|Occupation||Television director, producer and screenwriter|
Ilene Chaiken (born June 30, 1957) is an American television producer, director, writer, and founder of Little Chicken Productions. Chaiken is best known as being the co-creator, a writer and executive producer on the television series The L Word and was recently an executive producer on the hit television series Empire.
Early life and education
She began her career as an agent trainee for Creative Artists Agency, and as an executive for Aaron Spelling and Quincy Jones Entertainment. In 1988, she was the coordinating producer for the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and the associate producer for Satisfaction. She then wrote the screenplay Barb Wire (1996), and the television films Dirty Pictures (2000), and Damaged Care (2002). Dirty Pictures won the Golden Globe for Best Television Movie in 2000. In 2004 she co-created The L Word, inspired largely by her own experiences as a lesbian woman. In 2007, Chaiken, and a group of women in the entertainment and tech industries, launched a social networking site called OurChart for lesbians and their friends. OurChart was online until 2008, when it was shutdown. In 2008, a spin-off show of The L Word entitled The Farm was in development and two pilots were being written by Chaiken, although Showtime never bought the series. She is credited with first developing the idea for a TV adaptation of novel The Handmaid's Tale, which is now a successful Hulu original show. Chaiken left the project to become the show-runner on Fox's Empire. She is credited as an executive producer for The Handmaid's Tale. In January 2019, Showtime announced that it had ordered a full season of the sequel to The L Word. The show aired December 8, 2019, titled The L Word: Generation Q, and picks up where the original series ended, set ten years later.
Chaiken has stated that her experiences as a lesbian were the primary inspiration for her show The L Word. Her first romance with another woman, which ended in heartbreak when the woman revealed she had a long-distance girlfriend, served as a loose inspiration for the relationship of the characters Marina and Jenny. Chaiken has been married to LouAnne Brickhouse, a former executive at Disney, since 2013. They live in the Hollywood Hills area of Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles and have nurtured more than 100 species of birds and other fauna, which they document regularly on an Instagram account. Chaiken is co-parent to twin daughters Tallulah and Augusta with her former partner, English architect Miggi Hood.
|1991–1992||Fresh Prince of Bel Air||Producer|
|2004–2007||The L Word||Writer, Co-creator, and producer|
|2010–2012||The Real L Word||Creator and producer|
|2017–present||The Handmaid's Tale||Executive producer|
|2019–present||The L Word: Generation Q||Executive producer|
|1997||Barb Wire||17th Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Screenplay||Nominated|
|2000||Dirty Pictures||58th Golden Globe Awards||Best Television Movie||Won|
|2008||The L Word||20th GLAAD Media Awards||Davidson/Valentini Award||Won|
|2016||Empire||73rd Golden Globe Awards||Best Television Series- Drama||Nominated|
|2017||The Handmaid's Tale||69th Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Drama Series||Won|
|2017||The Handmaid's Tale||PGA Awards 2017||Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama||Won|
|2017||The Handmaid's Tale||Writers Guild of America Awards 2017||Drama Series||Won|
|2017||The Handmaid's Tale||Writers Guild of America Awards 2017||New Series||Won|
|2018||The Handmaid's Tale||70th Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Drama Series||Nominated|
|2018||The Handmaid's Tale||PGA Awards 2018||Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama||Nominated|
|2018||The Handmaid's Tale||Writers Guild of America Awards 2018||Drama Series||Nominated|
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- Jewish Journal: "The Jewish writer and actor who’s ‘the voice of black America’" by Curt Schleier September 11, 2015
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- "Showtime Won't Buy "The Farm"". AfterEllen. April 3, 2009. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
- Vineyard, Jennifer (June 18, 2017). "'The Handmaid's Tale' Showrunner Bruce Miller on the Season 1 Finale". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
- "'The L Word' creator Ilene Chaiken on what fans can expect from the reboot". NBC News. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
- Janes, DeAnna (August 23, 2019). "The L Word: Generation Q Is Coming This Fall! Watch the Trailer". The Oprah Magazine.
- "From 'L Word' to 'Empire': Ilene Chaiken Has Changed Television Twice". September 21, 2016. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
- Strohm, Deidre (January 22, 2004). "A Conversation With Ilene Chaiken". POWER UP. Archived from the original on November 5, 2007. Retrieved November 17, 2007.
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