LIONEL CHETWYND

Lionel Chetwynd was born in London, England, and moved to Canada at the age of eight, growing up in Montreal and Toronto. He left school at age 14, later enlisting in the Black Watch, Royal Highland Regiment of Canada. Upon completion of military service, he gained conditional admittance to Sir George Williams University (Now Concordia), Montreal, B.A. (Honors Philosophy/ Economics), graduating valedictorian after three years and receiving a scholarship to McGill University Law School, where he received his law degree. During that period, while debating at Oxford University as a Champion debater, he was accepted by the University and completed his graduate studies in Law at Trinity College.

Chetwynd then joined the London office of Columbia Pictures, remaining four years. By then, he had begun to expand his horizons with freelance writing and his first produced work, MAYBE THAT’S YOUR PROBLEM, staged in London’s West End. Later that year, he wrote BLEEDING GREAT ORCHIDS, also staged in London and subsequently Off-Broadway.

While in England, Chetwynd wrote the motion picture screenplay adaptation for THE APPRENTICESHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITZ, and received an Academy Award Nomination and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Feature Comedy. To date he has over 50 feature and long-form television credits, including the Vietnam trilogy: THE HANOI HILTON, TO HEAL A NATION, and KISSINGER AND NIXON, as well as the recent Emmy-nominated IKE: COUNTDOWN TO D-DAY which was the highest rated movie ever to air on A&E Networks. He has also written, produced, and directed over 21 documentaries. He has received both Oscar and Emmy nominations, six Writers Guild of American nominations, including an award, the New York Film Festival Gold Medal, two Christophers, two George Washington Freedom Medals, and six Telly Awards.

A naturalized U.S. citizen, Chetwynd wrote THE AMERICAN 1776, the official United States Bicentennial Film. In 1987, he helped create and he wrote a tribute to the U.S. Constitution as part of the Bi-Centennial celebration staged before members of the U.S. Supreme Court, Congress, and members of the President’s Cabinet.

In 2001, he was appointed to The President's Committee on the Arts & Humanities. In 2003 Columbia College - Hollywood conferred upon him a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, and in 2004 he received The Caucus of Television Writers, Producers and Directors Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2006 he was installed as an Honorary Fellow in the Carl DeSantis Business and Economics Center for the Study and Development of the Motion Picture and Entertainment Industry. In 2008 The Smithsonian Institution/National Portrait Gallery conferred upon him the John Singleton Copley Medal for service to the artistic community and in that same year he received The American Spirit Award, presented by the Caucus for Writers, Producers and Directors in Association with Screen Actors Guild, The Producers Guild, AFTRA and the WGA.

Other civic involvement includes membership on the National Sponsoring Committee of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; Little League of California District 14; Board of Directors UCLA Theater, Film and Television Education Associates; former President, American Cinema Foundation; Member Board of Directors, The Entertainment Industries Council; former Executive Board Member, American Jewish Committee; The Oxford Society of Southern California; Trinity Oxford Society; Captain, 78th Fraser Highlanders, Fort St Helen Garrison. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, and was admitted to the Bar of the Province of Quebec.

He has taught and lectured extensively at the University of Southern California, Loyola-Marymount University, Columbia College, American Film Institute, Los Angeles, New York University’s graduate Film School, the Frederick Douglass Center in Harlem and UCLA.

His articles have appeared widely, including The Weekly Standard, The National Review, The National Post, Encounter, L’Exprès, Aujourd’hui, and publications of The American Enterprise Institute and UCLA Communications Center.

Chetwynd is married to motion picture, television and stage actress Gloria Carlin. They reside in Los Angeles, and have two sons. He is fluent in French.

Credits

In Development
MOMENT OF TRUTH Feature
THE RESURRECTION Feature
MERCHANT OF FLOWERS Series

