Roland Emmerich is an international director, producer, and screenwriter whose films, including Independence Day, Stargate, Godzilla, The Patriot, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, and White House Down, have taken in more than $4 billion worldwide. His latest,Independence Day: Resurgence, the highly-anticipated sequel to the global hitIndependence Day, was released by Twentieth Century Fox on June 24th.
In his native Germany, Roland’s career began when his first film, a student project calledThe Noah’s Ark Principle, played in competition at the 1984 Berlin Film Festival. He subsequently set up Centropolis Film Productions in 1985 and under this banner, he has produced and directed over 20 feature films.
Largely recognized as one of Hollywood’s most successful directors, Roland continues to deliver impactful films that challenge both the eye and the mind. Often recognized for “blockbuster films,” Roland is equally comfortable directing more controversial films such as Anonymous, which explored the explosive theory that Shakespeare’s plays were actually written by Edward De Vere, and Stonewall, a drama about the Stonewall Riots in 1969 New York, which sparked the LGBT civil rights movement. This year, he bringsIndependence Day: Resurgence to the screen 20 years after the blockbusterIndependence Day, was released.
Outside the focus of producing and directing, Roland is a campaigner and contributor for various charities and projects including, but not limited to, the Cambodian Children’s Fund, the Gay and Lesbian Education Network (GLSEN), Global Green, American Red Cross, and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
Ute Emmerich is a partner of Centropolis Entertainment alongside her brother, Roland Emmerich. Most recently, she served as an executive producer of Independence Day: Resurgence, the highly-anticipated sequel to the global hit Independence Day. Her executive producer credits also include Independence Day, Godzilla, The Patriot, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, and White House Down. Additionally, Ute worked as producer onThe Thirtheenth Floor and as a co-producer on the science-fiction adventure, Stargate.
Ute has worked in a variety of capacities from casting to business affairs. In addition to associate producing the films Ghost Chase, Moon 44, Eye of the Storm, Ute served as casting director for Ghost Chase and coordinated business affairs for Universal Soldier.
Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Ute studied economics and business for two years before transitioning into filmmaking. After working with Roland on his film Making Contact, she traveled to Los Angeles and began her career interning for famed director Roger Corman. Ute’s most important production to date has been the birth of her son in 2005.
Marco Shepherd is VP of Production and Development at Centropolis Entertainment, overseeing development, production, financing, packaging, licensing, distribution and marketing for all of the company’s film and TV projects.
He joined Centropolis in 2005 and served in various production capacities during the productions of 2012, ANONYMOUS, WHITE HOUSE DOWN, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE and MIDWAY for which he serves as Co-Producer.
Shepherd reports directly to Centropolis partners, Roland Emmerich and Ute Emmerich.