Dean Devlin TV Writer

Dean devlin

Dean Devlin (born August 27, 1962) is an American screenwriter, producer, television director and former actor. He is the founder of the production company Electric Entertainment. Devlin was born in New York City, the son of actress Pilar Seurat and Don Devlin, a writer, actor, and producer. His father was Jewish and his mother was Filipino. He is married to actress Lisa Brenner. Devlin appeared as an actor on numerous television shows throughout the 1980s. He also appeared in films including My Bodyguard, The Wild Life, Real Genius and Martians Go Home. Due to his youthful appearance, Devlin often played teenage characters despite being in his 20s. Devlin gradually began writing scripts. His first produced screenplay was for Universal Soldier which was a worldwide hit. He reached prominence as a writer/producer working alongside director Roland Emmerich with whom he teamed after appearing in Emmerich's film Moon 44. Together they cowrote and produced Stargate which became the first movie to have a web site (run by Devlin himself). The team then produced Independence Day and Godzilla.

Personal details

Date of birth
August 27th, 1962
Place of birth
New York City, New York, United States of America
Nationality
United States of America
Ethnicity
Jewish
Places lived
New York City , New York
pop. 8,405,837 (2013)

Family

Parents
Spouse

Education

1. University of Southern California Colleges/University

The University of Southern California (USC) is a private, not-for-profit, nonsectarian, research university located in Los Angeles, California, United States. USC was founded in 1880, making it California's oldest private research university. USC's development has closely paralleled the growth of Los Angeles, and the university historically has educated a large number of the city's business leaders and professionals. In recent decades, the university has also leveraged its location in Los Angeles to establish relationships with research institutions throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim. Reflecting the status of Los Angeles as a global city, USC has the largest number of international students of any university in the United States.

Institution info

Type University
Endowment
2012. 3.49 bil. $
2011. 3.5 bil. $
Institution colors
Founded
1880
Headquarters
University Park Campus, 90089 - Los Angeles, California
Undergraduates
2012. 18,000
2011. 17,414
2010. 17,380
2009. 16,751
2008. 16,608
Postgraduates
2012. 22,000
2011. 20,596
2010. 19,516
2009. 18,073
2008. 17,139
Acceptance rate
2014. 17.8 %
2013. 19.7 %
2012. 18.0 %
2011. 22.7 %
2010. 23.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 46.3 K $
2012. 43.7 K $
2011. 42.8 K $
2010. 40.4 K $
Official web page www.usc.edu
Wikipedia article
Social media

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender
Notable alumni by party membership

People attended University of Southern California connected by profession and/or age

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Organizations founded

1. Electric Entertainment

Film company

Wikiedia article

Electric Entertainment is a television and media production company, established in 2001 by veteran writer/producer Dean Devlin and led by Devlin along with partners Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan.

Movie performances

Average rating by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating
Sci-Fi45.23
Action34.63
Comedy26.0

1. Predators from Beyond Neptune (1997)

Comedy
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
75.0

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

2. Independence Day (1996)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
played Eagle 2 Pilot
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
145.0
Roland Emmerich
,
Roland Emmerich
61 Show list 9 Show list $75M

Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction disaster film co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich. The film stars Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Margaret Colin, Randy Quaid, Robert Loggia, James Rebhorn, Vivica A. Fox, and Harry Connick, Jr. The film focuses on a disparate group of people who converge in the Nevada desert in the aftermath of a destructive alien attack and, along with the rest of the human population, participate in a last-chance counterattack on July 4, the same date as the Independence Day holiday in the United States. The screenplay was written by Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin. While promoting Stargate in Europe, Emmerich came up with the idea for the film when fielding a question about his own belief in the existence of alien life. He and Devlin decided to incorporate a large-scale attack when noticing that aliens in most invasion films travel long distances in outer space only to remain hidden when reaching Earth. Principal photography for the film began in July 1995 in New York City, and the film was officially completed on June 20, 1996.

Awards

1997 Satellite Award for Best Editing
1997 Satellite Award for Best Visual Effects
1997 People's Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Movie
1997 Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Action/Science Fiction
1997 Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie
1997 MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss
1997 Saturn Award for Best Director
1996 Sci-Fi Universe Magazine: Best Supporting Actor in a Genre Motion Picture
1996 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects

Top cast

Tech #3, Medical Assistant #1
Chaplain
Area 51 Lab Technician
David Levinson
Albert Nimzicki
Technician
Reginald
Lt. Colonel Watson
Jasmine Dubrow
Atlantic Air CINC
SETI Chief
Military Aide
President Thomas J. Whitmore
Mike Dodge
Major Mitchell
Dr. Brackish Okun
Pilot #4
Russell Casse
General William Grey
Area 51 Guard
SETI Technician #2
First Lady Marilyn Whitmore
Patricia Whitmore
Sailor
Stripper
Julius Levinson
Miguel Casse
Tech #2, Commander
Redneck
Russian Pilot #1
Chief of Staff Glenn Parness
Teddy
Secret Service Agent #4
Reporter #3
Tiffany
Troy Casse
Constance Spano
Older Boy
Area 51 Technician
Alicia Casse
Video Newscaster #3
Lucas
Secret Service Agent #1
Radar Operator
Commanding Officer
Korean Newscaster
Kim Peters
German Fighter Pilot
British Pilot
Video Newscaster #2
Big Hat Guy on Tower
Dylan Dubrow
Major Danowitz
Rex Black
British News Translator
SETI Technician #3
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Aviation
Human extinction
First contact
Joseph A. Porro
Independence Day
English
United States of America

