Andrew Kreisberg (born April 23, 1971) is an American television writer, producer and comic book writer. He is best known as the creator of the television series Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow.
Kreisberg at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con
|Born||April 23, 1971|
His first job was on the short-lived animated sitcom Mission Hill. He has written for several other series including: Justice League, The Simpsons, Hope & Faith, Boston Legal, Lipstick Jungle, Eli Stone, The Vampire Diaries, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, My Family, and Warehouse 13.
In November 2015, Kreisberg signed a multi-year deal with Warner Bros. Television, through which he would continue to develop new projects as well as remain the sole showrunner of The Flash, co-showrunner of Supergirl (along with Ali Adler), and executive producer on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. In November 2017, his position with Warner Bros. was terminated.
In 2011, Kreisberg was hired to write a pilot based on DC Comics hero Booster Gold, for Syfy. The script has gone through many iterations and is said to still be in consideration at the network.
In 2011, Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim, and Greg Berlanti began developing Arrow, a re-imagining of the DC Comics comic book character Green Arrow for The CW. In January 2012, The CW picked the project up to pilot. On January 31, 2012, actor Stephen Amell was cast in the title role of Oliver Queen/Arrow. On May 11, 2012, The CW order Arrow to series. It premiered on October 10, 2012.
In July 2013, it was announced that Kreisberg, fellow Arrow co-creator Berlanti and DC Comics CCO Geoff Johns would be introducing Barry Allen during the show's second season, with the twentieth episode serving as a backdoor pilot. Actor Grant Gustin was cast and first appeared in the eighth episode of the second season, "The Scientist". The CW producers were pleased with the handling of the character, and greenlit a pilot episode, foregoing the backdoor version. In May 2014, The Flash was officially ordered to series. It premiered October 7, 2014.
On February 26, 2015, it was announced that Kreisberg, along with Guggenheim and Berlanti, would write/executive produce a spin-off series featuring Caity Lotz, Victor Garber, Brandon Routh and Wentworth Miller as White Canary, Martin Stein, The Atom and Captain Cold respectively, for a potential 2016 premiere. The series, titled Legends of Tomorrow premiered on January 21, 2016.
In 2008, Arcana Comics began publishing Helen Killer, a comic book by Kreisberg with art by Matthew Rice. In it, a college-aged Helen Keller is given a device which allows her to see and hear and which increases her physical abilities, at which point she is hired to protect the President of the United States.
On November 10, 2017, Kreisberg was suspended from his role as showrunner on The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl, after 15 women and 4 men accused him of sexual harassment. On November 29, 2017, he was fired from all Warner Bros. Television's projects.
|1998||Malcolm & Eddie||Yes||Writer (1 episode)|
|2000–2002||Mission Hill||Yes||Writer (1 episode)|
|2001||Cousin Skeeter||Yes||Writer (1 episode)|
|2002–2003||The Simpsons||Yes||Writer (2 episodes), story editor, executive story editor|
|2002–2004||Justice League||Yes||Writer (3 episodes)|
|2003–2004||Hope & Faith||Yes||Yes||Writer (2 episodes); co-producer|
|2005–2007||Boston Legal||Yes||Yes||Writer (9 episodes); producer|
|2007||The Wedding Bells||Yes||Supervising producer|
|2008||Lipstick Jungle||Yes||Writer (1 episode)|
|2008–2009||Eli Stone||Yes||Yes||Writer (7 episodes); supervising producer, co-executive producer|
|2009||The Vampire Diaries||Yes||Yes||Writer (2 episodes); co-executive producer|
|2009||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||Yes||Writer (1 episode)|
|2009–2010||Fringe||Yes||Yes||Writer (2 episodes); co-executive producer|
|2009–2011||My Family||Yes||Writer (2 episodes)|
|2010–2011||Warehouse 13||Yes||Yes||Writer (4 episodes); co-executive producer|
|2011||Red Faction: Origins||Yes||TV movie; with Paul de Meo and Danny Bilson, based on the video game developed by Volition|
|2012–2017||Arrow||Yes||Yes||Co-developer; writer (17 episodes)|
|2014–2017||The Flash||Yes||Yes||Co-developer; writer (10 episodes)|
|2015||The Oscars||Yes||TV special; with Greg Berlanti & Seth Grahame-Smith & Michael Green|
|2015–2017||Supergirl||Yes||Yes||Co-developer; writer (5 episodes)|
|2016–2017||Legends of Tomorrow||Yes||Yes||Co-developer; writer (2 episodes)|
Alexandra Danvers is a fictional character from the DC Comics television series Supergirl, portrayed by actress Chyler Leigh. Created by executive producers Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, and Andrew Kreisberg, the character was introduced in the pilot episode as the elder adoptive sister of protagonist Kara Danvers / Supergirl. Alex is a physician, scientist, and field agent of the DEO, a secret government agency that works to protect the Earth from extraterrestrial threats. She later becomes the director of the organization at the end of season three. Alex is also featured in the show's digital tie-in comic book series, Adventures of Supergirl, as well as the 2017 four-part Arrowverse crossover event "Crisis on Earth-X", with Leigh reprising her role across Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow.
