TV - Creators, Showrunners & Writers

by roland_lmt | created - 27 Jul 2018 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

chronological list of those creating the best of the small screen.

1. William Shakespeare

Writer | M the Movie

William Shakespeare's birthdate is assumed from his baptism on April 25. His father John was the son of a farmer who became a successful tradesman; his mother Mary Arden was gentry. He studied Latin works at Stratford Grammar School, leaving at about age 15. About this time his father suffered an ...

1564-1616 (UK England) 124+ credits (1937-now) ... The Black Adder (wrote 6 eps, 1983-1983) Moonlighting (wrote 1 ep, 1986) Doctors (wrote 10 eps, 2012-2016) Great Performances (wrote 8 eps, 1974-2010) Masterpiece Classic (wrote 2 eps, 1998-2001) BBC Play of the Month (wrote 8 eps, 1967-1975) Romeo x Juliet (wrote 24 eps, 2007-2007) The Sonnet Projects (wrote 130 eps, 2013-2018) King Lear (wrote 6 eps, 1974-1974) The Wars of the Roses (wrote 11 eps, 1965-1970) Hamlet (wrote 10 eps, 1961-1961) MacBeth (wrote 5 eps, 1970-1970) Julius Caesar (wrote 4 eps, 1960-1960) Shakespeare Republic (wrote 19 eps, 2015-2017) Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (12 eps, 1992-1994) The Spread of the Eagle (wrote 9 eps, 1963-1963) An Age of Kings (wrote 15 eps, 1960-1960) The Life and Death of Sir John Falstaff (wrote 7 eps, 1959-1959) BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (wrote 29 eps, 1950-1958) Whatever Next? (wrote 9 eps, 1970-1970) Studio One in Hollywood (wrote 6 eps, 1949-1955) Kraft Theatre (wrote 3 eps, 1949-1954) Omnibus (wrote 3 eps, 1953-1955) Shakespeare on TV (1953) The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (wrote 4 eps, 1949-1953) Theatre Parade (wrote 2 eps, 1937-1937) ... also wrote stories and plays turned into more than 1,000 films.

2. Rod Serling

Writer | The Twilight Zone

John Phillips is the name used by longtime television and film writer Rod Serling when he asked that his real name be removed as the writer of the pilot episode of the series "The New People" in 1969. While Serling's name remained as series developer, he was sufficiently annoyed with ABC- TV's ...

PLAYHOUSE 90 (wrote 11 eps 1956-1960) + The TWILIGHT ZONE (creator, wrote 92 eps 1959-1964) + The LONER (creator, wrote 15 eps 1965-1966) + The NEW PEOPLE (developed, wrote pilot 1969-1970) + NIGHT GALLERY (creator, wrote 27 eps 1970-1973), The TWILIGHT ZONE (creator, 1985-1989) + The TWILIGHT ZONE (creator, 2002-2003). ***9 Emmy nominations (6 wins)*** Also wrote films PATTERNS (1956) + The RACK (1956) + BLOOD MONEY (1957) + SADDLE the WIND (1958) + REQUIEM for a HEAVYWEIGHT (1962) + The YELLOW CANARY (1963) + SEVEN DAYS in MAY (1964) + The MOVIE MAKER (1964) + CAROL for ANOTHER CHRISTMAS (1964) + ASSAULT on a QUEEN (1966) + The DOOMSDAY FLIGHT (1966) + PLANET of the APES (1968) + CERTAIN HONORABLE MEN (1968) + A STORM in SUMMER (1970) + The MAN (1972) + TIME TRAVELERS (1976) + The SALAMANDER (1981).

3. Roy Huggins

Writer | The Fugitive

Roy Huggins was born on July 18, 1914 in Litelle, Washington, USA as Roy Marshall Huggins. He was a writer and producer, known for The Fugitive (1993), U.S. Marshals (1998) and Maverick (1994). He was married to Adele Mara and Bonnie Marie Porter. He died on April 3, 2002 in Santa Monica, ...

CHEYENNE (developed, wrote 5 eps 1956-1956) + MAVERICK (creator, wrote 8 eps 1957-1959) + The VIRGINIAN (co-creator, wrote 7 eps 1962-1963) + The FUGITIVE (creator, 1963-1967) + RUN for YOUR LIFE (creator, wrote 35 eps 1965-1968) + The OUTSIDER (creator, 1968-1969) + The BOLD ONES: The LAWYERS (co-creator, wrote 10 eps 1969-1972) + ALIAS SMITH and JONES (xp, wrote 48 eps 1971-1973) + TOMA (xp, wrote all 10 eps 1973-1974) + The ROCKFORD FILES (creator, wrote 16 eps 1974-1980) + CITY of ANGELS (co-creator, wrote 9 eps 1976-1976) + HUNTER (xp, wrote 11 eps 1986-1988) + The FUGITIVE (created characters, 2000-2001). ***2 Emmy nominations*** Also wrote films I LOVE TROUBLE (1948) + The LADY GAMBLES (1949) + TOO LATE for TEARS (1949) + WOMAN in HIDING (1950) + STATE SECRET (1950) + SEALED CARGO (1951) + PUSHOVER (1954) + GIRL on the RUN (1958) + A FEVER in the BLOOD (1961) + The SOUND of ANGER (1968) + The YOUNG COUNTRY (1970) + The FUGITIVE (created characters, 1993) + MAVERICK (created characters, 1994) + U.S. MARSHALS (created characters, 1998).

4. Ray Bradbury

Writer | Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury was an American science fiction writer whose works were translated in more than 40 languages and sold millions of copies around the world. Although he created a world of new technical and intellectual ideas, he never obtained a driver's license and had never driven a car.

He was born ...

ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS (wrote 5 eps 1956-1962) + The MARTIAN CHRONICLES (wrote novel, 1980-1980) + The TWILIGHT ZONE (wrote 2 eps 1985-1986) + The RAY BRADBURY THEATRE (xp, wrote 60 eps 1985-1992). ***1 Emmy nomination (1 win)*** Also wrote films IT CAME from OUTER SPACE (1953) + MOBY DICK (1956) + FAHRENHEIT 451 (1966) + The ILLUSTRATED MAN (1969) + The PICASSO SUMMER (1969) + SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (1983) + WALKING on AIR (1987) + VELD (1987) + DOMINUS (1990) + The HALLOWEEN TREE (1993) + The WONDERFUL ICE CREAM SUIT (1998) + A SOUND of THUNDER (2005) + CHRYSALIS (2008) + FAHRENHEIT 451 (2018).

5. Terry Nation

Writer | Doctor Who

Before becoming a film scriptwriter, Terry Nation was a prolific writer of UK television scripts in both the action and science fiction genres. His scripts are noted for their depth, i.e. they usually have many sub-plots as well as the main plot. As a writer on the BBC's Doctor Who (1963) series, ...

The TED RAY SHOW (wrote 8 eps 1958-1959) + HI, SUMMER! (wrote 14 eps 1959-1959) + The JIMMY LOGAN SHOW (wrote 8 eps 1959-1960) + DOCTOR WHO (wrote 52 eps + created character Dalek for 18 eps 1963-1979) + The SAINT (wrote 14 eps 1964-1968) + The BARON (wrote 17 eps 1966-1967) + The AVENGERS (wrote 6 epos 1968-1969) + The PERSUADERS! (ap, wrote 7 eps 1971-1972) + SURVIVORS (creator, wrote 7 eps 1975-1977) + BLAKE'S 7 (creator, wrote 19 eps 1978-1981) + MacGYVER (p, wrote 3 eps 1985-1985) + DOCTOR WHO (created character Dalek, 23 eps 2005-now) + SURVIVORS (based on his novel+series, 2008-2010). Also wrote films WHAT a WHOPPER (1961) + DR. WHO and the DALEKS (1965) + The MAN in a LOOKING GLASS (1965) + DALEKS' INVASION EARTH 2150 A.D. (1966) + AND SOON the DARKNESS (1970) + The HOUSE in NIGHTMARE PARK (1973) + LONDON CONSPIRACY (1974) + A MASTERPIECE of MURDER (1986).

6. Norman Lear

Writer | All in the Family

Norman Lear is a World War II veteran, actor, writer, producer, director, and creator of such legendary sitcoms that defined and revolutionized American television.

Norman Milton Lear was born in New Haven, Connecticut, to Enie/Jeanette (Sokolovsky) and Hyman "Herman" Lear, a traveling salesman. His...

The DEPUTY (co-creator, wrote pilot 1959-1961) + ALL in the FAMILY (developed, wrote 13 eps 1971-1979) + SANFORD and SON (developed, 1972-1977) + MAUDE (creator, 1972-1978) + GOOD TIMES (developed, 1974-1979) + The JEFFERSONS (developed, 1975-1985) + ONE DAY at a TIME (developed, 1975-1984) + MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN (developed, 1976-1977) + FERNWOOD TONIGHT (created, wrote 32 eps 1977-197) + SANFORD ARMS (developed, 1977-1977) + AMERICA TONIGHT (creator, 1978-1978) + a.k.a. PABLO (creator, wrote pilot 1984-1984). ***15 Emmy nominations (3 wins)*** Also wrote films COME BLOW YOUR HORN (1963) + DIVORCE AMERICAN STYLE (1967) + The NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY'S (1968) + COLD TURKEY (1971) + The LITTLE RASCALS (1977). ***1 Oscar nomination***

7. Sydney Newman

Writer | The Avengers

Sydney Newman was born on April 1, 1917 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Sydney Cecil Newman. He was a writer and producer, known for The Avengers (1998), The Avengers (1961) and Police Surgeon (1960). He was married to Elizabeth McRae. He died on October 30, 1997 in Toronto.

POLICE SURGEON (creator, 1960-1960) + The AVENGERS (creator, 1961-1969) + DOCTOR WHO (creator, 1963-1989) + The WEDNESDAY PLAY (creator, 1964-1970).

8. D.C. Fontana

Writer | Star Trek: The Next Generation

D.C. Fontana was born on March 25, 1939 in Sussex, New Jersey, USA as Dorothy Catherine Fontana. She is known for her work on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Star Trek (1966) and Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II (2004).

The TALL MAN (wrote 4 eps 1960-1961) + STAR TREK (wrote 11 eps 1966-1969) + STAR TREK: The ANIMATED SERIES (ap, wrote 1 ep 1973-1974) + LOGAN'S RUN (se, wrote 3 eps 1977-1978) + STAR TREK: The NEXT GENERATION (ap, wrote 5 eps 1987-1988).

9. Garry Marshall

Director | Pretty Woman

Garry Marshall was born on November 13, 1934 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Garry Kent Maschiarelli. He was a writer and producer, known for Pretty Woman (1990), The Princess Diaries (2001) and Happy Days (1974). He was married to Barbara Marshall. He died on July 19, 2016 in Los ...

