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John Logan has been nominated for three Academy Awards ("Hugo," "The Aviator," and "Gladiator"). Sam Mendes won an Oscar for directing "American Beauty." While both got their start in the theater, the duo behind Showtime's Sunday premiere of "Penny Dreadful have made a name for themselves as filmmakers. Logan has collaborated with iconic directors like Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, and even penned the screenplay for Clint Eastwood's upcoming adaptation of "Jersey Boys," while Mendes made "Road to Perdition," "Jarhead," and "Skyfall" after winning his Oscar. These two are bonafide filmmakers. Successful filmmakers. And now they're making television.  Thankfully, there's nothing wrong with that anymore. The stigma of downgrading from the big screen to the small has all but vanished in 2014, and there are a few major players we have to thank for that. Below, we've listed the 10 best television shows created, developed, or primarily written by individuals who were filmmakers. »


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