Doug Ellin, creator and executive producer of Entourage moved to Hollywood from his native New York in 1990 to become a stand-up comedian. While working the circuit at comedy club mainstays including The Improv and The Comedy Store, Ellin 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. Entourage was a critical and audience hit. Additionally, the series has been nominated for numerous awards, including Golden Globe nominations for Best Television Series, WGA Awards, Emmy Awards, SAG Awards, PGA Awards and DGA Awards.
The Entourage gang will return on the big screen in Summer 2015. The film was written and directed by Ellin.
"It was great. The interest level of the audience was so amazing. Doug was great at making it very personable."- Lecture Chair of University Program Board, New York University
"UC Riverside's event with Doug Ellin last week was flawless. His lecture was insightful and entertaining for the students and we saw a great number of 'Entourage' fans come out to admire Doug on his work with the show."- Director of Film & Lectures, Associated Students Program Board, University of California, Riverside