The JOEY BISHOP SHOW (wrote 12 eps 1962-1965) + The LUCY SHOW (wrote 11 eps 1964-1966) + The DICK VAN DYKE SHOW (wrote 18 eps 1964-1966) + HEY, LANDLORD (created, 1966-1967) + LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE (wrote 19 eps 1969-1972) + ME and the CHIMP (creator, 1972-1972) + The BRIAN KEITH Show (creator, 1972-1974) + The ODD COUPLE (developed, wrote 7 eps 1970-1975) + HAPPY DAYS (co-creator, wrote 2 eps 1974-1984) + LAVERNE & SHIRLEY (co-creator, 1976-1983) + BLANSKY'S BEAUTIES (creator, 1977-1977) + MORK & MINDY (creator, 1978-1982) + ANGIE (creator, 1979-1980) + The FONZ and the HAPPY DAYS GANG (creator, 1980-1981) + JOANIE LOVES CHACHI (co-creator, 1982-1983) + The NEW ODD COUPLE (developed, 1982-1983). ***5 Emmy nominations*** Also wrote films HOW SWEET IT IS! (1968) + The GRASSHOPPER (1970) + The FLAMINGO KID (1984) + NOTHING in COMMON (1986) + The OTHER SISTER (1999) + MOTHER'S DAY (2016). *1 BAFTA nomination*

10. Sidney Sheldon

Writer | I Dream of Jeannie

Sheldon was born in Chicago on February 17, 1917. He began writing as a youngster and at the age of ten he made his first sale of a poem for $10. During the Depression, he worked at a variety of jobs and while attending Northwestern University he contributed short plays to drama groups.

At seventeen...

The PATTY DUKE Show (creator, wrote 57 eps 1963-1966), I DREAM of JEANNIE (creator, wrote 55 eps 1965-1970), HART to HART (creator, wrote pilot 1979-1984). ***1 Emmy nomination*** Also wrote films SOUTH of PANAMA (1941) + The BACHELOR and the BOBBY-SOXER (1947) + EASTER PARADE (1948) + ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (1950) + JUST THIS ONCE (1952) + REMAINS to BE SEEN (1953) + DREAM WIFE (1953) + YOU'RE NEVER TOO YOUNG (1955) + ANYTHING GOES (1956) + ALL in a NIGHT'S WORK (1961) + SHADOW on the LAND (1968) + The OTHER SIDE of MIDNIGHT (1977) + BLOODLINE (1979) + RAGE of ANGELS (1983) + The NAKED FACE (1984) + The SANDS of TIME (1992) + SHERIFF'S STAR (1992) + A STRANGER in the MIRROR (1993) + NOTHING LASTS FOREVER (1995). ***1 Oscar nomination (1 win)***

11. Harlan Ellison

Writer | The Twilight Zone

Author Harlan Ellison was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Serita (Rosenthal) and Louis Laverne Ellison. He had an older sister, Beverly. Harlan was married five times. He lived in Sherman Oaks at "Ellison Wonderland". He had the same address and phone number for decades, was a non-smoker and ...

BURKE'S LAW (wrote 4 eps 1963-1964) + The OUTER LIMITS (wrote 2 eps 1964-1964) + The ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR (wrote 1 ep 1964) + The MAN from U.N.C.L.E. (wrote 2 eps 1966-1967) + STAR TREK (wrote 1 ep 1967) + The STARLOST (creator, wrote pilot 1973-1974) + LOGAN'S RUN (wrote 1 ep 1977) + TALES from the DARKSIDE (wrote 1 ep 1985) + The TWILIGHT ZONE (wrote 5 eps 1985-1989) + The OUTER LIMITS (wrote 2 eps 1999-2002) + MASTERS of SCIENCE FICTION (wrote 1 ep 2007). Also wrote films The OSCAR (1966) + A BOY and HIS DOG (1975).

12. Michael Gleason

Writer | McCloud

Father, with Lynne Randall, of daughter Courtney Lynne Gleason.

PEYTON PLACE (wrote 132 eps 1965-1968) + The SURVIVORS (co-creator, wrote 13 eps 1969-1970) + McCLOUD (sp, wrote 4 eps 1972-1974) + SARA (developed, 1976-1976) + RICH MAN, POOR MAN - BOOK II (xp, wrote 5 eps 1977-1977) + SWORD of JUSTICE (co-creator, wrote pilot 1978-1979) + REMINGTON STEELE (creator, wrote 16 eps 1982-1987). ***2 Emmy nominations***

13. Gene Roddenberry

Writer | Star Trek

Gene Roddenberry was born on August 19, 1921 in El Paso, Texas, USA as Eugene Wesley Roddenberry. He was a writer and producer, known for Star Trek (1966), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). He was married to Majel Barrett and Eileen Anita Rexroat. He ...

STAR TREK (creator, wrote 12 eps 1966-1969) + STAR TREK: The ANIMATED Series (creator, 1973-1974) + STAR TREK: The NEXT GENERATION (creator, wrote 3 eps 1987-1994) + EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT (creator, wrote pilot ep 1997-2002) + ANDROMEDA (creator, 2000-2005). ***2 Emmy nominations*** Also wrote films POLICE STORY (1967) + PRETTY MAIDS ALL in a ROW (1971) + GENESIS II (1973) + The QUESTOR TAPES (1974) + PLANET EARTH (1974).

14. Gerry Davis

Writer | The Final Countdown

British author, notably of science fiction teleplays, a former journalist and merchant seaman. Davis had a grounding in opera and had worked as a cinema translator in Italy. His first professional output as a writer was for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In 1965, he was employed as story ...

UNITED! (creator, wrote 12 eps 1966-1966) + DOCTOR WHO (se, wrote 15 eps 1966-1967) + DOOMWATCH (co-creator, wrote 17 eps 1970-1972) + DOCTOR WHO: REAL TIME (co-created characters Cybermen in all 6 eps 2002-2002) + DOCTOR WHO (co-created characters Cybermen in 17 eps 2006-now).

15. Kit Pedler

Writer | Doctor Who

Dr. Christopher "Kit" Pedler was a doctor of medicine, specializing both in diseases of the eye and in the new branch of artificial limbs and organs. In 1966, he was approached by Doctor Who (1963)'s then story editor, Gerry Davis, to help with the scientific problems in a Who script (working title...

DOCTOR WHO (wrote 30 eps 1966-1968) + DOOMWATCH (co-creator, wrote 3 eps 1970-1972) + DOCTOR WHO: REAL TIME (co-created characters Cybermen, in all 6 eps 2002-2002) + DOCTOR WHO (co-created characters Cybermen, in 17 eps 2006-now).

16. Glen A. Larson

Writer | McCloud

Born on January 3, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, Glen A. Larson was the man behind some of the world's best-known prime-time television series. His highly successful productions (successful both financially and popularly, less often critically) include Knight Rider (1982), The Fall Guy (1981), ...

IT TAKES a THIEF (p, wrote 19 eps 1968-1970) + McCLOUD (xp, wrote 11 eps 1970-1977) + ALIAS SMITH and JONES (creator, 1971-1973) + GET CHRISTIE LOVE! (xp, wrote 2 eps 1975-1975) + SWITCH (creator, wrote 5 eps 1975-1978) + QUINCY M.E. (creator, wrote 4 eps 1976-1983) + The HARDY BOYS / NANCY DREW MYSTERIES (developed, wrote 12 eps 1977-1978) + BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (creator, wrote 14 eps 1978-1979) + SWORD of JUSTICE (creator, wrote pilot 1978-1979) + BUCK ROGERS in the 25th CENTURY (developed, wrote pilot 1979-1981) + The MISADVENTURES of SHERIFF LOBO (creator, wrote 12 eps 1979-1981) + B.J. and the BEAR (creator, wrote 14 eps 1979-1981) + GALACTICA 1980 (creator, wrote 9 eps 1980-1980) + MAGNUM, P.I. (co-creator, wrote 2 eps 1980-1988) + The FALL GUY (creator, wrote 10 eps 1981-1983) + KNIGHT RIDER (creator, wrote 4 eps 1982-1986) + MANIMAL (creator, wrote 2 eps 1983-1983) + AUTOMAN (creator, wrote 2 eps 1983-1984) + COVER UP (creator, wrote 2 eps 1984-1985) + HALF NELSON (creator, wrote pilot 1985-1985) + The HIGHWAYMAN (co-creator, wrote 6 eps 1987-1987) + P.S.I. LUV U (creator, wrote 4 eps 1991-1992) + ONE WEST WAIKIKI (creator, 1994-1996) + NIGHTMAN (creator, wrote 6 eps 1997-1999). ***3 Emmy nominations***

17. Steven Bochco

Writer | Hill Street Blues

Attended Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie-Mellon U) as a playwriting major. Barbara Bosson, Michael Tucker, Bruce Weitz and Charles Haid were classmates; he and Tucker drove cross-country to Hollywood for full-time jobs at Universal, where Bochco would remain for 12 years. In 1978, he moved to MTM ...

The BOLD ONES: The NEW DOCTORS (co-creator, 1969-1973) + COLUMBO (wrote 7 eps 1971-1990) + The INVISIBLE MAN (developed, wrote 4 eps 1975-1976) + GEMINI MAN (creator, 1976) + DELVECCHIO (cp, wrote 4 eps 1976-1977) + RICHIE BROCKELMAN, PRIVATE EYE (creator, wrote 2 eps 1978-1979) + PARIS (creator, wrote 3 eps 1979-1980) + HILL STREET BLUES (creator, wrote 24 eps 1981-1987) + BAY CITY BLUES (creator, wrote pilot 1983-1984) + L.A. LAW (creator, wrote 25 eps 1986-1994) + HOOPERMAN (creator, wrote 11 eps 1987-1989) + DOOGIE HOWSER, M.D. (co-creator, wrote 2 eps 1989-1993) + COP ROCK (creator, wrote all 11 eps 1990-1990) + CIVIL WARS (creator, wrote pilot 1991-1993) + CAPITOL CRITTERS (creator, 1992-1995) + NYPD BLUE (creator, wrote 32 eps 1993-2005) + MURDER ONE (creator, wrote 25 eps 1995-1997) + PUBLIC MORALS (creator, 1996-1996) + TOTAL SECURITY (creator, 1997-1997) + BROOKLYN SOUTH (creator, wrote 10 eps 1997-1998) + CITY of ANGELS (creator, wrote 3 eps 2000-2000) + PHILLY (creator, wrote 14 eps 2001-2002) + BLIND JUSTICE (creator, wrote pilot 2005-2005) + OVER THERE (creator, wrote pilot 2005-2005) + COMMANDER in CHIEF (ep, wrote 5 eps 2005-2006) + RAISING the BAR (creator, wrote pilot 2008-2009) + MURDER in the FIRST (creator, wrote 11 eps 2014-2016). ***34 Emmy nominations (10 wins)*** Also wrote films The COUNTERFEIT KILLER (1968) + SILENT RUNNING (1972) + LIEUTENANT SCHUSTER'S WIFE (1972).

18. James L. Brooks

Writer | Broadcast News

James L. Brooks was born on May 9, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as James Lawrence Brooks. He is a writer and producer, known for Broadcast News (1987), As Good as It Gets (1997) and Terms of Endearment (1983). He was previously married to Holly Holmberg Brooks and Marianne Catherine Morrissey.

