Multiple Emmy, Peabody and WGA award-winning writer and producer
Dan Angel, a multiple Emmy, Peabody and WGA award-winning writer and producer has been creating and supervising quality film and television production for over twenty-five years. His broad range of experience includes an extensive background in many genres from Science Fiction and Horror to branded family entertainment in all formats. He has been responsible for some of the biggest successes in both family series and long form movies over the past three decades.
Recently, Mr. Angel launched a new Family Film and Television Studio, Fezziwig Studios, dedicated to high-quality branded family movies and series. Fezziwig Studios has opened its new offices in Burbank, California and has secured rights to a number of high-profile properties.
Fezziwig Studios most recently produced Rescued by Ruby, the true story of this amazing hero dog of the year, for Netflix. Grant Gustin stars in the film and Karen Janszen wrote the script. Rescued By Ruby premiered to stellar ratings and massive success, finishing #2 across the globe in 85 countries for two weeks, a top ten film for three weeks and a perfect 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Fezziwig has also purchased the rights to the best-selling book, Fish In A Tree. Jeff Stockwell wrote the script. Other Best Sellers optioned by Fezziwig Studios include In an Instant: The Bob and Lee Woodruff Story, The Apple Orchard Cozy Mystery Series, The Sammy Keyes Mystery Series, The Great Brain Series, Roll With It, Tune It Out, the YA thriller In 27 Days, as well as best-selling books from Terri Blackstock, including Catching Christmas and the If I Run Series. Fezziwig just closed a deal with Sony Studios for Both If I Run and In 27 Days to become major television events.
Fezziwig made a major move in 2021, closing a deal with New York Times Best Selling author, Jodi Thomas. Fezziwig will control her library of 60 titles and develop them into movies and series. The first title to be produced in 2022 will be a Netflix series based on Jodi’s best-selling series, Ransom Canyon.
In 2021, Fezziwig also closed a deal on the New York Times Best Selling series, The Hollows by Kim Harrison. The Hollows will be a major urban fantasy series based on the incredible world and colorful characters Harrison has created.
In 2022, Fezziwig Studios is producing an adaptation of the New York Times best-selling book, Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper, a partnership with Peter Saraf and Participant Media. Out of My Mind will be a major event for Disney+.
Fezziwig Studios will also be producing a slate of films based on Newbery winning titles. Some of the titles include Wringer, The Higher Power of Lucky, Dead End In Norvelt and the classic, Julie of the Wolves. Julie of the Wolves has been set up at Warner Brothers.
Fezziwig has closed a deal for the worldwide rights to the hit Tony winning Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde. Jekyll and Hyde was written by Academy Award Winner, Alex Dinelaris and plans to go into production in 2023.
Other true story events at Fezziwig Studios include The Richard Luttrell Story, Taking My Life Back: The Rebekah Gregory Story and Finding Daniel.
Mr. Angel had a very successful launch of the new Hallmark movie series, Godwinks, based on the New York Times bestselling books from SQuire Rushnell and Louise DuArt. The first Godwinks movie, A Godwink Christmas, starring Kathy Lee Gifford, premiered on The Hallmark Channel as part of their 2018 event Christmas season and had stellar ratings. The second Godwinks film, A Godwink Christmas: Meant For Love, premiered on Hallmark on November 15th, 2019 and was also a ratings winner. It was selected by IMDB as one of Hallmark’s best Christmas movies over the past decade. The third Godwinks film, A Godwink Christmas: Second Chance, First Love, premiered to record ratings on the Hallmark Channel for Christmas 2020.
In 2019, Mr. Angel completed production on Benchwarmers 2 for Universal 1440 Productions. Benchwarmers 2 stars Chris Klein and Jon Lovitz. He also completed production on five new movies from the V.C. Andrews library for the Lifetime Network. The Heaven/Casteel Series stars Jason Priestly, Kelly Rutherford and Daphne Zuniga and premiered to big ratings in summer 2019 as part of Lifetime’s Book To Screen movie event. Based on that success, Lifetime ordered five additional films from the Ruby saga. Filming has completed on The Ruby Saga and it will premiere on Lifetime in 2021 as a big event movie series.
In 2017, Mr. Angel produced the new original hit thriller, The Open House. The Open House stars Dylan Minnette & premiered on Netflix on January 19, 2018. He also produced the event Christmas movie Maggie’s Christmas Miracle for The Hallmark Channel’s 2017 Christmas season. This was his fourth film based on the New York Times bestselling faith-based author, Karen Kingsbury, and it aired on December 10th, 2017 to record ratings. Mr. Angel also completed a new family film, Cop and a Half, for Universal 1440 Productions and Imagine. Cop and a Half stars Lou Diamond Phillips and Lulu Wilson. The movie was released August 2017 on Netflix. In addition, he completed production on a new one-hour family dramedy series, Date My Dad, starring Barry Watson and Raquel Welch for UPTV. Date My Dad premiered on June 2, 2017.
In 2016, Mr. Angel produced a number of high-profile TV and Cable movies, including R.L. Stine’s Monsterville: The Cabinet of Souls for Universal’s1440 Productions. Monsterville premiered on Netflix and earned seven Emmy nominations and two wins. He also produced three Karen Kingsbury films for The Hallmark Channel: The Bridge, The Bridge 2 and A Time to Dance. All of the titles were ratings winners for the channel and the Bridge films became the highest-rated in The Hallmark Channel’s history. He also produced three films for Lifetime from the V.C. Andrews best-selling book collection. If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday and My Sweet Audrina were all well received, and that success launched a bigger V.C. Andrews library deal with Lifetime.
