“The Handmaid’s Tale,” the Hulu television show based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name and of which Warren Littlefield ’74 is an executive producer, won eight Emmys, including “Outstanding Dramatic Series,” at the 69th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. This marks the first time a series broadcast on a streaming platform has won an Emmy for “Outstanding Series.”
The show, set in a dystopia in which a theocratic totalitarian regime rules what was once the United States, was nominated for 19 Emmys this year: 13 in Primetime categories and six in the Creative Arts. The series’ other Emmy wins this year include recognition for lead and supporting actresses, writing, directing, cinematography and production design.
Previously, under Littlefield’s watch as NBC president, the network won an amazing 168 Emmy awards and numerous other industry honors. He joined the company 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 President of NBC television, Littlefield was responsible for developing the shows such as “Will and Grace,” “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “Cheers” and “ER.” The Littlefield Company, through which he now produces, represents the next chapter in his career.
More information on Littlefield’s award-winning career and Life of Consequence can be found here.