CAST & CREW
Narrated by Mickey Rourke
Philip Andre "Mickey" Rourke, Jr. was born on September 16, 1952 in New York and is an actor, screenwriter and retired boxer. Rourke's father was an amateur body builder, which inspired Rourke to purse boxing at a young age. He was mildly successful as a boxer till he retired in favor of an acting career. After a string of hits followed by a few flops, he returned to boxing as a way of physically challenging himself. He was undefeated in eight fights, with six wins, four by knockouts. He retired again from boxing in 1995 and returned to acting. Rourke received an academy award nomination for his role in "The Wrestler" in 2008, when he portrayed a washed up professional wrestler.
Phillip "Phil" Jerrod Heath, born on December 18, 1979 in Seattle, is an IFBB professional bodybuilder and current Mr. Olympia. Phil started bodybuilding in 2002 after attending University of Denver on full athletic scholarship. In 2005 he won the overall title at the NPC USA Championships, which earned him the right to compete as an IFBB Pro. In 2007, Heath placed fifth in the Arnold Classic then in 2008 won the Iron Man show. In his 2008 Mr. Olympia debut, Heath finished third, becoming the first novice to place in the top three since 1993. In 2010, he took second place at the Mr. Olympia contest and in 2011, Heath defeated the current champion and became Mr. Olympia and successfully defended his title in 2012.
Kai Greene was born on July 12, 1975 and was introduced to competition and found a passion for bodybuilding at a young age. Greene won the 1999 Team Universe title but took a five-year break from competing only to re-emerge in 2004 to reclaim his title at the Team Universe contest. His most recent victory was the New York pro in 2011. Greene was also the first runner up at the 2012 Mr. Olympia competition. He is famous for his long, grueling and intense training sessions.
Branch Warren has had a successful bodybuilding career, having won the Arnold Classic in 2011 and 2012. He trains in Arlington, Texas and is married to an IFBB professional fitness competitor, Trish Warren.
Dennis Wolf was born in Tokmak, Russia in October 1978. He moved to Germany with his family in 1992 and while bodybuilding started out as a hobby, his good genetics and passion turned him into a world famous competitor. Wolf has completed and placed favorably in the Mr. Olympia competition and the Arnold Classic placing 2nd in 2011 and 2nd in 2012 in the Arnold Classic Europe competition.
Victor Martinez was born on July 29, 1973 and is an IFBB and only the second Dominican bodybuilder to turn professional. Martinez's hard work and dedication has paid off as he slowly advanced each competition, starting with 9th place in the Mr. Olympia competition in 2004 and moving up to first runner-up in 2007. He also won first place in the Arnold Classic that same year. After a serious knee injury, Victor trained hard core for 9 months in order to placed 2nd at 2009 Arnold Classic in Columbus Ohio by only 2-3 points behind 1st place.
Benjamin "Ben" Pakulski was born on March 18, 1981 in Toronto Ontario. He is nicknamed the "Pak-Man" and is an IFBB professional bodybuilder who has had a lot of success in his home country as well as other larger competitions. In 2008 he was the winner of the Mr. Canada competition and placed 2nd in 2013 in the Arnold Classic. Ben graduated with honors from the University of Western Ontario with a B.S. in Kinesiology, which he attributes to making his name "synonymous with an intelligent and healthy approach to bodybuilding." He teaches seminars and coaches aspiring bodybuilders with his education in nutrition and exercise science as well as competing for titles.
Hidetada Yamagishi was born on June 30, 1973 in Japan and is the first professional Japanese bodybuilder to compete in the Mr. Olympia contest in 2007 along with being the first Japanese bodybuilder to be invited to compete in the Arnold Classic. He started lifting at an early age and continued with much success in his country, appearing in training videos and on many magazine covers. In 2013, he placed 5th in the IFBB Arnold Classic.
Egberton Rulove "Roelly" Etienne-Winklaar was born on June 22, 1977 in Curacao and first came to national prominence in the US with his overall win at the 2009 Arnold Amateur Championship. He placed 7th in his IFBB debut and garnered a lot of attention for his promising physic. Winkaar earned the attention when he won the 2010 IFBB New York Pro competition seemingly out of nowhere. He continues to compete and dominate the bodybuilding world taking 1st place in the IFBB Nordic Pro competition in 2012.
