TONY ROMANO & MICHEL SHANE
Tony Romano and Michel Shane are best known for their instrumental
role as developers of Steven Spielbergs latest film Catch Me If You Can, for which they received Executive Producer
credits. In summer, 2004, Romano-Shane Productions will follow with the release of I, Robot, to be released by Fox
based on the classic novel by Isaac Asimov, will star Will Smith.
Most recently the team Executive Produced a feature for Mark and Michael
Polish entitled North Fork, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2003 and has since been released by Paramount
Pictures. Currently Romano-Shane is producing George Gallos Friends Again. The partners have also produced Rennies
Landing starring Scott Foley, Peter Facinelli and Ethan Embry for Franchise Pictures. As executive producers, Romano-Shane
are also working on The Legacy to shoot in March 2004 in South Africa
and starring Minnie Driver.
Producing partners Tony Romano and Michel Shane launched Romano-Shane
Productions in February 2002. On their slate of films in development are several notable books including an adaptation of
Edward Bunkers Dog Eat Dog and David Porter and Henry Hills non-fiction book Fixed, How Goodfellas Fixed The Boston
College Basketball Games with Hayden Christensen attached to star. Their most recent acquisition is Gus Russos Pulitzer
Prize nominated nonfiction book The Outfit, published by Bloomsbury Press, which is currently in development as a mini-series
for broadcast on the USA Network. Romano-Shane also has a first-look deal with Splendid Pictures, and are currently developing
and producing feature films including two action adventure features, Starbright and Band On The Run.
A graduate of Canadas McGill University, Michel Shane attended law
school for two years before deciding on a career in the entertainment business. In the early 1980s Mr. Shanes video distribution
company was the first to put advertising on videocassettes. Mr. Shane helped expand his company by handling distribution and
production duties on two very highly successfully syndicated television shows. He segued into film production by financing
films utilizing the Canadian governments tax incentives.
Tony Romano began his career on Wall Street as a broker and brought
numerous companies public through the years, including Fuji Photo and Superscope, a division of Sony. Learning the ropes while
working for legendary CBS pioneer, Willaim Paley, along with Jay and Archie Paley,
the Paley family eventually bought Mr. Romano a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, which he now leases out to his
partners. He then set his sights on acting and appeared in a number of television series and movies for Universal Pictures.
Mr. Romano started his career as a producer by buying the rights to high profile books, including to Frank W. Abagnales book
Catch Me If You Can in 1990.
Between Tony Romanos experience on Wall Street and Michel Shanes background
in film distribution, the team has been able to set up, sell and market numerous films, find funds to help complete projects
and consult several companies on how to use their assets to complete their endeavors. Producing SCORE! in tandem with International
Film Resources is their latest project.