From 2010-2014, Mr. Angel Executive Produced three hit shows for the family network, The Hub. The Haunting Hour, Dan Vs. and Spooksville were all ratings winners and received numerous honors. The Haunting Hour was adapted from the master of kid’s thrillers, R.L. Stine. Mr. Angel produced and wrote 76 episodes of this new anthology series with his writing partner, Billy Brown. The Haunting Hour launched in January 2011 and was a ratings leader for The Hub during its entire run. The Haunting Hour was nominated for 28 Emmys and won 7, including the coveted Outstanding Children’s Series award 3 years in a row. The Haunting Hour also won the Parent’s Choice Award 3 years in a row and received over 50 awards and honors during its four- season run.
Mr. Angel enjoyed similar success with the animated comedy series, Dan Vs., starring Curtis Armstrong and Dave Foley. Dan Vs. launched in January 2011 and ran for 53 episodes. It was also a ratings leader on The Hub and garnered a number of honors and awards, including the Emmy’s coveted nomination for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program for 2013 and 2014. Dan Vs. also won Best Animated Series in the Tween/Teen Category at Kidscreen.
Mr. Angel’s third series for The Hub was Spooksville, another family thriller show based on the best-selling Christopher Pike books. Mr. Angel completed 22 episodes with partners Jane Startz and Billy Brown and won a number of honors, including multiple Emmy nominations for Best Writing in Children’s series and Outstanding Children’s Series.
Previously, Mr. Angel was the Chief Creative Officer of The Hatchery, a family entertainment production company in partnership with Margaret Loesch and Peter Guber. During his ten years at the Hatchery, he produced and developed a number of television programs in both live action and animation. Mr. Angel was responsible for managing all project development, sales and production.
In 2009, Mr. Angel Executive Produced Christmas in Canaan, starring Billy Ray Cyrus. Christmas in Canaan was Hallmark Channel’s event Christmas movie that year and premiered with record breaking ratings, leading The Hallmark Channel to their highest-rated week in network history. It also received a number of awards and honors. The sequel, Christmas Comes Home to Canaan, aired on the Hallmark Channel on December 17, 2011.
In 2009, Mr. Angel was also responsible for the inspirational film Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story. He served as the Executive Producer on this event movie for TNT. Gifted Hands stars Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Kimberly Elise and was directed by Thomas Carter. The film had its worldwide premiere on TNT February 7, 2009. Gifted Hands was nominated for a number of honors, including a Humanitas Prize, A Critics Choice for Best Picture & 4 Emmy nominations, and it won a number of awards, including Best Picture Made for Television at the Image Awards and Best Picture at The Movie Guide Awards. It continues to be a number one best-selling DVD for Sony/Affirm.
In 2007, Mr. Angel and partner Billy Brown wrote and produced the Direct-to-DVD movie, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It. It was a co-production with Universal 1440 Productions and premiered on The Cartoon Network to record ratings, earning him another WGA writing award nomination for Best Writing in Children’s Long form. The Halloween DVD continues to sell well around the world.
Among his other noteworthy accomplishments, Mr. Angel secured the movie rights to the inspiring story of Bill Porter after seeing an interview on ABC’s “20/20”. Door to Door was the culmination of a 5-year effort by Mr. Angel, during which he gathered a top-notch creative team of talent, including actor William H. Macy, Kyra Sedgewick and Helen Mirren. Mr. Angel served as Executive Producer of the movie, which he sold to TNT and Johnson & Johnson. In 2003, Door to Door was not only one of the most watched, but also one of the most honored movies of all time, including AFI, Peabody, Emmy and Critics Choice honors. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences nominated Door to Door with more Primetime Emmy nominations than any other program that year (12), and it won six Emmy Awards; the most of any program for that year, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie. The six Emmy wins for Door to Door made it the most-ever garnered for a single program for TNT.
In 2002, Mr. Angel served as Executive Producer and co-writer with Billy Brown for a two-hour original script for the revival of the Battlestar Galactica series as part of a development deal with Studio USA. Mr. Angel also created, wrote and Executive Produced a drama pilot for the WB television network, called Shadow Walkers.
From 1999 through 2001, Mr. Angel had an overall writing/producing deal with The Jim Henson Company where, with his writing partner Billy Brown, he developed and supervised a variety of projects, including Brats of the Lost Nebula, which aired on the WB Network and was selected as one of the ten best new children’s programs by TV Guide for 1999. In 2001, Mr. Angel created two primetime series, The Fearing Mind for the Jim Henson Company and the FOX Family cable channel and Night Visions for Warner Bros. and FOX TV Network.
Previously, from 1995 through 1998, Mr. Angel won recognition when he co-produced, co-wrote and co-story edited the number one hit family series, Goosebumps, for FOX Kids Network, winning the WGA Award for Best Children’s Writing, and a Gemini nomination for Best Children’s Series. TV Guide picked Goosebumps two years in a row as one of the best kid’s shows on television. Goosebumps enjoyed continuing success as one of the highest rated series on The Hub and continues to run on Netflix. It is one of the most successful family series in television history.
From 1997 to 1998, Mr. Angel and his partner, Billy Brown, served as Story Editor/ Writers on the FOX TV hit, The X-Files. The writing staff of this popular series took home a Golden Globe for Best Dramatic Writing.
Mr. Angel also served as Supervising Producer, in 1998, on Animorphs, a television series adaptation of the hit book series for Scholastic Productions and Nickelodeon. Among Mr. Angel’s other credits are: Creator, Writer, Executive Producer of the Award- winning John Carpenter Presents: Body Bags for Showtime.
Mr. Angel attended UCLA Film School. He currently lives with his wife in Santa Clarita, California and celebrates his blessed life with an amazing family including his three wonderful children and three amazing grandchildren.