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Filmmaker – Vlad Yudin grew up in Moscow before moving to New York in 1995 to pursue his career in film. In 2008, Yudin became partners with Edwin Mejia to form The Vladar Company and produce various feature anddocumentary projects, including “Big Pun: The Legacy” and “Last Day of Summer.” Yudin worked with the Big Pun Estate to release “Big Pun: The Legacy” in 2009 through Vivendi Universal. The release, details the short-lived career and life of Christopher Rios AKA Big Pun, a Latin-American music artist who rose to fame from a life of adversity.
Yudin later wrote, produced and directed his debut feature film titled “Last Day Of Summer” starring Nikki Reed from the popular Hollywood franchise, Twilight, DJ Qualls (Hustle & Flow, Road Trip) and William Sadler (Die Hard 2, The Shawshank Redemption) for The Vladar Company. The film had its theatrical release on September 17th, 2010 with Entertainment One.
He recently directed the Horror/Sci-Fi/Thriller “Catskill Park” which is currently in post for The Vladar Company and is also expected to produce HEAD SMASH, the Sci-Fi, Action/Thriller based on a Graphic Novel by Arcana Studio and an adaptation to C.C Humphrey’s historical fiction novel, THE FRENCH EXECUTIONER with Mark Huffam (Producer of ‘Game of Thrones’) in 2014.
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Edwin Mejia co-founded The Vladar Company after he partnered with Vlad Yudin in 2008 and has served as a producer on all the company’s films. He is responsible for creating and managing the production slate for The Vladar Company, and overseeing in-house productions and co-productions. Mejia is also responsible for producing and overseeing the acquisition of The Vladar Company’s titles.
Currently Mejia is producing “Catskill Park”, the horror sci-fi/thriller to be released in 2014. the adaptation to C.C Humphrey’s historical fiction novel, THE FRENCH EXECUTIONER with Mark Huffam (Producer of ‘Game of Thrones’) in 2014.
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Jerome is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker who created, executive produced and directed the hit series, On the Road in America, about four young Arabs traveling across American with an American film crew, now in its third season. Other credits include Pumping Iron, the Academy Award-nominated documentary that launched the career of Arnold Schwarzenegger; Stripper, the critically acclaimed feature documentary distributed by Twentieth Century Fox; Old Boyfriends, starring John Belushi and Talia Shire; The Russians, an eight hour television series for TNT that won a Cine Golden Eagle; the award winning Laughs series for HBO with P.J. O'Rourke; The Gathering (Miramax); Rebel Highway (Showtime); Double Switch (an interactive game for Sega).
As an executive in the entertainment industry, he has been an Exhibitor (Co-founder and Co-CEO of the Festival Cinemas, a chain of art houses in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1972-75); Head of Acquisitions and Production at an independent studio (Cinema 5, the Miramax of its day, from 1978-1980); and President of a Production Company (Visionaire Communications from 1981-86) that did more than 60 hours of high quality programming for television.
He graduated from Yale University with Honors in History of the Arts and Letters, is a member of the WGA and DGA, and is married to Mary Lambert, the film and music video director. They have a twenty year-old son, Jordan.
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Q2. What types of information are The Vladar Company sites collecting, and how are the sites collecting it?
The majority of great products and services on our sites are offered without our collecting any personally identifiable information from you. You can surf The Vladar Company Web sites and view much of our terrific content anonymously.
Information You Provide
There are a few activities on our sites where the collection of personally identifiable information is necessary. Those activities include things like entering a contest or sweepstakes, signing up for a free e-mail account, making a purchase, or contacting us. When personally identifiable information is collected, you will know because you will have to fill out a form. For most activities, we collect only your name, e-mail address, birth date, gender, and zip code. When you make a purchase, we also collect your street and billing addresses, your phone number, and credit card information. Depending on what you purchase, we may also need to collect other personal information, like your clothing size.
Information Collected from You with Technology
The Vladar Company sites collect some information about you using technology, so it may not be readily apparent to you that it is being collected. For instance, when you come to our site your IP address is collected so that we know where to send information you are requesting. An IP address is often associated with the place from which you enter the Internet like your ISP (Internet Service Provider), your company, or your university. This information is not personally identifiable. The Vladar Company sites use information collected through technology to make our sites more interesting and useful to you. This includes helping advertisers on our site design advertisements our Guests might like. We normally don’t combine this type of information with personally identifiable information. However, we will combine this information with personally identifiable information to identify a visitor in order to enforce compliance with our house rules or terms of service or to protect our service, site, Guests, or others.
