Jenji Kohan

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Jenji Kohan
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Jenji Kohan by Michael Netzer
Occupation Television writer and producer
Television Creator of Weeds; creator of Orange Is the New Black
Spouse(s) Christopher Noxon
Children 3

Jenji Kohan is an American television writer, producer and director, most widely known as the creator of the Showtime comedy-drama Weeds and the Netflix comedy-drama Orange Is the New Black. She has received seven Emmy Award nominations, winning one as supervising producer of the comedy series Tracey Takes On....

Early life[edit]

Jenji L. Kohan is the daughter of Rhea and Buz Kohan. Her father is an Emmy Award-winning television writer, and her brother David Kohan is an Emmy Award-winning television producer.[1][2] Kohan has twin brothers, David Kohan and Jono.[3]

Television career[edit]

Early in Kohan's career, she worked for her brother on Will & Grace.[4] She has discussed the differences between her and her brother's career saying, “David took the big, commercial, funny route; I was always a little darker personally, and not terrific within the system. I had to make my own way.”[4]

Kohan was the creator,[5] executive producer, showrunner, and head writer of the Showtime comedy-drama Weeds,[5] starring Mary-Louise Parker. In November 2013 she purchased the Hayworth Theatre. Her husband and business partner, Christopher Noxon, indicated that she is planning on using the second floor as production offices for writers and editors on her TV shows. [6]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Kohan has received seven Emmy Award nominations, winning as supervising producer of Tracey Takes On...; Kohan shared a CableACE Award in 1996 for her work on that show.[8] She received her first nomination for her show Weeds in 2009, for Outstanding Comedy Series. She was nominated for a Producers Guild of America Award in 2007, and two Writers Guild of America Awards.[9]


  1. ^ Danielle Berrin Smoking the Stereotypes. Jewish Journal. May 20, 2009
  2. ^ Esther Kustanowitz 'Weeds' Creator, 'Tara' Producer, and the Hebrew Mamita Take on Images of Jewish Women in Media. Beliefnet. April 28, 2009
  3. ^ [1] (2011-05-03). Retrieved on 2013-08-25.
  4. ^ a b [2] (2009-05-20). Retrieved on 2013-08-25.
  5. ^ a b SDCC '10: Showtime Prepping Dexter Preview. (2010-07-08). Retrieved on 2012-02-23.
  6. ^ Ng, David (March 13, 2014) "Historic Hayworth Theatre is entering a new stage of life" Los Angeles Times
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  8. ^ Awards for 1996 - CableACE.
  9. ^ Awards for Jenji Kohan.

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