'Handmaid's Tale' Producer White Oak Pictures Names Priscilla Porianda Head of Development

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The Handmaid's Tale showrunner Bruce Miller has hired Priscilla Porianda to head development at his company, White Oak Pictures.

Miller signed an overall deal with Handmaid's studio MGM and streamer Hulu in April, and Porianda will help identify projects to develop at White Oak.

"I'm thrilled to collaborate with Priscilla in helping identify projects and writers I'm excited about," said Miller. "With her impressive experience and great creative instincts, she's the perfect fit."

Porianda comes to White Oak from Jennifer Lopez's Nuyorican Productions, where she also was head of development. There she developed comedy and drama projects under the company's first-look deal with Universal TV and served as a producer on Shades of Blue and The Fosters. She was also a co-producer of Lopez's film The Boy Next Door and an executive producer of the documentary Dance Again.

Prior to joining Nuyorican in 2012, Porianda worked for Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci's K&O Paper Products.

The Handmaid's Tale wrapped its second season July 11 and a day later racked up 20 Emmy nominations, including for outstanding drama series (which it won in 2017, the first streaming series to take the honor) and a writing nod for Miller. It has been renewed for a third season.