Philip Segal

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Philip Segal
Born 1962 (age 54–55)
Essex, England
Occupation Television producer

Philip David Segal (born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England[1] in 1962) is a television producer. He emigrated to the United States "at the age of fifteen or sixteen", where he gained a degree in Telecommunications from San Diego State University.[2] After graduating he started work in the US television industry, first as a casting assistant and then as a literary agent, working at Fenton Feinberg Casting and the ICM TV Literary Department training program.[2]

In 1985, he became a Director of Drama Development at Columbia Pictures, after which he moved over to ABC Television as a programming executive, becoming involved in such programmes as Twin Peaks, Thirtysomething and China Beach.[1]

In 1991, he joined Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, where he became Vice President of Amblin Television, overseeing the production of seaQuest DSV, Earth 2 and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.[3]

While at Amblin he got involved in attempts to bring back the British sci fi series, Doctor Who. Collaborating with fellow English expatriate Peter Wagg (Producer of Max Headroom) they created the early drafts of what eventually became the Doctor Who television movie in 1996. It had long been his dream to produce his own version of the long-running series (which he states during interviews in the Special Features on the DVD release of the television movie).

In 2000, Segal co-wrote the book Doctor Who: Regeneration with Gary Russell (HarperCollins, ISBN 0-00-710591-6), the making-of book of the 1996 Doctor Who television movie.[4]

Segal won the best director of a short film award from the NY International Film & Video Festival in 2000 for his short story The Other Side of Monday. Other directing credits include: Multiple episodes of Mutant X and Andromeda for the Tribune Action Hours, and the feature film Hobbs End which he also co-wrote with Eric Truheart. In 2000 he became senior VP for scripted programming and development at Tribune Entertainment, overseeing Andromeda, Beastmaster and other shows.[3]

After a brief stint at Bunim-Murray Productions as Executive Vice-President, Segal joined Original Productions in 2006, a FremantleMedia company, serving as its Executive Producer since 2006.[5] He was Chief Executive Officer of Original from 2012 to 2017. In 2012 Segal's then wife, Stephanie Segal, was sentenced to nine years in State prison for the hit-and-run killing of cyclist James Laing while drunk. Segal left Original Productions in April 2017 when his contract was not renewed. He previously served as President,[5] His most recent credits include Ice Road Truckers and Ax Men for The History Channel, The Colony, Pitchmen, Swords: Life on the Line for Discovery Channel, 1000 Ways to Die for Spike, Black Gold for Tru TV, Wildlife Warriors and Cut in Half for National Geographic Channel, and Storage Wars for A&E.


  1. ^ a b Burk, Graeme; Robert Smith (2013). Who's 50: The 50 Doctor Who Stories to Watch Before You Die—An Unofficial Companion. ECW Press. pp. 319–321. 
  2. ^ a b "TWIN PEAKS Series Retrospective: Episodes 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5". University of Southern California School of Cinema. 
  3. ^ a b "Philip Segal". Variety. December 27, 2000. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Maddox, David (2000). "Doctor Who Regeneration: The Story Behind The Revival Of A Television Legend (review)". The SF Site. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Philip Segal". Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 

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Preceded by
John Nathan Turner (as producer)
Doctor Who Showrunner
Succeeded by
Russell T Davies