When I was growing up in Los Angeles, my best friend and I had a dream of creating a theater at my friend’s ranch in Chatsworth that was previously built and owned by Roy Rogers, the American Western Star. We were going to perform new plays as well as Shakespeare, but more importantly were firmly determined to make a big impression on the world! When Rogers built his ranch the San Fernando Valley was nothing but orange groves so he was able to name the streets himself. There was a ‘Dale Avenue,’ named after his wife Dale Evans, and a 'Trigger Street,' named after his horse Trigger.
Even though these childhood dreams never came to fruition the memory still lingered, and when in 1997 the time came to name my production company I remembered ‘Trigger Street.’ The name evoked my early aspirations and that innocent idea of endless creativity and the power to change things – a road that would go on and on. Hence, Trigger Street Productions was born.
We began very slowly with a few independent films and emerging filmmakers, but my production partner, Dana Brunetti, has since transformed Trigger Street into a major entertainment production company. Our credits include: Academy Award®-nominated CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (starring Tom Hands) and THE SOCIAL NETWORK (starring Jesse Eisenberg, Rooney Mara and Justin Timberlake); the features THE BIG KAHUNA (with Danny DeVito), THE UNITED STATES OF LELAND (with Ryan Gosling), BEYOND THE SEA (with Kate Bosworth and myself), MINI’S FIRST TIME (with Alec Baldwin), 21, SHRINK and FANBOYS; Bob Balaban’s Emmy-nominated BERNARD AND DORIS starring Ralph Fiennes and Susan Sarandon, and the Emmy-nominated RECOUNT, directed by Jay Roach. Furthermore, Trigger Street has produced the stage productions of “The Iceman Cometh” on Broadway and “Cobb” at the Lucille Lortel Theater in New York City.