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Birth Place: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA Profession: producer, director

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Former film critic (e.g. for "Movie") and assistant to Melville, Losey and Corman, whose first produced screenplay was Nicholas Roeg's "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (1976). Mayersberg went on to prove himself deft in the art-house arena, co-scripting Oshima's "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" (1983), collaborating for a second time with Roeg for "Eureka" (1983) and making his directorial debut with "Captive" (1985). His work on more mainstream genres--i.e. the script for "Return from the River Kwai" and his own adaptation of Isaac Asimov's "Nightfall" (both 1988)--has, however, been far less critically praised.

Former film critic (e.g. for "Movie") and assistant to Melville, Losey and Corman, whose first produced screenplay was Nicholas Roeg's "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (1976). Mayersberg went on to prove himself deft in the art-house arena, co-scripting Oshima's "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" (1983), collaborating for a second time with Roeg for "Eureka" (1983) and making his directorial debut with "Captive" (1985). His work on more mainstream genres--i.e. the script for "Return from the River Kwai" and his own adaptation of Isaac Asimov's "Nightfall" (both 1988)--has, however, been far less critically praised.

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  Man, The (2005)
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  Blue Streak (1999)
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  Flubber (1997)
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  Encino Man (1992)

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Raised in New Jersey
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Began making vacation films and neighborhood comedies in the fifth grade, after his grandfather gave him an 8mm camera
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Won the Kodak Teenager Movie Award when he was only fourteen
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Formed ZM Productions during his first year at USC, with a fellow student
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Served as an executive producer on the critically acclaimed documentary "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse" and the Emmy Award-winning "Images of Life: Photographs that Changed the World"
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Directed specials on the making of films like "Empire of the Sun," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"
1992:
Made his non-documentary feature film directorial debut with the box office hit, "Encino Man"
1994:
Directed the pallid remake of "Miracle on 34th Street"
1997:
Helmed the remake "Flubber", starring Robin Williams
1999:
Enjoyed box office success with "Blue Streak"
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Directed the Western "American Outlaws"
2005:
Helmed the comedy "The Man" starring Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy
2007:
Directed Cedric the Entertainer in the comedy "Code Name: The Cleaner"
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Education

USC School of Cinema-Television: Los Angeles , California - 1982

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