Ann Biderman (born August 15, 1951) is an American film and television writer. She is the creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed NBC/TNT series Southland, and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Drama Series for an episode of NYPD Blue.
Biderman grew up in Florida, and when she was sixteen, she attended boarding school at The Stockbridge School, in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts, where she was very interested in the arts. Biderman and her sister spent much of their youth in the company of writers, artists and musicians when living at the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York, where “Leonard Cohen was the boy next door” and her mother’s home in Miami was a sort of halfway house for civil rights activists recently out of prison. The poet Allen Ginsberg was a close family friend. Her sister was an intimate companion of the San Francisco rock band Jefferson Airplane in the late 1960s.
Biderman adapted the novel Smilla's Sense of Snow into the screenplay of the award-winning movie, which takes place in Copenhagen. In the 2008 to 2009 television season Biderman developed the police drama series Southland which aired as a midseason replacement for NBC. The series focuses on patrol officers and detectives in the titular area of Los Angeles. Biderman served as an executive producer for the first season alongside John Wells and Christopher Chulack. Along with creating the series with the pilot episode Biderman wrote the episodes "Mozambique," "See the Woman," "Sally in the Alley" (with consulting producer Angela Amato Velez) and "Derailed." The series was renewed for a second season and Biderman remained an executive producer and writer. Six episodes were produced before NBC reversed the decision and cancelled Southland. The series was then picked up by the TNT network and the produced episodes were aired as the second season. Biderman co-wrote the season premiere "Phase Three" with Wells and wrote the episode "U-Boat." TNT renewed the series for a third season but dramatically reduced the production budget. Biderman stepped down as executive producer but remained an executive consultant. She co-wrote the season premiere "Let It Snow" with Wells. Biderman later created, produced, and wrote episodes for the Showtime series Ray Donovan in 2013, which garnered high ratings and critical praise for the cable network. In August 2014, Biderman stepped down as showrunner for Ray Donovan.