Douglas Wood’s experience in the entertainment industry is especially varied and includes being a working WGA writer, studio executive, producer, director, actor, author, instructor and creative consultant.
Wood has held V.P. of Animation Production and Creative Affairs positions at Universal Pictures, Turner Pictures and Warner Bros. where he was involved in the development of the Annie Award-winning films Iron Giant and Cats Don't Dance as well as the live-action/animated feature, Osmosis Jones with Bill Murray and Chris Rock.
Wood began his executive career at Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. As Director of Animation he developed the films, We're Back! and Balto and was the Creative Executive and Story Editor on the Emmy-winning Warner Bros. TV series, Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs. He was also the Creative Executive on the CBS series, Back to the Future, Fievel’s American Tails, and the prime-time Christmas special, A Wish for Wings that Work, based on the characters of Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist, Berkeley Breathed of Bloom County fame, featuring the voices of Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman. While at Amblin, Wood was also a mentor in the acclaimed Chesterfield Project in which he guided screenwriters through the screenwriting process.
As a writer, Wood created (and wrote for) two hit TV series—Disney’s, Little Einsteins and National Geographic's Emmy-nominated, Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies, for which he also wrote a tie-in picture book, When Mama Mirabelle Comes Home. He has also written numerous episodes for Playhouse Disney's popular series, Jojo's Circus, and was Story Editor for its entire third season. In 2012, Wood co-developed and was Head Writer on the BAFTA nominated BBC and FremantleMedia series, Tree Fu Tom, which is also broadcast in the U.S. on PBS Kids Sprout.
Wood’s other TV writing credits include the Sprout NBC/Universal series Floogals for which he was Head Writer, the Cirque du Soleil/Netflix/Saban series, Luna Petunia, the Nick Jr. series, Zack and Quack, the Playhouse Disney series, Handy Manny, and Johnny and the Sprites, the Discovery Kids series, ToddWorld, Chloe’s Closet on PBS Kids Sprout/Moonscoop, and Warren Buffet's Secret Millionaires Club, for The Hub.
In addition to TV series, Wood’s writing includes the DVD animated features, Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico for Warner Bros; Choose Your Own Adventure - The Abominable Snowman, starring Frankie Muniz, William H. Macy, and Felicity Huffman; and the musical, Twinkle Toes, produced by Skechers Entertainment. Most recently, Wood collaborated with Lion King writer/director, Roger Allers, on the screenplay for an animated feature based on Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, produced by Salma Hayek.
Prior to his executive career, Wood was a member of Chicago's famed comedy troupe, Second City. His comedy duo, the Fine Line appeared at the Improv, the Comedy Store, and on the Merv Griffin Show and the Motown Revue with Smokey Robinson, an NBC series for which he was also a staff-writer.
The Fine Line turned their act into an Equity stage show and had successful runs at Chicago’s Goodman and Victory Gardens theatres, as well as the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Wood was nominated for an Emmy award for Best Comedy Special for Cable, and received Outstanding Actor Awards from both Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Committee and Dramalogue for his performances.
Wood’s regional acting includes roles in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production of Philadelphia, Here I Come! with John Malkovich, Joan Allen, John Mahoney and Gary Cole; the Jefferson award-winning Midwest premiere of Class Enemy for the Next Theatre Company; and the Midwest premiere of the Pulitzer prize-winning drama, The Shadow Box at Chicago’s Forum Theatre.
In 2012, Wood directed, co-wrote, and co-produced a live-action short film, Hi, Lillian. The comedy-drama stars Pat Crawford Brown (Sister Act, Desperate Housewives) and Carolyn Ratteray (Law and Order: Criminal Intent, NCIS.) The film won Audience Awards for Best Short at the Dances With Films Festival, the Valley Film Festival and the Prescott Film Festival where Wood also received an award for Best Emerging Filmmaker; it was an Official Selection at the non-competitive festivals, the Awesome Film Festival, American Independent Film Festival, Reel Recovery Film Festivals in New York and Los Angeles and the Legacy Film Festival in San Francisco.Wood's second short film, Entanglement starring Anthony Lawrence, Renee Victor and J.P. Pitoc won Best Short at the Independent Film Quarterly Film Festival and Award of Merit at the Best Shorts Festival and was an Official Selection at the Dances with Films Festival in Hollywood.
Wood has created specialized improvisation workshops for animators and artists at California Institute of the Arts and Bezalal Academy of Arts and Design at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; for screenwriters at Prescott College in Arizona; and for professional writers in the Diversity writers program at CBS. He also volunteers at the Motion Picture and Television Fund (Old Actor’s Home), teaching improvisation to the residents.
A frequent lecturer/speaker on panels regarding his experience in the entertainment industry, Wood is a current member of WGA, SAG, AFTRA, AEA, and ASCAP, and is a jurist for the prestigious Humanitas Prize.
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