Tom Fontana has written and produced such ground breaking television series as St. Elsewhere, Homicide: Life On The Street, Oz, The Philanthropist, and Netflix’s Borgia. He has been honored with three Emmy® Awards, four Peabody Awards, three Writers Guild Awards, four Television Critics Association Awards, the Cable Ace Award, the Humanitas Prize, a Special Edgar and the first prize at the Cinema Tout Ecran Festival in Geneva, among others.
Fontana wrote the HBO film Strip Search, directed by Sidney Lumet, and contributed two pieces to the September 11th special America: A Tribute to Heroes. He executive produced American Tragedy for CBS, Shot in the Heart and You Don’t Know Jack for HBO Films, as well as 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 his alma mater the State University College at Buffalo, 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 Theater, 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 both the Evelyn F. Burkey Award and the Richard B. Jablow Award.
Fontana serves on the boards of Stockings with Care, the WGAE Foundation, The NYPD Police Museum, DEAL, The Creative Coalition, The Acting Company, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Center for Creative Voices in Media.