Tom Fontana (executive producer) has written and produced such ground- breaking television series as "St. Elsewhere," "Homicide: Life on the Street," HBO's "Oz" and "The Philanthropist." Among his many honors are three Emmy® Awards, four Peabody Awards, three Writers' Guild Awards, four Television Critics Association Awards, a CableACE Award, the Humanitas Prize, a Special Edgar and first prize at the Cinema Tout Ecran Festival in Geneva.
Fontana wrote HBO Films' "Strip Search," directed by Sidney Lumet, as well as contributed two pieces to the Sept. 11 special "America: A Tribute to Heroes." He was executive producer of "American Tragedy" for CBS, "Shot in the Heart" for HBO Films, the documentary "The Press Secretary" for PBS and the independent films "Jean," "In Good Conscience" and "Anytown, USA."
Fontana has written articles for such periodicals as the New York Times, TV Guide and Esquire, and has taught at Columbia, Syracuse, Rutgers and the State University College at Buffalo, his alma mater, from which he received the Distinguished Alumni Award and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters.
Fontana has had numerous plays produced in New York, where he lives, and at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Buffalo Studio Arena Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival and McCarter Theatre Company. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Producers Guild of America, the Friars Club, the Players Club, the American Theatre Wing and the Writers Guild of America, East, from which he received the Evelyn F. Burkey Award for lifetime achievement.