Jenna Bans

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Jenna Bans
OccupationWriter • Producer
Years active2004–present
(m. 2007)

Jenna Bans is an American screenwriter. Bans is a producer and writer on Grey's Anatomy, and is the creator and the co-producer (along with Shonda Rhimes) of Off the Map, a series which premiered on ABC in January 2011, and was cancelled on May 13, 2011. From 2012 to 2014, she was the regular writer and co-executive producer on another Shonda Rhimes created drama, Scandal, on ABC.

In 2014, Bans created pilot Sea of Fire for ABC. In 2015, she created The Family, also for ABC.[1][2]

Bans is the creator and executive producer of the NBC series Good Girls, which began broadcasting on February 26, 2018.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Bans is married to Superstore creator and writer Justin Spitzer.[3]


Originally hired as a staff writer for Jerry Bruckheimer's cancelled action TV movie Fearless, Bans became a part of the crew of Desperate Housewives in 2004, working as a staff writer and then working her way to executive story editor. In 2006 she was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for the screenplay to the Desperate Housewives episode "Next" and in 2007 she received another nomination for the episode "It Takes Two". Bans co-wrote both episodes together with Kevin Murphy.

In 2017 Bans was inspired by a conversation she had with her mom about current politics to create Good Girls.[3]

As a producer, she uses the banner "Minnesota Logging Company."[4]



Year Title Notes
2007 Private Practice
2008–2012 Grey's Anatomy Co-executive producer
2011 Off the Map Executive producer
2012–2014 Scandal Co-executive producer, 2014 consulting producer
2014 Sea of Fire TV movie; executive producer
2016 The Family Executive producer
2018–present Good Girls Creator, executive producer


Year Show Notes
2004 Fearless TV movie; staff writer
2004–2007 Desperate Housewives Co-written with Kevin Murphy
2007 Private Practice
2008–2012 Grey's Anatomy
2011 Off the Map Also credited as creator
2012–2014 Scandal Regular writer
2014 Sea of Fire TV movie
2016 The Family Regular writer
2018–present Good Girls Also credited as creator

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Lesley Goldberg. "'Scandal's' Jenna Bans Sells Political Thriller to ABC". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  2. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "'Flesh & Blood' Mystery Drama From Jenna Bans Gets ABC Pilot Order - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Birnbaum, Debra (19 February 2019). "'Good Girls' Creator Jenna Bans on How Donald Trump's Election Fueled Her". Variety. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 27, 2020). "Jenna Bans' Uni TV-Based Minnesota Logging Production Company Taps 20th TV's Casey Kyber As Head Of Television". Deadline. Retrieved September 3, 2020.