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Farhad Safinia (Persian: فرهاد صفی‌نیا‎ Farhād Safīnīyā; born 1975) is an Iranian-American screenwriter, film/TV producer and director, best known for Apocalypto, Boss and The Professor and the Madman. He has used the pseudonym P. B. Shemran in the past.

Farhad Safinia
Native name
فرهاد صفی‌نیا
Born1975 (age 43–44)
Tehran, Iran
OccupationProducer, screenwriter & director
Spouse(s)Laura Regan (2007–present)


Personal lifeEdit

Farhad Safinia was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1975. He left Iran with his family at the age of four to live in Paris, then London. He studied at Charterhouse and then at King's College, Cambridge, where he studied Economics. While at King's he directed and acted in a number of stage productions for the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club and other theatre companies. After graduating, he moved to New York City, where he studied film at the New School University and at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.[1] In the summer of 2007 he married actress Laura Regan in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is the grandson-in-law of John Harrison, son-in-law of Gerald Regan and sibling-in-law of Geoff Regan, Kelly Regan and Nancy Regan.


Apocalypto (2006), which he co-wrote with director/producer Mel Gibson, is his first feature-length screenplay. Safinia met Gibson serving as his assistant during postproduction and promotion of The Passion of the Christ two years earlier.[2] He was also the creator, writer and executive producer of the Starz TV series Boss. He went on to direct the 2019 movie, The Professor and the Madman starring Mel Gibson. He currently lives in Los Angeles.[3]

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  1. ^ Nicole Sperling (December 17, 2006). "With help from a friend, Mel cut to the chase". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on June 22, 2008.
  2. ^ Nicole Sperling (December 15, 2006). "With help from a friend, Mel cut to the chase". The Washington Post.
  3. ^ "APOCALYPTO – The Official Movie Website". January 10, 2007. Archived from the original on January 11, 2007. Retrieved January 10, 2007.

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