The producer of NBC's Third Watch, John Ridley has written the scripts for feature films such as: Three Kings, Undercover Brother, Cold Around the Heart, Red Tails, a film about the Tuskeegee Airmen released by George Lucas, and the acclaimed Twelve Years a Slave for which John won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and the film won Best Picture. He is the author of seven published novels, including Stray Dogs, which Oliver Stone made into the movie U-Turn in 1997. Collectively, his works have been chosen as editor's picks or "best of the year" by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and the Baltimore Sun.
As a TV personality and political commentator, Ridley, who lives in Los Angeles, has appeared on: NBC's The Today Show, PBS's The News Hour, CBS's Late Show with David Letterman and MSNBC's Morning Joe. He has been a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Esquire magazine, and NPR's Morning Edition, and he is the Founding Editor of That Minority Thing, a nonpartisan news Web site.