Marta Kauffman co-created and executive produced the Emmy Award-winning series “Friends.” Previously, Kauffman co-created and served as co-executive producer on the critically acclaimed, award-winning comedy series “Dream On.” While on “Dream On,” she received an Emmy Award nomination and a CableAce Award for writing the episode “For Peter’s Sake.” Kauffman also co-created the comedy series “The Powers That Be” for Norman Lear, starring John Forsythe, David Hyde Pierce and Holland Taylor. Most recently, she served as executive producer on the one-hour drama “Related” on the WB.
She also co-created and served as executive producer on the comedy series “Family Album” and “Veronica’s Closet,” starring Kirstie Alley. In addition, she served as an executive producer on the series “Jesse,” starring Christina Applegate.
A Philadelphia native, Kauffman began her writing career at Brandeis University, which is where she met her then writing partner of over 25 years, David Crane. They began their working relationship in the theatre in New York, where they teamed with composer Michael Skloff to write several musicals, including the stage version of the movie “Arthur.” At Brandeis, they also co-wrote the book and lyrics for the widely acclaimed musical “Personals,” which played off-Broadway. “Personals” received an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination. Kauffman and Crane also contributed musical and sketch material to the off-Broadway revues “A…My Name is Alice” and “Martin Charnin’s Upstairs At O’Neals.”
Kauffman lives in Los Angeles with her husband, composer Michael Skloff, and their three children, Hannah, 18, Sam, 16, and Rose, 8. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Oakwood School and has been named one of the 25 Most Influential Mothers by Working Mother magazine.