I’m a Gen-X’er from New England, so this is the dreadfully ultra-cringey part where I prattle about myself in the third person like some preening LinkedIn narcissist…
John A. Wooden has been a prolific producer and writer of hit digital entertainment for two decades, helming mass pop culture and indie alternative brands alike, and winning dozens of major accolades including one Primetime Emmy, nine Webbys, two Silver Tellys, and 2 SXSW Interactive Awards.
As Executive Producer of Conan O’Brien’s “Team Coco,” he propelled a legacy TV talk show in the crowded late night space into a vibrant multi-platform brand consistently ranked #1 in Variety’s Cable Digital Audience Ratings, earning six Emmy nominations in the process.
Wooden also served as Director of Digital Programming for Turner Broadcasting, developing new brands and content for cable networks TBS, HLN and TruTV. Previously, he produced several hit online properties including JOKES.COM (subsequently acquired by Comedy Central TV) and MAXIM.COM.
As the founder and Executive Producer of the notorious political satire site WHITEHOUSE.ORG, Wooden earned a spot on Vanity Fair magazine’s “In” list, among other critical acclaim—and sparked a First Amendment legal battle with Vice President Dick Cheney. His spinoff book was published by Penguin USA, and theatrical off-Broadway production declared “a minor triumph” by the New York Times.
Wooden’s early webzine Chickenhead.com was lauded by SXSW and the HBO Comedy Arts Festival as “Best of the Web,” and was optioned for television by James Schamus’ legendary Good Machine Productions.
Wooden began his career working at marketing and advertising agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi and J. Walter Thompson, producing high-profile digital campaigns for brands including Sony Electronics, National Geographic, Microsoft and American Express.
An alumnus of Brown University, Wooden originally hails from the Socialist Kingdom of Vermont. He lives in Studio City, California with his wife, two children, and a rapidly vanishing collection of screens.