A Diane English Film & Television Production Company

BIO - DIANE ENGLISH

In 1988, Diane English created, wrote and executive produced the groundbreaking comedy MURPHY BROWN, which ran for 10 seasons on CBS, and for which she received numerous honors, including three Emmy Awards and two WGA Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. Over the course of its run, MURPHY BROWN garnered 62 Emmy Award nominations, 18 Emmy Awards (two for Best Comedy Series) and a Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Series, among many other awards. In 2018, MURPHY BROWN returned to CBS with English also returning as the showrunner and executive producer of the revival series.

English began her career at WNET/13 in NYC working on the “Theatre in America” series and at the Television Laboratory.  From 1977 to 1980, she wrote a column on television for Vogue.

In 1980, she co-wrote PBS’s adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin’s novel “The Lathe of Heaven” and received her first of five Writer’s Guild of America Award nominations. English then created the critically-acclaimed comedy series “Foley Square” for CBS (1985) and executive produced/wrote the CBS series “My Sister Sam” (1986-87). 

Among her additional television comedy series, English was the creator of “Love & War” (1994-1995), co-creator of “Double Rush” (1995) and creator of “Ink” (1996-1997), all on the Network, and co-creator of “Living In Captivity” (1998) on FOX.

In 2008, English wrote, produced and directed the feature film “The Women,” an adaptation of Clare Booth Luce’s play and George Cukor’s 1939 film, for which English received Women In Film’s prestigious Crystal Award and the MMPA’s Diversity Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.  MURPHY BROWN’s Candice Bergen was among the film’s stars.  

In 2011 she received the WGA's highest honor - the Paddy Chayefsky Award.

English was born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y. and currently splits her time between Los Angeles and New York City.

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