From NBC Media is the Official Press Release:
NBC STUDIOS AND PANDA PRODUCTIONS INC. BEGIN PRODUCTION ON THE TWO-HOUR TELEVISION THRILLER, ‘GROUND ZERO’
Published: April 25, 2001
Leonard Goldberg (“Charlie’s Angels” and “WarGames”) Executive Produces
“Ground Zero,” a two-hour, original television thriller from the producer of “Charlie’s Angels,” “Double Jeopardy” and “WarGames,” begins production in Vancouver this week.
Father-daughter producing team, Leonard and Amanda Goldberg, are executive producer and producer, respectively, of the production from Panda Productions, Inc. in association with NBC Studios. It will be telecast in the fall on NBC.
Eric Laneuville (“Pandora’s Clock,” “Trapped in a Purple Haze”) is the director. Tom Vaughan wrote the screenplay based on the bestseller, “The Seventh Power,” by James Mills.
Katherine Heigl (“Roswell”) and Kerr Smith (“Dawson’s Creek,” “The Forsaken”) star as brilliant and politically concerned college students, who build a nuclear device to illustrate the need for a change in national priorities, but are betrayed by a fellow student when the bomb ends up in the hands of a terrorist. Now, they have to work together with the government in a race against time to prevent the destruction of the Bay Area. J. August Richards (“Angel”) and Jeff Roop (“The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo”) also star.
One of Hollywood’s most talented and respected producers of film and television, Leonard Goldberg has held a number of distinguished positions in the industry, including head of programming at ABC and President of 20th Century Fox. At Fox, he oversaw production on such hit films as “Broadcast News,” “Big,” “Die Hard,” “Wall Street” and “Working Girl.” Independently, he produced the hit features “WarGames,” “Sleeping With the Enemy,” “The Distinguished Gentleman,” “Double Jeopardy” and “Charlie’s Angels.” As a television producer, he has been responsible for some of the most highly acclaimed television movies ever made, including the Peabody Award-winning film “Brian’s Song,” the Emmy Award-winning “Something About Amelia” and “Alex: The Life of a Child,” based on the book by Frank De Ford. In partnership with Aaron Spelling, he was responsible for an unprecedented string of hit television series, including “Charlie’s Angels,” “T.J. Hooker,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “The Rookies,” “Fantasy Island,” “Hart to Hart” and “Family.”
Amanda Goldberg began her professional career in the fashion world, working for three years in Todd Oldham’s studio before making the transition into filmmaking. She worked with her father on “Double Jeopardy” before serving as associate producer on “Charlie’s Angels.” She also co-produced the television film, “Runaway Virus.”