Mia Lidofsky is a New York based director, writer, showrunner, and creator of the comedy series STRANGERS on Facebook Watch. Vice Magazine called Strangers “the best queer comedy on TV right now” and Vulture hailed it as “a big hearted drama.” In addition to the show’s critical acclaim, Out Magazine recently named Mia as one of their OUT100 of 2018.
Former assistant to directors such as Jesse Peretz, Richard Shepard, and Will Graham, Mia had firsthand experience witnessing various TV shows get off the ground (ONION NEWS NETWORK, ONION SPORTS DOME, SALEM), as well as be a part of various long-running shows (NEW GIRL, NURSE JACKIE, GIRLS).
Mia went on to work with Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner to help produce the initial phase of HBO’s SUITED. She then joined the ranks of Beachside Films as a producer and development executive, and was Associate Producer on the documentary TIG and the narrative feature PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS, both of which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Mia cut her teeth directing music videos for artists such as Emmy the Great, MOTHXR, and Genevieve and in 2015 was selected for the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Through the program she directed the pilot episode of STRANGERS, featuring Zoë Chao, Meredith Hagner, and Jemaine Clement. Refinery29 quickly came on board to green-light Season One, and the series went on to premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was the U.S. Centerpiece at Outfest 2017.
Facebook Watch soon after acquired Season One while simultaneously green-lighting Season Two, expanding the seven episode digital series into a proper ten episode half hour order. Lidofsky stepped into the new role of showrunner, and ran the writer’s room alongside Neena Beber, as well as directed four episodes of Season Two. Both seasons are now live on Facebook Watch.
In the fall of 2016, Mia and her partner Celia Rowlson-Hall co-directed the viral #PantsuitPower video, dedicated to Hillary Clinton, which garnered over 5 million views in less than two weeks. They recently followed up with a #BeMyVoice video for the 2018 midterms, which was shared on Good Morning America, CNN, NowThis, among other news and political sites.