Edward Lawrence Kitsis
February 4, 1971 
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin–Madison (B.A., 1993)|
Once Upon a Time
|Parent(s)||Arlene and Tybe Kitsis|
Edward Lawrence 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 drama series Lost and Once Upon a Time.
Early life and education
Kitsis was born to a Jewish American family, 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.
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.
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. 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. 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. Kitsis and Horowitz remained as executive producers and regular writers for the sixth and final season in 2010. During Lost's run, both Kitsis and Horowitz signed an overall deal with ABC Studios in 2007.
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. 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. Kitsis and Horowitz will also co-create and co-write a Beauty and the Beast miniseries for Disney+, alongside Josh Gad. The series, a prequel to Disney's 2017 remake of the 1991 film of the same name, was conceived after a discussion between Kitsis, Horowitz, and Gad following the cancellation of their planned Disney+ series, Muppets Live Another Day. In December 2019, it was announced that Kitsis and Horowitz began work on a new TV show focusing on characters from fairy tales and Disney titled Epic. The pilot was picked up by ABC in January 2021.
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.
Film & Television
|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
|2020||Amazing Stories||No||No||Yes||Executive Producer of 1 episode|
|TBA||Untitled Beauty and the Beast series||Yes||Yes||Yes||Executive Producer|
- Minnesota Department of Health. Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.
- 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”
- "Awards Winners". Writers Guild of America. Archived from the original on May 25, 2012. Retrieved 2007-10-17.
- "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.
- "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.
- Adalian, Josef (2007-03-01). "'Lost' scribes ink overall deal". Variety. Retrieved 2021-02-21.
- "Tron 2". slashfilm.com. 2008-07-31. Archived from the original on 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2008-10-17.
- "Universal's Ouija Points to Writers". DreadCentral.
- Goldberg, Lesley (May 31, 2011). "Jane Espenson, Liz Tigelaar Join ABC's Once Upon a Time". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
- Levine, Stuart (October 28, 2010). "EXCLUSIVE: 'Lost' exec producers Horowitz, Kitsis sell pilot to ABC". Variety. Archived from the original on June 24, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
- Goldberg, Lesley (March 6, 2020). "'Beauty and the Beast' Prequel Series in the Works at Disney+ (Exclusive)". Retrieved March 7, 2020m.
- Andreeva, Nellie (December 16, 2019). "Disney Fairytale Universe-Set Romantic Anthology 'Epic' In Works At ABC From 'Once Upon A Time' Trio". Retrieved January 29, 2021.
- Goldberg, Lesley (January 29, 2021). "'Once Upon a Time' Creators Return to ABC With 'Epic' Fairy Tale Anthology". Retrieved January 29, 2021.
- "Engaments". Jewish News of Greater Phoenix. 2002-05-31. Archived from the original on 2009-03-23. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
- "Wedding Announcements". Jewish News of Greater Phoenix. 2003-08-29. Archived from the original on 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2008-08-15.