Mark Schwahn

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Mark Schwahn
Mark Schwahn.jpg
Mark Schwahn, 2012
Born (1966-07-05) July 5, 1966 (age 50)
Occupation Director, producer, screenwriter
Alma mater University of Maryland
Notable works One Tree Hill
The Royals
Years active 1997–present

Mark Schwahn (born July 5, 1966) is an American screenwriter, director and producer. He is best known as creator, head writer and executive producer of the WB/CW drama series One Tree Hill.


Schwahn has co-written Coach Carter (2005), The Perfect Score (2004), Whatever It Takes (2000) and 35 Miles from Normal (1997). In addition, he was creator of the TV series One Tree Hill, for which he also wrote and directed.

He served as producer for Whatever It Takes and One Tree Hill. He also directed 35 Miles from Normal, which he filmed in his hometown of Pontiac, Illinois. In March 2015 E! premièred Mark's newest show The Royals. E! first scripted series follows the lives of a fictional British Monarchy. The Royals stars Elizabeth Hurley as Queen Helena Hendstridge, Alexandra Park as Princess Eleanor, William Mosley as Prince Liam, Jake Maskall as Cyrus Hendsdrige.

Melrose Place spinoff[edit]

He emerged as a top candidate to write a planned spin-off of Melrose Place shortly after the network and CBS Paramount Television announced it in late October 2008. Schwahn signed a two-year deal with CPT in early October 2008, but it had not started until June 2009. Until then, he was under a pact with Warner Bros. Television, where he ran One Tree Hill. His agreement with Warner Bros. called for him to continue as executive producer and showrunner on One Tree Hill returning for the ninth and final season in January 2012. The move to tap Schwahn to conceive a contemporary version of Melrose Place resembles The CW and CPT's decision to have Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas pen the original script for 90210.[1] In early 2009, it was announced Schwahn would not be working on the project.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Schwahn was born on June 5, 1966 and grew up in Pontiac, Illinois. He attended film school at the University of Maryland, and is also a member of the Writers Guild of America.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Schwahn's film 35 Miles from Normal was nominated for Grand Jury Award and won the Special Jury Award at the Florida Film Festival.



Year Title Distributor Credit Notes
1997 35 Miles from Normal Independent Writer and director Independent film
2000 Whatever It Takes Columbia Pictures Writer and producer
2004 The Perfect Score Paramount Pictures Writer
2005 Coach Carter Paramount Pictures Writer
Year Title Network Credit Notes
2003–12 One Tree Hill The WB (2003–06)
The CW (2006–12)
Series creator;
Writer, director, and executive producer
2010 Spy School for Girls The CW Series co-creator;
Writer and executive producer
Series production canceled;
Based on the book Spy School for Girls by Larry Kolb
Nashville The CW Co-writer and executive producer Series production canceled;
Co-produced by Brad Paisley
2012 Shelter The CW Series creator;
Writer and executive producer
Pilot filmed;
Set in a holiday inn in Maine.
2015 The Royals E! Series creator;
Writer, director, and executive producer


Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Colin Fitz Lives! Venice Beach Fan
2006–08 One Tree Hill Max 2 episodes


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