Both the character and Leigh's performance have been well received by critics and fans alike. The relationship between the Danvers sisters and Alex's coming out storyline have garnered particular praise.Arrowverse
The Arrowverse is an American media franchise and shared fictional universe that is centered on various television series airing on The CW and web series airing on CW Seed. The series were developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Ali Adler, Phil Klemmer, and Geoff Johns, and based on characters appearing in publications by DC Comics. The shared universe, much like the DC Universe in comic books, was established by crossing over common plot elements, settings, cast, and characters that span across four live-action television series and two animated series.
The fictional universe began with Arrow, based on the character Green Arrow, which debuted in October 2012. It was shortly followed by The Flash in 2014, and the animated web-series Vixen in 2015. The universe was expanded in 2016, when in January of that year a new series titled Legends of Tomorrow debuted, which would star characters who originally appeared on both Arrow and The Flash. The universe then expanded yet again later that year when the CBS series Supergirl was moved to The CW for its second season, where it has remained. A second animated web-series, Freedom Fighters: The Ray, was released in 2017, which followed Ray Terrill / The Ray, who would make a live-action appearance during that year's crossover event "Crisis on Earth-X". In addition to the live-action and web-based series, the universe has spawned three promotional tie-in live-action web series, Blood Rush, Chronicles of Cisco, and The Flash: Stretched Scenes; released in 2013, 2016, and 2017 respectively. Since 2014, there has been a yearly crossover event involving many of the live-action series of the Arrowverse. Additionally, Matt Ryan has reprised his role as John Constantine from the NBC series Constantine, in guest appearances in episodes of Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, before becoming a series regular for the latter.Ben Sokolowski
Benjamin "Ben" Sokolowski is a Canadian television writer.
He is well known for his work on The CW superhero series Arrow and The Flash.Duet (The Flash)
"Duet" is the seventeenth episode of the third season of The CW television series The Flash, which aired on March 21, 2017. The episode was written by Aaron Helbing and Todd Helbing from a story by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, and was directed by Dermott Daniel Downs. The episode features a musical crossover with Supergirl and reunites Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist with their former Glee co-star Darren Criss, who portrays the Music Meister. Jesse L. Martin also reunites with Jeremy Jordan, with whom he previously worked in the 2012 musical film Joyful Noise. The story begins at the end of the Supergirl episode "Star-Crossed", which aired on March 20, 2017, which saw Kara Danvers / Supergirl (Benoist) hypnotized into a coma by Music Meister, with Mon-El (Chris Wood) and J'onn J'onzz / Martian Manhunter (David Harewood) bringing her to Earth-1 in hope that Team Flash can save her.Family Ties (The Vampire Diaries)
"Family Ties" is the fourth episode of the first season of The CW television series, The Vampire Diaries and the fourth episode of the series overall. It originally aired on October 1, 2009. The episode was written by Andrew Kreisberg and Brian Young and directed by Guy Ferland.Fastest Man Alive
"Fastest Man Alive" is the second episode of The CW series The Flash. The episode was written by Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns from a story by Greg Berlanti and Kreisberg and directed by David Nutter. It was first broadcast on October 14, 2014 in The CW. The show is itself an spin-off of the show Arrow, where many characters in the series were introduced during the second season. The episode revolves about Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), a CSI forensic scientist working for the Central City Police Department. During a visit to an event, the event is robbed by masked men. This is later revealed as the result of an accident during the accelerator explosion and the men are in fact a man who can duplicate himself. The episode also shows flashbacks when Barry tries to see his dad in jail, to Joe's disapproval.
