Monica Owusu-Breen is an American television producer and screenwriter of Ghanaian American ancestry.
Breen is biracial, her father is an Ashanti, from Ghana and her mother is a White American. She studied at John Dewey High School and attended Brown University where she graduated from in 1990.
She is well known for her work on such series as: Charmed, Alias, Brothers & Sisters, Lost and Fringe. She often collaborates with screenwriter Alison Schapker.
The Lost writing staff, including Breen, were nominated for the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award for Best Dramatic Series at the February 2007 ceremony for their work on the second and third seasons.
In 2003, Breen joined the espionage action series Alias in its third season as an executive story editor and writer. At the beginning of season four, she was promoted to producer, And by the final season, she had been named supervising producer. During her three season span, Breen co-wrote eleven episodes total. The installments are as follows:
- "A Missing Link" (03.04) (co-written by executive story editor Alison Schapker)
- "After Six" (03.13) (co-written by Schapker)
- "Unveiled" (03.18) (co-written by Schapker)
- "Blood Ties" (03.20) (story co-written by Schapker, teleplay by co-producer J.R. Orci)
- "Détente" (04.07) (co-written by producer Schapker)
- "The Orphan" (04.12) (co-written by co-executive producer Jeffrey Bell)
- "Search and Rescue" (04.21) (co-written by Schapker)
- "Prophet Five" (05.01) (co-written by supervising producer Schapker)
- "Bob" (05.08) (co-written by Schapker)
- "30 Seconds" (05.13) (co-written by Schapker)
- "Reprisal" (05.16) (co-written by Schapker)
Brothers & Sisters
In 2006, Breen was brought on to develop the first season of the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters, as a writer and supervising producer. She then went on to become co-executive producer at the beginning of season two, and then held the position of executive producer throughout seasons three and four. At the conclusion of the fourth season, Breen left the series. The eleven episodes she co-wrote are as follows:
- "Sexual Politics" (01.12) (co-written with supervising producer Alison Schapker)
- "The Other Walker" (01.16) (co-written with Schapker)
- "Bad News" (01.20) (co-written with Schapker)
- "Home Front" (02.01) (co-written with co-executive producer Schapker)
- "Two Places" (02.06) (co-written with Schapker)
- "Holy Matrimony" (02.09) (co-written with Mark B. Perry and Schapker)
- "Prior Commitments" (02.16) (co-written with Schapker and co-executive producer Greg Berlanti)
- "Troubled Waters, Part 1" (03.16) (co-written by Sherri Cooper-Landsman)
- "Mexico" (03.24) (co-written with executive producer Schapker)
- "The Science Fair" (04.12) (co-written with Schapker)
- "Time After Time, Part Two" (04.19) (co-written with Schapker)
In Fall 2006, Breen joined the third season crew of ABC's Lost, as a writer and supervising producer. She left the series in February 2007. She co-wrote one episode while working on the series, with supervising producer Alison Schapker, "The Cost of Living".
After her departure from Brothers & Sisters in Spring 2010, Breen was hired as a writer and co-executive producer on the FOX science fiction thriller Fringe. At the time, going into its third season. After the completion of the fourth season, Breen departed the series. Episodes she contributed to included:
- "The Plateau" (03.03) (co-written by co-executive producer Alison Schapker)
- "Marionette" (03.09) (co-written by Schapker)
- "Bloodline" (03.18) (co-written by Schapker)
- "The Last Sam Weiss" (03.21) (co-written by Schapker)
- "One Night in October" (04.02) (co-written by Schapker)
- "Enemy of My Enemy" (04.09) (co-written by Schapker)
- "A Better Human Being" (04.13) (Breen and Schapker co-wrote a teleplay based on a story by executive story editors Robert Chiappetta and Glen Whitman)
In summer 2012, Breen joined the crew of the NBC dystopian/adventure series Revolution, as a co-executive producer and writer. Episodes she has contributed to include:
- "No Quarter" (01.03)
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Since 2013 Breen has been a writer and co-executive producer on Marvel's Agents of Shield.
- "The Well" (01.08)
- "Seeds" (01.12)
- "The Only Light in the Darkness" (01.19)
- "Making Friends and Influencing People" (02.03)
- "2007 Writers Guild Awards Television & Radio Nominees Announced". Writers Guild of America. Retrieved 2007-12-06.
- "@fringeobsessed1 Hi Pam. It's Alison Schapker and Graham Roland.". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2012-07-17.