David Ray Campbell

David Ray Campbell (born July 1, 1954) is an American television writer, theater producer, and former comedy manager. With his partner, Jim Jinkins, Campbell helped create the Nickelodeon animated television series Doug, which launched Nicktoons. He is also the co-founder of Jumbo Pictures and Cartoon Pizza, and is currently developing the Broadway musical, Holy Fire!

David Ray Campbell
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Campbell in 2014
Born (1954-07-01) July 1, 1954 (age 66)
Alma materHarding University
OccupationWriter, television & theater producer, comedy manager
Years active1979–present
Known forDoug (1991–1994, 1996–1999)
Richard Scarry's Best Videos Ever! (1993–1994)
Allegra's Window (1994–1996)
The Beginners Bible (1995)
101 Dalmatians: The Series (1997–1998)
PB&J Otter (1998–2002)
Stanley (2001–2007)
JoJo's Circus (2003–2007)
Pinky Dinky Doo (2006–2011)
various other shows
Spouse(s)Donna Campbell
ChildrenHaley Campbell
Reed Campbell

Biography and careerEdit

Campbell was born in Palatka, Florida and grew up in Searcy, Arkansas.

He began his career working on many theatrical productions in New York and Los Angeles as a stage manager. He later produced such show business legends as Mickey Rooney, Ann Miller, Carol Channing, and Donald O’Connor in multiple productions of Sugar Babies, which played more than 1,200 performances on Broadway.[1][2][3]

Campbell was also the founder and director of a New York talent management company, helping launch the early careers of Louis CK, Brett Butler, The Higgins Boys and Gruber, and television series including Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Grace Under Fire.[3]

David and his partner Jim Jinkins[4] would go on to create Doug after Jinkins showed Campbell doodlings[5] of the character at a small restaurant in New York.[6] The series received the 1993 and 1994 Parents’ Choice Awards and the 1995 Kids’ Choice Award. It was also nominated for three Cable ACE Awards, four Emmys as Best Animated Children’s Show and the prestigious Prix Jeunesse International Award. Following the success of Doug, Walt Disney Studios acquired Jumbo Pictures,[7][8] and made Doug the anchor of ABC’s Saturday morning lineup. It became a top-rated show, and inspired various books, merchandise, a live musical stage show, and a theatrical feature.

He has been the Executive Producer on more than 300 episodes of award-winning children’s television including 101 Dalmatians: The Series, PB&J Otter, Stanley, JoJo's Circus, The Beginner’s Bible, Pinky Dinky Doo, and many more.[9]

Currently, Campbell is the Chief Content Officer at Dance Network,[10][11] a digital television network in Nashville, TN. He is also working on several new projects including the video series, HoopDogz,[12] winner of the Parent’s Dove Awards and Holy Fire, a Broadway-bound musical comedy.

Campbell resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and two daughters.


  1. ^ League, The Broadway. "David Campbell – Broadway Cast & Staff | IBDB". www.ibdb.com. Retrieved 2017-10-17.
  2. ^ Sugar Babies - 1983 Broadway Cast, retrieved 2017-10-17
  3. ^ a b "A Career in Entertainment: From Broadway, To TV, To Kids, To Digital". Ozartsnashville.org. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Jim Jinkins". Whatiwannaknow.com. Retrieved 2017-10-17.
  5. ^ Duca, Lauren (2014-06-25). "How 'Doug' Pioneered A New Era Of Kids' TV (And Taught Us A Few Lessons Along The Way)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-10-17.
  6. ^ "You Don't Know Doug". Splitsider.com. 2012-02-06. Archived from the original on 2017-10-15. Retrieved 2017-10-17.
  7. ^ "Disney and Jumbo Pictures Get Animated This March With the Theatrical Release of "Doug's 1st Movie". - Free Online Library". Thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2017-10-17.
  8. ^ "Criteria for Disney Animated Movies". Thecompletistgeek.com. Retrieved 2017-10-17.
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ "Dance Network". Dancenetwork.tv. Retrieved 2017-10-17.
  11. ^ OZ Arts Nashville (2017-02-03). "Conversations at OZ with David Campbell". YouTube. Retrieved 2017-10-17.
  12. ^ "Producers of 'Doug,' 'Stanley' Create 'HoopDogz' to Teach Commandments". EthicsDaily.com. 2004-10-12. Retrieved 2017-10-17.

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