Favourite Screen Writers

by jamiehughes123 | created - 27 Jul 2015 | updated - 4 weeks ago | Public

1. 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, ...

Law & Order: SVU; Chicago Med; Chicago P.D.

2. 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 "...

The Flash; Legends of Tomorrow; Supergirl

3. 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; CSI: Immortality

4. 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 ...

Two and a Half Men; The Big Bang Theory

5. Steven Knight

Writer | Locke

Steven Knight is a British screenwriter and film director. He is best known for screenplays he wrote for the films Dirty Pretty Things (2002) and Eastern Promises (2007), and also directed as well as written the film Locke (2013).

Knight is also one of three creators of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire...

Peaky Blinders; Taboo

6. Paul Scheuring

Writer | The Experiment

Paul Scheuring was born on November 20, 1968 in Aurora, Illinois, USA as Paul T. Scheuring. He is a writer and producer, known for The Experiment (2010), Den of Thieves (2018) and A Man Apart (2003).

Prison Break; Prison Break: Resurrection

7. Bruno Heller

Writer | Rome

Bruno Heller was born in 1960 in London, England. He is a writer and producer, known for Rome (2005), Gotham (2014) and The Mentalist (2008).

Gotham

8. 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 ...

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

9. Bill Prady

Producer | The Big Bang Theory

Born in Detroit, Michigan. Prady began working in entertainment in 1982 at 'Jim Henson' Productions (then "Henson Associates") in New York. Prady worked on a variety of projects there, including writing for the "Jim Henson Hour" and writing "MuppetVision 3-D." the 3-D Muppet Movie that appears at ...

The Big Bang Theory

10. Jeff Davis

Writer | Teen Wolf

Jeff Davis was born on June 13, 1975 in Connecticut, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Teen Wolf (2011), Criminal Minds (2005) and War of the Worlds.

Criminal Minds

11. Donald P. Bellisario

Writer | Magnum, P.I.

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 ...

NCIS

12. Daniel J. Goor

Writer | Parks and Recreation

Daniel J. Goor was born on April 28, 1975 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Parks and Recreation (2009), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013) and Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993).

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

13. Lee Daniels

Producer | Precious

Lee Daniels gave his parents an early Christmas present when he entered the world on December 24, 1959; unfortunately, the Philadelphia native was to have a difficult relationship with his police officer father who later reacted violently to his son's sexuality. Despite the brutality of his ...

Empire

14. Nic Pizzolatto

Writer | True Detective

An award-winning novelist and short-story writer, he is the author of the collection 'Between Here and the Yellow Sea' and the novel 'Galveston.' He is originally from Southwest Louisiana, and taught literature at several universities, including the University of Chicago, before going into ...

True Detective

15. Bryan Fuller

Writer | Pushing Daisies

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,...

Hannibal

16. Ann Biderman

Writer | Copycat

Ann Biderman was born on August 15, 1951. She is a writer and producer, known for Copycat (1995), NYPD Blue (1993) and Primal Fear (1996).

Ray Donovan

17. Stephen Levinson

Producer | Entourage

Stephen Levinson is an American film and television producer. He is the recipient of two Producer's Guild of America Awards, a BAFTA Award, two Peabody Awards, and a Golden Globe Award.

He is the owner and principal of Leverage, a talent management and production company, through which he has ...

Ballers

18. Shane Meadows

Director | Dead Man's Shoes

Shane Meadows was born on December 26, 1972 in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, England. He is a director and writer, known for Dead Man's Shoes (2004), This Is England (2006) and TwentyFourSeven (1997).

This is England '90

Ripper Street

20. Brad Falchuk

Writer | Glee

Brad Falchuk is a writer and producer, known for Glee (2009), American Horror Story (2011) and Nip/Tuck (2003). He has been married to Gwyneth Paltrow since September 29, 2018. He was previously married to Suzanne Bukinik.

American Horror Story

21. 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

22. Jonathan Nolan

Writer | Interstellar

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

23. 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.

