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, and has received a Writers Guild Award nomination for her work on The History Channel's remake of Alex Haley's Roots.

Alison is also a 2017 Humanitas Prize Finalist, and has received two NAACP Image Award nominations for Melody, 1963: Love Has to Win, An American Girl Story, from Amazon Studios, which she wrote and executive produced.  Alison’s other TV writing credits include: 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.