Edward Kitsis

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Edward Kitsis
Eddy Kitsis by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Kitsis in March 2012.
Born
Edward Lawrence Kitsis

(1971-02-04) February 4, 1971 (age 48) [1]
Notable work
Lost
Once Upon a Time'
Spouse(s)Jennifer Susman
Parent(s)Arlene and Tybe Kitsis

Edward Lawrence "Eddy" Kitsis (Born February 4, 1971) is an American television writer and producer, best known for his work with his writing partner Adam Horowitz on the popular ABC fairytale fantasy-drama series Once Upon a Time, and the drama series Lost

Early life and education[edit]

Kitsis was born to a Jewish family,[2] the son of Arlene and Tybe Kitsis of Minneapolis. In 1993, he graduated with a B.A. in radio, television, and film from the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he met Adam Horowitz in his "Introduction to Film" class.

Career[edit]

After school, Kitsis travelled with Horowitz to Los Angeles. They initially started working as assistants and messengers until landing a job writing scripts for the remake of Fantasy Island. It was cancelled after 13 episodes, but they went on to write for both Felicity and Popular, before joining Lost halfway into the first season.

Kitsis and Horowitz joined the crew of Lost midway through the first season as a writer and producer team in 2005. They were promoted to supervising producers for the second season in fall 2005. Kitsis, Horowitz and the writing staff won the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award for Best Dramatic Series at the February 2006 ceremony for their work on the first and second seasons.[3] They were promoted to co-executive producers for the third season in the 2006-2007 television season. They returned as a co-executive producers and writers for the fourth season in 2008. Kitsis and Horowitz were nominated for the WGA Award for Best Dramatic Series at the February 2009 ceremony for their work on the fourth season of Lost.[4] They were promoted to executive producers for the fifth season in 2009. The writing staff was nominated for the WGA award for Best Dramatic Series again at the February 2010 ceremony for their work on the fifth season.[5] Kitsis and Horowitz remained as executive producers and regular writers for the sixth and final season in 2010.

Kitsis also wrote Tron: Legacy, the sequel to the film Tron, with his partner Horowitz[6] and wrote with the same co-writer the book for Universal Pictures future project "Ouija Board".[7]

Kitsis and Horowitz are the creators of the fantasy drama series Once Upon a Time, which began airing on ABC October 23, 2011. The show focuses on a town which is actually a parallel world populated by fairytale characters who are unaware of their true identity. The two came up with concept seven years prior joining the staff of Lost, but wanted to wait until it ended before they focused on this project.[8][9] He also co-created the Once Upon a Time spin-off, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, along with partner Adam Horowitz, Zack Estrin and "Once" writer and Consulting Producer, Jane Espenson. The series, which began airing on ABC October 10, 2013, focuses on Alice searching for her true love, a genie named Cyrus, who is being kept from her by the Red Queen and Aladdin villain, Jafar, in a post-cursed Wonderland.

He frequently collaborates with a tightly knit group of film professionals which include J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Adam Horowitz, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner, and Bryan Burk.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In May 2002, it was announced that he was engaged to Jennifer Susman, a 1999 TV and film graduate of the University of Texas.[10] They married on March 29, 2003 in Scottsdale, Arizona.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film & Television[edit]

Year Title Contribution Notes
Creator Writer Producer
1995 Clueless No No No assistant to Adam Schroeder
1998 Fantasy Island No Yes No Episode: "Superfriends"
1999-2001 Popular No Yes No Writer of 8 episodes
2001-2002 Felicity No Yes Yes Writer of 2 episodes/Producer of 14 episodes
2002-2003 Birds of Prey No Yes Yes Writer of 5 episodes/Producer of 9 episodes
2003 Black Sash No Yes Yes Writer of 1 episode/Consulting Producer of 3 episodes
2004 One Tree Hill No Yes No Episode: "What Is and What Should Never Be"
2004-2005 Life as We Know It No Yes Yes Writer of 1 episode/Producer of 4 episodes
2005-2010 Lost No Yes Yes Writer of 21 episodes (2005-2010)
Producer of 8 episodes (2005)
Supervising Producer of 23 episodes (2005-2006)
Co-Executive Producer of 35 episodes (2006-2008)
Executive Producer of 32 episodes (2009-2010)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series (2008-2010)
Nominated – Producers Guild Awards for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama (2007-2011)
Nominated – Writers Guild Awards for Dramatic Series (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010)
2005 Confessions of an American Bride No Yes No Television Movie
2007-2008 Lost: Missing Pieces No Yes Yes Miniseries
Writer of 1 episode/Co-Executive Producer of 13 episodes
2010 TRON: Legacy No Yes No Screenplay / Story
2011-2018 Once Upon a Time Yes Yes Yes Creator of 156 episodes
Writer of 41 episodes
Executive Producer of 143 episodes
Nominated – TV Quick Award for Best New Drama (with Adam Horowitz) (2012)
2012 TRON: Uprising No Yes Yes Writer of 2 episodes/Consulting Producer of 1 episode
2012 Once Upon a Time: Magic is Coming Yes No Yes Television Special; Executive Producer
2013-2014 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Yes Yes Yes Creator of 13 episodes
Writer of 3 episodes
Producer of 7 episodes
2013 Once Upon a Time: The Price of Magic Yes No Yes Television Special; Executive Producer
2013 Once Upon a Time: Journey to Neverland Yes No Yes Television Special; Executive Producer
2014 Once Upon a Time: Wicked Is Coming Yes No Yes Television Special; Executive Producer
2016 Dead of Summer Yes Yes Yes Creator of 10 episodes
Writer of 4 episodes
Executive Producer of 4 episodes
TBA Amazing Stories No No Yes Executive Producer of 1 episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ Minnesota Department of Health. Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.
  2. ^ a b Variety Magazine: "Abrams keeps it all in the fan family - J.J. and his collaborators conquer Hollywood" By Cynthia Littleton October 16, 2009 |"We’re all self-deprecating short Jews, with the exception of Bob Orci”
  3. ^ "Awards Winners". Writers Guild of America. Archived from the original on May 25, 2012. Retrieved 2007-10-17.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "2010 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". WGA. 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-01-29. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
  6. ^ "Tron 2". slashfilm.com. 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-10-17.
  7. ^ "Universal's Ouija Points to Writers". DreadCentral.
  8. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 31, 2011). "Jane Espenson, Liz Tigelaar Join ABC's Once Upon a Time". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  9. ^ Levine, Stuart (October 28, 2010). "EXCLUSIVE: 'Lost' exec producers Horowitz, Kitsis sell pilot to ABC". Variety. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  10. ^ "Engaments". Jewish News of Greater Phoenix. 2002-05-31. Archived from the original on 2009-03-23. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
  11. ^ "Wedding Announcements". Jewish News of Greater Phoenix. 2003-08-29. Archived from the original on 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2008-08-15.

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