John Drimmer

Playwright, Film director


Who is John Drimmer?

John Drimmer is a producer, screenwriter, and director. Drimmer has worked both as a journalist, director and writer of fictional and documentary films as well as the executive producer of myriad TV series. He is also a psychologist and playwright. .

Drimmer was born in New York City and educated at the University of Pennsylvania and Hamilton College, where he collaborated with artist-in-residence Alex Haley, author of Roots. He received his doctorate from Ryokan College.

Drimmer started his career making non-fiction films for PBS, where he was the youngest person to ever win the DuPont-Columbia Award for his film "Towers of Frustration," about life inside a high-rise ghetto in Newark, New Jersey. He then moved to 60 Minutes where he was a producer of the landmark series.

Among his dramatic films were Iceman for Universal Studios, produced by Norman Jewison and directed by Fred Schepisi; Hero in the Family, which he wrote and produced for ABC/Disney; Battle in the Erogenous Zone, which he wrote, directed and produced for Showtime; and The Tear Collector, which he directed and wrote for Tales from the Darkside.

He later became the executive producer of many series for television. He was executive producer and director of the pilot for the Emmy-Award winning series Intervention on A&E. He was executive producer of series for Discovery, National Geographic, TLC, The History Channel, and New York Times-Discovery Channel. He also ran the non-fiction TV division of Hearst Publishing.

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on July 23, 2013


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