Jennifer Celotta
Jennifer Ann Celotta

(1971-11-11) November 11, 1971 (age 49)
OccupationTelevision writer, producer, director
Years active1996–present
Notable work
The Office
Home Improvement
Malcolm in the Middle
The Newsroom
Cobra Kai

Jennifer Ann Celotta (born November 11, 1971) is an American television producer, writer, and director. Among her credits are The Office[1], Malcolm in the Middle, The Newsroom, Cobra Kai, Greg the Bunny, Andy Richter Controls the Universe and Home Improvement. She has directed three episodes of The Office: "Crime Aid" "The Promotion" and " Promos".[2] By the fifth season, Celotta was serving as an Office Executive producer and one of the series show runners, along with fellow writer Paul Lieberstein.[3] Celotta and Lieberstein wrote the fifth season finale "Company Picnic", which ended with character Pam Beesly learning she is pregnant.

Celotta and her co-writers on The Office received Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2007, 2008, and 2009[4][5] but lost all three years to 30 Rock.[6][7] The team also received Writers Guild of America Award nominations for Best Comedy Series each year since 2006.[8][9][10][11] They won the award in 2007,[9] but lost in 2006 to Curb Your Enthusiasm,[12] and to 30 Rock in 2008 and 2009.[13][14] Celotta and her The Office co-writers were also nominated for a WGA in 2006 for Best New Series,[8] but lost to Grey's Anatomy.[15]

After getting her start directing The Office, Celotta has directed episodes of Cobra Kai, People of Earth, and Trial & Error.

Celotta won a WGA Award in the category "Comedy/Variety – Music, Awards, Tributes – Specials" in 2009 for co-writing the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards ceremony. She shared the award with fellow co-writers Billy Kimball, Aaron Lee and The Office co-star Rainn Wilson.[16]


Year Title Notes
1996-1999 Home Improvement Writer, 9 episodes
1999-2000 Two Guys and a Girl Writer, 2 episodes
2001-2002 The Trouble with Normal Writer, 2 episodes; Co-producer, 11 episodes
2002-2003 Andy Richter Controls the Universe Writer, 2 episodes; Producer, 9 episodes; Supervising producer, 9 episodes
2002-2004 Greg the Bunny Writer, 1 episode; Co-producer, 13 episodes
2003-2004 Happy Family Writer, 3 episodes; Supervising producer, 5 episodes
2004-2005 Malcolm in the Middle Writer, 1 episode; Supervising producer, 13 episodes; Co-executive producer, 9 episodes
2005-2013 The Office Director, 3 episodes; Writer, 11 episodes; Producer, 98 episodes; Co-Showrunner, Season 5-6
2014 The Newsroom Consulting producer, 6 episodes
2017 Trial & Error Director, episode "Chapter 4: An Unwelcome Distraction"
People of Earth Director, 2 episodes
2018-2021 Cobra Kai Director, 6 episodes
2020 Space Force Consulting producer, 4 episodes


  1. ^ "Jen Celotta". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  2. ^ "Jennifer Celotta". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  3. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (2009-01-15). "Dispatch from NBC: Daniels, Poehler and company talk "The Office," the non-spin-off and an actual spin-off". The Star-Ledger. Newark, New Jersey. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  4. ^ "Emmy nominations: Fresh faces, same old slights". The Kansas City Star. Kansas City, Missouri. 2007-07-19. Archived from the original on 2007-12-02. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  5. ^ "2007–2008 PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS NOMINATIONS" (PDF). Emmy Awards. 2008-07-17. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  6. ^ Wyatt, Edward (2007-09-17). "Primetime Emmy Awards - TV". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
  7. ^ Serjeant, Jill (2009-01-12). ""John Adams," "30 Rock" big winners at Golden Globes". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  8. ^ a b "2006 Writers Guild Awards Television and Radio Nominees Announced". Writers Guild of America. 2005-12-14. Archived from the original on 2013-10-12. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  9. ^ a b "Winners Announced for 2007 Writers Guild Awards". Writers Guild of America. 2007-02-11. Archived from the original on 2009-08-08. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  10. ^ "Writers Guild Announces Nominations". Entertainment Weekly. 2008-01-10. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  11. ^ McNary, Dave (2008-12-08). "TV trio rack up WGA nominations". Variety. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  12. ^ King, Susan (2006-02-05). ""Brokeback," "Crash" win WGA honors". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  13. ^ ""Juno," "No Country" take top honors at Writers Guild Awards". USA Today. 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  14. ^ "2008 Writers Guild Awards Winners Announced". Writers Guild of America. 2008-02-09. Archived from the original on 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  15. ^ McNary, Dave (2006-12-13). "Writers love "Simpsons," "Office"". Variety. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  16. ^ Littleton, Cynthia; McNary, Dave (2009-02-07). ""Milk," "Slumdog" top WGA Awards". Variety. Retrieved 2009-07-14.