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Dev Ross

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Dev Ross
Years active1986–present

Dev Ross is an American screenwriter, children's book author, performer, director, and producer in theater, film, and television industries.

Writing credits


Ross is a writer in print, animation, and theater, for several media content providers including Disney,[1] ABC, Fox Kids, Universal Cartoon Studios, Cartoon Network, TLC, The Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon, Mattel, the Web, and PBS.[1] Ross worked as story analyst for film production companies and then became a staff writer at Disney Studios in 1991, where she also served as a voice director and "story doctor". During 2007, Ross worked for the Samsung Corporation in South Korea teaching university courses in digital screenwriting at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.[1]

Ross wrote for several popular shows during the 1990s. These included Darkwing Duck, Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks, Winnie the Pooh and Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers, Return of Jafar, Monster High, Animated Classic Showcase, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Clifford's Puppy Days,[1] and the Adventures from the Book of Virtues.[1] She helped bring movie characters to television with Aladdin and The Little Mermaid.

Children's books


Ross wrote a number of children's books for the popular "We Both Read" series.

  • Ross, Dev (2009). Wild Animals of the United States. Treasure Bay. ISBN 978-1601152343.
  • Ross, Dev (2008). Frank and the Balloon. Treasure Bay. ISBN 978-1601150127.
  • Ross, Dev (November 2006). Fox's Best Trick Ever. Treasure Bay. ISBN 978-1891327704.

Television and animation awards

Award Nomination/
Award Category Show Title Credit Date Channel/
Action in Children's Television (ACT) Win Excellence in Television Writing The Great American Hero Show Writer September 10, 1992 PBS
Annie[2][3] Win Best Animated Home Video Release Return of Jafar Writer[1] May 20, 1994 Walt Disney Home Video
Daytime Emmy[4] Nomination Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program Raw Toonage[5] Writer May 22, 1993 CBS
Daytime Emmy Win Outstanding Animated Program New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Writer June 24, 1989 ABC
Humanitas[6] Win Excellence in Screenwriting Balto II: Wolf Quest Writer February 19, 2002 Universal Cartoon Studios

Straight to video releases


Performing arts


Before turning to animation, Ross was the artistic director of the "Twelfth Night Repertory Company", a tri-city educational theatre and three time Emmy award-winning television troupe from 1980 to 1982 where she was a writer, director, and performer. Ross wrote and directed more than 70 plays for TNRC and Educational Theater Company, before leaving the schools. She even created a "synthesis of movement, text and sound", for which the schools became noted.[citation needed]

Prior to 2013, Ross's Theatrical awards include:

  • Drama-Logue Award for Best New Musical Play, Westwood Playhouse - "Once Upon a Genesis"

As of 2013, Ross is the creator and head writer of her own original web show called "The Rocks."[7][8][9]