The Leftovers

24. 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 ...

Sherlock

25. Noah Hawley

Writer | Fargo

Noah Hawley is an author, screenwriter, and producer. He has published four novels: A Conspiracy of Tall Men, Other People's Weddings, The Punch and The Good Father. He penned the script for the 2006 feature film Lies and Alibis and in television, Hawley created, executive produced, and served as ...

Fargo

26. Trey Parker

Music_department | South Park

Trey was born in Conifer, Colorado, on October 19, 1969 to Randy Parker, a geologist, and Sharon Parker, an insurance broker. He has an older sister, Shelley Parker. He met Matt Stone (co-creator of South Park (1997)) while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he had a double ...

South Park

27. Alex Gansa

Producer | Homeland

Alex Gansa is a producer and writer, known for Homeland (2011), Beauty and the Beast (1987) and The X-Files (1993). He is married to Lauren White (IX).

Homeland

28. Harlan Coben

Writer | Ne le dis à personne

Harlan Coben was born on January 4, 1962 in Newark, New Jersey, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Tell No One (2006), The Five (2016) and Juste un regard (2017).

The Five

29. Eileen Heisler

Producer | The Middle

She has twin sons, Justin and Ben (born 2000), with television executive husband Adam Wolman

The Middle

30. Shonda Rhimes

Producer | Grey's Anatomy

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

Scandal

31. Martin Scorsese

Director | Taxi Driver

Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later ...

Vinyl

32. Frank Darabont

Writer | The Walking Dead

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

33. Scott Alexander

Writer | The People vs. Larry Flynt

Scott Alexander was born on June 16, 1963 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), Ed Wood (1994) and American Crime Story (2016).

American Crime Story: The People v. OJ. Simpson

34. Martin Gero

Producer | Blindspot

Martin Gero was born on July 6, 1977 in Geneva, Switzerland as Martin Quinn Gero. He is a producer and writer, known for Blindspot (2015), The L.A. Complex (2012) and Stargate: Atlantis (2004).

Blindspot

35. Jon Bokenkamp

Writer | The Blacklist

Jon Bokenkamp is a writer and producer, known for The Blacklist (2013), Taking Lives (2004) and Perfect Stranger (2007).

The Blacklist

36. Anthony Cipriano

Writer | 12 and Holding

Anthony S. Cipriano (born August 1, 1975) is an American-born writer / producer of TV and motion pictures based in Los Angeles. He is best known for creating TV series Bates Motel. Cipriano is also an Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award nominee for his film 12 and Holding, directed by Michael ...

Bates Motel

37. Steven Soderbergh

Director | Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to ...

The Knick

38. Greg Daniels

Writer | The Office

Greg Daniels was born on June 13, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Gregory Martin Daniels. He is a writer and producer, known for The Office (2005), Parks and Recreation (2009) and King of the Hill (1997). He has been married to Susanne Daniels since September 15, 1991. They have ...

The Office (US)

39. Leonardo Fasoli

Writer | Gomorra: La serie

Leonardo Fasoli is a writer and assistant director, known for Gomorra: La serie (2014), Maltese - Il Romanzo del Commissario (2017) and Paolo Borsellino (2004).

Gomorrah

Banshee

42. Steve Carell

Actor | The Office

Steve Carell, one of America's most versatile comics, was born Steven John Carell on August 16, 1962, in Concord, Massachusetts. He is the son of Harriet Theresa (Koch), a psychiatric nurse, and Edwin A. Carell, an electrical engineer. His mother was of Polish descent and his father, of Italian and...

Angie Tribeca

43. Nancy Carell

Actress | The 40 Year Old Virgin

Nancy Carell was born on July 19, 1966 in Cohasset, Massachusetts, USA as Nancy Ellen Walls. She is an actress and writer, known for The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) and Bridesmaids (2011). She has been married to Steve Carell since August 5, 1995. ...

Angie Tribeca

44. 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), Beavis and Butt-Head (1993) and Silicon Valley (2014).