ROOM 222 (creator, wrote pilot 1969-1974) + The MARY TYLER MOORE Show (creator, wrote 6 eps 1970-1977) + RHODA (creator, wrote 2 eps 1974-1978) + PAUL SAND in FRIENDS and LOVERS (creator, wrote pilot 1974-1975) + PHYLLIS (created character, 1975-1977) + LOU GRANT (creator, 1977-1982) + TAXI (creator, wrote pilot 1978-1983) + The ASSOCIATES (creator, 1979-1980) + The TRACY ULLMAN Show (creator, wrote 5 eps 1987-1990) + The SIMPSONS (co-developed, 1989-now). ***55 Emmy nominations (20 wins)*** also wrote films THURSDAY'S GAME (1974) + CINDY (1978) + STARTING OVER (1979) + TERMS of ENDEARMENT (1983) + BROADCAST NEWS (1987) + I'LL DO ANYTHING (1994) + AS GOOD as IT GETS (1997) + SPANGLISH (2004) + The SIMPSONS MOVIE (2007) + HOW DO YOU KNOW (2010). ***8 OSCAR nominations (3 win)***

19. Michael Crichton

Writer | Jurassic Park

Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Roslyn, New York. His father was a journalist and encouraged him to write and to type. Michael gave up studying English at Harvard University, having become disillusioned with the teaching standards--the final straw came when he ...

INSIGHT (wrote 3 eps 1971-1974) + BEYOND WESTWORLD (creator, 1980-1980) + ER (creator, wrote pilot 1994-2009) + The ANDROMEDA STRAIN (novel, 2008-2008) + WESTWORLD (film, 2016-now). ***8 Emmy nominations (1 win)*** Also wrote films The ANDROMEDA STRAIN (1971) + The CAREY TREATMENT (1972) + PURSUIT (novel, 1972) + EXTREME CLOSE-UP (1973) + WESTWORLD (1973) + The TERMINAL MAN (1974) + COMA (1978) + The GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY (1978) + LOOKER (1981) + RUNAWAY (1984) + JURASSIC PARK (1993) + RISING SUN (1993) + DISCLOSURE (1994) + CONGO (1995) + TWISTER (1996) + The LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK (1997) + SPHERE (1998) + The 13th WARRIOR (1999) + JURASSIC PARK III (characters, 2001) + TIMELINE (2003) + JURASSIC WORLD (characters, 2015) + JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (characters, 2018). ***1 Oscar win***

20. H.P. Lovecraft

Writer | Re-Animator

Born in Providence, Lovecraft was a sickly child whose parents died insane. When he was 16, he wrote the astronomy column in the Providence Tribune. Between 1908 and 1923, he wrote short stories for Weird Tales magazine, among others. He died in Providence, in poverty, on March 15, 1937. His most ...

1890-1937 [USA Rhode Island Providence] ... 9+ credits [1971-now] ... NIGHT GALLERY [2 eps (Pickman's Model + Cool Air) 1971] + Il FASCINO dell'INSOLITO (1982 ep The Thing on the Door Step) + JUSTICE LEAGUE (2003 two-part ep The Terror Beyond) + MASTERS of HORROR (2005 ep Dreams in the Witch-House) + STRANGE AEONS (2014-2015 miniseries based on The Shadow Over Innsmouth) + L'APPEL de CTHULHU (2015 miniseries) + The FANTASMAGORI (2017 ep The Book by H.P. Lovecraft) + The MISKATONIC FILES (2017 pilot) + L'APPEL de CTHULHU: L'île (2017 miniseries) ... also wrote novels & short stories turned into 179+ films.

21. Larry Gelbart

Writer | M*A*S*H

The gift of provoking laughter came early to Larry Gelbart and has never deserted him. His distinguished career as a writer of comedy reads like a history of the art over the last 40 years. His writing credits date back to the Golden Age of radio, thanks in part to his father. The elder Gelbart was...

M*A*S*H (developed, wrote 40 eps 1972-1983) + ROLL OUT (creator, wrote 8 eps 1973-1974) + KAREN (creator, wrote pilot 1975-1975) UNITED STATES (p, wrote 7 eps 1980-1980) + AFTER MASH (developed, wrote 4 eps 1983-1985). ***17 Emmy nominations*** Also wrote films The NOTORIOUS LANDLADY (1962) + The THRILL of it ALL (1963) + The WRONG BOX (1966) + A FUNNY THING HAPPENED on the WAY to the FORUM (1966) + NOT with MY WIFE, YOU DON'T! (1966) + OH, GOD! (1977) + MOVIE MOVIE (1978) + ROUGH CUT (1980) + NEIGHBORS (1981) + TOOTSIE (1982) + BLAME IT on RIO (1984) + MASTERGATE (1992) + BARBARIANS at the GATE (1993) + WEAPONS of MASS DISTRACTION (1997) + BEDAZZLED (2000) + AND STARRING PANCHO VILLA as HIMSELF (2003). ***3 Oscar nominations***

22. Lowell Ganz

Writer | Splash

Lowell Ganz was born on August 31, 1948 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Splash (1984), Robots (2005) and Parenthood (1989). He has been married to Jeanne Russo since December 26, 1976. They have three children.

The ODD COUPLE (wrote 12 eps 1973-1974) + HAPPY DAYS (sp, wrote 4 eps 1974-1982) + LAVERNE & SHIRLEY (creator, wrote pilot 1976-1983) + BUSTING LOOSE (creator, wrote 3 eps 1977-1977) + MAKIN' IT (creator, wrote pilot 1979-1979) + JOANIE LOVES CHACHI (creator, wrote pilot 1982-1983) + GUNG HO (created characters, wrote 1 ep 1987-1987) + KNIGHT & DAYE (creator, 1989-1989) + PARENTHOOD (wrote pilot 1990-1991) + A LEAGUE of THEIR OWN (creator, wrote 3 eps 1993-1993) + HILLER and DILLER (creator, wrote pilot 1997-1998) + PARENTHOOD (created characters, 2010-2015). Also wrote films NIGHT SHIFT (1982) + SPLASH (1984) + SPIES LIKE US (1985) + PARENTHOOD (1989) + CITY SLICKERS (1991) + A LEAGUE of THEIR OWN (1992) + GREEDY (1994) + FORGET PARIS (1995) + MULTIPLICITY (1996) + FATHER'S DAY (1997) + EDTV (1999) + WHERE the HEART IS (2000) + ROBOTS (2005) + FEVER PITCH (2005) + TOOTH FAIRY (2010). ***1 Oscar nomination***

23. Stephen J. Cannell

Writer | The Rockford Files

Stephen J. Cannell was raised in Pasadena, California. His father ran an interior design firm. From an early age, Stephen suffered from undiagnosed dyslexia, which made it nearly impossible from him to do well in school, he either flunked or was held back many times. Even though one of the courses ...

The ROCKFORD FILES (creator, wrote 38 eps 1974-1980) + BARETTA (creator, wrote pilot 1975-1978) + BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP (creator, wrote 10 eps 1976-1978) + The GREATEST AMERICAN HERO (creator, wrote 15 eps 1981-1983) + The A-TEAM (creator, wrote 16 eps 1983-1987) + HARDCASTLE and McCORMICK (creator, wrote 8 eps 1983-1986) + RIPTIDE (creator, wrote 8 eps 1984-1986) + STINGRAY (creator, wrote 5 eps 1986-1987) + WISEGUY (creator, wrote 8 eps 1987-1990) + 21 JUMP STREET (creator, 1987-1991) + SILK STALKINGS (creator, wrote 5 eps 1991-1999) + The COMMISH (creator, wrote 5 eps 1991-1996) + RENEGADE (creator, wrote 7 eps 1992-1997). ***5 Emmy nominations (1 win)*** Also wrote films CHASE (1973) + The NIGHT RIDER (1979) + STONE (1979) + TOP of the HILL (1989) + The GREAT PRETENDER (1991) + HAWAII FIVE-O (1997).

24. David Chase

Producer | The Sopranos

Born in Mt. Vernon, New York, and raised in New Jersey, David Chase (born David DeCesare) dreamed of being a star--a star drummer in a rock band! He spent many years playing drums and bass trying to be part of a successful rock band in the 1960s East Coast music scene. He also loved movies, such as ...

KOLCHAK: The NIGHT STALKER (wrote 8 eps 1974-1975) + SWITCH (wrote 6 eps 1975-1976) + The ROCKFORD FILES (sp, wrote 21 eps 1976-1979) + ALMOST GROWN (creator, wrote all 13 eps 1988-1989) + I'LL FLY AWAY (xp, wrote 4 eps 1991-1992) + NORTHERN EXPOSURE (xp, wrote 1 ep 1993-1995) + The SOPRANOS (creator, wrote 31 eps 1999-2007). ***23 Emmy nominations (7 wins)*** Also wrote films OFF the MINNESOTA STRIP (1980) + MOONLIGHT (1982) + NOT FADE AWAY (2012).

25. Susan Harris

Writer | Soap

Susan Harris was born on October 28, 1940 in Mount Vernon, New York, USA as Susan Spivak. She is a writer and producer, known for Soap (1977), The Golden Girls (1985) and It Takes Two (1982). She was previously married to Paul Junger Witt and Berkeley Harris.

FAY (creator, wrote 3 eps 1975-1976) + SOAP (creator, wrote 84 eps 1977-1981) + BENSON (creator, wrote 2 eps 1979-1986) + I'M a BIG GIRL NOW (creator, wrote 2 eps 1980-1981) + IT TAKES TWO (creator, wrote 3 eps 1982-1983) + HAIL to the CHIEF (creator, wrote 2 eps 1985-1985) + GOOD & EVIL (creator, wrote pilot 1991-1991) + The GOLDEN GIRLS (creator, wrote 9 eps 1985-1992) + The GOLDEN PALACE (creator, wrote pilot 1992-1993) + NURSES (creator, wrote 3 eps 1991-1994) + EMPTY NEST (creator, wrote 3 eps 1988-1995) + The SECRET LIVES of MEN (creator, 1998-1999). ***9 Emmy nominations (1 win)***

26. Donald P. Bellisario

Writer | Quantum Leap

Donald P. Bellisario was born in North Charleroi in Pennsylvania. His father ran the tavern, where he grew up listening to the war stories of vets returning from WWII. He had a fifteen-year career in advertising before moving to Hollywood. He broke into television as the story editor for Black ...

BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP (p, wrote 7 eps 1977-1978) + BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (sp, wrote 11 eps 1978-1979) + MAGNUM, P.I. (creator, wrote 21 eps 1980-1988) + TALES of the GOLD MONKEY (creator, wrote 5 eps 1982-1983) + AIRWOLF (creator, wrote 2 eps 1984-1987) + QUANTUM LEAP (creator, wrote 21 eps 1989-1993) + TEQUILA and BONETTI (creator, wrote 3 eps 1992-1992) + JAG (creator, wrote 25 eps 1995-2005) + NCIS (creator, wrote 18 eps 2003-now). ***6 Emmy nominations*** Also wrote films AIRWOLF (1984) + THREE on a MATCH (1987) + LAST RITES (1988).

27. Michael G. Moye

Writer | The Jeffersons

Michael G. Moye was born on August 11, 1954 in the USA as Michael George Moye. He is a writer and producer, known for The Jeffersons (1975), Married... with Children (1987) and 227 (1985). He has been married to Rose Jackson since 1996. They have one child.

