Jeffrey Steven Franklin
January 21, 1955
|Occupation||Producer, screenwriter, director|
Jeffrey Steven Franklin (born January 21, 1955) is an American screenwriter, director and producer. He is best known for being the creator of the ABC sitcom Full House and its Netflix sequel Fuller House.
Franklin was born in Inglewood, California and raised in a Jewish family.. In 1976 Franklin graduated from the University of the Pacific. And studied media production at UCLA, while working as a substitute teacher in his hometown before becoming a writer.
Franklin began his television career as a writer and producer for Laverne & Shirley and Bosom Buddies. Franklin pitched his own show to ABC called "House of Comics" which featured three comics living together. ABC was looking for a family sitcom, so Franklin added children and the idea evolved into the show Full House, which ran on the ABC network from 1987 to 1995.
During Full House, Franklin created Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, starring comedian Mark Curry. Franklin departed for Hanging with Mr. Cooper in September 1992. His other TV credits include both writing and production on shows such as, It's Garry Shandling's Show, and Malcolm & Eddie. He also wrote, produced and directed the first Olsen twins movie, To Grandmother's House We Go. By 1991, Jeff Franklin had received a deal with Lorimar, but the pact was terminated in 1993 so that he could become an independent producer. In 1997, he had signed a deal with Columbia TriStar Television.
Franklin's most notable film writing credits include the teen comedies Just One of the Guys (1985) and Summer School (1987), starring Mark Harmon.
On April 20, 2015, Netflix announced the streaming service would pick-up thirteen episodes of Fuller House, a sequel to Full House. Netflix also announced Franklin would oversee the production along with Robert L. Boyett and Thomas L. Miller. All 13 episodes of the first season premiered on February 26, 2016. The series ended in its fifth season on June 2, 2020 due to competition and inability to grow significantly its audience.
See also: Me Too movement
In February 2018, Franklin was fired from television series Fuller House after complaints about verbally abusive and vulgar language in the writers' room and on the set of the series.
In June 2019, The Hollywood Reporter revealed details of a probe made by Warner Brothers that included interviews with eight Fuller House staffers who commented that Franklin would talk about orgies he had over the weekend and claims that Franklin had his assistant request that all the writers come to his mansion and were reminded multiple times to bring their bikinis. Franklin complained about having to hire directors who were women or people of color, expressing preference for male writers, apologizing to his staff for not dating Jewish women, and describing female directors as "all the same" and making sexualized comments. On one occasion, Franklin was alleged to have said "She is probably going to be pregnant next season. I wish I could make all the women on my staff get hysterectomies." In another comment about an underage girl, he is alleged to have said, "She's one nose job away from a good f**k."
Jeff Franklin sued the showrunners, blaming the co-executive producer Bryan Behar for orchestrating a conspiracy aiming to get him kicked out of the show, using the Me Too movement to discredit Franklin and replace him. Franklin denied all the allegations of sexual misconduct.
In 1994, Franklin bought 10050 Cielo Drive, the site of the Tate murders in 1969. The French country-style home was eventually demolished and replaced by a mansion designed by architect Richard Landry. In 2014, he listed for sale another house designed by Landry in the Hollywood Hills for US$30 million.
Mr. Franklin, a 61-year-old writer and producer who lives in Los Angeles...
BAR MITZVAH: FRANKLIN, Jeffrey Steven, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Franklin, Saturday, Feb. 3, 10:30 a.m, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Wilshire, Hobart, and Harvard Blvds. Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk
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