Edward Kitsis

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Edward Kitsis
File:Eddy Kitsis by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Kitsis in March 2012.
Born Edward Lawrence Kitsis
(1971-02-04) February 4, 1971 (age 50) [1]
Notable work Lost
Once Upon a Time

Edward Lawrence "Eddy" Kitsis (Born February 4, 1971) is an American television writer and producer, best known for his work with his writing partner Adam Horowitz on the popular ABC drama series Lost and Once Upon a Time.


Kitsis and Horowitz joined the crew of Lost mid-way through the first season as a writer and producer team in 2005. They were promoted to supervising producers for the second season in fall 2005. Kitsis, Horowitz and the writing staff won the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award for Best Dramatic Series at the February 2006 ceremony for their work on the first and second seasons.[2] They were promoted to co-executive producers for the third season in the 2006-2007 television season. They returned as a co-executive producers and writers for the fourth season in 2008. Kitsis and Horowitz were nominated for the WGA Award for Best Dramatic Series at the February 2009 ceremony for their work on the fourth season of Lost.[3] They were promoted to executive producers for the fifth season in 2009. The writing staff was nominated for the WGA award for Best Dramatic Series again at the February 2010 ceremony for their work on the fifth season.[4] Kitsis and Horowitz remained as executive producers and regular writers for the sixth and final season in 2010.

Many of his episodes have been co-written with Adam Horowitz. He and Horowitz are both alumni of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and met in their "Introduction to Film" class. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in radio, television, and film in 1993, Kitsis travelled with Horowitz to Los Angeles. They initially started working as assistants and messengers until landing a job writing scripts for the remake of Fantasy Island. It was cancelled after 13 episodes, but they went on to write for both Felicity and Popular, before joining Lost halfway into the first season.

Kitsis was born to Tybe and Arlen Kitsis of Minneapolis. In May 2002, it was announced that he was engaged to Jennifer Susman, a TV/film graduate of University of Texas in 1999.[5] They married on March 29, 2003 in Scottsdale, Arizona.[6]

Kitsis also wrote Tron: Legacy, the sequel to the film Tron, with his partner Horowitz[7] and wrote with the same the book for Universal Pictures future project "Ouija Board".[8]

Kitsis and Horowitz are the creators of the fantasy drama series Once Upon a Time, which began airing on ABC October 23, 2011. The show focuses on a town which is actually a parallel world populated by fairytale characters who are unaware of their true identity. The two came up with concept seven years prior joining the staff of Lost, but wanted to wait until it ended before they focused on this project.[9][10] He also co-created the "Once Upon a Time" spin-off, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, along with partner Adam Horowitz, Zack Estrin and "Once" writer and Consulting Producer, Jane Espenson. The series, which began airing on ABC October 10, 2013, focuses on Alice searching for her true love, a genie named Cyrus, who is being kept from her by the Red Queen and Aladdin villain, Jafar, in a post-cursed Wonderland.


TRON: Uprising,

    • Blackout (2012)
    • The Renegade: Part 2 (2012) (story)
    • The Renegade: Part 1 (2012) (story)
    • Beck's Beginning (2012)

TRON: Legacy,

    • Story/ Screenplay 2010



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  10. Levine, Stuart (October 28, 2010). "EXCLUSIVE: 'Lost' exec producers Horowitz, Kitsis sell pilot to ABC". Variety. Retrieved August 2, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. http://www.altfg.com/Awards2005/writers.htm

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