Frank Spotnitz

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Frank Spotnitz
Frank Spotnitz headshot 2015.jpg
Spotnitz in 2015
Born (1960-11-17) November 17, 1960 (age 58)
Alma materUCLA (BA)
American Film Institute (MFA)
OccupationExecutive producer, showrunner, writer

Frank Spotnitz (born 17 November 1960) is an American television writer and executive producer, and Chief Executive Officer of Big Light Productions, a London and Paris-based television production company.[1] Spotnitz's career of more than 20 years in television includes creating, writing and producing series with networks, cable, streaming and other broadcast platforms, he is the creator of the Amazon series The Man in the High Castle.

Early life[edit]

Frank Spotnitz was born on 17 November 1960 in Camp Zama, Japan but spent his childhood in Phoenix, Arizona.[2] Spotnitz has described himself as "half- Jewish".[3][4]

He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a bachelor's degree in English literature in 1982, where he was a reporter for the Daily Bruin.[2]

He later received a MFA in screenwriting from the AFI Conservatory in 1989.[5][6]


Spotnitz began his career as a newspaper and magazine writer, working for publications such as the Associated Press, United Press International and Entertainment Weekly, until 1994, when he joined the writing staff of The X-Files television series,[2] he later directed two episodes and wrote or co-wrote more than 40 episodes of the show and eventually became an executive producer. He served as a producer and co-writer of both X-Files feature films, The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998) and The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008). For his work on The X Files, Spotnitz shares three Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama and a Peabody Award and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and three times for Outstanding Drama Series.

Spotnitz created, executive produced and wrote several episodes of the acclaimed Amazon drama The Man in the High Castle, based on the classic Philip K. Dick novel. Launched in the UK, US, Germany and Austria in 2015, the show quickly became Amazon's most viewed drama series ever and is now in its fourth season.

Spotnitz created, executive produced, oversaw the writers' room and co-wrote episodes for Medici: Masters of Florence, starring Richard Madden and Dustin Hoffman, and Medici: The Magnificent, starring Sean Bean and Daniel Sharman, both for RAI in Italy, SFR Play in France and Netflix in the UK, US and Canada; Ransom for CBS in the US, Corus's Global in Canada, TF1 in France and RTL in Germany; and the comedy-drama series The Indian Detective, starring international comedian Russell Peters, for Bell Media/CTV and Netflix; the third season of Ransom was broadcast in February 2019. The second season of Medici: The Magnificent is in post-production. Spotnitz is currently executive producing and co-writing Leonardo da Vinci for Rai, which is due to go into production in late 2019.

Spotnitz's other credits include: Crossing Lines season 3 (2015) with Tandem/Studio Canal; Transporter: The Series season 2 (2014) for the U.S.'s TNT, Germany's M6 and HBO Canada; Hunted, (2012); Strike Back: Project Dawn (2011); Samurai Girl (2008); Night Stalker (2005); Michael Mann's Robbery Homicide Division (2002); The Lone Gunmen (2001); Harsh Realm (2000); and Millennium (1997-1999). In 2006, Spotnitz co-wrote and created (with Vince Gilligan) a pilot for Spike TV named A.M.P.E.D..



  1. ^ "About Big Light Productions". Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  2. ^ a b c "True Believer". UCLA Magazine. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
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  5. ^ "American Film Institute - AFI Alumni". Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  6. ^ "Frank Spotnitz Screenwriter and Producer". London Screenwriters' Festival 2017. Retrieved November 24, 2017.

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