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2020 Emmy Winners

WIF congratulates the women who received awards this year as the Television Academy held its 72nd Emmy Awards.

Outstanding Drama Series

Jane Tranter, Executive Producer
Georgia Pritchett, Co-Executive Producer
Dara Schnapper, Producer
Gabrielle Mahon, Producer
Lucy Prebble, Consulting Producer

Outstanding Limited Series

Nicole Kassell, Executive Producer
Carly Wray, Co-Executive Producer
Lila Byock, Supervising Producer
Christal Henry, Supervising Producer
Karen Wacker, Producer

Outstanding Television Movie

Bad Education
Julia Lebedev, Produced by
Caroline Jaczko, Executive Producer

Outstanding Competition Program

RuPaul’s Drag Race
Mandy Salangsang, Executive Producer
Michele Mills, Co-Executive Producer
Jacqueline Wilson, Co-Executive Producer
Lisa Steele, Supervising Producer
Michelle Visage, Producer
Jen Passovoy, Producer
Alicia Gargaro-Magana, Producer

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

Queer Eye
Jennifer Lane, Executive Producer
Jordana Hochman, Executive Producer
Rachelle Mendez, Co-Executive Producer

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

Arielle Kilker, Producer
Chelsea Yarnell, Producer

Outstanding Animated Program

Rick and Morty, “The Vat of Acid Episode”
Ollie Green, Producer
Sydney Ryan, Produced by

Outstanding Children’s Program

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
Lisa Henson, Executive Producer
Halle Stanford, Executive Producer
Blanca Lista, Co-Executive Producer
Ritamarie Peruggi, Produced by

We Are The Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest
Amatus Karim Ali, Executive Producer
Mimi Valdés, Executive Producer
Julie Anderson, Executive Producer
Amy Schatz, Produced by
Diane Kolyer, Produced by

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Liz Stanton, Executive Producer
Laura L. Griffin, Producer
Kate Mullaney, Producer
Marian Wang, Producer

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Saturday Night Live
Lindsay Shookus, Producer

Outstanding Variety Special (Live)

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: “All in the Family” and “Good Times”
Kerry Washington, Executive Producer

Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)

Dave Chapelle: Sticks & Stones
Rikki Hughes, Co-Executive Producer

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

The Last Dance
Estee Portnoy, Executive Producer

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

The Last Dance
Estee Portnoy, Executive Producer

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special

The Apollo
Lisa Cortés, Produced by
Jeanne Elfant Festa, Produced by
Cassidy Hartmann, Produced by
Julie Goldman, Executive Producer

Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series

Better Call Saul Employee Training: Legal Ethics with Kim Wexler
Ariel Levine, Executive Producer
Melissa Bernstein, Executive Producer

Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series

National Geographic Presents: Creating Cosmos: Possible Worlds
Erin Newsome, Executive Producer
Sarah Lavoie, Executive Producer
Maricruz Merlo, Supervising Producer
Meghan Gleason, Producer
Tatiana Villegas, Producer

Outstanding Short Form Variety Series

Carpool Karaoke: The Series
Sheila Rogers, Supervising Producer
Diana Miller, Producer

Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking

The Cave
Kirstine Barfod, Produced by
Sigrid Dyekjær, Produced by
Pernill Rose Grønkjær, Executive Producer
Eva Mulvad, Executive Producer
Carolyn Berstein, Executive Producer

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Catherine O’Hara as Moira Rose, Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Annie Murphy as Alexis Rose, Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Maya Rudolph as Senator Kamala Harris, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Regina King as Angela Abar/Sister Night, Watchmen

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm, Mrs. America

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Zendaya as Rue, Euphoria

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore, Ozark

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Cherry Jones as Nan Pierce, Succession

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance

Maya Rudolph as Connie the Hormone Monstress, Big Mouth

Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series

Jasmine Cephas Jones as Tyisha, #FreeRayshawn

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special

Maria Schrader, Unorthodox

Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program

Julia Reichert, American Factory

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Jill Twiss, Senior Writer
Juli Weiner, Senior Writer
Joanna Rothkopf, Written by

Outstanding Choreography for Scripted Programming (Juried)

Mandy Moore, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation (Juried)

Jill Dykxhoorn, as Lead Background Artist, Archer

Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
Leah Remini, Executive Producer/Host

