John Rogers (writer)

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John Rogers
Born Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater McGill University
Occupation Writer, director, producer
Years active 1996–present
Notable work Leverage
The Librarians

John Rogers is a screenwriter, film and television producer, television director, comedian, and comic book writer. He is best known as the creator of the television series Leverage (2008–2012), The Librarians (2014–present), and The Player (2015).

Rogers co-wrote the films American Outlaws (2001), The Core (2003), and Catwoman (2004), and co-wrote the story for the film Transformers (2007).

Early life and education[edit]

Rogers was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, and attended McGill University in Montreal. While at McGill, he wrote for the school's comedy magazine The Red Herring.


Rogers wrote the first draft of the script for the live-action movie Transformers, released in 2007.[1] He wrote an early screenplay for Catwoman and created the cartoon series Jackie Chan Adventures. He also co-wrote the science fiction adventure film The Core. In 2004 Rogers wrote and executive-produced a television pilot based on the graphic novel Global Frequency. Although the pilot was never aired on network television, it was leaked onto the internet and accrued an international fan base[citation needed]. He created and served as executive producer for the TNT television series Leverage, which ran for five seasons from 2008 to 2012.

Apart from his work in movies and television, Rogers has also worked in the comic book industry. In March 2006, he co-created the new Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes, in the relaunch of the Blue Beetle comic book for DC Comics with plotter Keith Giffen and artist Cully Hamner. He has also written comics for BOOM! Studios. Rogers' stories are included in BOOM!'s Zombie Tales, Cthulhu Tales, Pirate Tales and What Were They Thinking? anthologies. Rogers currently writes the Dungeons & Dragons comic series for IDW Publishing.[2]

Rogers has also worked on role-playing games, and is the author of Feywild chapter of the 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons, Manual of the Planes (2008).[3]



Year Title Credit Notes
2001 American Outlaws Screenplay With Roderick Taylor
2003 The Core Written by With Cooper Layne
2004 Catwoman Story and Screenplay With Theresa Rebeck and John Brancato & Michael Ferris
2007 Transformers Story and Screenplay With Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman


Year Title Credited as Notes
Writer Director Producer Executive producer
1996–1999 Cosby Yes Yes Writer (7 episodes), executive story editor; producer, co-producer
2000–2005 Jackie Chan Adventures Yes Creator; writer (2 episodes)
2002 Red Skies Yes Yes Writer (TV movie)[4]
2005 Global Frequency Yes Yes Creator, pilot
2006 Eureka Yes Teleplay:

"Before I Forget"

2008–2012 Leverage Yes Yes Yes Co-creator; writer (16 episodes), director (4 episodes)[5]
2014–present The Librarians Yes Yes Developer; writer (7 episodes)[6]
2015 The Player Yes Yes Co-creator; writer (1 episode)[7]


  1. ^ Barton, Steve (2009-12-22). "John Rogers Transforms the forgotten Graphic Novel for the Big Screen". Dread Central. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  2. ^ Manning, Shaun (November 1, 2010). "John Rogers Plays 'Dungeons and Dragons'". Comic Book Resources. 
  3. ^ "Manual of the Planes Spotlight Interview". 2008-12-08. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  4. ^ Oxman, Steven (2002-08-07). "Review: 'Red Skies'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-05-18. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2011-08-12). "TNT Renews Drama 'Leverage' For Season 5". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-05-18. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2014-04-10). "TNT Greenlights 'The Librarian' Offshoot Series Starring Rebecca Romijn; Noah Wyle Closes Deal To EP, Recur As Flynn Carsen". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-05-18. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2015-05-09). "'The Player' & 'Game Of Silence' Picked Up, 'The Night Shift' Renewed At NBC". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-05-18. 

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