GOOD TIMES (wrote 9 eps 1978-1979) + The JEFFERSONS (xp, wrote 23 eps 1979-1984) + IT'S YOUR MOVE (creator, wrote 6 eps 1984-1985) + SILVER SPOONS (developed, wrote 4 eps 1982-1987) + 227 (creator, wrote 2 eps 1985-1990) + MARRIED with CHILDREN (co-creator, wrote 25 eps 1987-1997).

28. Larry David

Writer | Curb Your Enthusiasm

Larry David was born on July 2, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Lawrence Gene David. He is a writer and producer, known for Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000), Whatever Works (2009) and Seinfeld (1989). He was previously married to Laurie Lennard.

FRIDAYS (wrote 54 eps 1980-1982) + SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (wrote 18 eps 1984-1985) + SEINFELD (co-creator, wrote 61 eps 1990-1998) + CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (creator, wrote 64 eps 2000-2017). ***27 Emmy nominations (2 wins)*** Also wrote film SOUR GRAPES (1998).

29. Ron Leavitt

Writer | Married with Children

Ron Leavitt was born on November 7, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for Married... with Children (1987), The Help (2004) and The Jeffersons (1975). He was married to Sharyn Leavitt. He died on February 10, 2008 in Sherman Oaks, California, USA.

The JEFFERSONS (xp, wrote 11 eps 1981-1984) + IT'S YOUR MOVE (creator, wrote 23 eps 1984-1985) + SILVER SPOONS (developed, wrote 2 eps 1982-1987) + MARRIED with CHILDREN (creator, wrote 21 eps 1987-1997) + TOP of the HEAP (creator, wrote pilot 1991-1991) + VINNIE & BOBBY (creator, 1992-1992) + UNHAPPILY EVER AFTER (creator, wrote pilot 1995-1999) + The HELP (creator, 2004-2001).

30. Linda Bloodworth-Thomason

Writer | Bridegroom

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason was born on April 15, 1947 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA as Linda Joyce Bloodworth. She is a writer and producer, known for Bridegroom (2013), Designing Women (1986) and Evening Shade (1990). She has been married to Harry Thomason since July 23, 1983.

FILTHY RICH (creator, wrote 11 eps 1982-1983) + LIME STREET (creator, wrote 3 eps 1985-1986) + DESIGNING WOMEN (creator, wrote 73 eps 1986-1993) + EVENING SHADE (creator, wrote 14 eps 1990-1994) + WOMEN of the HOUSE (creator, wrote 4 eps 1995-1995) + HEARTS AFIRE (creator, wrote 32 eps 1992-1995) + EMERIL (creator, wrote 4 eps 2000-2001) + 12 MILES of BAD ROAD (creator, wrote all 6 eps 2008). ***5 Emmy nominations***

31. David Angell

Writer | Frasier

David Angell was a multiple Emmy Award winner as the creator/executive producer, along with Peter Casey and David Lee, of the hit comedy series Frasier. David was born in West Barrington, RI, and he received a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Providence College. He entered the army upon...

CHEERS (sp, wrote 17 eps 1983-1993) + WINGS (creator, wrote 6 eps 1990-1997) + FRASIER (creator, wrote 4 eps 1993-2004) + The PURSUIT of HAPPINESS (developed, 1995-1995) + ENCORE! ENCORE! (creator, 1998-1999). ***14 Emmy nominations (8 wins)***

32. Rockne S. O'Bannon

Writer | Defiance

Rockne S. O'Bannon was born on January 12, 1955 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Defiance (2013), Farscape (1999) and Cult (2013).

The TWILIGHT ZONE (se, wrote 8 eps 1985-1986) + ALIEN NATION (created characters in 1988 film) + SEAQUEST DSV (creator, wrote 22 eps 1993-1996) + FARSCAPE (creator, wrote 7 eps 1999-2004) + CULT (creator, wrote 5 eps 2013-2013) + REVOLUTION (ep, wrote 4 eps 2013-2014) + DEFIANCE (developed, wrote 2 eps 2013-2015). Also wrote films ALIEN NATION (1988) + FEAR (1990).

33. David E. Kelley

Writer | The Practice

David Kelley might be described as living the American Dream, 1990s' style: write a screenplay, move to Hollywood, make millions and marry a movie star. A former Boston lawyer, in the last decade, he switched careers to become a successful television producer whose shows are recognized for their ...

L.A. LAW (xp, wrote 68 eps 1986-1992) + DOOGIE HOWSER, M.D. (co-creator, wrote 2 eps 1989-1993) + PICKET FENCES (creator, wrote 5 eps 1992-1996) + CHICAGO HOPE (creator, wrote 27 eps 1994-2000) + ALLY McBEAL (creator, wrote 112 eps 1997-2002) + SNOOPS (creator, wrote 5 eps 1999-2000) + GIRLS CLUB (creator, wrote pilot 2002-2002) + The PRACTICE (creator, wrote 151 eps 1997-2004) + BOSTON PUBLIC (creator, wrote 44 eps 2000-2004) + BOSTON LEGAL (creator, wrote 88 eps 2004-2008) + The WEDDING BELLS (creator, wrote 6 eps 2007-2007) + HARRY'S LAW (creator, wrote 31 eps 2011-2012) + MONDAY MORNINGS (creator, wrote 10 eps 2013-2013) + The CRAZY ONES (creator, wrote 2 eps 2013-2014) + GOLIATH (creator, wrote 5 eps 2016-2018) + MR. MERCEDES (creator, wrote 2 eps 2017-now) + BIG LITTLE LIES (creator, wrote 14 eps 2017-now). ***30 Emmy nominations (11 wins)*** Also wrote films FROM the HIP (1987) + To GILLIAN on HER 37th BIRTHDAY (1996) + LAKE PLACID (1999) + MYSTERY, ALASKA (1999) + LIFE on MARS (2008) + WONDER WOMAN (2011).

34. Dick Wolf

Writer | Law & Order

Dick Wolf was born on December 20, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard A. Wolf. He is a writer and producer, known for Law & Order (1990), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001). He has been married to Noelle Lippman since June 17, ...

MIAMI VICE (cxp, wrote 12 eps 1986-1988) + GIDEON OLIVER (creator, wrote pilot 1989-1989) + CHRISTINE CROMWELL (creator, 1989-1990) + H.E.L.P. (creator, wrote 2 eps 1990-1990) + NASTY BOYS (creator, wrote 3 eps 1990-1990) + LAW & ORDER (creator, wrote 11 eps 1990-2010) + MANN & MACHINE (creator, wrote pilot 1992-1992) + SOUTH BEACH (creator, wrote pilot 1993-1993) + NEW YORK UNDERCOVER (creator, wrote 2 eps 1994-1999) + SWIFT JUSTICE (creator, 1996-1996) + FEDS (creator, 1997-1997) + PLAYERS (creator, 1997-1998) + LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (creator, wrote 4 eps 1999-now) + DEADLINE (creator, wrote 5 eps 2000-2001) + ARREST & TRIAL (creator, 2000-2001) + LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT (creator, 2 eps 2001-2011) + CRIME & PUNISHMENT (creator, 2002-2004) + DRAGNET (creator, 2003-2004) + LAW & ORDER: TRIAL by JURY (creator, 2005-2006) + CONVICTION (creator, 2006-2006) + PARIS CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS (co-creator, 2007-2008) + LAW & ORDER: UK (creator, 2009-2014) + LAW & ORDER: LA (creator, wrote pilot 2010-2011) + CHICAGO FIRE (xp, wrote 6 eps 2012-now) + COLD JUSTICE (creator, 2013-now) + CHICAGO P.D. (creator, wrote 4 eps 2014-now) + CHICAGO MED (creator, 2015-now) + COLD JUSTICE: SEX CRIMES (creator, 2015-2015) + CHICAGO JUSTICE (creator, 2017-2017) + FBI (creator, 2018). ***14 Emmy nominations (2 wins)*** Also wrote films SKATEBOARD (1978) + GAS (1981) + NO MAN'S LAND (1987) + MASQUERADE (1988) + SCHOOL TIES (1992).

35. Christopher Lloyd

Producer | Modern Family

Christopher Lloyd was born on June 18, 1960 in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA as Christopher Walsh Lloyd. He is a producer and writer, known for Modern Family (2009), Frasier (1993) and Flushed Away (2006). He has been married to Arleen Sorkin since May 30, 1999. They have two children.

The GOLDEN GIRLS (wrote 11 eps 1986-1989) + WINGS (sp, wrote 6 eps 1991-1993), FRASIER (xp, wrote 18 eps 1993-2004) + OUT of PRACTICE (creator, wrote 2 eps 2005-2006) + BACK to YOU (creator, wrote 3 eps 2007-2008) + MODERN FAMILY (co-creator, wrote 7 eps 2009-now). ***19 Emmy nominations (12 wins)***

36. George R.R. Martin

Writer | Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin is an American novelist and short-story writer in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres, a screenwriter, and television producer. He is known for his international bestselling series of epic fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, which was later adapted into the HBO ...

The TWILIGHT ZONE (wrote 5 eps 1986-1986) + BEAUTY and the BEAST (sp, wrote 14 eps 1987-1990) + GAME of THRONES (xp, wrote novel + 4 eps 2011-2019) + NIGHTFLYERS (wrote novel 2018-now). ***8 Emmy nominations (2 wins)***

37. Rick Berman

Producer | Star Trek: First Contact

Rick Berman was born on December 25, 1945 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard Keith Berman. He is a producer and writer, known for Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek Generations (1994) and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998). He has been married to Elizabeth Berman since March 1980.

STAR TREK: The NEXT GENERATION (xp, wrote 5 eps 1987-1994) + STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE (creator, wrote 3 eps 1993-1999) + STAR TREK: VOYAGER (creator, wrote 8 eps 1995-2001) + STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE (creator, wrote 39 eps 2001-2005). ***1 Emmy nomination*** Also wrote films STAR TREK: GENERATIONS (1994) + STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT (1996) + STAR TREK: INSURRECTION (1998) + STAR TREK: NEMESIS (2002).

38. Chuck Lorre

Writer | Two and a Half Men

For the past twenty years, award-winning creator, executive producer and writer Chuck Lorre has conquered the entertainment industry with hit shows like Grace Under Fire (1993), Dharma & Greg (1997), Roseanne (1988) and Cybill (1995) as well as the number 1 comedy on television and four year ...

MY TWO DADS (sp, wrote 12 eps 1987-1990) + ROSEANNE (xp, wrote 13 eps 1990-1992) + FRANNIE'S TURN (creator, wrote all 6 eps 1992-1992) + GRACE UNDER FIRE (creator, wrote 5 eps 1993-1998) + CYBILL (creator, wrote 8 eps 1995-1998) + DHARMA & GREG (creator, wrote 49 eps 1997-2002) + TWO and a HALF MEN (creator, wrote 217 eps 2003-2015) + The BIG BANG THEORY (creator, wrote 152 eps 2007-now) + MIKE & MOLLY (xp, wrote 55 eps 2010-2016) + MOM (creator, wrote 80 eps 2013-now) + DISJOINTED (creator, wrote 3 eps 2017-now) + YOUNG SHELDON (creator, wrote 25 eps 2017-now). ***8 Emmy nominations***

39. Howard Gordon

Producer | 24

Howard Gordon was born on March 31, 1961 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for 24 (2001), Homeland (2011) and The X-Files (1993).

