PRODUCTION BIOS - FERN FIELD
Fern Field serves as Co-Executive Producer of the USA Network Original Series Monk.
Field began her producing and directing career on the Oscar-nominated live action short subject A Different Approach, which was designed to encourage employment of the handicapped. Featuring numerous celebrities, it won 20 awards, including the IFPA Best Directing Award for Field.
Field went on to produce, write, and direct numerous television projects, including Emmy®-winner The Wave and the Emmy®-nominated special Please Don't Hit Me, Mom, starring Patty Duke and her son, Sean Astin. She also produced the Emmy® and Golden Globe-nominated CBS movie Eleanor, First Lady of the World.
Field co-wrote, produced, and directed the ABC Afterschool Special The Celebrity and the Arcade Kid, which garnered an Emmy® nomination for writing; executive produced the NBC Schoolbreak Special One More Hurdle - The Donna Cheek Story, which won an NAACP Image Award; and executive produced ABC's No Greater Gift, which won a Humanitas Prize, the second for Field. She also produced ABC's Heartsounds, starring James Garner and Mary Tyler Moore, which was honored by the American Medical Association and won Field a Peabody Award.
Field's additional producing credits include the CBS miniseries Kane & Abel, the CBS movie Guilty of Innocence - The Lenell Geter Story, Mario Puzo's The Fortunate Pilgrim miniseries for NBC, and the ABC special The Day My Kid Went Punk, which she wrote, produced, and directed.
Continuing to work on a wide range of projects, Field produced and directed the award-winning documentary on wellness for the California Department of Mental Health Just The Way You Are; directed four short films for Disney's Epcot Educational Media; and wrote and produced the award-winning public service film It's a New Day. She also served as the production executive for Norman Lear's TAT Communications on the classic NBC series The Facts of Life and Joe's World, and was the Assistant to the Executive Producer of Maude, All's Fair, and The Nancy Walker Show.
From 1996 to 2000, Field was Vice President of Original Programming for USA Network and the SCI FI Channel, supervising such original cable hits as La Femme Nikita and Farscape and . Most recently, Field completed a two-year stint as Executive Consultant for Programming and Development for Tribune Entertainment Company, supervising the international co-productions of Beastmaster and Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict.
Field speaks six languages and has supervised productions all over the world. She is a member of the WGA, DGA, PGA, AMPAS, ATAS, and The Caucus, and was president of Women in Film in 1987. In 1982, Field received the Distinguished Service Award from the President for her work with the disabled.
Field is also the author of two books, Letters to My Husband and Food for Thought. She is currently writing her third book, Producers Don't Cry.