A graduate of the renowned Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, Philip began his career in the professional theater as an actor, director and production stage manager working on nearly 40 Equity & Non-Equity productions. As Resident Assistant Director of The Hartman Theatre, an Equity Regional Theater in Stamford, CT, he worked on multiple productions along side award-winning directors such as Edwin Sherin (LAW & ORDER) and Melvin Bernhardt (DA), and award-winning actors such as Dana Delany (CHINA BEACH), John Rubinstein (CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD), Michael Learned (THE WALTONS), Dennis Boutsikaris (Broadway's AMADEUS), and the late John McMartin (Broadway's SHOWBOAT). He also worked on the Broadway revival of THE CAINE MUTINY COURT MARTIAL at Circle in the Square, the pre-Broadway production of Ira Levin's CANTORIAL and the late Elia Kazan's last stage production, THE CHAIN, produced by the late Cheryl Crawford.
Moving from New York to Los Angeles, Philip embarked on a 35-year career in the motion picture, television, and theatrical industries, working for such companies as Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Columbia Pictures Television, Touchstone Television, Walt Disney Television, and Robert Greenwald Productions. Beginning on the small screen with Columbia Pictures Television, he supervised production on three game show pilots: FACE-OFF, THE FRAME GAME, and HEAD ON, and a late-night talk show pilot called GOODNIGHT, USA. He then joined Robert Greenwald Productions working on such television movies as SHATTERED SPIRITS, ON FIRE, A FIGHT FOR JENNIE, CAN YOU FEEL ME DANCING, the four-hour miniseries LIBERTY, and the feature film SWEETHEART’S DANCE. Philip was then invited to join The Walt Disney Company where he rose to Vice-President of Production for Buena Motion Pictures Group, overseeing a variety of productions including REMEMBER THE TITANS, THE PRINCESS DIARIES, THE CREW, A CIVIL ACTION, THE 13thWARRIOR, NOTHING TO LOSE, ROMY & MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION, EDDIE, JUDGE DREDD, IN THE ARMY NOW, GUILTY AS SIN, SWING KIDS, and CONSENTING ADULTS. He has also oversaw some of producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s biggest hit films: COYOTE UGLY, ENEMY OF THE STATE, ARMAGEDDON, CON AIR, CRIMSON TIDE, THE ROCK, and PEARL HARBOR, on which he spent 5 months supervising the Baja Mexico Production Unit at Fox Baja Studios in Rosarito Beach, Mexico.
During his tenure at Disney, Philip authored the book “Get A Reel Job: Finding Your First Job in the Film Industry,” a resource guide for those planning a career in the motion picture and television industry. He used this book to develop a series of lectures and seminars which he led at institutions around the world including Carnegie Mellon University, Chapman University, Duke University, The University of New Mexico Law School, The North Carolina State University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, California Institute of the Arts, The University of California at Los Angeles, Act One Program, and University of Southern California. He was invited to speak at the Guanajuato International Film Festival in Mexico, the Kodak-sponsored Cannes Film Festival American Pavilion Los Angeles 2000 and 2001 Intensives, the 2001 and 2002 Las Vegas Screenwriters Conferences, the Hollywood Film Festival Pitch Seminar Series, on the PBS television program THE ECONOMIC JOURNAL and on the syndicated radio program “The Heart of Hollywood with Joe Sutton.”
In 2001, Philip embarked on a career as an independent producer with his wife Kathy, developing the long-form television films Legacy, Running Straight Ahead: The Woody Hayes Story, Can Do: The Jimmy Heuga Story and Freedom (13-part mini-series); the episodic television series Blue Faith, Touch, and Interpol; the reality competition series Flag Hunters, Cork Dorks, Kid Cupids, Just Desserts, and Match Mates; the reality documentary programs A Psychic Life and Hidden Heroines of History; the feature films Life On the Line, Pancakes and Underwear, Voices, The Final Rose, For Rent, Fly Low-Fly Fast, and Crabs In a Bucket; and the stage musical Merton of the Movies.
In 2002, along with his colleague Eve Honthaner, Philip created the company CAREER MOVES, a career consulting company. Philip and Eve led seminars designed for individuals interested in breaking into the entertainment industry, just starting out, in the process of transitioning or moving a career to the next level. They seminars they led focused on the reality of how the business works, what it takes to plan and grow a career, how to find work, survive the challenges and realize your goals, through a combination of lectures, interactive exercises & handouts to provide practical tools and motivation needed to break in, move forward or make a transition. Separate from providing personal career counseling, resume development for individual clients, and educational consulting for students seeking college and university programs in the entertainment industry, Philip and Eve led Seminars for a variety of organizations including the Monterey Film Commission, San Diego Film Commission, Association of Film Commissioners International, The University of Los Angeles Extension Program, and Carnegie Mellon University West Coast Drama Clan.
Philip continues to provide consulting services to studios, networks, production companies, filmmakers, individuals seeking assistance with developing projects and production plans designed for inducing financing, and educational consulting services for students considering film, television, digital arts, and theater programs at colleges and universities across the country as well as internationally.