Diana Son (American Crime) will serve as executive producer and co-showrunner on Selena Gomez’s Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which just enlisted Spotlight helmer Tom McCarthy to direct the first two episodes and executive produce the series.
13 Reasons Why, from Anonymous Content and Paramount TV, was created and written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Brian Yorke based on the 2007 New York Times bestselling YA book by Jay Asher. It follows a boy named Clay through an emotional night when he receives a shoe box of cassette tapes from his late classmate and crush Hannah, after she recently committed suicide. On the tapes, which are mailed with instructions to pass along from one student to another, Hannah explains to 12 peers how they each played a role in her death, by giving 13 reasons explaining why she took her life.
Son will co-showrun alongside Yorkey. The two executive produce with McCarthy and Gomez, Anonymous Content’s Joy Gorman, Michael Sugar and Steve Golin, as well as Mandy Teefey and producer Kristel Laiblin who, along with Gomez, originally found the book and brought it to Anonymous Content for a screen adaptation.
Son will segue to 13 Reasons Why — which marks her first series showruner gig — from John Ridley’s ABC anthology drama series American Crime, which she joined after the pilot, serving as co-executive producer for two seasons.
Last season, she created and executive produced her first pilot, NBC drama Love Is a Four-Letter Word. The Blue Bloods alumna is repped by WME.