Served four years as a Combat Arms Officer in the U.S. Army
Worked as an entertainment reporter for the New York <i>Daily News</i>
Was a frequent contributor to such magazines as <i>Premiere</i>, <i>Movieline</i> and <i>Entertainment Weekly</i>
Worked as a film critic, investigative reporter and contributing editor to <i>Los Angeles</i> magazine
Hosted a top-rated movie review show for KABC Radio in Los Angeles
Made writing and directing debut with the dramatic short "4 Second Delay"
Directed first feature length film, "Deterrence," a drama about America coming to the brink of nuclear war, starring Kevin Pollak and Timothy Hutton
Wrote and directed the widely praised political thriller "The Contender," starring Joan Allen, Gary Oldman and Jeff Bridges
Directed Robert Redford in the military prison drama "The Last Castle"
Created the short-lived ABC series, "Line of Fire," about the FBI's office in Richmond, Virginia
Created and executive produced the ABC series "Commander-in-Chief," starring Geena Davis as the first female US president; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Drama series
Directed "Resurrecting the Champ," starring Samuel L. Jackson as a former Boxing champ who is living on the streets
Wrote and directed the thriller "Nothing but the Truth," starring Kate Beckinsale as a reporter who faces a possible jail sentence for outing a CIA agent and refusing to reveal her source
Directed a remake of "Straw Dogs"; also produced and wrote the current version