Steel, Eric: Director Profile

“The Bridge,” a study of the numerous suicides from the famous Golden Gate Bridge, is Eric Steels directorial and documentary debut.

Eric Steel (producer/director) began his career as a creative executive at Walt Disney Pictures after graduating from Yale University in 1985. Later he worked as a vice president at Cinecom, at the time, the leading art film distributor.

Shifting gears, Steel decided to take a position as an editor at Simon & Schuster and then as a Senior Editor at HarperCollins, where he published many noted and award-winning books of fiction and non-fiction.

In 1995, he became senior vice president of Scott Rudin Productions. Along with the acquisition and development of many of the companys most prominent feature projects, he was the executive producer of “Angela's Ashes,” and co-producer of Scorsese's “Bringing Out the Dead” and “Shaft.”

In 2003, Eric Steel formed his own company, Easy There Tiger, and is currently developing several documentaries and features, including “Julie/Julia,” a co-production with Amy Robinson, based on the book of the same title by Julie Powell (Little Brown, Fall 2005) to be written and directed by Nora Ephron for Columbia Pictures.