John Gray (born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York) is an American writer, director, producer. He is the creator of the CBS television series Ghost Whisperer starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. He has also written and directed many high profile movies for television, such as the remake of the 1976 telefilm Helter Skelter, Martin and Lewis, The Hunley, The Day Lincoln Was Shot, several Hallmark Hall of Fame movies, among others. He has written and directed feature movies as well. He recently directed the ABC original series Empire which starred Santiago Cabrera. In 2011 he directed an as-yet-untitled film about 1920's immigrants in New York with filming done in Ellis Island, Manhattan, and The Bronx.