The Librarians Production Biographies
An acclaimed writer/producer of blockbuster films and highly rated television projects, Dean Devlin serves as chairman and CEO of Electric Entertainment, the full-service film, television and new media production company and studio he founded in May 2001, which also houses Electric Post, the state of the art digital effects and post production facility.
Over the last twenty years, Devlin has co-written and produced some of the most successful feature films of all time. He co-wrote and produced Stargate, Godzilla and Independence Day (which grossed over $800 million worldwide). More recently, under the Electric banner, Devlin produced the World War I action/adventure Flyboys, Eight Legged Freaks, Cellular and the critically acclaimed documentary Who Killed The Electric Car? Just prior to forming Electric Entertainment Devlin produced the Mel Gibson period drama, The Patriot, which was nominated for three Academy Awards.
In television, Devlin Executive Produced Leverage, the action-packed TNT series starring Oscar®-winner Timothy Hutton, which ran for five seasons. Devlin also Executive Produced The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, starring Noah Wyle (ER), which was the highest-rated movie on cable of 2004; its sequel, The Librarian: Return to King Solomon¹s Mines; and the third installment of the franchise, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice, which all aired on TNT. With Bryan Singer also he executive produced the Emmy-winning Sci Fi Channel project The Triangle, the channel’s highest-rated miniseries since Steven Spielberg Presents Taken. Devlin made his directorial debut on the pilot for Leverage, which premiered on December 7, 2008 to critical acclaim and record-breaking numbers. He also directed several episodes throughout each season of the series.
Recognized as a leader in digital entertainment, Devlin created the first movie marketing website in 1994 for the theatrical release of Stargate; commissioned the development of a multi-player Independence Day online game, which was packaged with the 1996 film on DVD; and developed the first webshow in 1997, in partnership with Intel, for the Fox television series The Visitor.
Devlin is currently in production on his feature directorial debut, Geostorm, which he is producing with Skydance Pictures’ David Ellison and Dana Goldberg and his Electric Entertainment team of Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan. He will also be producing a new theatrical trilogy of Stargate for MGM and Warner Bros. as well as an Indepndence Day sequel for Fox.
Raised in the United States, John Rogers moved to Montreal to get his theoretical physics degree and wound up staying. In 1988, he took a comedy writing course at the Comedy Nest in Montreal. Within a year he was invited to perform at the International Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, the largest all-comedy event in the world. At Just For Laughs, a booker for the Melbourne Comedy Festival spotted John and brought him out to Australia as part of three-man show which ran for two months.
Back in North America in 1990, John honed his routine in the competitive Boston comedy scene. Along the way he tended bar, slept in his car and on couches, and co-wrote a comedy show on a Boston Top 10 radio station.
After another four years of touring—headlining clubs in both Canada and the U.S., performing at over two hundred colleges and special corporate shows—John appeared in the Just For Laughs Showtime Special, and signed a six episode sitcom development deal with CBS where he starred in the CBS/Touchstone Television pilot In the Mood. As a stand-up, Rogers has starred in two solo network comedy specials, has received three Gemini-Award nominations and has been hailed by The Montreal Gazette as “one of the funniest people on the planet.”
When Rogers’ pilot was somehow left off of CBS’ fall schedule, it was not long before John found himself in the employ of CBS once again—this time as a writer on the series Cosby where John moved from staff writer to producer in three years.
On leaving Cosby, John spent a decade working on television and film projects. In television, he created the Sony animated series Jackie Chan Adventures with Jackie Chan, which became a runaway hit on the Kids WB, airing 99 episodes. Most recently, he created and ran Leverage, which ran for 5 seasons and won a People’s Choice Award for its fifth and final season. In film, John worked on over 15 projects, including the original screenplay for 2007’s Transformers.
In 2010, he created the digital content company Thrillbent with Eisner-award-winning comic book writer Mark Waid in order to develop creator-owned content for graphic novels, film, and television.
Currently, with his new production company, Kung Fu Monkey Productions, John has television shows in development with Dreamworks, The Jim Henson Company, and Oscar-award-winning production company Weta.
As a founding partner of Electric Entertainment, Marc Roskin has been a driving force behind the company’s award winning television and feature film production. Since opening Electric’s doors with Dean Devlin in 2001, Marc has developed and produced each of the company’s features including critically acclaimed Who Killed the Electric Car, Flyboys, and Cellular.
In Electric’s television division, Marc helped create and executive produce 2004’s highest rated cable movie, The Librarian, as well as its two sequels. He also helmed 5 seasons of TNT’s series Leverage as executive producer and directed over 20 episodes of the People’s Choice Award Winning drama. In addition, he has executive produced the Sci-Fi Channel’s six hour mini series, The Triangle, TNT’s micro series, Blank Slate, and independently directed episodes of Covert Affairs, Burn Notice, Common Law, Dallas, The Glades, Killer Women, and Graceland.
Prior to founding Electric, Marc was Senior Vice President at Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin’s production company, Centropolis Entertainment. There, Marc was instrumental in the development and production of films such as Godzilla, The Patriot, Eight Legged Freaks, and The Thirteenth Floor.
Currently, Marc has recently completed production of the first season of The Librarian tv series for TNT, which he directed and produced. He is now in preproduction for Warner Brothers’ epic global disaster film, Geostorm on which he will direct Second Unit and produce.