Tom Kapinos: Biography, Creativity, Career, Personal Life

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Tom Kapinos: Biography, Creativity, Career, Personal Life
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Tom Kapinos is an American television producer and writer for TV shows and series. Kapinos became known to the general public thanks to the successful TV series Californication.

Tom Kapinos: biography, creativity, career, personal life
Tom Kapinos: biography, creativity, career, personal life


Tom Kapinos was born on July 12, 1969 in Levittown, a small town in the state of New York. Kapinos spent his childhood and youth in his native land. In 1987, Tom completed his secondary education at Levittown School.


In the mid-90s, Tom Kapinos decides to leave New York State and go to California. He gets a job on television, where he reads scripts. The first place of work of Kapinos in Los Angeles is Creative Artists Agency. Over time, Tom begins to write scripts himself. One of them, created for the film "Virgin Mary", was acquired by Fox studio from Kapinos. The film was supposed to be released in 1999 with the famous actress Jennifer Aniston in the title role. However, the film was not destined to appear on the screens, as the script was rewritten several times, and the star of the television series Friends could not find time for the Virgin Mary in her busy shooting schedule. Tom Kapinos's work did not go unnoticed. The creators of the series "Dawson's Creek" showed interest in him. Soon Tom gets a job from them.

Tom began his career as a screenwriter, then worked on Dawson's Creek as an executive producer and creative consultant, and was involved in the production of the series Lucifer. Then, after gaining the necessary experience, Kapinos decided to create his own series called Californication. Tom took over the script and executive producer.


The pinnacle of Tom Kapinos's creativity is deservedly considered the series Californication. Its English name was formed from the words California - the name of the state - and Fornication - fornication. The title has no unambiguous Russian translation. DTV channel broadcast it as "Playboy from California", music and entertainment channel MTV translated Californication as "Californication". The Federal Channel One, in the City Slickers project, calls the series "Califrenia", and the 2x2 channel offers a Russian transcription - "Califrenia".


The series was produced by Showtime. It tells the story of the life of the writer Hank Moody. The main role was played by David Duchovny. Californication was filmed from 2007 to 2014. A total of 7 seasons were released, each with 12 episodes. The first season ran in the United States from August 13, 2007 to October 29, 2007. At the beginning of the season, the main character, Hank Moody, is depressed and meets a young girl with whom he spends the night. Tom Kapinos wrote the script for episodes 1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 12. The following colleagues of Tom took part in the creation of other episodes:

  • Daisy Gardner;
  • Susan McMartin;
  • Eric Weinberg;
  • Gina Fattore;
  • Ildi Modrovich.

Among the directors working on the first episode of the series, there is the creator of "Predator 2" Stephen Hopkins, member of the Directors and Producers Guild of America Scott Winant, one of the directors of the legendary TV series "Friends" Michael Lembeck, husband of Julianne Moore Bart Freundlich, director of the comedy series " The Office, Ken Whittingham, New Girl director Tucker Gates, spy thriller The Bourne Ultimatum director Scott Burns, Gossip Girl director David von Ancken and Outlander director John Dahl.

The second season ran in 2008 from September 28 to December 14. During it, the main character manages to sit in prison, write a biography of the world famous producer who died from drugs, break up and get along with his girlfriend. Tom wrote the script for episodes # 1, 2, 4, 7, 10 and 12. The rest was helped by:

  • Jay Dyer;
  • Gabriel Roth;
  • Gina Fattore, producer and writer for Dawson's Creek;
  • Daisy Gardner is a co-producer of Californication.

In the third season, which the Americans watched on screens in 2009 from September 27 to December 13, 2009, Hank is offered to become a teacher. Tom Kapinos independently wrote the scripts for episodes 1, 2, 4, 5, 8 and 12. He wrote the 10th episode with Gina Fattore. Matt Patterson joins the Californication writing team this season. He worked with Gina on the creation of the 9th episode.

The fourth season was in the United States in the winter and spring of 2011. It began on January 9 and ended on March 27. The season begins with Hank's imprisonment. In the future, he receives a suspended sentence and loses his girlfriend. Tom Kapinos worked a lot on the script. Only the 4th and 6th episode he entrusted to his colleagues in the shop.

The next season opened on January 8, 2012 and ended on April 1, 2012. The writer returns from New York to California, just like Tom Kapinos himself once did. The main scriptwriter created the entire script for the fifth season on his own. The second episode was directed by David Duchovny himself. The rest of the directors are:

  • Adam Bernstein
  • Michael Lehmann;
  • Millicent Shelton;
  • Bart Freundlich;
  • Eric Stolz;
  • Helen Hunt.

Tom is working independently on the sixth season again. He collaborates extensively with directors Adam Bernstein, David von Ancken and Michael Weaver. The leading actor again showed his talent as a director. The penultimate season of Californication ran in 2013, from January 13 to April 7.

Viewers saw the final season of the series in 2014. The first episode aired on April 13, and the 12th on June 29. Again, the main screenwriter remains the only one. The directing staff includes such professionals as Adam Bernstein, Michael Lehmann, David von Ancken, Seth Mann and John Dahl. The first episode was traditionally directed by David Duchovny.

In 2016, Tom Kapinos begins work on a new project - the American TV series "Guest Performers". He talks about the specialists who provide technical support for the tour of a famous rock band. So far, only season 1 has been released with 10 one-hour episodes. Writers Cameron Crowe, Vinnie Holtzman, David Rosen and Hannah Friedman worked with Tom on the series. The directors of the project included Cameron Crowe, John Kasdan, Sam Jones, Allison Liddy, Jeffrey Rayner and Julie Ann Robinson.