John McNamara (writer)

John McNamara (born April 2, 1962) is an American writer, producer, showrunner and television creator. He attended East Grand Rapids High School located in Michigan and attended the University of Michigan and New York University.[1] While at NYU, he wrote two children's books published by Delacorte Press and a teleplay for the CBS Afternoon Playhouse.[1]

John McNamara
John Paul Flannagan McNamara

(1962-04-02) April 2, 1962 (age 60)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
OccupationProducer, screenwriter


He is co-creator of a short-lived television series called Profit which ran on the Fox network in April 1996, as well as Vengeance Unlimited for ABC in 1998 and Fastlane for Fox in 2002. In 1998, his McNamara Paper Products company had inked an exclusive deal with Warner Bros. Television to develop scripted programming.[2]

McNamara went on to executive produce several other television shows, including The Fugitive (a remake from 2000 to 2001 season) and Eyes. After nearly a decade working at Warner Bros., he moved to CBS Paramount Television in 2006 for a two-year overall deal.[3] In 2007, he served a stint as Consulting Producer on the series Jericho. In 2010, McNamara joined the production of In Plain Sight as Executive Producer for Season 3.[4]

McNamara was the supervising producer for 23 episodes of the TV show Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.[5] He worked on the NBC show Aquarius that stars David Duchovny and on the Syfy series The Magicians based on the bestselling Lev Grossman novel of the same name.

McNamara wrote and co-produced the feature film Trumbo, for which Bryan Cranston was nominated for an Academy Award, as Dalton Trumbo, one of The Hollywood Ten blacklisted screenwriters. The film, directed by Jay Roach, was released on November 6, 2015.[6]


His play "Present Tense" won the first annual Young Playwrights' competition and was then produced off-Broadway.[1] Trumbo was nominated by the Writers Guild of America for Best Adapted Screenplay and McNamara was awarded the WGAW's Paul Selvin Award in 2016 which honors writers whose work “embodies the spirit of the constitutional and civil right liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere.” [7][8]


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  1. ^ a b c "John McNamara (Trumbo)". Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  2. ^ Hontz, Jenny (1998-02-17). "McNamara pacts with WB TV". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-05.
  3. ^ Adalian, Josef (2006-03-31). "Warner guy flies over to CBS Par". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-05.
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  5. ^ "John McNamara". IMDb.
  6. ^ "Bryan Cranston's 'Trumbo' Set for Nov. 6 Release". 17 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Writers Guild America West".
  8. ^ "Diane Lane presents the WGAW's Paul Selvin Award to Trumbo screenwriter John McNamara".

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