She's a walking TV show.
Professional TV watcher. Professional fan. Professionally fantastic.
Dream Chaser | Daydream Believer | Creator | Writer |
Regarded for her slice of life with a heavy dose of nostalgia storytelling Jenna is best known as the creator of the emotion grabbing family drama - dear life.
Passion, persistence, patience, and love got her this far. Originally written/created in 2010 dear
life. is as much Jenna Hogan’s personal journey as it is a serialized TV drama.
Jenna has always been a writer. A crafter. A pretender. A story teller. A creator. Her love of
story started in childhood. Her Barbies had the best back stories. Always. One day she started
writing her stories down, creating characters. By the stack of handwritten scripts she has from
when she was a kid, she was hooked. Still is.
“I can't remember not wanting to tell this story.”
Notes jotted in a wire bound notebook from when she was 12, 13, 15 years old more than
resemble dear life. Jenna finally wrote the original pilot in 2010-2011. Life derailed for a bit in
2012 when her husband suffered a medical incident and she became a single parent and
household manager in an instant. That definitely occupied her full attention and writing took a
back seat. In 2018 she rewrote the pilot. Again. And again. And has since written 7 more
episodes, filmed a series trailer in 2019 - which was a micro-master class in development and
production, gained a small following of fans, "viewers", hosted amazing online quarantine read
through parties in 2020, and she is currently writing episode 9.
“I feel like I’ve had some version of this same story in my head forever.”
Each time Jenna sat down to write, variations of dear life. poured out. This story is as
persistent in her mind as she has been in chasing down the dream to get it made, bring it to
viewers, share it with the world. She definitely takes that persistence as a sign. Jenna is meant
to tell this story and it is meant to be shared.
dear life. Drama A grounded and gritty emotion packed drama about a dead mother, a determined daughter, a half brother in denial, and the best makeshift family a person could ever wish for.
Finding John Trent Drama Based on actual events - A random meet at a TV fan convention sparks a friendship between two women from opposite ends of the east coast who eventually discover they have a “hook-up” in common and set out on an adventure - filmed only on cell phones - to find him.
Independence Day Drama Based on actual events - Stuck in a roommate-like marriage, a woman finds an unexpected escape when her husband suffers a massive aneurysm on the 4th of July leaving a fucked up trail of tragedy, loss, darkness, and a shiny glimmer of hope.
Quarterfinalist - Big Apple Film Festival Screenwriting Contest
Quarterfinalist - Inroads Fellowship Season 4
Winner - Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards Summer
Semifinalist, Final Draft - Big Break