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. She is repped by The Gersh Agency 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.
Butler relocated to Los Angeles in 2005 and landed a PA position on According To Jim just four days after her arrival. She was promoted the following season to line producer’s assistant.
She then 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. She was promoted to staff writer the following season.
In 2010, she and her husband, writer/producer Warren Bell, sold a multi-cam comedy to Nick at Nite based on her experiences as a new stepmother. In addition, she developed a one-hour medical drama with producers Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (Tantamount Studios) and showrunner Pam Veasey (Ringer, CSI: NY).
In 2011, she co-wrote WANTED, a modern-day western, and developed a second medical drama with the Tannenbaums and with actor Michael Landes, based on the book Match Day: One Day and One Dramatic Year in the Lives of Three New Doctors.
In 2012, she served as supervising producer on her Nick at Nite pilot, Instant Mom, starring Tia Mowry, and co-wrote N.O.A.H., a modern-day retelling of the Noah’s Ark story.