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Lionel Chetwynd: Executive Producer

Born in England and raised in Canada, where he served with the Black Watch, Royal Highland Regiment of Canada, Lionel Chetwynd is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He graduated from Sir George Williams University in Montreal, attended McGill University Law School, and later attended Oxford University for graduate studies in law.

A member of the National Sponsoring Committee of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), Chetwynd wrote and directed the theatrical feature The Hanoi Hilton, and he received an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay adaptation for The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. In 2001, Chetwynd was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Chetwynd recently wrote and produced DC 9/11: Time of Crisis, a docudrama for Showtime Networks recounting the nine days in the Bush administration between the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the president’s televised address to the nation before Congress. For his film Varian’s War on Showtime Networks, Chetwynd received a Writer’s Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Screenplay, with the film itself a Gold Jury Award winner at the Houston Film Festival. For his screenplay adaptation for the 1995 Emmy Award-winning miniseries The Bible Joseph, one of three Bible stories he scripted for TNT, he received a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Other television movie credits include Ruby Ridge, An American Tragedy, a four-hour miniseries for CBS; Kissinger and Nixon, for which Chetwynd received both Writers Guild and Gemini Award (Canada) nominations for Outstanding Script; The Man Who Captured Eichmann, a movie for TNT which earned Chetwynd a Cable Ace Award nomination; Color of Justice, for which he was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for Movie or Miniseries and a PEN USA Literary Award nomination for Outstanding Screenplay.

Chetwynd also penned To Heal a Nation, the Fabulous Showman: The Life of P.T. Barnum, a four-hour miniseries for A&E, and Tom Clancy’s Net Force, a four-hour miniseries for ABC.

As an award-winning documentarian, Chetwynd created and was an executive producer of the highly acclaimed series of National Desk public affairs specials, garnering four Telly Awards, and a Gold Medal at the New York Film Festival for the Children of Divorce episode, and before that, Reverse Angle, both on PBS. Chetwynd also wrote, produced and directed Darkness at High Noon: The Carl Foreman Documents, a feature-length documentary chronicling the life and career of blacklisted filmmaker Carl Foreman.

Chetwynd wrote The American 1776, the official U.S. Bicentennial Film, and in 1987, was commissioned to create and write a special tribute to the U.S. Congress as part of the nation’s yearlong Constitutional Bicentennial celebration. The prestigious event was staged before members of Congress and the president’s Cabinet.

Chetwynd is married to motion picture, television and stage actress Gloria Carlin. The couple have two sons and make their home in Los Angeles.

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