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John A. Wooden has been a prolific producer and writer of hit digital entertainment for two decades, helming mass pop culture and indie alternative brands alike, and winning dozens of major accolades including one Primetime Emmy, nine Webbys, two Silver Tellys, and 2 SXSW Interactive Awards.
As Executive Producer of Conan O’Brien’s “Team Coco,” he adapted a TV talk show in the crowded late night space into a vibrant multi-platform brand consistently ranked #1 in Variety’s Cable Digital Audience Ratings, earning six Emmy nominations in the process.
Previously, Mr. Wooden served as Director, Digital Programming & Creative for Turner Broadcasting’s New Products Group, developing new digital brands and content for cable networks TBS, HLN and TruTV. Prior to that, he produced several hit online properties including JOKES.COM (acquired by Comedy Central TV) and MAXIM.COM.
Wooden was the founder and Executive Producer of the notorious political satire site WHITEHOUSE.ORG, earning a spot on Vanity Fair magazine’s “In” list, among other critical acclaim – and sparking a First Amendment legal battle with Vice President Dick Cheney. His spinoff book was published by Penguin USA, and theatrical off-Broadway production declared “a minor triumph” by the New York Times.
Wooden’s early webzine Chickenhead.com was lauded by SXSW and the HBO Comedy Arts Festival as “Best of the Web,” and was optioned for television by James Schamus’ legendary Good Machine Productions.
Wooden began his career working at interactive marketing and advertising agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi, producing high-profile websites for brands including Sony Electronics, National Geographic, Microsoft and American Express.
Wooden is an alumnus of Brown University and originally hails from the Socialist Kingdom of Vermont. He lives in Studio City, California with his wife, two children, and a rapidly shrinking collection of screens.