Senior Vice President, Movies, Miniseries and Acquisitions,
ABC Entertainment Group
Quinn Taylor was named senior vice president, Movies, Miniseries and Acquisitions, ABC Entertainment Group, in June 2009. In this capacity he oversees all made-for-TV movies, miniseries and acquisitions for the ABC Entertainment Group. Prior to his Group title, Mr. Taylor had been senior vice president, Movies and Miniseries, ABC Entertainment, since 2002. He has been in ABC's telefilm department since 1996.
Mr. Taylor's most recent credits include the series "Combat Hospital" and "Rookie Blue," now in its second season, and the critically acclaimed movie "A Raisin in the Sun," in which media mogul Sean Combs recreated his role and starred alongside the cast of the award-winning Broadway revival, which aired in 2008. Prior to that, "The Path to 9/11," an adaptation of the 9/11 Commission Report starring Harvey Keitel, Patricia Heaton, Donnie Wahlberg, Frank John Hughes and Dan Lauria, aired in 2006. The two-night miniseries, supported by Governor Thomas Kean ran commercial free.
In July 2006, three projects delivered by Mr. Taylor for the 2005-06 season were recognized with nominations for the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards -- "Stephen King's Desperation," Robert Halmi Sr.'s miniseries "The Ten Commandments," and "Once Upon a Mattress," the fractured telling of the classic fairytale, "The Princess and the Pea." During the 2004-05 season, he oversaw the adaptation of "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" by bestselling author Mitch Albom, which starred Jon Voigt, Ellen Burstyn, Jeff Daniels and Michael Imperioli. After a four-year hiatus, he brought back Oprah Winfrey's telefilm franchise with "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Their Eyes Were Watching God," starring Academy Award winner Halle Berry in an adaptation of the classic novel by Zora Neal Hurston. As part of ABC's "Wonderful World of Disney," he spearheaded the development and production on the six-hour miniseries, "Little House on the Prairie," a true return to the books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
During his tenure at ABC, Mr. Taylor has brought audiences the hit lavish remake of the musical "Meredith Willson's The Music Man," starring Matthew Broderick, and "Dreamkeeper," the visually rich miniseries depicting Native American mythology. In his role overseeing the "Wonderful World of Disney" franchise, he brought the classic children's books, Eloise, to the screen for the first time in "Eloise at the Plaza" and "Eloise at Christmastime," both starring the legendary Julie Andrews.
Mr. Taylor has also served as executive on such projects as "Anne Frank," winner of a Peabody Award and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries. The critically acclaimed production was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards and seen by more than 14 million viewers. He was the network executive on the miniseries "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows," winner of five Emmy Awards and the highest rated miniseries of the 2000-01 season. He was also the executive on the telefilms "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Amy and Isabelle" and "Brian's Song" in 2002.
Throughout his career at ABC, Mr. Taylor has served as executive on the highly successful miniseries from the master of horror, Stephen King, including 2002's "Stephen King's Rose Red." He also served as the network's executive on Mr. King's first dramatic series for ABC, "Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital."
Mr. Taylor was born and raised in Mt. Ida, Arkansas. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics from the University of Arkansas.