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JANE SEYMOUR "Fanny Kemble" / Executive Producer
Jane Seymour recently completed a six-year starring run in "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," which attracted one of the most devoted followings in television history. Seymour's other notable television work includes "East of Eden," which earned her a Golden Globe™ Best Actress Award, "War and Remembrance," which garnered her Emmy® and Golden Globe™ nominations, "The Richest Man Alive," for which she won a Best Actress Emmy® for her portrayal of Maria Callas, "The Woman He Loved," "Captains and Kings," and the BBC's "Our Mutual Friend" and "King David." Her best-known film credits include "Somewhere in Time" with Christopher Reeve, and the James Bond classic "Live and Let Die."

Seymour has starred in and produced several television movies directed by her husband, James Keach, under the auspices of their production company, Catfish Productions. Recent projects include "The Absolute Truth," "A Passion for Justice" and "A Marriage of Convenience."

Since the couple had twins in late 1995, they have collaborated on a series of popular children's books for Putnam entitled This One and That One, based on the antics of twin kittens.

Seymour originated the role of Constanza Weber, the wife of Mozart, in the Broadway hit "Amadeus" and has appeared on the London stage in such productions as "Ophelia" and "A Doll's House."

Daughter of a British obstetrician and his Dutch wife, Jane was born in Wimbledon, England. She began training in dance at an early age, and was just 13 when she made her professional debut with the London Festival Ballet. That same year she entered the Arts Educational Trust, and danced with the visiting Kirov Ballet. She then turned to acting, making her film debut as a chorus girl in Richard Attenborough's "Oh, What A Lovely War." She played roles in a range of classical plays and performed in radio dramas, such as the BBC's six-hour "Far From the Madding Crowd." Her breakthrough role was as Winston Churchill's first love, Pamela Powden, in Carl Foreman's "Young Winston."

Her first, and only other, television series was the BBC's "The Onedin Line," which led to her casting as Solitaire in "Live and Let Die."

Actively involved in numerous social causes, Jane has lent her watercolor and sketching talents to several artistic efforts for charity. She serves as International Ambassador for Childhelp USA -- dedicated to the research, treatment and prevention of child abuse --and is the Honorary Chairperson for City Hearts, which enriches the lives of abused or neglected children through the arts.

Keith Carradine has starred in feature films and on Broadway, and is an Academy Award® -winning singer/songwriter. His most noted films include "Andre," "The Duelists," "Pretty Baby," "The Longriders," "Southern Comfort," "Trouble in Mind," "The Moderns" (for which he painted artwork for the film’s poster), "Thieves Like Us," "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," "A Gunfight," and the Oscar-nominated "Nashville," for which he wrote several songs on the soundtrack, including the hit "I’m Easy."

Carradine’s recent films include "A Thousand Acres," "Standoff," "2 Days in the Valley" and "The Hunter’s Moon," co-starring Burt Reynolds. He also appeared with Tom Selleck in "The Last Stand At Saber River," which earned him and Selleck honors from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Carradine received a Tony Award® nomination for creating the role of Will Rogers in "The Will Rogers Follies," the Broadway hit that earned six Tony Awards® , including Best Musical. After a year of performances he led the national touring company of the show, playing 28 cities in 12 months. He previously had appeared on Broadway with Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn in "Foxfire," winning an Outer Critics Circle Award.

Born in San Mateo, California, the son of the late John Carradine (veteran actor and father of acting brothers David and Robert), Keith began playing guitar at age 14. He formed a bluegrass band with classmates at Ojai Valley School, where he also began appearing in school dramas. He went on to Colorado State University and appeared in one campus play before dropping out of school. After a brief period in San Francisco. he went to Los Angeles and moved in with his brother David. He got his break in 1969 when he provided guitar accompaniment at David’s audition for the Broadway production of "Hair" -- and was himself cast in the part. He played the part for nearly a year on Broadway before returning to Los Angeles to begin a film-acting career.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje can currently be seen in the acclaimed dramatic series "OZ," created by Tom Fontana. His other television credits include "Cracker," the ABC miniseries "20,000 League Under the Sea" and the action series "Pensacola." He has appeared in the feature films "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls," "Congo" and "Delta of Venus." Akinnuoye-Agbaje earned a master’s degree in criminal law from King’s College in London before relocating to Los Angeles to work as a model and launch his acting career.

JANET-LAINE GREEN "Elizabeth Sedgwick"
Janet-Laine Green is a Toronto-based actress who has been seen in numerous film and television projects. She is a multiple Genie and Gemini Best Actress nominee for her performances in such projects as "Transit of Venus," "The Shower," "The Beachcombers," "Seeing Things," "Michael & Kity" and "Cowboys Don’t Cry." She has starred in nearly two dozen Toronto stage productions, including "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Twelfth Night."

