Emmy-nominated writer and director Tony Phelan (“Grey’s Anatomy”, “Doubt”), creator and executive producer of “Council of Dads” on NBC, discusses his journey from Yale to Hollywood and shares insights for aspiring artists looking to break into Hollywood as well as those hoping to move to the next level in their own careers in entertainment. He also talks about creating a TV show, from development and casting to release.
The chat is moderated by Yale in Hollywood Vice President Jeff Locker.
After joining “Grey’s Anatomy” as a writing team at the start of season 2, Phelan and wife, Joan Rater, rose through the ranks and co-ran the show alongside creator Shonda Rhimes for seasons 7 through 10. For their work on “Grey’s Anatomy,” they earned a WGA Award for Best New Series in Television in 2005 and were nominated for two Emmy Awards in 2006 and 2007, both for “Outstanding Drama Series.”
Since 2016, Phelan and Rater have been developing and running their own shows, including “Doubt” for CBS, and their newest series, “Council of Dads,” which premiered on NBC in March.
The husband and wife team enjoyed a successful Off-Broadway run with their stage play “GOOD WILL” at The Director’s Company in 1998. The New York Times gave it a rave review, hailing it as “touching and thought-provoking.”
Phelan is an alum of Yale. He lives in Pasadena, California, with Joan, daughter Sally, and their dogs, Reggie and Lola.