Christopher C. Rogers '01 | Handley 100th Notable
Christopher C. Rogers ’01

Chris is an American film and television writer and producer.

Coached by Scott Burns, Chris ran cross country and track all four years at Handley and earned All State honors in both. He was a member of Handley’s State Championship 4 x 800 relay team. He wrote and directed the Junior Variety Show, but was “fired” from directing the senior play because he missed too many rehearsals for track practice. However, he did write the Senior class poem.

Chris was a history major Mary Washington College. After graduation, he started his professional career working for the Atlantic magazine in Washington DC. He then moved to Los Angeles to work for Conde Nast magazine and took a course in screenwriting.

Along with his writing partner, Christopher Cantwell, Chris created and executive produced the AMC TV series “Halt and Catch Fire.” It aired in the U. S. from June 2014 until October 2017, spanning 4 seasons and 40 episodes. The BBC named the series one of the best shows of the 21st Century in 2021.

Chris most recently served as co-showrunner and executive producer of the Amazon TV series “Paper Girls.” He is currently working on an Apple TV series called “Sugar” starring Colin Farrell. 

Christopher C. Rogers and his writing partner Christopher Cantwell have been named one of Variety magazine’s "10 TV Scribes to Watch".

Chris returned to Winchester in April 2023 to participate in the Young Screenwriters Conference at Shenandoah University. He met with English and creative writing classes at Handley during the conference.

Chris told the Handley students that writing was his preferred form of expression. His training time as a distance runner gave him time alone to think about his writing. He enjoyed reading works of authors he admired such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac and that “with each thing that resonated with him he developed his own taste.”

Chris encouraged students to immerse themselves in things that interest them and to write regularly without concern about anyone reading it. He said that writing for yourself allows you to move past the fear of writing poorly. “If you don’t show anyone, you’re free to write anything.”

Chris lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two young daughters. He hopes someday to run the Apple Blossom 10k with his family.

“I feel very lucky to have attended Handley and count my years there as some of the happiest of my life.”

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