Jan Eliasberg

Jan Eliasberg

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Jan Eliasberg is an award-winning writer/director with an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. Jan wrote her first novel, Hannah’s War, which sold in a bidding war to editor-in-chief Judy Clain at Little Brown/Hachette. Hannah’s War has earned rave reviews and has sold more than 50,000 copies to date. Eliasberg is currently adapting the novel as a film, which she is attached to direct. Eliasberg’s directing career includes the feature film, Past Midnight, starring Paul Giamatti, the late Natasha Richardson, and the late Rutger Hauer. She is known for nurturing performances in film, television, and theatre from some of the finest actors of our generation: among them Michael B. Jordan, Michelle Williams, Frances McDormand, Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, and John Turturro. Eliasberg was hand picked by Michael Mann to be the first female director of the ground-breaking television series MIAMI VICE, followed by Mann’s critically-acclaimed CRIME STORY. She went on to shatter more glass ceilings as the first female director of the award-winning series WISEGUY, among others. She has directed dramatic pilots for CBS, NBC, and ABC, as well as countless episodes of television series, including Thirteen Reasons Why; Bull, Nashville, Parenthood, The Magicians, Blue Bloods, NCIS: Los Angeles, Supernatural, and dozens of others. In the course of her career as a director, she has been awarded the EMMY, IMAGEN, and the NAACP IMAGE awards. Eliasberg also has a notable career as a screenwriter, writing films and television series driven by strong female leads. She wrote W.A.S.P. about the Women Air Service Pilots in WWII for Nicole Kidman and Cameron Diaz at FOX. Mi Corazon was written for Universal, with Jennifer Lopez attached to star. She wrote Heart ‘N Soul, a “hip hop Pygmalion” for Warner Brothers, and The Gemcutter, a YA historical fantasy, for Sony. She is attached to direct all her original screenplays.
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