Josh Schwartz, who developed the stylish drama Gossip Girl for television and serves as executive producer, is one of today's most influential writer/producers.
Schwartz is also executive producer of the successful action-comedy series Chuck, the web series Rockville CA and is creator of The O.C. He has been recognized for his leadership in the television and digital domains and his entrepreneurial spirit by several publications including Rolling Stone ("100 People Who Are Changing America"), Fast Company ("100 Most Creative People in Business") and Vanity Fair ("The New Establishment").
Schwartz sold his first feature film and television pilot scripts during his junior year at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. Five years later, at age 26, he created The O.C., the hit one-hour ensemble drama about a street-smart teen forced to live amongst privileged society in Newport Beach, California. With the hit show, Schwartz became the youngest person in network television history to create and run a series. Over the series' four seasons, Schwartz received a nomination from the Writers Guild of America, while the show garnered Television Critics Association and Peoples Choice Award nominations.
An avid music fan, Schwartz infused the series with plenty of humor and indie rock music, producing six successful soundtrack CDs. Music is also a significant element of both Gossip Girl and Chuck. Gossip Girl, based on the popular book series for young adults, follows the lives of privileged Upper East Siders in New York City. The series about texting teens and the lines often crossed between frenemies quickly became a part of pop culture, influencing fashion and music trends. The action-oriented Chuck follows the comedic exploits of the title character, a computer geek drafted as a secret agent by the government. The series has developed a passionate following, is as a Comic-Con favorite and has earned some of Schwartz's best reviews.
After launching both Gossip Girl and Chuck, and using songs to subtly infiltrate a scene, Schwartz brought his love of music to the forefront with the original online series Rockville CA, set in a Los Angeles rock club. In addition to showcasing his trademark drama, each webisode features performances by some of today's most-acclaimed indie bands, including the Kooks, Passion Pit, Friendly Fires and White Lies.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Schwartz is currently writing the feature X-Men: First Class, a future installment of the hit franchise. He is also set to write and direct the film Bright Lights, Big City, based on the 1984 Jay McInerney novel, which focuses on a disillusioned magazine writer who relies on drugs and alcohol rather than deal with the pain of a failed marriage and writer's block.
Schwartz is an active member of the Writers Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America, and was nominated for a WGA Award for his work on The O.C. The son of toy inventors, he was raised in Providence, Rhode Island, with his younger brother and sister. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jill.