Erica Messer

Erica Messer Biography

Erica Messer is an American television writer, producer, and story editor. She has written episodes of television series such as Alias, The O.C., Charmed, and Criminal Minds. She has also co-produced two television shows: Charmed and Criminal Minds, as well as acting as a story editor on Alias and executive story editor on The O.C.


Messer began her career with the television series Alias in 2001 as a screenwriter. In 2002, she was promoted to story editor on Alias. Messer, then in 2003-04, wrote several episodes for 'The O.C. and serving as executive story editor. She wrote one episode for Charmed in 2004.From 2004-05, Messer was the co-producer of Charmed. From 2005 to present, she has been with the television series Criminal Minds as a screenwriter, producer, supervising producer, and executive producer. in 2010, Messer was named co-showrunner. In 2011, she was named sole showrunner. In 2013, Messer re-signed her contract with Criminal Minds. In 2014, CBS was looking for a spin-off. In 2015, Messer wrote the backdoor pilot episode Beyond Borders in the tenth season of Criminal Minds for which the spin-off Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders was created. .


Television credits

Year Work Role Notes ref
2001 Alias Co-screenwriter with Debra J. Fisher "Mea Culpa" (S 1:Ep 9)
2002 "Rendezvous" (S 1:Ep 21)
"Passage (Part 1)" (S 2:Ep 8)
2003 The O.C. "The Heights" (S 1:Ep 9)
"The Links" (S 1:Ep 16)
2004 Charmed "Once in a Blue Moon" (S 7:Ep 6)
2005 Co-screenwriter with Rob Wright & Debra J. Fisher "Show Ghouls" (S 7:Ep 15)
2005-present Criminal Minds Written and/or co-written 75 episodes
2006 The O.C. Staff writer "The Summer Bummer" (S 4:Ep 6)
2016-present Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Written 3 episodes

Production credits

Year Work Role Notes ref
2002-03 Alias Story editor 22 episodes
2003-04 The O.C. Executive story editor 26 episodes
2004-05 Charmed Co-producer 20 episodes
2005-present Criminal Minds 246 episodes+
2016 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Executive producer (2016-present)

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