Mark Schwahn

Mark Schwahn

Highest Rated: 64% Coach Carter (2005)

Lowest Rated: 16% The Perfect Score (2004)

Birthday: Jul 05, 1966

Birthplace: Not Available

Born on July 5, 1966 and raised in Pontiac, Massachusetts, Mark Schwahn matriculated at the University of Maryland with a BA in radio, television, and film. Schwahn's first love, in actuality, was music, and in 1990 he headed west to Los Angeles, only to see his bandmates abandon Southern California, leaving him behind with very little in the bank account. Switching his focus to film, he interned with Douglas Wick, writing screenplay coverage for five dollars a day while working on his own screenplays. While volunteering for the 1996 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, he attended a screening of Nicole Holofcener's debut film "Walking and Talking" and struck up a quick conversation with a producer's assistant, who agreed to read one of Schwahn's screenplays. A year later, Schwahn premiered his film "35 Miles from Normal," shot in his hometown, at the very same festival where he once worked for free. With his foot now firmly in the door, Schwahn's next three screenplays went swiftly into production: the James Franco star vehicle "Whatever It Takes" (2000), 2004's "The Perfect Score," a crime comedy starring future Avengers Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans, and the 2005 sports biopic "Coach Carter." While the first two were met with shrugs at the box office and with critics, it was the Samuel L. Jackson starrer "Coach Carter," which dramatized the Richmond High School basketball team's controversial 1999 season, that became his first hit, although it was a few years between the screenplay sale and the film's premiere. A lifelong fan of the sport, Schwahn pitched a second basketball movie to studios, one about two half-brothers vying for dominance on their rural high school team, only to be rejected across town. The story wasn't big enough in scope and too character-focused for film, the studios said, so "Coach Carter" producer Brian Robbins suggested Schwahn repitch it as a television series. "One Tree Hill," as it was now called, premiered on The WB on September 23, 2003 to staggeringly low ratings, the lowest debut of the season, only to see its viewership increase week-by-week against all odds. Starring Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, and Sophia Bush, the show was earnest and heartfelt, building up enough goodwill and fan obsession to last nine full seasons, surviving a network merger (its latter seasons were broadcast on The CW), major cast upheavals, and a bold decision to jump the story forward by four years between seasons four and five. (The financially sound decision to film in Wilmington, North Carolina didn't hurt, either.) Three years after the "One Tree Hill" series finale, Schwahn returned to television with "The Royals" (E! 2015- ) the network's first fully scripted program, about the opulent lives of a fictional British royal family. Schwahn's reign on the series ended in December 2017 when, after an investigation into multiple accusations of sexual harassment, he was let go from the show. The investigation had begun after writer Audrey Wauchope went public with allegations of Schwan's sexual misconduct during her tenure on "One Tree Hill."




64% 85% Coach Carter Screenwriter $67.3M 2005
16% 44% The Perfect Score Screenwriter $10.4M 2004
16% 45% Whatever It Takes Writer,
$8.7M 2000


No Score Yet 81% The Royals Director,
Executive Producer,
No Score Yet 68% One Tree Hill Unknown (Guest Star),
Executive Producer,


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