Ted Kurdyla is an American film, television and stage producer.
Ted Kurdyla began his film career as the location manager for the Brian De Palma film Blow Out, starring John Travolta. The following year, he served as assistant unit production manager on Fighting Back, which starred Tom Skerritt.
In 1985, Kurdyla served as assistant unit production manager on the Michael Cimino film Year of the Dragon, starring Mickey Rourke. The following year, he was production manager on the Robert Downey, Sr. film America. In 1987 he was unit manager on *batteries not included, starring Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy.
In 1988, Kurdyla was the production manager on the documentary Imagine: John Lennon, assistant unit production manager for Bright Lights, Big City, starring Michael J. Fox, and unit production manager for the Bud Yorkin comedy Arthur 2: On the Rocks, which starred Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli.
Kurdyla was the associate producer of the Walter Hill crime drama Johnny Handsome in 1989, starring Mickey Rourke, and ended the decade with the Chevy Chase comedy Fletch Lives, on which he served as production manager.
In 1990, Kurdyla was the production manager for the Robin Williams/Tim Robbins comedy Cadillac Man. In 1992 he was the unit production manager for Final Analysis, which starred Richard Gere and Kim Bassinger.
In 1993, Kurdyla began producing television programs, serving that year as producer for Trouble Shooters: Trapped Beneath the Earth, starring Kris Kristofferson, then as co-producer for The Cosby Mysteries in 1994.
Also in 1994, Kurdyla produced the television sequel to Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, titled The Birds II: Land's End, featuring the star of the original film, Tippi Hedren. In 1996 he produced another television thriller, Twilight Man, which starred Tim Matheson.
Toward the close of the decade, Kurdyla returned to theatrical cinema and served as executive producer for Fallen, starring Denzel Washington (1998), and, in 1999, was co-executive producer of The Confession, starring Ben Kingsley and Alec Baldwin.
2000 to present
The new decade saw Kurdyla continuing his role as executive producer of both film and television, beginning with the war drama Tigerland, directed by Joel Schumacher, and then the Bette Midler/Nathan Lane comedy Isn't She Great, both in 2000.
From 2003–2005, Kurdyla produced two television mini-series for the USA Network: Helen of Troy (2003) and Spartacus (2004). In 2005, Kurdyla produced and directed World S.U.M.O. Challenge: Battle of the Giants for the ESPN network.
In 2010, Kurdyla entered the world of theater, teaming up with writer/director Charles Messina and serving as executive producer for the staged reading of the Vincent Gogliormella/Messina comedy 'Twas the Night Before a Brooklyn Christmas, which starred Mario Cantone and which was also directed by Messina.
In 2012, a play about the life of singer Dion DiMucci, in collaboration with the singer himself, is scheduled to debut in New York City, with Kurdyla serving as executive producer and with Messina signed on as writer and director.
List of credits
|1981||Blow Out||Film||Location Manager||Filmways|
|1982||Fighting Back||Film||Assistant Unit Production Manager||Paramount|
|1984||Once Upon a Time in America||Film||Production Liaison: New York||Warner Brothers|
|1985||Year of the Dragon||Film||Assistant Unit Production Manager: North America||MGM/United Artists|
|1986||America||Film||Production Manager||ASA Communications, Sony|
|1987||*batteries not included||Film||Unit Manager||Amblin, Universal|
|1988||Imagine: John Lennon||Film||Production Manager||Warner Brothers|
|1988||Bright Lights, Big City||Film||Assistant Unit Production Manager||United Artists|
|1988||Arthur 2: On the Rocks||Film||Unit Production Manager: New York||Warner Brothers|
|1989||Johnny Handsome||Film||Associate Producer||Carolco, Tri-Star|
|1989||Fletch Lives||Film||Production Manager||Universal|
|1990||Cadillac Man||Film||Associate Producer||Orion Pictures|
|1992||Final Analysis||Film||Unit Production Manager||Warner Brothers|
|1993||Trouble Shooters: Trapped Beneath the Earth||Television||Producer||NBC|
|1994||The Cosby Mysteries||Television||Co-Producer||NBC|
|1994||The Birds II: Land's End||Television||Producer||Showtime|
|1996||Twilight Man||Television||Producer, Unit Production Manager||MCA/Universal|
|1998||Fallen||Film||Executive Producer||Warner Brothers|
|1999||The Confession||Film||Co-Executive Producer, Unit Production Manager||Conprod Inc., New City Releasing|
|2000||Tigerland||Film||Executive Producer||20th Century Fox|
|2000||Isn't She Great||Film||Executive Producer, Unit Production Manager, Second Unit Director||MCA/Universal|
|2002||Phone Booth||Film||Executive Producer, Unit Production Manager||20th Century Fox|
|2003||Helen of Troy||Television||Producer||Universal/USA Cable Entertainment|
|2004||Spartacus||Television||Producer, Unit Production Manager||Universal/USA Cable Entertainment|
|2005||World S.U.M.O. Challenge: Battle of the Giants||Television||Producer, Director||ESPN|
|2010||'Twas the Night Before a Brooklyn Christmas||Theatrical play (staged reading)||Executive Producer||n/a|
|2010||A Room of My Own||Theatrical play, film (staged reading)||Executive Producer||n/a|
|2012||Untitled Dion DiMucci Project||Theatrical play, film||Executive Producer||n/a|
- "Blow Out (1981)". IMDb.com.
- "Fighting Back (1982/I)". IMDb.com.
- "Once Upon a Time in America (1984)". IMDb.com.
- "Year of the Dragon (1985)". IMDb.com.
- "America (1986)". IMDb.com.
- "*batteries not included (1987)". IMDb.com.
- "Imagine: John Lennon (1988)". IMDb.com.
- "Bright Lights, Big City (1988)". IMDb.com.
- "Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)". IMDb.com.
- "Johnny Handsome (1989)". IMDb.com.
- "Fletch Lives (1989)". IMDb.com.
- "Cadillac Man (1990)". IMDb.com.
- "Final Analysis (1992)". IMDb.com.
- "Trouble Shooters: Trapped Beneath the Earth (1993)". IMDb.com.
- "The Cosby Mysteries (1994) (TV)". IMDb.com.
- "The Birds II: Land's End (1994) (TV)". IMDb.com.
- "Twilight Man (1996) (TV)". IMDb.com.
- "Fallen (1998)". IMDb.com.
- "The Confession (1999)". IMDb.com.
- "Tigerland (2000)". IMDb.com.
- "Isn't She Great (2000)". IMDb.com.
- "Phone Booth (2002)". IMDb.com.
- "Helen of Troy (2003) (TV)". IMDb.com.
- "Spartacus (2004) (TV)". IMDb.com.
- BWW News Desk. "Macchio, Doherty Lead A ROOM OF MY OWN Industry Reading 9/20". BroadwayWorld.com.
- Lenzi, Linda (May 12, 2010). "Photo Coverage: 'Twas the Night Before a Brooklyn Christmas' Industry Reading". BroadwayWorld.com.
- Lenzi, Linda (September 21, 2010). "Photo Coverage: Cantone, Macchio et al. in A ROOM OF MY OWN". BroadwayWorld.com.