3. Moon 44 (1990)

Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
98.0
Roland Emmerich
Roland Emmerich

Moon 44 is a 1990 science fiction action film from Centropolis Film Productions, directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Michael Paré and Lisa Eichhorn and co-starring Brian Thompson.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Prison
Ha Nguyen
English
United States of America, Germany

4. City Limits (1985)

Sci-Fi, Action, Drama
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
90.0
Aaron Lipstadt
2 Show list

City Limits is a 1984 post-apocalyptic movie about two teenage gangs who unite against an evil corporation trying to take them over for their own use. It was written and directed by Aaron Lipstadt and is based on a story by James Reigle and Lipstadt. The movie was featured on an episode of the cult television series Mystery Science Theater 3000, during which Crow T. Robot sang a song in tribute to actress Kim Cattrall, who appears in the movie. When Kim Cattrall saw the episode, she arranged for flowers to be sent to Trace Beaulieu, Crow's puppeteer.

Awards

Top cast

Wickings
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Mitchell Froom
English
United States of America

5. Real Genius (1985)

Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
played Milton
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
108.0
, ,
Peter Torokvei
24 Show list

Real Genius is a 1985 satirical comedy film directed by Martha Coolidge. The film's screenplay was written by Neal Israel, Pat Proft, and Peter Torokvei. It stars Val Kilmer and Gabriel Jarret. The film is set on the campus of Pacific Tech, a technical university similar to Caltech. Chris Knight is a genius in his senior year working on a chemical laser. Mitch Taylor is a new student on campus who is paired up with Knight to work on the laser. The film received positive reviews from critics. It grossed $12,952,019 at the United States and Canadian box office.

Awards

Top cast

Chris Knight
Fenton
Prof. Jerry Hathaway
Lazlo Hollyfeld
David Decker
Mrs. Taylor
Mrs. Meredith
Mitch Taylor
Boy at Science Fair
Sherry Nugil
Maj. Carnagle
Laser Technician
Dr. Meredith, Dr. Meredith
Dr. Dodd
Congressman Dougton
Susan Decker
Shuttle Pilot
Lynda Wiesmeier
Chris' Girl at Party
Air Force SP at Gate #3
Girl at Science Fair
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

Movies produced

Average rating of produced movie by genre

GenreNum. of titles Avg. rating
Action76.34
Sci-Fi36.4
Adventure46.65
Drama26.85
Thriller25.9
Title Year Budget Awards Co-producers Directors Writers External resources
Flyboys
Action,Adventure,Drama
2006 USD 60M
Marc Frydman
Phil Sears
Blake T. Evans
Cellular
Crime,Thriller
2004 USD 25M
Lauren Lloyd
Eight Legged Freaks
Action,Comedy,Horror
2002 USD 30M
Roland Emmerich
The Patriot
Action,Drama,War
2000 USD 110M 2
Roland Emmerich
Godzilla
Action,Sci-Fi,Thriller
1998 USD 130M 3
Roland Emmerich
Roland Emmerich
Independence Day
Action,Adventure,Sci-Fi
1996 USD 75M 9
Roland Emmerich
Roland Emmerich
Stargate
Action,Adventure,Sci-Fi
1994 USD 55M
Oliver Eberle
Roland Emmerich
Roland Emmerich

Movies written

Average rating by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating
Sci-Fi46.28
Action46.28
Adventure26.95
Title Year Budget Awards Producers Directors Co-writers External resources
Godzilla
Action,Sci-Fi,Thriller
1998 USD 130M 3
Roland Emmerich
Roland Emmerich
Independence Day
Action,Adventure,Sci-Fi
1996 USD 75M 9
Roland Emmerich
Roland Emmerich
Stargate
Action,Adventure,Sci-Fi
1994 USD 55M
Oliver Eberle
Roland Emmerich
Roland Emmerich

TV program created 1

Title Year Network Num. of seassons Num. of epizodes Co-creators First epizode air date Last epizode air date Languages External resources
The Visitor 1997
FOX
1 13 September 19th, 1997 January 16th, 1998
English
Movie IMDB page

Starring TV roles

1. Hard Copy (1987)

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages
January 25th, 1987 1

Guest TV appearances

Alice

Program genre

Comedy
Sitcom

External resources

Alice is an American sitcom television series that ran from August 31, 1976 to March 19, 1985 on CBS. The series is based on the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. The show stars Linda Lavin in the title role, a widow who moves with her young son to start her life over again, and finds a job working at a roadside diner on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona. Most of the episodes revolve around events at Mel's Diner.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S07-E23 September 18th, 1983