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Q3. How does The Vladar Company use the personally identifiable information that has been collected?
The Vladar Company uses personally identifiable information in a limited number of ways. We use the information to complete transactions. For instance, if you contact us for help we will use the information to contact you. We use information collected to notify you if you’ve won a game or contest. Information we collect is used to send you e-mail updates and newsletters about our sites. We also use the information you provide to send you Vladar Company e-mail promotions and special offers from our third-party sponsors.
Q4. Does The Vladar Company share information with companies or other organizations that are not part of the Vladar Company family of sites?
One of the most valuable assets of our business is you. We aren’t in the business of selling information about our Guests. However, if there is a value for our Guests, we will share your information or send you messages on behalf of another company as described below. We will also share information for security reasons.
Companies That Are “Standing in the Shoes” of The Vladar Company
Sometimes we hire companies to help us deliver products or services, like a shipping company that delivers a package. In those instances, we need to share your information with them. These companies are basically “standing in the shoes” of The Vladar Company, and they are allowed to use the information only to deliver the product or service.
Companies Offering Promotions, Products, or Services
On occasion, we offer promotions — like sweepstakes or free subscriptions — in conjunction with a sponsor. We will share your information with the sponsors if they need it to send you a product, such as a magazine subscription. We may share your information with those sponsors so that they can send you other special promotions they offer, but only if you give us your permission to do so, and we will share it only with that specific sponsor. In addition, The Vladar Company occasionally sends e-mail promotions out to our Guests on behalf of third-party sponsors. In this instance, we don’t share your name with the third party — we do the mailing for them. Again, we only send these promotions to you if you’ve given your permission.
On some of our sites, we provide content that is created by a third-party partner Web site. In some instances the third-party sites will collect information in order to facilitate the transaction or to make the use of their content more productive and efficient. In these circumstances the information collected is shared between The Vladar Company and our third-party sponsors.
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In addition, many business advertisements are managed and placed on our site by third-party companies. These companies are called “network advertisers.” Network advertisers collect non-personally identifiable information when you click on or scan one of their banner advertisements. The information is collected using technology, so you may not realize it’s being collected. The network advertisers collect this information so that they can show you ads that are more relevant and interesting to you.
Purchase or Sale of Businesses
Online business is still in a very early stage and is changing and evolving rapidly. As The Vladar Company continually looks for ways to improve our business, we may buy or sell a company. If we buy or sell a business, the names collected will likely be transferred as a part of the sale. Information about registrants will be used in the aggregate. However, if we buy a business, we will honor the requests that customers made of that business regarding e-mail communications. In the event that we sell a business, we will do everything in our power to ensure that the e-mail communications requests you made of us are honored.
Organizations That Help Protect the Security and Safety of our Guests and our Sites
We will give out personal information as required by law, for example, to comply with a court order or subpoena; to enforce our Terms of Service, or site or game rules; or to protect the safety and security of Guests and our sites.
Q5. What choices do I have about The Vladar Company collecting, using, and sharing my information?
It is possible for you to use much of our site without giving us any personally identifiable information. When you do register with us or give us personally identifiable information, you will have an opportunity — at the time we collect your information — to limit e-mail communications from The Vladar Company and from our third-party partners. You can request at any time that The Vladar Company not send future e-mail to you by unsubscribing from the communication. Also, as mentioned above, there are ways to limit the information collected through technology — though some of our features won’t work if you decide to do this.
Q6. What type of security does The Vladar Company provide?
The importance of security for all personally identifiable information associated with our Guests is of utmost concern to us. The Vladar Company takes technical, contractual, administrative, and physical security steps to protect all visitors’ information. When you provide credit card information, we use secure socket layer (SSL) encryption to protect it. There are some things that you can do to help protect the security of your information as well. For instance, never give out your password, since this is what is used to access all of your account information. Also remember to sign out of your account and close your browser window when you finish surfing the Web, so that other people using the same computer won’t have access to your information.
If you need further assistance, please write to us at:
The Vladar Company
330 W. 38th St. Suite 202 New York, NY 10018