Jeff Pinkner

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Jeff Pinkner
Jeff Pinkner by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Pinkner at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010.
BornNovember 16, 1964 (1964-11-16) (age 57)
Other namesJeffrey Pinkner
OccupationWriter, producer
Years active1996–present

Jeff Pinkner (born November 16, 1964) is an American television and movie writer and producer.

Life and career[edit]

Born to a Jewish family,[1] Pinkner graduated from Pikesville High School in Baltimore, Maryland in 1983, Northwestern University in 1987, and Harvard Law School in 1990.[citation needed] He is known for his work on Alias where he served as executive producer. In 2006 and 2007, he worked as an executive producer and writer for the mystery series Lost.[2] The Lost writing staff, including Pinkner, were nominated for the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award for Best Dramatic Series at the February 2007 ceremony for their work on the second and third seasons of Lost.[3] In 2010, he has an overall deal with Warner Bros. TV.[4]

Pinkner wrote Columbia Pictures's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 script with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. The film starred Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, and was directed by Marc Webb. It opened in the U.S. May 2014.[5]

He frequently collaborates with a tightly knit group of film professionals which include J. J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Adam Horowitz, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Edward Kitsis, Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, and Bryan Burk.[1]


In 2008, Pinkner began developing the FOX science fiction series Fringe, along with co-creators Alex Kurtzman, J. J. Abrams and Roberto Orci. Pinkner served as co-showrunner, executive producer, and writer (titles he shared with J. H. Wyman) through the show's fourth season.[6][7] After the conclusion of season four, Pinkner left the series.[8] Episodes he contributed to include:



Year Title Credited as Notes
Story writer Screenwriter
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Yes Yes Co-screenwriter with Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci
Co-story writer with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and James Vanderbilt
2016 The 5th Wave No Yes Co-screenwriter with Susannah Grant and Akiva Goldsman
Based on The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
2017 The Dark Tower No Yes Co-screenwriter with Akiva Goldsman & Anders Thomas Jensen and Nikolaj Arcel
Based on The Dark Tower by Stephen King
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle No Yes Co-screenwriter with Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers and Scott Rosenberg
2018 Venom Yes Yes Co-screenwriter with Scott Rosenberg and Kelly Marcel
2019 Jumanji: The Next Level Yes Yes Co-screenwriter with Scott Rosenberg and Jake Kasdan
TBA Creature from the Black Lagoon Yes No In development
Part of the Dark Universe
Based on Creature from the Black Lagoon
TBA One-Punch Man Pending Yes In development
Co-screenwriter with Scott Rosenberg, based on One-Punch Man manga series.


Year Title Credited as Notes
Writer Producer Executive producer
1998 Ally McBeal Yes Writer (1 episode)
1998–2000 Profiler Yes Writer (3 episodes)
1999 Ally Yes Writer
1999–2000 Early Edition Yes Writer (3 episodes), story editor
2000 The $treet Yes Yes Writer (2 episodes); co-producer
2001 The Beast Yes Writer
2001–2006 Alias Yes Yes Yes Writer (12 episodes); producer, supervising producer, co-executive producer
2006–2007 Lost Yes Yes Writer (4 episodes), executive consultant
2007–2008 October Road Yes Consulting producer
2008–2012 Fringe Yes Yes Writer (26 episodes)
2015–2017 Zoo Yes Yes Co-creator; writer (3 episodes)
2018 Everything Sucks! Yes
2018 Origin Yes


  1. ^ a b Variety Magazine: "Abrams keeps it all in the fan family - J.J. and his collaborators conquer Hollywood" By Cynthia Littleton October 16, 2009 |"We're all self-deprecating short Jews, with the exception of Bob Orci"
  2. ^ Werthheimer, Linda (May 20, 2006). "Dramas Edge Reality Out of New TV Season". National Public Radio. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  3. ^ "2007 Writers Guild Awards Television & Radio Nominees Announced". Writers Guild of America. Archived from the original on 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2007-12-06.
  4. ^ Schneider, Michael (2010-04-19). "Mega new deal for "Fringe" exec producer Jeff Pinkner". Variety. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  5. ^ Sneider, Jeff (September 28, 2012). "Marc Webb to direct 'Spider-Man 2'". Variety. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
  6. ^ Jensen, Jeff (September 11, 2009). "Fall TV 2009: Fringe". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 22, 2011.
  7. ^ Trechak, Brad (April 10, 2008). "Lost producer goes to the Fringe". AOLTV. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  8. ^ Ng, Philiana (June 19, 2012). "'Fringe' Co-Showrunner Jeff Pinkner Exits for Final Season". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 30, 2013.

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