Wednesday, April 13, 2011
J Is For...
J Is For Jane Espenson
This woman rocks as a writer and a producer. She has worked on some of my most favorite shows, ever. To me she has had a tremendous influence on the vision of women in television. It's one thing to see strong women on screen, but it's quite another to be the power in the creative process and behind the camera. I think of her as kind of trailblazer in the male dominated realm of sci fi fantasy television. There are others like Sera Gamble and Marti Noxon, but this is J and Jane is someone I admire very much. Here is, but a taste of what this awesome woman has accomplished.
Jane's start came from a Walt Disney fellowship in 1992-93 where she worked on several sitcoms. She moved on to write for Star Trek, penning the episode "Accession" for Season 4 of Deep Space Nine. In 1998, she joined the seminal series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where she would write 23 episodes, more than any other writer except Joss Whedon and Marti Noxon. She won the Hugo award for "Conversations with Dead People." She also served as co-executive producer for 22 episodes and went on to contribute to the Buffy spinoff, Angel.
After her days in the Buffyverse, she continued to work with Joss Whedon penning the episode "Shindig" for the amazingly influential, though sadly short-lived Firefly. She spent a year as executive producer on the highly successful Gilmore Girls and in 2007 joined the crew of another stellar show, the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica. She executive produced the Razor television movie, the webisode miniseries Face of the Enemy and 20 episodes of the show. She also served as a writer, penning several episodes from seasons 3 and 4.
Currently, she is the creator and writer of the acclaimed Syfy series Warehouse 13 and has written an episode of HBO's The Game of Thrones entitled "A Golden Crown." She has also written the "Miracle Day" story arc for the BBC series Torchwood. Jane continues to push the envelope and punch through the glass ceiling for women in television.