Ellen Levine began her career in entertainment
working in feature films for Doty-Dayton Productions, where she wrote
numerous television commercials for the company’s popular family
films and then moved into media buying for radio and television. She
eventually transitioned to production, coordinating many network pilots
and series including The Fitzpatricks; as well as television
movies, including, for ABC, More Than Friends starring
Rob Reiner and Penny Marshall and Salvage starring Andy
Griffith and Joel Higgins; and, for CBS, Blinded by the Light
starring Kristi McNichol and Stand By Your Man, the
Tammy Wynette story.
became especially interested in long-form docudrama and moved up
to associate producer on the prestigious CBS film The Ordeal
of Bill Carney starring Ray Sharkey and Richard Crenna. She
continued as an associate producer on CBS’s The Gift
of Life about surrogate parenting, starring Susan Dey; and
White Water Rebels with James Brolin.
She then began developing original ideas for long-form
television and sold and produced The Fighter based
on her original treatment. The film aired on CBS and starred Gregory
Harrison and Pat Hingle. After completion of that film, Levine began
her executive career, accepting a position as development vice president
at Ten-Four Productions, then moving on to director of drama series
development at Columbia Pictures Television and eventually a promotion
to vice president of drama series at Columbia.
During her tenure at Columbia, Levine was involved in the development
and production of many pilots and series including Starman
starring Robert Hayes and Juarez starring Benjamin
Bratt. After nearly four years at Columbia, she moved into independent
production and developed
pilot scripts for CBS and ABC. She then became vice president at
Vantage Enterprises, where she developed literary material and researched,
catalogued and archived a vast collection of Hollywood memorabilia
from the 1930s and 1940s that belonged to the company. She also
served as producer on the Vantage Enterprises documentary Hollywood’s
Best-Kept Secrets for American Movie Classics.
Levine has several current documentaries in development
at this time, and she continues her ongoing relationship with Vantage
Enterprises and Whidbey Island Films.
She is a graduate of American University and
Hahnemann Medical School’s Art Therapy Graduate Program. Levine
lives in Los Angeles with her husband and teenage son.