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Behind the scenes

Kevin S. Bright (Executive Producer)

Kevin S. Bright began his career in New York City with the Joseph Cates Company, where he produced variety specials starring David Copperfield, George Burns, Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash.  He later moved to Los Angeles, where he produced for HBO the CableACE Award-winning series "The History of White People in America."  At HBO, he also produced comedy specials for Robin Williams, Martin Mull, Paul Shaffer and Harry Shearer.

In 1989, Bright received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series while serving as supervising producer on the hit show "In Living Color."  In that same year, Bright began his relationship with Marta Kauffman and David Crane as executive producer on the popular HBO series "Dream On," which won a 1992 CableACE Award for Best Comedy Series.  In 1990, he also served as executive producer of the critically acclaimed "Ron Reagan Show."

In 1993, Bright entered into a partnership with Kauffman and Crane to form Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions and began a development deal with Warner Bros. Television, where the company has gone on to produce the comedy series "Friends," "Veronica's Closet" and, most recently, "Jesse."

Continuing as a top-rated series, "Friends" received two People's Choice Awards for Favorite Television Comedy Series (1999-2000 and 2000-2001) and also won the award in its first season (1994-95) for Best New Comedy Series.  In eight successful seasons, "Friends" has received 44 Emmy Award nominations and six Golden Globe Award nominations.

In addition to his work as a producer, Bright's credits include directing numerous episodes of "Dream On," "Friends," "Veronica's Closet" and "Jesse."

Bright resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Claudia, and their twin sons, Justin and Zachary.

David Crane and Marta Kauffman (Creators/Executive Producers)

David Crane and Marta Kauffman, creators and executive producers of the top-rated and Emmy Award-nominated series "Friends" and "Veronica's Closet," have been writing partners for more than 20 years.  They have become so familiar with each other that they tend to finish the other's sentences.

Previously, they created and served as co-executive producers on the critically acclaimed, award-winning comedy series "Dream On."  While on "Dream On," they received an Emmy Award nomination and a CableACE Award for writing the episode "For Peter's Sake."  Crane and Kauffman also created for Norman Lear the comedy series "The Powers That Be," starring John Forsythe, David Hyde Pierce and Holland Taylor.

Crane and Kauffman also created and served as executive producers on the comedy series "Family Album" and "Veronica's Closet," starring Kirstie Alley.  In addition, they served as executive producers on the series "Jesse," starring Christina Applegate.

Both Philadelphia natives, Crane and Kauffman began their writing careers at Brandeis University.  They began their working relationship in the theatre in New York, where they teamed with composer Michael Skloff to write several musicals, including the stage version of the movie "Arthur."  They also co-wrote the book and lyrics for the widely acclaimed musical "Personals," for which they received an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination.  A new production of "Personals" recently played in London's West End.

Crane and Kauffman contributed musical and sketch material to the off-Broadway revues "A...My Name is Alice" and "Martin Charnin's Upstairs at O'Neals."

Kauffman lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Michael Skloff; her three children, Hannah, Sam and Rose; four horses; two dogs; and two cats.  She has been named one of the 25 most influential mothers by Working Mother magazine.

Crane lives in Los Angeles with his companion, television writer and producer Jeffrey Klarik.  Crane and Larry Coen co-wrote the play "Epic Proportions," which was recently produced on Broadway.

Shana Goldberg-Meehan (Executive Producer)

Shana Goldberg-Meehan began her career as a staff writer on the successful comedy "Mad About You" with her former writing partner Scott Silveri. 

In 1996, they were hired as story editors on "Friends."  Now writing on her own, she has been promoted to her current position as executive producer of the series.

Goldberg-Meehan grew up in Los Angeles and attended Harvard University.

Scott Silveri (Executive Producer)

Scott Silveri has worked in television for seven years, beginning on the comedy "Mad About You." 

Along with his then writing partner, Shana Goldberg-Meehan, Silveri joined the writing staff of "Friends" in 1996 and is currently an executive producer of the show.  He grew up in Yonkers, New York, and studied at Harvard University.

Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen (Executive Producers)

Writing partners Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen started their careers in 1995 as staff writers on the comedy series "Minor Adjustments" and followed that by becoming story editors on the sitcom "Mr. Rhodes." 

They joined "Friends" in 1997 as executive story editors and worked their way up the writing ranks to their current executive producer positions during the 2001-2002 season.

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