BEAUTY and the BEAST (p, wrote 17 eps 1987-1990) + The X-FILES (xp, wrote 20 eps 1993-1997) + STRANGE WORLD (creator, wrote 2 eps 1999-2002) + The INSIDE (creator, wrote pilot 2005-2006) + 24 (xp, wrote 52 eps 2001-2010) + LEGENDS (developed, wrote pilot 2014-2015) + TYRANT (developed, wrote 8 eps 2014-2016) + HOMELAND (developed, wrote 47 eps 2011-now). ***14 Emmy nominations (3 wins)***

40. Alex Gansa

Producer | Homeland

Alex Gansa is a producer and writer, known for Homeland (2011), Beauty and the Beast (1987) and 24 (2001). He is married to Lauren White (IX).

BEAUTY and the BEAST (p, wrote 17 eps 1987-1990) + The X-FILES (sp, wrote 6 eps 1993-1995) + MAXIMUM BOB (developed, wrote 7 eps 1998-1998) + 24 (xp, wrote 10 eps 2009-2010) + HOMELAND (co-developed, wrote 62 eps 2011-now). ***6 Emmy nominations (2 wins) + 1 BAFTA nomination***

41. Victor Fresco

Producer | New Monkees

Victor Fresco is a television writer, producer and show creator. He is credited with creating the critically acclaimed television series "Better Off Ted" which ran for two seasons on ABC, and the FOX show "Andy Richter controls the Universe", for which he was nominated for a writing Emmy. Fresco ...

NEW MONKEES (developed, wrote pilot 1987-1987) + ALF (wrote 11 eps 1989-1990) + DINOSAURS (wrote 19 eps 1991-1992) + EVENING SHADE (co-xp, wrote 11 eps 1992-1993) + MAD ABOUT YOU (xp, wrote 3 eps 1994-1995) + The TROUBLE with NORMAL (creator, wrote 2 eps 2000-2001) + ANDY RICHTER CONTROLS the UNIVERSE (creator, wrote 3 eps 2002-2003) + LIFE on a STICK (creator, 2005-2005) + BETTER OFF TED (creator, wrote 3 eps 2009-2010) + SEAN SAVES the WORLD (creator, wrote pilot 2013-2014) + SANTA CLARITA DIET (creator, wrote 4 eps 2017-now). ***2 Emmy nominations***

42. Russell T. Davies

Writer | Torchwood

Often described as a genius, Russell T. Davies is one of the leading British television writers of his generation, who specializes in emotional dramas, frequently with gay and sex-related adult themes. He was born in Swansea, Wales (UK) in 1963. After initially taking a BBC Television director's ...

ON the WATERFRONT (wrote 24 eps 1988-1989) + DARK SEASON (wrote all 6 eps 1991) + CENTURY FALLS (wrote all 6 eps 1993) + REVELATIONS (creator, wrote 4 eps 1994-1995) + The GRAND (creator, wrote 16 eps 1997-1998) + QUEER as FOLK (creator, wrote 10 eps 1999-2000) + BOB & ROSE (creator, wrote all 6 eps 2001) + DOCTOR WHO (developed, wrote 31 eps 2005-2010) + TORCHWOOD (creator, wrote 7 eps 2006-2011) + The SARAH JANE ADVENTURES (creator, wrote 3 eps 2007-2011), WIZARDS vs. ALIENS (creator, wrote 2 eps 2012-2013) + BANANA (creator, wrote 3 eps 2015) + CUCUMBER (creator, wrote 8 eps 2015) + TOFU (creator, 2015) + A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL (wrote all 3 eps 2018). ***10 BAFTA nominations (3 wins)***

43. Steven Moffat

Writer | Sherlock

Steven Moffat was born on November 18, 1961 in Paisley, Scotland as Steven William Moffat. He is a writer and producer, known for Sherlock (2010), Doctor Who (2005) and The Adventures of Tintin (2011). He has been married to Sue Vertue since 1999. They have two children. He was previously married ...

PRESS GANG (creator, wrote all 43 eps 1989-1993) + JOKING APART (creator, wrote all 13 eps 1991-1995) + CHALK (creator, wrote all 12 eps 1997-1997) + COUPLING (creator, wrote 28 eps 2000-2004) + DOCTOR WHO (xp, wrote 63 eps 2005-2017) + JEKYLL (creator, wrote all 6 eps 2007-2007) + SHERLOCK (developed, wrote 15 eps 2010-now). ***7 Emmy nominations (2 wins) + 6 BAFTA nominations (5 wins)*** Also wrote films EXAM CONDITIONS (1992) + The ADVENTURES of TINTIN (2011).

44. Chris Carter

Writer | The X Files

Born and raised in Bellflower, California, Chris Carter graduated from the California State University at Long Beach with a degree in journalism. Formerly a freelance journalist and editor of "Surfing" magazine, Carter began his career as a screenwriter in 1985 at The Walt Disney Studios. In 1992 ...

A BRAND NEW LIFE (creator, wrote 3 eps 1989-1990) + The X-FILES (creator, wrote 80 eps 1993-2002, 2016-2018) + MILLENIUM (creator, wrote 7 eps 1996-1999 + HARSH REALM (creator, wrote 4 eps 1999-2000) + The LONE GUNMEN (creator, wrote 2 eps 2001-2001). ***8 Emmy nominations*** Also wrote film The X-FILES (1998).

45. Ronald D. Moore

Producer | Battlestar Galactica

Ron Moore was a member of the Kappa Alpha literary society during his time at Cornell University. He dropped out of college during his senior year, after which he moved to Los Angeles, California, with a friend in hopes of becoming a working writer. He was two weeks away from joining the United ...

STAR TREK: The NEXT GENERATION (xse, wrote 37 eps 1989-1994) + STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE (xp, wrote 30 eps 1994-1999) + ROSWELL (xp, wrote 10 eps 2000-2002) + BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (developed, wrote 12 eps 2004-2009) + CAPRICA (creator, wrote pilot 2009-2010), OUTLANDER (developed, wrote 6 eps 2014-now). ***4 Emmy nominations (1 win)*** Also wrote films MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II (2000), ANOTHER LIFE (2002) + BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: RAZOR (2007) + VIRTUALITY (2009).

46. Matt Groening

Writer | The Simpsons

Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Matt Groening did not particularly like school, which is what originally turned him towards drawing. In the mid-1980s, he moved to Los Angeles and started drawing a comic strip named "Life in Hell", which eventually became published in the newspaper where he worked. ...

The SIMPSONS (creator, wrote 4 eps 1989-now) + FUTURAMA (creator, wrote 3 eps 1999-2013) + DISENCHANTMENT (creator, 2018). ***38 Emmy nominations (12 wins)*** Also wrote film THE SIMPSONS MOVIE (2007).

47. Jerry Seinfeld

Writer | Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Betty (Hesney) and Kalman Seinfeld. His father was of Hungarian Jewish descent, while Jerry's maternal grandparents, Salha and Selim Hosni, were Syrian Jewish immigrants (from Aleppo). He moved with his family, including sister Carolyn, to ...

SEINFELD (co-creator, wrote 17 eps 1989-1998) + The MARRIAGE REF (creator, 2010-2011). Also co-wrote BEE MOVIE (2007). ***17 Emmy nominations (1 win)***

48. David Crane

Writer | Friends

David Crane was born on August 13, 1957 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Friends (1994), Dream On (1990) and Episodes (2011).

DREAM ON (co-creator, wrote 17 eps 1990-1996) + The POWERS that BE (co-creator, wrote 2 eps 1992-1993) + FAMILY ALBUM (co-creator, wrote 2 eps 1993-1993) + FRIENDS (co-creator, wrote 21 eps 1994-2004) + VERONICA'S CLOSET (co-creator, wrote 3 eps 1997-2000) + JOEY (co-created character, 2004-2006) + The CLASS (creator, 2006-2007) + EPISODES (creator, wrote all 41 eps 2011-2017). ***11 Emmy nominations (1 win)***

49. Marta Kauffman

Writer | Friends

Marta Kauffman was born on September 21, 1956 as Marta Fran Kauffman. She is a writer and producer, known for Friends (1994), Dream On (1990) and Grace and Frankie (2015). She has been married to Michael Skloff since 1984. They have three children.

DREAM ON (co-creator, wrote 17 eps 1990-1996) + The POWERS that BE (co-creator, wrote 2 eps 1992-1993) + FAMILY ALBUM (co-creator, wrote 2 eps 1993-1993) + FRIENDS (co-creator, wrote 21 eps 1994-2004) + VERONICA's CLOSET (co-creator, wrote 3 eps 1997-2000) + JOEY (co-created character, 2004-2006) + GRACE and FRANKIE (creator, wrote 9 eps 2015-now). ***7 Emmy nominations (1 win)*** Also wrote film FIVE (2011).

50. Darren Star

Writer | Sex and the City

Darren Star was born on July 25, 1961 in Potomac, Maryland, USA as Darren Bennett Star. He is a writer and producer, known for Sex and the City (1998), Younger (2015) and Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990).

BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 (creator, wrote 12 eps 1990-2000) + MELROSE PLACE (creator, wrote 14 eps 1992-1999) + C.P.W. (creator, wrote 7 eps 1995-1996) + SEX and the CITY (creator, wrote 13 eps 1998-2004) + GROSS POINT (creator, wrote 5 eps 2000-2001) + The $TREET (creator, wrote pilot 2000-2001) + MISS MATCH (creator, wrote pilot 2003-2003) + GENERATION Y (creator, 2009-2009) + 90210 (creator, 2008-2013) + MELROSE PLACE (creator, 2009-2010) + YOUNGER (creator, wrote 14 eps 2015-2018). ***3 Emmy nominations (1 win)***

51. Steven Levitan

Producer | Modern Family

Steven Levitan was born on April 6, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Steven E. Levitan. He is a producer and writer, known for Modern Family (2009), Just Shoot Me! (1997) and Stark Raving Mad (1999). He has been married to Krista Schmuck since November 28, 1992. They have three children.

WINGS (sp, wrote 15 eps 1991-1995) + FRASIER (xp, wrote 4 eps 1994-1996) + STARK RAVING MAD (creator, wrote 3 eps 1999-2000) + JUST SHOOT ME! (creator, wrote 8 eps 1997-2003) + GREG the BUNNY (creator, wrote 4 eps 2002-2004) + STACKED (creator, wrote 3 eps 2005-2006) + BACK to YOU (co-creator, wrote 4 eps 2007-2008) + MODERN FAMILY (co-creator, wrote 15 eps 2009-now). ***16 Emmy nominations (9 wins)***

52. Carlton Cuse

Producer | Lost

Born in Mexico City, Cuse grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and Orange County, California. He attended Harvard University, graduating with a degree in American History.

Cuse along with Damon Lindelof served as writer and showrunner for all six seasons of Lost for ABC. He also wrote, directed, and was...

