Karen Jeynes

Karen Jeynes

Screenwriter | Director | Producer


Karen Jeynes has worked extensively as a writer and director for stage and screen, and is perhaps best known for her work with Both Worlds as the head writer for ZANEWS: PUPPET NATION (winner of 29 SAFTAs including Best TV Comedy 6 years in a row, Best Comedy Writing, two WGSA awards for Best TV Comedy, and two time International Emmy Nominee for Best TV Comedy). She is head writer, director, and producer of RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER, a drama series produced by Mnet and Acorn/AMC, as well as THE MORNING AFTER in development for Showmax. Other productions she has developed and overseen are POINT OF ORDER (SAFTA winner for Best Game Show in 2017), COMEDY CENTRAL NEWS, and PARLEMENT PARLEMENT (SAFTA nominee for Best Game Show in 2019). Karen has worked with Pixel Perfect, writing Bioskop movies for Mzansi Magic – INGOZI LO THANDO, UMHLOLOKAZI, UKUPHILA KABILI and LAND OF MILK AND HONEY. She served as head writer for 90 PLEIN STREET season 5 for SABC, as well as writing for shows like VAYA MZANSI and MOFEREFERE LENYALONG as well as work in children’s television writing such as THABANG THABONG and SUPASTRIKAS.

Karen also has extensive theatre writing experience. Her plays include the multi award-winning EVERYBODY ELSE (IS F*CKING PERFECT) (Best Comedy 2005), KISS KISS, I’LL HAVE WHAT SHE’S HAVING, and LAYING BLAME (translated into 7 languages), as well as VASLAV, nominated for 3 Fleur du Cap Awards. She’s part of How Now Brown Cow’s inaugural Writer’s Collective for 2021.

She is in demand as a script consultant and advisor, working with local and international production companies and individual writers. She worked with Kyknet as a mentor on their GRAPKAS project, is a juror for the International Emmys’ Peter Ustinov Award, and is an evaluator for the KZN Film Commission. Her satirical self-help book THE KAREN BOOK OF RULES, co-authored with Karin Schimke, was published in 2020 by Tafelberg, and her co-authored book FLOW: THE BOOK ABOUT MENSTRUATION was published by NB publishers in 2021. She has MA in Writing for the Screen from Falmouth University.

You can find her on twitter @karenjeynes.

Represented by Aoife Lennon-Ritchie and David Kayser