Television writer and producer Mark Wilding has worked in Hollywood on both sitcoms and dramas for the past 25 years. His sitcom credits include Ellen, Dave’s World, Jesse, Caroline in the City, The Naked Truth, The Tony Danza Show and Working. In 1993, Wilding worked on the first season of Ellen, when the show was still called These Friends of Mine. He returned two years later to help write and produce the fourth season of the show, which culminated in “The Puppy Episode,” when Ellen DeGeneres’ character famously came out as gay. The episode won an Emmy for best comedy writing.
Wilding’s drama credits include Jake 2.0, Charmed, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal and Still Star-Crossed. He was a co-executive producer and executive producer for Grey’s Anatomy for seven years (2005-2011). During that time, he wrote a dozen episodes for the series and was part of a writing staff that was twice nominated for a best dramatic writing Emmy. His episode, “Where the Boys Are,” won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Individual Episode. Another episode, “Life During Wartime,” won the 2008 Genesis award for dramatic writing.
Wilding moved to Scandal in 2011, serving as the show’s executive producer and head writer for five years. One of his episodes, “Nobody Likes Babies,” was cited by Time magazine as one of the Top 10 TV episodes of 2013. That same year, Scandal was honored by the AFI for “its contribution to America’s cultural legacy.” In Fall 2016, Wilding moved to New York for six months, where he executive produced Still Star-Crossed, a summer series for ABC.
In 2005, The New York Times hailed The Cell, a comedy pilot Wilding co-wrote, as the “funniest unproduced script in Hollywood.” After 12 years, that pilot is finally being developed by Super Deluxe.
Wilding received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.