As a successful, loving father, Neil Russell had to deal with one of the most difficult and important responsibilities he had ever faced as a parent: speaking to his children about his cancer. Diagnosed at age 47 when his children were only 11 and 13, this is Neil's emotional account of the disease's life-changing impact on himself and his family. Can I Still Kiss You? is both informative narrative and interactive journal; it will help parents speak to their children about the cancer that has come into their lives. The prospect of sitting down with a child in an attempt to make sense out of a disease that we barely understand ourselves is daunting. Russell provides a chapter-by-chapter series of questions and answers dealing with diagnosis, surgery, radiation and chemotherapy during and after treatment. Through his own experience and research he presents clear, straightforward questions followed by answers that are understandable to children. Additional space encourages parents to add personal responses to children and children to write back expressing fears, concerns or encouragement-in essence, a "message board" for sharing emotions that are difficult to articulate. Some of the questions he addresses are: What is cancer?, When I get older will I get cancer because you did?, and Can I still kiss you? This insightful book ends with a warm and powerful essay written by Neil's son, Trevor. Can I Still Kiss You? reveals the remarkable inner strength and courage of a family dealing with a parent in need.
Neil Russell is the founder and CEO of Hollywood Artists Pictures Corporation (HAPCORP), which creates, acquires and licenses intellectual properties for exploitation across all entertainment media. HAPCORP also produces motion pictures, television and music and has begun publishing books through its Rothington House imprint. Neil acquired his first intellectual property when he was in college, and over the course of his career has acquired the rights to hundreds of books, movies, plays, screenplays, short stories, formats, titles, magazine articles, life stories, songs, pitches and trademarks.
A former executive with Paramount, Columbia, MGM and United Artists, he formed his first company, Horizon Entertainment, in 1983, which was later acquired by Carolco Pictures, producers of the Rambo pictures, Terminator 2, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, etc. Neil was involved in all facets of Carolco's business, including the acquisition of entertainment properties like Platoon, Terminator and The Last Emperor and companies like De Laurentiis Entertainment, the Vista Organization and the Wilmington Studios. He was also founder and president of Carolco Television Productions which produced thirty-one high-profile television motion pictures.
In 1993, Neil purchased the assets of CTP and began acquiring intellectual property rights under his own banner. Producing partnerships or licensing arrangements of rights owned or controlled by him have been made with Walt Disney Studios, Fox, Warners, MGM, Sony, Universal, Paramount, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Activision, Georgeville Television, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Tribune Entertainment, Scott Free Productions, Heyday Films, ABC Television, Hyde Park Entertainment, F/X Networks and many others. He also authored the book, Can I Still Kiss You?: Answering Your Children's Questions about Cancer and the action/thriller novels, City of War, Wildcase and Beverly Hills is Burning.
Neil works with the major Hollywood agencies, law firms and investment banks.
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