Julie Plec
United States

My So-Called Company

Julie
Plec

Principal / Producer / Writer

Currently part of The CW’s dream team of producers, which includes her Northwestern college pal and sometimes collaborator Greg Berlanti (they worked together on 2013-14 drama “The Tomorrow People”), Plec finds success telling classic genre stories for a new generation of viewers. She developed “The Vampire Diaries,” based on a book series, for TV with Kevin Williamson and then went on to create its spin-off, “The Originals.”

“The beauty of what The WB did back in the day and the mantle that The CW took over is young adult programming doesn’t have to be just for teenagers and coming-of-age stories,” Plec told Variety in 2016. “You don’t have to talk down to a youth audience; it can be a global audience.”

Primed by the success of the “Twilight” movies “The Vampire Diaries” and its central character love triangle became an instant CW hit in 2009, airing for eight seasons. It wrapped its run in April. “The Originals” is also ending its run, after five seasons.

Plec got her start as a producer on Wes Craven horror films (“Scream 2,” “Teaching Mrs. Tingle”) before moving to TV and rising through the ranks of writers/producers on ABC Family’s “Kyle XY,” about a mysterious boy without a belly button. Her most recent series was the short-lived CW drama “Containment.”

Career

  • KYLE XY
  • ORIGINALS, THE
  • VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE

Education

  • Northwestern University (IL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Women's Impact

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Julie Plec Remembers the Movie That Never Was

Julie Plec Remembers the Movie That Never Was

Loyal viewers of “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals” know that Julie Plec — who'll be making her directorial debut on "The Vampire Diaries" later this season — loves nothing more than a good love story. Back in 1998, the future showrunner was working as Wes Craven’s assistant when she and her college friend and neighbor Greg Berlanti came up with the idea for a romantic comedy that would land them a six-figure deal.Do you remember seeing this story when it ran?Oh,...

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Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“If you don't know the answer to a question, rather than guessing, posturing, lying or flailing, just respond "Let me get back to you on that," and then hang up the phone and call someone smarter than you. We don't need to know everything, and we need to be able to trust others to help us get our job done. If we try to do it all alone, we will fail.”

What or who inspires you?

“Honest, uncynical storytelling. A well-composed wide master shot. Netflix original series. Aaron Sorkin's tempo. Activists who do, rather than those of us who just tweet. Viewers who know they need to turn off smooth-motion on their televisions. People who love their job.”

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