Falchuk at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
|Born||March 1, 1971|
|Occupation||Screenwriter, director, producer|
Brad Falchuk (born March 1, 1971) is a television writer, director and producer. He is best known for co-creating the comedy-drama television series Glee and the horror-drama series American Horror Story. He was also a writer and executive producer for the television series Nip/Tuck.
Falchuk grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, where he attended Beaver Country Day School. In high school, he tried to stand out from his classmates by wearing a tie to school each day and declaring himself a Republican. He said, "I was always trying to look smart because I didn't feel smart"; he actually suffered from undiagnosed dyslexia. In high school, he played baseball, basketball and lacrosse. He later attended the American Film Institute. He also graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1993. Falchuk was the commencement speaker for Hobart and William Smith Colleges' 2014 graduating classes.
Falchuk's career in television began as a writer for Mutant X (2001), Earth: Final Conflict (2001–2002) and Veritas: The Quest (2003) before he was hired to work on the first season of Nip/Tuck in 2003. There he formed a close bond and partnership with the show's creator, Ryan Murphy. Falchuk and Murphy went on to write a television pilot called Pretty/Handsome about a transsexual gynecologist—which the FX network bought in 2008 but did not pick up as a series.
As Nip/Tuck neared its sixth and final season, Falchuk and Murphy began to look for their next project and decided to focus on a lighter subject. They teamed up with Ian Brennan, who had written a screenplay about high school show choirs, to pitch a one-hour comedy about a glee club to the Fox Broadcasting Company. Their pitch was successful and turned into the television show Glee, which premiered in 2009. Falchuk, Murphy and Brennan received two Writers Guild of America Award nominations for Best Comedy Series and Best New Series. After the early success of Glee, Falchuk signed a two-year, seven-figure deal with 20th Century Fox Television which will involve further work on Glee as well as the development of other projects for the studio.
In 2011, Falchuk co-created the FX horror-drama anthology series American Horror Story with previous collaborator Ryan Murphy. The show premiered October 5, 2011, and received critical acclaim; the series was nominated for 17 Primetime Emmy Awards in 2012, and 15 Primetime Emmys in 2013, with Falchuk nominated for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie both years. In 2014, the show was once again nominated for 17 Primetime Emmys, with Falchuk nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special.
Falchuk is the son of Nancy Falchuk, the national president of the American Jewish women's organization Hadassah (as of 2007[update]). Falchuk's brother, Evan Falchuk, founded the United Independent Party and was a candidate for governor in the Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014, and the president of Best Doctors, Inc. He has called Ryan Murphy his closest friend.
In 2008, Falchuk was diagnosed by his father and brother's medical consulting firm to have a serious problem with his spinal cord. After undergoing emergency spinal surgery, he recovered fully, but his experience inspired parts of the Glee episode "Wheels".
Awards and nominations
|2010||AFI Awards||TV Program of the Year||Glee (with Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan)||Won|
|2011||British Academy Television Awards||Best International||Nominated|
|2010||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Outstanding Comedy Series||Glee (with Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, Dante Di Loreto, Bradley Buecker, Alexis Martin Woodall and Kenneth J. Silverstein)||Nominated|
|2011||Glee (with Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, Dante Di Loreto, Bradley Buecker, Alexis Martin Woodall, Kenneth J. Silverstein and Michael Novick)||Nominated|
|2012||Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special||American Horror Story: Murder House (with Ryan Murphy for the episode "Bitchcraft")||Nominated|
|2013||Outstanding Miniseries or Movie||American Horror Story: Asylum (with Ryan Murphy, Dante Di Loreto, Tim Minear, Jennifer Salt, James Wong, Jessica Sharzer, Bradley Buecker, Alexis Martin Woodall and Chip Vucelich)||Nominated|
|2014||American Horror Story: Coven (with Ryan Murphy, Dante Di Loreto, Bradley Buecker, Alexis Martin Woodall and Chip Vucelich)||Nominated|
|2011||National Television Awards||Digital Choice||Glee (with Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan)||Nominated|
|2011||Producers Guild of America Awards||Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy||Glee (with Ian Brennan, Dante Di Loreto, Ryan Murphy and Kenneth J. Silverstein)||Nominated|
|2013||Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television||American Horror Story: Asylum (with Bradley Buecker, Dante Di Loreto, Alexis Martin Woodall, Ryan Murphy and Chip Vucelich)||Nominated|
|2014||American Horror Story: Coven (with Bradley Buecker, Dante Di Loreto, Ryan Murphy, Chip Vucelich and Alexis Martin Woodall)||Nominated|
|2010||TV Quick Awards||Best New Drama||Glee (with Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan)||Won|
|2011||Best Drama Series||Nominated|
|2010||Writers Guild of America Awards||New Series||Nominated|
- Weiss, Joanna (August 30, 2009). "Welcome to the club". The Boston Globe. Retrieved January 1, 2010.
- "Falchuk '93 Wins Golden Globe with Glee!". Hobart and William Smith Colleges. January 19, 2010. Retrieved April 13, 2010.
- Andreeva, Nellie (December 1, 2009). "'Glee' co-creator inks deal with 20th TV". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 1, 2010.[dead link]
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