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Jennifer Joy Philbin[1] (born August 30, 1974)[2] is an American producer and screenwriter. She is best known for her work on the drama series The O.C. and is the daughter of television stars Regis and Joy Philbin.

J. J. Philbin
Jennifer Joy Philbin

(1974-08-30) August 30, 1974 (age 44)
Alma materUniversity of Notre Dame (1996)
OccupationProducer, screenwriter
Michael Schur (m. 2005)
Parent(s)Regis Philbin
Joy Senese



Philbin's career began soon after she graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1996 when she became a writer for Mad TV, and then joined the script department of Saturday Night Live until 1999. In 2002 she moved on to That Was Then, an ABC drama series, as a writer, and in 2003 began work on the comedy-drama series Dead Like Me, for which she served as both writer and script supervisor for several episodes. She had a meeting with the executive producers of The O.C. in late 2003 and was keen for a job, but another job came up and so she worked shortly as story editor for the sitcom Coupling. In 2004 she joined the O.C. crew after Coupling was canceled and The O.C.'s producers offered her a writing position.[3] For 2004, she served as story editor, but was promoted to executive story editor for the remainder of the show's duration, from 2005 to 2007, and during that time wrote twelve episodes and co-produced another four.[3] Following The O.C.'s end, she became a co-executive producer and writer on the first season of the science fiction drama Heroes.

She and the other Saturday Night Live writers were nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award in 2001 in the category of "Comedy/Variety Series". In 2018, Philbin is a Consulting Producer on the TV series New Girl. She is also co-creator of the ABC sitcom Single Parents.

Personal lifeEdit

Philbin was born in New York City to Regis Philbin and Joy Philbin. She attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.[1] She says that, growing up, she always wanted to be a writer of some sort, but she particularly enjoyed writing scripts for amateur short films she made with her friends.[3] While working on Saturday Night Live in January 1998, she met The Office writer Michael Schur, who had also been hired to write for the show.[1] The couple married in October 2005 in New York and have two children.[1][4][5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Jennifer Philbin and Michael Schur". The New York Times. October 9, 2005. Retrieved 2007-11-24.
  2. ^ (Search for "Jennifer Philbin")
  3. ^ a b c Sonny Lee (March 28, 2006). "Chill(b)in with Philbin". Silly Pipe Dreams. Retrieved 2007-11-24.
  4. ^ "Regis becoming a grandpa at 76". August 16, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-24.
  5. ^ People Staff (February 19, 2008). "Regis Philbin Is a Grandfather!". People. Retrieved 2008-02-20.

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