Jason Katims (born November 30, 1960) is an American television writer, producer, and playwright. He is best known for Relativity, which he created and wrote for; Roswell, which he developed, produced and wrote for; Boston Public, which he co-wrote; Pepper Dennis, a short-lived dramedy starring Rebecca Romijn on The WB; the 1996 movie The Pallbearer, starring David Schwimmer and Gwyneth Paltrow. He was the head writer and executive producer of Friday Night Lights for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series in 2011 for his work on the series finale. He also has two children, Phoebe and Sawyer Katims.
Early life 
Jason Katims was born in Brooklyn, New York. He has an older brother and sister. He attended Queens College in New York.
Katims was a playwright in New York until director and producer Ed Zwick asked him if he wanted to write for television and films.
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 then was involved in Roswell and in Boston Public.
He worked on the NBC series Friday Night Lights as head writer and executive producer. Katims 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 Parenthood, another NBC series which debuted in 2010. Katims based that series' Max Braverman character on his life with his own son, who has Asperger syndrome.
He also wrote a play titled The Man Who Couldn't Dance. Katims is a former member of Stagewrights, a playwriting collective in New York City.
- 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
- Boston Public (2001–2004) – writer, executive producer
- Fertille Ground (2005) – executive producer
- Pepper Dennis (2006) – executive producer
- The Wedding Bells (2007) – executive producer, creator
- Friday Night Lights (2006–2011) – executive producer, writer, director
- Parenthood (2010–present) – creator, executive producer, writer, director
- ^ "Jason Katims - Biography". Yahoo! TV. Retrieved September 26, 2011.
- ^ "The Showrunner Transcript: Parenthood and Friday Night Lights’ Jason Katims on Portraying Families Realistically". NY Mag. May 20, 2011. Retrieved September 26, 2011.
- ^ "The WB Sessions With Jason Katims". March 11, 2001. Retrieved September 26, 2011.
- ^ "Roswell interview with Jason Katims - Starting Out". BBC. Retrieved September 26, 2011.
- ^ "2008 Writers Guild Awards Television & Radio Nominees Announced". WGA. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
- ^ Perry, Byron (2007-12-12). "WGA announce TV, radio nominees". Variety. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
- ^ "HBO tops WGA awards list with five noms". The Hollywood Reporter. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
- ^ "2009 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". WGA. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
- ^ Gregg Mitchell & Sherry Goldman (2009). "2010 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". Writers Guild of America. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
- ^ Associated Press (19 September 2011). "At Emmy Awards, ‘Friday Night Lights’ finally punches through to the end zone". Washington Post. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
- ^ "Katims' 'Call' to Success," Broadcasting & Cable, May 5, 2011.
External links 
Emmy Awards 2011 - Jason Katims Wins, 2011
Jason Katims winning the writing award for "Friday Night Lights' episode "Always," September 18, 2011.
ATX Television Festival 2012: Q&A with the Cast and Creator of Parenthood Part I
In a Q&A that ran nearly 30 minutes over its allotted time, Jason Katims (creator), Liza Richardson (music supervisor), cast members Dax Shepherd, Mae Whitma...
Jason Katims for "Parenthood"
Jason Katims accepts the Television Academy Honors award for "Parenthood"
Jason Katims, Friday Night Lights: Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Jason Katims, Friday Night Lights: Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
Paula Fernandes - Um Ser Amor (Subtitulada)
Roswell, foi uma série de televisão de ficção cientifica criada por Jason Katims, que passou nos EUA entre Outubro de 1999 e Maio de 2002, inicialmente no ca...
Jason Katims - Honoree - 2013 Television Academy Honors
Jason Katims is honored for "Parenthood" at the Sixth Annual Television Academy Honors.
Jason Katims for "Friday Night Lights"
Jason Katims accepting his Television Academy Honors award for "Friday Night Lights"
Jason Katims: Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
Jason Katims speaks behind the scenes to the Emmys.com Thank You Cam after winning for Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series.
Imagine/Mark Reisman Productions/Jason Katims Prosuctions/ Universal Television (MCA Company)
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Jason Katims Productions / Regency Television / 20th Century Fox Television
Thu, 09 May 2013 11:18:29 -0700
First comes Fox, then comes NBC! The peacock network has picked up two dramas and three comedies, including high-profile projects from J.J. Abrams (who also had a pilot picked up by Fox), Will & Grace's Sean Hayes and a TV adaptation of About a Boy.
Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:27:05 -0700
Who's behind it: Here's the good news: writer and executive producer Jason Katims, who previously helped steer the TV adaptations of "Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood" to critical acclaim and multiple seasons (if not outright ratings success). Jon ...
Mon, 20 May 2013 12:37:46 -0700
“About a Boy” (midseason) • Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) and Jon Favreau adapt the Nick Hornby novel about a wealthy do-nothing (David Freeman) who develops a relationship with his precocious neighbor (Benjamin Stockham).
Mon, 20 May 2013 11:41:36 -0700
NBC has one of TV's best writers, Jason Katims, adapting Nick Hornby's novel "About a Boy." And J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron will team up for the supernatural series "Believe." Fox's big-ticket events are "Rake," a series starring Greg Kinnear ...
Broadcasting & Cable
Sun, 19 May 2013 21:27:03 -0700
Written/ produced by Jason Katims (Parenthood). THE FAMILY GUIDE: A boy who idolizes his blind father (J.K. Simmons) watches his family come together post-divorce. Jason Bateman and DJ Nash are executive producers. THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW: ...
Thu, 16 May 2013 08:58:38 -0700
Based on the best-selling Nick Hornby (“High Fidelity,” “An Education”) novel, writer Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) and director Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “Revolution”) present a different kind of coming-of-age story. Will Freeman ...
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Sat, 18 May 2013 04:04:16 -0700
The creator, Jason Katims, his wife Kathy, had breast cancer. He was very specific and very careful of what she went through and also of me and the process. So you took the time off to recover? Yes. I'm getting rid of things and cleaning and digging in ...
Fri, 17 May 2013 19:28:53 -0700
Set to juggle two broadcast series each next season are Jason Katims (Parenthood and new comedy About A Boy), Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis with Once Upon A Time and upcoming spinoff Once Upon A Time In Wonderland, Shonda Rhimes (Grey's ...
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