Outstanding Interactive Extension of a Linear Program

Mr. Robot, “Season_4.0 ARG”
Roxanne Paredes, Producer

Outstanding Original Interactive Program

The Messy Truth VR Experience
Brie Larson, Producer
Jana Carter, Producer; Executive Producer

Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Composition Program

RuPaul’s Drag Race, “I’m That Bitch”
Jamie Martin, Lead Editor

Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program

Cheer, “God Blessed Texas”
Arielle Kilker, Supervising Editor
Sharon Weaver, Editor

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series

Insecure, “Lowkey Trying”
Nena Erb, ACE, Editor
Lynarion Hubbard, Additional Editor

Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series

One Day at a Time, “Boundaries”
Cheryl Campsmith, ACE, Editor

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation

The Mandalorian, “Chapter 1: The Mandalorian”
Bonnie Wild, Sound Effects Editor
Stephanie McNally, Music Editor
Ronni Brown, Foley Artist
Jana Vance, Foley Artist

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special

Watchmen, “This Extraordinary Being”
Tiffany S. Griffith, Dialogue Editor
Sally Boldt, Music Editor
Lindsay Pepper, Foley Artist

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)

Stranger Things, “Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt”
Katie Halliday, Sound Editor

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation

The Mandalorian, “Chapter 2: The Child”
Bonnie Wild, Re-Recording Mixer

Outstanding Contemporary Hairstyling

black-ish, “Hair Day”
Araxi Lindsey, Department Head Hairstylist

Outstanding Contemporary Makeup for a Variety, Nonfiction, or Reality Program (Non-Prosthetic)

RuPaul’s Drag Race, “I’m That Bitch”
Natasha Marcelina, Department Head Makeup Artist
Jen Fregozo, Makeup Artist
Nicole Faulkner, Makeup Artist

Outstanding Contemporary Makeup (Non-Prosthetic)

Euphoria, “And Salt the Earth Behind You”
Doniella Davy, Department Head Makeup Artist
Kirsten Sage Coleman, Assistant Department Head Makeup Artist
Tara Lang Shah, Makeup Artist

Outstanding Period and/or Character Hairstyling

Hollywood, “A Hollywood Ending”
Michelle Ceglia, Department Head Hairstylist
Michele Arvizo, Hairstylist
Maria Elena Pantoja, Hairstylist

Outstanding Period and/or Character Makeup (Non-Prosthetic)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “It’s Comedy or Cabbage”
Patricia Regan, Department Head Makeup Artist
Margot Boccia, Makeup Artist
Tomasina Smith, Makeup Artist

Outstanding Period Costumes

The Crown, “Cri De Coeur”
Amy Roberts, Costume Designer
Sidonie Roberts, Assistant Costume Designer
Sarah Moore, Costume Supervisor

Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes

Watchmen, “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice”
Sharen Davis, Costume Designer
Valerie Zielonka, Costume Supervisor

Outstanding Contemporary Costumes

Schitt’s Creek, “Happy Ending”
Debra Hanson, Costume Designer
Darci Cheyne, Assistant Costume Designer

Outstanding Costumes for a Variety, Nonfiction, or Reality Program

The Masked Singer, “The Season Kick-Off Mask-Off: Group A”
Marina Toybina, Costume Designer
Grainne O’Sullivan, Costume Supervisor
Gabrielle Letamendi, Assistant Costume Designer
Candice Rainwater, Assistant Costume Designer

Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour)

The Mandalorian, “Chapter 1: The Mandalorian”
Amanda Serino, Set Decorator

Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More)

The Handmaid’s Tale, “Household”
Elisabeth Williams, Production Designer
Martha Sparrow, Art Director

Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More)

Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More)

The Crown, “Aberfan”
Alison Harvey, Set Decorator

Outstanding Production Design for a Variety Special

The Oscars
Alana Billingsley, Art Director

Outstanding Main Title Design

Godfather of Harlem
Giovana Pham, Designer

Outstanding Motion Design (Juried)

Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates
Leanne Dare, Creative Director

Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Special

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: “All in the Family” and “Good Times”
Helena Jakson, Camera

Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series

Schitt’s Creek
Lisa Parasyn, CSA, Casting by

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series

Avy Kaufman, CSA, Casting by

Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special

Victoria Thomas, CSA, Casting by
Meagan Lewis, CSA, Location Casting

Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program

RuPaul’s Drag Race
Goloka Bolte, CSA, Casting by

Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Score)

