Award-winning American writer and producer Frank Spotnitz is the Chief Executive of Big Light Productions Ltd., overseeing a diverse slate of television series.
Most recently, Spotnitz co-created and executive produced the drama series Leonardo, starring Aidan Turner, Freddie Highmore and Matilda De Angelis, which was a blockbuster hit on RAI in Italy and premiered on Amazon UK in April. He is currently writing and producing Season 2 of Devils for Sky.
Previously, Spotnitz created, executive produced and wrote several episodes of Amazon’s Emmy award-winning The Man in the High Castle, based on the classic Philip K. Dick novel.
Other recent credits include Medici: Masters of Florence and two seasons of Medici: The Magnificent, both for RAI in Italy and Netflix; three seasons of Ransom for CBS in the US and Global in Canada; and the comedy-drama series The Indian Detective, starring Russell Peters, for Canada’s CTV and Netflix.
Spotnitz began his career with the seminal Fox TV series The X‑Files, where he served as executive producer, wrote or co-wrote more than 40 episodes and directed two episodes. He also served as a producer and co-writer of both The X‑Files feature films, Fight the Future (1998) and I Want to Believe (2008). Spotnitz shares three Golden Globes for Best Dramatic Series and a Peabody Award for his work on The X‑Files. He was also nominated for an Emmy Award for writing and three times for Outstanding Drama Series for his work on the show.
Spotnitz’s other credits include Crossing Lines (2015), Transporter: The Series (2014); Hunted (2012); Strike Back (2011); Samurai Girl (2008); Night Stalker (2005); Michael Mann’s Robbery Homicide Division (2002); The Lone Gunmen (2001); Harsh Realm (2000); and Millennium (1997–1999).
Born in Japan, Spotnitz received a B.A. in English literature from UCLA and an M.F.A. in screenwriting from the American Film Institute. He began his career as a newspaper and magazine writer, working for the Associated Press, United Press International and Entertainment Weekly, among others.