Brenda Hampton (born August 19, 1951)[1] is an American television show creator, writer and producer. She created, wrote and produced 7th Heaven, Fat Actress, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Brenda Hampton
Born (1951-08-19) August 19, 1951 (age 68)[1]
OccupationTelevision producer and writer

Life and careerEdit

Hampton grew up in Atlanta, Georgia.[2] Her father was an electrical engineer for AT&T and a television repairman.[1] She studied journalism at the University of Georgia,[2] graduating in 1973.[3] After finishing her university studies, she worked as a technical writer for the U.S. Navy, wrote speeches, technical manuals and corporate newsletters.[2] In the 1980s, she moved to Los Angeles and began writing for Sister Kate, an American situation comedy which aired on the NBC television network in 1989 and lasted one season. After Sister Kate finished, she worked as a story editor on the CBS television comedy, Baghdad Café, featuring Whoopi Goldberg.[2] Hampton has worked on a number of television programs, including, the CBS sitcom, Lenny, the NBC comedy-drama, Blossom, and the NBC comedy, Mad About You.[2] In 1994 she worked with David Landsberg to develop and executive produce the CBS series Daddy's Girls, featuring Dudley Moore and Keri Russell in her first main television role.[4]

Hampton has three adopted children.[5]

Hampton created, wrote and executive produced the drama series 7th Heaven, which lasted 11 seasons and was nominated for and won a range of awards, including, numerous Young Artist, and Teen Choice Awards and an Emmy nomination.[6]

In 2008, Hampton's new television show, The Secret Life of the American Teenager was released. The show, created, executive produced and written by Hampton, is filmed in Los Angeles by Hampton's production company, Brendavision. It is a youth-oriented drama series, aired on the ABC Family network. When The Secret Life of the American Teenager premiered, it became ABC Family's most-watched series premiere.[7]

On February 10, 2010, Hampton accepted the Francis M. Wheat Community Service Award for her work as a child advocate, and for her work on The Secret Life of the American Teenager.[8][9]

Select television creditsEdit


  1. ^ a b c Longworth, James L. (November 2000). "Chapter 9: Brenda Hampton - Friend of the family". TV Creators: Conversations With America's Top Producers of Television Drama (The Television Series). Syracuse University Press. pp. 137–154. ISBN 0-8156-2874-9.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Fat Actress: Brenda Hapton (Executive Producer) biography". Showtime Networks. Retrieved 24 February 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Long, Nathan (June 2003). "Class Notes, Grad Notes, and Obituaries". Georgia Magazine. University of Georgia. Archived from the original on 1 June 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  4. ^ Howard H. Prouty, ed. (1 October 1996). Variety Television Reviews, Vol. 18 (1993-94). 18. New York: Garland Publishing Inc. p. 21. ISBN 0-8240-3797-9.
  5. ^ Giltz, Michael (January 12, 2009). ""Secret" Success -- Creator Brenda Hampton Gets The Last Laugh". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  6. ^ "7th Heaven award nominations". Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  7. ^ Kissell, Rick (July 2, 2008). "ABC's 'Wipeout' stays strong: Audiences keep date with 'Teenager'". Variety. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  8. ^ "The Alliance Annual Dinner". Kids Alliance website. February 10, 2010. Archived from the original on February 20, 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  9. ^ "'Law and Order' to get kids award - Alliance for Children's Rights will honor show". Variety. February 8, 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2010.

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