Why We Hate, “Tools & Tactics”
Laura Karpman, Composer

Outstanding Music Supervision

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “It’s Comedy or Cabbage”
Robin Urdang, Music Supervisor
Amy Sherman-Palladino, Music Supervisor

Outstanding Special Visual Effects

The Mandalorian, “Chapter 2: The Child”
Abbigail Keller, VFX Producer

Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role

Vikings, “The Best Laid Plans”
Becca Donohue, Visual Effects Producer
Leann Harvey, On-Set Visual Effects Supervisor

September 29: Family Ties

Join WIF and a panel of industry experts who have been there, too, for an empowering and compassionate discussion on how to prepare, what to expect, and how to find support as a working parent in entertainment. Plus, learn critical resources to combat parenthood harassment on the job. Click here to RSVP.

September 1: An Evening with Cheryl Dunye

Join WIF for an evening with director, writer, and actor Cheryl Dunye as we discuss her three-decade career. Since her emergence as part of the “Queer New Wave” in the ’90s, Dunye has been creating works of art from the classic WATERMELON WOMAN to “Queen Sugar.” Click here to RSVP.

September 9: Julie Taymor, The Glorias

Join WIF in conversation with acclaimed director Julie Taymor, of THE GLORIAS, moderated by WIF Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer. THE GLORIAS follows Gloria Steinem, an indelible feminist icon known for her world-shaping activism, in this nontraditional biopic. Click here to RSVP.

On Cheryl Dunye

By Ebony Adams, Manager of Public Programs

…And most importantly, what I understand is that I’m gonna be the one who says, “I am a black, lesbian filmmaker who’s just beginning.” But I’m gonna say a lot more and I have a lot more work to do.

Cheryl, The Watermelon Woman

There’s a fundamental joy and curiosity in the work of Cheryl Dunye; a desire for knowledge and connection that underlies her exploration of, and experiments with film. A Black lesbian filmmaker who burst onto the scene in 1996 with THE WATERMELON WOMAN (although she had several shorts to her credit before then), Dunye has spent the past three decades excavating and creating a Black queer history through words, images, and memory. Despite working steadily over the last decade directing some of the most talked-about episodic television on our screens (“Lovecraft Country,” “Queen Sugar,” “Claws,” “Dear White People,” “All Rise”), Dunye remains a quintessentially indie creator. Her experiments fusing narrative and documentary—what the director calls “dunye-mentaries”—evince a very human desire for relationships and deep love for telling the stories of Black people.

On Tuesday, September 1 at 6:00 p.m. PDT, WIF is delighted to bring you a conversation with this phenomenal artist as part of our monthly Speaker Series. We’ll be talking to Dunye about her extensive and eclectic career, her collaborations with other queer filmmakers, and her mastery of “the language of film” to tell new and vital stories.

Check out some of Cheryl Dunye’s work and immerse yourself in the vision of this incredible talent:

  • THE WATERMELON WOMAN (1996, available on Amazon Prime)
  • BLACK IS BLUE (2014, available to rent on Vimeo)
  • THE POTLUCK AND THE PASSION (1993, available with a Fandor subscription)
  • THE OWLS (2010, available on Amazon Prime)
  • MOMMY IS COMING (2012, available to rent on Amazon)
The WIF Speaker Series is co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board. It is also presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program. For more information, please visit www.weho.org/arts or follow via social media @WeHoArts.

About Cheryl Dunye

Cheryl Dunye is a world-renowned African-American director, writer, and actor. She first emerged as part of the “Queer New Wave” of young filmmakers in the early 1990s. Her first feature film, THE WATERMELON WOMAN, won the Teddy Award for Best Feature at the 1996 Berlin International Film Festival. The film, now considered a classic, was restored and re-released widely in 2016 for its 20th anniversary, and resides in the permanent cinema collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Her second feature, HBO’s STRANGER INSIDE, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002 and was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards including Best Director. In 2004, she directed MY BABY’S DADDY for Miramax, which had a budget of $12M USD. Her more recent independent features THE OWLS (2010) and MOMMY IS COMING (2012) have both screened at top-tier festivals and garnered her a new generation of fans and followers across the globe.

In recent years, Dunye has entered a new wave of her career as a director for episodic television, first by joining Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey for two episodes on season two of OWN’s “Queen Sugar.” In 2019, she served as the Producing Director of “Queen Sugar” season four. Her other episodic directing credits include an incredible array of popular shows: “Claws” for TNT, “The Fosters” for Freeform, “Love Is_” for OWN, “The Chi” for Showtime, “Star” for Fox, “Dear White People” for Netflix, “David Makes Man” for OWN, “Lovecraft Country” for HBO, and “All Rise” for CBS, among others.

