common Threads Next: Family Man, with John Travolta; Whispers in Bedlam' three features for Fox 2000 Out in action: Co-founded Project Angel Food; used his connections to help secure rights to film clips needed for documentary The Celluloid Closet, which he executive-produced

>> SCOTT RUDIN

PRODUCER

Resume: Blockbusters from The Addams Family and The Firm to The First Wives Club and The Truman Show; Broadway hits such as The Blue Room, with Nicole Kidman, and Forum, with Nathan Lane Next: Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow; South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut; Angela's Ashes, with Emily Watson; Martin Scorsese's Bringing Out the Dead Out in action: Saw commercial potential of Patti Rudnick's In & Out; helping shepherd Gus Van Sant's cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain

>> PAUL RUDNICK

SCREENWRITER, PLAYWRIGHT

Resume: Long a successful playwright (I Hate Hamlet, Jeffrey), his unattributed rewrite on The Addams Family is widely credited with that movie's success; his own scripts for Addams Family Values and In & Out launched him as an A-list screenwriter Next: His off-Broadway hit play, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told--a Biblical romp beginning with Adam and Steve--is settling in for a long run Out in action: Works with the Hetrick-Martin Institute, a New York advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youth

>> BARRY SANDLER

SCREENWRITER

Resumes: Crimes of Passion, The Mirror Crack'd, the groundbreaking gay love story Making Love Next: With Patricia Nell Warren, film adaptation of her classic novel The Front Runner Out in action: First major screenwriter to come out publicly, in 1982

>> JOHN SCHLESINGER

DIRECTOR AND ACTOR

Resume: 1969 Oscar winner for Midnight Cowboy; recent films include Cold Comfort Farm and Eye for an Eye; also directed Sweeney Todd for Showtime Next: The Next Best Thing, with Rupert Everett and Madonna Out in action: Has never shied from gay projects, from directing 1971's Sunday, Bloody Sunday, featuring mainstream cinema's first romantic gay kiss, to acting in TV's The Lost Language of Cranes, playing a gay man

>> THOMAS SCHUMACHER

PRESIDENT, WALT DISNEY FEATURE ANIMATION AND WALT DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS

Resume: Has overseen all Disney's recent $100-million-plus animated hits, including Oscar-nominated Mulan, and Broadway hits The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast Next: On film: Tarzan, Toy Story 2, Fantasia 2000; on the stage: Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida; The Hunchback of Notre Dame, in Berlin; The Lion King, in London Out in action: Active in numerous charitable organizations with his partner of 17 years, interior designer Matthew White

>> RUTH SCOVILL

HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY FOR FEATURE ANIMATION, DREAMWORKS SKG

Resume: Behind the scenes for the holiday hit The Prince of Egypt Next: DreamWorks animated film El Dorado due in March 2000 Out in action: Works with HIV-affected infants and with organizations that deliver food to people with AIDS

>> MARC SHAIMAN

COMPOSER, MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Resume: Four times Oscar-nominated, this year for Patch Adams; scored countless hits, including In & Out, A Few Good Men, and Sister Act; two Grammy nominations; an Emmy for cowriting Billy Crystal's Oscar medleys; contributed to longtime collaborator Bette Midler's Emmy-winning appearance on the final Tonight Show with Johnny Carson Next: The Out-of-Towners, the South Park movie, and Rob Reiner's The Story of Us Out in action: Most proud to have directed music for AIDS Project Los Angeles's Commitment to Life VII, featuring Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Whitney Houston, Angela Lansbury, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, and Bruce Springsteen, which raised $5 million

>> ARNOLD STIEFEL

CHAIRMAN, STIEFEL ENTERTAINMENT

Resume: Longtime manager to clients such as Rod Stewart; produced films Stop Making Sense and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Next: Film of Dominick Dunne's O.J. Simpson novel-memoir Another City, Not My Own.; stage musical versions of Lady Chablis's Hiding My Candy and Dunne's The Two Mrs. Grenvilles Out in action: Arranged for 25 cents from every ticket sold on latest Rod Stewart tour to go to LifeBeat, the music industry's AIDS foundation; active with AIDS Project Los Angeles, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, City of Hope, and other AIDS-service and activist groups; sponsors a day of Outfest

>> MICHAEL STIPE

PRODUCER, ACTOR, SINGER

Resume: Executive-produced Velvet Goldmine for his production company, Single Cell Pictures Next: Being John Malkovich; Showtime film Freak City Out in action: Supports gay filmmakers such as Christopher Munch, in whose Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day Stipe made his acting debut (in a gay role)

>> BRIAN SWARDSTROM

TALENT AGENT, ENDEAVOR

Resume: Helped make Endeavor a leading agency, representing Oscar contender Edward Norton, director-screenwriter Don Roos, TV superproducer David E. Kelley, among others Out in action: Early member of Out There; one of the few out voices in a notoriously reticent side of the business

