Chris Collins (writer)

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Chris Collins
OccupationTelevision Writer
Notable worksThe Wire, Sons of Anarchy

Chris Collins is an American television writer and producer. He has worked on the HBO dramas The Sopranos and The Wire. He was an executive story editor for the Starz drama series Crash. He is a producer and writer for the FX series Sons of Anarchy.


Collins joined the crew of The Wire in 2004 as a script coordinator for the third season.[1] He continued to serve as a script coordinator and became a staff writer for the fourth season in 2006 .[2] Collins and the writing staff won the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award for Best Dramatic Series at the February 2008 ceremony for their work on the fourth season.[3][4][5] Collins became a story editor for the fifth season in 2009.[6] Collins was involved in the writer's planning meetings for the fifth season.[7] He wrote the teleplay for the third episode of the fifth season "Not for Attribution" from a story he co-wrote with show runner and executive producer David Simon.[8] Collins and the writing staff were nominated for the WGA award for Best Dramatic Series again at the February 2009 ceremony for their work on the fifth season but Mad Men won the award.[9]

In 2009 Collins became an executive story editor and writer for new Starz drama series Crash. Showrunner Glen Mazzara handpicked the writing staff for the series and selected people with a background of writing edgier material. Collins was hired because of his work on The Wire.[10] The series followed an ensemble cast in racially tense Los Angeles and was based on the film of the same name. Collins co-wrote the episode "The Doctor Is In" with co-executive producer Frank Renzulli and wrote the episode "Los Muertos". Mazzara, Collins and the majority of the writing staff left the series at the end of the first season.

Collins was hired as a co-producer and writer for the second season of FX crime drama Sons of Anarchy in fall 2009. Sons of Anarchy showrunner and executive producer Kurt Sutter had previously worked with Mazzara on The Shield. The series focuses on a motorcycle gang. Collins wrote the episode "Smite" and co-wrote the episode "Gilead" with Sutter.

Collins was promoted to producer for the series third season in 2010. He wrote the episode "Caregiver", co-wrote the episode "The Push" with Julie Bush, co-wrote the teleplay for the episode "Turas" with Brady Dahl based on a story by Sutter and wrote the teleplay for the season's penultimate episode "June Wedding" based on a story by Sutter. Collins was promoted to supervising producer for the fourth season in 2011. Collins co-wrote the season's second episode "Booster" with co-executive producer Dave Erickson and the sixth episode "With an X" with co-producer Regina Corrado.


Production staff

Year Show Role Notes
2018 The Man in the High Castle Co-Executive Producer Season 3
2013 Sons of Anarchy Executive Producer Season 6
2012 Co-Executive Producer Season 5
2011 Supervising Producer Season 4
2010 Producer Season 3
2009 Co-Producer Season 2
2008 Crash Executive Story Editor Season 1
The Wire Story Editor Season 5
2007 The Sopranos Production co-ordinator Season 6, part II
2006 The Wire Script Coordinator & Staff Writer Season 4
The Sopranos Assistant to writers Season 6, part I
2005 Disarm Story Editor
2004 The Wire Script Coordinator Season 3
2003 The Wind Effect Production Manager


Year Title Season Episode title Episode Notes
2019 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum - - - Feature. Co-written with Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, and Marc Abrams
2011 Sons of Anarchy 4 "With an X" 6 Co-written with Regina Corrado
"Booster" 2 Co-written with Dave Erickson
2010 3 "June Wedding" 12 Teleplay by Collins from a story by Kurt Sutter
"Turas" 9 Teleplay co-written with Brady Dahl from a story by Kurt Sutter
"The Push" 6 Co-written with Julie Bush
"Caregiver" 3
2009 2 "Gilead" 7 Co-written with Kurt Sutter
"Smite" 5
2008 Crash 1 "Los Muertos" 7
"The Doctor Is In" 2 Co-written with Frank Renzulli
The Wire 5 "Not for Attribution" 3 Teleplay by Collins, story co-written with David Simon


Year Award Category Result Work Notes
2009 Writers Guild of America Award Outstanding Dramatic Series Nominated[9] The Wire season 5 Shared with Ed Burns, Dennis Lehane, David Mills, George Pelecanos, Richard Price and David Simon and William F. Zorzi
2008 Won[3] The Wire season 4 Shared with Ed Burns, Kia Corthron, Dennis Lehane, David Mills, Eric Overmyer, George Pelecanos, Richard Price, David Simon and William F. Zorzi


  1. ^ "The Wire season 3 crew". HBO. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-14.
  2. ^ "The Wire season 4 crew". HBO. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-14.
  3. ^ a b "2008 Writers Guild Awards Television & Radio Nominees Announced". WGA. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  4. ^ Perry, Byron (2007-12-12). "WGA announce TV, radio nominees". Variety. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  5. ^ "HBO tops WGA awards list with five noms". The Hollywood Reporter. 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-07-06. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  6. ^ "Season 5 crew". HBO. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-12.
  7. ^ Margaret Talbot (2007). "Stealing Life". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2007-10-14.
  8. ^ Scott and Joy Kecken (directors), Chris Collins (story and teleplay), David Simon (story) (2008-01-20). "Not for Attribution". The Wire. Season 5. Episode 3. HBO.
  9. ^ a b "2009 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". WGA. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
  10. ^ John Dempsey (2008-09-26). "Starz brakes for Crash'". Variety. Retrieved 2008-10-12.

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