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Chris McKenna is an American television writer, film producer, screenwriter, and television producer. He has written for American Dad!, Community,[1] and The Mindy Project.

Chris McKenna
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McKenna on a Community panel at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2014.
OccupationTelevision writer, film producer, screenwriter, television producer
Years active1993-present


McKenna was an uncredited writer on the 2004 film The Girl Next Door, having developed the screenplay with director Luke Greenfield. He was denied credit by the WGA arbitration process.[2]

McKenna is the writer of some of Community's most critically acclaimed episodes, including "Paradigms of Human Memory", "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design", and the Emmy- and Hugo-nominated "Remedial Chaos Theory". McKenna has also co-written (with series creator Dan Harmon) the season five premiere "Repilot". He has also co-written (along with his brother Matt McKenna) one of the most acclaimed episodes of American Dad!, "Rapture's Delight".[3] During his time as a writer in Community, he met Erik Sommers, who would become his writing partner.[4]

Having worked with the Russo brothers on the sitcom Community, McKenna contributed to the script of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, by writing jokes for the film.[citation needed]

His other film credits include The Lego Batman Movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

He returned to write the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, titled Spider-Man: Far From Home, and released on July 2, 2019.[5]



Year Film Credit Notes
1993 The Thing Called Love Assistant
Little Miss Millions Production assistant
1994 Greedy Assistant As Christopher McKenna
1995 Grumpier Old Men
2008 Registered Sex Offender Executive producer
Igor Written by, Actor Killiseum Fan #5 (voice)
2009 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Special thanks
2017 The Lego Batman Movie Screenplay by Co-wrote screenplay with Erik Sommers and Seth Grahame-Smith and Jared Stern & John Whittington
Spider-Man: Homecoming Co-wrote screenplay with Erik Sommers and Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Screenplay by, screen story by Co-wrote screenplay with Erik Sommers and Scott Rosenberg & Jeff Pinkner
2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp Written by Co-wrote with Erik Sommers and Paul Rudd & Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari
2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home Co-wrote with Erik Sommers


Year Film Credit Notes
2005–2011 American Dad! Staff writer, writer, story editor, executive story editor, supervising producer, producer
2010–2015 Community Writer, co-executive producer, executive producer Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series ("Remedial Chaos Theory")
Nominated–Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form
Nominated–Online Film & Television Association Television Award for Best Writing in a Comedy Series
2012–2014 The Mindy Project Writer, co-executive producer Nominated–Writers Guild of America Award for Television: New Series


  1. ^ Dropped Last Year, ‘Community’ Creator Returns June 10, 2013 NYT
  2. ^ "What Really Goes Into Making A Cult Favorite". Huffington Post. April 15, 2014.
  3. ^ McFarland, Kevin. ""O, Brother, Where Bart Thou?"/"A Cleveland Brown Christmas"/"Business Guy"/"Rapture's Delight" · The A.V. Club". Retrieved 2013-12-09.
  4. ^ Jim (July 8, 2019). "Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers Talk "Spider-Man: Far From Home"". Creative Screenwriting. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  5. ^ Schaefer, Sandy (April 17, 2019). "Spider-Man: Far From Home Release Date Moves Up 3 Days". Screen Rant. Archived from the original on April 17, 2019. Retrieved April 17, 2019.

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