Fox 21 Television Studios Promotes Nissa Diederich to Run Production


Fox 21 Television Studios has promoted production executive Nissa Diederich to Executive Vice President of Production.

President of Production Bert Salke, who Diederich will report to, announced her expanded role Tuesday, which will include oversight of all production matters on series including “American Crime Story,” “Homeland,” Queen of the South,” “Genius” and “The Chi,” as well as the upcoming “Pose,” “Mayans, “The Politician” and “Ratched.”

She will also continue to helm productions of 20th Century Fox TV’s Ryan Murphy series “American Horror Story” and “9-1-1.”

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The new VP will work closely with the studio’s showrunners on securing stages and locations, hiring crew, managing budgets and supervising projects from pre- to postproduction.

“Nissa has overseen some incredibly ambitious productions, from seasons of ‘Homeland’ overseas in South Africa and Berlin and ‘Genius’ in Budapest, to the multiple series of the prolific Ryan Murphy, and she is beloved by creators and executives alike,” Salke said. “She has been enormously helpful to Mark Pearson and me as we’ve grown the Fox 21 TVS business, and we consider ourselves fortunate to have such a seasoned pro in this vital role.”

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Below is Diederich’s full bio, per Fox 21 Television Studios:

Diederich joined the former Fox Television Studios twenty years ago as a Manager of Production Finance, rising through the ranks to oversee all aspects of production finance for primetime network, cable, international and alternative television production for FOX Television Studios, Fox World Productions, Regency Television and The Greenblatt Janollari Studio. Most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Production at both Fox 21 Television Studios and 20th Century Fox Television before that, Diederich oversaw the productions of Ryan Murphy’s “Glee,” “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story,” and Feud,” Kurt Sutter’s “Sons of Anarchy” and upcoming “Mayans,” and Alex Gansa’s “Homeland.”

Diederich is a graduate of University of Southern California with a BS in Communications & Social Sciences.

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GLAAD Media Awards Champions LGBTQ Unity; Empowers “Together Movement”


The 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards took place tonight in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton to honor media for fair, accurate and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. The ceremony champions the LGBTQ community and its allies, but tonight’s ceremony seemed extra special as an ongoing theme of the evening of unity and visibility shined strongly in the divisive darkness of the current social climate and presidential administration.
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GLAAD Awards: ‘Master of None,’ ‘This Is Us’ Take Top Prizes


NBC’s primetime blockbuster “This Is Us” and Netflix’s dramedy “Master of None” took top honors at the 2018 GLAAD Awards, handed out Thursday night in Los Angeles.

Dan Fogelman’s “This Is Us” took outstanding drama series and the prize was accepted by cast members Denis O’Hare, Jon Huertas, and Chris Sullivan.

For an outstanding TV episode that does not have an LGBTQ character as a series regular, “Master of None” was celebrated for its widely-beloved episode “Thanksgiving.”

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Show writer and star Lena Waithe accepted the prize, as the episode was largely based on her personal experiences growing up in a strong household of African American females and coming out as a lesbian.

In addition to the LGBT-inclusive content, the show honored Britney Spears with the Vanguard Award and “Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award. Both were previously announced.

At the event, celebrities sported blue “&” pins for GLAAD’s Together movement – representing GLAAD’s work on intersectional issues including immigration, racial justice, women’s rights, and LGBTQ acceptance.

Read the complete winners list:

Vanguard Award: Britney Spears [presented by Ricky Martin]

Stephen F. Kolzak Award: Jim Parsons [presented by Ryan Murphy]

Outstanding Drama Series: “This Is Us,” NBC

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBTQ character): “Thanksgiving,” Master of None (Netflix)

Outstanding Kids & Family Programming: “Andi Mack” (Disney Channel)

Outstanding Comedy Series: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine ,” Fox

Outstanding Film, Limited Release: “A Fantastic Woman” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series: “When We Rise” (ABC)

Outstanding Comic Book: “Black Panther: World of Wakanda,” Marvel Comics

Outstanding Daily Drama: “The Bold and the Beautiful.” CBS

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Oscar Winner Helen Hunt Signs With UTA


United Talent Agency has signed actress, writer, producer and director Helen Hunt in all areas, the agency announced Thursday.

The Academy Award winner’s signing follows reports that she is seeking to reboot her star-making sitcom “Mad About You,” which is big business on the heels of Roseanne Barr’s resurrection. Hunt was previously repped by CAA for 25 years.

Hunt delivered an iconic performance in James L Brooks’ “Mad About You” and “As Good As It Gets” opposite Jack Nicholson for which she won an Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for her role. Additionally, Hunt’s performance in “The Sessions” was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA Awards and earned her an Independent Spirit Award for “Best Supporting Female.”

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Hunt will next star Netflix’s “Candy Jar” opposite Christina Hendricks and Uzo Aduba. Currently, she can be seen in theaters in the drama “The Miracle Season.”

Additionally, Hunt transitioned behind the camera into directing with the feature “Then She Found Me” which Hunt co-wrote, produced and starred in opposite Colin Firth, Matthew Broderick and Bette Midler. She additionally wrote, directed, produced and starred in the comedy film “Ride.” More recently, Hunt has directed episodes of Ryan Murphy’s “Feud: Bette and Joan,” CBS’s “Life In Pieces,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” Showtime’s “House Of Lies” and “Californication” as well as ABC’s “Revenge,” “Splitting Up Together” and “For the People.”

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Ryan Murphy’s ‘Pose’: FX Drops a Trailer, and a Release Date (Video)


FX has set the premiere date for its new dance musical series “Pose,” which comes from co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, for Sunday, June 3.

The show features the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles and the largest LGBTQ cast ever for a scripted series, FX said, including Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross.

“Pose” is set in 1980s New York, and explores different segments of life in the city from the ball culture world to the rise of luxury and the Trump-era.

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Evan Peters and Kate Mara play Stan and Patty, a New Jersey couple sucked into the city’s glamour. James Van Der Beek plays Matt, Stan’s financial kingpin boss. Billy Porter, Charlayne Woodard and newcomers Ryan Jamaal Swain and Dyllon Burnside also co-star.

The first season will be eight episodes, and executive produced by Murphy, Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall and Sherry Marsh. Canals is a co-executive producer, and Janet Mock, Our Lady J and Erica Kay produce. The first season is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

Watch the teaser trailer above.

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