Barbara Hall (TV producer)

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Barbara Hall
Born (1960-07-17) July 17, 1960 (age 59)
Alma materJames Madison University (BA)
OccupationTV writer, TV producer, novelist, singer-songwriter
Paul Karon (m. 1998)
RelativesKaren Hall (sister)

Barbara Hall (born July 17, 1960) is an American television writer, producer, young adult novelist and singer-songwriter. She is known for creating and producing the CBS legal drama Judging Amy (1999-2005) and the CBS fantasy family drama Joan of Arcadia (2003-2005). She was a co-executive producer of the Showtime political thriller Homeland and is the creator and showrunner of the CBS political drama Madam Secretary, which premiered in the fall of 2014.

Early life[edit]

Hall was born in Chatham, Virginia to Ervis and Flo Hall. Her older sister, Karen Hall, is also a television writer and producer. She graduated from Chatham High School in 1978, and Summa Cum Laude from James Madison University with a B.A. in English in 1982.[1]



Shortly after graduating from university, Hall became a television writer and producer in Los Angeles, California, and worked on shows including Northern Exposure, Chicago Hope, ER, I'll Fly Away, Anything But Love and Moonlighting. Then she created, wrote and produced the CBS legal drama Judging Amy (1999-2005) and the CBS fantasy family drama Joan of Arcadia (2003-2005). In 2013, Hall created, wrote and produced the political drama Madam Secretary which premiered on CBS on September 21, 2014.


Hall is also a founding member[vague] of the alternative country rock band The Enablers with whom she released the albums The First Seven Songs (2003) and Come Back Soon (2004). In 2005, she released her debut solo album Handsome. Her second album, Bad Man, was released in 2013.



  • Skeeball and the Secret of the Universe (1987)
  • Dixie Storms (1990)
  • Fool's Hill (1992)
  • A Better Place (1994)
  • House Across the Cove 1995)
  • Close to Home (1997)
  • A Summons to New Orleans (2000)
  • The Noah Confessions (2007)
  • The Music Teacher (2009)
  • Tempo Change (2009)[3]
  • Charisma (2013)


The Enablers[edit]

  • The First Seven Songs (2003)
  • Come Back Soon (2004)


  • Handsome (2005)
  • Bad Man (2013)


  1. ^ "Barbara Hall Biography". The Lamplighter, January 2002. Retrieved March 3, 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Chatham's Barbara Hall Sets Entertainment Industry on Fir". Victorian Villa. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  3. ^ ISBN 978-0385736077. OCLC 244339558

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