Fame

Program genre

Drama

External resources

Fame is an American television series originally produced between 1982 and 1987. The show is based on the 1980 motion picture of the same name. Using a mixture of drama and music, it followed the lives of the students and faculty at the New York City High School for the Performing Arts. Although fictional, it was based heavily on the actual Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York. Most interior scenes were filmed in Hollywood, California. In all seasons except the 3rd, the show filmed several exterior scenes on location in New York City. The fourth season featured 18 year old Janet Jackson as one of the students.nThe popularity of the series, particularly in the UK, led to several hit records and live concert tours by the cast. Despite its success, very few of the actors maintained high-profile careers after the series was cancelled. A number of the cast members were seen again briefly in Bring Back...Fame, a reunion special made for UK television in 2008.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S02-E23 April 7th, 1983 Brad
Mel Swope

Happy Days

Program genre

Musical
Comedy
Sitcom
Family

External resources

Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984, on ABC. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life in the mid-1950s to mid-1960s United States.nThe series was produced by Miller-Milkis Productions and Henderson Productions in association with Paramount Television. Happy Days is one of the highest-rated shows of the 1970s.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S10-E13 January 11th, 1983 Mark
Garry Murphy

Hill Street Blues

Program genre

Crime Fiction
Police procedural
Drama

External resources

Hill Street Blues is an American serial police drama that was first aired on NBC in 1981 and ran for 146 episodes on primetime into 1987.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E15 February 9th, 1984 Hernando Rodriguez , ,
S04-E14 February 2nd, 1984 Diablo Kid , ,

L.A. Law

Program genre

Drama
Legal drama
Legal

External resources

L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC from September 15, 1986 to May 19, 1994.nCreated by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, it contained many of Bochco's trademark features including an ensemble cast, large number of parallel storylines, social drama, and off-the-wall humor. It reflected the social and cultural ideologies of the 1980s and early 1990s, and many of the cases featured on the show dealt with hot-topic issues such as abortion, racism, gay rights, homophobia, sexual harassment, AIDS, and domestic violence. The series often also reflected social tensions between the wealthy senior lawyer protagonists and their less well-paid junior staff.nThe show was popular with audiences and critics, and won 15 Emmy Awards throughout its run, four of which were for Outstanding Drama Series.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E04 October 17th, 1986
S01-E06 October 31st, 1986 Jeffrey Sullivan
S01-E08 November 14th, 1986
John Schulian

The Triangle

Program genre

Science Fiction
Miniseries

External resources

The Triangle is a three-part US-British-German science fiction miniseries concerning the Bermuda Triangle, which first aired on Sci-Fi Channel in the US December 5–7, 2005. It was written by Dean Devlin, Bryan Singer and Rockne S. O'Bannon, directed by Craig R. Baxley, and produced by special effects experts Volker Engel and Marc Weigert, together with Kelly Van Horn, for Devlin's and Singer's production companies Electric Entertainment and Bad Hat Harry Productions, the BBC, and Engel's and Weigert's production company Uncharted Territory.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E00 November 27th, 2005

TV programs written

1. Stargate SG-1

Networks Co-writers Num. of seassons Num. of epizodes Program runtime Creators First epizode air date Last epizode air date Languages Regular cast

Showtime
Syfy
James Tichenor
11 214
45 min.
43 min.
42 min.
60 min.
July 27th, 1997 August 18th, 2008 English
Joe Pascual
Michelle Comens

TV programs produced

1. The Triangle

Science Fiction, Miniseries
Networks Creators Writers Num. of seassons Num. of epizodes Program runtime First epizode air date Last epizode air date Languages Regular cast
Syfy
2
90 min.
December 5th, 2005 English

2. Leverage

Action/Adventure, Thriller, Action, Comedy, Crime Fiction, Adventure Film, Drama, Crime
Networks Creators Writers Num. of seassons Num. of epizodes Program runtime First epizode air date Last epizode air date Languages Regular cast
TNT
Chris Downey
6 77
60 min.
December 7th, 2008 December 25th, 2012 English

3. Godzilla: The Series

Action, Animation, Animated series, Science Fiction
Networks Creators Writers Num. of seassons Num. of epizodes Program runtime First epizode air date Last epizode air date Languages Regular cast
FOX
Fox Kids
TV Tokyo
Toho Co., Ltd.
2 40
23 min.
30 min.
September 12th, 1998 April 22nd, 2000 English
Charity James
Malcolm Danare

Written work

1.Stargate

Science Fiction, Fiction, Children's literature, Speculative fiction
Editions Subjects Co-authors
1994. by Puffin Books (193 pages)
1994. by Penguin/Signet (269 pages)
1995. by Signet UK (269 pages)
1999. by Thorndike Press (413 pages)
English Literature

Awards won

1998 Razzie Award for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
Godzilla Horror Film
Roland Emmerich
TriStar Pictures

Wikipedia

Check Dean Devlin on wikipedia.

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