Jill Soloway
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United States
2019

Topple Productions

Jill
Soloway

Writer / Director / Producer

Soloway ended their groundbreaking Amazon series “Transparent” with a cathartic musical finale marking the offscreen passing of the family’s trans figurehead Maura, absent in due to actor Jeffrey Tambor’s firing over sexual harassment allegations in 2018. This year, they put themself in the midst of another #MeToo situation when they agreed to step in as writer-director of Millennium Films’ “Red Sonja,” replacing Bryan Singer, whose career has been derailed by sexual assault allegations. And in a deal struck two years before the book will even publish, they recently signed on to write, direct and produce an adaptation of Amy Butcher’s upcoming memoir “Mothertrucker,” starring Julianne Moore as the world’s only female ice trucker and produced by Brad Weston’s content studio Makeready.

Career

  • AFTERNOON DELIGHT
  • TRANSPARENT
  • I LOVE DICK

Education

  • University of Wisconsin - Madison (WI, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Comedy Impact
  • Comedy Leaders
  • Showrunners Impact
  • TV Producers Impact
  • Women's Impact
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Jill Soloway to Develop, Direct Sally Ride Biopic for Lionsgate

Jill Soloway to Develop, Direct Sally Ride Biopic for Lionsgate

"Transparent" creator Jill Soloway has signed on to develop and direct a biopic about Sally Ride, the first American woman to journey to space, for Lionsgate.Cassie Pappas will write the screenplay for "Ride," based on an original spec script by Krystin Ver Linden.The film will be produced by Kristin Burr ("Cruella") via Burr! Productions. Soloway and Andrea Sperling will also produce through Topple, with Meredith Wieck and Aaron Edmonds overseeing on behalf of Lionsgate."Sally Ride is an American Hero and...

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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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