Emily Kapnek

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Emily Kapnek
Born (1972-03-27) 27 March 1972 (age 48)
Manhattan, New York, United States
OccupationWriter, actress, television producer
Years active1996–present
Known forCreator of As Told by Ginger and Suburgatory

Emily Kapnek (born 27 March 1972) is an American television creator, writer and producer. Kapnek is best known for creating the animated program As Told by Ginger as well as the television series "Suburgatory" and "Selfie". She was a consulting producer on the television series Parks and Recreation. Kapnek is also a lyricist, having written the theme songs for As Told By Ginger, Emily's Reasons Why Not, Suburgatory, Selfie and others.[1]


In 1999, Kapnek created the Nickelodeon series As Told by Ginger produced by Eryk Casemiro, Gabor Csupo, and Arlene Klasky. Kapnek also voiced the character of Noelle Sussman. In 2005, Kapnek had two pilots produced. "Wiener Park" starred Donal Logue and Fred Willard [2] for FOX and Emily's Reasons Why Not for ABC, which starred Heather Graham and was based on a novel of the same name. The latter was picked up to series and premiered on 9 January 2006, but was cancelled after the first episode. In 2007, Kapnek wrote and served as a consulting producer for Aliens in America, which aired on The CW.[3] In 2008, Kapnek wrote a pilot for Fox titled The Emancipation of Ernesto, which starred Wilmer Valderrama. [4] In 2009, Kapnek served as a co-executive producer and wrote two episodes for the HBO show Hung which premiered on 28 June 2009, and ran for three seasons. From 2010 to 2011, Kapnek served as a consulting producer on the third season of the NBC series Parks and Recreation, which starred Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. Kapnek penned the episode "Ron and Tammy Part Two." In January 2011, it was announced ABC had picked up the pilot for Suburgatory, a show which Kapnek created.[5] The series starred Jeremy Sisto and Jane Levy. Suburgatory premiered on 28 September 2011 [6] and ran for three seasons. That same year, Kapnek created Selfie, which starred Karen Gillan and John Cho. Selfie ran for just one season but developed a cult following after its cancellation. In 2015, Kapnek was given a pilot commitment for Front Man, a new FOX series created by Kapnek and to be produced by Elizabeth Banks, and Max Handelman.[7] In 2018, Kapnek wrote and produced the ABC pilot Splitting Up Together, starring Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson which was picked up to series and ran for two seasons on ABC. Emily Kapnek's new banner "Specifica Productions" specificaproductions.com launched in 2019 as part of her deal with ABC Studios. Her latest pilot is set to star Quintessa Swindell.[8]

Personal life[edit]

In December 2008, Emily Kapnek married Dan Lagana. They have two children: Oszkar Nosek and Guy Lagana.


  1. ^ "Alih Jey Sings Theme Song for ABC Show "Suburgatory"". Entertainmentaffair.com. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Wiener Park". IMDb.com. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  3. ^ Rueben (11 December 2013). "Women Behind the Scenes Spotlight: Emily Kapnek". NiceGirlsTV.com. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  4. ^ Hibbe & Nordyke, James & Kimberly (19 January 2008). "Fox pilots the epic quest of 'Ernesto'". TheHollywoodReporter.com. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (14 January 2011). "ABC Picks Up Suburban Comedy Pilot". Deadline.com. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  6. ^ "ABC 2011–12 Primetime Schedule Announced". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. 17 May 2011. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  7. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (17 September 2015). "Fox Sets Up Comedy from Elizabeth Banks & 'Suburgatory' Creator Emily Kapnek". Variety.com. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (20 February 2020). "Quintessa Swindell To Headline ABC Comedy Pilot From Emily Kapnek & Dean Holland". DEadline.com. Retrieved 17 January 2021.

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