John Harrison began his career directing rock videos and working as 1st Ass't Director for famed horror director, George Romero (Night of the Living Dead/ Creepshow). Harrison wrote and directed multiple episodes of Romero's classic TV series, Tales From The Darkside before helming Tales From the Darkside, The Movie for Producer Richard Rubinstein and Paramount Pictures which won Harrison the Grand Prix du Festival at Avoriaz, France.
Harrison has written and directed episodes of Tales From The Crypt (HBO), Earth 2 (NBC), PROFILER (NBC), and LEVERAGE (TNT). He has written and directed world premier movies for the USA Network and Starz/Encore.
Harrison’s 6 hour miniseries adaptation of Frank Herbert's monumental bestseller, DUNE, which he directed, was an Emmy winning success in the U.S., then internationally both in its broadcast premieres and subsequently in home video.
Harrison’s CHILDREN OF DUNE, another 6 hour mini-series encompassing the next two novels of Frank Herbert's mythic adventure series which he wrote and co-produced, was another EMMY WINNER for the SyFy Channel.
Harrison co-wrote the animated feature, DINOSAUR, for Disney. He also wrote the adaptation of Clive Barker’s fantasy novels, ABARAT, also for Disney.
In the Fall of ’06, Harrison reunited with mentor George Romero to produce Romero’s film DIARY OF THE DEAD.
His action suspense thriller, BLANK SLATE, for producer Dean Devlin, which Harrison wrote and directed, aired as twenty episode micro-series on TNT in the Fall of ’08.
Clive Barker’s BOOK OF BLOOD, which he wrote and directed, was released in 2009.
Between 2010 and 2012, Harrison has continued his relationship with TNT directing episodes of the series LEVERAGE and, most recently, with his adaptation of the Cornell Woolrich story, REAR WINDOW, for Executive Producer Michael Douglas.
Harrison has written screenplays for Robert Zemeckis , Richard Donner, Will Smith and Dean Devlin among others, and he has directed such diverse talent as William Hurt, Julianne Moore, Tim Roth, Annabella Sciorra, Peter Fonda, Debbie Harry, Steve Buscemi, Eric Stoltz and many others.