The Television Academy honored this year’s Emmy-nominated producers at its annual Thursday night fete at The Montage Beverly Hills. Creators from the celebrated shows were in attendance, including Jay Roach, who directed Bryan Cranston in HBO’s “All The Way,” Dan O’Keefe, writer and producer of “Silicon Valley,” Chad Oakes of FX’s “Fargo,” producer and writer Stephen Schiff of “The Americans,” and D.V. DeVincentis, producer and writer of one of this year’s lead nominated shows, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
Executive producer David Mandel, who took over “Veep” after Armando Iannucci’s exit, revealed Season 6 of the series will follow “the world of [Selina Meyer] in the post-presidency. Libraries, books foundations — all the fundraising and charity that she doesn’t want to do.” And considering all the real-life political drama happening, he adds, “We never want to pull too close. We’re influenced from everything [over the years]. I’m so glad we’re not doing an actual election.”
Rick Rosenthal, producer of Amazon’s “Transparent,” hinted that in Season 3 (which returns Sept. 23) “other members of the family emerge. There’s a fabulous birthday party that ends up revealing all sorts of things.” And when asked which upcoming storyline is most exciting, he says, “Judith Light’s character. She is going to sing and it’s amazing. It’s not a musical episode, but she sings.”
Sally Young (above), producer on ABC’s “Modern Family” revealed Season 8 will feature “a major football player. A wedding. A love affair. And maybe more children.” When Variety asked Young to elaborate, she teased, “You’ll have to watch.”
The nominees toasted to each other throughout the night, after they were recognized on stage and presented with certificates by the Television Academy.