Lindsay Law

Producer, Executive
While at American Playhouse, Lindsay Law was responsible for bringing some of Broadway's great plays--as well as new, independent works--onto the TV screens of America. He has also produced scores of ... Read more »
Born: 02/20/1949 in Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Producer (155)

An American Love Story 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Fast, Cheap and Out of Control 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Angels & Insects 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Drawn From Memory 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

I Shot Andy Warhol 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Palookaville 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

...And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Amateur 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Blown Sideways Through Life 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Reckless 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Roosters 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Safe 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Golden Gate 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hallelujah 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Beans of Egypt, Maine 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Drawn From Memory 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Ethan Frome 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Fires in the Mirror 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

La Carpa 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tales From Hollywood 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Music of Chance 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tru 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

All the Vermeers in New York 1992 (Movie)

(American Playhouse) (Executive Producer)

Brother's Keeper 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Daughters of the Dust 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Simple Men 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Quarrel 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

1000 Pieces of Gold 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Marriage: Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hot Summer Winds 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hyde in Hollywood 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Into the Woods 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Peacemaker 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Straight Out of Brooklyn 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Astronomer 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The End of a Sentence 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Grapes of Wrath 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Price of Life 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Sunset Gang 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Three Hotels 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

All God's Dangers 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

An Enemy of the People 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Andre's Mother 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Longtime Companion 1990 (Movie)

(American Playhouse) (Executive Producer)

Sensibility and Sense 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Separation 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Women and Wallace 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Raisin in the Sun 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Walk in the Woods 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ask Me Again 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bloodhounds of Broadway 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Eat a Bowl of Tea 1989 (Movie)

(American Playhouse) (Executive Producer)

Imagining America 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Rachel River 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Signs of Life 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Beginning of the Firm 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Diaries of Adam and Eve 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Meeting 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Silence at Bethany 1989 (Movie)

(American Playhouse) (Executive Producer)

I Never Sang For My Father 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In a Shallow Grave 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Journey Into Genius 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lemon Sky 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Long Day's Journey Into Night 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Stand and Deliver 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Suspicion 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Big Knife 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Thin Blue Line 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Wash 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Mistaken Charity 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Blue Window 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Charley's Aunt 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dottie 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Eleanor -- In Her Own Words 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Stacking 1987 (Movie)

(American Playhouse) (Executive Producer)

The House of Blue Leaves 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Prodigious Hickey 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Wide Net 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Waiting For the Moon 1987 (Movie)

(American Playhouse) (Executive Producer)

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Billy Galvin 1986 (Movie)

(American Playhouse) (Executive Producer)

Native Son 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

On Valentine's Day 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Painting Churches 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Smooth Talk 1986 (Movie)

(American Playhouse) (Executive Producer)

The Great Wall Is a Great Wall 1986 (Movie)

(American Playhouse) (Executive Producer)

The House of Ramon Iglesia 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Roommate 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Valentine's Revenge 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Breakfast With Les and Bess 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Paper Angels 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Some Men Need Help 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Star-Crossed Romance of Josephine Cosnowski 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

City News 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Popular Neurotics 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sam Shepard's "True West" 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Killing Floor 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Family Business 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Go Tell It on the Mountain 1983 (Movie)

(American Playhouse) (Executive Producer)

Until She Talks 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Wings 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Working 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Most Happy Fella 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Producer

Gal Young Un 1979 (Movie)

(American Playhouse) (Executive Producer)

You Can't Take It With You 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Producer

Ah, Wilderness! 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Producer

The Prince of Homburg 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Producer

Beyond the Horizon 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Producer

Eccentricities of a Nightingale 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Producer

The First Breeze of Summer 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Producer

The Time of Your Life 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Producer

Forget-Me-Not Lane 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Producer

A Case of Libel (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Matter of Principle (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Big Time (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Concealed Enemies (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Darrow (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Displaced Person (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Fifth of July (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Fool's Fire (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hughie (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Keeping On (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lethal Innocence (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Life Under Water (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Long Shadows (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Love and Other Sorrows (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Medal of Honor Rag (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mrs. Cage (TV Show)

Executive Producer

O Pioneers! (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Pigeon Feathers (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Private Contentment (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Roanoak (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Rocket to the Moon (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Seguin (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Shimmer (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Story of a Marriage (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Strange Interlude (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sunday in the Park With George (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Surviving Desire (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Gin Game (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Hollow Boy (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Little Sister (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Return of Hickey (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Rothko Conspiracy (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Skin of Our Teeth (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Trial of Bernhard Goetz (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Three Sovereigns For Sarah (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Under the Biltmore Clock (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Zora Is My Name! (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Production Management (6)

Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby Is a Friend of Mine 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Line Producer

The Shady Hill Kidnapping 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Line Producer

Carl Sandburg: Echoes and Silences (TV Show)

Line Producer

King of America (TV Show)

Line Producer

My Palikari (TV Show)

Line Producer

Who Am I This Time? (TV Show)

Line Producer
Executive (1)

Bootmen 2000 (Movie)

(Studio Executive)
Other (4)

Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day 1997 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

I Shot Andy Warhol 1996 (Movie)

Playhouse International Pictures (Other)

Palookaville 1996 (Movie)

Playhouse International Pictures (Other)

Simple Men 1992 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Biography

While at American Playhouse, Lindsay Law was responsible for bringing some of Broadway's great plays--as well as new, independent works--onto the TV screens of America. He has also produced scores of theatrically-released films.

