Women Behind the Scenes Spotlight: Karyn Usher

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Karyn Usher

Today’s Women Behind the Scenes spotlight is shone on Producer and Writer Karyn Usher.

In 1996, Karyn started out as a production assistant on the box office film The People vs. Larry Flynt that starred Woody Harrleson, Courtney Love and Edward Norton and then in 1999 she worked as a set dresser for the comedy flick Deal of a Lifetime that starred Kevin Pollak.

It was in 2000 that she moved up the ladder working as a part of the writing team on the short-lived drama Citizen Baines that starred James Cromwell; and then two years later she was a writer on the short-lived medical drama Presidio Med that starred Dana Delany (Body of Proof) and Paul Blackthorne (Arrow).

The following year, Karyn worked as a story editor and writer on the short-lived legal drama The Lyon’s Den that starred Rob Lowe (The West Wing) and Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost and Revolution) as well as the long-running WB/CW series One Tree Hill where she worked as an executive story editor and writer.

In 2004, she worked as an executive story editor and writer on the short-lived drama North Shore that starred Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones), Kristoffer Polaha (Life Unexpected and Ringer) and Nikki DeLoach (Awkward.) [among others].

But, it was in 2005 that her climb up the ladder changed for the better. She joined the writing staff of the acclaimed drama Prison Break for which she worked during the show’s entire four season run on FOX. She also held the positions of co-producer, producer, supervising producer and co-executive producer throughout those four years.

From 2009 to 2011, Karyn moved over to the long-running FOX drama Bones where she worked as a writer and co-executive producer and then she was a writer and co-executive producer on the short-lived NBC period show The Playboy Club.

The following year, Karyn got her first pilot order for the series Rogue, where she was to serve as executive producer and writer, but the series was not picked up for that TV season. She then moved over to the FOX drama Touch, working as a consulting producer last year.

This production season Karyn has a pilot that was ordered by FOX called Delirium that will be based on the best-selling trilogy about a world where love is deemed illegal and is able to be eradicated with a special procedure. There is no word or guarantee whether Delirium will be picked up, but best wishes to Karyn on your continued success.

Using her favorite online handle, Rueben is an East Coast-bred gal who is now a permanent Californian and a lifelong tv-oholic. She watches at least 25 TV shows a week, goes to the movies as often as possible, listens to music every waking moment, reads every day and “plays” on the internet every chance she can. Some of her current favorite TV shows are Outlander, Blindspot, The Blacklist, Killjoys, The Brave, The Shannara Chronicles, Good Witch, When Calls the Heart, The 100, Jane the Virgin, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Fosters. Follow her at @ruebenrambling or contact her at