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Kay Cannon
Kay Cannon
Kay Cannon at SXSW Red Carpet premiere of BLOCKERS (26876904668) (cropped).jpg
Cannon at the 2018 South by Southwest
Kathryn E. Cannon

(1974-08-21) August 21, 1974 (age 45)
Illinois, U.S.
Alma materLewis University (M.A., B.A.)
Reed-Custer High School
OccupationScreenwriter, producer, director, actress
Jason Sudeikis
(m. 2004; div. 2010)

Eben Russell
(m. 2012)

Kay Cannon (born Kathryn E. Cannon; August 21, 1974) is an American screenwriter, producer, director, and actress. She is best known for writing and producing the Pitch Perfect film series (2012-2017). She made her directorial debut with the comedy film Blockers (2018).

Cannon was also a writer and producer for the NBC comedy series 30 Rock (2007-2012) and the FOX comedy series New Girl (2012-2014).[1] She created, wrote and produced the short-lived Netflix comedy-drama series Girlboss (2017).[2]

Early life

Kay Cannon was born on August 21, 1974. She was raised in Custer Park, Illinois, and is the fifth of seven kids.[2][3] She graduated from Reed-Custer High School in Braidwood, Illinois, and received her BA in Theatre and MA in Education at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois.[4]



Cannon trained at The Second City, ImprovOlympic, and ComedySportz. One of her first jobs was as a performer at ComedySportz.[]

She has performed sketch and improv for theaters including Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, Netherlands, The Second City in Chicago and Las Vegas, ImprovOlympic (West and Chicago) and at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles and New York City.[]

Cannon starred in the independent film The Little Tin Man (2013). She has guest-starred on NBC's 30 Rock, New Girl, and Cristela.

She made a cameo in Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) and also appeared in the comedy How to Be Single (2016), starring Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnson.


While performing and writing around Chicago, she met actress Tina Fey, a fellow Second City alumna. When Fey began creating the NBC comedy 30 Rock, she brought Cannon to the writing staff. She worked her way up from staff writer to supervising producer.[]

Cannon won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedic Series for her work on 30 Rock three times. In 2008, she won a Peabody Award for her work on the show.[5] In 2010, Cannon was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. During this time, Cannon also worked as a co-producer on the feature film, Baby Mama (2008).

She moved from New York City to Los Angeles when she signed an overall development deal with 20th Century Fox. Within that deal, she worked as a co-executive producer on New Girl and as a consulting producer on Cristela. As part of her development, Cannon sold a workplace comedy The Wrecking Crew to Fox and wrote the pilot The Runt for CBS.[]

She then created, executive produced the show Girlboss for Netflix based on the real life of Sophia Amoruso.

Cannon's first produced feature screenplay was the a cappella comedy Pitch Perfect (2012). She wrote and co-produced the film's sequels, Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) and Pitch Perfect 3 (2017).


Cannon made her directorial debut with Blockers. The film was released by Universal Pictures on April 6, 2018. On April 9, 2019 it was announced that Cannon would write and direct a musical reimagining of Cinderella for Sony Pictures, starring Camila Cabello and produced by James Corden and his production company, Fullwell 73.[6]

Personal life

In 2004, Cannon married American comedian Jason Sudeikis after five years together. They separated in 2008 and divorced in 2010.[7]

Cannon and her second husband, comedy writer Eben Russell, had a daughter, Evelyn Rose "Leni" Russell, in October 2013.[8][9]



Year Film Director Producer Writer Notes
2008 Baby Mama No Yes No Co-producer
2012 Pitch Perfect No No Yes
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 No Yes Yes Co-producer
2017 Pitch Perfect 3 No Yes Yes Co-screenwriter with Mike White and co-producer
2018 Blockers Yes No No Directorial debut[10]
2021 Cinderella Yes Yes Announced[11]


Year Title Writer Producer Notes
2007-2012 30 Rock Yes Yes Co-producer
2012-2014 New Girl Yes Yes Co-executive producer
2014 Cristela Yes Yes Consulting producer
2017 Girlboss[12] Yes Yes Creator and executive producer

See also


  1. ^ "A Few Minutes with 30 Rock's Kay Cannon". Ucbcomedy.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b "Writer Kay Cannon Talks 'Pitch Perfect', Girl Power, Picking Out the Songs, 'The Breakfast Club', and Her Fox Show". Collider.com. September 29, 2012. Archived from the original on September 23, 2017.
  3. ^ Thomas, Mike (April 3, 2013). "'Pitch Perfect' writer returns to Chicago to hone her improv chops". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on August 23, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ Mason, Rachael. "Inside the Writer's Room: Behind the Scenes at 30 Rock with Writer/Producer Kay Cannon". Splitsider.com. Archived from the original on March 20, 2016. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ "2009 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". Writers Guild of America. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-12-12. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Camila Cabello to Star in 'Cinderella' Reimagining From Kay Cannon, Sony (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Kit, Zorianna (February 23, 2011). "A Minute With: Jason Sudeikis getting a 'Hall Pass'". Reuters. Archived from the original on January 8, 2018. Retrieved 2018. Additional WebCitation archive on January 8, 2018.
  8. ^ Webber, Stephanie (October 13, 2013). "Kay Cannon, Pitch Perfect and New Girl Writer, Welcomes Baby". Us Weekly. Archived from the original on June 28, 2017. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ Cannon, Kay (October 13, 2013). "I finally pooped out a baby!". Kay Cannon Instagram account. Retrieved 2018. Evelyn Rose Russell. We call her Leni.
  10. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 10, 2017). "'The Pact' Starring Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena Acquired by Universal". Variety. Archived from the original on January 9, 2018. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ McNary, Dave (2019-04-10). "Camila Cabello to Star in New 'Cinderella' Movie for Sony". Variety. Retrieved .
  12. ^ Kroll, Justin (2016-02-05). "Netflix Orders Sophia Amoruso's '#Girlboss' to Series (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved .

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