>> BRUCE VILANCH

WRITER AND HUMORIST

Resume: Vilanch has helped write every leading awards show, gags for every top celebrity, and much of Bette Midler's onstage schtick; he's now gaining celebrity of his own as the "gay square" on TV's Hollywood Squares Nell:. The feature documentary Get Bruce/from Miramax Out in action: Has cohosted and/or cowritten every major gay or AIDS fundraiser in Los Angeles

>> KATHY WOLFE

FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, WOLFE VIDEO

Resume: Latest video-only releases include lesbian films Some Prefer Cake, It's in the Water, and Thin Ice Next: Gay male titles Lilies, Together Alone, and Green Plaid Shirt Out in action: Pioneering video distributor, via catalog and Web site, malting small lesbian and gay movies available to gays and lesbians everywhere

RUPERT EVERETT

ACTOR WRITER

Resume: Another Country, The Comfort of Strangers; The Madness of King George, My Best Friend's Wedding, Shakespeare in Love Next: Plays Oberon, king of the fairies, in new film of A Mid. summer Night's Dream and the villain in Disney's summer release Inspector Gadget; developing Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband as well as The Next Best Thing with Madonna Out in action: Has been out since the '80s and has never shied away from discussing his personal life and taking gay roles; wants to star as Hollywood's first gay secret agent

DAVID GEFFEN

COFOUNDER AND COHEAD OF DREAMWORKS SKG

Resume: As a manager, molded California rock music in the '70s (Jackson Browne, Eagles); produced hot films such as Risky. Business in the '80s; brought alt-rock into the mainstream at Geffen Records in the '90s (Hole, Veruca Salt); cocreated multibillion-dollar studio from scratch, resulting in Oscar favorite Saving. Private Ryan; continuing to launch new music careers through DreamWorks Records (Rufus Wainwright) Next: Ellen DeGeneres movie The Love Letter (spring); Kevin Spacey in American Beauty (fall) Out in action: David Geffen Foundation donates millions to HIV service organizations

ANNE HECHE

ACTOR

Resume: Award-winner for Donnie Brasco and Wag. the Dog; also starred in Six Days, Seven Nights; Psycho; Return to Paradise; Volcano Next: Trixie and The Third Miracle Out in action: Endured the second most public voluntary coming out in the history of entertainment; recently honored by LA. Gay and Lesbian Center at major fund-raiser

IAN McKELLEN

ACTOR

Resume: One of England's most respected stage actors; films include Scandal, Six Degrees of Separation, Richard III, Apt Pupil, and Gods and Monsters, which brought him an Oscar nomination Next: After Oscars, planning first vacation in five years; also will reportedly costar in Mission: Impossible 2 Out in action: First major actor to both come out and work tirelessly and publicly for gay rights; the first openly gay man knighted in the United Kingdom; member of Stonewall, U.K. group working for full legal and social equality for gay men and lesbians

NEIL MERON

CRAIG ZADAN

PRODUCERS AND CO-OWNERS, STORYLINE ENTERTAINMENT

Resume: Reinvigorated the filmed musical with TV hits Gypsy and Cinderella; coproduced Emmy-winning Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Stray with Barbra Streisand; produced feature My Fellow Americans Next: Double Platinum, an original television movie with Diana Ross and Brandy; Wonderful World of Disney musicals Annie and Mame; Stephen Sondheim's Assassins for HBO; upcoming feature Fahrenheit 451 Out in action: Developing HBO biopic of Harvey Milk--The Mayor of Castro Street--and lesbian child-custody drama What Makes a Family

DON ROOS

SCREENWRITER AND DIRECTOR

Resume: Wrote Boys on the Side and Single White Female; wrote and directed The Opposite of Sex, earning a Writers Guild of America nomination for best original screenplay Next: NBC pilot M.Y.O.B.; directing his script Bounce for Miramax Out in action: Active with GLAAD; the Van Ness House, residential alcoholism recovery program for gays; and Project Hope, residential program for at-risk girls in Pittsburgh

GUS VAN SANT

DIRECTOR AND SCREENWRITER

Resume: One of the few openly gay directors nominated for an Academy Award, for Good Will Hunting Next: Standing. Room Only, with John Travolta; using his Hunting good will to develop cowboys-in-love flick Brokeback Mountain Out In action: Put his career on the line with gay-themed My Own Private Idaho and lesbian comedy-romance Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

CHRISTINE VACHON

PRODUCER, KILLER FILMS

Resume: Gay-themed pictures, from Swoon, Poison, and Go Fish to I Shot Andy Warhol and Velvet Goldmine--not to mention other groundbreaking movies such as Kids and Happiness Next: Take It Like a Man, the Brandon Teena biopic recently picked up by Fox Searchlight; Crime and Punishment in High School, directed by Rob Schmidt Out in action: No single producer has done more to increase and diversify gay and lesbian images in American film

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