In 1985 he became a Director of Drama Development at Columbia Pictures, after which he moved over to ABC Television as a programming executive, becoming involved in such programmes as Twin Peaks, Thirtysomething and China Beach.
In 1991 he joined Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, where he quickly became Vice President of Amblin Television, overseeing the production of seaQuest DSV, Earth 2 and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.
It was while he was at Amblin that he first gained control over the creation of a new series of Doctor Who, working in conjunction with fellow English expatriate Peter Wagg (Producer of Max Headroom) to create the early drafts of what eventually became the Doctor Who television movie in 1996.
A fan since the age of five, when Doctor Who first began in 1963, it had long been his dream to produce his own version. While still wishing to juggle the needs of the various parties, his love of the programme still informed such decisions as the casting of a British actor as the Doctor, Liverpudlian actor Paul McGann. It was also ultimately his decision to bring back Sylvester McCoy as the seventh incarnation.
Segal won the best director of a short film award from the NY International Film & Video Festival in 2000 for his short story The Other Side of Monday. Other directing credits include: Multiple episodes of Mutant X and Andromeda for the Tribune Action Hours, and the feature film Hobbs End which he also co-wrote with Eric Truheart.
Philip Segal is currently President of Original Productions the creators of Deadliest Catch and Monster Garage for Discovery Channel - after a brief stint at Bunim-Murray Productions as Executive Vice-President - Segal joined Original in May '06. His most recent credits include Ice Road Truckers for The History Channel, Resolutionaries for TLC and Ocean Force for Court TV.
Segal catches Original post.(Original Productions promotes Philip Segal, Tom McMahon and Jeff Conroy)(Brief article)
May 01, 2007; Original Prods. has upped Philip Segal to prexy of entertainment in one of a trio of promotions at the reality shingle behind...