‘Transparent’s’ Jill Soloway Named Banff’s Showrunner of the Year (Exclusive)

Writer/director/executive producer will also present a master class on the Amazon Studios show

Last Updated: May 14, 2015 @ 12:51 PM

The accolades continue to pile up for “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway.

Soloway will be named Showrunner of the Year at the Banff World Media Festival in June, TheWrap has learned exclusively. Amazon Studios is also set to be honored with Banff’s Award of Innovation.

Additionally, writer/director/executive producer Soloway will present a Master Class on “Transparent,” dissecting the series.

The show is a half-hour series that explores family, identity, sex, and love. “Transparent” stars Jeffrey Tambor as Maura, who has spent her life as Mort — the Pfefferman family patriarch. When she reintroduces herself to her family, everyone’s secrets finally start to come out. This includes her ex-wife Shelly, and their children — meandering Ali, record producer Josh, and sexually conflicted Sarah. Each family member spins in a different direction as they begin to figure out who they are going to become.

“Transparent” was the first online series to ever win a Best Television Series-Musical or Comedy Award, at the 2014 Golden Globes.

Jill Soloway has made history with ‘Transparent,’ a game changing series which has really shifted the traditional television landscape, while Amazon Studios has really revolutionized the current entertainment climate with their innovative programming model,” said Ferne Cohen, executive director of the Banff World Media Festival.

Soloway won a DGA Award this year in the Comedy Series category for “Transparent’s” episode “Best New Girl.” In 2013, she won the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival for her first feature, “Afternoon Delight,” which was released by Cinedigm/Film Arcade.