John H. Williams

John Hayward Williams (born June 17, 1953) is an American film producer known for his work both in live-action and in animation.[1] He is mainly known for Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004) and Shrek the Third (2007). He is the founder and owner of his own company, Vanguard Films which produces live-action and animated (through its sister skein Vanguard Animation) products.

John H. Williams
John Hayward Williams

(1953-06-17) June 17, 1953 (age 67)
Other namesJohn Williams
OccupationFilm producer, director, studio executive
Years active1984–present
Lacey Ford
(m. after 1983)


In 2001 shortly after working on Shrek, Williams founded Vanguard Animation and started working on projects such as Valiant (2005), Happily N'Ever After (2007), Space Chimps (2008) and its sequel Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back.

He made his directorial debut on Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back.

Vanguard ComicsEdit

On June 6, 2008 John Williams along with Platinum Studios created a new label called Vanguard Comics.[2]

3QU MediaEdit

In 2014, partnering with Henry Skelsy, formed 3QU Media as a specialist in CG-animated feature films for the international marketplace.[3] 3QU Media is producing in association with WV Enterprises. Williams is producing and SC Films International is handling foreign sales.[citation needed]


Year Film Role Notes
1988 Apprentice to Murder Co-Producer
1991 The Grapes of Wrath Producer TV Movie
1994 The Dining Room Producer TV Movie
1997 Seven Years in Tibet Producer
1998 Spalding Gray: Terrors of Pleasure
1999 Balloon Farm Producer TV Movie
2001 Shrek Producer
2002 The Tuxedo Producer
2002 The Junction Boys Producer TV Movie
2004 Shrek 2 Producer
2005 Valiant Producer
2007 Happily N'Ever After Producer
2007 Shrek the Third Executive Producer
2008 Space Chimps Producer
2010 Shrek Forever After Executive Producer
2010 Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back Director & Producer
2011 Puss in Boots Co-Producer
2012 On the Road Executive Producer
2015 Get Squirrely Producer
2017 Charming Producer
2018 Gnome Alone Producer
2018 Gnome Alone Producer
2019 Trouble Producer
2020 Fearless Producer
- The Silk Road Rally Producer Filming
- Goose Chase Producer Pre-production
Date Show Role Notes
1984-1991 American Playhouse Producer TV Series - 4 episodes
1985 Great Performances Producer TV Series - 1 episode
1987-1988 American Masters Executive Producer TV Series - 2 episodes


  1. ^ "John H. Williams on IMDb".
  2. ^ ""Shrek" Producer John H. Williams and Platinum Studios, Inc. Create Comic Book Imprint: Vanguard Comics". Businesswire. June 6, 2008.
  3. ^ "'Shrek' Producer John Williams Launching Animated Production Company (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. September 18, 2014.

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