DON HANDFIELD (Producer) is a writer, director and producer. Together with two-time Academy Award® nominee Jeremy Renner, he formed The Combine, a Los Angeles based company, to create, develop and produce high quality, character-driven content with award-winning potential from every genre.
Since its creation in 2013, The Combine has produced the true-life dramatic thriller “Kill the Messenger,” starring Jeremy Renner and directed by Michael Cuesta from a screenplay by Peter Landesman, and “The Throwaways,” a feature length action comedy that premiered on Crackle, starring Sam Worthington, Kevin Dillon and James Caan.
In a short time, Handfield and his team at The Combine team have originated, acquired and developed projects with John Lee Hancock (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Blind Side”), Peter Berg (“Lone Survivor,” “Friday Night Lights”), Ron Moore (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Outlander”), and Rob Siegel (“The Wrestler”). The Combine recently sold the television series “Playing with Fire” to HBO and “Knighfall” to The History Channel.
The true story of Ray Kroc and Kroc’s relationship with the McDonalds Brothers first came to Handfield’s attention twelve years ago, and his ambition to bring that story to the screen has now been fulfilled in “The Founder,” after more than a decade of work and development.
Handfield wrote and directed “Touchback,” starring Kurt Russell. He has written for Warner Brothers, DreamWorks, Lionsgate and Paramount among others. He wrote and created the series “Knightfall” together with novelist Richard Rayner.
Handfield began his career as an actor and graphic designer before moving into production at E! He graduated from Ohio State University and remains a devoted Buckeye.