Kirk Ellis won two Emmys, a Golden Globe, a WGA Award, a Peabody and the Humanitas Prize for his work on the HBO miniseries John Adams. The miniseries won a record-breaking 13 Primetime Emmys in total, as well as four Golden Globe awards. Previously, Ellis received an Emmy nomination and won the WGA Award and Humanitas Prize for the ABC miniseries Anne Frank, which he wrote and co-produced. Miniseries on which he has served as writer and producer, including Into the West, and Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows have received more than 50 Emmy nominations. Upcoming feature projects include a biography of the Marquis de Lafayette for director Jean-Francois Richet (Mesrine) and Oscar-nominated Why Not Productions. For HBO, Ellis is writing The Day the Laughter Stopped, an account of the Fatty Arbuckle trials of the 1920s, set to star Eric Stonestreet and to be directed by Barry Levinson. He is currently collaborating with L.A. Confidential author James Ellroy on the contemporary police drama Throwdown Gun for FX. A graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema and Television, Ellis began his professional career as a film critic for The Hollywood Reporter, and at age 24 served as the magazine's international editor. In 1992 he formed Shadow Catcher Productions, an independent production banner under which Ellis develops his own indie features and documentaries. In addition to serving as a Television Academy governor, Ellis is chairman of the Santa Fe, New Mexico, Arts Commission. He is a former board member of the Western Writers of America, and sits on the advisory board of James River Writers.
Peter Hammond has been nominated for five Emmys, including three consecutive nominations for writing NBC’s Emmy-winning children’s series One to Grow On. He has been a producer for various shows, including Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Access Hollywood and The Martin Short Show. For two years he was a writer and producer on The Arsenio Hall Show. Hammond's recent television work has also included specials for AMC, including Reel Radicals: The Sixties Revolution in Film and Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust. Other recent writing assignments outside of television have included his work as awards columnist for Deadline.com, film criticism for Leonard Maltin’s Movie and Video Guide and Maxim magazine. He also co-authored the 2005 book Behind the Silver Screen, a look at residents of the Motion Picture Home as well as the 2012 book, The Heart of Hollywood: 90 Years of the Motion Picture and Television Fund. Additionally, Hammond is a well-known moderator who hosts the KCET Cinema Series each fall and spring at the Television Academy’s Goldenson Theatre, as well as numerous industry events such as question and-answer sessions with writers for WGA members.