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10 Amazing Gay Men in Showbiz 2009

Paris Barclay

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Paris Barclay is the two-time Emmy® Award winner for directing “NYPD Blue." He has also won the DGA Award (with 7 other nominations), the Peabody Award, two NAACP Image Awards, two Golden Globe nominations, and three other Emmy nominations for directing and producing such critical and audience favorites as “The West Wing," “ER," “CSI," “Lost," “Weeds” and “The Mentalist." Currently, Paris is an executive producer and the principal director of HBO’s critically acclaimed “In Treatment," starring Gabriel Byrne and Dianne Wiest. “Pedro," the biopic of the late AIDS-activist Pedro Zamora that Paris executive produced and co-wrote with Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”), premiered at the Toronto, Berlin and Palm Springs Film Festivals and on MTV this spring. Paris currently serves as the First Vice President of the Directors Guild, the first African-American and openly gay officer in the history of the Guild. He has served on the board of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, and is currently on the Board of Trustees of Project Angel Food.

Lance Bass

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bassLance Bass is the ultimate multi-hyphenate: singer-actor-producer-writer-entrepreneur- philanthropist and even Cosmonaut. Best known as a member of the phenomenally successful pop group *NSYNC, he has also made a name for himself in a variety of other endeavors. He executive produced and starred in the Miramax film “On the Line” which received the coveted Movieguide® award for excellence in family-oriented programming. He received the Golden Apple Award® as Male Film Discovery of 2001. In addition Lance has appeared in films like “Zoolander," “Tropic Thunder,"” I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” and the television shows “7th Heaven," “The Simpsons," “Clueless," “Sabrina the Teenage Witch," NBC’s hit series “Americas Most Talented Kid” and co-host for the “American Music Award’s Red Carpet Party.” Lance continues to flex his producing muscles with his production company, Lance Bass Productions. He recently executive produced Randal Kleiser’s romantic comedy, “Lovewrecked,” starring Amanda Bynes, Chris Carmack, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Jonathan Bennett.

Bob Cohen

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cohenBob Cohen, Legal Affairs for Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, and since 1994 has been in charge of legal affairs for production and marketing for Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Animation, Fox Searchlight, direct to video productions, and the licensing, merchandising and music divisions of Twentieth Century Fox. Prior to his tenure at Fox, Bob served in a similar capacity for Paramount Pictures Corporation. Bob began his legal career in 1978 in San Francisco at the law firm, Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro after graduating from South Texas College of the Law in 1978 and receiving a B.A. from George Washington University in 1974. Over the years, Bob has had significant involvement with gay civil rights organizations, and in particular, National Gay Rights Advocates and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

C. Jay Cox

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coxC. Jay Cox’s first professional screenplay, “The Thing In Bob’s Garage," was optioned by Norman Lear. He subsequently has written projects for Bette Midler, Antonio Banderas, Walt Disney, Columbia, New Line and Paramount Pictures. His first produced feature script, “Sweet Home Alabama," starring Reese Witherspoon, holds the record as the biggest September opening ever. C. Jay followed the success with his directorial debut, “Latter Days," which won the HBO Award for Best First Narrative Feature at Outfest. On the eve of it’s theatrical opening the movie was ‘banned’ in Salt Lake City. It became the highest grossing gay-themed feature of 2004. C. Jay formed a production company, Shadow Factory, to produce his next independent feature, “Kiss The Bride," starring Tori Spelling, which was released theatrically through Regent releasing. His next big screen writing credit is for “New In Town” starring Renee Zellwegger, which was released by Lionsgate in January.

Silvio Horta

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hortaSilvio Horta is currently the creator/executive producer for ABC’s Emmy-nominated comedy “Ugly Betty.” Prior to his launch of the series, he served as creator/executive producer of UPN’s acclaimed sci-fi drama, “Jake 2.0,” and before that created and executive-produced the Sci-Fi Network original series, “The Chronicle,” which earned a Saturn Award nomination. “Ugly Betty” is the 2007 Golden Globe Winner for television’s best comedy, as well as the recipient of the Writers’ Guild Award for Best New Series. Horta has also been honored with an NAACP Image Award for outstanding writing, an ALMA award for best show and best writing, a Family Television Award, and the 2007 Peabody Award. Horta got his break in the industry a year out of NYU Film School with his screenplay for the box office hit, “Urban Legend,” a satirical horror film starring Alicia Witt, Jared Leto and Rebecca Gayheart.

Graham Kaye

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kayeGraham Kaye has been involved in the Entertainment Industry for 17 years. Graham started in the business at what some might consider to be the old age of 30 at a boutique talent and literary agency. Within 2 years Graham worked his way up to become a talent and literary agent at The William Morris Agency. Recently, Graham was promoted to President of CP Productions, which producing credits include “Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.”Even with the duties of running a production company. Graham insisted on continuing to represent out actors and writers including Chad Allen. Graham has a 24 year old son named Jensen and was one of the first out fathers of his generation. “Let’s put it this way, Play dates were hard to find.” He continues to work for gay and Lesbian causes such as the Human Rights Campaign Fund and also works with men and woman in the gay community to fight drug and alcohol addiction. This year Graham is co-chair of the entertainment committee of The American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life event to be held in August in Hollywood, CA.

Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer

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Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer were domestic partners of seventeen years until they were legally married last September, just before the ban on gay marriage was imposed on Californians. Individually, they both had successful careers as writers for TV, film, and stage (Will: “In the Gloaming;" Mark: “Cornelia,” “Mary Chestnut’s Civil War”) before they decided to incorporate their talents into their production company, Anima Sola Productions. In 2004 they created the HBO series “Big Love” where they currently write and executive produce. In their spare time, Mark and Will work on new projects (executive producing a gay family dramedy for HBO) and care for their supportive extended families in New Jersey and Nebraska. They live in Pasadena with their Spanish Water Dog Lester and their two alley cats from NYC.

Don Roos

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roosDon Roos is the screenwriter of “Love Field," “Single White Female," “Boys on the Side," and the 1996 remake of “Diabolique." In 1998 he made his directorial debut with “The Opposite of Sex," and won two Independent Spirit Awards for best first feature and best screenplay. In 2000 he directed Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow in his script “Bounce," and created the NBC series “M.Y.O.B." He then directed his script “Happy Endings," which starred Lisa Kudrow and Maggie Gyllenhaal and opened the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. In 2008, Don directed the script he adapted from Ayelet Waldman’s novel “Love and Other Impossible Pursuits," starring Natalie Portman and due to be released in late 2009. Don is currently casting “Swedish Berries," which he wrote and is slated to direct later this year. He lives in Los Angeles with his spouse, the actor/writer Dan Bucatinsky, and their children Eliza & Jonah.

Gus Van Sant

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vansantGus Van Sant is an author, musician, and photographer, but is best known as a film director. His film career began with the critically acclaimed “Mala Noche." His works range from indie films such as “Last Days” and “Elephant," which won both the Palm D’Or and Best Director of the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, to major studio productions, including “My Own Private Idaho,"”To Die For," “Good Will Hunting” and “Finding Forrester." Gus’s latest film “Milk” is still winning awards across the globe, and was nominated for 8 Academy Awards. Gus is also an involved member of the Portland community and has been a recipient of the ACLU “Freedom of Expression” award.


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