The ADVENTURES of BRISCO COUNTY JR. (creator, wrote 9 eps 1993-1994) + NASH BRIDGES (creator, wrote 37 eps 1996-2001) + MARTIAL LAW (creator, wrote 2 eps 1998-2000) + LOST (ep, wrote 35 eps 2004-2010) + BATES MOTEL (creator, wrote 13 eps 2013-2017) + The STRAIN (ep, wrote 9 eps 2014-2017) + The RETURNED (developer, wrote pilot 2015-2015) + COLONY (creator, wrote 3 eps 2016-2018) + TOM CLANCY'S JACK RYAN (creator, wrote 5 eps 2018-now) + LOCKE and KEY (creator, 2019). 6 Emmy nominations, 1 win. Also wrote films The WITCHES of EASTWICK (1992) + SAN ANDREAS (2015) + RAMPAGE (2018).

53. Mike Judge

Writer | Beavis and Butt-Head Do America

Mike Judge was born on October 17, 1962 in Guayaquil, Ecuador as Michael Craig Judge. He is a writer and producer, known for Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996), Office Space (1999) and Beavis and Butt-Head (1993).

BEAVIS and BUTT-HEAD (creator, wrote 4 eps 1993-1997, 2011) + KING of the HILL (creator, wrote 2 eps 1997-2010) + The GOODE FAMILY (creator, wrote pilot 2009-2009) + SILICON VALLEY (creator, wrote pilot 2014-now) + TALES from the TOUR BUS (creator, wrote 2 eps 2017-now). ***15 Emmy nominations (1 win)*** Also wrote films BEAVIS and BUTT-HEAD DO AMERICA (1996) + OFFICE SPACE (1999) + IDIOCRACY (2006) + EXTRACT (2009) + ACTION POINT (2018).

54. Vince Gilligan

Producer | The X Files

George Vincent Gilligan Jr. (born February 10, 1967) is an American writer, producer, and director. He is known for his television work, specifically as creator, head writer, executive producer, and director of Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul. He was a writer and producer for The ...

The X-FILES (xp, wrote 30 eps 1995-2002) + The LONE GUNMEN (co-creator, wrote 6 eps 2001-2001) + BREAKING BAD (creator, wrote 13 eps 2008-2013) + BETTER CALL SAUL (creator, wrote 3 eps 2015-now) + BATTLE CREEK (creator, wrote pilot 2015-2015). ***17 Emmy nominations (3 wins)*** Also wrote films WILDER NAPALM (1993) + HOME FRIES (1998) + A.M.P.E.D. (2007) + HANCOCK (2008).

55. Shaun Cassidy

Producer | Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family

Shaun Cassidy has written and/or produced a number of critically acclaimed television series over the last two decades including "American Gothic" (produced with Sam Raimi), "Roar" (starring a then unknown Heath Ledger), "Cold Case," "Cover Me," "The Agency," and "Invasion." Shaun recently wrote ...

AMERICAN GOTHIC (creator, wrote 6 eps 1995-1996) + ROAR (creator, wrote 6 eps 1997-1997) + PLAYERS (creator, 1997-1998) + COVER ME (xp, wrote 4 eps 2000-2001) + The AGENCY (xp, wrote 7 eps) + INVASION (creator, wrote 11 eps 2005-2006), RUBY & the ROCKITS (creator, wrote 2 eps 2009-2009) + EMERALD CITY (xp, wrote 2 eps). Also wrote film STRAYS (1991).

56. Jason Katims

Producer | Friday Night Lights

Jason Katims is a producer and writer, known for Friday Night Lights (2006), Parenthood (2010) and Roswell (1999).

RELATIVITY (creator, wrote 7 eps 1996-1997) + ROSWELL (developed, wrote 17 eps 1999-2002) + BOSTON PUBLIC (xp, wrote 17 eps 2002-2004) + The WEDDING BELLS (creator, wrote pilot 2007-2007) + FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (xp, wrote 10 eps 2006-2011) + PARENTHOOD (developed, wrote 21 eps 2010-2015), ABOUT a BOY (creator, wrote 6 eps 2014-2015) + PURE GENIUS (creator, wrote 3 eps 2016-2017) + RISE (creator, wrote 6 eps 2018-now). ***2 Emmy nominations (1 win)*** Also wrote films The PALLBEARER (1996) + DeMARCO AFFAIRS (2004) + The VOW (2012).

57. Neil Gaiman

Writer | Stardust

Neil Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre, and films. He is best known for the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book.

As a child and a teenager, Gaiman read the works of C. S. ...

NEVERWHERE (creator, wrote all 6 eps 1996-1996) + DOCTOR WHO (wrote 3 eps 2011-2013) + ETERNALS (creator, wrote all 10 eps 2014-2014) + NEIL GAIMAN'S LIKELY STORIES (creator, wrote all 4 eps 2016-2016) + LUCIFER (created character, 2015-now) + AMERICAN GODS (xp, novel, 2017-now) + GOOD OMENS (creator, novel + wrote pilot 2018-now). Also wrote films PRINCESS MONONOKE (adapted 1997) + STARDUST (2007) + BEOWULF (2007) + CORALINE (2009) + MARVEL KNIGHTS: ETERNALS (2014) + HOW to TALK to GIRLS at PARTIES (2017).

SAVANNAH (creator, wrote 10 eps 1996-1997) + CHARMED (creator, wrote 11 eps 1998-2006) + ALLY McBEAL (cp, wrote 7 eps 2001-2002) + BOSTON PUBLIC (cp, wrote 3 eps ROYAL PAINS (2003-2003) + ED (cp, wrote 3 eps 2003-2004) + ROYAL PAINS (xp, wrote 24 eps).

59. Joss Whedon

Writer | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon. Whedon was ...

BUFFY the VAMPIRE SLAYER (creator, wrote 28 eps 1997-2003) + ANGEL (co-creator, wrote 12 eps 1999-2004) + FIREFLY (creator, wrote 5 eps 2002-2002) + DR. HORRIBLE'S SING-ALONG BLOG (creator, wrote 3 acts 2008) + DOLLHOUSE (creator, wrote 5 eps 2009-2010) + AGENTS of S.H.I.E.L.D. (creator, wrote pilot 2013-now) + BUFFY the VAMPIRE SLAYER (creator, 2019). ***2 Emmy nominations (1 win)*** Also wrote films BUFFY the VAMPIRE SLAYER (1992) + TOY STORY (1995) + ALIEN: RESURRECTION (1997) + TITAN A.E. (2000) + ATLANTIS: The LOST EMPIRE (2001) + SERENITY (2005) + The CABIN in the WOODS (2012) + The AVENGERS (2012) + MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (2012) + IN YOUR EYES (2014) + AVENGERS: AGE of ULTRON (2015) + JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017). ***1 Oscar nomination***

60. David Greenwalt

Producer | Profit

David Greenwalt was born on October 16, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Profit (1996). He has been married to Veronica Greenwalt since October 16, 2016.

BUFFY the VAMPIRE SLAYER (ep, wrote 8 eps 1997-2002) + ANGEL (co-creator, wrote 21 eps 1999-2004) + GRIMM (co-creator, wrote 34 eps 2011-2017). Also wrote films WACKO (1982) + CLASS (1983) + AMERICAN DREAMER (1984) + SECRET ADMIRER (1985) + VASOS de PAPEL (2016).

61. Bryan Fuller

Writer | Star Trek: Discovery

Self professed Star Trek geek who watched and loved the Trek series "Deep Space Nine" and set out to write for them. At the time, Star Trek had an open script submission policy and Fuller contributed a spec, leading to a pitching opportunity. When he had sold a couple of stories to Deep Space Nine,...

STAR TREK: VOYAGER (cp, wrote 30 eps 1997-2001) + DEAD LIKE ME (creator, wrote 5 eps 2003-2004) + WONDERFALLS (creator, wrote 5 eps 2004-2004) + HEROES (xp, wrote 4 eps 2006-2009) + PUSHING DAISIES (creator, wrote 3 eps 2007-2009) + HANNIBAL (developed, wrote 34 eps 2013-2015) + STAR TREK: DISCOVERY (creator, wrote 4 eps) + AMERICAN GODS (developed, wrote 6 eps 2017-now). ***2 Emmy nominations*** Also wrote films CARRIE (2002) + HIGH MOON (2014).

62. Aaron Sorkin

Writer | The West Wing

Aaron Sorkin grew up in Scarsdale, a suburb of New York City where he was very involved in his high school drama and theater club. After graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, Sorkin intended to pursue a career in acting. It took him only a short time to ...

SPORTS NIGHT (creator, wrote 41 eps 1998-2000) + The WEST WING (creator, wrote 88 eps 1999-2006) + STUDIO 60 on the SUNSET STRIP (creator, wrote all 22 eps 2006-2007) + The NEWSROOM (creator, wrote all 25 eps 2012-2014). ***11 Emmy nominations (6 wins)*** Also wrote films A FEW GOOD MEN (1992) + MALICE (1993) + The AMERICAN PRESIDENT (1995) + CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR (2007) + The SOCIAL NETWORK (2010) + MONEYBALL (2011) + STEVE JOBS (2015) + MOLLY'S GAME (2017). ***3 Oscar nominations (1 win)***

63. Kevin Williamson

Writer | Scream

As a child Williamson was a fond fan of movies, epically those or Steven Spielberg. After high school, Williamson went to college for a future in acting. Though he landed very small parts on T.V shows and movies nothing had happened. Williamson moved out to L.A in 1990 in hope it would aid his ...

DAWSON'S CREEK (creator, wrote 6 eps 1998-2003) + WASTELAND (creator, wrote 2 eps 1999-1999) + GLORY DAYS (creator, wrote 2 eps 1999-1999) + HIDDEN PALMS (creator, wrote 2 eps 2007-2007) + The VAMPIRE DIARIES (2009-2017) + The SECRET CIRCLE (xp, wrote 1 ep 2011-2012) + The FOLLOWING (creator, wrote 9 eps 2013-2015) + STALKER (creator, wrote 4 eps 2014-2015) + SCREAM (created characters in 1996 film, wrote pilot 2015-now). Also wrote films SCREAM (1996) + I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER (1997) + SCREAM 2 (1997) + The FACULTY (1998) + TEACHING MRS. TINGLE (1999) + CURSED (2005) + SCREAM 4 (2011).

64. J.J. Abrams

Producer | Lost

Jeffrey Jacob Abrams was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, the son of TV producer parents. Abrams planned on going to dental school, but decided to study film at Sarah Lawrence College. At 15, he wrote the music for Don Dohler's Nightbeast (1982). In his senior year, he and Jill ...

FELICITY (co-creator, wrote 17 eps 1998-2002) + ALIAS (creator, wrote 13 eps 2001-2006) + LOST (co-creator, wrote 5 eps 2004-2010) + FRINGE (creator, wrote 6 eps 2008-2013). ***8 Emmy nominations (2 wins)*** Also wrote films TAKING CARE of BUSINESS (1990) + REGARDING HENRY (1991) + FOREVER YOUNG (1992) + GONE FISHIN' (1997) + ARMAGEDDON (1998) + JOY RIDE (2001) + MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III (2006) + SUPER 8 (2011) + STAR WARS: The FORCE AWAKENS (2015) + STAR WARS : EPISODE IX (2019).

