Jeffrey Bell MFA ’90 is a writer, director and executive producer in television. He began his career writing for three seasons of “The X-Files.” He then joined, “Angel” as a writer/director/producer. He was promoted to executive producer and showrunner for the series final two seasons. Bell then spent four years under an overall deal at ABC developing, writing, directing and producing. He has been executive producer and/or showrunner on several network series including, “Alias” and “Day Break” for ABC, and the murder mystery “Harper's Island” for CBS. He also created and executive produced, the one-hour drama pilot, “Exit 19,” for CBSViacom. His most recent job was executive producer and showrunner for the Warner Brothers produced, ABC drama, “V.”
Bell was born in Indiana, studied design and photography at the University of Cincinnati and then moved to Los Angeles for an MFA from the UCLA Producer’s Program.
Bell’s 20 minute MFA thesis film, “Radio Inside,” won multiple film festival awards including the U.S. Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Dallas Film Festival and New York Film Festival. “Radio Inside” was chosen to represent UCLA at Cilect, a student film conference in Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia. Bell also won UCLA’s Jack Nicholson Directing Award for the short.
A feature screenplay of “Radio Inside” won the Samuel Goldwyn Screenwriting Competition and launched Bell as a “flavor of the month,” as which he wrote a number of screenplays for Columbia, Disney and Island Pictures. His spec screenplay “Hymntime in the Land of Abandon” was selected as one of the ten best unproduced screenplays in Holllywood. Three years later, he directed an indie financed, “Radio Inside.” It was released on by MGM in 1994.
Upon discovering that working in one hour drama television resulted in the satisfaction of material actually being produced versus the endless development process of features, Bell made the switch to television and never looked back. He hopes to share (impose) his love of television on his students.
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