Veteran TV and theater director Paul Lazarus makes a transition to the silver screen with Seven Girlfriends, a rollicking romantic comedy starring Tim Daly as a bachelor revisiting past loves to try to figure out where he went wrong. The crisis that precipitates Jesse’s intrepid tour comes with the accidental death of a former fiancé ("Melrose Place" star Laura Leighton) who, fives year earlier, caught him in flagrante with her best friend on their wedding eve. Actresses Mimi Rogers, Elizabeth Peña, Jami Gertz, Melora Hardin and Katy Selverstone play the quintet of women Jesse’s left in his wake; also in the cast are Olivia D’Abo and Arye Gross. Prolific playwright Stephen Gregg, best known in film circles for writing the screenplay for Amblin’s upcoming Weetzie Bat, wrote Girlfriends from a story idea by Lazarus.

Over the last ten years Lazarus has directed episodes of a dozen TV series including "Mad About You," "L.A. Law" and "Melrose Place". He’s directed over 60 plays at theatres from Lincoln Center to La Mama and was artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse from 1990 to 1992. His most recent work for the stage includes "The 24th Day," which paired "E.R."’s Noah Wyle with "Chicago Hope"’s Peter Berg and won six L.A. Dramalogue awards including Best Director.

Girlfriends producer J. Todd Harris met Daly when the actor was cast in Denise Calls Up, Harris’ first independent project for the Davis Entertainment Classics (DEC) banner he launched with 20th Century Fox’s John Davis in 1994. Harris is now also partnered with Daly in the Paramount-based Daly-Harris Productions. Veteran producer Barry Opper rounds out the producing team with Harris and Lazarus.

Girlfriends shot in and around L.A. for five weeks and wrapped in mid-March; a tight post schedule means the film should be just about done by the time you read this. All rights are available.

Cast: Tim Daly, Olivia D’Abo, Jami Gertz, Melora Hardin, Laura Leighton, Elizabeth Peña, Mimi Rogers, Katy Selverstone, Arye Gross. Crew: Producers, Paul Lazarus, J. Todd Harris, Barry Opper; Screenplay, Stephen Gregg; Director, Paul Lazarus; Original Story, Paul Lazarus, Stephen Gregg; Cinematographer, Don E. FauntLeRoy; Production Designer, William Barclay; Costumes, Alexandra Welker; Casting, Mark Teschner. Contact: J. Todd Harris, Daly-Harris Productions, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Tel: (323) 956-8930, Fax: (323) 862-1067.

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