The episode received positive reviews, with critics stating that the series' mysteries and intrigue are helping it for the future.Felicity Smoak
Felicity Smoak is a fictional character appearing in comics published by DC Comics. Her first appearance was in The Fury of Firestorm #23 (May 1984), created by writer Gerry Conway and artist Rafael Kayanan. She was originally the manager of a computer software firm who opposed the superhero Firestorm because of his recklessness, eventually becoming the second wife of Edward Raymond and stepmother to Ronnie Raymond, one-half of the integrated dual identity of the superhero.A re-imagined Felicity Smoak, portrayed by Emily Bett Rickards, features in the television series Arrow and its extended universe of shows, collectively known as the Arrowverse. An I.T genius and graduate from MIT, Felicity works alongside vigilante Oliver Queen/Green Arrow to help protect Star City (formerly Starling City), later operating under the alias Overwatch. The pair also become romantically involved, and eventually marry. This interpretation of the character was placed at number 15 in a list of 50 Favorite Female Characters, in a poll of Hollywood professionals conducted by The Hollywood Reporter in 2016.A similar version of Felicity was introduced as the New 52 incarnation of the character in Green Arrow (vol. 5) #35.Felicity Smoak (Arrowverse)
Felicity Megan Smoak, also known as Overwatch, is a fictional character who debuted in the The CW in the television series Arrow and has appeared in the other shows in the Arrowverse franchise. The character is based on the DC Comics character Felicity Smoak, created by Gerry Conway and Rafael Kayanan and was adapted for television in 2012 by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg. Felicity Smoak has been continually portrayed by Emily Bett Rickards. Initially a one-episode guest star in the first season of Arrow, Felicity went on to become a recurring character in season one, and a series regular from season two onwards. She has since featured in Arrowverse shows The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Vixen, as well as appearing in Supergirl and in annual Arrowverse crossover events.
Felicity debuts in the third episode of Arrow's first season, "Lone Gunmen" as an employee of Queen Consolidated, working in the IT department. She is recommended to Oliver Queen by his stepfather/CEO of the company Walter Steele, to assist him with an IT issue. She later joins Oliver in his crusade becoming one of the founding members of 'Team Arrow' and eventually beginning a romantic relationship with Oliver, leading to their marriage and to her becoming stepmother to his son, William, and later mother to his daughter, Mia.
The character also appears in the Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham video game as part of the Arrow DLC pack, and is one of the protagonists of the Arrow and The Flash tie-in novels and digital comics.
Often described as Arrow's 'fan favourite' or 'breakout' character, in 2016 she was voted number 15 on a list of 50 Favorite Female Characters, in a poll of Hollywood professionals conducted by The Hollywood Reporter.For the Girl Who Has Everything (Supergirl)
"For the Girl Who Has Everything" is the thirteenth episode in the first season of the CBS television series Supergirl, which aired on February 8, 2016. The episode's teleplay was written by Ted Sullivan and Derek Simon, from a story by Andrew Kreisberg, and directed by Dermott Downs. The episode is based on the Superman story "For the Man Who Has Everything", which was written by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons for Superman Annual #11 in 1985.Haunted (The Vampire Diaries)
"Haunted" is the seventh episode of the first season of The CW television series, The Vampire Diaries and the seventh episode of the series overall. It originally aired on October 29, 2009. The episode's story was written by Andrew Kreisberg and the teleplay by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec. It was directed by Ernest Dickerson.Killer Frost (The Flash episode)
"Killer Frost" is the seventh episode of the third season of The CW television series The Flash. The episode was written by Andrew Kreisberg and Brooke Roberts, with a story by Judalina Neira and directed by Kevin Smith. It was first broadcast on November 22, 2016 on The CW. The show is itself a spin-off of the show Arrow, where many characters in the series were introduced during the second season. The episode revolves around Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) slowly losing control of her Killer Frost persona after using her powers to save Barry from Savitar. In an attempt to get rid of her powers, Killer Frost kidnaps Julian to help her find Savitar and is forced to battle both Barry and Cisco.
The episode received highly positive reviews, with critics praising Panabaker's performance and the team dynamic.Laurel Lance (Arrowverse)
Dinah Laurel Lance is a fictional character in the CW's Arrowverse franchise, first introduced in the pilot episode of the television series Arrow. The character is based on the DC Comics character of the same name created by writer-artist team of Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino and was adapted in 2012 by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg. The character has been continually portrayed by Katie Cassidy and is mostly referred to by her middle name "Laurel", throughout the series.
Introduced initially as an assistant district attorney and Oliver Queen's ex-girlfriend, the character later takes up the mantel of Black Canary in the subsequent seasons of Arrow. The character also appears in a few episodes of The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Vixen, all set in the same shared fictional universe.
Cassidy went on to play other alternate multiverse versions of the character, namely Black Siren (from Earth-2) and Siren-X (from Earth-X) within the Arrowverse.List of Arrow episodes
Arrow is an American television series, developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow. The series premiered in the United States on October 10, 2012 for The CW television network. The first six seasons have been released on DVD to Regions 1, 2 and 4 and on Blu-ray to Regions A and B.
