Producer of shows such as The West Wing, ER, and Shameless. He was elected president of the Writers Guild of America, West, in 2009.
He attended Carnegie Mellon University. His first major series work was on China Beach, the late-1980s ABC drama.
He founded the production company John Wells Productions, which was based at Warner Bros.
He grew up with a brother named Llewellyn. His father was an Episcopalian minister.
He directed the film The Company Men starring Ben Affleck.