Jane Espenson

Jane Espenson

Known For: Writing · Birthday: 1964-07-14 · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Ames - Iowa - USA

3 Movies · 26 TV shows

Biography

Jane Espenson (born July 14, 1964) is an American television writer and producer.Espenson has worked on both situation comedies and serial dramas. She had a five-year stint as a writer and producer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and shared a Hugo Award with Drew Goddard for her writing on the episode "Conversations with Dead People".After her work on Buffy, she wrote and produced episodes of The O.C. and Gilmore Girls among other series. From 2006–2010, Espenson worked on Battlestar Galactica and many of its supplementary works. Between 2009–2010, she served on Caprica, as co-executive and executive producer and co-showrunner. In 2010, she wrote an episode of HBO's Game of Thrones, eventually earning a Writers' Guild Award for her involvement with the show. In 2011 Espenson joined the writing staff for the fourth season of the British television program Torchwood, which aired on BBC One in the United Kingdom and Starz in the United States during mid-2011.From 2011-2018, Espenson worked as a consulting producer and co-executive producer on ABC's series Once Upon a Time, and also wrote and directed some of the show's supplementary DVD content as well as helping develop the show's spin-off series. She co-wrote and produced an independent original web series with co-creator Brad Bell, entitled Husbands. She and Bell were nominated for a Writers' Guild Award for their work on the series. Espenson also contributed writing to seasons 1 and 3 of the Marvel series Jessica Jones.She is an executive producer of the HBO series The Nevers along with creator Joss Whedon and fellow Buffy alum Douglas Petrie.She has also written numerous comic books, edited multiple volumes of essays, and published several short stories.

Early Life

Espenson grew up in Ames, Iowa and graduated from Ames High School. As a teenager, Espenson found out that M*A*S*H accepted spec scripts without requiring the writer to have industry representation. Though she wasn't an established writer at the time, she attempted to write a script. She recalls, "It was a disaster. I never sent it. I didn't know the correct format. I didn't know the address of where to send it, and then I thought, they can't really hire me until I finish junior high anyway."

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 TV show
TV
The Nevers

The Nevers

2021
A group of women are trying to change the world.

2014.

1 Movie
Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show

2014
The documentary film "Showrunners" is the first ever feature length film to explore the fascinating world of US television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. The people responsib...

2013.

1 TV show
TV
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

4.25
2013
In Victorian England, the young and beautiful Alice tells a tale of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole. Doctors want Alice to forget. Even though she is ready to put it ...

2012.

1 TV show
TV
TableTop

TableTop

5.92
2012
A bi-weekly series hosted by Wil Wheaton where he and a bunch of celebrity guests gather to play their favorite games. The winner of the trophy will be decided.

2011.

4 TV shows
TV
Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

6.58
2011
The families are fighting. Friction between houses leads to war. There is an evil in the farthest north. The Night's Watch is a military order of misfits that is neglected during the war.
TV
Torchwood: Web of Lies

Torchwood: Web of Lies

2011
A ten episode companion series with events taking place during the Torchwood: Miracle Day series.
TV
Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

6.63
2011
Every story book character is trapped between two worlds, victims of a powerful curse, in a town in Maine. Since she was abandoned as a baby, Emma Swan has been supporting herself as a bail bonds coll...
TV
Husbands

Husbands

2011
Husbands is an American sitcom written and created by Brad Bell and Jane Espenson, which premiered September 13, 2011 via super syndication on platforms such as Blip, YouTube, and Roku. The series sta...

2010.

1 TV show
TV
Caprica

Caprica

5.71
2010
The Graystones and the Adamas are competing and thriving in the peaceful world of the 12 Colonies as they grow up, living in a society close to our own. Artificial intelligence and robotic technology ...

