John Watson (film producer)

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John Watson, film producer and writer, on the set of Blown Away.

John Watson, son of the Somerset cricketer of the same name, was born in Puyntington, Dorset, England. He graduated from Sherborne School, and from Churchill College, Cambridge University.[1]

His breakthrough came in 1991, when two films Watson produced were simultaneous hits: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (which he also co-wrote), starring Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman; and Backdraft, starring Kurt Russell and Robert De Niro, directed by Ron Howard.[2]

He has since produced a slate of major features: Blown Away (Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones); Moll Flanders (Robin Wright Penn, Morgan Freeman); Tank Girl (Lori Petty, Naomi Watts); Larger Than Life (Bill Murray, Matthew McConaughey) and The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (Jodie Foster). All these projects were developed and produced under Watson's direct supervision.[3]

Branching into television in the mid-1990s, Watson executive-produced over 300 hours of network and cable television; 7 seasons of The Outer Limits (Showtime), 4 seasons of Poltergeist: The Legacy (Showtime), 1 season of Fame LA (Syndication) and 1 season of The Twilight Zone (UPN).

Watson developed the CBS series, The Magnificent Seven, on which he was the sole showrunner for 2 seasons, and co-created and executive-produced the TNT and Bravo series Breaking News. TV movies and mini-series he has executive-produced; Carrie (NBC), Houdini and Buffalo Soldiers (TNT), Brother's Keeper (USA), Peter Benchley's Creature, Taking of Pelham 123 (ABC), and Lifepod (FOX).

Watson is producing (with Julian Adams and Pen Densham) the submarine thriller Phantom from RCR Media Group, Trilogy Entertainment Group and Solar Filmworks. Phantom was written and directed by Todd Robinson, and stars Ed Harris, David Duchovny and William Fichtner.

He is producing The Last Full Measure,[4] from Trilogy Entertainment and Newline Cinema, written and directed by Todd Robinson.

John Watson is a tenured professor at The USC School of Cinematic Arts, and holder of the Cubby Broccoli Endowed Chair.

Writing credits[edit]

Producing credits[edit]

  • Multiple films for Insight Productions, Watson's production company with Pen Densham.
  • Life Times Nine (Oscar nominated short) - 1973
  • Don't Mess with Bill (Oscar nominated short) - 1980 [6]
  • The Zoo Gang - 1985
  • The Kiss - 1988
  • A Gnome Named Gnorm - 1990
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves - 1991
  • Backdraft - 1991
  • Taking Liberty - (executive producer) - 1993
  • Space Rangers (TV series) (executive producer) - 1993
  • Lifepod (TV movie) (executive producer) - 1993
  • Blown Away - 1994
  • Tank Girl - 1995
  • Moll Flanders - 1996
  • Larger Than Life - 1996
  • Fame L.A. (TV series) - (executive producer) - 1997
  • Buffalo Soldiers (TV movie) - (executive producer) - 1997
  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (TV movie) - (executive producer) - 1998
  • Mr. Headmistress (TV movie) - (co-producer) - 1998
  • The Magnificent Seven (TV series) - (executive producer) - 1998
  • Creature (TV movie) -(executive producer) - 1998
  • Houdini (TV movie) -(executive producer) - 1998
  • Poltergeist: The Legacy (TV series)- (executive producer) - 1996-1999
  • The Outer Limits (TV series) -(executive producer)- 1995-2001
  • The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys - (executive producer) - 2002[7]
  • My Brother’s Keeper (TV movie) - (executive producer) - 2002
  • Breaking News (TV series) - (executive producer) - 2002
  • Carrie (TV movie) -(executive producer) - 2002
  • The Twilight Zone (TV series) - (executive producer) - 2003
  • Just Buried - 2008
  • Phantom - with Pen Densham and Julian Adams - 2012


  1. ^ "John Watson". Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  2. ^ "John Watson NY Times". Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  3. ^ "John Watson". Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  4. ^ The Last Full Measure at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ Mirisch, Walter. I Though We Were Making Movies, Not History. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2008. 408.
  6. ^ Piazza, Jim & Gail Kinn. The Academy Awards: The Complete Unofficial History. New York: Black Dog & Leventhal, 2008. 227.
  7. ^ Screen World 2003. New York: Applause Theater & Cinema Books, 2003. 72.

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