Jenji Kohan
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Tilted Productions

Jenji
Kohan

Principal / Producer / Writer

When Netflix took a chance on Kohan – and more importantly at that time, when Kohan took a chance on Netflix – the result was one of the era’s first streaming series breakthroughs, women-in-prison comedy-drama “Orange is the New Black,” which appealed both to critics and viewers. “Orange” quickly became a buzz and awards magnet and opened the doors to other series on streaming platforms.

Still, Kohan told Variety in 2015 she faces the same challenges as all showrunners. “It’s notes and it’s taste. Seeing your vision through. Fighting the good fight. Getting what you want out there,” which she said she accomplishes through force of will. “I think once you prove you can do it, there’s a level of trust that develops. It’s a luxury, certainly, and it’s a gift once you’ve gained that trust. You say, ‘I will deliver. Until I screw up, please let me do it my way.’”

Kohan’s earliest credits include “Mad About You,” “Sex and the City” and “Tracey Takes On” before she created her own series, Showtime’s “Weeds.” This year saw the fifth season of “Orange is the New Black.” She is also exec producing the first season of Netflix’s “G.L.O.W.,” based on the 1980s professional wrestling league Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

Career

  • GILMORE GIRLS
  • WEEDS
  • ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: SEASON 4

Education

  • Brandeis University (MA, USA)
  • Columbia University (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Women's Impact

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'Orange Is the New Black' Creator Jenji Kohan Inks Multi-Year Netflix Overall Deal

'Orange Is the New Black' Creator Jenji Kohan Inks Multi-Year Netflix Overall Deal

Jenji Kohan has signed a multi-year overall deal with Netflix, the streaming giant announced Friday.“Current climate aside, it’s great to be in bed with Netflix,” Kohan said.Kohan is the creator of the award-winning Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black" and an executive producer on Netflix's "GLOW." The former series has been nominated for 19 Emmy Awards during its five seasons, winning four. Under the new deal, Kohan will develop new original series and other projects.“Bold, outspoken and totally fearless, Jenji...

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