I recently attended a 2 day Media Event at DreamWorks in Sunny California where I got to experience some of the magic behind the scenes of two of their newest projects DinoTrux and Dragons: Race to the Edge. While there I got to spend some time with Executive Producers Art Brown and Douglas Sloan, both with out of this world personalities.
Art Brown began his career writing and co-producing the feature film Best Men, starring Drew Barrymore, Dean Cain, Luke Wilson and Andy Dick, and went to write The Doughboys for Robert Simonds and Universal Studios and Disorderly Conduct, also for Universal. Soon after, Art was brought on by Warner Bros. and Flower Films to write Surrender Dorothy, a planned sequel to the Wizard of Oz. Art has also written and produced a number of family movies, along with his writing and producing partner Douglas Sloan. In 2009, they wrote and served as executive producers on Nickelodeon’s The Boy who Cried Werewolf, starring Brooke Shields and Victoria Justice, which received a Writer’s Guild of America Award nomination and won the Director’s Guild of America award. Brown and Sloan also co-wrote Nicky Deuce, based on the book by Steve Schirripa.
Douglas Sloan produced 300 episodes of the multi-media phenomenon Power Rangers, which he began working on in 1994 as a the series acting coach before becoming its writers, director and executive producer. Sloan also directed 50 episodes of Power Rangers and wrote 150 episodes with his then-writing partner Anne Austen. In 2001, he was also the writer and c0-executive producer of the NBC Saturday-morning series SK8. Sloan has also written and produced some of Disney Channel’s most popular original movies, including Minutemen, Motocrossed, Johnny Tsunami, Johnny Kapahala: back on Board, Starstruck and The Princess Protection Program, which was the fourth highest rated movie in the Disney Channel history and starred Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato.
Sloan has had several of his screenplays produced, including Silk Degrees, Susie Q, Someone to Die For and Children on Their Birthdays. His screenplay Burger Kings is in pre-production. Douglas Sloan has been twice nominated for the WGA award and the Humanitas Prize, and has won each award once.Together, Brown and Sloan became show-runners for DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk and DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk for DreamWorks Animation and Cartoon Network, and continue as executive producers of the all-new Netflix original series Dragons: Race to the Edge.