Director of popular family films Casper and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.
He studied film directing at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and worked as a production assistant for a children's TV show.
He directed episodes of NYPD Blue and Doogie Howser, M.D.
He married the actress Amy Brenneman. His 2002 film Moonlight Mile was loosely inspired by his relationship with actress Rebecca Schaeffer who was murdered in 1989.
He directed Jim Carrey in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.