Armed with a BA in English from UCLA and an MA in Film/TV from LMU, Janna King began her career with a job as a movie studio receptionist. She went on to become an assistant for TV executives and producers, reading much material, which in turn, prompted much writing. Her spec scripts garnered work on various one-hour dramas.
When her two children were born, she turned her focus to kidsâ€™ animation, but kept one foot in the â€śgrown-upâ€ť live action world. Her produced credits include TV movies for Lifetime and The Hallmark Channel, series for Sony, Spelling, and more, and in childrenâ€™s entertainment, Disney Junior, Warner Bros. Animation, and Childrenâ€™s Television Workshop.
Janna segued into directing with her original short film, â€śMourning Glory,â€ť based on her feature script of the same name. The short was an official selection at several film festivals. She is following up her second short film, â€śThe Break Upâ€ť by producing the animated short, â€śWillow,â€ť written and co-produced by her daughter, Izzy Kalichman.
In theater, her first one-act play, â€śDouble Dateâ€ť was performed at The L.A. Renegade Theatreâ€™s One Act Festival 2014. At Renegade, she also directed her original plays, â€śBoners & Other Stupid Mistakesâ€ť and â€śThe Bluff.â€ť
She is a freelance journalist and blogger, co-founding the website, The Broad Life.
Her debut novel, The Seasonaires, will be released May 2018 from Pegasus Books.
Janna lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two rescue pooches.
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Books:Malibu Bluff, May 2019
The Seasonaires #2
The Seasonaires, May 2019
The Seasonaires #1
The Seasonaires, May 2018