John Langley, is an American television and film director, writer, and producer who is best-known as the creator and executive producer of the long-running television show Cops, which premiered on FOX in March 1989 and was created by Langley and producing partner Malcolm Barbour; the two founded Barbour/Langley Productions in the 1980s. Prior to that, he was among the reality television pioneers as a producer of various two-hour event specials in syndicated television markets during the 1980s.
Among Langley's credits are American Vice: The Doping of a Nation, featuring three "live" drug busts across the United States during primetime viewing; Who Murdered JFK, an examination of the John F. Kennedy assassination; and Terrorism: Target U.S.A., an early warning of the coming problems with terrorism in the United States as well as across the world. Langley's credits also include various network, cable and syndicated TV shows, including the television series Code 3, Anatomy of Crime, Video Justice, and Street Patrol.
He has also produced various independent films and directed film and documentary film, including Dogwatch, Tiptoes and Wildside. His most notable achievement perhaps is the innovation of the "video verite" signature style of the award-winning Cops television program, which notably influenced TV advertising and news reporting, not to mention other network and syndicated programming. Cops has broken records for primetime network television with over 700 episodes aired (as of 2006).
Langley has won various awards for the Cops television series, including the American Television Award and four Emmy nominations. In addition, his other awards include the Cine Golden Eagle and Houston International Film Festival winner for the documentary Cocaine Blues.
John Langley is currently producing a new series called Inside American Jail for CourtTV with his son Morgan Langley. In an innovative move, the show was also sold to and airs as "Jail" on MyNetworkTV. "Jail" is also an unscripted series following corrections officers as they process suspects through city and county jails. Morgan Langley is credited as co-creator of the new series, which incorporates the video verite style of Cops.
Fox Home Entertainment released Langley's Cops 20th Anniversary DVD on February 19 2008. The 2 disc DVD edition has a wealth of bonus material and footage shot over the past 20 years in a 388 minute extravaganza that includes spoofs and tributes, famous fan favorites, the history of the show and various specials and spinoffs. COPS has been renewed for its 21st broadcast season (2008/2009) on Fox while continuing its national run on syndicated and cable TV.
During the 2008/2009 television season, John Langley was responsible for three hours of prime time television with three separate series: Cops, Jail and Street Patrol. Beginning with the September launch of the new 2008/2009 season, a fourth show was added with "The Tony Rock Project," a reality improv show that incorporates social satire aimed at prejudice and preconception. It is airing on MyNetworkTV as the Langleys' fourth prime-time series, with Morgan Langley credited as a co-creator.==Links==
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