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 over 200 high-profile properties including New York Times Best Selling titles as well as authors libraries.
Fezziwig Studios just completed production on 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+ in 2024. In 2022 Fezziwig Studios produced Rescued by Ruby for Netflix, the true story of the amazing Hero Dog of the Year. Rescued By Ruby, starring Grant Gustin, premiered to stellar ratings, finishing #2 across the globe in over 100 countries for three weeks, has garnered several awards and has a perfect 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Fezziwig Studios made a major move in 2022, closing a deal with New York Times Best Selling author, Jodi Thomas. Fezziwig will control her library of over 75 titles and develop them into movies and series. The first title to be produced in 2023 will be a Netflix original series based on Jodi’s Best-Seller, Ransom Canyon. Fezziwig has also closed deals on several Newbery winning best sellers including the classic, Julie of the Wolves, which was set up at Warner Brothers and hopes to go into production in 2024. 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 2024.
Having great success adapting big best-selling books, Mr. Angel secured the rights to the entire V.C. Andrews library, over 100 titles, and made a major deal with Lifetime to produce and launch this major brand. Mr. Angel was successful with this launch, producing 18 films from the V.C. Andrews collection, garnering some of the highest ratings in Lifetime’s history. In 2020, Angel sold his V.C Andrews library to Lifetime and A&E and it continues to be the networks’ number one hit brand.
Mr. Angel won recognition when he co-produced and co-wrote with Billy Brown, the number one hit family series, Goosebumps for the FOX 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 the best kid’s shows on television and it is still considered one of the most successful family series in television history.
He followed that success with another hit R.L Stine series, The Haunting Hour. Mr. Angel produced and wrote 76 episodes of this hit anthology series with his writing partner, Billy Brown. The Haunting Hour was a ratings leader for The Hub Network and 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 and it received over 50 awards and honors during its four-season run.
Mr. Angel was responsible for the inspirational film Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story. He served as the Executive Producer on this event movie for TNT. It starred Cuba Gooding Jr. and Kimberly Elise and was directed by Thomas Carter. Gifted Hands had its worldwide premiere on TNT and was nominated for a number of honors, including a Humanitas Prize, A Critics Choice Award for Best Picture, four Emmy nominations and it won Best Picture at the Image Awards and Best Picture at The Movie Guide Awards. It continues to be a number one best-selling title for Sony/Affirm.
Among his other noteworthy accomplishments, Mr. Angel secured the movie rights to the inspiring true story of Bill Porter after seeing an interview on ABC’s “20/20”. Mr. Angel served as Executive Producer of the movie, Door to Door, which he sold to TNT and Johnson and Johnson. He hired a top-notch team of talent, including actor William H. Macy, Kyra Sedgewick and Helen Mirren. 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 Prime Time Emmy nominations than any other program that year (12) and it won six Emmy Awards, the most of any program, 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.
Mr. Angel has also produced over 30 films for Lifetime and Hallmark and they are some of the highest-rated movies in the networks’ history. Mr. Angel and his partner, Billy Brown, served as Story Editor/Writers on the FOX TV hit, The X-Files. Mr. Angel also served as Supervising Producer 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 four amazing grandchildren.