Derek Power is a British born film producer and talent manager largely specializing in representing European film artists: actors, directors, composers and a casting director. Currently Power is Executive Producer of Stewart Copeland’s 2014 edit and restoration of ‘Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ’, the landmark 1925 black and white silent film starring Ramon Novarro, directed by Fred Niblo, and produced by Louis B. Mayer, Irving Thalberg and Florenz Ziegfeld. This version is a live symphonic performance of the score composed and performed with Drums and Percussion by Copeland. Future engagements include cities in both Europe and the USA throughout 2016 and 2017 including performances in Los Angeles, Seattle, London, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, Paris, and Vienna.
Together with his wife and partner Ilene, Kahn Power Pictures’ first major production was ‘GIA’ for HBO. Ilene served as Executive Producer on this Emmy and Golden Globe winning film which features the career-making performance by Angelina Jolie of the doomed fashion model, and Faye Dunaway as her agent Wilhelmina.
Executive Producer Power was responsible for bringing Dennis Hopper’s cult noir ‘The Hot Spot’ to the screen starring Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen and Jennifer Connolly together with a moody score by Jack Nitzsche performed by John Lee Hooker and Miles Davis. Derek also Produced Tobe Hooper’s ‘The Funhouse’ for Universal Pictures, and Executive Produced Anthony Perkins’ Lucky Stiff for New Line Cinema. Prior to being an active film producer and packager, Power sold the films of the legendary Dino de Laurentiis in the foreign sales arena. Power collaborated closely with Peter Weir on two early films and was responsible for the US and Canadian sale of ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ and the financing and sale of Power’s Production of Weir’s ‘The Last Wave’. As a talent manager Power cast Sting in his first starring role as an actor in the MGM film ‘Brimstone & Treacle’ which experience subsequently led him into an ongoing thirty-three year relationship with the rock band The Police. Their 2007-8 Reunion tour was an enormous $370,000,000.00 worldwide success, and he retains a close relationship most especially with the band’s founder Stewart Copeland for whom he also acted as Executive Producer on Copeland’s Sundance Film Festival entry ‘Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out’. By guiding Sir Ben Kingsley into a series of films that included ‘Anne Frank’, ‘Sexy Beast’, and ‘The House Of Sand And Fog’, Kingsley was able to earn multiple Award nominations, including those for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for the Oscars©.
Swiss Writer/Director/Producer Claudio Faeh’s ensemble action epic ‘Northmen, A Viking Saga’ was released internationally by Paramount in October 2014, and in the US and Canada in August 2015. Besides ‘Sniper: Reloaded’ Executive Produced by Derek, previous films directed by Faeh include ‘Hollow Man 2’ for Screen Gems, with Christian Slater as The Hollow Man. Faeh also Produced Joe Dante’s Venice Film Festival Award winner ‘The Hole 3D’ for Disney, and he Executive Produced ‘Starship Troopers: Marauder’ for Sony Stage 6. Faeh is in active development on several new films including his passion project ‘Leaving Sarajevo’ to shoot in Bosnia and elsewhere in Fall 2016. The true story of the “Romeo and Juliet” of Sarajevo, this is a co-production with C-Films in Zurich. Now in Bulgaria, Faeh is due to start filming ‘Company Of Heroes: Fourth Reich’ in October 2015.
A chance encounter with Oscar nominated documentarian Belgian Filmmaker and Ethnologist Jean Pierre Dutilleux on his film Raoni (about the vanishing lands of the Amazonian Indians) prompted Executive Producer Power to bring Dutilleux and Copeland together for the production of ‘The Rhythmatist’, Copeland’s musical odyssey across Africa. Power is now collaborating with the filmmaker on a new series of films: Tribes 2.0, a return visit by Dutilleux to a dozen of the 40 or more far-flung and primitive indigenous peoples from Africa to Oceana and from the South Pacific to the Amazon. All tribes he has previously filmed, some perhaps thriving but may in other cases Dutilleux may now discover to have vanished.
