John Wells

Producer, Screenwriter, Director
Though most noted for creating and executive producing some of televisions' most critically acclaimed shows, John Wells was difficult to pigeonhole because of his extensive producing credits in features while also ... Read more »
Born: 05/27/1956 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Producer (44)

Love & Mercy 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Electric Slide 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cracks 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mildred Pierce 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Southland 1987 - 1991, 1994 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Showrunner

China Beach 1987 - 1991, 1999 - 2005, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Smith 1987 - 1991, 1999 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Company Men 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

The West Wing 1989 - 1990, 1999 - 2006, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

ER Retrospective 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Gigantic 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Motherhood 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Savage Grace 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Then She Found Me 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

I'm Not There 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Infamous 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Nearing Grace 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Notorious Bettie Page 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Doom 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Duma 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jonny Zero 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Dirty Shame 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Home at the End of the World 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Camp 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Party Monster 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Presidio Med 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Company 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Good Thief 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Citizen Baines 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Far From Heaven 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

One Hour Photo 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Big Time 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Grey Zone 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

White Oleander 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Peacemaker 1997 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Mystery Dance 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Roughhouse 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Producer

Nice Girls Don't Explode 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

An American Crime (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Angel Street (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Awaken the Dragon (Movie)

(Producer)

Mrs. Harris (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Nightman (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Trinity (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (6)

Adam Jones 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Shameless 1987 - 1991, 1994 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Third Watch 1987 - 1991, 1994 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

August: Osage County 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

ER 1987 - 1991, 1994 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

The Company Men 2010 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (4)

Brilliant But Cancelled 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 200: A Dateline Special 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect Pitch 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (3)

The Company Men 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rafter Romance (Movie)

(Book Author)
Other (1)

The Evidence 1987 - 1991, 1994 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Executive Consultant

Biography

Though most noted for creating and executive producing some of televisions' most critically acclaimed shows, John Wells was difficult to pigeonhole because of his extensive producing credits in features while also displaying considerable business acumen as the president of the Writers Guild of America, West. In fact, Wells made his producer debut on the satirical comedy "Nice Girls Don't Explode" (1987) before transitioning to television as a writer and eventual co-executive producer on the acclaimed Vietnam drama "China Beach" (ABC, 1989-1991). After developing the failed cop procedural, "Angel Street" (CBS, 1992), he became the executive producer on the Michal Crichton-created medical drama "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), a long-running, Emmy Award-winning series that established Wells as one of the top television producers in the business. From there, Wells ventured back into film producing with "The Peacemaker" (1997) before creating the mildly successful "Third Watch" (NBC, 1999-2005) and stepping into the showrunner role on the critically lauded political drama "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006). Meanwhile, his company John Wells Productions produced a number of well-received indie features like "Far From Heaven" (2002), "The Good Thief" (2003) and "I'm Not There" (2007), and Wells himself made his feature directing debut with "The Company Men" (2010). But his bread and butter remained television, though the not-easily-defined Wells jumped from network to cable with "Southland" (NBC/TNT, 2009- ) and "Shameless" (Showtime, 2011- ), where he flourished under more creative freedom while retaining his high standard of quality television.

Relationships

Marilyn Wells

Wife

Llewellyn Wells

Father

Rachel Wells

Daughter
Born October 29, 1997 mother, Marilyn Wells

Marjorie Wells

Mother

EDUCATION

Carnegie-Mellon University

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 1979

USC School of Cinematic Arts

Los Angeles , California 1981
Received his degree in Business of Entertainment (offered in conjunction with the Marshall School of Business MBA Program)

Milestones

2010

Made feature directorial debut with "The Company Men," starring Ben Affleck

2009

Executive produced the NBC series "Southland"; show moved to TNT for its second season

2001

Was an executive producer on the CBS fall drama "Citizen Baines"

1999

Executive produced NBC's "The West Wing"; took over as show runner for the fifth season

1999

Was the show runner on NBC's "Third Watch" for its first three seasons and served as an executive producer throughout its six season run

1998

Signed a five-year contract with Warner Bros. for an estimated $30 million; reportedly the most lucrative development deal to date; under the deal Wells would continue to develop and produce TV programming as well as features

1998

Executive produced and wrote episodes of the short-lived NBC family drama "Trinity"

1996

Wrote the screenplay for the feature film "Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story"

1994

Executive produced the popular NBC medical drama "ER"; served as the show runner for the first six seasons; wrote and directed several episodes during the shows run; earned Emmy nominations for Writing in 1997 and 2002 and Directing in 2000

1992

Co-wrote and co-executive producer of the TV movie "The Nightman"

1992

Created and executive produced the CBS detective series "Angel Street"; also wrote the first episode

1988

Hired as a producer for the second season of the ABC drama series "China Beach"; also penned several episodes; promoted to supervising producer for the third season in 1989 and co-executive producer for the fourth and final season in 1990

1988

Served as executive story editor for the ABC limited series "Just in Time"

1988

Began writing for television with an episode of CBS Summer Playhouse entitled "Roughhouse"

1987

Produced first feature film "Nice Girls Don't Explode"

Bonus Trivia

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Wells received a George Foster Peabody Award and a Humanitas Award for his work on the TV series "China Beach."

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Not to be confused with the British comic of the same name who died in 1998.

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