About Alison

Alison McDonald
Writer/Director Bio

In addition to selling her She Got Problems pilot to ABC, Alison has sold pilots to HBO and NBC.  In Fall 2016, Amazon Studios, in partnership with Common's Freedom Road Productions, will premiere Alison’s original American Girl TV Special, Melody, 1963: Love Has to Win, An American Girl Story, which she wrote and executive produced.  Alison’s other TV writing credits include: A+E's remake of Alex Haley's Roots, Garry Trudeau's Alpha House, Chris Rock's Everybody Hates Chris, Nurse Jackie, and American Dad!

A Fulbright Scholar and Upright Citizens Brigade alumna, Alison is also a veteran director of short films, including The Life & Times of Little Jimmy B., which aired on PBS, and won a Directors Guild of America Student Filmmaker Award.  Alison’s other awards include fellowships from New York Women in Film & Television and the U.S. Department of Education.  She is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and Columbia University’s Film Division.