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Jason Rothenberg is the showrunner, an executive producer, a director and developer for The 100 series.

Life and career

Jason Rothenberg was born in Detroit and spent his growing up years in a West Bloomfield suburb, he developed his writing skills at Cranbrook. He studied 'communication' from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.[2][3]

Rothenberg started his career in Hollywood as an assistant. He was the production assistant for the video, Original Intent and for the French film, American Cuisine in 1992 and 1998 respectively. Rothenberg was hired as the production office coordinator for the film, Julien Donkey-Boy in 1999.[2]

In 2009, he and Bill Robinson were approached by The CW television network to make a stand-alone episode, Body Politic of a drama about a group of young staffers of Washington, D.C. in 2009.[4] Rothenberg was the co-developer, co-writer and co-producer of the series. Body politic was produced by CBS Television Studios. The episode was not aired but received favourable reviews by E! Online, describing it as the "Best Pilot you may never see".[5]

The 100

Rothenberg developed The 100, a sci-fi series for CW in 2013. The series was fashioned on Kass Morgan's trilogy by the same name. Rothenberg is the developer, showrunner, a writer and an executive producer of The 100. It first season premiered in 2014 and went on to become one of the most popular shows on CW. The second season of The 100 was launched in the same year and won critical acclaim. It was credited at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. The third season of The 100 was launched in January 2016 and was also credited at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Episodes Written

Rothenberg wrote the following episodes of The 100:

Season One

Season Two

Season Three

Season Four

Season Five

Season Six

Season Seven

Episode Directed

Season Seven


Year Film Distributor Credit Notes
1992 Original Intent Paramount Home Video Key set production assistant Directed by Robert Marcarelli
1998 American Cuisine Polygram Filmed Entertainment Key production assistant Directed by Jean-Yves Pitoun
1999 Julien Donkey-Boy Fine Line Features Production office coordinator Directed by Harmony Korine
2017 Searchers Writer Directed by Dean White
Year Title Network Credit Notes
2009 Body Politic The CW Series co-developer;
Cancelled television pilot
2014-2020 The 100 Series developer;
executive producer
Based on first book in the trilogy of the same name by Kass Morgan

The 100 Facts

Rothenberg has live-tweeted the following facts about The 100 while the episodes are airing.

  • Earth Skills is a mandatory course taught on the Ark. Goal being to pass survival skills down from gen to gen. —10:52 AM - 26 Mar 2014
  • Three generations of exposure to solar radiation in space provides some immunity for the 100 once on the ground. —11:49 AM - 26 Mar 2014
  • Population of the Ark in the pilot? 2094 2658.[6] Subtract 101 after 5 minutes. How low will it go? —12:04 PM - 26 Mar 2014
  • On the Ark, the last generation from the ground are known as The Grounders. It's our Greatest Generation. All dead. Or are they? —12:15 PM - 26 Mar 2014
  • The ship that brought the 100 to the ground is known as an 'Exodus Ship'. Part of 'Project Exodus'. There are no others. Yet. —1:40 PM - 26 Mar 2014
  • The Ark is made up of the space stations of 12 Nations PLUS thousands of satellites harvested from space over the years. —2:41 PM - 26 Mar 2014
  • One good thing about living on the Ark: No earthquakes. —9:15 PM - 28 Mar 2014
  • On the Ark, technology stopped advancing after the bombs. All brain power turned toward keeping the human race alive in space. —9:31 AM - 30 Mar 2014
  • All satellites have long since stopped working. Most have been harvested for parts by the Ark. This is why they're Earth blind. —9:34 AM - 30 Mar 2014
  • Took us a while to decide which sport they'd watch here. As the Ark is formed from many nations, international soccer felt right. —12:01 AM - 3 Apr 2014
  • When people die on the Ark, all their belongings get redistributed to the population. Nothing goes to waste. —12:04 AM - 3 Apr 2014
  • Agro Station. They make moonshine. And grow the soy that goes into the Ark diet. It's also where Jasper and Monty grew stuff. —12:28 AM - 3 Apr 2014
  • Lindsey Morgan introduces us to the seedier sections of the Ark. Nygel’s a woman who knows how to get things. —9:17 PM - 9 Apr 2014
  • Look closely at that book. It’s a list of everyone who’s ever lived on the Ark, starting with the last generation of Grounders. —9:34 PM - 9 Apr 2014
  • Religion on the Ark has shifted to reflect the idea of “going home.” Very Earth-centric. The ground = heaven. —9:35 PM - 9 Apr 2014
  • Believers each donate part of their daily allotment of water to keep the tree, a small remnant of Earth, alive. —9:36 PM - 9 Apr 2014
  • Kane has left his mother’s church, but does he still believe? —12:35 AM - 10 Apr 2014
  • The Hundred was the name of the project designed to send the prisoners to Earth. Not dependent on # of kids left. —12:49 AM - 10 Apr 2014
  • There are no more dropships. Earth wasn't supposed to be survivable for 100 years. —9:23 PM - 16 Apr 2014
  • Shooting stars don’t look the same on the Ark. There’d be no streaking light from the atmosphere. Nothing to wish on. —12:07 AM - 17 Apr 2014
  • As the world was ending, a lucky few escaped to the 12 space stations on ships like this. —10:16 AM - 18 Apr 2014
  • When a normal citizen dies on the Ark, they are symbolically “returned to Earth.” This is what it looks like with 320 bodies. —9:08 PM - 23 Apr 2014
  • Last-minute signature for @WilliamShatner from @clarkinlarkin! PS: There may be an Easter Egg in this photo. —2:33 PM - 24 Apr 2014
    • PS... It's a whiskey bottle.
    • It was brought up by an astronaut, never opened & now passes from Chancellor to Chancellor to be opened on Earth.
  • @IWashington The Brazilian flag is on the Ark, Mr. Chancellor. We see it clearly at a key key moment in the finale. —11:39 AM - 25 Apr 2014
  • THIS IS AMAZING! Whoever made it, I think I love you! - United Ark Federation PSA: PM - 25 Apr 2014
  • Wouldn't the 320 sacrificed on the Ark have remained in orbit when floated?
    • Yes, for a while, unless they were propelled into the atmosphere. There's a bit of fiction in our science fiction. —8:53 PM - 25 Apr 2014

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