Advisory Board

Jonathan Frank

As Executive Vice President FX Current Series and FX Productions, Jonathan Frank oversees all facets of day-to-day production for the entire slate of FX Networks’ original programming.  In addition, Frank oversees the development, management and distribution of FX Productions’ original series for non-Fox Networks Group (FNG) outlets and the business operations for FXP. Frank also oversees the development and day-to-day production of FX Networks’ entry into docuseries.

Series overseen by Frank include the FX dramas Taboo, Legion, Snowfall, Trust, Pose, Mayans M.C. and Mr Inbetween, as well as the limited series franchise American Horror Story. In addition, he supervises the production of the FX Networks’ comedy series Atlanta, Better Things, Baskets, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Archer, You’re the Worst, and FX’s newly-announced docuseries partnership with The New York Times, The Weekly. Frank has also overseen production on many of FX Networks’ acclaimed legacy series, including The Americans, Damages, The Strain, The League, Wilfred, Man Seeking Woman, and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.

Frank first joined FX in 2008 as Vice President of Current Programming and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Current Programming in 2011. His subsequent role as Executive Vice President of Current Programming was expanded in 2016 to include FXP original series for non-FNG outlets and in 2018 to include development of docuseries for FX Networks.

Frank and his wife Meredith Milton reside in Pacific Palisades, California with their children Wyatt and Greer.

Marc Guggenheim

A native of Long Island, New York, Marc Guggenheim practiced law at one of Boston’s most prestigious firms before getting hired on the writing staff of David E. Kelley’s Emmy-winning show about Boston attorneys, The Practice. Since then, Guggenheim’s prolific television writing credits include Law and Order, Jack & Bobby, Brothers & Sisters and Eli Stone (for which he and Greg Berlanti received a Writers Guild Award nomination for Best Drama Teleplay).

Guggenheim is an Executive Producer and Co-Creator for Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and the two animated spinoffs, Vixen and Freedom Fighters: The Ray. He also produces Trollhunters with Guillermo del Toro, for which he won the Emmy for Writing in an Animated Program. Guggenheim is also a successful screenwriter (PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, GREEN LANTERN), videogame and comic book writer (he has written titles for both Marvel Comics and DC Comics, as well as several creator-owned series), and novelist.

Guggenheim currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Tara (a fellow showrunner and WGA nominee, the co-creator of and Executive Producer of Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, and their daughters Lily and Sara, and their pets, Lucky, Finn, and Jarvis.

Karen Horne

Karen Horne is Senior Vice President, Programming Talent Development and Inclusion for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Studios.

Horne, who reports to Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents, Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment, is responsible for overseeing in-front-of and behind-the-camera primetime diversity efforts for NBC and Universal Television. NBC’s new Female Forward initiative for female directors, the Writers on the Verge Program, the Emerging Director Program, StandUp NBC nationwide search for stand-up comedians, NBC’s Late Night Writers Workshop and the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival are among the many programs she heads while also overseeing NBC's Diversity Staffing Initiative and working with the creative programming team to identify diverse development.

Ms. Horne also serves on the advisory boards for USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, the West Coast Board for the School of Communication and Media – Montclair State University, and most recently the Alliance of Women Directors.

 

Wendy Mericle

An Indiana native and graduate of Oxford University, Wendy Mericle began her television writing career on Everwood, created by Greg Berlanti. Her association with Berlanti continued as a writer on Jack & Bobby, Eli Stone and Arrow, where she served as Executive Producer and co-showrunner for three seasons (2015- 2018). She has also written for Ghost Whisperer, Smallville, Eastwick, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the iconic Desperate Housewives. In addition, Mericle has sold multiple original pilots to Warner Brothers, NBC and Fox.

Over the past several years, Ms. Mericle has served as a mentor to new and up and coming writers through various programs at the Writers’ Guild of America, as well as a judge for the WGA’s TV Writer Access Project.

Wendy is currently under an overall development deal at ABC Studios, where she is writing and producing original content. She recently sold a series pitch, The Sorority Girl Who Saved Your Life, inspired by the upcoming biography of former CIA agent Tracy Walder. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

Betty Thomas

Betty Thomas began her career performing at The Second City Theatre with the likes of Bill Murray and John Candy, becoming the first woman to direct one of their MainStage theatre productions. Deft at drama as well as comedy, Ms. Thomas won an EMMY for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Lucille Bates on “Hill Street Blues.”

Segueing into directing film and television, Ms. Thomas won her second EMMY, for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series (“Dream On”). She was the first woman to win this award. Other directing accolades include a CABLE ACE AWARD, Women In Film’s DOROTHY AZNER DIRECTORS AWARD and a DGA AWARD for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials (“The Late Shift”). As a film director, Ms. Thomas has helmed the blockbusters DOCTOR DOLITTLE (Top 5 in yearly Box Office), 28 DAYS, I SPY, JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE and ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS—THE SQUEAKQUEL (Top 2 in yearly Box Office). She has directed multiple television pilots and is a prolific producer (CHARLIE’S ANGELES 1 and 2, 28 DAYS, CAN’T HARDLY WAIT, GUESS WHO, etc.). Presently Ms. Thomas is casting her film DEL and writing her memoir movie IT NEVER ENDS.