Jill Soloway
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United States
2018

Topple Productions

Jill
Soloway

Writer / Director / Producer

Soloway’s groundbreaking Amazon series “Transparent,” which earned accolades for its fleshout of the stories of transgender characters and their cisgender family members, has enjoyed a profound impact on both its viewers and the culture. When harassment allegations against star Jeffrey Tambor surfaced last year, the future of “Transparent” was thrown into doubt. But work is now under way on a fifth and final, Tambor-less season, which promises to wrap the show in a way that will satisfy longtimers. As for Soloway, they received a vote of confidence from new Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, when Salke teased the showrunner’s still unannounced next Amazon project, saying only that they are “incredibly excited.”

Career

  • AFTERNOON DELIGHT
  • TRANSPARENT
  • I LOVE DICK

Education

  • University of Wisconsin - Madison (WI, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Comedy Impact
  • Comedy Leaders
  • Showrunners Impact
  • TV Producers Impact
  • Women's Impact
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Jill Soloway Inks 3-Year Overall Deal Extension at Amazon

Jill Soloway Inks 3-Year Overall Deal Extension at Amazon

Jill Soloway has signed a three-year extension of her current overall deal with Amazon Studios, Variety has confirmed.The new deal will take effect upon the expiration of Soloway's current deal with Amazon in June 2018. Soloway is the creator of the critically-acclaimed series "Transparent," for which she has won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series in both 2015 and 2016. The series has one eight Emmys overall, in addition to two Golden Globes. Under the terms of the deal,...

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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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