Original Series Production: Castle Rock

SAT, NOV 4, 2017 (59:36)

The era of high quality scripted series arrives in Massachusetts with Castle Rock, a new Hulu Original dramatic series from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. An original suspense thriller set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock explores the themes uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories set in the fictional Maine town.

Producers Robin Sweet and Colin Walsh, co-executive producer / director Michael Uppendahl, and key personnel from the Castle Rock team discuss trends in prestige series production, and the impact of making an episodic program in Massachusetts.

+ BIO: Robin Sweet

As a producer and production manager, Robin Sweet has served a wide variety of film and television projects ranging from low-budget indie films, award-winning features, and studio blockbusters. In 2018 she will return to the fourth season of Better Call Saul as a producer, having joined the acclaimed prequel to Breaking Bad for its second season. She is currently working as the producer on the psychological-horror series, Castle Rock, a Hulu / Bad Robot Collaboration set in the Stephen King multiverse.

+ BIO: Michael Uppendahl

Michael is a television and film director, who’s responsible for numerous episodes of several high-profile drama series, including the AMC period drama Mad Men, FX's horror anthology series American Horror Story, their crime drama Fargo and Marvel's Legion (where he also served as a co-executive producer).

+ BIO: Lisa Strout

With 20 years in film production and another 12 years in film commissions, Lisa continues to help filmmakers realize their vision, supporting underrepresented cultural voices, and creating meaningful careers for as many people as possible.

+ BIO: Richard Rutkowski

Richard’s cinematography has been seen on acclaimed television dramas including Gus Van Sant produced Boss, FX's The Americans, and period drama Manhattan (earning two separate ASC Award Nominations for Best Cinematography). Recent work includes the launch of three new series; HBO’s Divorce, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan for Amazon, and Castle Rock for Hulu. Castle Rock reunites Richard with Manhattan creators Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason.

+ BIO: Steve Arnold

Steve Arnold is currently production designer for the Stephen King inspired series Castle Rock for Hulu. He recently designed neo-noir film The Big Bang, the Netflix series House of Cards, and a new Netflix series Mindhunter with David Fincher. He has been the Art Director on more than 20 feature films including Get Shorty, Face/Off, Unbreakable, Spider-Man, Van Helsing and Appaloosa.

+ BIO: Colin Walsh

Colin Walsh started his career in 2004 in the locations department on the feature film Fever Pitch. He continued to work in locations on numerous New England productions like Brotherhood, Underdog, The Fighter, and Moonrise Kingdom. Colin then joined the Director's Guild of America and was the Unit Production Manager on the television series Better Call Saul and The Red Road. More recently Colin has been producing the series Rectify and the series Hap and Leonard.

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