Bobby Roth was born and raised in Los Angeles. He studied philosophy and creative writing at UC Berkeley before graduating with a BA in Cinema from USC in 1972. He went on to film school at UCLA, where he received his MFA in Motion Picture Production in 1975. Since then he has directed more than 100 episodes of television, twenty-five TV movies, and sixteen feature films including HEARTBREAKERS, JACK THE DOG, MANHOOD and BERKELEY. He was a founding member of the Independent Feature Project and the first Co-Chairman of the DGA’s Independent Feature Committee. His films have won countless awards and have been exhibited in over 100 international film festivals. He also teaches film seminars throughout the world. With more than four decades of Hollywood film experience few Directors have accumulated such an iconic list of directing credits including: Miami Vice, Beverly Hills, 90210, Prison Break, Lost, Revenge, Greys Anatomy, Marvels Agents of Shield, Scorpion, Hawaii 5-0, Player and MacGyver among many more.
Jeffrey White has been a feature and television producer for more than 40 years, specializing in independent film and visual effects. His most recent producing project is Pearl. In his career, White worked in the feature production department of Warner Bros. and at Paramount Pictures with Henry Winkler and Ann Daniel’s production company, Winkler/Daniel Productions, as the VP of production. He has been the president and executive producer of Pellerin Multimedia, Inc., a Los Angeles- and New Zealand-based company, which collaborated with Academy Award®-winning director Peter Jackson on the behind-the-scenes content for The Lord of the Rings, King Kong and The Hobbit. He is currently an Executive Producer consulting with Drafthouse Films, preparing financial reports for producers for more than 50 independent films. Among the low-budget independent feature films White produced are the Sundance Film Festival selections Jack the Dog and Manhood, along with Berkeley; all three were made with his partner, Bobby Roth. The two filmmakers had previously collaborated on the independent features The Boss’ Son and Circle of Power. Roth is director-writer, and White’s producing partner, on Pearl.
White also worked as a visual effects producer for such studio films as Alexander Payne’s Sideways, Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown, Walter Salles’ Dark Water, Edward Zwick’s The Last Samurai, and Andy Davis’ Collateral Damage and Holes. Additionally, productions such as Nobody’s Children, The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, and The Christmas Star, have allowed White to work in Romania, New Zealand, and Canada. His multiple television producing credits include Beverly Hills, 90210. After completing his undergraduate degree in Economics and Psychology at UC Berkeley, he continued his studies in entertainment law at Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley and the UCLA School of Law. In addition to producing film projects at Walt Disney Pictures and Columbia Pictures, White taught courses on producing motion pictures for UCLA Extension and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is a member of the Producers Branch for The Academy as well as serving as a judge in the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Competition. He has been a part of the Visual Effects Nominating Committee for the Oscars, and on the panel of the Sundance Film Festival Digital Films. Jeffrey White was recently a mentor for the Educational Initiatives Program at the Academy, in conjunction with Spark, a national nonprofit that re-engages underserved seventh and eighth grade students.