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Mike Tollin

Mike Tollin

Mike Tollin is an Academy Award nominee and Peabody Award winner for his documentary Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream. He made his feature film directorial debut with the baseball comedy Summer Catch starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jessica Biel. Tollin also directed the award-winning film Hardwood Dreams narrated by Wesley Snipes. He served as producer on The Show and the hit films Varsity Blues and Hardball starring Keanu Reeves and Diane Lane -- all of which were directed by his partner Brian Robbins. Tollin also produced Big Fat Liar starring Frankie Muniz and the upcoming The Perfect Score, also directed by Robbins.

Tollin has been honored with three Emmy Awards as a director and producer. He is currently producing several television series including, I'm With Her for ABC, Smallville, One Tree Hill and What I Like About You for the WB. He also served as an executive producer of the HBO comedy Arli$$ and as executive producer and co-creator of Nickelodeon's hit shows All That, Kenan

& Kel, Cousin Skeeter and The Amanda Show as well as TNN's sports series SIamBall.

A founding member of Children Now and Common Sense Media, Tollin has a well-established track record of working to positively influence children's lives. He and partner Brian Robbins have made youth-oriented programming a primary focus of their work.

MIKE RICH (Written by) was born in Los Angeles but spent the majority of his childhood growing up in eastern Oregon. He became interested in radio broadcasting during his high school years and used his on-air abilities to help pay his college tuition at Oregon State University.

Rich began his news anchor career at KREM-FM in Spokane and worked his way to KGW in Portland before settling at KINK-FM, also in Portland. It was three years into that stint that he began dabbling with a screenplay idea that was sparked by an on-air interview dealing with America's classic authors. The result was Gus Van Sant's drama Finding Forrester starring Sean Connery. Rich subsequently wrote the screenplay for the hit baseball drama The Rookie starring Dennis Quaid. Next up for Rich is another sports-drama, Miracle, starring Kurt Russell.

Rich lives in Portland with his wife, Grace, and their three children Jessica, Caitlin and Michael.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Mike Tollin Facts

OccupationDirector, Producer

Selected Filmography

Radio
Summer Catch
Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?
The Mike Schmidt Story: That Ball's Outta Here!
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