Susan­nah Grant

Writer, Director, Producer (US)

Susan­nah Grant is an Amer­ic­an screen­writer, dir­ect­or, and producer.

Grant was born in New York City. She stud­ied at Amh­erst Col­lege and atten­ded the AFI Con­ser­vat­ory.[1] From 1994 to 1997 she worked on tele­vi­sion as the pro­du­cer and major writer of the Fox drama series Party of Five. She wrote the screen­plays for Ever AfterErin Brock­ovich, dir­ec­ted by Steven Soder­bergh28 Days, and Dis­ney’s Pocahontas. For Erin Brock­ovich she received an Oscar nom­in­a­tion in 2001.[1]

After her Academy Award nom­in­a­tion, Grant adap­ted In Her Shoes and Char­lot­te’s Web for the screen and wrote and dir­ec­ted Catch and Release, star­ring Jen­nifer Garner and Timothy Oly­phant. She is also a Miss Port­er­’s School alumna as well as an Amh­erst Col­lege alumna, hav­ing gradu­ated in 1984. She later was accep­ted to the Amer­ic­an Film Insti­tute and received the Nich­oll Fel­low­ship in screen­writ­ing.[2] Grant was fea­tured in The Dia­logue.[3]

Grant cre­ated and pro­duced the CBS series A Gif­ted Man in 2011. She received the Valentine Dav­ies Award in 2011.[4] In Septem­ber 2013, Grant delivered a screen­writ­ing lec­ture as part of the BAF­TA and BFI Screen­writers’ Lec­ture Series.[5] In 2014, Grant cre­ated the ABC drama series Mem­bers Only for the 2014–15 Amer­ic­an tele­vi­sion sea­son.[6][7][8]

In 2019, Grant co-cre­ated, wrote and dir­ec­ted the Net­flix min­iser­ies Unbe­liev­able, star­ring Kaitlyn Dever and Toni Col­lette, adap­ted from real events.[9] More recently, she signed a first look deal with Lionsgate Tele­vi­sion.[10] Grant will write and dir­ect Net­flix film Lonely Plan­et star­ring Laura Dern and Liam Hems­worth.[11]