Liz Hannah

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Liz Hannah
Born (1985-12-04) December 4, 1985 (age 33)
OccupationScreenwriter, producer
Alma materPratt Institute
AFI Conservatory
Notable worksThe Post
SpouseBrian Millikin

Liz Hannah (born December 14, 1985) is an American screenwriter and producer. She is best known for her work on Steven Spielberg's 2017 journalism drama The Post, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay.


Hannah did her undergraduate studies at the Pratt Institute in New York. Following an internship on 2007's Reign Over Me, she was admitted to the AFI Conservatory, in the producing discipline.[1]

After graduating from AFI, Hannah moved to Los Angeles. She got a job in development at Denver & Delilah, Charlize Theron’s production company.[2] Several years into her role, Hannah realised she didn't want to be a producer and decided to write a film of her own, about 'a 70th-birthday party gone awry'. She sent the script to her boss and in 2012, based on the encouraging feedback, quit her job to pursue writing full-time.[3]

Over the next couple of years, she wrote a spec pilot that was sold but not made, and wrote for a web series called Guidance.[1]

During this period, Hannah read Personal History, the 1997 autobiography of The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham. Her then-boyfriend (now husband) challenged her to write Graham's story as a film.[1]

In October 2016, Hannah sent the finished script, titled The Post, out to agents, with the hope of finding representation. On October 28, she received a call from producer Amy Pascal, the former chair of Sony Pictures.[3] The script appeared at number two on the 2016 Black List, an annual Hollywood survey of the 'most liked' film screenplays not yet produced.[4] Pascal won an auction for the script soon after, and quickly enlisted Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks as director and stars, respectively.[5][4]

Spielberg, who was in post-production on Ready Player One, decided to make the film immediately.[6] Hannah was partnered with screenwriter Josh Singer, an Oscar winner for 2015 journalism drama Spotlight, and with the on-set writing experience Hannah lacked.[3] Principal photography began on May 30, 2017.[7]

The Post, Hannah's first feature film, was released on December 22, 2017. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay for her work.[8]

It was announced on October 27, 2017 that Hannah's next project would be Only Plane in the Sky for MGM, based on a Politico article by Garrett Graff about the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks.[9] She is also working on a miniseries titled Mercury 13 for Amazon Video, based on Martha Ackmann’s book The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight. The project reunites Hannah with The Post producer Pascal and actor Bradley Whitford. Hannah would serve as showrunner and executive producer should the show be ordered to series.[10]

In July 2018, it was announced Hannah would co-write All the Bright Places alongside Jennifer Niven.[11]



Year Title Credit Notes
2017 The Post Written by, Co-producer With Josh Singer

Nominated for Golden Globe for Best Screenplay

2019 All the Bright Places Written by, executive producer With Jennifer Niven


  1. ^ a b c Marotta, Jenna (2017-12-01). "'The Post': Screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer on Revisiting History with Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg". IndieWire. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  2. ^ "The Post: First-Time Screenwriter Liz Hannah's Inspirational Path to Success - ScreenCraft". ScreenCraft. 2017-10-06. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  3. ^ a b c Press, Joy. "The Post's Liz Hannah On How Her Spec Script Launched an Oscar Campaign". Vulture. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  4. ^ a b Nicholson, Amy (2017-12-21). "How a writer defied 'one in a million' odds to get her first movie made by Steven Spielberg". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  5. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (2016-10-31). "Amy Pascal Buys Pentagon Papers Movie Spec Script 'The Post' By Liz Hannah". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  6. ^ "Steven Spielberg on timely new film 'The Post': 'History is certainly repeating itself'". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  7. ^ Desk, Movies News. "Production Underway on Spielberg's THE PAPERS, Starring Meryl Streep & Tom Hanks". Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  8. ^ ""It's a story about moral decisions": The Post's screenwriters on journalism and history". Vox. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  9. ^ Busch, Anita (2017-10-03). "'The Post' Screenwriter Liz Hannah Hired To Pen MGM's 'Only Plane In The Sky'". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2017-11-17). "Amazon Developing 'Mercury 13' Mini Produced By Brad Whitford & Amy Pascal". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  11. ^ Hipes, Patrick (July 23, 2018). "'All The Bright Places' Movie Ramps Up With Justice Smith To Star With Elle Fanning, Brett Haley Directing". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 4, 2018.

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