Mark V. Olsen

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Mark V. Olsen
Born1962 (age 57–58)
United States
OccupationProducer, Writer, Attorney

Mark V. Olsen (born 1962) is a U.S. TV producer and screenwriter. He is the co-creator and executive producer of the HBO series Big Love along with writing partner and husband Will Scheffer. In 2007, Olsen and Scheffer won a TV Writers Guild of America Award for the pilot and first episode of Big Love.[1]


Mark V. Olsen grew up in Hastings, Nebraska. He is also an attorney, and a member of the New York bar.

Olsen is openly gay; since the early 1990s, he and professional partner Will Scheffer have also been married to each other.[2][3]

Prior to Big Love, Olsen co-produced Easter (2002), written by Will Scheffer. Olsen also wrote a six-part miniseries for HBO known as Mary Chestnut's Civil War.


  1. ^ "Awards for Mark V. Olsen" at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Gross, Terry (1 August 2007), "Mark Olsen and Will Scheffer, Feeling the 'Big Love'", Fresh Air, retrieved 2008-10-14
  3. ^ Lattin, Don (10 June 2007), "Gay monogamous couple are brains behind polygamy show", San Francisco Chronicle, retrieved 2008-10-14

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