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Lorien McKenna

Screenwriter, Story Manager, Producer
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LORIEN MCKENNA is an Emmy-nominated and NAACP Image Award-winning writer and producer. A former Story Manager at Pixar Animation Studios, she worked on the Oscar Winning films Ratatouille, Up, Brave, and Inside Out.

Most recently, she was the showrunner for TAB TIME, which was nominated for two Children and Family Emmys as well as the winner of two NAACP Image Awards, including Outstanding Children’s Program. Previously, Lorien co-created and wrote THIS THING CALLED LOVE, a one-hour romantic comedy anthology at HULU, and POOG, a sitcom about the impossibility of being a perfect parent for NBC. Her feature HOW TO SET A FIRE AND WHY, based on the book by Jesse ball, has Raffey Cassidy attached to star.

Lorien co-hosts the podcast THE SCREENWRITING LIFE with Meg LeFauve which has 1.2 million downloads and is consistently ranked in the top 100 of TV and Film Podcasts.Guests include MARTI NOXON, JOE ROBERT COLE, MICHAEL ARNDT, and ANNIE LAMOTT. Lorien received her MFA in Playwriting from St. Mary’s College where she also taught as an adjunct Professor.