Bill O’Dowd founded Dolphin Entertainment in 1996, and it has since become one of the world’s leading production companies specializing in children’s and young adult live-action programming. With offices in Los Angeles, Miami and New York, Dolphin enjoys a solid reputation as an Emmy-nominated producer, international distributor, and financier of quality television, film and digital programming.
To date, Dolphin has produced over 300 hours of original television programming, which have been seen in over 100 countries worldwide. Past television series credits for Mr. O’Dowd and Dolphin Entertainment include serving as Executive Producer of Nickelodeon’s worldwide top-rated series Zoey101 (Primetime Emmy-Award nominated) and Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, as well as Nickelodeon’s first ever musical, Spectacular!, Most recently, Mr. O’Dowd and Dolphin produced the first season of Raising Expectations, a 26-episode family sitcom starring Molly Ringwald and Jason Priestley, for Family Channel Canada. Raising Expectations won the 2017 KidScreen Award for Best New Tween/Teen Series, the global children’s television industry’s highest honor.
Beyond television, Dolphin has been a pioneer in the digital entertainment space with best-in-class talent and content across all major ad-supported online platforms. Dolphin’s digital projects include H+, produced in partnership with prolific director/producer Bryan Singer (“X-Men” franchise) which premiered on YouTube, South Beach, a soap opera set in the music industry which premiered on Hulu, Aim High, a teen series starring Jackson Rathbone (“Twilight”) and Aimee Teegarden (“Friday Night Lights”), which premiered on Facebook and AOL, as well as digital crime thriller, Cybergeddon, from CSI creator Anthony Zuiker and starring Missy Peregrym (“Rookie Blue”) and Olivier Martinez (“Unfaithful”), which premiered on Yahoo!.
Dolphin has also launched a feature films division, Dolphin Films. To complement its position as a leader in family television, this division will produce family films for theatrical release.
Mr. O’Dowd graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, has received a master’s degree in Modern European History from Creighton University, and was named 1st-Team Academic All-American by USA Today while an undergraduate at Creighton. Mr. O’Dowd also serves on the Leadership Council of United Way Worldwide, as well as on the Board of Directors of United Way of Miami-Dade County and United Way of the United Kingdom, as well as the Board of Directors of the Miami-Dade County Public School System Foundation.