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‘Hacks’ Showrunners on How Show’s 17 Emmy Nominations Upped the Ante for Season 2

When Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky were working together on Broad City, awards were outside their grasp. “It was so not in our world,” says Downs, who would come to expect the same until their latest collaboration, HBO Max’s Hacks, scored 15 Emmy nominations (and three wins) for its first season. “It […]

“This Is Why Women Are So Dope”: Robin Thede, Natasha Lyonne and THR’s Comedy Showrunner Roundtable

It was not by design that every participant on The Hollywood Reporter‘s Comedy Showrunner Emmy Roundtable was a woman. But, about one hour into an 80-minute Zoom over Memorial Day weekend, gender prompted a shared gripe: Female TV writers — even those as prolific as I Love That for You‘s Jessi Klein, Russian Doll‘s Natasha […]

‘Hacks’ Team Celebrates Sophomore Run, Talks “Living Legend” Guest Stars

Coming off three Emmys and two Golden Globes in their triumphant 2021 awards run, the team behind HBO Max’s Hacks finally gathered Monday to celebrate the second season of the pandemic smash hit. Led by its three co-creators, co-showrunners, co-EPs and co-writers — Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky — the Hacks family […]

The Dynamic of Creative Collaboration at the Core of ‘Hacks’

The following article was created by our marketing department in collaboration with our partners at Universal Studio Group. Creative collaborations can be a tricky thing, especially when you’re dealing with two dominant personalities who are convinced that it’s their way or the highway. Throw in a generational divide and what you have is a recipe […]

‘Hacks’ Co-Creator Renews Universal TV Overall Deal

Universal Television is keeping the Emmy-nominated co-creator of Hacks in house. Jen Statsky, who co-created the breakout HBO Max comedy alongside Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs, has renewed her overall deal with the studio behind the Jean Smart starrer. Under the pact, Statsky will continue to serve as a co-showrunner on Hacks and develop […]

“We Wanted It to Feel Like a Show That Has a Life”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With Jean Smart, Hannah Einbinder and ‘Hacks’ Creators

In HBO Max’s Hacks, two comic generations collide in the form of an established Vegas stand-up (Jean Smart as Deborah Vance) whose act is getting rusty, and a would-be TV comedy writer (Hannah Einbinder as Ava Daniels), whose nascent career is derailed by an ill-advised tweet. The two stars joined THR Presents, powered by Vision […]