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 48)
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–present). 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 on both Scream 2 and Scream 3, Plec wrote another film for Wes 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.

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 will air 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]



Year Film Distributor Credit Notes
1997 Scream 2 Dimension Films Co-producer Directed by Wes Craven;
Sequel to Scream and second installment in the film series
1999 Teaching Mrs. Tingle Associate producer Originally titled Killing Mrs. Tingle
2000 The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy Co-producer Directed by Greg Berlanti
Scream 3 Co-producer Directed by Wes Craven;
Third installment in the Scream film series
2005 Cursed Co-producer Directed by Wes Craven
Year Title Network Credit Notes
1999 Wasteland ABC Co-producer One season: 13 episodes
2006–09 Kyle XY ABC Family Writer;
Producer (2006–2007);
Supervising producer (2007–2008);
Co-executive producer (2009)
Three seasons: 43 episodes
2009–17 The Vampire Diaries The CW Series co-developer;
Co-executive producer (15 episodes);
Executive producer (145 episodes);
Writer (31 episodes);
Director (3 episodes)
Based on The Vampire Diaries series of books by L. J. Smith
2013–18 The Originals Series creator;
Executive producer (92 episodes);
Writer (11 episodes)
Spin-off to The Vampire Diaries
2013–14 The Tomorrow People Series co-developer;
Executive producer (17 episodes)
Based on The Tomorrow People by Roger Price
One season: 22 episodes
2016 Containment Series developer;
Executive producer (6 episodes);
Writer (3 episodes)
Based on the Belgian TV series Cordon by Carl Joos
One season: 13 episodes
2018 Riverdale Director (1 episode) "Chapter Twenty-Six: The Tell Tale Heart" (Season 2, Episode 13)
2018–present Legacies Series creator;
Executive producer (17 episodes);
Writer (5 episodes);
Director (3 episode)
Spin-off to The Originals and The Vampire Diaries
2019–present Roswell, New Mexico Executive producer (23 episodes);
Director (1 episode)
"Pilot" (Season 1, Episode 1);
"Recovering the Satellites" (Season 1, Episode 13)
TBA The Girls On the Bus Netflix Series co-creator; Executive producer and Writer


  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.
  7. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Greg Berlanti & Julie Plec To Produce CW Adaptation of UK Show 'Tomorrow People'". Deadline Hollywood.
  8. ^ Roth Cornet. "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 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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