65. Rob Thomas

Writer | Veronica Mars

Rob Thomas was born on August 15, 1965 in Sunnyside, Washington, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Veronica Mars (2004), Veronica Mars (2014) and iZombie (2015).

CUPID (creator, wrote 7 eps 1998-1999) + VERONICA MARS (creator, wrote 14 eps 2004-2007) + 90210 (developed, wrote pilot 2008-2013) + CUPID (creator, wrote 2 eps 2009-2009) + PARTY DOWN (creator, wrote 10 eps 2009-2010) + iZOMBIE (developed, wrote 10 eps 2015-now). Also wrote films FORTUNE COOKIE (1999) + DRIVE ME CRAZY (1999) + GOOD BEHAVIOR (2008) + LITTLE in COMMON (2011) + VERONICA MARS (2014).

66. Greg Berlanti

Producer | The Flash

WGA, DGA and Golden Globe nominated writer, director, and producer, Greg Berlanti, is the force behind several of the most inventive and acclaimed works of film and television.

He is the writer, director and producer behind several of the most creative and lauded television series, including ABC's "...

DAWSON'S CREEK (xp, wrote 8 eps 1998-1999) + EVERWOOD (creator, wrote 9 eps 2002-2006) + JACK & BOBBY (creator, wrote 3 eps 2004-2005) + BROTHERS & SISTERS (xp, wrote 3 eps 2006-2008) + ELI STONE (creator, wrote 2 eps 2008-2009) + NO ORDINARY FAMILY (creator, wrote pilot 2010-2011) + POLITICAL ANIMALS (creator, wrote 2 eps 2012-2012) + ARROW (developed, wrote 19 eps 2012-now) + The TOMORROW PEOPLE (developed, wrote 3 eps 2013-2014) + The FLASH (developed, wrote 11 eps 2014-now) + SUPERGIRL (developed, wrote 5 eps 2015-now) + LEGENDS of TOMORROW (developed, wrote 6 eps) + TITANS (creator, 2018) + YOU (developed, 2018). ***1 Emmy nomination*** Also wrote films GREEN LANTERN (2011) + WRATH of the TITANS (2012).

67. Glen Mazzara

Producer | The Walking Dead

Glen Mazzara is the Creator, Executive Producer, and Showrunner of A&E's new series, DAMIEN, based on the classic horror film, THE OMEN.

Mazzara was most recently Executive Producer and Showrunner for seasons two and three of AMC's record-breaking series and AFI Top Ten TV Program (2012), THE ...

NASH BRIDGES (wrote 6 eps 1998-2000) + The SHIELD (xp, wrote 16 eps 2002-2007) + CRASH (creator, wrote 5 eps 2008-2009) + HAWTHORNE (xp, wrote 5 eps 2009-2010) + The WALKING DEAD (xp, wrote 8 eps 2010-2013) + DAMIEN (creator, wrote 4 eps 2016-2016).

68. Seth MacFarlane

Writer | Family Guy

Seth Woodbury MacFarlane was born in the small New England town of Kent, Connecticut, where he lived with his mother, Ann Perry (Sager), an admissions office worker, his father, Ronald Milton MacFarlane, a prep school teacher, and his sister, Rachael MacFarlane, now a voice actress and singer. He ...

FAMILY GUY (creator, wrote 4 eps 1998-now) + AMERICAN DAD (creator, wrote 2 eps 2005-2018) + The ORVILLE (creator, wrote 9 eps 2017-now). ***22 Emmy nominations (4 wins)*** Also wrote films TED (2012) + A MILLION WAYS to DIE in the WEST (2014) + TED 2 (2015). ***1 Oscar nomination***

69. Mark Gatiss

Actor | The League of Gentlemen

Mark Gatiss is an accomplished author, actor and playwright. Originally from Sedgefield, County Durham, he graduated from Bretton Hall Drama College with a BA (honors) in Theatre Arts.

He was one-quarter of the award-winning comedy team The League of Gentlemen (1999), and became heavily involved in ...

The LEAGUE of GENTLEMEN (xp, wrote 9 eps 1999-2017) + DOCTOR WHO (wrote 9 eps 2005-now) + CROOKED HOUSE (p, wrote all 3 eps 2008-2008) + SHERLOCK (co-creator, wrote 13 eps 2010-now). ***4 Emmy nominations + 2 BAFTA nominations (1 win)*** Also wrote films The FIRST MEN in the MOON (2010) + An ADVENTURE in SPACE and TIME (2013).

70. Alan Ball

Producer | American Beauty

Alan Ball was born on May 13, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Alan E. Ball. He is a producer and writer, known for American Beauty (1999), Six Feet Under (2001) and True Blood (2008).

OH, GROW UP (creator, wrote 2 eps 1999-1999) + SIX FEET UNDER (creator, wrote 9 eps 2001-2005) + TRUE BLOOD (creator, wrote 12 eps 2008-2014) + HERE and NOW (creator, wrote 3 eps 2018-now). ***8 Emmy nominations (1 win)*** Also wrote AMERICAN BEAUTY (1999) + TOWELHEAD (2007) + VIRTUOSO (2015). ***1 Oscar nomination (1 win)*

71. Matthew Weiner

Writer | Mad Men

Matthew Weiner was born on June 29, 1965 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Mad Men (2007), The Sopranos (1999) and The Romanoffs (2018). He has been married to Linda Brettler since January 1991. They have four children.

BECKER (p, wrote 9 eps 1999-2002) + The SOPRANOS (xp, wrote 12 eps 2004-2007) + MAD MEN (creator, wrote 73 eps 2007-2015) + The ROMANOFFS (creator, wrote pilot 2018-now). ***26 Emmy nominations (9 wins) + 3 BAFTA nominations (2 wins)*** Also wrote film ARE YOU HERE (2013).

72. Tom Kapinos

Writer | Californication

Kapinos was born in 1969, raised in Levittown, New York and graduated from Island Trees High School in 1987. Kapinos then moved from New York to California in the mid-1990s, working in Los Angeles for Creative Artists Agency as a script reader, until Fox Studios purchased his first screenplay The ...

DAWSON'S CREEK (xp, wrote 20 eps 1999-2003) + CALIFORNICATION (creator, wrote 66 eps 2007-2014) + WHITE FAMOUS (creator, wrote 9 eps 2017-2017) + LUCIFER (developed, wrote pilot 2015-2018). ***1 BAFTA nomination***

73. Terence Winter

Producer | The Sopranos

Terence Winter was born on October 2, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Terence Patrick Winter. He is a producer and writer, known for The Sopranos (1999), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and Boardwalk Empire (2010).

The SOPRANOS (xp, wrote 25 eps 2000-2007) + BOARDWALK EMPIRE (creator, wrote 15 eps 2010-2014) + VINYL (creator, wrote 4 eps 2016-2016). ***14 Emmy nominations (4 wins) + 1 BAFTA nomination*** Also wrote films: GET RICH or DIE TRYIN' (2005) + BROOKLYN RULES (2007) + The WOLF of WALL STREET (2013). ***1 Oscar nomination + 1 BAFTA nomination***

74. Anthony E. Zuiker

Writer | CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Anthony E. Zuiker is the creator of television's hugely successful "CSI" franchise, currently serving as executive producer of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and the newest series in the franchise, "CSI: Cyber." In December of 2014, Zuiker made his debut in the kids market with "Mysteryopolis," a...

CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (creator, wrote 32 eps 2000-2015) + CSI: MIAMI (creator, wrote 2 eps 2002-2012) + CSI: NY (creator, wrote 9 eps 2004-2013) + CSI: CYBER (creator, wrote 2 eps 2015-2016). ***3 Emmy nominations*** Also wrote film The RUNNER (1999).

75. Adam Reed

Writer | Archer

Adam Reed is a writer and producer, known for Archer (2009), Frisky Dingo (2006) and Sealab 2021 (2000).

SEALAB 2021 (creator, wrote 30 eps 2000-2005) + FRISKY DINGO (creator, wrote 20 eps 2006-2008) + ARCHER (creator, wrote 76 eps 2009-now).

76. Damon Lindelof

Writer | Lost

Damon Lindelof was born on April 24, 1973 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA as Damon Laurence Lindelof. He is a writer and producer, known for Lost (2004), The Leftovers (2014) and Star Trek (2009). He has been married to Heidi Fugeman since May 28, 2005. They have one child.

CROSSING JORDAN (sp, wrote 11 eps 2001-2004) + LOST (creator, wrote 44 eps 2004-2010) + The LEFTOVERS (creator, wrote 27 eps 2014-2017) + WATCHMEN (creator, 2018). ***10 Emmy nominations (won 1)*** Also co-wrote films COWBOYS & ALIENS (2011) + PROMETHEUS (2012) + STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS (2013) + WORLD WAR Z (2013) + TOMORROWLAND (2015).

77. Tim Kring

Writer | Heroes

Tim Kring was born on July 9, 1957 in El Dorado County, California, USA as Richard Timothy Kring. He is a writer and producer, known for Heroes (2006), Chicago Hope (1994) and The Conspiracy for Good: London 2010 (2010).

CROSSING JORDAN (creator, wrote 24 eps 2001-2007) + HEROES (creator, wrote 17 eps 2006-2010) + DAYBREAK (creator, 2012-2012) + TOUCH (creator, wrote 6 eps 2012-2013) + DIG (creator, wrote 5 eps 2015-2015) + HEROES REBORN (creator, wrote 2 eps 2015-2016). ***2 Emmy nominations + 1 BAFTA nomination (1 win)***

78. Michael Green

Writer | Logan

Michael Green was born in Mamaroneck, New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Logan (2017), Blade Runner 2049 (2017) and Green Lantern (2011).

SMALLVILLE (p, wrote 7 eps 2001-2002) + JACK & BOBBY (cp, wrote 5 eps 2004-2005) + EVERWOOD (xp, wrote 14 eps 2002-2005) + HEROES (xp, wrote 3 eps 2006-2007) + KINGS (creator, wrote 4 eps 2009-2009) + The RIVER (xp, wrote 4 eps 2012-2012) + AMERICAN GODS (developed, wrote 6 eps 2017-now). ***1 Emmy nomination*** Also wrote films GREEN LANTERN (2011) + LOGAN (2017) + ALIEN: COVENANT (2017) + BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017) + MURDER on the ORIENT EXPRESS (2017). ***1 Oscar nomination***

79. Chris Chibnall

Writer | Broadchurch

Chris Chibnall gained a First Class Honours degree in Drama and English from St Mary's University College, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham where whilst a student he wrote 'Victims' a play about young homeless in London which was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe. Amongst the cast were 'Rebecca Craig' (...

BORN and BRED (creator, wrote 17 eps 2002-2005) + TORCHWOOD (cp, wrote 8 eps 2006-2008) + DOCTOR WHO (xp, wrote 6 eps + character Blowfish in 1 ep 2007-now) + LAW & ORDER: UK (xp, wrote 6 eps 2009-2009) + CAMELOT (creator, wrote 7 eps 2011-2011) + BROADCHURCH (creator, wrote 19 eps 2013-2017) + The GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY (creator, wrote 2 eps 2014-2014) + GRACEPOINT (creator, wrote pilot 2014-2014) + MALATERRA (creator, 2015-2015). ***1 BAFTA nomination*** Also wrote film UNITED (2011).

