Ilene Chaiken is an American television producer, director, writer, and founder of Little Chicken Productions. She is best known as being the co-creator, writer and executive producer of the television series The L Word and is currently an executive producer on the hit television series Empire.
The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken and actors Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig, and Leisha Hailey talk with Recode's Kara Swisher about their decision to reunite for a new series called The L Word: Generation Q, 10 years after the original show ended. They discuss how the first "L Word" got started, why the first new season is only 8 episodes long, and their hopes for a series of live events for fans of the show, called L Con. Plus: How do they all feel about the rise of tech money in Hollywood over the past decade?Featuring:Ilene Chaiken (@ilenechaiken), creator, The L WordJennifer Beals (@jenniferbeals), actor, The L Word: Generation Q (Bette Porter)Kate Moennig (@katemoennig), actor, The L Word: Generation Q (Shane McCutcheon)Leisha Hailey (@Leisha_Hailey), actor, The L Word: Generation Q (Alice Pieszecki)Host:Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder and editor-at-largeMore to explore:Subscribe for free to Reset, Recode's new podcast that explores why — and how — tech is changing everything.About Recode by Vox:Recode by Vox helps you understand how tech is changing the world — and changing us.Follow Us:Newsletter: Recode DailyTwitter: @Recode and @voxdotcom Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
‘The L Word: Generation Q’ is not a reboot of the groundbreaking Showtime series on lesbian life in Los Angeles. It’s an evolution, reuniting characters from the original with a new younger group. Creator Ilene Chaiken discusses the changes, including the welcome one of shooting Los LA this time.
Showrunner/Executive producer Ilene Chaiken sits down with Cameron to discuss the L Word reboot, asking to be invited to L Word parties, and her hopes for future queer content.This episode is sponsored by Candlewick Press - Fat Angie Rebel Girl Revolution (, True & Co. ( code: queery), and Pact ( code: QUEERY).
Michelle Ashford, creator of Masters of Sex and Empire showrunner Ilene Chaiken sit down with Michael Schneider to talk about their process of becoming TV writers and executive producers, and why they don’t typically call themselves "showrunners."
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Jun 30th, 1957
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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3 hours, 17 minutes
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