Bounty Hunters - Production bios
JESSE PRUPAS (Executive Producer / Producer)
In the summer of 2011, Jesse Prupas was engaged by Fox 2000 Pictures as the Montreal Line Producer for the Ang Lee directed feature Life of Pi. When Ang Lee returned to Montreal for reshoots on Life of Pi in the summer of 2012, Jesse was once again retained by Fox to provide his line producing service to the production.
Jesse Prupas produced his first series in 2008, the live-action comedy Family Biz (YTV/France 2). In 2009 he produced Muse’s first animated television project, a mystery series for 6-9 year-olds entitled The Mysteries of Alfred Hedgehog (TVO/TFO/SRC/France 5) and in 2010 he followed this animation project with a new action/adventure animated series called Gawayn (Starz/SRC/Gulli). In 2011, Prupas produced the action/comedy series Bullet in the Face (IFC/Superchannel). This past year Prupas has started production on a new primetime animated series Bounty Hunters (CMT/Comedy Network) which stars Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Lisa Lampanelli, Bill Engval, Samantha Bee and Jason Jones.
Prupas produced the highly-acclaimed TV movie Cyberbully (ABC Family/Corus) in 2011 that explored the issues of online bullying and which won a Prism Award for its teen star Emily Osment. Prupas’ previous TV movie experiences include the four TV movies he produced in 2007: The Watch, Too Young To Marry, I Me Wed and Girl’s Best Friend; the three TV movies he produced in 2006: Proof of Lies, House Sitter and Tipping Point; and the first two TV movie he ever produced in 2005: Mind Over Murder and Black Widower.
Interactive Games & Apps:
Prupas is currently developing an app to accompany his animated series Bounty Hunters that will be deployed at the same time that the series is launched in 2013. In 2011 and 2012 he produced an interactive gaming app to accompany his animated series Gawayn, which was deployed on Itunes and Google Play in the fall of 2012. In 2010, Prupas produced two interactive gaming projects, The Alfred Hedgehog Mystery Club based on the animated series and Race to Rome an interactive chariot-racing game based on the mini-series Ben Hur.
Development & Other Info:
Prupas is currently developing a new slate of dramatic and comedy series, kids & teen series, TV movies, mini-series and feature films for Canadian, US and international markets.
Jesse Prupas got his break in the industry in the late 90’s as a writer on the animated series Mona the Vampire (Cinar/YTV/France 2) and as a unit department intern on the teen series Student Bodies (YTV/Fox Kids). Prupas is a graduate of Columbia College at Columbia University in New York City; Ecole Science-Po at La Sorbonne in Paris, France; The United World College of the Atlantic in Cardiff, Wales; and Lower Canada College in Montreal, Canada. He is an avid computer gamer, swimmer, skier and yoga practitioner.
MICHAEL PRUPAS (Executive Producer)
Emmy Award-nominated Michael Prupas is a 33-year veteran of the Canadian and international film and television industries. A former entertainment attorney and senior partner at the law firm Heenan Blaikie, Mr. Prupas launched Muse Entertainment Enterprises in June 1998 and Muse Distribution International in 2000. Muse Entertainment has become a major international production company, known around the world for its high-quality, award-winning television programs.
An expert in international co-productions, Mr. Prupas most recently executive produced The Kennedys, as well as The Pillars of the Earth, both 8-episode event television series. He also executive produced Ben Hur and The Phantom, both event miniseries as well as the television movie Cyberbully and the TV series Being Human (Seasons I, II, III) and Bomb Girls (Seasons I, II).
He executive produced the crime series Durham County (Seasons I, II, III), the television movies Wild Girl, Unstable and The Night Before the Night Before Christmas, as well as the documentary feature film Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae and Muse Entertainment’s first animated series for children, The Mysteries of Alfred Hedgehog.
Mr. Prupas’ other television series credits include Family Biz, Crusoe, This is Wonderland (Seasons I, II, III), Twice in a Lifetime (Seasons I, II), Largo Winch, Doc (Season 1) and Tales from the Neverending Story.
His miniseries credits include Impact, The Last Templar, The Flood, Killer Wave, Answered by Fire and Human Trafficking.
He also executive produced a number of family movies including The Wind in the Willows, An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, Accidental Friendship, A Christmas Choir, Girl’s Best Friend, Too Young to Marry and I Me Wed, as well as several sci-fi movies including Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Carny, Rise of the Gargoyle, Hellhounds, Sand Serpents, Alien Western, Swamp Devil, Infected, The Watch and Black Swarm.
In 2007, Mr. Prupas produced the feature film The Deal starring William H. Macy and Meg Ryan, which premiered at the Sundance Festival. He produced Niagara Motel starring Craig Ferguson and Anna Friel, The Guilty, starring Bill Pullman and Joanne Whalley, Tracker, starring Casper Van Dien and Savage Messiah (winner of 3 Genie Awards), starring Polly Walker, Luc Picard and Isabelle Blais.
