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]

Gary Lennon
OccupationPlaywright, Television writer, producer, director, showrunner
Years active1991–present

Early lifeEdit

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]


  1. ^ McClain, James (2019-04-29). "'Power' Showrunner Gary Lennon Buys in Los Feliz, Lists in Mid-Wilshire". Variety. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  2. ^ "Author Q&A: Gary Lennon, "A Family Thing"". 2013-03-19. Retrieved 2019-05-13 – via Write On Online.
  3. ^ Patten, Dominic (2018-07-11). "Gary Lennon Upped To 'Power' Co-Showrunner For Season 6". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2017-11-27). "Heroin Epidemic Drama 'P-Town' In Works At Starz From 'Gotham' Alum, 'Power' EP & Jerry Bruckheimer TV". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  5. ^ Porter, Rick (2018-07-30). "HBO Orders 'Euphoria' to Series, Drake Joins as Executive Producer". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  6. ^ "Orange is the New Black (Netflix)". Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  7. ^ a b Miller, Kam. "Hells Kitchen Kid To Hollywood Baller". Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  8. ^ Margolies, Dany. "To Tell The Truth". Arts in LA. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  9. ^ Nichols, David C. (2003-04-25). "'Blackout' explores culture of sobriety". LA Times. Retrieved 2019-05-13.

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