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Creativity 50 2014: Jenji Kohan

Creator, Netflix's 'Orange is the New Black'

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Jenji Kohan
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Jenji Kohan is considered one of the premier disruptors of TV, not only for her unique stories and compelling characters, but for shaking up what is actually considered TV content. As the creator and showrunner for Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black," Ms. Kohan was an early visionary for how streaming-video platforms can compete with traditional TV networks.

In "Orange Is the New Black," Ms. Kohan, who also created Showtime's "Weeds," addresses race and sexual orientation with a diverse ensemble of eclectic women that includes openly gay and transgender actresses. Ms. Kohan has developed not only rich characters who are more than criminals, but also relatable women viewers want to see succeed. "Orange" won several Creative Arts Emmys this year, and the show was the No. 2 most talked-about TV show in the U.S. on Facebook.

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