Jenji Kohan

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Creator, "Orange is the New Black"

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Jenji Kohan: Biography at a Glance

  • Creator, writer and executive producer of the award-winning Netflix series “Orange is the New Black”
  • Received six Emmy nominations as the showrunner, writer and executive producer of Showtime’s “Weeds”
  • Won an Emmy as the supervising producer of the HBO sketch comedy series “Tracy Takes On...”
  • Named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World”


Jenji Kohan is the creator and executive producer of Netflix's Orange is the New Black. To date, the critically acclaimed series has earned four Golden Globe nominations, 10 Emmy Award nominations, including three wins, and the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. The third season was released Summer 2015.

Kohan began her writing career on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air after graduating from Columbia University. Her series writing credits include Mad About You, Tracy Takes On, Sex and the City and Gilmore Girls. In 1999, she was honored with an Emmy Award for 'Outstanding Comedy Series' for her work on Tracy Takes On. She has developed and produced multiple pilots and series, including Showtime’s Weeds, which ran for eight seasons and garnered her the Writers Guild Award for 'Best Episodic Comedy' for the pilot entitled 'You Can't Miss The Bear.'

Kohan is the daughter of 13-time Emmy Award-winning television writer Buz Kohan and accomplished novelist, Rhea Kohan. In 2014, Jenji was named one of TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World."

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