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Robert Salerno began a longtime association with actor/filmmaker Billy Bob Thornton at The Shooting Gallery (TSG), the New York-based independent production and distribution company, resulting in creative partnerships on several feature films. Their collaboration began with Mr. Salerno's work on the Academy Award-winning Sling Blade and continued with his producing Daddy and Them and All the Pretty Horses (starring Matt Damon and Penélope Cruz). Mr. Salerno also produced Waking Up in Reno, in which the actor was directed by Jordan Brady.
Among the other movies he has produced are Chinese Coffee, directed by and starring Al Pacino (adapted by Ira Lewis from his play of the same name); and Hype Williams' Belly, starring DMX and Method Man.
Mr. Salerno's early features as producer included Nell Cox' Hudson River Blues, Steven Pearl's The Substitute 2: School's Out (starring Treat Williams), and Gary Winick's The Tic Code (starring Gregory Hines; as co-producer).
He began his producing career in 1991 in the music industry, working with such artists as Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi, The Spin Doctors, Aaliyah, and Sinéad O'Connor; and in the commercials industry, working with such clients as Coca-Cola, Revlon, Sony, and IBM.
Mr. Salerno is currently working with director Rand Ravich on the upcoming New Regency feature Position.