Todd A. Kessler

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This article is about the head writer and co-creator of the TV series Damages. For other people with the same name, see Todd Kessler (disambiguation).

Todd A. Kessler (born 1972) is an American screenwriter, playwright, television producer and director.


Kessler wrote and produced the second and third seasons of HBO's The Sopranos, Michael Mann's Robbery Homicide Division and the first season of NBC's Providence. Kessler began his career as a playwright working with David Rabe, moving into film and television when Spike Lee hired him as a screenwriter.

He is the co-creator and head writer of the Golden Globe award-winning FX drama series Damages along with his older brother, Glenn Kessler, and Daniel Zelman.[1] He also has a small role in Damages as Perry the Doorman.

In 2015, his Kyle Chandler led Netflix series Bloodline premiered. In 2016 it was cancelled, and will end its run after its third season in 2017. [2]


After graduating from Cranbrook Kingswood School, Kessler graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in dramatic literature and playwriting, and has twice been a visiting artist at Harvard, teaching screenwriting seminars.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Kessler has been nominated for several Primetime Emmy Awards. Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman were nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for their work on the Damages pilot episode "Get Me A Lawyer".

Kessler has been nominated for five Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards.


  1. ^ Jewish Weekly: "Celebrity Jews" by Nate Bloom August 7, 2007
  2. ^ Prudom, Laura. "'Bloodline' Ending After Season 3 on Netflix". Retrieved 14 September 2016. 

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