Julie Plec

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Julie Plec
Plec at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born (1972-05-26) May 26, 1972 (age 51)
OccupationProducer, screenwriter and director
Alma materNorthwestern University
Notable works

Julie Plec (born May 26, 1972)[1][2] is an American television producer, writer and director, known for her work on The CW television series The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017) which she co-created with Kevin Williamson, and its spin-offs The Originals (2013–2018) and Legacies (2018–2022). She also developed the limited series Containment (2016).

Early life[edit]

Plec graduated from Northwestern University in 1994.[3][4] She was originally a film major but transferred out of the program halfway through and graduated from an interdepartmental major.[5]


Having acted as co-producer and assistant to Wes Craven on both Scream 2 and Scream 3, Plec worked on another film for Craven, Cursed, which was released in 2005 and starred Christina Ricci, Jesse Eisenberg, Joshua Jackson, and Shannon Elizabeth. The film suffered many script and scheduling difficulties during production and ultimately failed to perform at the box office.

From 2006-2009 Plec was a producer and writer for Kyle XY.

Plec developed a new TV series for The CW entitled The Vampire Diaries, which was adapted from a novel series of the same name by L. J. Smith.[6] The series follows the life of Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), who falls in love with vampire Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley), and soon finds herself caught in a love triangle between Stefan and his older brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder), while the brothers are also being haunted by the past they've had with Katherine Pierce (also played by Dobrev). The series also focuses on the lives of Elena's friends and other inhabitants of the fictional town of Mystic Falls, Virginia. The Vampire Diaries premiered on September 10, 2009, and has become a domestic and international hit.

In November 2012, Deadline Hollywood announced that Julie Plec and Greg Berlanti had attained the rights to The Tomorrow People and commissioned a pilot written by Phil Klemmer.[7] This occurred after a similar rights option expired to an aborted attempt two years previously. It was announced on January 28, 2013 that the revival had received a pilot order from The CW. On May 9, 2013 the series was picked up for the 2013–14 season by The CW.[8]

On January 11, 2013, it was announced that a back-door pilot of The Vampire Diaries entitled The Originals focusing on the Original family of vampires was in the works. The pilot aired in April 2013 as part of The Vampire Diaries' fourth season. It was soon after picked up for series by The CW, which aired its first season in the 2013–14 season. Joseph Morgan reprises his role as Klaus. It also stars The Vampire Diaries actors Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt and Phoebe Tonkin as well as new cast members.[9] This second spin-off attempt is carried out by Julie Plec, with no involvement by Kevin Williamson.[10] In 2020, her My So-Called Company signed a deal with Universal Television.[11]



Title Year Notes
Vampire in Brooklyn 1995 Director assistant
Scream 1996 Assistant: Mr. Craven
Scream 2 1997 Associate producer
Teaching Mrs. Tingle 1999 Associate producer
The Broken Hearts Club 2000 Co-producer
Scream 3 Co-producer
Cursed 2005 Co-producer


The numbers in writing credits refer to the number of episodes.

Denotes television series that have not yet aired.
Title Year Credited as Network Notes
Creator Producer Writer Executive
Dawson's Creek 1999 No No No No No The WB Production consultant Episode: "High Risk Behavior")
Wasteland 1999 No Co-producer No No No ABC
Kyle XY 2006–09 No Yes Yes (8) No No ABC Family Producer (season 1, season 2: 3 episodes)
Supervising producer (season 2: 20 episodes)
Co-executive producer (season 3)
The Vampire Diaries 2009–17 Developer Yes Yes (31) Yes Yes The CW Co-executive producer (season 1: 15 episodes);
Executive producer (145 episodes)
Director (3 episodes)
The Originals 2013–18 Yes No Yes (11) Yes Yes
The Tomorrow People 2013–14 Developer No No Yes No Executive producer (17 episodes)
Containment 2016 Developer No Yes (3) Yes Yes
Recon 2016 No No No Yes No Fox Unsold pilot
Time After Time 2017 No No No No No AXN Director (Episode: "You Will Find Me")
Riverdale 2018 No No No No No The CW Director (Episode: "Chapter Twenty-Six: The Tell Tale Heart")
Legacies 2018–22 Yes No Yes (6) Yes Yes Director (2 episodes)
Roswell, New Mexico 2019–21 No No No Yes No Executive producer (seasons 1–3)
Director (2 episodes)
Vampire Academy 2022 Developer No Yes (1) Yes Yes Peacock Director
The Girls on the Bus 2023 Developer No Yes Yes Yes HBO Max
We Were Liars TBA Developer No Yes (1) Yes Yes Amazon Prime Video
Confessions TBA Yes No Yes (1) Yes Yes Netflix

Executive producer only[edit]

Year Title Network
2022 The Endgame NBC
TBA Freeman Peacock
TBA Clifton


  1. ^ "Julie Plec's Tweet". Twitter.
  2. ^ "Julie Plec's Tweet". Twitter.
  3. ^ Jester, Alice (March 21, 2011). "C2E2 2001 Report; Interview with Vampire Diaries Executive Producer Julie Plec". TV for the Rest of Us. Retrieved October 27, 2013.
  4. ^ "School of Communication at Northwestern University Annual Report 2008" (PDF). Northwestern University. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2013.
  5. ^ Bierly, Mandi (January 31, 2013). "The Women Who Run TV: Q&A with 'Vampire Diaries' EP Julie Plec". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 27, 2013.
  6. ^ "Kevin Williamson Talks Scream 4". DreadCentral. June 5, 2012.
  7. ^ Nellie Andreeva (November 13, 2012). "Greg Berlanti & Julie Plec To Produce CW Adaptation of UK Show 'Tomorrow People'". Deadline Hollywood.
  8. ^ Roth Cornet (January 28, 2013). "CW Greenlights The Originals and Tomorrow People, Sci-Fi Series from Arrow and The Vampire Diaries Creators". ign.com.
  9. ^ "Page not found - TV By The Numbers by zap2it.com". Archived from the original on January 14, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2016. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  10. ^ "'Vampire Diaries' Spinoff 'The Originals' in the Works at CW". Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  11. ^ Otterson, Joe (January 30, 2020). "Julie Plec Sets Universal Television Overall Deal". Variety. Retrieved October 14, 2020.

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