Derby Contenders

Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Kevin Tsujihara

Three Hollywood movie makers own Kentucky Derby 137 contender Comma to the Top who has swept the $750,000 Cash Call Futurity (GI), Generous Stakes, and Real Quiet Stakes during Hollywood Park’s Fall Meet.

Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum are co-founders of Spyglass Entertainment, the company has produced motion pictures like Seabiscuit, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Inisder, and The Sixth Sense.

Gary owns around 50 racehorses on his own and in partnership for the past 15 years. He has had success in the industry with horses like The Deputy who won the 2000 Santa Anita Derby and Gitano Hernando winner of the 2009 Goodwood Handicap.He has horses that race internationally in Europe and South Africa as well. Gary Barber was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and resides in Los Angeles.

Through much of the 1990s prior to founding Spyglass Entertainment, Birnbaum headed the Disney-affiliated independent studio Caravan Pictures backing popular films Angels in the Outfield, While You Were Sleeping, Powder, First Kid, and G.I. Jane. Throughout his career, Roger has been the president of the Guber/Peters Company, the president of worldwide productions for the United Artists, and the executive vice president of Twentieth Century Fox. Roger Birnbaum was born in 1950 in Teaneck, New Jersey.

Kevin Tsujihara, is the head of Warner Brothers’ Home Entertainment Division overseeing the home video, digital distribution, video games, technical operations, and anti-piracy efforts of the company. Kevin is in charge of increasing the sales of movies in stores and through online downloading. He worked during the summers for his father who was an egg distributor and delivered eggs to the merchants. Kevin then worked as an accountant, graduated from Stanford, and co-founded an online tax-filling company, before starting to work for Warner Brothers’ in 1994. Kevin Tsujihara was born on October 25, 1964 and grew up in in Petaluma, California.