His numerous other TV movie credits include Reviving Ophelia,The Party Never Stops, House Next Door, Tipping Point, House Sitter, Proof of Lies, Murder in the Hamptons, Mind over Murder, Black Widower, Plain Truth, Ice Bound, The Clinic, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Sign of Four, The Royal Scandal, The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Stork Derby, The Investigation, The Many Trials of One Jane Doe, Chasing Cain II: Face and Silent Night.
Mr. Prupas established the first entertainment law course at McGill University, which he taught from 1997-2002. He coached a minor league baseball team, served on the Board of Trustees of the Banff Television Festival and sits on the finance committee of the Association des producteurs de film et de télévision du Québec.
ERIC HORSTED (Executive Producer / Writer – Episode 113)
Eric Horsted has worked on over 400 episodes of television. He started in sitcoms, writing for the ABC show Coach for several years before moving on to Home Improvement. After that, he became co-executive producer of the Fox animated show Futurama, which kicked off his career in animation.
Horsted lives in Los Angeles with his husband and their children.
GLENN CLEMENTS (Exec Prod. / Co-Creator / Writer Episodes 102,105,108,112)
Glenn Clements is a writer, producer and director. His credits include The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Jay Leno Show, Deon Cole's Black Box on TBS, Stevie TV on VH1, The Jesse Miller Show on Comedy Central, Rhett and Link: Commercial Kings on IFC, and Fox's 2011 Super Bowl pregame show. In 2009, he wrote and executive produced Hardaway, a sitcom pilot for CBS / Paramount starring Rob Riggle, Horatio Sans, Jessica St. Clair, Andy Daly, Dan Bakkedahl, and Rachael Cook. Bounty Hunters is Clements’ first animated show.
Clements lives in Los Angeles.
JOEL S. RICE (Executive Producer)
Muse U.S.A. President and Executive Producer Joel S. Rice is responsible for developing projects with American television and cable networks in the areas of TV series, mini-series, TV movies and family programming.
After a career in social work, Rice moved into television production where he has worked for 20 years developing and producing programming for numerous networks. Rice has executive produced over 50 television movies.
Rice’s executive producer credits include Cyberbully (ABC Family), Reviving Ophelia (Lifetime), Secrets of The Mountain (NBC), Notes from the Heart Healer (Hallmark Channel), One Kill (Showtime), About Sarah (CBS/P&G), Shredderman Rules (Nickelodeon) and Searching for David's Heart (Disney Channel).
Rice’s upcoming projects airing in 2013 include the ABC Family TV movie Holidaze as well as the Hallmark Channel movies Dead Letters, Banner 4th of July and Christmas with Tucker.
CORY MORRISON (Director)
Cory Morrison has over 16 years of experience animating, designing, supervising and directing a broad range of TV animated content.
His latest accomplishments are animation supervision and direction on the Prime Time series Ugly Americans and Brickleberry for Comedy Central.
As a founding partner in Big Jump Productions, Morrison serves as Executive Vice President/Head of Development. He currently oversees several projects ranging from preschool to prime time while working closely with great talent to create and prepare innovative, character driven properties for the market.
PAIMAN KALAYEH (Writer – Episodes 101 & 109)
Paiman Kalayeh is a comedy writer based in Los Angeles. Prior to Bounty Hunters, Kalayeh was a writer on The Cleveland Show. Before The Cleveland Show, he completed NBC’s prestigious writing program Writers On the Verge. He also wrote, directed and produced on-air promos for NBC, where he won back-to-back Emmys in 2009 and 2010 for Best Short Promo.
When he isn’t writing for sitcoms, Kalayeh moonlights as an editor and director. He made his feature-length directorial debut in 2012 with Kingdom Come featuring Mark Ruffalo, Don Cheadle, Morgan Spurlock, Ed Burns and Kevin Smith. It premiered at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival and recently sold to Showtime. As an editor, Kalayeh’s credits include the VH1 sketch show, Stevie TV, Whitney Cummings E! talk show Love You, Mean It, Comedy Central’s The Bonnaroo Experience, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Kalayeh graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Film & Television. He was raised in Delaware. Yes. Delaware.
HEATHER WORDHAM (Writer – Episodes 104, 107 & 111)
Heather Wordham started her career spending a year in the Walt Disney / ABC Television Writers Fellowship Program. Following the fellowship, she wrote on the hit sitcom Reba for 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. Television, and the sitcom Misconceptions produced by Imagine Television. Later, Wordham wrote on Disney Channel’s most successful kids program, Hannah Montana, finishing the show as a co-producer. Currently Wordham is a supervising producer for Nickelodeon’s new show, The Haunted Hathaways.
COLLEEN EVANSON (Writer – Episode 110)
Bounty Hunters is Colleen Evanson’s first writing credit. Though she may be a native New Yorker, she's got country in her heart and is a strong believer in the problem solving abilities of duct tape.