CRAIG ANDERSON PRODUCTIONS COMPANY PROFILE
CRAIG ANDERSON PRODUCTIONS continues its tradition of creating powerful, thought-provoking human dramas that seek to enlighten, entertain, and emphasize the best in human behavior. Over the past several years, the company has presented numerous movies for Hallmark television, including "Let It Snow" with Candace Cameron Bure and Tom Arnold, "Operation Christmas", "Recipe For Love", "The Christmas Note", "Just The Way You Are", "Christmas Town" and "The Christmas Secret".
For Lifetime, John Stamos starred in "The Secrets Of Eden" and Hayden Pannattiere and Marcia Gay Harden were in "Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy". For NBC two films were produced: "A Walk In My Shoes" with Nancy Travis and "Truth Be Told" with Candace Cameron Bure, David James Elliot and Ronny Cox.
In addition the company produced CBS's "The Christmas Blessing" with Neil Patrick Harris and "American Meltdown" starring Bruce Greenwood and Arnold Vosloo for FX, and the Johnson & Johnson Spotlight Presentation "Wilder Days" starring Peter Falk , Josh Hutcherson and Tim Daly for TNT. The success of Lifetime's "For the Love of a Child" with Peri Gilpin and Teri Polo led to the film being honored at the White House in Washington D.C.
Since its inception in 1990 Craig Anderson Productions has earned a reputation for its commitment to excellence in providing distinctive, high-quality entertainment. Founded by four-time Tony Award-winning producer Craig Anderson, the company has become one of the television industry's foremost suppliers, presenting intelligent, insightful motion pictures and miniseries with some of the most respected talent in the entertainment industry.
Other CBS productions include the critically acclaimed "Songs in Ordinary Time" starring Sissy Spacek and Beau Bridges, "The Ballad of Lucy Whipple" starring Glenn Close and Jena Malone, and the blockbuster miniseries "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal” with Sam Neil, Mario Van Peeples and Mare Winningham and "The Christmas Shoes" starring Rob Lowe, which was the top rated movie on any network that season. Anderson put his theatrical expertise to work with one of his most ambitious undertakings: a live production of the award-winning play "On Golden Pond" starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Originally produced and directed by Anderson on Broadway, the television presentation was broadcast live as the First Annual State Farm Showcase.
For Lifetime Television, CAP presented "Range of Motion" starring Rebecca De Mornay, and "Midwives" starring Sissy Spacek and Peter Coyote. The latter became the highest rated movie in the network's history, as well as earned a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor for Sissy Spacek's role as Sybil Danforth.
Craig Anderson first found success upon the boards of Broadway presenting plays that sensitively explored the complexities of the human condition, and after producing and/or directing over 30 productions in New York, he returned to his native California and formed Craig Anderson Productions. The first film under the CAP banner, "Bump in the Night" starring Meredith Baxter and Christopher Reeve, was broadcast on CBS and became one of the highest-rated movies of the season.
Anderson's theatrical roots are evident in both the material he chooses and the talent populating his productions, both before and behind the camera. Twenty years after producing Thomas Hardy's "Return of the Native" on the stage, Anderson brought the classic to television as Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation starring Catherine Zeta Jones, Clive Owen and Joan Plowright for CBS. Also originating on the stage was his production of Michael Weller's "Spoils of War," presented as an ABC Television Movie starring Tobey Maguire, Kate Nelligan, John Heard, and Rhea Perlman.
CAP's association with Hallmark Hall of Fame began in 1992 with the popular and critically acclaimed production of Willa Cather's classic novel "O Pioneers" on CBS--starring Jessica Lange, Heather Graham and David Strathairn--through 1995's "The Piano Lesson" (CBS), which was based on August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winning play. Starring Charles Dutton and Alfre Woodard, "The Piano Lesson" was a commercial and critical triumph, earning the George Foster Peabody Award, the Christopher Award, nine Emmy nominations, and from Anderson's peers, a nomination for a Producers Guild of America Golden Laurel Award.
In 1996 the company produced the critically acclaimed "A Step Toward Tomorrow" starring Judith Light for CBS. The telefilm, which marked Christopher Reeve's first television appearance following his paralyzing equestrian accident, was also a commercial success ranking #11 for the week.
In May of 1997 CAP presented the sweeping miniseries "True Women" (CBS), an epic saga about three generations of women who change the face of the American West. Based on the best selling historical novel by Janice Woods Windle, the miniseries featured an all star cast including Angelina Jolie, Dana Delany, Annabeth Gish, Michael York, Rachael Leigh Cook, Terrance Mann, Powers Boothe and Charles Dutton. "True Women" became one of the highest rated miniseries of the 1996-97 season and was honored by the League of Women Voters for recognizing the significant contributions women made in settling the frontier and the nation.
"The Staircase," based on the legend of Santa Fe's "Miraculous Staircase" of the Sisters of Loretto Chapel starred Barbara Hershey, Diane Ladd and William Petersen. Presented as a Kraft Premier Movie on Easter Sunday, 1998, "The Staircase" was the highest-rated movie of the week, received the Award of Excellence from the Film Advisory Board, and was honored as a Humanitas Prize Finalist.
Other notable CAP productions include "The Secret" starring Kirk Douglas for Kraft/General Foods and CBS, "There Was A Little Boy" starring Cybill Shepherd and John Heard (CBS), the NBC blockbuster miniseries "Dead By Sunset" starring Ken Olin and Annette O'Toole, and USA Network's "Passion and Prejudice" starring Francis Fisher.
Currently, the company is expanding its slate to encompass series, limited series, and features. Projects in development include: "The Prince of Tides" based on the Pat Conroy Novel for Apple TV, "LOST SANTA" by Jay Frasco, "LIFE DURING WARTIME", based on Katie Rogin’s award-winning novel, and StarPower by Stephen, Joyce, and Eric Singular and Jacob Miller.
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