Maxine Lapiduss

Maxine Lapiduss is an American comedian-singer, television comedy writer, director, producer, entrepreneur, and branding strategist. She is a graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School[1] and the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, both in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she was born and raised.

Maxine Lapiduss
OccupationComedian, businessperson, television producer and writer
Years active1987–present

Lapiduss wrote and produced many notable comedy series including Dharma & Greg, Ellen, Roseanne, Home Improvement and more.[2]

Storyverse StudiosEdit

Lapiduss is the co-founder and CEO of Storyverse Studios, an entertainment company founded in Los Angeles in 2014. Storyverse develops and produces story-driven properties within a multi-platform universe of entertainment. Their first property, Find Me I'm Yours, launched on November 3, 2014, and begins as a media rich ebook, written and designed by writer/artist/web innovator, Hillary Carlip,[3] and published by Rosetta Books. The romantic comedy novel is filled with hand-written lists, Instagram-style photos, videos and links to its 33 original websites, and five web series all created as part of this Click Lit experience.

Television writer/producer/directorEdit

Lapiduss wrote and produced the last season of Ellen (three Emmy nominations), Roseanne, (Emmy nomination as Best Comedy Series and a Golden Globe award), Home Improvement (People's Choice Awards for Best Comedy Series), Dharma & Greg, and Situation: Comedy, a Bravo reality series Lapiduss starred in and produced with Sean Hayes (Will and Grace) about how to make a sitcom. She has directed Disney Channel's acclaimed show, Jessie.

Lapiduss spent four months managing relationships and production on 40 episodes of the Russian adaptation of The King of Queens in Moscow. She also acted as Studio Executive and show runner for the pilots and post production of Sony International TV's adaptations of The Cosby Show and Rules of Engagement for CTC Media.

Lapiduss also co-founded non-profit Steeltown Entertainment Project, a teaching organization and production company whose mission is to bring film and TV production jobs back to Pittsburgh.

Creative strategistEdit

For more than a decade, Lapiduss has been working with artists, writers, performers, and filmmakers to expand their brands through her consulting company, Lapiduss Creative.

Lapiduss also pioneered one of the earliest online digital networks, Voxxy (1999-2001). As Co-President, Co-Founder, and Executive Creative Strategist, Lapiduss raised two rounds of financing, contracted A-list talent and notables for Voxxy involvement including Jennifer Aniston, Melissa Etheridge, Billie Jean King, Kathy Najimy, and Shirley Manson, among others. Lapiduss also recruited Hollywood show runners and producers to create content, and developed branded "advertainment" for entertainment companies, record labels, and businesses including Motorola and Hard Candy. Voxxy won the 2000 Bandie Broadband Award for innovation in the category "Newest New Thing."

PerformerEdit

Lapiduss has written, starred in, and produced several one-woman variety shows including "Mackie's Back in Town", and has been honored with a nomination for Best Cabaret Artist (Female) 2011, by Broadway World Los Angeles.

Her video "Scared About Life Without Oprah" included a cameo by Glee's Jane Lynch and was featured in The Huffington Post, USA Today, and TV Guide.

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • 2011 Broadway World Award Nomination -- Best Cabaret Artist (Female) Los Angeles, "Mackie's Back in Town"
  • Golden Globe Award -- Roseanne, Producer[4]
  • Emmy Nomination -- Roseanne, Best Comedy Series, Writer/Producer
  • Emmy Nomination -- Home Improvement, Best Comedy Series, Writer/Co-Executive Producer[5]
  • Emmy Nomination -- Ellen, Best Comedy Series and Best Writing, Writer/Consultant
  • Steeltown Presents Best Local Special , Writer/Host and Executive Producer
  • People's Choice Award --Home Improvement , Co-Executive Producer
  • Ace Award -- Free To Laugh, Writer/Executive Producer
  • Bandie Broadband Award -- Voxxy.com, Newest New Thing
  • Ovation Award (multiple nominations) -- Situation Tragedy, Writer/Performer/Producer
  • Dramalogue/Backstage Magazine Awards -- Outstanding Achievement in Theater, 14 awards for Situation Tragedy, Writer/Performer/Producer

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Heyl: Pittsburgh's Taylor Allderdice High School Churns Out The Rich And Famous". Pittsburgh, PA Patch. 2017-08-13. Retrieved 2020-06-30.
  2. ^ Publishing, Here (1997-09-30). The Advocate. Here Publishing.
  3. ^ Goldman, David (2014-11-03). "'Find Me I'm Yours': This is the book of the future". CNNMoney. Retrieved 2020-06-30.
  4. ^ "Maxine Lapiduss". www.goldenglobes.com. Retrieved 2020-06-30.
  5. ^ "MAXINE LAPIDUSS". Television Academy. Retrieved 2020-06-30.

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