Arrow follows billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), who, after five years of being stranded on a hostile island, returns home to his mother, Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson) and sister, Thea Queen (Willa Holland) and becomes a bow and arrow-wielding vigilante. He is initially aided by his friends, John Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), and later aspiring vigilantes Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum), Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonzalez), Evelyn Sharp (Madison McLaughlin), Rory Regan (Joe Dinicol), and Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy) join them. In addition, Queen's team receives help from the Lance family; Laurel (Katie Cassidy), Sara (Caity Lotz), and Quentin (Paul Blackthorne), sharing the goal of bringing justice to Starling City (later, Star City). The series also featured flashbacks in most episodes in the first five seasons to the time Queen was missing, and how his experiences there shaped him into the man who returned home to fight crime.
On April 2, 2018, the CW renewed the series for a seventh season, which premiered on October 15, 2018. On January 31, 2019, The CW renewed the series for an eighth season. As of February 11, 2019, 151 episodes of Arrow have aired.List of Supergirl episodes
Supergirl is an American superhero action-adventure drama television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character Supergirl, created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino, that originally aired on CBS and premiered on October 26, 2015. Supergirl is a costumed superheroine who is the biological cousin to Superman and one of the last surviving Kryptonians. The series was officially picked up on May 6, 2015, and received a full season order on November 30, 2015. The series moved from CBS to The CW from its second season onwards.On April 2, 2018, the CW renewed the series for a fourth season, which premiered on October 14, 2018. On January 31, 2019, The CW renewed the series for a fifth season. As of February 17, 2019, 77 episodes of Supergirl have aired.List of The Flash episodes
The Flash is an American action television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, airing on The CW. It is based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / Flash, a costumed crimefighter with the power to move at superhuman speeds. It is a spin-off from Arrow, existing in the same fictional universe. The series follows Barry Allen, portrayed by Grant Gustin, a crime scene investigator who gains superhuman speed, which he uses to fight criminals, including others who have also gained superhuman abilities.
On April 2, 2018, the series was renewed for a fifth season by the CW, which premiered on October 9, 2018. On January 31, 2019, The CW renewed the series for a sixth season. As of February 12, 2019, 106 episodes of The Flash have aired.Pilot (Supergirl)
The pilot episode of the television series Supergirl premiered on CBS on October 26, 2015. It was written by series developers/creators Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler and Andrew Kreisberg, and directed by Glen Winter.
The Supergirl pilot details the origins of Kryptonian Kara Zor-El, whose quest to follow in her famous cousin's footsteps would emerge while maintaining a mild mannered life as Kara Danvers.
The episode received positive reviews, especially for the performance of the series' star Melissa Benoist. It also became CBS' most watched new series of the 2015-16 television season, and the most watched new scripted series overall by Nielsen, with 12.9 million viewers tuning in and an estimated 19 million over the next week, once delayed viewing is tabulated. It also gave CBS its first successful series to target a younger demo in the 18-49 age group, which is favored by advertiser groups.Stronger Together (Supergirl)
"Stronger Together" is the second episode in the first season of the CBS television series Supergirl, which aired on November 2, 2015. It was written by series developers/creators Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler and Andrew Kreisberg, and directed by Glen Winter.
The episode centers on Kara's attempt to put a positive image on Supergirl as she attempts to capture a Kryptonian prisoner from Fort Rozz, while Cat pressure James' connection to Superman to get an interview with Supergirl.The Scientist (Arrow)
"The Scientist" is the eighth episode of the second season of the American television series Arrow, based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, revolving around billionaire playboy Oliver Queen as he returns to Starling City, after having been shipwrecked for five years, and becomes a bow-wielding, hooded vigilante who sets out to fight crime and corruption. It is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the universe. The episode was written by Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns from a story by Greg Berlanti and Kreisberg, and directed by Michael Schultz.
Stephen Amell stars as Oliver, alongside Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Emily Bett Rickards, Colton Haynes, Manu Bennett, Susanna Thompson, and Paul Blackthorne. The episode introduces guest star Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, who arrives in Starling City to personally investigate a superhuman-related crime.
"The Scientist" originally aired on The CW on December 4, 2013, and was watched by 3.24 million viewers according to Nielsen Media Research. It had a season high viewership and a series high 18–34 rating. The episode received a positive critical response.Worlds Finest
"Worlds Finest" is the eighteenth episode in the first season of the CBS television series Supergirl, which aired on March 28, 2016. The episode's teleplay was written by Andrew Kreisberg and Michael Grassi, and directed by Nick Gomez.
The episode features a crossover appearance by the title character of the CW series The Flash (also developed and produced by Greg Berlanti and Kreisberg), marking the first episode of the series to feature a character from the Arrowverse, and the first character from a CW series to cross over to a CBS series before the show itself moved to the CW network. The episode loosely intersects with the events of The Flash season 2 episode "Versus Zoom".The episode reunites Melissa Benoist with her former Glee recurring co-star Grant Gustin, who portrays the Flash. The episode title was inspired by the World's Finest Comics series, in which Superman would team up with various other DC superheroes, including the Flash.