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JOHN WELLS (Director) is one of the most prolific writers, directors and producers for television, film and the stage. Over the
past two decades, Wells has been a creative force behind some of primetime's biggest hit series, including ER, The
West Wing, and Third Watch. He currently serves as executive producer on Showtime's Emmy- nominated
Shameless, and has previously served as Executive Producer on the critically acclaimed Southland for TNT, the
Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Mildred Pierce for HBO, and the Emmy And Golden-Globe nominated
Shows produced by John Wells have received over 270 Emmy nominations with 55 Emmy wins, 5 Peabody Awards,
Producers Guild Awards, a Humanitas Prize (nominated 7 times).During its fifteen year run, ER earned 122 Emmy
nominations, the most in television history. A seven-time Writers Guild Award nominee, in 2007, Wells received
the WGA's prestigious Paddy Chayefsky Television Laurel Award, given to writers who have advanced the literature
of television and made outstanding contributions to the profession of television writers. In 2005, Wells was
awarded the David Susskind Achievement Award in Television from the Producers Guild of America.
Wells has also served as President of the Writers Guild of America, West from 2009-2011 and previously served as
its President from 1999-2001 and was vital to the success of the 2001 MBA contract negotiations.
Previously, Wells wrote and directed The Company Men, released by Weinstein in 2011 and starring Ben Affleck,
Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper. Previous feature production credits include Carroll Ballard's
acclaimed drama Duma, Peter Kominsky's White Oleander, Neil Jordan's The Good Thief, Andrzej Bartkowiak's
Doom, and Michael Mayer's A Home at the End of the World. Additionally, Wells executive produced Todd Haynes'
Far From Heaven and I'm Not There, Mark Romanek's One Hour Photo, Todd Graff's Camp, Fenton Bailey's Party
Monster, Robert Altman's The Company, John Waters' A Dirty Shame, Mary Harron's The Notorious Bettie Page,
Phyllis Nagy's Mrs. Harris, Tom Kalin's Savage Grace, Douglas McGrath's Infamous and Jordan Scott's Cracks.
Born in Alexandria, Virginia, and raised in Denver, Colorado, Wells graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a bachelor of fine arts and later earned a Masters degree in film and television at
the University of Southern California, where he also serves on the school's Television Executive Advisory Council.
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