Chris Brancato

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Chris Brancato
Born (1962-07-24) July 24, 1962 (age 60)
Occupation(s)Screenwriter, film producer

Chris Brancato (born July 24, 1962) is an American television and film writer and producer. Brancato grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey[1] and graduated in 1980 from Teaneck High School.[2] He subsequently attended and graduated from Brown University.


Brancato wrote or was story editor for several episodes of the 1992 season of Beverly Hills, 90210. He co-wrote the X-Files episode ”Eve“, which first aired on December 10, 1993.[3] Brancato created and wrote Space Channel's First Wave, which aired from 1998 to 2001,[1] and also wrote the 1998 film Species II.[1]

Brancato wrote the 1997 film Hoodlum set in crime-ridden 1930s New York City.

Brancato was executive producer of the 2002 film Stealing Harvard.[4] Brancato was also a writer/producer for the critically acclaimed 2002–2003 television series Boomtown.

Brancato wrote two episodes during season 12 of the long-running NBC legal drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, titled "Branded" and "Spectacle". Brancato moved on to be executive producer/show runner/head writer for the tenth season of the USA Network police-procedural Law & Order: Criminal Intent, a show that is related to Law & Order: SVU.[5] Brancato did a police-procedural pilot for NBC titled Blue Tilt, where he was creator/executive producer with Vincent D'Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and Ethan Hawke, who were also set to star in the project as well.[6] On May 11, 2012, NBC decided not to bring it, and other pilots, to series.[7] He created the Netflix series Narcos and Narcos: Mexico[8] with Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro.

After going through several iterations, Brancato is credited as a co-screenwriter for third Sherlock Holmes film along with Joel Silver, Susan Downey and Lionel Wigram returning as producers, and Village Roadshow returning as co-producer. Warner Bros. have confirmed the third film will include Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law. The film had an expected release date December 22, 2021[9] but is currently undated.[10]

Brancato is the screenwriter, executive producer, writer, and creator of the EPIX series Godfather of Harlem starring Forest Whitaker.


  1. ^ a b c Profile of Chris Brancato: Writer / Creator of Sci Fi Channel's First Wave, accessed January 1, 2007. "Brancato always knew he was going to be a writer – but not for the movies. He grew up in Teaneck, N.J., with school-teacher parents."
  2. ^ "Godfather of Harlem Creator To Appear at Teaneck International Film Festival", Northern Valley Press, November 14, 2019. Accessed February 12, 2020. "In episode three of Godfather of Harlem, Chris Brancato, Teaneck High School alumnus and a creator of the series—about Harlem kingpin Bumpy Johnson in the 1960s—acknowledges the town he grew up in. Before heading off to finish some illegal business, Bumpy tells his wife and daughter to go have some ice cream at Bischoff’s."
  3. ^ Howard Johnson, Kim (June 1998). "The Origin of Species". Starlog: 78–9.
  4. ^ Full Cast and Crew for Stealing Harvard, from the Internet Movie Database, accessed January 1, 2007
  5. ^ "Chris Brancato to Run 'Law & Order: CI'". December 6, 2010.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 14, 2011). "Ethan Hawke And Vince D'Onofrio To Star in NBC Crime Drama Written By Chris Brancato". Deadline. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 11, 2012). "NBC Cancels Four Series, Passes on Remaining Pilots". Deadline. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  8. ^ "Narcos: México | Sitio oficial de Netflix".
  9. ^ "'Sherlock Holmes 3' Moved Back by a Year to Christmas 2021". March 5, 2019.
  10. ^ "'Sherlock Holmes 3 cast, release date, plot and everything you need to know". December 12, 2021.

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