Bliss, Thomas A. 1952- (Thomas Bliss)

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Bliss, Thomas A. 1952- (Thomas Bliss)


Full name, Thomas Albert Bliss; born December 13, 1952, in Hollywood, CA. Education: University of California, Los Angeles, undergraduate degree in film and J.D.; also attended Directors Guild of America Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers Training Program.


Office—Strike Entertainment, 3000 West Olympic Blvd., Bldg. 5, Suite 1250, Santa Monica, CA 90404.


Producer, director trainee, and unit production manager. Beacon Communications, chief operating officer and executive vice president, 1990-?; Strike Entertainment (a production company), Santa Monica, CA, cofounder, 2002—. University of Southern California, former dean of students at Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, currently member of board of directors; Directors Guild of America Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers Training Program, member of board of directors, 1995—; Stanford University, member of board of external overseers for Social Science History Unit; consultant to American Film Institute.


Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Independent Producers Association (member of board of directors).

Awards, Honors:

CableACE Award (with others), children's programming—seven and older, National Cable Television Association, 1991, for Mother Goose Rock ‘n’ Rhyme; Honorable mention (with others), Wise Owl Award, outstanding television and theatrical film fiction, Retirement Research Foundation, 1994, CableACE Award, National Cable Television Association, both for A Life in the Theater; Directors Guild of America Award nomination, for Buffalo Bill; George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award, Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Georgia.


Film Work:

Directors Guild of America trainee, Zoot Suit, 1981.

Line producer, Auto-Olympia, 1983.

Line producer, Starring: the Actors, 1984.

Producer and live-action director, Dorothy Meets Ozma of Oz, A-KOM Productions/Atlantic-Kushner-Locke/Prairie Rose Productions, 1987.

(As Thomas Bliss) Production executive, A Midnight Clear, InterStar Releasing, 1991.

Executive in charge of production, Sugar Hill, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994.

Executive in charge of production, Princess Caraboo, TriStar, 1994.

Executive in charge of production, The Road to Wellville, Columbia, 1994.

Executive producer, The Baby-Sitters Club, Columbia, 1995.

Producer, Just Looking, Sony Pictures Classics, 1995.

Producer, 364 Girls a Year (also known as The Last Bachelor), Lost Studios, 1996.

Producer, Box of Moon Light, Trimark Pictures, 1997.

Executive producer, Air Force One (also known as AFO), Columbia, 1997.

Executive producer, A Thousand Acres, Buena Vista, 1997.

Executive producer, Playing God (also known as Playing Hero), Buena Vista, 1997.

Executive in charge of production, Girly Magazine Party, 1997.

Executive producer, Trippin', October Films, 1999.

Executive producer, The Hurricane, MCA/Universal, 1999.

Executive producer, End of Days, MCA/Universal, 1999.

Executive producer, The Family Man, MCA/Universal, 2000.

Executive producer, Thirteen Days, New Line Cinema, 2000.

Producer, Bring It On, MCA/Universal, 2000.

Executive producer, Spy Game, MCA/Universal, 2001.

Executive producer, Tuck Everlasting, Buena Vista, 2002.

Executive producer, The Emperor's Club, Universal, 2002.

Executive producer, The Palace Thief, Universal, 2002.

Producer, Bring It On Again, Universal Home Entertainment, 2004.

Executive producer, Dawn of the Dead (also known as Zack Snyder's "Dawn of the Dead"), Universal, 2004.

Executive producer, Slither (also known as Incisions), Universal, 2006.

Executive producer, Children of Men, Universal, 2006.

Executive producer, Flash of Genius, Universal, 2008.

Film Appearances:

Himself, You're On the Set of "Bring It on Again" (documentary short), Universal Studios Home Video, 2004.

Television Work; Series:

Directors Guild of America trainee, The Incredible Hulk, 1978.

Trainee assistant director, The Love Boat, 1980-81.

Directors Guild of America trainee, McClain's Law, 1981.

Second assistant director, Buffalo Bill, 1981.

Associate producer, Glory Years (also known as Wacky Weekend), HBO, 1987.

Unit production manager, 1st & Ten, 1988-89.

Television Work; Movies:

Directors Guild of America trainee, Can You Hear the Laughter? The Story of Freddie Prinze, 1979.

Directors Guild of American trainee, The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire (also known as Fugitive from the Empire and The Archer and the Sorceress), 1981.

Directors Guild of America trainee, Dark Night of the Scarecrow, CBS, 1981.

Unit production manager, Liberace: Behind the Music, 1988.

Unit production manager, Your Mother Wears Combat Boots, NBC, 1989.

Coproducer, Mother Goose Rock ‘n’ Rhyme, The Disney Channel, 1990.

(With Patricia Wolff) Producer, A Life in the Theater (also known as A Life in the Theatre), TNT, 1993.

Television Work; Specials:

Assistant director, Billy Crystal: Don't Get Me Started—The Billy Crystal Special (also known as On Location: Billy Crystal—Don't Get Me Started), HBO, 1986.

Associate producer, Christmas Special (also known as Christmas at Pee-Wee's Playhouse, Pee-Wee Herman's Christmas Special, and Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special), 1988.

Director, The Hunt for Stolen War Treasures Live, syndicated, 1989.

Line producer and unit production manager, A Very Retail Christmas, NBC, 1990.