After graduating from NYU, Law spent the latter half of the 1960s in New York, working as a theatrical stage manager. With the 1970 Actors Equity strike, he left the stage for TV, where he worked his way up from production assistant to producer at WNET-TV (New York) and Warner Brothers Television. In 1980, he joined American Playhouse, where he would remain for 14 years, eventually becoming president and chief operating officer of the company.

While at WNET, Law had helped bring to the small screen such productions as John Houseman's Acting Company version of William Saroyan's "The Time of Your Life", featuring future stars Kevin Kline and Patti LuPone, the Williamstown Theatre's rendition of Tennessee Williams' "Eccentricities of Nightingale" co-starring Blythe Danner and Frank Langella, and the Long Wharf's staging of Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!" (all 1976), with Geraldine Fitzgerald, Victor Garber, Swoosie Kurtz and Linda Hunt. During his tenure at both Theater in America and American Playhouse, he continued to search out both Broadway classics and experimental theater, with assistance from such production sources as local PBS stations, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, "and viewers like you."

More than 100 specials were produced or purchased for PBS under Law's reign at American Playhouse. Some were classics or rarely-revived stand-bys, like "Charley's Aunt" (1983), "The Skin of Our Teeth" (1983), "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1984), "Long Day's Journey Into Night" (1987), "Strange Interlude" (1988), "A Raisin in the Sun" (1989), and "Porgy and Bess" (1993). There were also modern Broadway shows, some of which had not yet toured to the hinterlands: Lanford Wilson's "Fifth of July" and Ntozake Shange's "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf" (both 1982), Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy in "The Gin Game" and Sam Shepard's "True West" (both 1984), the Broadway casts in Stephen Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park with George" (1986) and "Into the Woods" (1991), Robert Morse in "Tru" (1992) and Claudia Shear in "Blown Sideways Through Life" (1995). Dotted throughout were literary adaptations, original scripts and even movie remakes ("Suspicion" 1988).

American Playhouse also released films theatrically, beginning with Victor Nunez's "Gal Young 'Un" (1979), which Law executive produced. A dozen or so films came and went before his first real hits, both in 1988: the schoolroom drama "Stand and Deliver" and the true police story "The Thin Blue Line". Among the other American Playhouse Theatrical Films were Wayne Wang's arranged marriage tale "Eat a Bowl of Tea" and the Norman Rene-Craig Lucas AIDS drama "Longtime Companion" (both 1989), Matty Rich's gritty "Straight Out of Brooklyn" (1991), and the acclaimed documentary "Brother's Keeper" (1992). Several of the performers in these films earned Oscar nominations, including Jane Alexander ("Testament" 1983), Edward James Olmos ("Stand and Deliver") and Bruce Davison ("Longtime Companion").

Things got complicated in the 90s as American Playhouse shifted its emphasis from TV to the big screen. Law replaced David Davis as president and COO of American Playhouse in 1993, and the next year, the big-screen offshoot Playhouse International was formed in a distribution deal with the Samuel Goldwyn Company. Financial woes multiplied, though, and late in 1995 it was announced that both American Playhouse and Playhouse International were out of business. Law landed on his feet, and was immediately named president of Fox Searchlight Pictures, which had been formed in 1994. He relocated to Los Angeles (from his longtime home in Connecticut).

In 1996, he had three interesting films released including the last made under the Playhouse International logo. "Angels and Insects" was an odd, erotic tale of a 19th century naturalist and a reverend's daughter; "Palookaville" told the story of three would-be bank robbers; and the critically acclaimed "I Shot Andy Warhol" took audiences back to The Factory shooting of 1968.

EDUCATION

School of the Arts, New York University

New York , New York
(set design)

Milestones

2000

Was a producer of the hit stage musical "The Full Monty"

2000

Left post at Fox Searchlight to become independent producer

1995

Named President of Fox Searchlight Pictures (founded 1994), moved from Connecticut to Los Angeles

1993

Named President and COO of American Playhouse

1993

Named President of Playhouse International, the theatrical-release branch of American Playhouse (first film released, "Reckless" 1995)

1988

Executive produced breakthrough films, "Stand and Deliver" and "The Thin Blue Line"

1984

First film released theatrically through American Playhouse produced by Law, "Go Tell It On the Mountain"

1982

First special produced for American Playhouse, "Private Contentment" (PBS)

1980

Joined PBS' American Playhouse as producer

1979

First theatrically-released film as executive producer, "Gal Young Un"

1977

Joined Warner Brothers Television as producer and director of specials

1975

First special produced for Great Performances, "Forget Me Not Lane" (PBS)

1974

Produced "Theater in America" series for WNET-TV (New York)

1969

Left theater for TV during Actors Equity strike

Worked in New York theater as stage manager in late late 1960s

SIMILAR ARTICLES