X. Dean Lim ( “XDL” ) wrote and directed the pilot First World Problems which premiered at the 2018 SxSW Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Award. The first of many passion projects, FWP was featured in Indiewire (3/18) off a script that scored in the top 5% on The Blacklist (12/17). FWP had its International Premiere at London’s Raindance Film Festival ( 9/18 ).
Dean has directed nearly 1,650 episodes of television. He has worked Special Unit, was hand-picked by Steven Spielberg to compete on Spielberg's director’s show and has done single camera, multi-camera and LIVE TV. He's recently directed Ep 308 of ABC/SONY's The Good Doctor.
Originally from New York, Dean is a former magazine feature writer. He is a comic book-level illustrator and a college-level tennis player - after playing the game for three months, he made it to the finals of the US Open in Paddle Tennis.
He currently lives in Los Angeles.
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