80. Scott M. Gimple

Producer | The Walking Dead

Scott M. Gimple was born on March 29, 1971 in New Jersey, USA as Scott Michael Gimple. He is a producer and writer, known for The Walking Dead (2010), Fillmore! (2002) and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011). He has been married to Julia Wackenheim-Gimple since August 2009.

FILLMORE! (creator, wrote 5 eps 2002-2004) + LIFE (se, wrote 2 eps 2008-2009) + FLASHFORWARD (wrote 4 eps 2009-2010) + The WALKING DEAD (xp, wrote 22 eps 2011-2018) + FEAR the WALKING DEAD (xp, wrote 1 ep). Also wrote film GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT of VENGEANCE (2011).

LESS THAN PERFECT (sp, wrote 8 eps 2002-2005) + SAMANTHA WHO? (cp, wrote 1 ep 2007-2008) + BETTER OFF TED (co-xp, wrote 1 ep 2009-2009) + LIFE in PIECES (creator, wrote 8 eps 2015-now).

82. Eric Kripke

Writer | Supernatural

Eric Kripke was born on April 24, 1974 in Toledo, Ohio, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Supernatural (2005), The Boys (2019) and Boogeyman (2005).

TARZAN (developed, wrote 2 eps 2003-2003) + SUPERNATURAL (creator, wrote 19 eps 2005-now) + GHOSTFACERS (creator, 2010-2010) + REVOLUTION (creator, wrote 5 eps 2012-2014) + TIMELESS (creator, wrote pilot 2015-2018). Also wrote films BOOGEYMAN (2005) + HAUNTED (2013) + The HOUSE with a CLOCK in its WALLS (2018).

83. J.H. Wyman

Producer | Fringe

J.H. Wyman was born on January 5, 1967 in Oakland, California, USA as Joel Howard Wyman. He is a producer and writer, known for Fringe (2008), Almost Human (2013) and Dead Man Down (2013).

KEEN EDDIE (creator, wrote 9 eps 2003-2004) + FRINGE (xp, wrote 28 eps 2009-2013) + ALMOST HUMAN (creator, wrote 2 eps 2013-2014). Also wrote films PALE SAINTS (1997) + MR. RICE'S SECRET (1999) + The MEXICAN (2001) + 13 GRAVES (2006) + DEAD MAN DOWN (2013).

84. Dan Fogelman

Writer | This Is Us

Dan Fogelman is a writer and producer, known for This Is Us (2016), Life Itself (2018) and Tangled (2010). He has been married to Caitlin Thompson since June 13, 2015.

LIKE FAMILY (creator, wrote pilot 2003-2004) + The NEIGHBORS (creator, wrote 8 eps 2012-2014) + GALAVANT (creator, wrote 4 eps 2015-2016) + PITCH (creator, wrote 3 eps 2016-2016) + THIS is US (creator, wrote 10 eps 2016-now). ***1 Emmy nomination*** Also wrote films CARS (2006) + FRED CLAUS (2007) + BOLT (2008) + TANGLED (2010) + CARS 2 (2011) + CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. (2011) + The GUILT TRIP (2012) + LAST VEGAS (2013) + DANNY COLLINS (2015).

85. Toby Whithouse

Writer | Being Human

Toby Whithouse is a writer and producer, known for Being Human (2008), The Game (2014) and Bridget Jones's Diary (2001).

NO ANGELS (creator, wrote 2 eps 2004-2006) + DOCTOR WHO (wrote 8 eps 2006-2017) + TORCHWOOD (wrote 1 ep 2006) + BEING HUMAN (creator, wrote 22 eps 2008-2013) + The GAME (creator, wrote 4 eps 2014). ***2 BAFTA nominations***

86. Noah Hawley

Writer | Fargo

Award-winning Noah Hawley is one of the most accomplished auteurs and versatile storytellers working in television, film and literature. Hawley balances the art of telling cinematic, unforgettable character-driven stories that linger along after you've been immersed in them.

Over the course of his ...

BONES (xse, wrote 6 eps 2005-2008) + The UNUSUALS (creator, wrote 3 eps 2009-2009) + LEGION (creator, written 14 eps 2017-2018) + FARGO (creator, wrote 23 eps 2014-2017). ***8 Emmy nominations (1 wins)*** Also wrote films LIES & ALIBIS (2006).

87. Shonda Rhimes

Writer | Grey's Anatomy

Shonda Rhimes was born on January 13, 1970 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Shonda Lynn Rhimes. She is a writer and producer, known for Grey's Anatomy (2005), Scandal (2012) and Crossroads (2002).

GREY'S ANATOMY (creator, wrote 26 eps 2005-2015) + PRIVATE PRACTICE (creator, wrote 11 eps 2007-2013) + SCANDAL (creator, wrote 15 eps 2012-2018) + STATION 19 (xp, created characters, 2018-now). ***3 Emmy nominations*** Also wrote film CROSSROADS (2002).

88. Graeme Manson

Writer | Orphan Black

Graeme Manson is a writer and producer, known for Orphan Black (2013), Cube (1997) and Rent-a-Goalie (2006).

RENT-a-GOALIE (cp, wrote 18 eps 2006-2008) + ORPHAN BLACK (creator, wrote 16 eps 2013-2017). ***9 CSA nominations (7 wins)*** Also wrote films CUBE (1997) + RUPERT'S LAND (1998) + LUCKY GIRL (2001).

89. Robert Kirkman

Writer | Fear the Walking Dead

Robert Kirkman was born on November 30, 1978 in Richmond, Kentucky, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Fear the Walking Dead (2015), The Walking Dead (2010) and Outcast (2016).

INVINCIBLE (comic creator, 2008-2008) + The WALKING DEAD (comic creator + xp, wrote 7 eps 2010-now) + FEAR the WALKING DEAD (comic creator, wrote 3 eps 2015-now) + OUTCAST (creator, wrote 2 eps 2016-now).

90. Felicia Day

Producer | The Guild

Felicia Day was born on June 28, 1979 in Huntsville, Alabama, USA as Kathryn Felicia Day. She is an actress and producer, known for her work on TV and the web video world. She has appeared in mainstream television shows and films, including "Supernatural", and a two-season arc on the SyFy series "...

The GUILD (creator, wrote 46 eps 2009-2012) + SPOOKED (xp, wrote 4 eps 2014-2014) + TABLETOP (creator, 2012-2015) + MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: The RETURN (wrote 4 eps 2017-2017) + VAGINAL FANTASY BOOK CLUB (wrote 69 eps 2012-2018).

91. Frank Darabont

Writer | The Green Mile

Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont was born in a refugee camp in 1959 in Montbeliard, France, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution. Brought to America as an infant, he settled with his family in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood High ...

The WALKING DEAD (developed, wrote 5 eps 2010-2011) + MOB CITY (creator, wrote 3 eps 2013-2014). Also wrote films A NIGHTMARE on ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS (1987) + The BLOB (1988) + The FLY II (1989) + The SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994) + MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN (1994) + The GREEN MILE (1999) + The MIST (2007) + GODZILLA (2014). ***3 Oscar nominations***

92. Michelle Lovretta

Writer | Killjoys

Michelle Lovretta is a writer and producer, known for Killjoys (2015), Lost Girl (2010) and The Secret Circle (2011).

LOST GIRL (creator, wrote 8 eps 2010-2015) + KILLJOYS (creator, wrote 11 eps 2015-now).

93. Jonathan Nolan

Writer | Westworld

Attended Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois, graduating in 1994.

Graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1999. Majored in English.

Shortly after graduating from Georgetown University, Jonathan Nolan served as a production assistant on Memento (2000).

Wrote the short story, "...

PERSON of INTEREST (creator, wrote 9 eps 2011-2016) + WESTWORLD (creator, wrote 10 eps 2016-now). ***3 Emmy nominations*** Also wrote films MEMENTO (2000) + The PRESTIGE (2006) + The DARK KNIGHT (2008) + The DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012) + INTERSTELLAR (2014). ***1 Oscar nomination***

94. Neil LaBute

Writer | In the Company of Men

Acclaimed and highly discussed filmmaker Neil LaBute has made himself a force to be reckoned with and a name to watch. With his true-to-life cynical and self-absorbed characters and all-too-true social themes, he has firmly established himself as an unforgiving judge of the ugliest side of human ...

FULL CIRCLE (creator, wrote all 10 eps 2013-2013) + BILLY & BILLIE (creator, wrote 10 eps 2015-2016) + VAN HELSING (xp, wrote 8 eps 2016-2018). Also wrote films IN the COMPANY of MEN (1997) + YOUR FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS (1998) + POSSESSION (2002) + The SHAPE of THINGS (2003) + The WICKER MAN (2006) + SOME GIRL(S) (2013) + SOME VELVET MORNING (2013) + MY AMERICA (2014) + DIRTY WEEKEND (2015).

95. John Fawcett

Director | Orphan Black

John Fawcett was born on March 5, 1968 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is a director and producer, known for Orphan Black (2013), Ginger Snaps (2000) and The Dark (2005). He was previously married to Laura Wood Fawcett.

ORPHAN BLACK (co-creator, wrote 17 eps 2013-2017). ***5 CSA nominations (5 wins)*** Also wrote film GINGER SNAPS (2000).

96. Matt Duffer

Writer | Stranger Things

Matt Duffer was born as Matthew C. Duffer. He is a writer and producer, known for Stranger Things (2016), We All Fall Down (2005) and Wayward Pines (2015).

WAYWARD PINES (co-creator, wrote 4 eps 2015-2015) + STRANGER THINGS (co-creator, wrote 7 eps 2016-now). ***5 Emmy nominations*** Also wrote film HIDDEN (2015).

97. Ross Duffer

Writer | Stranger Things

Ross Duffer was born as Ross C. Duffer. He is a writer and producer, known for Stranger Things (2016), We All Fall Down (2005) and Wayward Pines (2015).

WAYWARD PINES (co-creator, wrote 4 eps 2015-2015) + STRANGER THINGS (co-creator, wrote 7 eps 2016-now). ***5 Emmy nominations*** Also wrote film HIDDEN (2015).

98. Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Actress | Solo: A Star Wars Story

Phoebe Waller-Bridge was born on July 14, 1985 in London, England as Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge. She is an actress and writer, known for Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), Fleabag (2016) and Killing Eve (2018). She is married to Conor Woodman.

CRASHING (creator, wrote all 6 eps 2016-2016) + FLEABAG (creator, wrote 4 eps 2016-2016) + KILLING EVE (creator, wrote 4 eps 2018-now). ***1 Emmy nomination + 2 BAFTA nominations (1 win)***

99. David Angell

Writer | Frasier

David Angell was a multiple Emmy Award winner as the creator/executive producer, along with Peter Casey and David Lee, of the hit comedy series Frasier. David was born in West Barrington, RI, and he received a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Providence College. He entered the army upon...



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