Arlene Duncan is a veteran actress who has appeared in more than three dozen film and television projects. Duncan portrayed Harriet Tubman in CBS’ "Sing Out, Freedom Train" and has played principal and lead roles in such shows as "Moonlight Becomes You," "Ghostwriter," "Top Cops," "An American Christmas Tale" and "FX: The Series." Her film credits include "Extreme Measures," "Body Parts" and "FX II." An accomplished singer, Duncan has performed in numerous television musicals, including a Johnny Cash special and Global TV’s "Variety Tonight."

Eugene Byrd recently completed a stint as a regular on the CBS series "Promised Land" and stars in the Fox Searchlight feature "White Boys." Byrd has previously been seen in such films as "Sleepers," "Dead Man," starring Johnny Depp and directed by Jim Jarmusch, and SHOWTIME’s "Color of Justice" with F. Murray Abraham, Bruce Davison, Gregory Hines and Judd Hirsch. His television credits also include a recurring role on "Cosby," a series regular role on SHOWTIME’s "Chris Cross," and guest starring roles on "Beverly Hills 90210," "The Young Riders," "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" and "H.E.L.P.," starring Wesley Snipes. In addition, he appeared in the NBC telefilm "Murder in Mississippi," had a regular role on "Sesame Street" and won a Youth in Film Best Actor Award for the Disney Channel feature "Perfect Harmony."

Sharon Washington has appeared such high-profile films as "Malcolm X," "Die Hard With A Vengeance" and "The Long Kiss Goodnight," as well as independent projects such as "Waking the Dead," produced by Jodie Foster, and "The Confession" with Ben Kingsley and Alec Baldwin. She has guest starred on many television productions, including Hallmark Hall of Fame’s "Blind Spot" with Joanne Woodward, and the miniseries "North and South III." Episodic appearances include "Trinity," "Law & Order," "Cosby" and "Here and Now." A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Washington has appeared in more than 20 theatrical productions, including co-starring roles at the New York Shakespeare Festival with Denzel Washington and Christopher Walken.

JAMES KEACH Director / Executive Producer / "Dr. Huston"
James Keach has worked as an actor, writer, producer and director. He directed the Warner Bros. feature "The Stars Fell on Henrietta," produced by Clint Eastwood and starring Robert Duvall, Aidan Quinn and Frances Fisher. Keach executive produced and co-wrote the feature films "The Long Riders" (in which he also starred as Jesse James) and "Armed and Dangerous." He also produced the feature "The Experts" and co-wrote and directed the telefilm "The Forgotten," a CableACE Award winner.

Keach received two Western Heritage Awards for Best Director for the series "The Young Riders," which he also produced. "A Winner Never Quits," a telefilm he produced for ABC, won a Humanitas Award. Keach produced and directed his wife Jane Seymour in the telefilms "A Passion for Justice," "Sunstroke," "Praying Mantis" and "Absolute Truth" through their production company, Catfish Productions.The couple’s latest collaboration yielded "Marriage of Convenience," one of the highest rated television movies of the season, and the "Dr. Quinn" movie for CBS. Both were directed by Keach and starred Seymour.

A graduate of Northwestern University and the Yale School of Drama, Keach received classical training as an actor at the New York Shakespeare Festival under Joseph Papp. He performed on stage at the Body Politic Theater in Chicago, and directed theater in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. He has starred in over 50 feature films, including "Wildcats," "Love Letters," "Vacation," "The Experts," "Moving Violations," "Comes A Horseman" and "The Razor’s Edge." He recently returned to acting in the feature "Swiss Family Robinson," starring opposite his wife.

Christopher Lofton has written several high-profile projects for television, including "Scarlett," the eight-hour miniseries for CBS. More recent credits include "The Ballad of Lucy Whipple," "The Staircase," "True Women" and "The Judge," all for CBS; Mary Higgins Clark’s "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" for the Family Channel; and the miniseries "Time and Again." In addition to more than a dozen other television movies, Lofton wrote screenplays for the feature films "Robinson Crusoe," starring Jane Seymour and James Keach, and Paramount Pictures’ "Kingdom Come."

Susan Cooper, Paul Taublieb and Austin Hearst are principals of LXD, a diversified entertainment company specializing in fact-based television movies and feature films. Cooper ("Dead Silent"), Taublieb (executive producer of NBC’s "Living the Lie" and USA Network’s "Our Mother’s Murder") and Hearst ("Princess Caribou") have several television projects in development with CBS, Hearst Entertainment, and Spyglass Entertainment. LXD also produces extreme sports events and television programming, including freestyle motorcross for ESPN’s "X Games," the Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding, and the Planet Extreme Championships for Fox Sports Net.