At the 70th annual Emmy Awards, Brad Falchuk ’93, L.H.D.’14 took home the prize for Outstanding Limited Series for his show American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, marking the second time the anthology series has won the award.
Falchuk, executive producer of American Crime Story and creator, writer and executive producer of American Horror Story, has been previously nominated for nine Emmys, including his 2016 win for the first season of American Crime Story, which focused on the O.J. Simpson trial.
Examining the events surrounding the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace, the newest season of American Crime Story also took prizes for Best Actor in a Limited Series (for Darren Criss) and Directing in a Limited Series (for Ryan Murphy, Falchuk’s writing and producing partner).
This year, American Crime Story and American Horror Story garnered nominations in more than 20 Primetime and Creative Arts categories, including acting, production design and makeup, among others, for Horror Story. The FX horror anthology, now in its eighth season, has earned 28 Primetime and 50 Creative Arts Emmy nominations during its run.
At HWS, Falchuk was an English major with a concentration in theater. During an independent study with Emeritus Associate Professor of English Elisabeth Lyon, Falchuk began writing the script that helped him secure admission to graduate school at the American Film Institute. After earning a degree in screenwriting from AFI, Falchuk began writing for TV shows and was later hired by Murphy to work on the first season of Nip/Tuck. This partnership proved invaluable as the pair went on to create the hit musical comedy series Glee, along with Ian Brennan.
Glee premiered in 2009 and Falchuk, Murphy and Brennan received two Writers Guild of America Award nominations for Best Comedy Series and Best New Series. That year, the show garnered 16 Emmy nominations and four wins.
In 2011, Falchuk and Murphy co-created the American Horror Story and in 2015 premiered the horror/black comedy series Scream Queens. The People v. O.J. Simpson premiered in 2016 to commercial and critical praise, garnering 13 Emmy nominations and nine wins.
Read more about Falchuk’s Life of Consequence.