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Frank Spotnitz

Frank Spotnitz

Known For: Writing · Birthday: 1960-11-17

5 Movies · 14 TV Series


Frank Charles Spotnitz (born (1960-11-11)November 11, 1960) is an American television writer and executive producer, best known for his work on The X-Files and The Man in the High Castle. Spotnitz is also the chief executive officer and founder of Big Light Productions, a London and Paris-based production company, which specializes in international television series, including drama, comedy and documentaries. Spotnitz's career includes creating, writing and producing series with networks, cable, streaming and other broadcast platforms around the world.Under the Big Light banner, Spotnitz has produced: Amazon's Emmy-winning The Man in the High Castle; Medici: Masters of Florence and two seasons of Medici: The Magnificent (RAI, Netflix, SFR Play); The Indian Detective (Netflix, CTV); Ransom (CBS, Global, TF1, RTL); Crossing Lines season three with Tandem/StudioCanal; and Transporter: The Series season two (TNT, M6, HBO Canada). Most recently, Spotnitz co-created and executive produced Leonardo, which is currently in production in Italy.

Personal Life

Spotnitz lives with his family in Paris and divides his time between Big Light’s London and Paris offices.Spotnitz shared his feeling in an interview about his show The Man in the High Castle: "Frank is the closest to me in the TV series, because my father's Jewish, my mother's not. I don't identify as Jewish in a religious way. I'm not a religious person, and yet if you were living in a Nazi state, that would be no defense. Jews don't get to decide if they're Jews. That's really terrifying to me."

Early Life

Born in Camp Zama, Japan. Spotnitz's father is Jewish. He described himself as "half-Jewish", who was not raised religiously. Spotnitz's father was a doctor in the US Army. Much of his childhood was peripatetic before the family settled in Phoenix, Arizona. As a child, Spotnitz consumed television shows and films as much as he could, sometimes watching the same film two or three times in a row. Spotnitz's education at Camelback High School inspired him to pursue a career in Hollywood.Spotnitz graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a bachelor's degree in English literature in 1982, where he was a reporter for the Daily Bruin. He later received a MFA in screenwriting from the AFI Conservatory in 1991.

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