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Jenji Kohan

Biography

Award-nominated writer, producer and creator of hit shows like Showtime’s Weeds, as well as the Netflix first series, Orange may be the Brand-new Black. Alongside many other superstars from LA, she visited Beverly Hills SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL within the posh 90210 zip code. In 2007, she received a Manufacturers Guild of America nomination on her behalf focus on the series, Weeds. She acquired three kids with Christopher Noxon, a article writer. She made the strike series, Weeds, which starred Mary Louise Parker because the marijuana-slinging Nancy Botwin.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jenji Kohan
Date Of Birth July 5, 1969
Place Of Birth Los Angeles, CA
Profession Screenwriter
Education Columbia University
Nationality American
Spouse Christopher Noxon
Parents Buz Kohan, Rhea Kohan
Siblings David Kohan
Awards Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Comedy, Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television - Comedy, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety Or Music Program
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: New Series, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing - Variety Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special, WGA Award for Best Comedy/Variety - (Including Talk) Series - Television, British Academy Television International Award
Movies Tough Trade
TV Shows Weeds, The Stones, Orange Is the New Black, GLOW
Star Sign Cancer

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#Fact
1One of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. [April 2014].
2Daughter of Buz Kohan and Rhea Kohan, sister of David Kohan.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
G.L.O.W.2017TV Series writer - 1 episode filming
Orange Is the New BlackTV Series creator - 39 episodes, 2013 - 2015 created by - 28 episodes, 2016 - 2019 written by - 9 episodes, 2013 - 2016
The Devil You KnowTV Mini-Series creator - 1 episode, 2015 written by - 1 episode, 2015
WeedsTV Series creator - 102 episodes, 2005 - 2012 written by - 22 episodes, 2005 - 2012
Tough Trade2010TV Movie creator / written by
Ronna & Beverly2009TV Movie
The Stones2004TV Series creator
My Wonderful Life2002TV Movie
Will & Grace2002TV Series written by - 1 episode
Gilmore Girls2000TV Series written by - 1 episode
Tracey Takes On...TV Series writer - 15 episodes, 1996 - 1999 written by - 3 episodes, 1997
Sex and the City1998TV Series story by - 1 episode
Mad About YouTV Series written by - 3 episodes, 1996 - 1997 story - 1 episode, 1997
Boston Common1996TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1994TV Series teleplay - 1 episode

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
G.L.O.W.2017TV Series executive producer - 2 episodes filming
Orange Is the New Black2013-2017TV Series executive producer - 57 episodes
Weeds2005-2012TV Series executive producer - 102 episodes
Tough Trade2010TV Movie executive producer
Ronna & Beverly2009TV Movie executive producer
Me & Lee?2007TV Movie executive producer
The Stones2004TV Series executive producer
My Wonderful Life2002TV Movie executive producer
Gilmore Girls2000-2001TV Series producer - 12 episodes
Tracey Takes On...TV Series producer - 12 episodes, 1996 - 1997 supervising producer - 2 episodes, 1999
Mad About You1996-1997TV Series producer - 24 episodes
The Best of Tracey Takes On...1996TV Movie producer

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Weeds2010TV SeriesWoman at airport

