Jacque Edmonds Cofer attended Princeton University, graduating with an A.B. in Politics. She also earned an M.B.A. at the Harvard Business School. Cofer left corporate life to become a television writer and producer. After completing the Walt Disney Fellowship program, her first network television-writing job was on MARTIN. Within two years, she had risen to supervising producer.
Cofer has been the co-executive producer of six network comedies, most recently THE UNICORN, starring Walton Goggins on CBS and “DAD, STOP EMBARRASSING ME, starring Jamie Foxx on Netflix. She has also been the showrunner of four series including LET’S STAY TOGETHER, BET’s first original scripted comedy.
Since 2016 Cofer has been a faculty member of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she is also on the admissions committee. She is a lecturer and thesis advisor in the John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television and teaches Advanced Half-Hour Comedy writing in the MFA program.
Cofer has frequent speaking engagements and has won the following awards: NAACP Image Award, Outstanding Comedy Program, MARTIN PRISM Award, from the National Institutes of Health and the Entertainment Industries Council, for accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction, MOESHA SHINE Award (2), from The Media Project and the Kaiser Foundation for accurate and honest portrayals of adolescent sexual health issues, MOESHA President’s Award, from the Alliance of Black Entertainment Technicians Founder’s Award, from the Black Women Film Preservation Project
"Jacque’s guidance has been instrumental in shaping the writer I aspire to be. My background is in advertising, so her depth of knowledge and years of experience in the entertainment industry has been invaluable in helping me navigate a new field.
Throughout our mentorship, I've learned so much about the intricacies of TV writing, from crafting compelling narratives to understanding the nuances of character development. Her willingness to share her insights has given me a solid foundation to build upon as I continue on this journey. I am so grateful for the lessons she’s provided, and look forward to learning more from her in the months to come."
— Nannette E.