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Ann Biderman
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Name Ann Biderman
Position Creator
Executive producer (Season One and Two)
Executive Consultant (Season Three and Four)
IMDB profile: 0081189

Ann Biderman (born 15 August 1951) is an American screen writer and producer. She is the creator of the critically acclaimed NBC/TNT series Southland. She served as an executive producer for the first and second seasons and is now an executive consultant. She won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Drama Series for an episode of NYPD Blue.


Early life[]

She was raised by a bohemian mother in the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan, New York, USA. She left home aged 15.

Earlier career[]

She made her writing debut with the film American Dreamer in 1984.

She wrote for the first season of crime drama NYPD Blue in 1994. The series was created by Steven Bochco and David Milch. She wrote the episode "Steroid Roy", wrote the teleplay for the episode "Zeppo Marks Brothers" from a story by Bochco and Milch and co-wrote the teleplay for the episode "Good Time Charlie" with Ted Mann from a story by Bochco and Milch. She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Drama Series for "Steroid Roy".

In 1995 she co-wrote the film Copycat with David Madsen. In 1996 she co-wrote the screenplay for the film Primal Fear with Steven Shagan, adapted from the novel by William Diehl. In 1997 she adapted the screenplay for the film Smilla's Feeling for Snow from the novel by Peter Høeg.

In 2009 she co-wrote the screenplay for the film Public Enemies with Ronan Bennett and director Michael Mann, adapted from the book Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34 by Bryan Burrough.


In the 2008 to 2009 television season Biderman developed the police drama series Southland which aired as a midseason replacement for NBC. The series focuses on patrol officers and detectives in the titular area of Los Angeles. Biderman served as an executive producer for the first season alongside John Wells and Christopher Chulack. Along with creating the series with the pilot episode Biderman wrote the episodes "Mozambique", "See the Woman", "Sally in the Alley" (with consulting producer Angela Amato Velez) and "Derailed". The series was renewed for a second season and Biderman remained an executive producer and writer. Six episodes were produced before NBC reversed the decision and cancelled Southland. The series was then picked up by the TNT network and the episodes were aired as the second season. Biderman co-wrote the season premiere "Phase Three" with Wells and wrote the episode "U-Boat". TNT renewed the series for a third season but dramatically reduced the production budget. Biderman stepped down as executive producer but remained an executive consultant. She co-wrote the season premiere "Let It Snow" with Wells. TNT renewed the series again and Biderman returned as an executive consultant for the fourth season.

Southland credits[]


Season one credits
Unknown Trouble Mozambique See the Woman Sally in the Alley
Two Gangs Westside Derailed
Season two credits
Phase Three Butch & Sundance U-Boat
The Runner What Makes Sammy Run? Maximum Deployment
Season three credits
Let It Snow Punching Water Discretion Code 4 The Winds
Cop or Not Sideways Fixing a Hole Failure Drill Graduation Day