Profile in Excellence: John Wells
Peter Roth President, Warner Bros. Television
“In the early years of ‘ER,’ when we getting 40 shares and the show was a bullet, John was a calming force in not letting the train get away from us. He is a great multitasker and is like a duck on a pond. It seems like he’s gliding, but his feet underneath the water are really working. … He has allowed me to do what I do, and his great collaboration and delegation skills have filtered down to all of us.”
Bradley Whitford Actor
“John enjoys the process of writing. He’ll often complain, ‘I just want to write,’ and then will have to spend his whole day with lawyers and agents. A real joy is watching him in a writers room. He’s like a masterful editor at the New Yorker. … He cares about every aspect of production. This guy owns half of Hawaii, but he’s got to know the status of the second and third draft of a script.”
Christopher Chulack Producer-director
“What I find most appealing about him is his leadership qualities. He can galvanize a large and disparate group and gather them in a task at hand. He is, without question, one of the best producers I’ve ever worked with. He’s the most organized, with a mind that has both left and right brain ability that is extraordinary. … He remains one of most important tentpole players in the industry.”
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