A native New Yorker, Doug Ellin moved to Hollywood in 1990, intent on becoming a stand-up comedian. While working the circuit at such comedy club mainstays as The Improv, and The Comedy Store, Ellin also took a position in the mailroom of New Line Cinema. It was through this connection to New Line Production Head, Michael DeLuca, that Ellin's career was able to take off, albeit in a different direction.
After seeing Ellin's stand-up routine, DeLuca partially funded Ellin's comedic short film, The Pitch, which he wrote and directed, starring David Schwimmer, Ernie Hudson and Jonathan Silverman. The film went on to air on Showtime. Following this, Ellin was accepted as a Director into The American Film Institute's prestigious Conservatory program, which he attended from 1991-1992. Ellin next wrote and directed another comedy short, 'The Waiter,' starring David Schwimmer, Jon Cryer, Paul Gleeson, Laraine Newman and Allen Garfield. In 1996, Artisan distributed Ellin's low-budget independent film, 'Phat Beach,' which starred Jermaine Hopkins, Brian Hooks and Coolio, among others. Ellin's follow- up film, 'Kissing a Fool,' once again starred David Schwimmer, along with Bonnie Hunt, and a cast of up-and coming stars including Mili Avital, Jason Lee and newcomer Judy Greer. Universal bought and distributed the film in 1998. While continuing to write and develop feature film and television projects, Ellin joined forces with Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson to create 'Entourage,' which is loosely based upon their shared Hollywood experiences. A graduate of Tulane University, Ellin currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.