HACKS wins big for STAN at the 2021 Emmy Awards

The Stan exclusive series Hacks has been honoured at the 2021 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, with star Jean Smart taking home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for her celebrated role as Deborah Vance, the legendary Las Vegas comedian, in the acclaimed series.

Hacks creators and showrunners Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky also won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series, with Lucia Aniello winning the Emmy for Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series. Hacks has already been renewed for a second season.

The Stan exclusive series RuPaul’s Drag Race was also celebrated at this year’s ceremony, today winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Competition Program – marking RuPaul’s 11th honour and the most for any person of colour in Emmy history, following Ru’s win for Outstanding Host For A Reality or Competition Program atlast week’s Creative Arts Emmys.

RuPaul has confirmed he will return to host the highly anticipated second season of the Stan Original Series RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under, with further updates to come.



Hacks explores a dark mentorship that forms between Deborah Vance, a legendary Las Vegas comedian, and an entitled, outcast 25-year-old named Ava.

The 10-part series stars Jean Smart (Mare of Eastown) as Deborah Vance, with Hannah Einbinder (Just For Laugh’s 2019 New Face of Comedy) as Ava, the young writer Deborah is forced to hire. Joining Smart and Einbinder as a series regular is Carl Clemons-Hopkins (Hamilton) as Marcus, Deborah’s trusted longtime COO. 

Recurring guest stars include Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore), Paul W. Downs (Broad City), Mark Indelicato (Ugly Betty), Poppy Liu (Better Call Saul), Johnny Sibilly (Pose), Meg Stalter (Tooning Out the News) and Rose Abdoo (Gilmore Girls).

Hacks is a HBO Max series, created, written and showrun by by Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky. It is executive produced by Downs and Aniello via their Paulilu banner, Statsky via First Thought Productions, as well as Emmy® winners Michael Schur via Fremulon, David Miner for 3 Arts Entertainment, and Morgan Sackett.

The series is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, and distributed internationally by NBCUniversal Global Distribution.

Every episode of Hacks is now streaming, only on Stan.




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