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    Gale Harold

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    Gale Harold is a versatile actor hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. After attending the San Francisco Art Institute, Harold began studying acting at the suggestion of close friend, producer Susie Landau Finch. After four years of training and theatre work, Harold was cast as "Brian Kinney", the lead character of the series "Queer As Folk" for the Showtime network. The series ran for five years, and he has been working ever since.

    Harold has a vast array of stage credits including Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer opposite Carla Gugino and Blythe Danner for the Roundabout Theatre Company, Williams' Orpheus Descending at Theater/Theatre of which his performance was labeled "brilliant" by the LA Times and the play received the McCulloh Award For Revival from the Los Angeles Dramatic Critics Circle 2011, Austin Pendelton's Uncle Bob at the Soho Playhouse, Gillian Plowman's Me And My Friend at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, and various productions at A Noise Within Repertory Company.

    Gale most recently was seen in Kevin Williamson's series "The Secret Circle", had a recurring role on the CW's "Hellcats", and has recurred on Emmy and Golden Globe award winning shows including "Deadwood", "Desperate Housewives", "Grey's Anatomy", as well as made guest appearances on "The Unit", "Law and Order", and "CSI: NY". Harold's film credits include "Wake", "Particles of Truth" (Tribeca Film Festival), "Rhinoceros Eyes" (Toronto Film Festival), "Fathers and Sons", "The Unseen", and "Falling For Grace".

    Along with executive producer David Bowie and producer Mia Bays, Gale co-produced the film Scott Walker: "30TH Century man", directed by Stephen Kijak. The film's world premiere was at the London Film Festival, and debuted internationally at the Berlin International Film Festival. The film's U.S. premiere was at the South By Southwest Film Festival.

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    Christian Kane

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    If "90% of life is showing up," then Christian Kane is living right. The talented star has made the iconic Woody Allen quote his motto, and his successful multi-faceted career is proof positive that his commitment to creating his own path is the best way to land on top. Today, Kane is earning high praise and notable acclaim both on screens and on the music scene.

    Kane plays Eliot Spencer, retrieval specialists/resident badass on TNT's hit TV series Leverage. A role, he says "I came to Hollywood to play." "This is the role you dream about as a kid." "When you are watching Harrison Ford ("Indiana Jones...") and Kurt Russell ("Big Trouble in Little China") and Jean Reno ("Leon: The Professional") you want to be all those things, and I got to roll them into one!" The popular series, now airing its fourth season in the USA and gearing up to start a fifth, is enjoying much success and has created a undying legion of fans. As he embraces the dramatic side of the role and relishes the comedy, not often paired in television with such a beautiful blend as this show provides, Kane puts his old hat on as the Steve McQueen student of Life, DIY, and Pain. This time, not only doing his own fights (ala "Angel") but choreographing them as well. After 13 yrs of doing his own stunts, the seasoned screen brawler gets to use his knowledge from the likes of Mike Massa, Kevin Jackson, Walter Scott, etc., to feed the bad guys a slice of "pain cake", best served cold.

    Well known for a the role of "Lindsey McDonald" in Joss Whedon's "Angel", which garnered him worldwide recognition, Kane's TV resume includes a leading role in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced, CBS televisions series "Close To Home" and playing "High Wolf" for Stephen Spielberg in the TNT miniseries "Into The West". Kane has made his mark in big-screen films that include "Friday Night Lights"; "Just Married", where he starred with Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy; "Life Or Something Like It", where he played the fiancé of the beautiful Angelina Jolie; "Secondhand Lions", in which he was honored to play a young Robert Duvall; "Summer Catch"; "Hide"; and "Taxi" to name a few.

    With the launch of his debut album "The House Rules" and the title single under his belt, Kane's music stock is also on the rise. While Kane has actively pursued his acting career at the same time, his efforts in the music world have caught fire. Already on his second single "Let Me Go", his Fall 2011 "Raising Kane" Tour played to packed houses throughout the United States and finishes the year in the UK. The loyal fans of the band and Christian Kane himself have titled themselves "The Kaniacs". Kane reacts, "These are my people, these are my tribe."

    As Christian Kane continues to chart his own course in his multi-faceted, evolving career, it's clear that he will stay true to his own version of success and always live by his own "house" rules.

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    Aldis Hodge

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    Aldis Hodge started his acting career at the age of three, when he was chosen for an ad in Essence magazine. Hodge was doing print ads and commercials when he was bitten by the acting bug.

    At the age of 9, Hodge was cast in the Tony-winning revival of Showboat on Broadway. During that period, he also appeared in several movies, including Die Hard with a Vengeance and Bed of Roses.

    Hodge headed to Los Angeles to continue his acting career and quickly landed several recurring television roles, including the role of Voodoo on Friday Night Lights. He has appeared in such shows as Supernatural, Girlfriends, American Dreams and City of Angels. Other TV appearances include Bones, CSI, ER, Cold Case, Charmed and Boston Public. His movie credits include the independent The Stone House, Edmond, the Coen brothers' remake of The Lady Killers and Big Momma's House, and most recently Fox Searchlight's The East starring Trueblood's Alexander Skarsgard and Inception's Ellen Page.

    Aldis is currently playing the computer whiz, Hardison, on the hit TNT series Leverage.

    In addition to acting, Hodge writes scripts for film and television, designs watches and is actively pursuing his own watch company.

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    Steve Carlson

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    Steve grew up in Los Angeles, and started playing music at an early age. He spent two years living and playing in Maui, before moving back to L.A.

    In 1998, with musician Christian Kane he formed KANE, a country/rock band which has released two albums, and has had success both in L.A. and abroad.

    He has recorded with KANE, as well as self-releasing two solo album, and one album (+ a X-mas special) with The Steve Carlson Band, which he formed in 2004. At the last few years he has worked on music production after creating his own recording studio, The Sound Parlor, based in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

    Discography:

    Steve Carlson - Spot in the Corner.
    The Steve Carlson Band - Rollin' On.
    The Steve Carlson Band - An Auld School Christmas.
    Steve Carlson - Groovin' on the Inside.
    Steve Carlson - Stripped Down.
    Steve Carlson - Days Behind.
    Steve Carlson - Pluged into London 2011.

    Steve has had several original songs placed in film and television projects including ABC's Eastwick & Men In Trees, the CW's Supernatural as well as in the feature films Just Married, Life Or Something Like It, Be My Baby, Memore, etc.

    Jensen Ackles sang harmonies on Come around more Alabama (Spot in the Corner) as well as backing vocals on Hummingbird Billy, Rocking Chair and Wasted Jamie (Rollin' on). He also helped co-write two songs on Steve's April 2008 record, Stripped Down namely, Where my river flows and Love you or leave you.

    Jason Manns, another friend of both, supported Jensen's backing vocals on Rollin' on.