WEEK IN WOMEN: Women Directors to helm LOTR: RINGS OF POWER Season 2 – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Three acclaimed women directors are bringing to life Amazon Prime Video’s next chapter of adventures in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Charlotte Brändström, Sanaa Hamri and Louise Hooper are each helming multiple episodes for Season 2 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

Brändström, who directed two highly acclaimed episodes of “The Rings of Power’s” first season (Episode 106, titled Udûn, and Episode 107, named The Eye), is directing four episodes of the second season and serving as co-executive producer for the series’ forthcoming season.

Hamri and Hooper are directing two episodes. Brändström and Hamri also have overall deals with Amazon Studios.

Brändström is an award-winning director and graduate of the directing program at the American Film Institute. She recently finished directing a pilot for Netflix Sweden titled “The Unlikely Murder,” and her other directing credits for television include “The Outsider” for HBO; “Jupiter’s Legacy,” “The Witcher” and “Away” for Netflix; “The Man in the High Castle” for Prime Video; and “Outlander” and “Counterpart” for Starz.

Hamri is a renowned film, television, music video and commercial director from Tangier, Morocco. She recently completed executive producing and directing “The Wheel of Time’s” second season for Prime Video.

Hooper is an acclaimed British drama director, known for the four-part limited thriller “Flesh and Blood,” starring Imelda Staunton and Stephen Rea; and “Cheat,” the four-part drama starring Molly Windsor. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.