Dana Fox

Dana Fox (born July 16, 1976) is an American screenwriter best known as the writer of The Wedding Date (2005), What Happens in Vegas (2008) and the television comedy series Ben and Kate.

Dana Fox
Born (1976-07-16) July 16, 1976 (age 44)
Brighton, New York, United States
Alma materStanford University
Notable worksWhat Happens in Vegas (2008)
SpouseQuinn Emmett (m. 2010)


Fox graduated from Stanford University in 1998 with a degree in English and art history,[1] and went on to attend the University of Southern California (USC), where she took part in the USC School of Cinematic Arts' Peter Stark Producing Program and graduated in 2000.[2] She had originally intended to become a film producer, but when assigned a homework task at USC to write a 30-page screenplay, she found that she enjoyed writing more and decided to become a screenwriter instead.[1] She became an assistant to writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar while they were creating the Superman television series Smallville, and later worked for writer-director John August.[3]

While represented by Gough and Millar's agent, established screenwriter Jessica Bendinger sought after an unpublished writer who would work inexpensively on a screenplay. Fox had not yet written a sample screenplay, but Bendinger was so impressed with her ideas for the story that Fox was hired to write the script. The produced film was The Wedding Date, which ultimately was panned by critics but a financial success.[1] After The Wedding Date's release, she was attached to three separate writing projects.[1] Her next produced screenplay was What Happens in Vegas, which was bought by 20th Century Fox in a high six-figure deal for the script's first draft, and which stars Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher.[3] After What Happens in Vegas was bought, Fox performed rewrites on 27 Dresses (2008) and Knight and Day (2010), and was named one of Variety magazine's "10 Screenwriters to Watch" of 2007.[3]

In 2012, Fox developed a half hour comedy for FOX based loosely on her older brother. The show, Ben and Kate, premiered on September 25, 2012.

Fox is good friends with fellow writers Diablo Cody (Juno), Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist), and Liz Meriwether (No Strings Attached) with whom she collaborates in a writing group they call the "Fempire".[4] In 2012, Fox and the "Fempire" received the Athena Film Festival Award for Creativity and Sisterhood.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Fox was born in Brighton, New York. She lives in Los Angeles, California, where she works with fellow writers—who call themselves best friends—Diablo Cody (Juno) and Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist) in a writing group they jokingly call "The Fempire".[6] Fox married Quinn Emmett on October 23, 2010 at Historic Jamestowne in Williamsburg, Virginia.


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Children's Hospital Writer Episode: "Show Me on Montana"
2012–13 Ben and Kate Creator and Writer
2020-present Home Before Dark Creator and Writer


  1. ^ a b c d Jesse Oxfeld (2005). "Screen Player". Stanford Magazine. Stanford University. Archived from the original on 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2008-12-19.
  2. ^ "Alum Dana Fox News". USC School of Cinematic Arts. May 30, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-11-27. Retrieved 2008-12-19.
  3. ^ a b c Sharon Swart (June 21, 2007). "10 Screenwriters to Watch: Dana Fox". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved 2008-12-19.
  4. ^ Kelly, Kevin (September 2008). "Lorene Scafaria Interview, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Toronto 2008". Spout.com. Archived from the original on 2009-11-26. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
  5. ^ The Athena Film Festival: http://athenafilmfestival.com
  6. ^ Peter Howell (September 10, 2008). "Gal pal screenwriters bask in TIFF spotlight". The Toronto Star. Star Media Group. Retrieved 2008-12-19.

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