Bill Prady

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Bill Prady
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Bill Prady (left) and Chuck Lorre at Comic-Con 2009
Born William Scott Prady[1]
(1960-06-07) June 7, 1960 (age 54)
Detroit, MI[2]
Occupation Writer, television producer
Years active 1984–present

Bill Prady (born June 7, 1960) is a television writer and producer who has worked on American sitcoms and variety programs, including Married... with Children, Dream On, Star Trek: Voyager, Dharma & Greg, and Gilmore Girls and co-created The Big Bang Theory.

Career[edit]

He began his writing career at Jim Henson's Muppets. During his tenure at The Muppets, he was visually caricatured as the puppet "Chip" (The Jim Henson Hour). In 1991, Prady was nominated for an Emmy award for co-writing the posthumous tribute to Jim Henson entitled ("The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson").

He wrote the Disney theme park attractions Muppet*Vision 3D and Honey, I Shrunk the Audience.

Beginning in 2007, he has been executive producer and co-creator of the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

Educator[edit]

As of fall, 2012, Prady is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.[3] He is also a Trustee of the Humanitas "New Voices" program.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Prady is one of a number of graduates of the Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan currently working in entertainment (others include actors Selma Blair and Douglas Sills, writer Todd A. Kessler and former ABC president Stuart Bloomberg).[5] In 2009, he was presented with the schools' Distinguished Alumni award.[6] He attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.[7]

In 2003, he was one of 135 candidates who ran for California governor in the 2003 California gubernatorial recall election, receiving 474 votes.[8]

Prady's "nerd cred" is often attributed to his having been a Z80 programmer at The Small Computer Company.[9]

In 2010, Prady was given honorary membership in the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science.[10]

In 2013, Prady was awarded NASA's Exceptional Public Achievement Medal.[11]

Selected credits[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Program Result
1989 WGA Award Outstanding Achievement: Variety, Musical, Award, Tribute or Special Event Miss Piggy’s Hollywood Won
1990 WGA Award Outstanding Achievement: Variety, Musical, Award, Tribute or Special Event Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special Won
1991 CableACE Award Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Programming The Presidential Inaugural Celebration for Children Won
1991 WGA Award Outstanding Achievement: Variety, Musical, Award, Tribute or Special Event The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson Won
1991 Emmy Award Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson Nominated
1996 The People’s Choice Awards Favorite New Television Comedy Series Caroline in the City Won
1998 The People’s Choice Awards Favorite New Television Comedy Series Dharma & Greg Won
1998 Golden Globe Award Best Series: Musical or Comedy Dharma & Greg Nominated
1999 Golden Globe Award Best Series: Musical or Comedy Dharma & Greg Nominated
1999 WGA Award Outstanding Achievement: Comedy Series Dharma & Greg Nominated
2009 TCA Award Outstanding Achievement in Comedy The Big Bang Theory Won
2009 Satellite Award Best Television Series: Musical or Comedy The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2010 Golden Globe Award Best Series: Musical or Comedy The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2010 The People’s Choice Awards Favorite Television Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory Won
2010 TCA Award Outstanding Achievement in Comedy The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2011 Emmy Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2011 The People’s Choice Awards Favorite Television Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2011 Producers Guild of America Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2011 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2012 Satellite Award Best Television Series: Musical or Comedy The Big Bang Theory Won
2012 TCA Award Outstanding Achievement in Comedy The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2012 Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding International Producer The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2012 Emmy Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2012 Producers Guild of America Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2012 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2012 Golden Globe Award Best Series: Musical or Comedy The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2013 The People’s Choice Awards Favorite Television Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory Won
2013 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory Won
2013 TCA Award Outstanding Achievement in Comedy The Big Bang Theory Won
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice Award: Best Comedy The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2013 Monte-Carlo Television Festival International TV Audience Award The Big Bang Theory Won
2013 Emmy Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2013 Golden Globe Award Best Series: Musical or Comedy The Big Bang Theory Nominated
2014 The People’s Choice Awards Favorite Television Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory Won

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