Director, Killing Reagan, National Geographic

Rod Lurie wrote and directed the widely praised Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-nominated political thriller “The Contender,” starring Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, Gary Oldman and Christian Slater. The film was also honored by the Broadcast Film Critics with the first-ever Alan J. Pakula Award.

For television, Lurie created the series “Commander In Chief,” which was nominated for the Best Drama Series Golden Globe, and for which Geena Davis won the Best Actress Golden Globe for her depiction of the first female president of the United States.

Lurie’s other recent projects include writing and directing the films “Straw Dogs,” starring James Marsden, Kate Bosworth and Alexander Skarsgard; “Nothing But the Truth,” starring Kate Beckinsale, Alan Alda and Matt Dillon; and “Resurrecting the Champ,” starring Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett. Additionally, he created and executive-produced “Line of Fire,” a one-hour FBI drama for ABC, and directed the feature film “The Last Castle,” which starred Robert Redford, James Gandolfini and Mark Ruffalo.