Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014
During the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, Executive Producers Warren Littlefield '74 and Bradley Falchuk '93, L.H.D.'14 were honored for their new mini-series television shows on the FX Network. Littlefield's mini-series "Fargo" won the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. Falchuk received an Emmy nomination for his writing on "American Horror Story Coven," while the show received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Mini-series, Movie or a Dramatic Special. "American Horror Story" was also a nominee in the Outstanding Mini-series category, and cast member Jessica Lange won for best lead actress, and Kathy Bates won best supporting actress.
When speaking to a reporter from WABC-TV in New York following the award ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Monday, Littlefield called the evening the best moment of his life. "Not bad for a former NBC exec who was around for that network's ‘Must See TV' days," he said.
Under Littlefield's watch as president, NBC won an amazing 168 Emmy awards and numerous other industry honors. He joined NBC as manager of comedy development in 1979. At that time, NBC had no comedies ranked among Nielsen's top 25 shows. Less than two years later, he was promoted to vice president of current comedy programs. As the captain of the network's comedy department, he helped develop award-winning series such as "Cheers," "Family Ties," "The Cosby Show," "The Golden Girls," and cast Will Smith in "Fresh Prince of Bel Air." During those years, NBC enjoyed a history-making, six-year ride as the top-rated network. The Littlefield Company through which he now produces, represents the next chapter in his career.
Littlefield attended the School of Government and Public Administration at American University in Washington, D.C., before earning a degree in psychology from Hobart College. He has remained a dedicated alumnus since graduating from Hobart, returning to offer a Druid Society lecture, and providing current students with insight into the media industry through his participation in the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education's Los Angeles Experience over the past several years.
In addition to his work as co-creator, executive producer and writer of "American Horror Story," Falchuk is co-creator, writer, executive producer and director of the Fox series "Glee." Since his breakout hit "Nip/Tuck" took television audiences to a new world of drama in 2003, Falchuk has been at the intersection of the nation's popular culture and social conscience. He has received 10 Emmys and four Golden Globes, among many other awards and accolades.
Since 2009, "Glee" has garnered multiple awards for its combination of unabashed exuberance and tender teenage heartbreak. Variety magazine wrote that the show has "...helped to shape a global landscape of tolerance and acceptance among adolescents, giving encouragement to the LGBT community in a way that, arguably, no other TV series has done before."
At Hobart, Falchuk graduated with a bachelor's degree in English. As an alumnus, he supports the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education's Los Angeles Program, and works with HWS students interested in careers in the entertainment industry, serving as a mentor. He returned to HWS as the 2014 Commencement speaker and was presented an honorary degree.
In the top photo, Executive Producer Warren Littlefield '74 (center) stands with his team from "Fargo," following their Emmy for Outstanding Mini-series. The second photo features Executive Producer Bradley Falchuk '93, L.H.D.'14 during his visit on campus in May 2014.