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Ilene Chaiken, 46, from Elkins Park, PA, is the creator and executive producer of Showtime's new lesbian drama The L Word. Chaiken first pitched her idea for The L Word to Showtime in 2000 and didn't even receive a response. The premise of the series - about the lives of lesbian women in L.A. - though mainstream and real-life to Chaiken, probably seemed audacious and risky even for a cable network like Showtime. "As a writer, I thought it would be nice to tell my own stories.," Chaiken said in an interview with
Gail Shister. "I'm writing about people I know and the world I know." Chaiken currently lives in L.A.
 


"I just want to tell great stories that people are really moved by...The challenge is to show the universality of our lives and to show things they have never seen."
 

Interesting Facts


**Ilene came in as a runner up in Gay.com's Person of the Year (2004).**
** Has been rumoured to be in a relationship with EZ (Elizabeth Ziff)**

 


Writer

"L Word, The" (2004) TV Series (story) (teleplay)
Damaged Care (2002) (TV) (written by)
Dirty Pictures (2000) (TV)
Barb Wire (1996) (screenplay) (story)

Producer

"L Word, The" (2004) TV Series (executive producer)
"Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The" (1990) TV Series (coordinating producer)
Satisfaction (1988) (associate producer)... aka Girls of Summer

Director

"The L Word" (1 episode, 2007)

Self

"Square Off" .... Herself (1 episode, 2006)
- Episode #1.15 (2006)


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