Gary Lennon

Gary Lennon is an American playwright, television writer and executive producer.[1][2] He is currently a showrunner on Power and Hightown, both for the Starz network, where he has an overall development deal.[3][4] He is also an executive producer on Euphoria for HBO.[5] In 2013, Lennon won a Peabody Award for the first season of Orange is the New Black along with his fellow writers and producers.[6]

American Screenwriter
Gary Lennon
Occupation Playwright, Television writer, producer, director, showrunner
Years active 1991present

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Lennon grew up in Hell’s Kitchen. He was orphaned by age 11, he dropped out of high school, and he did not attend college.[7]

Lennon began his career as an aspiring actor. He studied under Geraldine Page, who encouraged him to write about his own life. Lennon compiled his monologues to create his first play, Blackout.[8][9] After being rejected by the Circle Repertory Company as a young playwright, Lennon left one of his plays backstage at a theater attended by Marshall W. Mason, the founder of the company. Mason read the play that Lennon had addressed to him, and set him up on his first meetings.[7]

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 Peabody Awards Peabody Award [10] Justified Won
2011 WGA Awards WGA Award [10] Won
2011 Critics’ Choice Awards Television Award [10] Nominated
2011 AFI Awards AFI Award Honoree for Television Program of the Year [10] Won
2013 WGA Awards WGA Award [10] Orange Is the New Black Nominated
2014 Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series[10] Nominated
2014 Peabody Awards Peabody Award [10] Won
2015 PGA Awards Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy[10] Won
2018 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Drama Series [11] Power Won
2019 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Drama Series [11] Won

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