A Diane English Film & Television Production Company


Diane English, the multiple award-winning writer/producer, began her career at WNET/13, the New York City PBS affiliate.  She worked first as a story editor for the "Theatre in America" series, and then as Associate Director of the Television Laboratory.  From 1977 to 1980, she wrote a monthly column on television for Vogue Magazine.

In 1980, she co-wrote "The Lathe of Heaven," the Public Broadcasting System's first full-length motion picture-for-television.  For her work on this adaptation of Ursula K. LeGuin's classic science fiction novel, she received her first Writers Guild Award nomination.  She followed that success with the television movies "My Life as a Man" for NBC and "Classified Love" for CBS.

In 1985, English created the critically acclaimed "Foley Square," her first half-hour comedy series.  She served as producer and writer of the show, which aired on CBS during the 1985-86 television season.  During the 1986 and 1987 seasons, she executive produced and wrote the CBS comedy series "My Sister Sam," starring Pam Pawber.

English then went on to create, write, and produce the groudbreaking comedy "Murphy Brown," which ran for ten seasons on CBS.  "Murphy Brown" received sixty-two EMMY nominations, eighteen EMMY Awards, (including two for Best Comedy Series) and the 1990 Golden  Globe for Best Comedy series.  It was twice named Best Comedy Series by the Television Critics Association.  The series also received the 1991 George Foster Peabody Award for Significant and Meritorious Achievement.

Under the Shukovsky English Entertainment banner, English created the  multiple EMMY Award nominated "Love & War" (CBS), followed by the co-creation of "Double Rush" (CBS), and "Ink" (CBS), and executive produced "Living in Captivity" (Fox).

In 2008, English wrote, produced and directed a major motion picture release, "The Women," an adaptation of Clare Booth Luce's iconic play and George Cukor's 1939 film.  In his review Roger Ebert said, "What a pleasure this movie is...a well-crafted, well-written and well-acted entertainment.  It drew me in and got the job done."

English has also been the recipient of numerous individual honors, including three EMMY Awards Including one for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, five Writers Guild nominations (including one for the final episode of "Murphy Brown"), two Writers Guild Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, the 1997 Astral Award of Excellence at the Banff Television Festival, a Genie Award from the American Women in Radio and Television, the Commissioners' Award from the National Commission on Working Women for her positive portrayal of women on television, and the 1992 Freedom-to-Write Award from the PEN Center USA West for her stands on behalf of freedom of expression and against censorship and cultural tyranny.

In May of 1994, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from her alma mater, Buffalo State College.  She was named one of the "50 Greatest Women in Radio & Television" by the American Women in Radio & Television and is featured in their book, "Making Waves."  In 2004, she was honored by Planned Parenthood for her indefatigable commitment to women's rights, reproductive healthcare and freedom of choice.  On December 1st, 2005, she was inducted into the Museum of Television & Radio's "She Made It" collection as part of its inaugural class.

English received the prestigious Crystal Award for Excellence in Film from Women in Film for "The Women."  She also received the 2008 Diversity Award from the MMPA for the Best Adapted Screenplay for "The Women." And, at the 2011 Writers Guild Awards, she received the Paddy Chayefsky "Lifetime Achievement" Laurel Award for Television Writing - their highest award for the medium.   
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