Greg Daniels

Gregory Martin Daniels was born on June 13, 1964 in New York City, New York. He’s an American television comedy director, writer, and producer. He was born from Judy, who was employed at the New York Public Library, and from Aaron Daniels, former president of ABC Radio Network. Daniels went to Phillips Exeter Academy, and he completed his studies at Harvard University in 1984.

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While he was still studying, he used to write in the “Harvard Lampoon”, an undergraduate humor publication founded in 1876. As soon as he graduated, he started working at “Not Necessarily the News”, a satirical sketch comedy series that used to air on HBO, but he was fired shortly after that because of budget cuts. He got a chance to work in the "Saturday Night Live" in 1987, and he entered in the writing staff, with which he also won an “Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program”.

He left the program in 1990, and, after having written an episode of the TV series “Seinfield” (1992), he started to work in 1993 as co-executive producer, producer, co-producer, and writer for the famous cartoon “The Simpsons”, remaining in the staff till the 1996. He wrote 8 episodes, some of which are really loved by the fans of the series, like "Homer and Apu" (1994), "Secrets of a Successful Marriage" (1994), "Lisa's Wedding" (1995, that also made him win an Emmy Award as “Outstanding Animated Program“) and "Bart Sells His Soul" (1995). In 1996 Daniels wrote one episode of the TV Series “The Dana Carvey Show”, and, in 1997, Daniels left to work on the writing staff of “King of the Hill”, where he created many important characters, and many characterizations ideas. This show won an Emmy Award in 1999, as “Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less)”.  

He remained in this series as a co-creator, executive producer, and writer till 2009, but already in 2005, Daniels started working in “The Office”, another TV comedy that aired on NBC from 2005 to 2013. In “The Office” Daniels covered the roles of developer, show runner, executive producer, director, and writer. This series has been a first season somehow difficult, but after some adjustments to make the characters more optimistic and likable, the show became a success, and started winning awards on awards. Daniels received the Emmy Award for the whole cast for “Outstanding Comedy Series” in 2006, and he then received an award for “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series” in 2007.

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Last Modified : May 30 2018