Elaine Ko

Elaine Ko is an American television writer and producer.[1]

Elaine Ko
BornUnited States

Early lifeEdit

Ko is a Korean American.


Ko's TV career began on the sitcom Back to You, where she was a writing assistant. From there, she was a staff writer on Do Not Disturb and Family Guy.

Her main breakthrough was with Modern Family (2011–20), where she worked as executive story editor, staff writer, producer, and executive producer.[2][3][4] She also made an acting cameo, playing a receptionist in "The Future Dunphys" (2013), and directed two episodes ("Whanex?" and "The Prescott", 2019 and 2020).[5][6] With Modern Family, Ko was the co-winner of seven awards: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series (twice), the American Comedy Award for Comedy Writing, the 2013 Humanitas Prize (30 Minute Category), an Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Writing in a Comedy Series, a PGA Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy, and a WGA Award for Best Comedy Series Writing.[7]

She was also the individual winner of the Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Comedy for "Virgin Territory", and was nominated in 2013 for "Farm Strong".[8][9][10]


  1. ^ Merskin, Debra L. (November 12, 2019). The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society. SAGE Publications. ISBN 9781483375540 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Podnieks, Elizabeth (April 29, 2016). Pops in Pop Culture: Fatherhood, Masculinity, and the New Man. Springer. ISBN 9781137577672 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Molina-Guzmán, Isabel (March 27, 2018). Latinas and Latinos on TV: Colorblind Comedy in the Post-racial Network Era. University of Arizona Press. ISBN 9780816537242 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "'Modern Family's' Elaine Ko Inks Overall Deal With 20th Television". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ Darwish, Meaghan. "Stephen Merchant Meets Luke & Manny in 'Modern Family' Midseason Return (PHOTOS)". TV Insider.
  6. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm/
  7. ^ "Elaine Ko's 'Modern Family' continues to reign – The Korea Times".
  8. ^ Patten, Dominic (June 4, 2013). "'Modern Family' Producer Elaine Ko Inks Overall Deal With 20th TV".
  9. ^ "Elaine Ko". IMDb.
  10. ^ "12 Television Writers of Color You Should Know". Flavorwire.

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