John Rogers
Alma materMcGill University
Years active1996–present
Notable work

John Rogers is an American screenwriter. He is known as the creator of the television series Jackie Chan Adventures (2000–2005), Leverage (2008–2012; 2021-present as Leverage: Redemption on Freevee), The Librarians (2014–2018), and The Player (2015).

Rogers co-wrote the films American Outlaws (2001), The Core (2003), Catwoman (2004), and Marry Me (2022), and co-wrote the story for the film Transformers (2007).

Early life and education

Rogers was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, and attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. While at McGill, he wrote for the school's comedy magazine The Red Herring.


Rogers wrote the first draft of the script for the live-action movie Transformers, released in 2007.[1] He wrote an early screenplay for Catwoman and created the cartoon series Jackie Chan Adventures. He also co-wrote the science fiction adventure film The Core. In 2004 Rogers wrote and executive-produced a television pilot based on the graphic novel Global Frequency. Although the pilot was never aired on network television, it was leaked onto the internet and accrued an international fan base[citation needed]. He created and served as executive producer for the TNT television series Leverage, which ran for five seasons from 2008 to 2012.

In addition to his work in television and film, Rogers has also written for the comic book industry. In March 2006, he launched an ongoing DC Comics series starring the new Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes, with co-plotter Keith Giffen and artist Cully Hamner. Rogers stayed on the series for two years, until #25. Some of his earlier comics work was created for Boom! Studios, where he penned a number of short stories for genre-themed anthologies Zombie Tales (and its sequels Zombie Tales: Oblivion and Zombie Tales: The Dead), Cthulhu Tales, Pirate Tales, Ninja Tales as well as What Were They Thinking?!, a series where contemporary writers wrote new humorous plots and dialogue over old stories. Rogers' last comics work to date is a fifteen-issue Dungeons & Dragons series for IDW Publishing.[2]

Rogers has also worked on role-playing games, and is the author of Feywild chapter of the 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons, Manual of the Planes (2008).[3]



Year Title Credit Notes
2001 American Outlaws Screenplay With Roderick Taylor
2003 The Core Written by With Cooper Layne
2004 Catwoman Screenplay With Theresa Rebeck and John Brancato & Michael Ferris
2007 Transformers Story With Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
2022 Marry Me Screenplay With Tami Sagher and Harper Dill


Year Title Credited as Notes
Writer Director Producer Executive producer
1996–1999 Cosby Yes Yes Writer (7 episodes), executive story editor; producer, co-producer
2000–2005 Jackie Chan Adventures Yes Co-creator; writer (2 episodes)
2002 Red Skies Yes Yes Writer (TV movie)[4]
2005 Global Frequency Yes Yes Creator, pilot
2006 Eureka Yes Teleplay:

"Before I Forget"

2008–2012 Leverage Yes Yes Yes Co-creator; writer (16 episodes), director (4 episodes)[5]
2014–2018 The Librarians Yes Yes Developer; writer (7 episodes)[6]
2015 The Player Yes Yes Co-creator; writer (1 episode)[7]
2020-2021 MacGyver Yes


  1. ^ Barton, Steve (2009-12-22). "John Rogers Transforms the forgotten Graphic Novel for the Big Screen". Dread Central. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
  2. ^ Manning, Shaun (November 1, 2010). "John Rogers Plays 'Dungeons and Dragons'". Comic Book Resources.
  3. ^ "Manual of the Planes Spotlight Interview". 2008-12-08. Archived from the original on December 10, 2008. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
  4. ^ Oxman, Steven (2002-08-07). "Review: 'Red Skies'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2011-08-12). "TNT Renews Drama 'Leverage' For Season 5". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2014-04-10). "TNT Greenlights 'The Librarian' Offshoot Series Starring Rebecca Romijn; Noah Wyle Closes Deal To EP, Recur As Flynn Carsen". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2015-05-09). "'The Player' & 'Game Of Silence' Picked Up, 'The Night Shift' Renewed At NBC". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-05-18.