Amy Holden Jones

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Amy Holden Jones
Born1955 (age 65–66)
  • Film editor
  • screenwriter
  • film director
Known for
Spouse(s)Michael Chapman

Amy Holden Jones is an American screenwriter and film director.[1][2][3][4] She has edited various films and later began directing and writing. She currently works in television.

Life and career[edit]

Jones grew up in Florida and lived in Buffalo, New York during her high school years. She attended Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, majoring in art history, so she could also take film studies courses at nearby MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

After she won first place at the American Film Institute National Student Festival for her short film A Weekend Home (1975), Martin Scorsese, one of the judges, offered her a job as his assistant as he directed Taxi Driver. It was there that she met her husband cinematographer Michael Chapman. Martin Scorsese told Jones she was “too good to be an assistant” and got her in contact with film producer Roger Corman.[5] She went on to work for Corman editing Joe Dante's first film, Hollywood Boulevard, when she was 22 years old. She edited American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince for Scorsese, Corvette Summer for MGM, and Second-Hand Hearts for Hal Ashby. She was offered the job of editor on Steven Spielberg’s E.T, but turned it down in favor of directing her own movie.[5] She directed her first film The Slumber Party Massacre by the age of 27, also for Roger Corman.

Jones is featured in the first chapter of Julie MacLusky's book Is There Life After Film School? as well as in The First Time I Got Paid for It by Peter Lefcourt and Laura J. Shapiro.

Her work on Indecent Proposal earned Jones a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay.[6]

Jones is one of the creators of the medical drama The Resident which premiered in 2018 and is still airing. She is known for her adamant defense of the show on social media; in 2021, upon response to a tweet regarding the ratings for season 4, she emphasized that the same day ratings do not accurately reflect the show’s popularity and that the live plus 7 day ratings are what is truly important to determining the renewal of a show. She has also criticized other medical dramas such as Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Doctor, and New Amsterdam on reusing other storylines that previously originated in her show. In 2019, she signed a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV.[7] Jonnie Davis, President of Creative Affairs, said about Jones, “She’s brimming with ideas, and we’re excited to have her continued services on our series as well as her development. She’s an important voice.” Coming from her deal with 20th Century Fox, she is potentially going to be working as co-writer and co-executive producer for a new crime drama at ABC.[8]


Year Film Editor Producer Director Writer
1976 Hollywood Boulevard Yes
1978 Corvette Summer Yes
American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince Yes
1981 Second-Hand Hearts Yes
1982 The Slumber Party Massacre Yes Yes
1984 Love Letters Yes Yes
1987 Maid to Order Yes Yes
1988 Mystic Pizza Yes
1992 Beethoven Yes
1993 Indecent Proposal Yes
1994 The Getaway Yes
1996 The Rich Man's Wife Yes Yes
1997 The Relic Yes


  1. ^ "Amy Holden Jones at". December 18, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-12-18.
  2. ^[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Amy Holden Jones:The View From The Top. "Is There Life After Film School?" (Interview). Interviewed by Julie MacLuskey. Retrieved 2008-05-15.
  4. ^ "Inside Film Online - Susannah Grant and Amy Holden-Jones Speak at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival".
  5. ^ a b "'The Resident' Co-Creator Amy Holden Jones: How I Made It in Hollywood". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  6. ^ 14th Golden Raspberry Awards
  7. ^ Thorne, Will (2019-05-01). "'The Resident' Co-Creator Amy Holden Jones Signs 20th Century Fox TV Deal". Variety. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  8. ^ "'The Resident' Co-creator Sets Cop Show at ABC". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2020-04-14.

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