Jill Soloway
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Topple Productions

Jill
Soloway

Principal / Director / Producer / Writer

Soloway brings the stories of transgender characters and their cisgender family members to life in the award-winning Amazon Prime series “Transparent,” enjoying a profound impact on its viewers and the culture. It’s a story that should only take on greater resonance now that Soloway has come out as non-binary (preferring to be referred to in gender-neutral pronouns like ‘they’ or ‘their’).

In 2015, Soloway recounted having a conversation with Kim Kardashian about that clan watching the show together. “That we might have had some small effect on the way a much more famous family was able to also welcome their trans-parent into the world,” Soloway said at a Women in Film event of the show’s impact on the family of Caitlyn Jenner. “To go from that feeling of, ‘I don’t quite understand this and I don’t know what it’s going to mean,’ to ‘Oh, my expression of love for my parent is having a global effect,’ it’s crazy to me.”

In addition to “Transparent,” Soloway also executive produces another critically acclaimed Amazon series, “I Love Dick,” and is developing a half-hour musical comedy for the service under their shingle Topple Productions. Early in their career, Soloway developed “The Real Live Brady Bunch” stage show before moving into TV on several WB sitcoms. Soloway wrote for “Six Feet Under” for four seasons before stints on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “United States of Tara” and “How to Make it in America.”

Soloway signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios in 2015, which recently earned a three-year extension.

Career

  • SIX FEET UNDER
  • TRANSPARENT: SEASON 1
  • I LOVE DICK

Education

  • University of Wisconsin - Madison (WI, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Comedy Impact
  • Comedy Leaders
  • Women's Impact

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Directors Guild of America Fines Jill Soloway, Amazon Over 'I Love Dick' Credits

Directors Guild of America Fines Jill Soloway, Amazon Over 'I Love Dick' Credits

The Directors Guild of America has leveled a six-figure fine against Amazon Studios and Jill Soloway over allegations of misconduct from directors on the "I Love Dick" series, sources have told Variety.Representatives for the DGA, Amazon, and Soloway had no comment. A source told Variety that the directors complained that DGA rules had been violating as they did not receive credit for scenes they shot that subsequently appeared in other episodes. They also alleged that Soloway's activities on the set...

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Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

““Ride the horse in the direction it’s going.” Linda Obst said this in her book Hello, He Lied. And I can’t remember who said it, but I find myself coming back to the notion that if you have blind spots in your life you’ll have the same blind spots in your script.”

What or who inspires you?

“Van Jones and the idea that what we need more than anything is global movement around LOVE. And Andrea Arnold’s fierce female gaze. When she directs she seems to have no fear around her hunger for vulnerability.”

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