David Crane (producer)

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David Crane
Born (1957-08-13) August 13, 1957 (age 61)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater Brandeis University
Occupation Writer, producer
Known for Friends (television series)
Episodes (television series)
Partner(s) Jeffrey Klarik
Parent(s) Gene Crane
Joan Crane
Relatives Milton Rackmil (stepfather)

David Crane (born August 13, 1957) is an American writer and producer. He is one of the creators of the television sitcom Friends, along with his longtime friend Marta Kauffman and Episodes with his partner Jeffrey Klarik.

Early life and education[edit]

Crane was born in Philadelphia, the son of veteran WCAU Philadelphia news anchor Gene Crane and his first wife Joan. He is Jewish.[1] He attended Birmingham Ormiston Academy in Birmingham, and received his bachelor's degree from Brandeis University.

Career[edit]

He and his life partner, Jeffrey Klarik[2][3][4] (also a producer of Mad About You), created the 2006 ensemble sitcom The Class.[5]

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[6] and then on BBC Two on Monday January 10, 2011,[7] it features Friends star Matt LeBlanc and Green Wing's Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Contribution Notes
1987 Everything's Relative Writer Episode: "It Had to Be You and You"
1990–1993 Dream On Creator/Writer/Producer/Co-Executive Producer 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 Writer Episode: "In Sickness and in Health"
1992–1993 The Powers That Be Creator/Writer 21 episodes; Writer 2 episodes (teleplay)
Episode: "The Love Child (Part 1 & 2)" (1992)
1993 Family Album Creator/Writer/Executive Producer Creator of 6 episodes
Writer of 2 episodes
Executive Producer of 6 episodes
1994 Couples Associate Producer Television Movie
1994–2004 Friends Creator/Writer/Executive Producer 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 Writer Short film; Story by
1997–2000 Veronica's Closet Creator/Writer/Executive Producer Creator of 67 episodes
Writer of 3 episodes (including "Unaired Pilot")
Executive Producer of 67 episodes (including "Unaired Pilot")
1998–2000 Jesse Executive Producer Executive Producer of 34 episodes
2004–2006 Joey Character developer 46 episodes; character: Joey Tribbiani
2006–2007 The Class Creator/Writer/Executive Producer Creator of 19 episodes
Writer of 6 episodes
Executive Producer of 19 episodes
2011–2017 Episodes Creator/Writer/Executive Producer 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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pazornik, Amanda (November 11, 2010). "It's been six years, but they'll always be my Jewish 'Friends'". Jweekly. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  2. ^ Vaillancourt, Daniel. "Behind the Camera – David Crane". The Advocate. pp. 39–40. Retrieved November 13, 2016 – via Google Books. As someone who is gay, I certainly feel[...]
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Taylor, Candace (October 13, 2016). "'Friends' Co-Creator David Crane Lists L.A. Penthouse for $29.9 Million". The Wall Street Journal.(subscription required)
  5. ^ "Exclusive Interview: David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, Creators of The Class". BuddyTV.com. November 2, 2006. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  6. ^ "Biggest Sunday Ever on Showtime! Shameless, Episodes & Californication to Premiere January 9th". FutonCritic.com. Showtime press release. September 22, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  7. ^ "Press Packs: Episodes". BBC. December 17, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2011.

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