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Tina Fey

Co-Creator / Executive Producer / Writer, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"

Tina Fey is an executive producer of NBC’s comedy series “Great News” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

Fey continues to be applauded for the iconic and groundbreaking seven-season run as the executive producer, head writer and star of NBC’s three-time Emmy Award-winning comedy series “30 Rock.” Her performance as Liz Lemon earned Fey an Emmy, two Golden Globes, four SAG Awards and a People’s Choice Award. In 2009, “30 Rock” was nominated for a record 22 Emmy Awards, the most ever of any comedy series on television in a single season. From 2012-13, “30 Rock” received a total of 13 nominations for its final season, six of which were individual nominations for Fey.

Prior to creating “30 Rock,” Fey completed nine seasons as head writer, cast member and co-anchor of the “Weekend Update” segment on “Saturday Night Live.” Fey is an Emmy winner and two-time Writers Guild Award winner for her writing on “Saturday Night Live” and won an Emmy in 2009 for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Sarah Palin on the 2008-09 season of “SNL.” Fey also received an Emmy nomination in 2016 for her “SNL” co-host appearance with Amy Poehler.

Fey and writing partner Robert Carlock created and executive-produced the hit Netflix original comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” which has received a total of 11 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series two years in a row and a guest actress nod for Fey. The series is currently in production on its third season.

Carlock and Fey have teamed up again with “30 Rock” writer Tracey Wigfield for the 2017 NBC series “Great News,” about a mother-daughter relationship that is challenged when an overly involved New Jersey mom gets an internship at her daughter’s workplace

Currently, Fey, along with husband Jeff Richmond and Lorne Michaels, are developing the “Mean Girls” musical, which will debut in Washington, D.C., at the National Theater in fall 2017.

Fey most recently starred in “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” the Paramount film adaptation of the book “The Taliban Shuffle,” about real-life reporter Kim Barker. She co-starred in the film and produced the drama with her company Little Stranger, Inc., in collaboration with Michaels and Broadway Video. The film was directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.

In 2015, Fey co-starred with Poehler in the Universal Pictures comedy “Sisters,” which grossed more than $100 million domestically. “Sisters” was directed by Jason Moore and written by longtime friend and “SNL” colleague Paula Pell.
 
Since her transition to being in front of the camera, Fey has won much acclaim, including being named the Associated Press’ Entertainer of the Year in 2008, one of Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainers of the Year on numerous occasions, one of People magazine’s “Most Beautiful People” (four times) and one of Time magazine’s “Prestigious Time 100” (two times).

“30 Rock” has earned Fey six individual Emmys, a Golden Globe for Outstanding Comedy Series, a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, three Writers Guild Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and two Producers Guild Awards. Fey has also won two Gracie Awards, a Made in New York Award and was the youngest recipient of the Mark Twain Award for American Humor in 2010. Fey also hosted the 2013 and 2014 Golden Globe Awards with Poehler and both turns earned them Emmy nominations for Outstanding Special Class Writing and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. Fey and Poehler hosted the Golden Globes for a final time in 2015.

At the beginning of 2016, Fey’s production company, Little Stranger, Inc., signed a two-year first-look deal with Universal Pictures, which includes two films in development, “Do Nothing Bitches,” starring Ronda Rousey, and “You Bet!,” which  “Girls” writer Sarah Heyward will pen.

Fey appeared in director Shawn Levy's film adaptation of “This Is Where I Leave You,” joined by Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll and Kathryn Hahn. Fey also co-starred opposite the Muppets, Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell as the Russian prison guard Nadya in Disney’s European jewel-heist adventure “Muppets Most Wanted.”
 
Fey expanded to feature films in 2004 as both a screenwriter and an actress in the hit comedy “Mean Girls,” which earned her a Writers Guild Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. On the big screen, Fey starred opposite Poehler in the film “Baby Mama” for Universal Pictures, which exceeded the $50 million at the U.S. box office. In 2010, Fey starred in 20th Century Fox’s film,“Date Night,” opposite Steve Carell, and was a featured voice in the Dreamworks animated film “Megamind.”

In 2013, Fey co-starred in the Focus film “Admission,” which co-starred Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen and Lily Tomlin and was directed by Paul Weitz. She also appeared in the 2013 comedy sequel of “Anchorman: The Legend Continues,” with a cameo role alongside Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate.

In 2011, Fey released her first book, “Bossypants,” which topped The New York Times bestseller list and remained on the list for 39 consecutive weeks. She also received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album. “Bossypants” was released in paperback in 2012 and has sold over 3.75 million copies thus far.

Fey lives in New York with her husband, Jeff Richmond, and their two daughters.