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David Ward

Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Office Location: Marion Knott Studios DMAC 109
Phone: (714) 744-7813
Pomona College, Bachelor of Arts
University of California, Los Angeles, Master of Fine Arts


Director/screenwriter David Ward brings a distinguished filmography to leading the screenwriting program in the Dodge College.  In addition to directing such films as Major League and Cannery Row, he won an Academy Award for his screenplay for The Sting and was nominated for Sleepless in Seattle.  David continues as an active director, with two features currently in production.  He was previously our Marion Knott Filmmaker-in-Residence.  He has an M.F.A. in Motion Pictures from U.C.L.A. and studied political science at Pomona College, where he is a member of the board of trustees.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Wrote Screenplay "The Trouble With Tulips for Crown for Doone City Pictures/Crown Media Am writing the miniseries "Paydirt" for Toni Bill Productions
Finished the Screenplay "The Yuletide Inn" for Motion Picture Corporation of America
Wrote TV pilot "Dove's Crew" for the Motion Content Group Wrote a feature script "Red Ivory" for Sprockefeller Productions
Wrote feature film screenplay "Carlisle" for Media Funding Partners
Wrote TV pilot "Devereaux" for Eric Tannenbaum Productions at ABC. Wrote TV pilot "Tag" for WR/Fiskin Productions. Completed feature screenplay "The Last Farmer" for Bona Fide Productions. Rewrote screenplay, "Music, Love and War" currently shooting in Europe.
Wrote TV pilot for ABC Studios - "Deacon" Wrote TV pilot for CBS - "Bad Cops" Rewrote feature screenplay for Morgan Creek Productions - "Tupac"
Wrote TV pilot for ABC Studios - "The Corridor" Wrote TV pilot for Boardwalk Productions - "Mind Field" Wrote feature film for Mulligan Productions - "Clovis Road"
Wrote screenplay adaptation of novel by Charles Martin - "Provocateur"