2009.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

5.47
2009
Twin Number Ones will have to destroy the human survivors if the initial attack against the Twelve Colonies fails to achieve complete eradication of human life.
TV
Warehouse 13

Warehouse 13

5.65
2009
Two secret service agents, Myka Bering and Pete Lattimer, were assigned to the top secret Warehouse 13 after saving the life of the President. The Warehouse is a top secret facility that houses danger...
TV
Dollhouse

Dollhouse

5.86
2009
A member of an underground group of individuals who have been wiped clean of their identities so they can be imprinted with any number of different identities. The "Actives" are hired by the wealthy, ...

2007.

1 Movie
Battlestar Galactica: Razor

Battlestar Galactica: Razor

5.29
2007
The story of the Pegasus is told in a two-hour special.

2006.

1 TV show
TV
Torchwood

Torchwood

6.07
2006
The strange and the extraterrestrial are being looked into.

2005.

1 TV show
TV
The Inside

The Inside

4
2005
Tim Minear and Howard Gordon are the creators of The Inside. The FBI's Los Angeles Violent Crimes Unit is dedicated to investigating dangerous crimes. The Inside aired on the Fox Network from June 8 t...

2004.

2 TV shows
TV
Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica

6.18
2004
The crew of the aged Galactica protect a small civilian fleet as they travel toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth, when the old enemy, the Cylons, come back and destroy the 12 colonies.
TV
The Batman

The Batman

9
2004
Bruce Wayne, The Batman, was joined on occasion by Robin and Batgirl.

2003.

1 TV show
TV
The O.C.

The O.C.

7.25
2003
A wealthy family is willing to give a chance to a teen. Ryan's arrival has caused a change in the status quo of the affluent, privileged community of Newport Beach.

2002.

1 TV show
TV
Firefly

Firefly

5.54
2002
After the arrival of humans in a new star system, follow the adventures of the crew of the "Firefly-class" spaceship. The characters are played by the cast.

2000.

1 TV show
TV
Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls

6.02
2000
The lives of a mother and daughter are chronicled.

1999.

2 TV shows
TV
Angel

Angel

6.13
1999
The vampire Angel, cursed with a soul, moves to Los Angeles and helps people with supernatural-related problems while trying to find his own redemption. There is a spin-off from Buffy the Vampire Slay...
TV
Strangers with Candy

Strangers with Candy

6
1999
Comedy Central has a show called "Strangers with Candy". The first and final seasons aired in 1999. Sundays at 10:00 p.m. Is it the time slot? TV Guide ranked the show one of the top cult shows of all...

1997.

1 TV show
TV
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

6.48
1997
Every generation has a girl. To stop the spread of their evil and swell of their number, she alone will wield the strength and skill to fight the vampire, demons, and the forces of darkness. She is a ...

1995.

1 TV show
TV
Nowhere Man

Nowhere Man

5.33
1995
Nowhere Man was an American television series that aired from 1995 to 1996. On Monday nights, the series was on UPN. TV Guide's label of "The season's cool hit" was one of the reasons why the show was...

1994.

2 TV shows
TV
Monty

Monty

1994
Monty was a short lived American sitcom that aired on the FOX network in 1994. Monty Richardson was played by Henry Winkler in the series. I'm Right was a best-selling book by Richardson. I'm correct....
TV
Ellen

Ellen

6
1994
Ellen was a sitcom that aired on the ABC network from March 29, 1994 to July 22, 1998. The series centered on Ellen's dealing with her quirky friends, her family and the problems of daily life. The fi...

1993.

1 TV show
TV
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

5.68
1993
At Deep Space Nine, a space station located next to a wormhole in the vicinity of a liberated planet of Bajor, Commander Sisko and his crew welcome alien visitors, root out evildoers and solve all typ...

1991.

1 TV show
TV
Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs

5.57
1991
Dinosaurs follows the life of a family of dinosaurs, living in a modern world. They have modern conveniences such as TVs, fridges, and microwaves.

Unknown Year.

1 TV show
TV
Buffy the Animated Series

Buffy the Animated Series

The Buffy the Animated Series concept was inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was greenlit by 20th Century Fox in 2002 but never aired because no network was willing to buy the series. During Buf...
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