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Clippin' the Buds: Medical Marijuana and the Marijuana Pill2013Video shortHerself
Everyday Advice from Guru Doug2013Video shortHerself
Weeds Season 8: The Wrap Up2013Video shortHerself
2012 Writers Guild Awards2012TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
America in Primetime2011TV Series documentaryHerself - Creator, Weeds
Bye-Bye Botwins2011Video shortHerself
Fandamonium: Weeds Creators Tell All2011Video shortHerself
Crazy Love: A Guide to the Dysfunctional Relationships of 'Weeds'2010Video shortHerself
Anatomy of a Script 3: Jenji Kohan2008Video documentaryHerself
My Tale of Two Cities2008Documentary
Reinventando Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
Burbs to the Beach2008Video shortHerself
Tour of Bubbie's House2008Video shortHerself
Weeds: Suburban Shakedown2005TV Short documentaryHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, ComedyOrange Is the New Black (2013)· Mark A. Burley
· Sara Hess
· Gary Lennon
· Neri Kyle Tannenbaum
· Michael Trim
· Lisa Vinnecour
2014Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Episode of the YearOrange Is the New Black (2013)· Michael Trim (director)
· Tara Herrmann (writer)
2006WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAEpisodic ComedyWeeds (2005)
1997Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety, Music or Comedy SeriesTracey Takes On... (1996)· Allan McKeown (executive producer)
· Tracey Ullman (executive producer)
· Jerry Belson (consulting producer)
· Dick Clement (supervising producer)
· Ian La Frenais (supervising producer)
· Carey Dietrich (producer)
· Thomas Schlamme (producer)
· Robert Klane (producer)
· Molly Newman (producer)
· Gail Parent (producer)
· Stephanie Laing (associate producer)
· Allen J. Zipper (coordinating producer)
1996CableACECableACE AwardsVariety Special or SeriesTracey Takes On... (1996)· Allan McKeown (executive producer)
· Tracey Ullman (executive producer)
· Dick Clement (supervisding producer)
· Ian La Frenais (supervisding producer)
· Jerry Belson (producer)
· Kevin Berg (producer)
· Kim Fuller (producer)
· Molly Newman (producer)
· Gail Parent (producer)
· Thomas Schlamme (producer)
· Tony Sheehan (producer)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAComedy SeriesOrange Is the New Black (2013)· Stephen Falk
· Sian Heder
· Tara Herrmann
· Sara Hess
· Nick Jones
· Lauren Morelli
· Alex Regnery
· Hartley Voss
2015Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesOrange Is the New Black (2013)· Mark A. Burley (co-executive producer)
· Stephen Falk (co-executive producer)
· Sara Hess (co-executive producer)
· Lisa Vinnecour (co-executive producer)
· Tara Herrmann (producer)
· Neri Kyle Tannenbaum (produced by)
2015Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Episode of the YearOrange Is the New Black (2013)· Constantine Makris (director)
2015Screenplay CompetitionScreenwriters Choice Awards, OnlineBest Television ComedyOrange Is the New Black (2013)
2014WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAComedy SeriesOrange Is the New Black (2013)· Liz Friedman
· Sian Heder
· Tara Herrmann
· Sara Hess
· Nick Jones
· Gary Lennon
· Lauren Morelli
· Marco Ramirez
2014WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USANew SeriesOrange Is the New Black (2013)· Liz Friedman
· Sian Heder
· Tara Herrmann
· Sara Hess
· Nick Jones
· Gary Lennon
· Lauren Morelli
· Marco Ramirez
2014WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAEpisodic ComedyOrange Is the New Black (2013)· Liz Friedman (teleplay by)
2014Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Comedy SeriesOrange Is the New Black (2013)· Liz Friedman
2014Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesOrange Is the New Black (2013)· Sara Hess (co-executive producer)
· Michael Trim (co-executive producer)
· Lisa Vinnecour (co-executive producer)
· Gary Lennon (supervising producer)
· Neri Kyle Tannenbaum (produced by)
· Mark A. Burley (consulting producer)
2014Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Episode of the YearOrange Is the New Black (2013)· Michael Trim (director)
· Liz Friedman (writer)
2014OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing in a Comedy SeriesOrange Is the New Black (2013)· Piper Kerman
· Sian Heder
· Nick Jones
· Lauren Morelli
· Sara Hess
· Tara Herrmann
· Marco Ramirez
· Liz Friedman
· Gary Lennon
· Stephen Falk
· Alex Regnery
· Hartley Voss
2014Screenplay CompetitionScreenwriters Choice Awards, OnlineBest Television ComedyOrange Is the New Black (2013)
2010PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, ComedyWeeds (2005)· Roberto Benabib
· Craig Zisk
· Mark A. Burley
2009WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAComedy SeriesWeeds (2005)· Roberto Benabib
· Mark A. Burley
· Ron Fitzgerald
· Dave Holstein
· Rolin Jones
· Brendan Kelly
· Victoria Morrow
· Matthew Salsberg
2009Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesWeeds (2005)· Roberto Benabib (executive producer)
· Craig Zisk (executive producer)
· Mark A. Burley (co-executive producer)
· Matthew Salsberg (co-executive producer)
· Rolin Jones (supervising producer)
2009PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, ComedyWeeds (2005)· Roberto Benabib
· Craig Zisk
· Mark A. Burley
2007PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, ComedyWeeds (2005)· Roberto Benabib
· Mark A. Burley
1999Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety, Music or Comedy SeriesTracey Takes On... (1996)· Allan McKeown (executive producer)
· Tracey Ullman (executive producer)
· Stephanie Laing
· Jerry Belson (consulting producer)
· George McGrath (consulting producer)
· Dick Clement (supervising producer)
· Ian La Frenais (supervising producer)
· Gail Parent (supervising producer)
1997WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAComedy/Variety (Including Talk) - SeriesTracey Takes On... (1996)· Jerry Belson
· Dick Clement
· Kim Fuller
· Ian La Frenais
· Molly Newman
· Gail Parent
· Tony Sheehan
· Tracey Ullman
· Allen J. Zipper
1997Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesMad About You (1992)· Larry Charles (executive producer)
· Danny Jacobson (executive producer)
· Paul Reiser (executive producer)
· Victor Levin (co-executive producer)
· Richard Day (co-executive producer)
· Helen Hunt (producer)
· Robert Heath (producer)
· Craig Knizek (producer)
· Maria Semple (producer)
· Mary Connelly (coordinating producer)
1997Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Variety or Music ProgramTracey Takes On... (1996)· Tracey Ullman (writer)
· Jerry Belson (writer)
· Dick Clement (writer)
· Ian La Frenais (writer)
· Allen J. Zipper (writer)
· Robert Klane (writer)
· Molly Newman (writer)
· Gail Parent (writer)
1996Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety, Music or Comedy SpecialThe Best of Tracey Takes On... (1996)· Allan McKeown (executive producer)
· Tracey Ullman (executive producer)
· Kevin Berg
· Kim Fuller
· Molly Newman
· Gail Parent
· Tony Sheehan
· Thomas Schlamme
· Ian La Frenais (supervising producer)
· Dick Clement (supervising producer)
· Allen J. Zipper (coordinating producer)
1996Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Variety or Music ProgramTracey Takes On... (1996)· Tracey Ullman
· Dick Clement
· Molly Newman
· Tony Sheehan
· Jerry Belson
· Kim Fuller
· Ian La Frenais
· Gail Parent
· Allen J. Zipper


