Emmy-award winning writer, producer and director Brad Falchuk ’93, L.H.D. ’14 is serving as a mentor and judge alongside fellow Hollywood producer Tom Werner on a new competition-style television series airing on the New England Sports Network (NESN) this spring.
The seven-episode series, “NESN Next Producer,” features several college students who are interested in filmmaking as they compete for a shot at winning $20,000 and a job with NESN. In a “Shark Tank” meets “America’s Got Talent” format, the students are tasked with creating short sports films while getting unprecedented access to Falchuk and Werner along the way. The two will coach the finalists and pick the winner.
A lifelong fan of New England sports and native of Newton, Mass., Falchuk will be featured in the “NESN Next Producer” episodes airing Monday, May 11 at 8 p.m. and Monday, May 25 at 7 p.m. NESN also has released a promotional video that prominently features Falchuk.
Falchuk is co-creator, executive producer and writer of FX network’s “American Horror Story,” as well as the co-creator, writer, executive producer and director of the Fox series “Glee.” Falchuk has received 10 Emmys and four Golden Globes, among many other awards and accolades. He is co-creator of the upcoming series, “American Crime Story,” and is currently working on a new FOX-TV horror-drama anthology, “Scream Queens.” In addition, he was a co-producer for the FX series, “Nip/Tuck.”
In 2012, Falchuk was named to The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual list of the Top 50 Showrunners for his work on “Glee” and “American Horror Story.” In service to his community, Falchuk co-created The Young Storytellers Foundation, which helps fourth-graders in under-served, arts-poor Los Angeles public schools create their own screenplays, and brings in famous actors for stage readings.
Falchuk served as the 2014 Commencement speaker for the graduating HWS classes and was bestowed an honorary degree.
Falchuk graduated from Hobart College with a bachelor’s degree in English. He credits Associate Professor of English Elizabeth Lyon with helping his career. In an interview with The Pulteney Street Survey, he says that Lyon, “taught me everything I’ll ever need to know about film analysis. I use what I learned in her classes every day of my career.” At Hobart, he studied abroad in London and was an active member of Sigma Chi. He went on to earn a graduate degree from the American Film Institute.
Maintaining his ties to the Colleges, he has been involved in the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education’s “Behind the Scenes” L.A. program, meeting with faculty and students interested in the entertainment industry. He has also presented via Skype to students in media and society classes.
A weekly series, “NESN Next Producer,” is hosted by NESN’s Gary Striewski. Each of the five first episodes showcased two films, provided back stories about the students and included reviews by Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr. The student-produced films have also been posted on NESNnext.com where viewers can pick the program’s “Top Fan Film.” All contestants are from New England-based schools.
NESN has consistently been one of the top-rated regional sports networks in the country with award-winning coverage of the Red Sox and Bruins. The network is delivered to more than 4 million homes throughout the six-state New England region and an additional 5 million homes nationally as NESN National. Forbes recently ranked NESN as the “8th Most Valuable Sports Business Brand” in the world.
The photo above features Brad Falchuk ’93, L.H.D. ’14 on campus in 2014 and his former teacher Associate Professor of English Elizabeth Lyon (right).