Douglas Wellman was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and raised in the suburb of Brooklyn Center. After studying Broadcast Speech at the University of Minnesota, he worked as a director at television stations KSTP-TV and KTCA-TV in the Twin Cities before moving to Los Angeles. There he became the production manager of the sitcoms “The Facts of Life,” “Gimme a Break,” “Diff’rent Strokes” and several pilots. Over the next thirty years he produced and directed numerous television specials and series including the “Fox Network Launch” the Emmy Awards red carpet show, also for Fox, and over 900 episodes of standup comedy shows including, “Comic Strip Live,” “An Evening at the Improv,” “Comedy on the Road,” “Girls’ Night Out,” and several Showtime specials.
In 1997, while continuing to produce comedy specials, he joined the staff of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts to help create Trojan Vision, a student television station. He was soon asked to teach situation comedy production, and in a few years became the Assistant Dean of the school. He remained at USC for sixteen years.
While working at USC, Wellman earned a degree in theology and worked with homeless people on skid row as well is in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles. After retiring from USC, he moved to Southern Utah with his wife, Deborah, participated in a volunteer ministry to prison inmates, and taught The Business of Film, a motion picture production class at Dixie State University. He is currently a chaplain at Dixie Regional Medical Center.
Wellman is the author of two editions of “Boxes: The Secret Life of Howard Hughes,” with Mark Musick, “Five Minutes, Mr. Byner!” with John Byner, and “Surviving Hiroshima: A Young Woman’s Story” with Anthony Drago.