Dan Harmon (born January 3, 1973) is an American writer and performer. He is the creator and former executive producer for the NBC television comedy series Community, and, along with Rob Schrab, a founder of the alternative television network/website Channel 101.
He is credited for writing part of Rob Schrab’s comic book series Scud: The Disposable Assassin, as well the spin-off comic series La Cosa Nostroid.
In July 2009, Harmon was nominated in two Emmy categories for his part in writing the Oscar telecast: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics, the latter of which he was awarded for “Hugh Jackman Opening Number” at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards.
On May 18, 2012, it was announced that Harmon would no longer be the showrunner and executive producer of Community, but would remain on the show as a consultant. NBC head Bob Greenblatt told the Hollywood Reporter, “I except Dan’s voice to be a part of this show somehow. I’m just not sure if that means him running it day-to-day or consulting on it.” Dan Harmon responded on his Tumblr blog, “That’s a misquote. I think he meant to say he’s sure cookies are yummy, because he’s never called me once in the entire duration of his employment at NBC.” Continuing, Harmon indicated that beyond a contractually required position as “executive consulting something or other”, he would no longer be involved in the creation of the show.
For its fall 2012 season, Adult Swim has ordered a 30-minute animated pilot from Harmon and Justin Roiland. The pilot, Rick & Morty, is about the life journeys of a genius inventor and his less-than-genius grandson. The show was recently picked up and will premiere in late 2013.