Shawn Ryan
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MiddKid Productions


Founder / Producer / Writer

The critical and eventual ratings success of “The Shield” marked a turning point. FX started down its path to becoming a provider of premium drama and comedy, and Shawn Ryan became a brand name showrunner for series that tweak and deepen existing formats.

“It’s enough to do something very well,” Ryan told Variety in 2002 as “The Shield” was entering its second season. “‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ is a good example. That kind of sleuthing has been covered, but its look, feel and little differences make it exciting. That’s also the case with ’24.’ A gimmick can get you started, but that goes away, so what’s left better be sturdy on its own.”

During the 2007-08 writers’ strike, Ryan wrote an open letter to fellow showrunners encouraging them to not only abstain from writing but from all other duties, including editing and casting, saying, “these are all acts that are about the writing of the show or protecting the writing of the show.”

Ryan began as a writer on “Nash Bridges” and later on “Angel” before “The Shield.” He’s also served as exec producer on CBS’s “The Unit,” ABC’s “The Last Resort,” Fox’s “The Chicago Code” and the critically-beloved FX series “Terriers.” He’s currently an executive producer of NBC’s “Timeless” and the new series “S.W.A.T.” for CBS, starring Shemar Moore.




  • Middlebury College (VT, USA)


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'Search Party,' 'The Deuce,' 'SWAT,' Shawn Ryan Set for New York Television Festival

'Search Party,' 'The Deuce,' 'SWAT,' Shawn Ryan Set for New York Television Festival

The Season 2 premiere of "Search Party," a panel on the production of "The Deuce," and keynotes with showrunner Shawn Ryan, Jordan Klepper and TBS programming chief Brett Weitz are among the events set for the 13th annual New York Television Festival next month.The sophomore year of TBS' quirky mystery-comedy "Search Party" and the premiere of TruTV's "At Home with Amy Seders" will be the fest's opening night showcase programs on Oct. 23. Earlier in the day, TBS' Weitz will...


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