The Tracking Board named Kat O’Brien to its 2015 Young and Hungry List: Top 100 Writers on the Verge.
Story editor turned screenwriter, Kat O'Brien is an expert in story development with an intuitive and proven sense for a project's commercial viability. She recently penned the long-awaited sequel to China's first-ever romantic comedy, Dayyan Eng's award-winning, Waiting Alone. Her coming-of-age comedy, Reinventing Tess, is set up at Gingersnap Productions with Shannon Riggs producing. My Own Worst Enemy, is a doppelganger comedy with Jesse Israel and Matt Smith producing and the award-winning Ira Rosensweig attached to direct. Currently, Kat's writing an under-wraps feature comedy with Natasha Blanchard attached to produce, and developing shows for children's television.
Kat is able to connect with her audience through her earnest, heartfelt storytelling and wry comedic sensibility. Whether she's crafting broad, absurdist comedy, scathing satire, or a fresh rom com, Kat's relatable characters are always intimately complex. Known for her ability to bring realistic characters to life off the page with empathy and keen observational humor, she elevates her work above typical genre-fare with the purpose-driven, socially conscious themes she explores in her storytelling.
Always intrigued by a compelling story, Kat gravitates towards writing underdog characters, finding the humor in the bleakest of circumstances, and exploring awkward moments. In addition to her work in film and television, Kat is writing two books (soon to be announced), and she continues to cultivate content in other mediums to publish, and produce.
Kat holds a BFA in Writing for Film & Television from the University of Southern California - School of Cinematic Arts.