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EP. 198 | Amanda Silver & Rick Jaffa

Writers/Producers Amanda Silver & Rick Jaffa (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Relic) join us on The Matthew Aaron Show this Thursday (7/3) as we broadcast live from Chicago starting at 5:30pm PT.

Amanda & Rick join us to discuss their career as well and their new film DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES which open in theaters nationwide of July 11th.

Show starts at 5pm PT (7pm CT / 8pm ET.) Stream it live from our website or subscribe for free and download the show on iTunes. You can also listen on the go on your Android/iPhone/iPad device via Stitcher.


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AMANDA SILVER a native of New York and graduate  in history from Yale University, was an executive assistant at Tri-Star Pictures and Paramount Pictures before enrolling in film school at University of Southern California, where she earned her MFA in Screenwriting. 

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, her thesis script, opened in 1992. An Ace  Award winning episode of Fallen Angels, directed by Alfonso Cuaron, followed in 1993. 

Silver has written and produced screenplays with her husband and collaborator Rick Jaffa for 25 years, resulting in such films as Eye for an Eye and the The Relic. 

In 2011 the couple wrote and produced the award-winning Rise of the Planet of The Apes at 20th Century Fox, which was a re-imagining of the Planet of the Apes franchise.

Silver and Jaffa are currently working with James Cameron on sequels to Avatar.  They wrote and produced Dawn of the Planet of The Apes, the sequel to Rise of The Planet of The Apes, scheduled for release in the summer of 2014. They’re currently in production on In The Heart of The Sea, with Ron Howard directing, and in preproduction on Jurassic World, scheduled for release in 2015.

Silver & Jaffa

RICK JAFFA a native of DeSoto, Texas, graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in History and Political Science. He later earned his Masters in Business at the University of Southern California. Jaffa began his entertainment career in 1981 in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency. He became the executive assistant to legendary agent Stan Kamen, who was then head of the Motion Picture Department. Later, as an agent, Jaffa represented writers and directors, packaging films as diverse as Robocop and The Trip to Bountiful.

Jaffa has collaborated with his wife/partner Amanda Silver for 25 years, writing  and producing films such as The Hand That Rocks The Cradle and Eye for an Eye.  In 2011 the couple wrote and produced the award-winning Rise of the Planet of  The Apes at 20th Century Fox, which was a re-imagining of the Planet of the Apes franchise.

Jaffa and Silver are currently working with James Cameron on sequels to Avatar.  They wrote and produced Dawn of the Planet of The Apes, the sequel to Rise of The Planet of The Apes, scheduled for release in the summer of 2014. They’re currently in production on In The Heart of The Sea, with Ron Howard directing, and in preproduction on Jurassic World, scheduled for release in 2015.