Selected Produced Credits
Features:
GEORGE WASHINGTON – WE FIGHT TO BE FREE (Featurette for Mt Vernon) (Greystone Productions) Writer
CELSIUS 41.11: THE TEMPERATURE AT WHICH THE BRAIN DIES (Independent) Writer-Producer*
VARIAN’S WAR (Alliance-Atlantis/Showtime) Writer-Director.
Houston Film Festival Gold Jury Award; National Foundation for Jewish Culture, Best Cable Film Award. Nominated, Writers' Guild of America, outstanding screenplay; Eternal Flame Award, American Friends of Yad-Vashem. Nominated, Independent Press Organization, Best Television Film
THE HANOI HILTON (Cannon) Writer-Director.
THE HUMAN BOMB (Griffin Prod. U.K.) Writer.
THE APPRENTICESHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITZ (Paramount) Screenplay Adaptation
Academy Award Nomination - Best Screenplay Adaptation, WGA Award - Best Comedy Feature
QUINTET (Fox) Story* Dir. Robert Altman
MORNING COMES (Independent) Writer-Director.
TWO SOLITUDES (Mutual) Writer-Director. Grand Award, Salonika
THE HOT TOUCH (Pathe) Writer. Canadian Genie Award for Best Screenplay
(under the pen name Peter Dion); Dir., Roger Vadim

Television:
IKE: COUNTDOWN TO D-DAY (A&E) Writer-Executive Producer
2004 EMMY Nomination: Outstanding Made for Television Movie; 2005 Producer’s Guild of America nomination;2005 Humanitas Prize nomination
DC 9/11: TIME OF CRISIS (Showtime) Writer-Producer
THE FABULOUS SHOWMAN: THE LIFE OF P.T. BARNUM
(4 hour Mini-series A & E)
Writer.
E Pluribus Unum Award, America Cinema Foundation
TOM CLANCY’S NET FORCE
4 hour Mini-series (ABC)
Writer.
COLOR OF JUSTICE (Showtime) Writer-Producer.
1998 PEN USA Literary Award Nomination: Outstanding Screenplay; 1998 Writers Guild Nomination, Movie or Miniseries
THE MAN WHO CAPTURED EICHMANN (TNT) Writer.
1997 Cable Ace Award Nomination: Writer for Movie or Miniseries
KISSINGER AND NIXON (TNT) Writer-Executive Producer.
1997 PGA Laurel Award Nomination: Outstanding Television Program. Nominated for WGA Award: Outstanding Script Long Form Adaptation. Nominated for Gemini Award: Outstanding Script (Canada)
RUBY RIDGE, AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY 4 hour mini series (CBS) Writer.
THE BIBLE: MOSES 4 hour mini series (TNT) Writer.
1996 EMMY Nomination: Outstanding Miniseries
THE BIBLE: JOSEPH 4 hour mini series (TNT) Writer.
1995 EMMY Award: Outstanding Miniseries; Templeton Prize Nomination. WGA Nomination: Best Adapted Teleplay/TD>
THE BIBLE: JACOB (TNT) Writer.
THE DOOMS DAY GUN (HBO) Writer*
FREEFALL (ABC) Writer.
TO HEAL A NATION (NBC) Writer-Executive Producer.
George Washington Honor Medal,
Freedom Foundation
Patriots Award, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation
EVIL IN CLEAR RIVER (ABC) Executive Producer*
Christopher Award, The American Jewish Committee’s Special Award
SO PROUDLY WE HAIL (CBS) Executive Producer-Writer-Director.
B’Nai Zion Foundation “Care With Us” Award
THE HEROES OF DESERT STORM (ABC) Writer.
CHILDREN IN THE CROSSFIRE (NBC) Writer.
Gold Medal, Monte Carlo International Television Festival
SADAT (OPT) Writer.
NAACP Image Award
ESCAPE FROM IRAN: THE CANADIAN CAPER (CBS) Writer.
MIRACLE ON ICE (ABC) Writer.
Christopher Award
A WHALE FOR THE KILLING (ABC) Writer.
GOLDENROD (CBS) Writer-Producer.
IT HAPPENED ONE CHRISTMAS (ABC) Writer.
Citation, American Women in Film & TV
JOHNNY, WE HARDLY KNEW YE (NBC) Writer-Producer.
George Washington Honor Medal, Freedom Foundation
*Shared

Documentaries:
AMERICAN VALOR -- A 90 minute special for PBS (2003). 2004 Telly Award.

DARKNESS AT HIGH NOON: THE CARL FOREMAN DOCUMENTS -- A feature length documentary for PBS (2002) Invitee, Miami Film Festival 2002.