Casting Director Nancy Bishop CSA lives and works in London and Prague. She has created an extremely active international casting career on such films as the recent ‘November Man’ with Pierce Brosnan, ‘The Last Knights’ with Clive Owen, as well as ‘Mission Impossible IV’, ‘The Bourne Identity’ and ‘Wanted’ to name but three of more than sixty other films and TV shows on which she has worked. She founded the Acting Department at the Prague Film School and in addition to her casting activity, conducts a busy round of acting workshops all over the world. Bishop introduced Actor-Director Jiri Madl to Derek Power, and Madl is now enjoying a warm response to his charming feature film debut ‘To See The Sea’ which he both wrote and directed. Armed with notable successes as a star performer in his native Czech Republic, the multilingual artist is preparing his second film as writer-director: ‘Very Short Wave’, while juggling Festival appearances from Korea to Montreal, and from Los Angeles to Moscow.
Academy-Award nominated Director Robert Dornhelm has enjoyed an extraordinarily varied career both as a documentarian–‘The Children Of Theatre Street’, ‘She Dances Alone’–and as a feature film maker including the lush theatrical version of Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’, ‘Requiem For Dominic’, ‘Echo Park’.He received a nomination for the Emmy winning mini-series ‘Anne Frank’. He just wrapped ‘Tatort-Nulsummenspiel’, filmed in his hometown of Vienna. Other of his films that have filmed in Austria include the tragic story of ‘The Crown Prince Rudolf’ and his re-creation of Tolstoy’s eight-hour ‘War And Peace’. followed that. The recent ‘K2’, and ‘Out Of Control: Udo Proksch’ were filmed in Vienna, while ‘The Amanda Knox Story’ shot in Rome and Perugia.
Power’s film-music composer clients include J. Peter Robinson who has scored many of Roger Donaldson’s films including ‘The Bank Job’, ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’, and ‘Cadillac Man’. Power is of counsel to legendary British minimalist composer Michael Nyman, whose score for James Marsh’s ‘Man On Wire’ helped earn that film’s Academy Award in 2009. Nyman’s haunting score for Jane Campion’s Cannes Golden Palme winning ‘The Piano’ has sold more than 4,000,000 copies worldwide. Eric Neveux is Power’s newest composer client, now LA based is a prolific and talented French composer of amongst other films, Nicole Garcia’s ‘Going Away’, Rachid Bouchareb’s ‘Enemy Way’ and Ziad Doueri’s powerful ‘The Attack’. Peter Golub enjoys a successful Broadway career as well as being the composer of powerful scores for films like ‘Frozen River’, ‘Countdown to Zero’, ‘Wordplay’, and ‘The Laramie Project’ and is Director of the Composer’s Lab at the Sundance Institute.
A member of BAFTA, the European Film Academy and is a publisher member of both ASCAP, and BMI. Power travels regularly to Europe and points further East.
411: A Film by Oliver Power starring F Murray Abraham- Executive Producer 2015
Ben-Hur, A Tale of the Christ, Stewart Copeland Orchestral Version- Executive Producer – 2014
Sniper: Reloaded- Executive Producer – 2011
Bhutto (documentary) – Executive Music Producer – 2010
Mercy – Executive Music Producer – 2009
Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out (documentary) – Executive Producer – 2006 Morgan’s Ferry – Executive Music Producer – 2001
Captain America – Soundtrack (writer: “Written in the Wind”) (producer: “Written in the Wind”) – 1990
The Hot Spot – Executive Producer – 1990
Class of 1999 – Music Supervisor – 1990
Short Time – Music Supervisor – 1990
Lionheart – Music Supervisor – 1990
Cat Chaser – Music Supervisor – 1989
Lucky Stiff – Executive Producer – 1988
The Night Before – Music Supervisor – 1988
Youngblood – Music Supervisor – 1986
Highlander – Music Supervisor – 1986
Head Office – Music Supervisor – 1986
The Police: Synchronicity Concert (video documentary) – Executive Producer – 1984
Brimstone & Treacle – Original Casting – 1982
The Funhouse – Producer – 1981
Running Scared – Executive Producer – 1980
The Dark – Executive Producer – 1979