David E. Kelley
Rodel Astudillo
United States
2020

David E. Kelley Productions

David
E.
Kelley

CEO / President

Kelley suffered a rare setback when his adaptation of the Michael Connelly series of “Lincoln Lawyer” novels, which had a series commitment from CBS, was shuttered in March in the late stages of pre-production due to COVID, then unceremoniously canceled in May. While there is talk of a Netflix pickup, don’t feel sorry for Kelley. In October, he followed up his hit series “Big Little Lies” with another juicy HBO drama, “The Undoing,” also starring Nicole Kidman. November brought another bow, thriller “Big Sky” on ABC. The 11-time Emmy winner has no less than four other series in various stages of production, including “Big Shot” (Disney Plus), “Anatomy of a Scandal” (Netflix), “Nine Perfect Strangers” (Hulu) and a fourth and final season of “Goliath” (Amazon).

Career

  • BOSTON LEGAL
  • GOLIATH
  • BIG LITTLE LIES

Education

  • Princeton University (NJ, USA)
  • Boston University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • TV Producers Impact
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Indigenous Groups Question 'Big Sky' Producers' Response to 'Appropriation' Allegations

Indigenous Groups Question 'Big Sky' Producers' Response to 'Appropriation' Allegations

The executive producers of ABC drama "Big Sky" have issued a response to criticism from multiple Indigenous groups that the series does not have any tribal representation despite being set in being set in an area with a disproportionately high rate of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women & Girls (MMIWG), and depicting abductions that occur at truck stops.The producers, among them creator David E. Kelley, said in a statement Tuesday that their "eyes have been opened" by the criticism and...

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