Jason Katims

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Jason Katims
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Katims at the PaleyFest 2013
Born (1960-11-30) November 30, 1960 (age 54)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Producer
Nationality American
Notable works Roswell
Friday Night Lights
About a Boy
Spouse Kathy Katims

Jason Katims (born November 30, 1960) is an American television writer, producer, and playwright. He is best known for being the head writer and executive producer of both Friday Night Lights, on which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series in 2011 for his work on the series finale, and Parenthood. He has also worked on Relativity, which he created and wrote for; Roswell, which he developed, produced and wrote for; Boston Public, which he co-wrote; Pepper Dennis; About a Boy; and the 1996 movie The Pallbearer, starring David Schwimmer and Gwyneth Paltrow. He has two children, Phoebe and Sawyer Katims.

Early life[edit]

Jason Katims was born in Brooklyn, New York.[1] He has an older brother and sister.[2] He attended Queens College in New York.[3]


Katims was a playwright in New York until director and producer Ed Zwick asked him if he wanted to write for television and films.[4]

In 1994, he wrote three episodes for the ABC teen drama My So-Called Life. He created Relativity in 1996 but the TV series was cancelled after 17 episodes. He then was involved in Roswell and in Boston Public.

He worked on the NBC series Friday Night Lights as head writer and executive producer. Katims was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best New Series at the February 2007 ceremony for his work on the first season of Friday Night Lights. He was nominated for the WGA Award for Best Dramatic Series the following year at the February 2008 ceremony for his work on the second season of Friday Night Lights.[5][6][7] Katims was nominated for Best Dramatic Series a second time at the February 2009 ceremony for his work on the third season of Friday Night Lights.[8] He was nominated for the WGA Award for Best Drama Series for the third consecutive year at the February 2010 ceremony for his work on the fourth season.[9] In 2011, he was honored by an award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series in Friday Night Lights.[10]

Katims is also the creator of and executive producer for Parenthood, another NBC series which debuted in 2010. Katims based that series' Max Braverman character on his life with his own son, who has Asperger syndrome.[11]

Katims developed About a Boy, a 2014 TV series based on the novel of the same name, for NBC.

He also wrote a play titled The Man Who Couldn't Dance. Katims is a former member of Stagewrights, a playwriting collective in New York City.



  • My So-Called Life (1994) – story editor
  • Relativity (1996) – creator, pilot writer
  • Roswell (1999–2002) – developer, executive producer, writer
  • DeMarco Affairs (2004) – creator, executive producer
  • Fatherhood (2004-2005) – creator,writer, executive producer
  • Fertille Ground (2005) – executive producer
  • Pepper Dennis (2006) – executive producer
  • The Wedding Bells (2007) – creator
  • Friday Night Lights (2006–2011) – executive producer, writer, director
  • Parenthood (2010–2015) – creator, executive producer, writer, director
  • About a Boy (2014–present) – developer, executive producer, writer


  1. ^ "Jason Katims - Biography". Yahoo! TV. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Showrunner Transcript: Parenthood and Friday Night Lights’ Jason Katims on Portraying Families Realistically". NY Mag. May 20, 2011. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "The WB Sessions With Jason Katims". March 11, 2001. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Roswell interview with Jason Katims - Starting Out". BBC. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ "2008 Writers Guild Awards Television & Radio Nominees Announced". WGA. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  6. ^ Perry, Byron (2007-12-12). "WGA announce TV, radio nominees". Variety. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  7. ^ "HBO tops WGA awards list with five noms". The Hollywood Reporter. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-13. [dead link]
  8. ^ "2009 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". WGA. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  9. ^ Gregg Mitchell & Sherry Goldman (2009). "2010 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". Writers Guild of America. Archived from the original on 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  10. ^ Associated Press (19 September 2011). "At Emmy Awards, ‘Friday Night Lights’ finally punches through to the end zone". Washington Post. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Katims' 'Call' to Success," Broadcasting & Cable, May 5, 2011.

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