John Wells To Receive Cinematographers’ Board Of Governors Award

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 10:01am PST

johnwells1Award-winning writer-director-producer John Wells will receive the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) 2014 Board of Governors Award. Wells will be honored during the 28th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards gala here on February 1 at the Hollywood & Highland Ray Dolby Ballroom.

“John Wells is an extraordinary talent whose long career has exposed the world to superlative cinematography across a wide array of features and television,” said ASC President Richard Crudo.

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Meryl Streep, Margo Martindale & Abigail Breslin Talk ‘August: Osage County’: Video

By | Friday December 20, 2013 @ 12:10pm PST
Pete Hammond

After a screening of August: Osage County this week at the TV Academy’s theater in North Hollywood, I sat down with three augustosage45of the stars from the film’s cast –Meryl Streep, Margo Martindale and Abigail Breslin – to talk … Read More »

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The Contenders 2013: ‘August: Osage County’s John Wells On Directing Meryl Streep: “She Came To Play” (Video)

By | Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 11:50am PST
Pete Hammond

As one of television’s most prolific and successful writer/producers, John Wells has known great success with Emmy-winning series like E.R. and The West Wing and currently Showtime’s Shameless, but after getting his feet wet directing movies with The Company Men Read More »

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ABC To Adapt ‘Bright Young Things’ Books As Drama Series With John Wells & Alloy

By | Thursday October 10, 2013 @ 5:53pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: ABC has put in development Bright Young Things, a drama based on Alloy’s best-selling Bright Young Things book series written by Anna Godbersen. Produced by John Wells Prods. and Alloy Entertainment through Warner Bros. … Read More »

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John Wells Drama Based On ‘Outbreak’ Movie Goes To NBC With Pilot Production Commitment

By | Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 4:56pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Former ER executive producers John Wells and Jack Orman are reuniting with NBC for a new high-profile medical drama project. The network has given a pilot production commitment to Outbreak, an hourlong series … Read More »

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Bravo Develops Drama Script Inspired by Charles Dickens ‘Bleak House’

Is Bravo — once upon a time the network of Romeo and Juliet but now the home of Real Housewives of Fill In The Blank — taking a page from its past with one of its new scripted series projects? Fortune, a one-hour drama series script in development, … Read More »

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Justin Chatwin Exits ‘Shameless’ As Series Regular, Might Be Back Says Showtime

By | Wednesday June 5, 2013 @ 11:28am PDT

Looks like Jimmy Lishman really did meet his fate at the end of Season 3 of Shameless. Executive Producer John Wells revealed last night at a panel at the TV Academy that Justin Chatwin, who has played … Read More »

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Cannes: Bradley Cooper Commits To ‘Chef’ As Cease And Desist Goes To Jon Favreau’s Rival Chef Pic

Mike Fleming

Bradley CooperEXCLUSIVE: Bradley Cooper has now formally confirmed to star in the John Wells-directed Chef, making this one of the early projects stirring action from foreign buyers who can now visualize the Silver Linings Playbook star back in meltdown mode in this Shampoo-like drama. He plays a Paris chef named Adam Jones, who destroys his wunderkind status in a blaze of decadence and out of control behavior. He cleans up and returns to Paris sober, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars. This has been in the works a bit, and recently Cooper saw Wells’ upcoming TWC Oscar-bait movie August: Osage County and then TWC set Wells to direct Chef. They are now looking to round out that cast, and I’m hearing Michelle Williams and Marion Cotillard as potential female leads, and Omar Sy for co-starring role. The film’s produced by Stacey Sher, Erwin Stoff and Michael Shamberg. Read More »

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John Wells Deal To Direct Bradley Cooper In ‘Chef’

By | Thursday May 2, 2013 @ 2:48pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After helming August: Osage County for Harvey Weinstein, John Wells is getting ready to take on another big film for The Weinstein Company. He’s making a deal to direct Chef, the Steven Knight-scripted drama that … Read More »

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Felicity Huffman To Star In Fox Pilot ‘Boomerang’

By | Friday February 15, 2013 @ 11:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Felicity Huffman is taking on another role of a housewife, this one with a double life. The Desperate Housewives alumna is set to star in Fox‘s drama pilot Boomerang, from John Wells Prods and Warner … Read More »

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Fox Orders Assassins Drama Pilot From John Wells

By | Friday January 25, 2013 @ 11:43am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has given a pilot order to Boomerang, a drama from John Wells Prods. and Warner Bros TV. Written by Davey Holmes (Awake), the project is about a family who serve as assassins for the federal … Read More »

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Fox Buys Male Buddy Comedy Based On Israeli Format With John Wells Producing

By | Monday July 30, 2012 @ 5:57pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Hard Up Israel TVEXCLUSIVE: Fox has bought Hard Up, a single-camera comedy project executive produced by John Wells. Based on the Israeli series Asfur created by Hanan Savyon and Guy Amir, Hard Up is a comedy about four twentysomething, cash-strapped close friends willing to do anything for each other — especially if it means breaking the rules as they fight against the odds to keep their home in a gentrifying neighborhood. The Fox version, which has received a script commitment, will be written by Etan Frankel (Shameless). The original series, produced by Sumayoko, airs on Israeli network HOT with Shameless. Because of the two shows’ compatibility on HOT, CAA — which reps ADD, the company that has foreign distribution rights to Asfur – took the format to Wells, who co-created the U.S. version of Shameless, and the series’ writer Frankel. Wells and Frankel will executive produce Hard Up with Savyon & Amir, Mark Mylod (pilot only) and Andrew Stearn, with HOT production executive Mirit Toovi also involved in the adaptation. John Wells Prods and Warner Bros TV are producing. Savyon and Amir are repped by ADD’s Hadas Mozes. Read More »

