Jeff Vlaming is 30 year veteran television writer and producer, whose almost uninterrupted string of hit shows has included “Northern Exposure,” “The X-Files,” SyFy’s “Battlestar Galactica,” “NCIS,” “Numb3rs,” “Fringe,” “Teen Wolf,” “Hannibal,” “Outcast,” “The 100” and “Debris.”
[UPDATE: we were saddened to learn that Jeff lost his 2 year battle with cancer on January 30, 2023. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they mourn his loss.]
How did he have such a long string of success? According to Jeff, he broke every rule, and never stopped writing.
Abridged Biography via Wikipedia:
Vlaming came to Los Angeles, California from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he had worked as an advertising art director. In 1992, he sold a freelance script to the CBS series “Northern Exposure” (then in its third season), and joined the writing staff the following season.
In 1994, Vlaming moved to the USA series “Weird Science,” where he wrote 13 episodes.
After writing three scripts for SyFy’s “Battlestar Galactica,” Vlaming joined the CW series “Reaper“ as a supervising producer for its two-year stint.
In 2009, he joined the second season of the FOX series “Fringe” as a writer and supervising producer.
His freelance episode of “Stargate: Universe,” “Human” received a Gemini Award for series star Robert Carlyle. In 2011, Vlaming was on MTV’s re-imagining of “Teen Wolf” as a Co-executive producer and writer.
After two seasons as a co-executive producer on the NBC series “Hannibal,” Vlaming was a co-executive producer on the Cinemax series “Outcast” based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman (creator of “The Walking Dead.”)
Jeff Vlaming was a writer and executive producer for the final three seasons of the Jason Rothenberg CW series “The 100” and is currently a writer and executive producer on JH Wyman’s NBC series “Debris.”
Vlaming was also part of the writing/creative team behind Microsoft’s Xbox One game “Quantum Break”.
He maintains, or tries to, a stream of daily doodles, some related to his TV work, on Twitter at @jvlamingwriter.
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