Ann Biderman
Born (1951-08-15) August 15, 1951 (age 72)
Occupation(s)Film and television writer and producer
Years active1991–present
Known for
PartnerRoger Vadim (1980–1987)

Ann Biderman (born August 15, 1951) is an American film and television writer.[1] She is the creator and executive producer of the NBC/TNT series Southland (2009–2013), and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Drama Series for an episode of NYPD Blue. She created, wrote, and produced the Showtime drama Ray Donovan.

Early years

Biderman grew up in Florida and New York. When she was sixteen, she attended boarding school at The Stockbridge School, in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts, where she was very interested in the arts.[2]

Biderman and her sister spent much of their youth in the company of writers, artists and musicians when living at the Chelsea Hotel in New York, where "Leonard Cohen was the boy next door" and her mother Peggy Biderman's home in Miami was a sort of halfway house for civil rights activists recently out of prison. Filmmaker Harry Everett Smith and poet Allen Ginsberg were close family friends.[3]

Biderman lived for most of the 1980s with French filmmaker Roger Vadim.[4]


Biderman adapted the novel Smilla's Sense of Snow into the screenplay of the 1997 movie.[5]

In the 2008-09 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 South Los Angeles.[6]

Biderman wrote the pilot episode, and served as an executive producer for the first season alongside John Wells and Christopher Chulack. She wrote the episodes "Mozambique," "See the Woman," "Sally in the Alley" (with consulting producer Angela Amato Velez) and "Derailed."

Southland was renewed for a second season and Biderman remained an executive producer and writer.[7] NBC reversed the decision and cancelled Southland after six episodes had been produced.[8] The series was then picked up by the TNT network, and the previously produced episodes were aired as the show's second season.[9] Biderman co-wrote the second-season premiere "Phase Three" with Wells and wrote the episode "U-Boat."

TNT renewed the series for a third season but dramatically reduced its production budget. Biderman stepped down as executive producer but remained an executive consultant. She co-wrote the third-season premiere "Let It Snow" with Wells.

Biderman created the Showtime series Ray Donovan in 2013.[10] She served as showrunner during the first season, and wrote several episodes, including the pilot. After the second season, Biderman stepped down as showrunner.[11]



Year Title Credit Notes
TBA Nyad Screenplay
2009 Public Enemies Screenplay
1997 Smilla's Sense of Snow Screenplay
1996 Primal Fear Screenplay
1995 Copycat Written by
1984 American Dreamer Story

Production staff

Year Show Role Notes
2017 Ray Donovan Creator
2014 Creator, Executive producer, Showrunner
Southland Creator
2010 Creator, Executive producer


Year Show Season Episode title Episode Notes
2014 Ray Donovan 2 "The Captain" 12
"Walk This Way" 7
"Uber Ray" 2 Co-written with David Hollander
"Yo Soy Capitán" 1
2013 1 "Same Exactly" 12
"Bridget" 8
"A Mouth is a Mouth" 2
"The Bag or the Bat" 1
2011 Southland 3 "Let it Snow" 1 Co-written with John Wells
2010 2 "U-Boat" 3
2 "Phase Three" 1 Co-written with John Wells
2009 1 "Derailed" 7
"Westside" 6 Story by  Ann Biderman, Teleplay by  Angela Amato Velez & Dee Johnson
"Sally in the Alley" 4 Co-written with Angela Amato Velez
"See the Woman" 3
"Mozambique" 2
"Unknown Trouble" 1
1994 NYPD Blue 1 "Good Time Charlie" 20
"Zeppo Marks Brothers" 18
"Steroid Roy" 15


  1. ^ Dawn, Randee (2009-04-08). "Cops' View of Mean Streets Makes for Potent Drama". Reuters. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  2. ^ Rochlin, Margy (2013-06-21). "Just Another Career Criminal Writer". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  3. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (August 2013). "Anything is fair game for 'Ray Donovan' showrunner — Jewish Journal". Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  4. ^ "Tipoff: 'Bittersweet' is a bankroll". Star-News. Wilmington, North Carolina. January 15, 1984. p. 2C.
  5. ^ "Smilla's Sense of Snow". Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  6. ^ "The little drama that could -- 'Southland' -- returns to TNT". Washington Examiner. January 2, 2011. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  7. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (2009-05-02). "NBC picks up 'Southland' drama". Variety. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  8. ^ "'Southland' canceled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  9. ^ Brophy-Warren, Jamin (2010-01-06). ""Southland" Rises Again: A Chat with Executive Producer Ann Biderman". WSJ. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  10. ^ Team, The Deadline (2013-01-13). "Mark Gordon, Ann Biderman Introduce Showtime's Fixer 'Ray Donovan': TCA". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  11. ^ Rose, Lacey (August 28, 2014). "'Ray Donovan' Showrunner Ann Biderman Out (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 28, 2014.