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John Wells is a prolific producer, director, and writer for the stage, television, and film.
He currently oversees four notable hourlong television series: ER, Third Watch (which earned an Emmy Award, a Prism Award, and a Peabody Award in its first three years on the air), The West Wing (which won 17 Emmy Awards in its first two years on the air), and the new Presidio Med. ER, in its first eight years on the air, earned Wells and his team 19 Emmy Awards, 2 Peabody Awards, 8 People's Choice Awards, 2 Producers Guild of America Awards, and a Humanitas Prize.
His feature projects as producer, aside from Far from Heaven, include the soon-to-be-released White Oleander, directed by Peter Kosminsky and adapted by Mary Agnes Donoghue from Janet Fitch's best-selling novel. The film's cast includes Alison Lohman, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Wright Penn, and Renée Zellweger. Wells also produced Neil Jordan's The Good Thief, starring Nick Nolte, slated for a 2003 release.
His prior film credits include, through his innovative co-production pact with Killer Films, Tim Blake Nelson's The Grey Zone and Mark Romanek's One Hour Photo (starring Robin Williams); and, as co-executive-producer, Mimi Leder's The Peacemaker, starring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman.
Before beginning work on ER, Wells was a writer and producer on the acclaimed series CHINA BEACH. The show was honored with a Peabody Award, a Humanitas Prize, and Writers Guild of America and Emmy Award nominations.
The Alexandria, Virginia native is the immediate past president of the Writers Guild of America. His award-winning stage work includes productions of "Judgment," "Balm in Gilead," "Battery," and "She Also Dances."