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Occupation  Producer Screenwriter
Spouse  Kathy Katims
Role  Television writer

Name  Jason Katims
Nationality  American
Parents  Robert Katims
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Born  November 30, 1960 (age 55) Brooklyn, New York City, New York, US (1960-11-30)
Notable works  Roswell Friday Night Lights Parenthood About a Boy
Education  Queens College, City University of New York
Children  Phoebe Katims, Sawyer Katims
Movies and TV shows  Parenthood, About a Boy, Roswell, The Vow, Relativity
Similar People  David Walton, Peter Krause, Max Burkholder, Michael Sucsy, Sam Jaeger

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Jason Katims (born November 30, 1960) is an American television writer, producer, and playwright. He is best known for being the head writer and executive producer of both Friday Night Lights, on which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series in 2011 for his work on the series finale, and Parenthood. He has also worked on Relativity, which he created and wrote for; Roswell, which he developed, produced and wrote for; Boston Public, which he co-wrote; Pepper Dennis; About a Boy; and the 1996 movie The Pallbearer, starring David Schwimmer and Gwyneth Paltrow.


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Early life and family

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Jason Katims was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. His father was an actor and a salesman; his mother, an English and philosophy major, "did some teachings". He has an older brother and sister.

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He studied theater at Queens College in Queens, New York City.

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He has two children, Phoebe and Sawyer Katims.


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Katims was a playwright in New York until director and producer Ed Zwick asked him if he wanted to write for television and films.

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In 1994, he wrote three episodes for the ABC teen drama My So-Called Life. He created Relativity in 1996 but the TV series was cancelled after 17 episodes. He subsequently was involved in Roswell and in Boston Public.

Katims worked on the NBC series Friday Night Lights as head writer and executive producer. He was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best New Series at the February 2007 ceremony for his work on the first season of Friday Night Lights. He was nominated for the WGA Award for Best Dramatic Series the following year at the February 2008 ceremony for his work on the second season of Friday Night Lights. Katims was nominated for Best Dramatic Series a second time at the February 2009 ceremony for his work on the third season of Friday Night Lights. He was nominated for the WGA Award for Best Drama Series for the third consecutive year at the February 2010 ceremony for his work on the fourth season. In 2011, he was honored by an award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series in Friday Night Lights.

Katims is also the creator of and executive producer for another NBC series, Parenthood, based on the feature film of the same name and a short-lived TV series that followed; Katims' series debuted in 2010 and ended in 2015. Katims based that series' Max Braverman character on his life with his own son, who has Asperger syndrome.

Katims developed About a Boy, a 2014 TV series based on the novel of the same name, for NBC.

He has written a play, The Man Who Couldn't Dance and is a former member of Stagewrights, a playwriting collective in New York City.


  • The Pallbearer (1996)
  • The Vow (2012)
  • Television

  • My So-Called Life (1994) – story editor
  • Relativity (1996) – creator, pilot writer
  • Roswell (1999–2002) – developer, executive producer, writer
  • DeMarco Affairs (2004) – creator, executive producer
  • Fatherhood (TV series) (2004–05) – creator,writer, executive producer
  • Fertile Ground (2005) – executive producer
  • Pepper Dennis (2006) – executive producer
  • The Wedding Bells (2007) – creator
  • Friday Night Lights (2006–11) – executive producer, writer, director
  • Parenthood (2010–15) – creator, executive producer, writer, director
  • About a Boy (2014–15) – developer, executive producer, writer
  • The Path (2016) – executive producer
  • Pure Genius (2016–17) - Creator, Executive producer, writer
  • Rise (2018) - Executive producer, writer
  • References

    Jason Katims Wikipedia