One of the Good Guys
Mild-mannered writer-producer John Wells' colleagues and friends do their best to make him take a little credit a quarter-century into his career.
As a kid growing up in Denver, John Wells dreamed of being a working writer. The fact that he became one, in a big way, doesn't surprise people who have worked with the writer-director-producer-showrunner on such series as China Beach, ER, The West Wing and Third Watch. To hear them tell it, Wells' work ethic and unflappable disposition are among the keys to his success (not to mention his legendary ability to multitask). As of Jan. 12, the multiple Emmy winner's accolades will include a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Wells, 55, who recently directed his first feature, 2010's The Company Men, and executive produces TNT's Southland and Showtime's Shameless, says he doesn't work in a silo. "I surround myself with talented people that I delegate to," says the former WGA West president. "That lets me roam and be involved in a lot of things."
Subscribe now to read the full article
- Read The Hollywood Reporter on any mobile device
- Email complete articles to clients or colleagues
- Interactive Radio: listen to the topics or headlines that interest you
- RSS Feed: read in a timely manner with easy to find content
- Read Offline: locate issues and articles easily at any time, no internet connection needed
Already a Subscriber? Log In
- MOST SHARED
- MOST POPULAR