Shawn Ryan
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United States

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)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree


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Amazon's 'Mad Dogs' To End After One Season, Says EP Shawn Ryan

Amazon's 'Mad Dogs' To End After One Season, Says EP Shawn Ryan

Shawn Ryan announced on Twitter Sunday that his Amazon series "Mad Dogs" has been canceled.In a long series of 19 tweets, the executive producer said that "a decision was made not to make any more episodes of Mad Dogs." added, "We were lucky to be one the best reviewed dramas on Amazon, if not the best. A lot of critics got what we were going for, so thanks."Ryan said the decision not to move ahead came down to a disagreement...


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