If the Netflix Comedy Series Girlboss were a ship, you'd find Kay Cannon in the Captain Quarters. Please find below 5 fun facts about Kay Cannon, the lovely lady showrunner/executive producer/creator of Girlboss.
1. Kay Cannon started an improv group while studying theater at Lewis University in Illinois. Kay Cannon performed around Chicago, including at the improv powerhouse, The Second City.
"Since its debut, The Second City has been a launching pad for comedians, actors, directors and others working in show business. Notable alumni include Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Jane Lynch, Catherine O'Hara, Gilda Radner, Joan Rivers, Amy Sedaris, and Andrea Martin among many others." - http://www.secondcity.com/history/
Performing comedy in Chicago led Kay Cannon to cross paths with a fellow improvisor/woman/showrunner, SNL alumni Tina Fey.
Source: Jessica Grose, Pitch Perfect's Kay Cannon: 2015 Marks a Sea Change for Female-Driven Movies”, Elle.com, http://www.elle.com/culture/movies-tv/interviews/a28383/pitch-perfect-kay-cannon-interview (May 15, 2015)
2. Kay Cannon co-produced the Universal Pictures comedy, Baby Mama, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
3. Tina Fey and Kay Cannon (both Second City alumni) teamed up for the hysterical NBC Comedy Series, 30 Rock.
- 30 Rock (TV Series) (executive story editor - 22 episodes, 2008 - 2009) (story editor - 15 episodes, 2007 - 2008) (written by - 12 episodes, 2007 - 2012)
- 30 Rock (TV Series) (co-producer - 22 episodes, 2009 - 2010) (supervising producer - 21 episodes, 2012) (producer - 17 episodes, 2010 - 2011)
- 30 Rock (TV Series) Young Woman / Human Table / Wife - Kidney Now! (2009) ... Young Woman - Ludachristmas (2007) ... Human Table - Fireworks (2007) ... Wife
4. Kay Cannon wrote both Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 movie scripts. Additionally, Cannon is cited on IMDb as a co-producer for Pitch Perfect 2.
5. Kay Cannon is a writer and co-executive producer on the television series New Girl. Liz Meriwether is the woman/creator/executive producer of New Girl.
Source: Anne McCarthy, "Interview with Kay Cannon, the Hilarious Writer Behind "New Girl" and "Pitch Perfect", Bitchmedia.org, https://bitchmedia.org/post/interview-with-kay-cannon-the-hilarious-writer-behind-new-girl-and-pitch-perfect (Nov. 13, 2013)
Girlboss will storytell the life of Sophia Amoruso, who created the digital fashion empire, Nasty Gal before Age 30.
Actress Britt Robertson is set to play the role based on Amoruso in the TV series. The news spread quickly yesterday after Kay Cannon tweeted a Deadline article from her account, @KayKayCannon.