Kevin Meade Williamson is an American screenwriter, director, and producer. He is known for developing and writing the screenplay for slasher film Scream (1996)—which launched the Scream franchise—along with those for Scream 2 (1997) and Scream 4 (2011). He is also known for creating the WB teen drama series Dawson's Creek (1998–2003), the CW supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017), the Fox crime thriller series The Following (2013–2015), the CBS crime drama series Stalker (2014–2015), and the CBS All Access thriller series Tell Me a Story (2018–2020). Williamson also wrote the screenplays for the films I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), The Faculty (1998), and Cursed (2005). He made his directorial debut with the black comedy film Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999).