Jessica Butler is currently a writer on TNT’s The Last Ship. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, writer/producer Warren Bell, and her two stepsons, and her new baby boy. She is repped by ICM Partners and Echo Lake Management.
Butler began her career during her freshman year of college, landing dual internships at As The World Turns (CBS Daytime) and TeleNext Media, Inc. in New York City. Two years later, she spent the summer in Los Angeles interning with the development department at Beacon Pictures. After earning her B.A. in screenwriting from Webster University in 2004, she worked as a set PA for NBC Action News at her hometown station, KSHB in Kansas City, Missouri.
Butler relocated to Los Angeles in 2005 and landed a PA position on According To Jim just four days later. She was promoted the following season to line producer’s assistant.
She spent a year reviewing budgets and contracts for ABC Studio’s finance department before returning to the creative side of the business as an assistant to the executive producers of USA Network’s, In Plain Sight. During her second week on the job, she sold a story idea to the show’s creator and was promoted to staff writer the following season.
Butler and her husband co-created the Nickelodeon series Instant Mom, based on her experiences as a new stepmother. In 2012, she served as supervising producer on the pilot, starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict.
Butler and her writing partner, Jill Blankenship, are currently story editors on The Last Ship. Other writing samples include WANTED, a modern-day western (Berman Braun and Kapital Entertainment), N.O.A.H., a post-apocalyptic Noah’s Ark’s story (Atlas Entertainment), and Creepy: Summer House (Craig Haffner), based on the horror comics from Creepy & Eerie magazines.