Kevin Meade Williamson is an American screenwriter, director, and producer. He is 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). He is also widely known for developing and writing the screenplay for the slasher film Scream (1996), as well as its sequels Scream 2 (1997) and Scream 4 (2011). He also wrote the screenplay for the films I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), The Faculty (1998), and Cursed (2005). Williamson made his directorial debut with the black comedy film Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999).