John Wells is one of the most prolific writers, directors and producers in television, film, and for the stage. Over the past two decades, he has been a creative force behind some of primetime’s biggest hit series, including ER, The West Wing, and Third Watch. In addition to Animal Kingdom, he currently serves as executive producer on Showtime’s Emmy®-nominated Shameless, which will return in 2017 for its seventh season. He previously served as executive producer on the Peabody Award-winning Southland for TNT, the Emmy- and Golden Globe®-winning Mildred Pierce for HBO and the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated China Beach.
Shows produced by John Wells have received more than 300 Emmy nominations, with 63 Emmy wins, five Peabody Awards, three Producers Guild Awards, and a Humanitas Prize (nominated nine times). During its fifteen year run, ER earned 124 Emmy nominations, the most for any primetime show 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 served as president of the Writers Guild of America, West from 2009-2011 and previously from 1999-2001.
Most recently, in the feature world, Wells directed and produced the comedic drama Burnt, starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Daniel Bruhl, and produced The Beach Boys biopic Love & Mercy, starring Paul Dano. Previously, he helmed the acclaimed August: Osage County, based on Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. The film featured an all-star ensemble cast led by Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, and was nominated for two Academy Awards®.
Jonathan Lisco did not take the direct flight to Hollywood.
Before working in “the biz,” he was an ad copywriter, the VP of a telecom company based in China, and a lawyer in New York City. He has also, among other things, taught English as a second language, delivered industrial supplies, and worked as a waiter and valet parking attendant…all of which was grist for the mill for what he always wanted to be: a writer and storyteller.
After writing a play in New York and selling a movie pitch to Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Films, Lisco began his television career writing for the Emmy®-winning series NYPD Blue. He went on to write and produce numerous episodes of The District and Jack & Bobby. He also created, wrote and executive-produced the New Orleans police drama K-Ville.
From 2010-2013, Lisco executive-produced the last three seasons of TNT’s Peabody Award-winning series Southland, with John Wells and Chris Chulack. Prior to Animal Kingdom, Lisco was the showrunner and executive producer of the critically acclaimed television drama Halt and Catch Fire, the third season of which will premiere this summer.