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Born: December 27, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: Producer ...
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1984:
Produced "Trancers", the first Empire production to be shot overseas (in Rome)
1984:
Purchased the former de Laurentiis Studio in Rome; also bought a castle outside of Rome the following year
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Built new corporate headquarters and production facility in Glendale, CA
1978:
Assembled a limited catalog of independent titles and formed Meda Home Entertainment, a successful video distribution label
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Formed a studio partnership in Romania
1962:
Made feature acting debut at age 11 (with nine-year-old brother Richard) in "The Avenger", a Hercules imitation starring Steve Reeves
1961:
Moved with family to Italy at age nine (date approximate)
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
1988:
Sold Empire to Epic after changing economic conditions necessitated closing down the Rome studio
1992:
Embarked on a 20-city tour to introduce himself and the Full Moon product to video retailers
1983:
Formed production and distribution company, Empire Pictures
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
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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Worked on his father's film sets, doing everything from numbering negatives to assisting with cameras and sound equipment
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Began making his own little films as a teen
1973:
Feature debut as producer-director, "Last Foxtrot in Burbank", a soft-core erotic comedy
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Formed Charles Band Productions
1988:
Formed Full Moon Entertainment and named himself chairman and CEO
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
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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)

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