Unscripted

Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz to enter Realscreen Awards Hall of Fame

Emmy-winning producing team and longtime business partners Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz will be inducted into the Realscreen Awards Hall of Fame on Tuesday, January 28, during the Realscreen Summit in New ...
October 31, 2019

Emmy-winning producing team and longtime business partners Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz will be inducted into the Realscreen Awards Hall of Fame on Tuesday, January 28, during the Realscreen Summit in New Orleans.

Earlier in 2019, Cutforth and Lipsitz, the team behind such iconic unscripted franchises as Bravo’s Top Chef and Project Runway, established their latest production venture, Alfred Street Industries, named for the West Hollywood street where their first production company, Magical Elves, was born. Marking a return to their entrepreneurial roots, in just its first several months, Alfred Street has secured series greenlights from Quibi — including the upcoming Chrissy’s Court featuring Chrissy Teigen — and Amazon and Netflix, among others. Cutforth and Lipsitz also continue to produce National Geographic’s Brain Games and Bravo’s seminal Project Runway (with season 18 premiering in December) under the Alfred Street Industries banner.

Officially establishing their partnership as Magical Elves in 2001, Cutforth and Lipsitz have won numerous Emmys, as well as a Peabody Award; IDA Award; SXSW Audience Award; and a James Beard Award. They are responsible for scores of renowned hits across numerous networks and platforms. In addition to the Emmy-winning Project Runway, hit series include Top Chef (for which they earned a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding competition program, as well as an Emmy for the series’ digital counterpart Last Chance Kitchen); Netflix’s Nailed It! and Sugar Rush; Oxygen’s Cold Justice and Cold Justice: Sex Crimes; Showtime’s IDA Award-winning documentary Time of Death; and WE tv’s Braxton Family Values. In 2011 they produced the feature film Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, followed by their directorial debut in 2012, Katy Perry: Part of Me, both for Paramount Pictures.

Other credits for Cutforth and Lipsitz include the Emmy-winning Project Greenlight (HBO); Tim & Faith: Soul to Soul (Showtime); Last Comic Standing and Fashion Star (NBC); Top Chef Jr. (UniKids); Cleveland Hustles with LeBron James (CNBC); Top Chef Masters (Bravo); Under the Electric Sky (Focus Features); and All In With Cam Newton (Nickelodeon).

Recently, the pair were celebrated for their professional and philanthropic leadership at the fourth annual “Let’s Get Real” event, which honors leading executives within the unscripted entertainment community and is held to benefit the Saban Community Clinic in Los Angeles.

“Jane and Dan are a formidable team in the unscripted space, and their work is some of the industry’s most successful and enduring,” said Claire Macdonald, VP and publisher, Realscreen. “And we are very pleased to recognize their contribution by welcoming them to the Realscreen Awards Hall of Fame.”

Past producer inductees into the Realscreen Awards Hall of Fame have included Brent Montgomery, SallyAnn Salsano, Craig Piligian, Stephen Lambert, Bertram van Munster, Thom Beers, Jonathan Murray and Mark Burnett.

The Realscreen Awards ceremony will take place at the Sheraton New Orleans. For more information on the Realscreen Awards, click here.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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