Jennifer Konner

Jennifer Konner
Born 1971 (age 45)
Other names Jenni Konnier
Occupation Writer, director, producer
Years active 1990s –present
Notable work Girls

Jennifer Konner (born 1971),[1] often credited as Jenni Konner, is an American director, writer and producer. She works mostly in television and is best known as the showrunner and writer of the HBO series Girls. In 2016, she directed the season finale of the fifth season of Girls.

With Lena Dunham she runs a production company as well as the feminist newsletter, Lenny Letter.

Early life

Konner grew up in Los Angeles, California. She is daughter of American television writer Lawrence Konner.[2] Konner graduated from Sarah Lawrence College.


After finishing school, Konner began working with friend and writing partner Alexandra Rushfield. They were both hired as writers for Judd Apatow’s sitcom Undeclared. They then went on to create two short-lived network shows together: Help Me Help You and In the Motherhood. After that the pair stopped writing together and Konner began working as a script doctor. She was hired on a few big-budget Hollywood films to help the writers flesh out their female characters, most notably Transformers 3.[2]


Konner was first introduced to Lena Dunham’s work through watching Dunham’s 2010 film Tiny Furniture. Konner was a big fan of the film and so jumped at the opportunity when HBO offered her the role of supervising Dunham for her new series Girls.[2][3] Since then Konner has become the show’s official co-show-runner, an executive producer and she has written occasional episodes. The show premiered on HBO in 2012 and has since won numerous awards. Dunham and Konner are good friends and have collaborated on several other projects. They also started a production company together called A Casual Romance, with the intent of addressing the gender imbalance in TV and film.[4] On her relationship with Dunham, Konner says “We just really love spending time together, which is good because we mostly have to be together all day every day.”[5]

Other work

In January 2015, Dunham and Konner released a documentary for HBO about Hilary Knight, the illustrator of the children's books Eloise. Konner worked as the Executive Producer on the project and it was their first production with their company A Casual Romance. The production company's most recent work, Suited, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2016. The film is a documentary that looks at a Brooklyn-based tailoring company that tailors suits for members of the LGBTQ community. It was directed by Jason Benjamin and produced by Konner and Dunham. Suited will premiere on HBO in June 2016.[6]

Lenny Letter

Further information: Lenny Letter

Konner and Lena Dunham collaborated to create Lenny Letter, a weekly online feminist newsletter.[7] The pair started the project with the intention of giving a platform to young female voices to discuss feminist issues. The newsletter features political essays, personal stories, interviews, artwork and even an advice column from Dunham and Konner themselves called "Letters to Lenny."[8] One notable article was an essay written by actress Jennifer Lawrence about the gender wage gap in Hollywood.[9]

Lenny Letter is supported by Hearst Corporation advertising.[10]

Konner and Dunham are also working with Random House on a book imprint that will extend the aims of Lenny Letter to book publishing.[11]

Personal life

Konner lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her two children and boyfriend Richard Shepard.[2]


Year Title Role
1999 George and Martha Writer
2001–2002 Undeclared Writer, Story Editor
2002 What I Like About You Writer
2003 The O’Keefes Writer
2004 The Stones Executive Story Editor
2005 Pool Guys Writer, Executive Producer
2006–2007 Help Me Help You Writer, Executive Producer
2008 Bad Mother’s Handbook Writer, Executive Producer
2009 In the Motherhood Writer, Executive Producer
2012–present Girls Writer, Executive Producer
2015 It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise Executive Producer
2016 Suited Producer

Awards and Nominations

Year Association Category Nominated Work Result
2012 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Girls Nominated
2013 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Girls Nominated
2013 BAFTA Awards Best International Girls Won
2013 Online Film & Television Association Best Writing in a Comedy Series Girls Nominated
2013 Writers Guild of America Comedy Series Girls Nominated
2013 Writers Guild of America New Series Girls Won
2013 Golden Globes Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical Girls Won
2014 Golden Globes Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical Girls Nominated
2015 Golden Globes Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical Girls Nominated


  1. Leive, Cindi. "How *Girls*' Executive Producer and Writer Jenni Konner Gets Ahead". Glamour. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Martin, Denise (17 January 2013). "The Grown-up Behind Girls: Showrunner Jenni Konner". Vulture. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  3. Leive, Cindi (3 December 2014). "How Girls' Executive Producer and Writer Jenni Konner Gets Ahead". Glamour. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  4. Kang, Inkoo (23 April 2015). "Lena Dunham and Rose Byrne Launch All-Female Production Companies". Indiewire. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  5. Fallon, Kevin (8 March 2013). "Jenni Konner Talks 'Girls,' Lena Dunham, and 'The Facts of Life'". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  6. Siegel, Tatiana (20 January 2016). "Sundance: Lena Dunham-Produced Doc 'Suited' Takes Viewers Inside Bespoke Brooklyn LGBTQ Tailor". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  7. Jagannathan, Meera (29 September 2015). "10 fast facts about Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner's first Lenny Letter". New York Daily News. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  8. "The Girls collaborators want to change the voice of online feminism—and make some money too.". Fast Company. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  9. "Jennifer Lawrence: "Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co‑Stars?"". Lenny Letter. 13 October 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  10. Owen, Laura Hazard (4 March 2016). "Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter has grown to 400,000 subscribers with a 65 percent open rate". NiemanLab. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  11. "Lena Dunham Sets 'Lenny' Book Imprint and HBO Short-Film Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-04-07.

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