Born in Santa Monica, California on February 20, 1970, Kochoff attended USC on a tennis scholarship and graduated with a BA in Journalism. Upon graduating, she turned pro and played on the Women's International Tennis Tour for two years before a career ending injury sustained in the finals of a tournament in Toyko.
Kochoff comes from an entertainment industry family. Her father was a top ranking TV executive at Carsey-Werner while her mother was an actress. It wasn't long before her attention turned to a career in show business and she made the leap from a professional tennis player to assistant when she was hired as a writer's assistant on Ellen and then on Frazier. It wasn't long before she joined Brillstein Grey Entertainment and then segued to Davis Entertainment where she quickly rose to Senior Vice President under John Davis's nurturing arm.
While at Davis Entertainment, Kochoff sold dozens of projects as a producer and developed scripts with some of the best comedy writers in the business. That's also where she got her first break as a writer. She wrote her first spec script Something Wicked, which was sent out to agents under a pseudonym. Wicked quickly sold to Fox with Jennifer Aniston attached to star.
Shortly after leaving Davis Entertainment to take care of her new baby and to write full time at home, Kotchoff sold Monster-in-Law in a multi-studio bidding war to New Line Cinema.
Currently, Kochoff has a multi picture deal with Dimension Films to write and produce Manhattan Baby and Girls Gone Wild. Additionally, in the past year she's sold projects to Paramount, Universal, and WB television.
In June of 2003, Kochoff was selected by Variety as one of the top ten screenwriters in their annual 10 to Watch Series.
She currently resides in Santa Monica, California with her 4 year old son, Sawyer. Kochoff is represented by Endeavor and her lawyer, Karl Austen.
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