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Also Known As: Charlie Band, James Amante, Charles Robert Band, Robert Talbot Died:
Born: December 27, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: executive, producer, director, screenwriter, actor, street tie salesman, owner of gift item business

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A pioneer in the field of home video, Band has built a reputation as a prolific and fairly reliable producer and frequent director of entertaining low-budget genre films. Beginning in 1973 with the erotic comedy "Last Foxtrot in Burbank" (featuring Sally Marr, mother of celebrated comic Lenny Bruce), Band has produced a string of features variously delving into the realms of horror, sci-fi and fantasy. Many of these were met with mainstream critical disdain and spotty regional releases. Detecting a potential gold mine in the explosion of the direct-to-video market and the omnipresent programming demands of cable in the late 1980s, Band formed Full Moon Entertainment, a marketing and production entity designed to release modestly budgeted "brand-name" fantasy movies directly to video stores without theatrical release. (Paramount Pictures handled the video distribution.)

A pioneer in the field of home video, Band has built a reputation as a prolific and fairly reliable producer and frequent director of entertaining low-budget genre films. Beginning in 1973 with the erotic comedy "Last Foxtrot in Burbank" (featuring Sally Marr, mother of celebrated comic Lenny Bruce), Band has produced a string of features variously delving into the realms of horror, sci-fi and fantasy. Many of these were met with mainstream critical disdain and spotty regional releases. Detecting a potential gold mine in the explosion of the direct-to-video market and the omnipresent programming demands of cable in the late 1980s, Band formed Full Moon Entertainment, a marketing and production entity designed to release modestly budgeted "brand-name" fantasy movies directly to video stores without theatrical release. (Paramount Pictures handled the video distribution.)

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  Blood Dolls (1999) Director
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  Hideous! (1997) Director
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  Creeps, The (1997) Director
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  Prehysteria (1993) Director
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CAST: (feature film)

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 Troll (1986) Young Husband On Tv
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1961:
Moved with family to Italy at age nine (date approximate)
1962:
Made feature acting debut at age 11 (with nine-year-old brother Richard) in "The Avenger", a Hercules imitation starring Steve Reeves
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Began making his own little films as a teen
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Worked on his father's film sets, doing everything from numbering negatives to assisting with cameras and sound equipment
1972:
Returned to the US at age 21 (date approximate)
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Sold ties on Hollywood Boulevard; subsequently launched a successful gift item business
1973:
Feature debut as producer-director, "Last Foxtrot in Burbank", a soft-core erotic comedy
1978:
Assembled a limited catalog of independent titles and formed Meda Home Entertainment, a successful video distribution label
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Started the Wizard label to distribute a number of rare and cult European films in the US (sometimes under alternate titles) as well as independent genre titles such as "I Spit on Your Grave" (1979)
1980:
Sold out his interest in Meda Home Entertainment (subsequently renamed Media Home Entertainment); reported resold to Heron for $20 million 18 months later
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Formed Charles Band Productions
1983:
Formed production and distribution company, Empire Pictures
1984:
Produced and directed one of his best and most successful films, "Trancers", about time-traveling cop Jack Deth; spawned four sequels under the Full Moon banner
1984:
Purchased the former de Laurentiis Studio in Rome; also bought a castle outside of Rome the following year
1984:
Produced "Trancers", the first Empire production to be shot overseas (in Rome)
1988:
Sold Empire to Epic after changing economic conditions necessitated closing down the Rome studio
1988:
Formed Full Moon Entertainment and named himself chairman and CEO
1992:
Embarked on a 20-city tour to introduce himself and the Full Moon product to video retailers
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Built new corporate headquarters and production facility in Glendale, CA
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Formed a studio partnership in Romania
1994:
Full Moon expanded to include two new subsidiary labels--Moonbeam, for family genre pictures, and Torchlight, for erotic adult material
1994:
Restructured company's marketing plan after encountering funding difficulty
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Education

Overseas School of Rome: -

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wife:
Meda. Divorced; Band named his first video label, Meda Home Entertainment, after her.
wife:
Debra Dion. Executive. Met Band while a production assistant on his "Parasite" (11982) executive vice president, Full Moon Entertainment; head of Moonbeam division.

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grandfather:
Max Band. Painter. Impressionist.
father:
Albert Band. Producer, director. Born 5/7/24 in Paris, France; apprenticed under John Huston as a production assistant and assistant director; reportedly contributed to screenplay of "The Asphalt Jungle"; co-wrote Huston's adaptation of "The Red Badge of Courage" (1951); worked briefly in 1950s live TV; made American independent genre films; directed genre films in Italy; collaborated with son on films including "The Terror of Dr. Chancey" (1975), "Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn" (1983), "Ghoulies II" (1988); co-directed "Doctor Modrid" (1992).
brother:
Richard Howard Band. Composer. Born on December 28, 1953; scored many productions Band produced and/or directed, including "Laserblast" (1978), "The Alchemist" (1981), "The Dungeonmaster" (1983), "TerrorVision" (1986), "Crash and Burn" (1990) and "Dollman vs. the Demonic Toys" (1993).
son:
Harlan Stefano Band. Born on February 11, 1991.
son:
Zalman Kerrigan Band. Born on November 29, 1995.
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