LOS ANGELES, OCT. 28 – Former BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER writer Jane Espenson has donated copies of every teleplay she wrote in her five seasons on the show’s writing staff, along with a hefty selection of scripts from before her tenure, to the Writers Guild Foundation library.
In total, Espenson gave the library – which collects scripts from television, film, video games and web series, and is the only library focused entirely on writing for the screen – twenty scripts credited to her name, and additional scripts for the entire first and second seasons of the show, totaling 54 scripts.
Espenson, who has also written for BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, FIREFLY, ONCE UPON A TIME and several other popular television shows, is well known in the screenwriting community for her blog, janeespenson.com, where she dispenses advice on the art and business of writing for television.
She was on the BUFFY writing staff beginning with the third season, and staying on until its seventh and final season. Her episodes include “Conversations With Dead People,” a fan favorite co-written with fellow BUFFY writers; “Earshot,” an episode featuring a gun-wielding high school student which was pre-empted due to the Columbine High School massacre one week before it was supposed to air; and “Superstar,” a universe-shifting episode for which the show’s producers changed the opening credits.
Espenson began her career as part of the ABC writing fellowship, designed to increase the presence of women and minorities in television writing. She is known for her ability to weave humor into otherwise dramatic and thrilling narratives.
“Buffy is a pillar of the 90s cultural canon that led to the modern Golden Age in television,” said WGF Library & Archive Director Joanne Lammers. “She was the first teenage girl to star in her own action-adventure series, and over seven seasons, the show broke new ground in representations of gender, sexuality, and the social structure of high school. These new scripts represent substantial progress in our mission to secure the vital materials that comprise modern American screen culture.”
Espenson’s episodes can be viewed in the WGF library on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 6pm, and on Thursdays from 11am to 8pm.