OUR TEAM & SOURCE MATERIAL
Scott Mednick - Producer
Scott has been a key part of the producing and finance teams for motion pictures that have grossed over $3 Billion at the box office. A co-founder of Legendary Pictures, his credits include the powerful sports drama We are Marshall as well as 300, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 10,000 BC, and Superman Returns. He has worked on the production and marketing of over 150 features, including: Batman Begins, A Few Good Men, Coal Miner¹s Daughter, Dirty Dancing, This is Spinal Tap, Groundhog Day, X-Men and The Matrix.
Michael Dubrow - Producer
Michael is the founder of large and enduring businesses in the institutional investment, direct response marketing and e-commerce industries. He is a principal of Estalea, Inc., a private equity firm that created successful technology companies such as Savings.com, Impact Radius, LeadPoint and Moneytips.com. Prior to Estalea, Michael co-founded Internet startups TouchCommerce.co and Bargain.com. He was also a founding partner of Vision Capital, a unit of the Sloan Financial Group — the world’s first billion dollar, African-American owned investment management firm.
David Wieger - Screenwriter
David has enjoyed creative collaborations with many leading actors, including Dustin Hoffman and Malcolm McDowell. As a screenwriter, he received a prestigious Sundance writing scholarship and wrote scripts for several studios, including: Hawaii Five-0 (co-written with W. Peter Iliff for Touchstone) Judy and John Carlo, Frequent Flyer, and Faeries (Sony); Headcase (Newline); and Blackbeard & Grace (Turner Films). David’s screenplay for Wild America was produced by Warner Brothers.
David Michael Wieger, Screenwriter
Source Material - Marshall Taylor Autobiography
In 1900, Marshall "Major" Taylor was the world's richest and most famous athlete. Millions of fans turned out to see him race — on three continents — over a record-breaking two decade career. But with the coming of the automobile and airplane in the early 20th century, bicycle racers were displaced as the world's fastest men, and cycling slowly faded as the world's — and America's — favorite sport.
Many of cycling's heroes, including Major Taylor, lost their fortunes, along with their fame, in the global financial crash of the late 1920's. And so it was, in 1928, while living in poverty at the YMCA in Chicago, Major Taylor self-published his autobigraphy: The Fastest Bicycle Racer in the World - The Story of a Colored Boy's Indomitable Courage and Success against Great Odds.
He carried a battered briefcase filled with these volumes to bike racing events throughout the midwest, and eked out a living selling them to a
declining number of cycling fans until his death in 1932. He was buried in
a pauper's grave.
The original screenplay for Major, by David Michael Wieger, is based on this remarkable autobiography of a man — and an era — long forgotten, but very much worth remembering.