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Smokehouse’s George Clooney And Grant Heslov Producing ‘August: Osage County’

Mike Fleming

My, the cast of characters that have aligned to the feature adaptation of Tracey Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County continues to get more impressive. Back in September, 2010, Deadline broke the story about the movie and that Harvey Weinstein had assembled a package where John Wells would direct Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts as the mother and daughter in the play. Now, Weinstein has signed Smokehouse Productions partners George Clooney and Grant Heslov to become producers. Here’s the announcement:

NEW YORK – June 18, 2012 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that George Clooney, Academy Award®-winning actor (SYRIANA) and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker (GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK., THE IDES OF MARCH), and Academy Award®-nominated producer/screenwriter Grant Heslov (GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK., THE IDES OF MARCH) have signed on as producers of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, the upcoming screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by Tracy Letts. Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts star as mother and daughter in the film, directed by John Wells from Letts’ screen adaptation. Clooney and Heslov join Jean Doumanian Productions and Steve Traxler as producers. Claire Rudnick Polstein is the executive producer. The announcement was made by TWC Co-Chairmen Harvey and Bob Weinstein.

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NBC Picks Up John Wells-Produced Drama Pilot ‘Bad Girls’

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 12:20pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ER, Third Watch and Southland executive producer John Wells is back at NBC with a new drama. The network has handed out a pilot pickup to Bad Girls, written by Nancy Pimental and executive produced by Wells. The project, based … Read More »

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Fox Greenlights Mike O’Malley/John Wells Comedy Pilot ‘Prodigy Bully’

By | Thursday January 26, 2012 @ 2:40pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has given a pilot order to Prodigy Bully, a half-hour comedy written by Glee co-star Mike O’Malley and executive produced by John Wells. Based on the Prodigy Bully one-minute … Read More »

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Showtime To Develop Series Adaptation Of Movie ‘Animal Kingdom’ With John Wells Producing

By | Friday December 16, 2011 @ 12:31pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: A drama series adaptation of the 2010 Australian feature Animal Kingdom has landed at Showtime, with John Wells executive producing and Jonathan Lisco writing/executive producing. The project, now … Read More »

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Fox Buys ‘Prodigy Bully’ Comedy From Mike O’Malley And John Wells

By | Monday October 17, 2011 @ 1:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Fox is teaming with Glee co-star Mike O’Malley for another school comedy. The network has bought Prodigy Bully, a half-hour comedy written by O’Malley and executive produced by John Wells. Based on the Prodigy Bully one-minute movies by Hank Perlman, the comedy centers on a young boy genius who uses his brains and brawn to get whatever he wants. John Wells Prods and Warner Bros TV are producing, with Wells, Paris Barclay and JWP’s Andrew Stearn executive producing and O’Malley co-executive producing. JWP and WBTV first took a stab at developing a single-camera comedy based on the Prodigy Bully shorts during the 2005-2006 season. Read More »

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ABC Buys Hourlong 1970s Mother/Daughter Comedy From Joe Keenan And John Wells

By | Wednesday September 14, 2011 @ 1:06pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: John Wells Prods has sold a third project this development season — a period hourlong comedy from Frasier and Desperate Housewives veteran Joe Keenan. ABC has bought the comedy, which is set in the 1970s and centers on a … Read More »

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John Wells Prods. Sells 2 Book Adaptations, Including ‘Easy Rawlins’ Drama From Walter Mosley To NBC

By | Monday September 12, 2011 @ 12:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After recently venturing into cable with the Showtime series Shameless, HBO’s miniseries Mildred Pierce and TNT’s drama Southland, which originated on NBC, John Wells’ Warner Bros TV-based production company is shifting its attention back to broadcast TV this development season. John Wells Prods has already sold two projects, both based on books: Easy Rawlins to NBC and an untitled high-concept drama from Carol Walper to ABC. Several more pitches will be taken out shortly.

NBC’s Easy Rawlins is based on Walter Mosley’s best-selling novels about black P.I. Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, who finds himself solving crimes and dealing with the changing world around him in 1960s Los Angeles. (The books are set from the 1940s to 1960s.) Easy is a reluctant, self-taught P.I. with a conscience and a soul — and he easily slips between white Los Angeles and the black underground. Mosley will write the series adaptation with Southland co-executive producer Cheo Coker. A drama adaptation of Mosley’s Easy Rollins book series, which spanned 11 novels, was developed by USA Network seven years ago. Additionally, Mosley served as an executive producer on the 2003 CBS drama pilot The Law & Mr. Lee, about an Oakland-based private eye played by Danny Glover. Easy Rawlins is the second project based on well-known mystery series books with a minority protagonist to be set up at the broadcast networks this season. CBS recently bought a drama based on Leslie Glass’ Alice Woo novels from CBS TV Studios and Apostle. Read More »

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