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Sandy Chanley

Before forming Production Partners, Inc. (PPI) in 1990, Sandy Chanley had participated in every imaginable type of programming on both film and video, documentary, sports, children's, news, educational, comedy and drama. Since 1984, she and current partners Tom Bull and Keith Truesdell (director of FAT ACTRESS™) have operated as a team, co-producing several award-winning projects.

Most notably, Chanley and her group produced two critically-acclaimed seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm, a breakthrough improvisational comedy series from Seinfeld co-creator Larry David. In July, 2002, the show received its first Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series after taking home Comedy Series of the Year at the 2002 AFI Awards.

Chanley and her partners also produced Ben Stiller's Wake Up Your Smile, a comedy infomercial starring Ben Stiller, Janeane Garafolo, Andy Dick, and William Shatner which aired on Comedy Central to promote The Ben Stiller Show DVD release. They were also behind Kathy Griffin: The D-List, the first stand-up comedy special to be produced by the cutting-edge Bravo Network.

No stranger to accolades, Chanley and her partners produced and directed three of Chris Rock's stand-up specials. Their first, Chris Rock: Big Ass Jokes, received a CableAce Award in the stand-up comedy category. Their second, Chris Rock: Bring the Pain, garnered them a 1997 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music, Variety, or Comedy Special. Their last special with Rock, Chris Rock: Bigger and Blacker, was nominated for six 2000 Primetime Emmys including Outstanding Music, Variety, or Comedy Special, and "Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Music Program" (for Keith Truesdell).

Chanley and PPI have produced over 40 comedy specials for various cable networks. They also received two additional CableAce Awards for Richard Jeni: Platypus Man, and Judy Gold: Comedy Half Hour. Their cutting edge late night music/variety series for Walt Disney Television, "The L.A. Thing with John Doe, which aired on KCAL-TV, was nominated for a 1996 Los Angeles Emmy Award and was critically supported by the Los Angeles artistic community. Howie Mandel's Sunny Skies, a 13 episode sketch show series for Showtime, broke the mold of traditional television production by taping all 13 episodes in five weeks. Mandel was nominated for a CableAce as Best Actor in a Comedy Series.

Chanley also produced Bill Maher: Be More Cynical, D.L. Hughley: Goin' Home, Kathy Griffin: Hot Cup of Talk, Jeff Foxworthy: Totally Committed, David Spade: Take the Hit, Richard Jeni: A Good Catholic Boy, Adam Sandler: What the Hell Happened to Me?, Richard Lewis: The Magical Misery Tour, Rita Rudner: Married Without Children, and Dana Carvey: Critics' Choice," among others.

Chanley and her company's award-winning success has inspired a wide range of projects they have recently produced, are in production, or have in development. They have currently been developing the dramatic feature film, Rivers in the Desert, with Oscar-nominated writer/director Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile"), since acquiring the rights to the Margaret Leslie Davis book in 2002. The film tells the story of the rise and fall of William Mulholland, whose engineering vision made modern-day Los Angeles possible.

Chanley and her team join forces in FAT ACTRESS, with Keith Truesdell directing, Tom Bull, as Supervising Producer; and Scott Butler as Producer.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

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