Greatest Female Showrunners

by kathleenjuliamary | created - 27 Jun 2016 | updated - 27 Jun 2016 | Public

Behind every great show is a great woman. We're taking a moment for the women behind the magic of the biz'.

1. Tina Fey

Writer | 30 Rock

Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born in 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia, to Xenobia "Jeanne" (Xenakes), a brokerage employee, and Donald Henry Fey, who wrote grant proposals for universities. Her mother is Greek, born in Piraeus, while her father had German, Northern Irish,...

2. Ilana Glazer

Actress | Rough Night

Ilana Glazer was born on April 12, 1987 in Long Island, New York, USA as Ilana Rose Glazer. She is an actress and writer, known for Rough Night (2017), Broad City (2014) and Broad City (2010). She has been married to David Rooklin since February 25, 2017.

3. Abbi Jacobson

Actress | Broad City

Abbi Jacobson was born on February 1, 1984 in Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA as Abbi Lee Jacobson. She is an actress and writer, known for Broad City (2014), Broad City (2010) and The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017).

4. Jenji Kohan

Writer | Orange Is the New Black

Jenji Kohan was born on July 5, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Jenji Leslie Kohan. She is a writer and producer, known for Orange Is the New Black (2013), Weeds (2005) and Tracey Takes On... (1996). She has been married to Christopher Noxon since 1997. They have three children.

5. Jane Espenson

Producer | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Jane Espenson was born on July 14, 1964 in Ames, Iowa, USA as Jane Amanda Espenson. She is a producer and writer, known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), Game of Thrones (2011) and Husbands (2011).

6. Madelyn Davis

Writer | Life with Lucy

Madelyn Davis was born on March 15, 1921 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA as Madelyn Pugh. She was a writer and producer, known for Life with Lucy (1986), I Love Lucy (1951) and The Tom Ewell Show (1960). She was married to Dr. Richard Merrill Davis and Quinn Martin. She died on April 20, 2011 in ...

7. Mindy Kaling

Actress | The Office

Mindy Kaling was born on June 24, 1979 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Vera Mindy Chokalingam. She is an actress and producer, known for The Office (2005), Inside Out (2015) and Wreck-It Ralph (2012).

8. Amy Schumer

Writer | Trainwreck

Amy Schumer was born on June 1, 1981 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Amy Beth Schumer. She is a writer and actress, known for Trainwreck (2015), Inside Amy Schumer (2013) and I Feel Pretty (2018). She has been married to Chris Fischer since February 13, 2018. They have one child.

9. Lena Dunham

Writer | Tiny Furniture

New Yorker Lena Dunham is the daughter of a painter, Carroll Dunham and Laurie Simmons, a designer and photographer. Dunham was educated at Oberlin College, Ohio, graduating with a creative writing degree. It was while at Oberlin that she began writing shorts and feature films. In 2009, Dunham ...

10. Lizz Winstead

Writer | Wake Up World

As a co-creator and former head writer of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," and Co-founder of Air America Radio; Lizz Winstead has emerged as a critically acclaimed political writer and producer. As a performer, Winstead brought her political wit to "The Daily Show" as a Correspondent and later to...

12. 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.

13. Amy Poehler

Actress | Inside Out

Amy Meredith Poehler was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to high school teachers Eileen Frances (Milmore) and William Grinstead Poehler. Her brother is comedian Greg Poehler. She is of Irish (from her mother) and English, Irish, German, and Portuguese (from her father) descent. Amy was first ...

14. Michelle King

Writer | The Good Wife

Michelle King is a writer and producer, known for The Good Wife (2009), The Good Fight (2017) and BrainDead (2016). She is married to Robert King.

15. Liz Brixius

Writer | Nurse Jackie

Liz Brixius is a writer and producer, known for Nurse Jackie (2009), One for the Money (2012) and Go On (2012).

16. Jo Miller

Writer | The Daily Show

Jo Miller is a writer and producer, known for The Daily Show (1996), Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (2016) and The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear (2010).

17. Amy Sherman-Palladino

Writer | The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

An only child, Amy Sherman-Palladino is daughter to comedian Don Sherman & dancer Maybin Hewes.

Originally a dancer herself, Palladino had initially received a callback to the musical Cats, while also having a possible writing position on the staff of Roseanne in rotation. When she and writing ...

18. 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).

19. Betsy Beers

Producer | Grey's Anatomy

Betsy Beers is a producer, known for Grey's Anatomy (2005), Casanova (2005) and The Catch (2016).

20. Sarah Silverman

Actress | Wreck-It Ralph

Two-time Emmy Award winner Sarah Silverman is one of the most versatile talents in entertainment, with credits including that of actress, creator, writer, executive producer, comedian, and author. Silverman will next be seen in both The Book of Henry and The Lonely Island's Popstar: Never Stop ...

21. Erica Messer

Producer | Criminal Minds

Erica Messer is known for her work on Criminal Minds (2005), The Biggest Little Farm (2018) and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (2016).

22. Jill Soloway

Producer | Transparent

Jill Soloway was born on September 26, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is a producer and writer, known for Transparent (2014), Six Feet Under (2001) and Afternoon Delight (2013). She was previously married to Bruce Gilbert.

23. Whitney Cummings

Actress | Made of Honor

Whitney Cummings was born on September 4, 1982 in Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Whitney Ann Cummings. She is a writer and actress, known for Made of Honor (2008), Whitney (2011) and The Female Brain (2017).



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