BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Two Indiana University Bloomington alumni -- producer/director Ryan Murphy and writer/comedian Brian Stack -- were recently announced as nominees for the 70th Emmy Awards.
Murphy, an Indianapolis native, is nominated in two categories -- Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special, and Outstanding Short-Form Nonfiction or Reality Series -- for "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story." Murphy served as the executive producer of the nine-episode series as well as director of the series premiere, which aired in January.
In addition to his work on this series, Murphy is the creator/producer of "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," "Glee," "Nip/Tuck" and "American Horror Story," among others. He's previously won four Emmys, including awards for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for his work on "Nip/Tuck" and Outstanding Made for Television Movie for "The Normal Heart."
Murphy majored in journalism at IU in the mid-1980s and started his career as a journalist with publications like the Miami Herald, the Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Weekly.
Brian Stack, BA '86, is nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for his work on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert." Stack has been a part of the show's writing team since 2015 and voices Cartoon Donald Trump and the Ghost of Abraham Lincoln on the show.
Before his work with "The Late Show," he wrote for Conan O'Brien from 1997 to 2015 and played several characters in sketches on O'Brien's shows. Stack has been nominated for an Emmy Award in writing every year since 1998 and won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program in 2007.
During his time at IU, Stack worked at the Indiana Daily Student and earned a degree in telecommunications. He started his career with Second City, a Chicago-based improv comedy group, before joining the writing team for "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" in 1997.
The 70th Emmy Awards will air live on NBC at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17.