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Kevin S. Bright is an American television executive producer and director. He is one of the creators of Friends and Joey.

Early life and education

Kevin Bright was born on November 15, 1954[1] to a Jewish-American family in New York, NY. He attended school at the East Side Hebrew Institute in Manhattan and went on to graduate magna cum laude from Emerson College in 1976[2].


After graduating from college, Bright worked in New York with Joseph Cates, where he produced specials for George Burns, Johnny Cash, David Copperfield and Dolly Parton.

He moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and he started work in comedy programming such as The History of White People in America, and comedy specials starring Robin Williams, Martin Mull, Harry Shearer, Paul Shaffer and Merrill Markoe.


In 1993, Bright entered a partnership with Marta Kauffman and David Crane to form Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions and began a development deal with Warner Brothers Television to produce the comedy series Friends. He also directed 42 episodes of the series.

Onscreen appearances

Bright appears at the end of The One With The Fake Monica as one of the producers Joey is auditioning for.

His father, Jackie Bright, appears as the janitor in The One With The Birth, and as Mr. Weinberg in The One With Barry And Mindy's Wedding.


After Friends concluded in 2004, Bright went on to work as an executive producer on the spinoff series Joey, with fellow Friends producers Shana Goldberg-Meehan and Scott Silveri. It starred Friends actor Matt LeBlanc and featured Jennifer Coolidge, also an Emerson College graduate. Joey was cancelled in May 2006 during its second season after a major ratings slump.

Other work

After Joey, Bright moved back to his college town of Boston, where he began teaching classes about producing and directing sitcoms at his alma mater, Emerson College. He also executive produced two productions for the school's The Emerson Channel. One was a sketch comedy hour titled Zebro: A Laugh Show, and the other was a sitcom titled Browne at Midnight which was set at the school and followed a freshman DJ at the school's station WERS 88.9FM.

Personal life

Bright is married to Claudia Bright and together they have two children, twins, Zachary and Justin.


  1. [1]Kevin Bright profile at Rotten Tomatoes
  2. [2] Emerson Los Angeles Leadership