Writer and producer Tara Butters started her career in television in 1997 as an assistant to the producers on "Sleepwalkers". Her first writing job came just two years later, writing for the acclaimed series "Get Real", created by Clyde Phillips. In 2000, Butters began working on the series "Ed" as a story editor before writing two episodes in 2001. That same year she began co-producing "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit", as well as writing for the show and acting as story editor. Gradually taking on greater production responsibilities, she became the supervising producer of the series in 2003, and the co-executive producer in 2004. Butters and her writing partner Michele Fazekas were nominated for two WGA Awards for the "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" episodes "Loss" and "Abomination." After leaving the series in 2006, the two created "Reaper", about a bounty hunter for the devil. Besides acting as executive producer, Butters co-wrote every episode until the show's end in 2009.She subsequently moved on to the Joss Whedon-created series "Dollhouse" as the executive producer, for which she has also written.