In 2015, Dunye’s multiple-award-winning short film BLACK IS BLUE was named one of the top five “Must-See Feminist Films” by IndieWire. It is now being developed into a feature film with Laverne Cox attached to star in the lead. In 2016, Dunye was named a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in the field of Filmmaking. That same year she was invited to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). In 2018, it was announced that Dunye would adapt and direct a feature based on Jason Mott’s novel The Wonder of All Things for Lionsgate. In 2019, she launched her Oakland-based production company called WN Films, which is actively developing two episodic series: “The Gilda Stories,” an adaptation of the beloved 1991 queer vampire novel by Jewell Gomez, and “Adventures in the 419,” based on Nigerian scammers.

She is currently represented by Chris Ridenhour and Jack Leighton at APA.

September 10: Food Stylist Janice Poon

Join WIF for a conversation with writer, designer, and food stylist Janice Poon as we discuss her work constructing edible masterpieces for “Hannibal,” “American Gods,” and “Star Trek.” Tuck in to a savory chat about her career making the devilish look delectable, and the monstrous look positively mouthwatering. Click here to RSVP.

Family Ties

By Meghana Mudiyam

My motto for how I was going to approach work as a new mom was, “different, not less than.” However, I was wrong. If anything, it’s better! I’m a better artist (nothing like a child to keep you playful and present), better professional (why, hello, time management skills I never knew I had), and better collaborator (if you can be empathetic through a toddler melting down for GIVING him the toy he just asked for, you can handle any team). I wish I could go back and tell myself this at the early stages of my pregnancy because, at the time, an unpleasant experience had me almost convinced otherwise.

A manager I was planning to sign with rescinded her offer when I mentioned my husband and I were trying for a baby, calling my desire to be a mother a “red flag.” I was devastated. When I became pregnant, besides the strangest craving for cheese, the feeling I felt most strongly was fear. I was deeply afraid about the implications for my career. Thankfully, other women in the industry were incredibly supportive and encouraging. I found countless examples of women who were rocking both their careers and their roles as moms, which showed me that it was absolutely possible. Sadly, though, even amongst them, stories of unsupportive teams, perceptions, and structures were common. Directly or indirectly, the story being told far too often was that being a parent was career limiting. It’s time for a new story.

As we all know, knowledge and community are powerful antidotes to fear and misinformation, and one of the best things we can do is start a conversation that empowers parents and parents-to-be. I am so grateful that WIF was interested in working with me to make this conversation a reality, and while there is more to talk about than can be covered in one evening, I believe this is a really important first step.

Being a parent does change everything, and I would be remiss to sugarcoat the fact that being a working mom can be hard. Really, really hard. But it’s true what they say—the most rewarding things often are, and my baby is one of the greatest gifts in my life. While everyone’s situation is unique and there are a number of factors to consider in deciding to start a family, whether or not one can still have a thriving career should NOT be one of them.

Join WIF on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 for an informative and validating session on how to survive and thrive as a parent in the entertainment industry. We’ll be joined by a panel that includes showrunner Erin Cardillo and actor/Moms In Film leader Jennica Schwartzman to discuss how to manage your career while taking care of your family.

About Meghana Mudiyam

Meghana Mudiyam is an actress, writer, and serial fish-out-of-water. Originally from Huntington Beach, she moved to Bangalore, India to begin her acting career, where she was the lead of several Kannada-language films. While in India, she observed firsthand how changing global dynamics were impacting local markets, and interest in learning more brought her back to the U.S. At the Lauder Institute and the Wharton School, Mudiyam earned a dual Master’s in international studies and business administration, her thesis comparing the drivers of domestic and international success of Indian, French, and Spanish films. Now based in L.A., Mudiyam is back to her first loves of acting and writing. Her diverse experiences have shown her how beautifully and similarly messy and hilarious we can all be at our core, and she loves exploring that theme in her work. Mudiyam also serves on the National Asian Pacific American Media Committee for SAG-AFTRA.

The WIF Speaker Series is co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board. It is also presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s WeHoArts Program. For more information, please visit www.weho.org/arts or follow via social media @WeHoArts.