NATIONAL DESK -- Executive Producer/Writer. A Public Affairs series of one hour documentaries for PBS. 1999-2000 season: “The Picking of the President” hosted by Mara Liasson, “Campaign Finance Reform” hosted by Morton Kondracke, “The Other Immigrants: Importing Our Brain Power” hosted by Charles Krauthammer, “Urbanism, Suburbanism, and the Good Life” hosted by Fred Barnes, “Education In America: A Public Right Gone Wrong” hosted by Larry Elder. 1998-99 season: “We The (Rude) People” hosted by Morton Kondracke, “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Sleaze” hosted by Mara Liasson, “The Popular Culture: Who’s to Blame” hosted by David Steinberg. “The War on Boys”*** hosted by Fred Barnes, “Politics and Warriors: Women in the Military” hosted by Laura Ingraham, “Title IX and Women in Sports: What’s Wrong with this Picture?” hosted by Larry Elder. 1997-98 season: “Racism Redefined: Fresh Voices from Black America” hosted by Larry Elder, “Children of Divorce” hosted by Fred Barnes and “The Politics of Medicine” hosted by Morton Kondracke. ** Two time winner of the International Television Association’s Emerald Award *** Winner: New York Film Festival Gold Medal.

REVERSE ANGLE -- Executive Producer/Writer. One-hour documentary for The Corporation for Public Broadcasting/PBS: “Fear in America” (1992) and “The Education Wars” (1993)

THE SIXTIES: EXTREME REMEDIES -- Six-hour documentary for PBS. Writer-Producer.

THE AMERICAN 1776 -- Writer. (The official U.S. Bicentennial Film)

Stage:
WE THE PEOPLE. . .200 Co-Writer-Producer
BLEEDING GREAT ORCHIDS Off Broadway, New York
MAYBE THAT’S YOUR PROBLEM West End, London

Honors
John Singleton Copley Medal, National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian. 2008.
American Spirit Award, The Caucus/SAG/AFTRA/WGA/PGA, 2008
Presidential Appointment: The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities 2001
Doctor of Humane Letters, Columbia College – Hollywood. 2003.
Lifetime Achievement Award, The Caucus of Television Producers, Writers and Directors. 2003.
Honorary Fellow, Carl DeSantis Business and Economic Center for the Study of Motion Picture and Entertainment Industry.
The Defender of Israel Award, The Friends of Israeli Disabled Veterans. 2002.
Honorary Captain, 78th Fraser Highlanders

Professional and Union Affiliations:
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Writers’ Guild of America (Member Board of Directors, two terms)
Directors’ Guild of America
Dramatists Guild of America
The Caucus For Producers, Writers & Directors (Co-Chair, Steering Committee)
Trustee, Entertainment Industries Council
Writers’ Guild of Great Britain
Writers’ Guild of Canada
Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists
BMI
Canadian Bar Association
Admitted to the Bar of the Province of Quebec

Community Service:
National Sponsoring Committee of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVMF)
PEN Center Freedom to Write Committee
Board of Directors UCLA Theater, Film and Television Education Associates
American Cinema Foundation
The Entertainment Industries Council (Member Board of Directors)
The Oxford Society of Southern California
Trinity Oxford Society
Life Member, The Oxford Union
Pacific Council on International Policy
The Black Watch (RHR) of Canada Association
Phi Beta Kappa Society of Southern California
Former Executive Board Member, American Jewish Committee
Former District Commissioner Little League of California District 14

Publications:
The Weekly Standard
Written By
Emmy Magazine
The National Review
The National Post
Encounter
L’Exprès
Aujourd’hui
The American Enterprise Institute
UCLA Communications Center
Other current titles (see Readers’ Guide)

Education:
Sir George Williams University (Now Concordia), Montreal:
    B.A. (Honors Philosophy/Economics)
McGill University, Montreal:
    Bachelor of Civil Law
Oxford University, Trinity College:
    Graduate studies for Dip. Jur. (Criminal Law)

Teaching:
New York University: Former Member, Full-time Faculty, Film School.
The Frederick Douglass Center in Harlem: Seminar leader/lecturer in Screenwriting and Directing
UCLA: Member, Theater, Film & Television Educational Associates; Mentor, Film School Professional Mentor Program; Lecturer, Screenwriting, Extension Dept.

Seminar leader, Screenwriting/Directing:
University of Southern California (annual)
Loyola-Marymount University (annual)
Columbia College (annual)
American Film Institute, Los Angeles (occasional)

Military Experience:
The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada,
Highest Rank attained: A/Sergeant; honorably discharged



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