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British director Simon West (“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” “Con Air,” “The Expendables 2”) is set to dive further into the Middle Kingdom at the helm of his second Chinese action-adventure blockbuster...
Simon West is a British born and Hollywood based film director and producer. Films he directed include CON AIR starring Nicholas Cage, “THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER” starring John Travolta and “LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER” starring Angelina Jolie. West is the only live action director ever whose first three 3 films all grossed over $100m at the US box office.
In addition, West directed the action-packed remake of “THE MECHANIC” starring Jason Statham and Ben Foster and “THE EXPENDABLES 2” starring almost every action star in the movie world. This film grossed over $300m in world-wide box office.
West has also developed and sold numerous high-profile feature films to Warner Brothers, Universal, Fox, Paramount, Disney, Sony and others including blockbuster, “BLACK HAWK DOWN” directed by Ridley Scott. He will be reteaming with “BLACK HAWK DOWN” writer Ken Nolan to direct THUNDER RUN based on the book “Thunder Run” written by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Zucchino.
His television company, Simon West Productions (SWP) has produced and sold shows to most of the top networks including CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC, FX, TNT and WB. Such TV shows included Fox’s acclaimed series “KEEN EDDIE”, the CBS series “CLOSE TO HOME”, Fox’s “HUMAN TARGET” and the NBC series “THE CAPE”. Currently, SWP is developing shows for e1 and Lionsgate.
Most recently, West served as a judge for the 2019 Beijing International Film Festival and was a guest speaker at the 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival to help better Chinese film industry standardization. West currently serves on the advisory board for the prestigious Aberystwyth University Film Studies in the UK.
Directed by the U.K.’s Simon West, “Skyfire” is an action film about holidaymakers caught up in a volcanic eruption while on a tropical island...
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JIB POLHEMUS, PRESIDENT OF SIMON WEST PRODUCTIONS
As President of Simon West Productions, Mr. Polhemus has developed and sold numerous high-profile feature films to Warner Brothers, Universal, Fox, Paramount, Disney, Sony and others including Paramount’s Blockbuster, THE GENERAL’S DAUGHTER and BLACK HAWK DOWN directed by Ridley Scott.
He recently produced LEGEND HUNTERS for Wanda Studios (to be released in 2020). In 2018, Mr. Polhemus Produced SKYFIRE for Meridian and BaseMedia (December 2019 release). In 2017, he Produced GUN SHY starring Antonio Banderas and Olga Kurylenko and Executive Produced e1s STRATTON starring Dominic Cooper and Connie Nielsen. Previously, he Executive Produced WILD CARD starring Jason Statham and Stanley Tucci for Lionsgate. He Co-Produced blockbuster EXPENDABLES 2, starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Executive Produced STOLEN starring Nicolas Cage for Netflix. In 2011, he co-produced Lionsgate’s The MECHANIC, starring Jason Statham and Ben Foster, and also Associate Produced Paramount’s mega-blockbuster LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER, starring Angelina Jolie.
In his free time, Mr. Polhemus is on the advisory board of The Bahamas International Film Festival, lectures for the Columbia College of Chicago (LA) and judges UCLA’s Masters Screenplay Writing Program. He resides in Los Angeles, CA.
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