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Lawrence Konner is an American screenwriter and television writer of shows such as Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos.

Lawrence Konner
Born1950 (age 68–69)
United States
Spouse(s)Ronnie Wenker (divorced)
Zoë Heller
ChildrenJennifer Konner (with Wenker) Jeremy Konner (with Wenker)
FamilyBruno Heller (brother-in-law)


Konner was raised in a Jewish family.[1] He began his career as a television writer, writing for the shows Little House on the Prairie, Family and Remington Steele. He and his movie-writing partner Mark Rosenthal first worked together on the motion picture The Legend of Billie Jean, which garnered a cult following on video. This was followed by the films The Jewel of the Nile, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, as well as the updated versions of The Beverly Hillbillies, Mighty Joe Young and Planet of the Apes. Other screenplays include Mona Lisa Smile, Flicka, and Mercury Rising.


Konner has been writing and producing television shows for over 35 years. He began writing on such shows as Family, Little House on the Prairie, and Remington Steele. More recently, he has written episodes of the HBO series The Sopranos, one of which was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramatic Writing. He was writer and co-executive producer for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Most recently, he has been a writer and co-executive producer of the series Magic City, which premiered in January 2012 on the Starz channel.

Documentaries produced and directed by KonnerEdit

In 1995, Konner produced and directed a documentary short, One Thing I Know, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, screened at the Cannes Film Festival, and won the Special Jury Prize at the USA Film Festival. In 2003, through his independent company, The Documentary Campaign, Konner produced Persons of Interest, a feature-length documentary about the illegal detentions of thousands of Muslims in the aftermath of September 11, which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Amnesty International Humanitarian Award. In 2005, Konner produced the film Zizek!, a documentary which follows the internationally renowned philosopher Slavoj Žižek on a worldwide speaking tour.

Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of AmericaEdit

Konner was a member of the Board of Directors of The Writers Guild of America, and a former Creative Director at the Sundance Institute. He is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Personal lifeEdit

His first wife was Ronnie Wenker; they had two children Jennifer and Jeremy before divorcing.[2] In 2007, he married screenwriter Zoë Heller in a "minimally" Jewish ceremony; they have two daughters.[3] The couple separated in 2010.[4]



  1. ^ Haaretz: "Superman, Man of Schlemiel? - Superman, the invention of two U.S. Jews, is a profoundly Jewish character whose film history is entwined with that of American Jewry" by Nathan Abrams June 16, 2013
  2. ^ Wenker-Konner, Ronnie; Appet, Leah (September 11, 2008). "A Picture of Health: A Stroke in Prime Time". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Evening Standard: "Teacher-pupil affairs: That's not the real scandal" by Alastair McKay 22 January 2007
  4. ^ The Telegraph: "Notes on a Scandal author Zoë Heller 'leaves her Hollywood screenwriter husband' - Zoë Heller, the author of Notes on a Scandal, is said to have left her husband, the Hollywood screenwriter Larry Konner." By Richard Eden 12 Dec 2010

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