Silicon Valley

45. Michael Brandt

Writer | The Double

Michael Brandt was born on October 1, 1968 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Double (2011), Chicago P.D. (2014) and Chicago Fire (2012).

Chicago Fire

46. Andrew Ross Sorkin

Writer | Billions

Andrew Ross Sorkin was born on February 19, 1977. He is a writer and producer, known for Billions (2016), The Newsroom (2012) and Norman (2016). He has been married to Pilar Queen Sorkin since June 9, 2007. They have two children.

Billions

47. Danny McBride

Actor | Pineapple Express

Danny McBride was born on December 29, 1976 in Statesboro, Georgia, USA as Daniel Richard McBride. He is an actor and writer, known for Pineapple Express (2008), Vice Principals (2016) and This Is the End (2013). He has been married to Gia Ruiz since October 9, 2010. They have one child.

Vice Principals

48. Adi Hasak

Writer | Eyewitness

Hasak was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and raised in Israel and the U.S. Following seven years in the military, Hasak worked as a journalist before coming to Hollywood and writing for television and film.

Hasak wrote the "Shades of Blue" pilot on spec. After Jennifer Lopez and Barry Levinson ...

Shades of Blue

49. Steven Zaillian

Writer | Schindler's List

Steven Zaillian was born on January 30, 1953 in Fresno, California, USA as Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian. He is a writer and producer, known for Schindler's List (1993), Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).

The Night Of

50. John McNamara

Producer | Trumbo

John McNamara is a writer, producer, show-runner and television creator. He wrote and co-produced the feature film "Trumbo," for which Bryan Cranston was nominated for an Oscar, as Dalton Trumbo, one of The Hollywood Ten blacklisted screenwriters. The film was nominated by the WGA for Best Adapted ...

Aquarius

51. Greg Hemphill

Actor | Still Game

Born in 1969, in Glasgow, Greg Hemphill was raised in Montreal, Canada, but later returned to Scotland to study at the University of Glasgow, where he achieved an MA Honours Degree in theatre, film and television. His debut was at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1990, and has become well-known for...

Still Game

52. Ford Kiernan

Actor | Still Game

Born in Scotland in 1962, Ford Kiernan was originally a tailor who branched out into comedy, appearing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1995. His debut was appearing in his play, written with Greg Hemphill, "Still Game" (2002), which is now a hit sitcom in Scotland. He is married to Lesley, and ...

Still Game

53. Lee Mack

Actor | Not Going Out

Lee Mack was born in 1968 in Southport, Lancashire, England as Lee Gordon McKillop. He is an actor and writer, known for Not Going Out (2006), The Sketch Show (2001) and Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show (2005). He has been married to Tara since 2005. They have three children.

Not Going Out

54. Lennie James

Actor | The Walking Dead

Lennie James was born in Nottingham to Trinidadian parents, and grew up in South London. His mother, Phyllis Mary James, died when he was 12. Lennie and his older brother went into a council children's home. When he was 16 he was fostered with a social worker who had two older children, and they ...

Save Me

55. Robert Popper

Actor | Hot Fuzz

Robert Popper was born on November 23, 1967 in St. Marylebone, London, England as Robert Darren Popper. He is known for his work on Hot Fuzz (2007), Look Around You (2002) and Friday Night Dinner (2011).

Friday Night Dinner

56. Damon Beesley

Producer | The Inbetweeners

Damon Beesley was born in 1971 in the UK. He is a producer and writer, known for The Inbetweeners (2008), The Inbetweeners 2 (2014) and The Inbetweeners Movie (2011).

The Inbetweeners

57. Donald Glover

Actor | Solo: A Star Wars Story

The multi-talented Donald Glover is a writer, actor, musician, comedian, producer and director, who performs under the stage names Childish Gambino and mcDJ. He was born Donald McKinley Glover at Edwards Air Force Base, California, and was raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. His mother, Beverly (...

Atlanta

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