Thursday, March 28, 2013

Jane Espenson, Executive Producer

The Woman Behind the Husbands

Jane Espenson
Jane Espenson.
Executive Producer Jane Espenson is a legend in the screenwriting world, and that is no exaggeration. You couldn't ask for a better creative force behind "Husbands" than Jane.
Jane Espenson

She was born Jane Amanda Espenson in Ames, Iowa on July 14, 1964. Jane's father was a Chemist, and she studied Cognitive Science (linguistics) as a grad student at UC Berkeley.
Jane Espenson

After beginning her career as an ABC/Disney Writing Fellow for 1992-93. Jane proceeded to write screenplays for hit series after hit series. She is perhaps most famous for her extensive work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and has since become a producer (Consulting, Executive, Co-Executive, etc.) on many other highly respected series such as "Battlestar Galactica," "Caprica," "Dollhouse," "Torchwood," "Gilmore Girls," and current hit "Once Upon a Time." Word is that Jane Espenson is one of the main forces behind the spin-off from "Once Upon a Time" which will focus on Alice in Wonderland beginning in the 2013-2014 season (assuming the pilot is bought by a network).
Jane Espenson
Jane Espenson always seems to have a friendly smile for everyone.
Witty, contemporary dialogue and unexpected plot twists are Jane Espenson trademarks. Many clever aspects of her past series are associated with other Hollywood big shots, and, of course, television series are collaborations. However, those who follow Jane Espenson quickly recognize her presence behind the scenes when viewing her current projects. It may not be "snappy patter," but it is fun and light and... did I say fun? It's fun!

Jane Espenson
Jane Espenson holding one of her many awards.
You may wish to read an interview in which Jane Espenson discusses her past experiences here, or you can just follow her on Twitter @janeespenson. She is famous throughout Twitter for her writing sprints, which encourage followers to put everything else aside for an hour or so and just focus on one project - a true rarity in the Twitterverse. Actively conversing online with fans and not just the usual show-business peers and cronies, Jane Espenson is one of the true delights of Hollywood, a down-to-earth woman who gets the job done. You may never have heard of Jane Espenson - but the movers and shakers in Hollywood, along with most aspiring screenwriters, are well aware of her achievements.


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