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Carol Mendelsohn
Carol Mendelsohn, November 2007
Carol Mendelsohn, November 2007
Born1951 (age 72–73)
Chicago, Illinois
OccupationTelevision writer
Alma materCornell University (B.A.)
George Washington University Law School (J.D.)

Carol Mendelsohn (born 1951) is an American television producer, showrunner, and screenwriter, known for her work on the crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


Mendelsohn grew up in Chicago, where her father was an attorney.[1] She attended the Latin School of Chicago. Also she went to Smith College, but later transferred and in 1973 graduated from Cornell University. She then went to the George Washington University Law School and practiced at the Washington, D.C., office of the prominent Los Angeles–based firm Wyman, Bautzer, Rothman, & Kuchel.[citation needed] She also worked for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.[1]

Film and television career

Realizing that she did not want to be a lawyer, she enrolled in an American Film Institute class. She moved to Los Angeles and started writing for the movie industry. Her early work included contributions to Hardcastle and McCormick, Stingray and Wiseguy. As producer for Cannell Studios, she worked on The Trials of Rosie O'Neill and Melrose Place.

In 2000, Mendelsohn joined the production of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and became its show runner and executive producer.[citation needed] In the fall of 2003, new long-term contracts made Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue "the two highest-paid female writers in television drama."[1]

In June 2014, it was announced that after 14 years Mendelsohn would leave CSI.[2]

She was also co-creator and executive producer of CSI: Miami, CSI: NY and CSI: Cyber. In 2008, she wrote the episode "Fish in a Drawer" for Two and a Half Men. It is reported that she signed a deal with Universal in 2018.[3]

In 2022, she signed a first-look deal with Fox Entertainment.[4]

Awards and nominations

As part of the CSI team, she was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award, the Producers Guild of America Award (twice), the Emmy Award (three times) and the Edgar Award.


  1. ^ a b c Weinraub, Bernard (October 19, 2003). "Respect, and $20 Million: Thank You, 'C.S.I.': For Two Female Writers, Hollywood Is No Longer the Scene of the Crime". The New York Times. p. AR 23. ProQuest 92629587. Retrieved January 5, 2021 – via ProQuest.
  2. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (June 11, 2014). "'CSI' Loses Co-Showrunner Carol Mendelsohn (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on June 13, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2018-07-23). "Carol Mendelsohn Inks Overall Deal With Universal Television". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
  4. ^ Porter, Rick (October 19, 2022). "Carol Mendelsohn Inks First-Look Deal at Fox". The Hollywood Reporter.