Lauren Schmidt Hissrich

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Lauren Schmidt-Hissrich
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Schmidt Hissrich at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Lauren Schmidt

(1978-08-01) August 1, 1978 (age 44)
Westerville, Ohio, United States
EducationWittenberg University (BA)
OccupationTelevision producer, screenwriter, television writer
Years active2002–present
SpouseMichael Hissrich

Lauren Schmidt-Hissrich (/ˈhɪsrɪk/ HIS-rik[1][2] [3]) is an American television producer and screenwriter. She is the executive producer and showrunner of the television series The Witcher.[4]

Early life[edit]

She was raised in Westerville, Ohio, United States, and graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, in 2000 with a BA in English literature and creative writing.[5][6][3]


She has written scripts for television series The West Wing and Justice, as well as written and produced shows such as Parenthood, Do No Harm, Private Practice, Daredevil, The Defenders and The Umbrella Academy. She is the showrunner of The Witcher, a Netflix original series based on the book series by Andrzej Sapkowski.[4]

More recently, she signed an overall deal with Netflix.[7]


Lauren Schmidt Hissrich with The Witcher cast at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con


Year(s) Title Credited as Notes
Writer Executive producer Other
2002–2006 The West Wing Yes No Yes Story editor, researcher
2006–2007 Justice Yes No Yes Story editor
2007 Drive Yes No Yes Story editor
2007–2009 Private Practice Yes Yes No
2010 Parenthood Yes Yes No
2013 Do No Harm Yes Yes No
2014 Power Yes Yes No
2016 Daredevil Yes Yes No
2017 The Defenders Yes Yes No
2019 The Umbrella Academy Yes Yes No
2019–present The Witcher Yes Yes Yes Showrunner
2021 The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf[8] No Yes No Animated film
TBA The Witcher: Blood Origin No Yes No

Personal life[edit]

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Michael Hissrich—who is also a television producer—and two sons, Harry and Ben.[5][9]


  1. ^ Twitter: Hiss-rick!
  2. ^ "Lauren S. Hissrich Impromptu Q&A Roundup". 6 November 2019.
  3. ^ a b McGinn, Andrew (14 August 2009). "You, too, can find success in Hollywood with just a Wittenberg education". Springfield News-Sun. Archived from the original on 3 June 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b Holloway, Daniel (8 December 2017). "Lauren Schmidt Hissrich to Adapt 'The Witcher' for Netflix (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Archived from the original on 3 June 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Lauren Hissrich". Of Writers and Women. 10 January 2014. Archived from the original on 3 June 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Schmidt Wins Recognition as Outstanding Young Alumna" (PDF). Footnotes: English Department News and Notes. Wittenberg University Department of English. 2 (2): 3. Fall 2009.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (19 August 2021). "'The Witcher' Creator Lauren Schmidt Hissrich Inks Overall Deal With Netflix". Deadline. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  8. ^ Goslin, Austen (22 January 2020). "Netflix to release a Witcher anime film". Polygon. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  9. ^ JP (21 April 2016). "Nerdlocker Artist Interview: Lauren Schmidt Hissrich". Nerdlocker. Archived from the original on 3 June 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.

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