Janae Bakken learned the ropes of TV production as a staff assistant on the mid-1990s sitcom "Caroline in the City. " When it came to finalizing her studies, the Northwestern University graduate decided to take an even more hands-on approach and worked as a protege directly under the writers of a premiere-season episode of "Malcolm in the Middle." The following year, Bakken landed her first full-blown gig as a writer on the single-camera medical comedy "Scrubs," using her love of "The Big Chill" and "The Wonder Years" to help shape the series' bittersweet and lightly surreal tone. As "Scrubs" grew more popular, Bakken moved into the role of executive story editor, often basing the series' plot lines on her own life experiences. After earning producer status on "Scrubs," Bakken parlayed her sitcom expertise into an executive position on such other shows as "Gary Unmarried." In 2005, The writer-producer expanded into territories beyond TV, scripting the comedic short film "Artistic License."