William J. MacDonald (writer and producer)

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William J. MacDonald is an American film and television writer and producer.

MacDonald is a graduate of Georgetown University, and has a law degree from Fordham University in New York.[1] With a background in international trade and business affairs, MacDonald eventually rose to run the famed Hollywood Producer Robert Evans' production company at Paramount Pictures.

MacDonald is responsible for producing such films as Sliver, Jade, An Occasional Hell, Rough Riders, Molly and One Man's Hero. He has also written for the TNT series, Witchblade, which ran from 2001-2002.

MacDonald was also a co-creator of the HBO original series Rome (in association of the BBC) along with Bruno Heller and John Milius. MacDonald served as a writer and executive producer on the series.

MacDonald is also currently writing a screenplay based on Iris Chang's bestselling novel The Rape of Nanking.[2]

Rome episodes[edit]

Episodes written by MacDonald include:


  1. ^ "William J. Macdonald, Advisor". Zeros & Ones. 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2007-01-09. 
  2. ^ Clifford Coonan (2006-10-15). "Pic projects revisit Nanking massacre: Produce Green's $50 mil pic based on Chang's tome". Variety. Retrieved 2007-01-09.