David Crane (producer)
|Alma mater||Brandeis University|
|Children||Clancy Klarik, Blaine Crane|
|Relatives||Milton Rackmil (stepfather)|
David Crane (born August 13, 1957) is an American writer and producer. He is best known as one of the co-creators of the television sitcoms Friends (with his longtime friend Marta Kauffman) and Episodes (with his partner Jeffrey Klarik).
Early life and education
Crane was born to a Jewish family in West New York, New Jersey, the son of veteran Philadelphia television personality Gene Crane and his first wife Joan. He attended Harriton High School in Pennsylvania and graduated from there in 1975. He is a 1979 graduate of Brandeis University.
In 2011, Crane and Klarik created a sitcom called Episodes for the BBC. Airing first in the US on Showtime on Sunday January 9, 2011 and then on BBC Two on Monday January 10, 2011, it features Friends star Matt LeBlanc and Green Wing's Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig.
|1987||Everything's Relative||No||No||No||Yes||Episode: "It Had to Be You and You"|
|1990–1993||Dream On||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Creator of 119 episodes|
Writer of 17 episodes
Producer of 14 episodes
Co-Executive Producer of 40 episodes
Note: *also Creative Consultant - 24 episodes
CableACE Award for Comedy Series (1992)
CableACE Award for Writing a Comedy Series for episode "For Peter's Sake" (1993)
Nominated - CableACE Award for Comedy Series (1991, 1993, 1994)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for episode "For Peter's Sake" (1993)
|1991||Sunday Dinner||No||No||No||Yes||Episode: "In Sickness and in Health"|
|1992–1993||The Powers That Be||Yes||No||No||Yes||21 episodes; Writer 2 episodes (teleplay)|
Episode: "The Love Child (Part 1 & 2)" (1992)
|1993||Family Album||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Creator of 6 episodes|
Writer of 2 episodes
Executive Producer of 6 episodes
|1994–2004||Friends||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Creator/Executive Producer of 236 episodes|
Writer of 18 episodes
Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Writing in a Comedy Series (2002)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series (2002)
TV Quick Award for Best Comedy Show (2004)
Nominated - Gold Derby Award for Episode of the Year for episode "The Last One (Part 1 & 2)" (2004)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series (1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2003)
|1996||Crashendo||No||No||No||Yes||Short film; Story by|
|1997–2000||Veronica's Closet||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Creator of 67 episodes|
Writer of 3 episodes (including "Unaired Pilot")
Executive Producer of 67 episodes (including "Unaired Pilot")
|1998–2000||Jesse||No||Yes||No||No||Executive Producer of 34 episodes|
|2004–2006||Joey||No||No||No||No||46 episodes; character developer: Joey Tribbiani|
|2006–2007||The Class||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Creator of 19 episodes|
Writer of 6 episodes
Executive Producer of 19 episodes
|2011–2017||Episodes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Creator/Writer/Executive Producer for 41 episodes|
Nantucket Film Festival Award for Creative Impact in Television Writing Award (2017)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for episode "Episode Seven" (2011)
Nominated - Writers Guild Award for New Series (2012)
Nominated - British Academy Television Award for Best Situation Comedy (2013)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for episode "209" (2013)
Nominated - Writers Guild Award for Episodic Comedy for episode "Episode Nine" (2013)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for episode "Episode 305" (2014)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for episode "Episode 409" (2015)
- Pazornik, Amanda (November 11, 2010). "It's been six years, but they'll always be my Jewish 'Friends'". Jweekly. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- "LMSD CELEBRATES 2018 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD HONOREES". Harriton High School. Lower Merion School District. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
- "Marta Kauffman '78". Brandeis Magazine. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
- Vaillancourt, Daniel. "Behind the Camera – David Crane". The Advocate. pp. 39–40. Retrieved November 13, 2016 – via Google Books.
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- Littlefield, Warren; Pearson, T.R. "Six of One". Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV. New York City: Anchor Books. p. 162. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
- Taylor, Candace (October 13, 2016). "'Friends' Co-Creator David Crane Lists L.A. Penthouse for $29.9 Million". The Wall Street Journal.(subscription required)
- Gervich, Chad. Small screen, big picture : a writer's guide to the TV business (First ed.). New York, New York. ISBN 978-0-307-39531-3. OCLC 191090486.
- Raven, Robin; ContributorAuthor; editor; RobinRaven.com, blogger at (August 18, 2017). "David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik: Interview with the Creative Team Behind "Episodes"". HuffPost. Retrieved June 29, 2020.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
- "Exclusive Interview: David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, Creators of The Class". BuddyTV.com. November 2, 2006. Archived from the original on September 24, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
- "Biggest Sunday Ever on Showtime! Shameless, Episodes & Californication to Premiere January 9th". FutonCritic.com. Showtime press release. September 22, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
- "Press Packs: Episodes". BBC. December 17, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2011.