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#Quote
1When I got out of college in 1991, I had four jobs in four different parts of L.A. There was I Love Juicy, a smoothie bar in Venice, and the Videotheque on Sunset Boulevard, across from the old Tower Records. I was also an intern at the 'Los Angeles Reader' in the Miracle Mile and at 'High Performance' magazine downtown.
2We still have this prudish, puritanical culture, but we also have so little exposure to a diversity of bodies. Bodies are beautiful and great and compelling.
3My ex-boyfriend said, 'You have a better chance of getting elected to Congress than getting on the staff of a television show.' Which was the perfect thing for him to say, because my entire career is, 'Well, screw you.' And we broke up.
4I'm never going to look like a Nordic model, so I play with what I've got. Instead of going gray, I dye my hair bright colors; I have bad vision, so I wear sparkly glasses. I embrace that I look like a crazy lady.
5My first job is to entertain, but if, while you're enjoying, you start to question something you never thought about before or empathize with, relate to, love someone you only thought of as 'other' once upon a time - how awesome is that.
6Mainly, I'm doing my thing, and I hope people like it. I don't say, 'I'm going to write something radical and hope it reverberates throughout society.' The goal is to write a solid, entertaining, engaging show.
7I'm from the creative side of Hollywood. I'm up for anyone that wants to support my work. If you have eyeballs and give me a budget and are nice to me, I'm in.
8I was broke when I lived in New York City during college, so I'd spend weekends walking around town, grabbing something to eat, and interacting with strangers. That ritual has stuck with me.
9I don't set out to write female lead shows, necessarily. I like deeply flawed characters. When they come to me, or when I'm introduced to them, I follow the stories and the people, rather than setting out to do a female lead thing.
10I think great writers should write great shows, and I have trouble with, like, what you are in life shouldn't automatically make you what you do in your art. It doesn't necessarily translate.
11I think shows that are completely dramatic are a lie. People use humor to cope. That is how we deal with things. In the darkest situations, there's humor. And if you don't show that, you're not being true to real life.
12I remember one of my writers on 'Weeds' got a new apartment and didn't get cable or a dish. He just hooked his computer up to the TV. I was like, 'This is it. This is how it's happening.'
13Personally, I like to yearn a little and long for the next episode. On the other hand, I'm also a glutton. My kids love to dive in and eat whole series at once.
14It can go two ways with girls: They either bond or eat each other alive.
15I love flawed characters, male or female, and I only want to talk about flawed characters, really, in what I do.
16In my head I'm a rapper, but I'm not!
17I'm a huge Ira Glass fan; I'm a huge fan of radio in general.
18I'm not a public figure; I shouldn't have to be held to a certain standard of beauty.
19'Be nice' is my family's basic rule but one that often goes unfollowed in Hollywood. There's always a moment when you can choose between being snarky and being kind. I opt for the latter - it's much less exhausting!
20A TV touchstone for me is 'The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd.' That series was whimsical and smart and had the mix of comedy and drama that I now trade in - but with a dash of magical realism. I wanted to be Molly Dodd, but more than that, I wanted to be Jay Tarses, who created the show.
21I can shoot off my big mouth and write my shows and run my shows, and I can recognize how lucky I am because my position is rare and my position is privileged.
22What offends me more than something sexist is something poorly written or unfunny or cliched.
23I believe in the power of media. I really do. It's my soapbox. And I do have an agenda, because I'm enraged by the limitations forced on people - by poverty, oppression, hatred, fear - and I'm saddened by the kind of loss we all experienced due to the contributions that people cannot make because of their circumstances.
24For a lot of people, film is still the dream - the captive audience in the darkened theater - but I love TV. I think it's fantastic.
25By nature, I sit alone in a room and type... My goal was never celebrity.
26I am a huge, huge Regina Spektor fan.
27Home is where your family is. Wherever you are, it's about the people you're surrounded by, not necessarily where you lay your head.
28There's more to us than the moment we made a bad decision.


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