New York Women in Film & Television Power Luncheon Honoring Mary-Louise Parker, Debi Mazar, Martha Plimpton,Marcia Smith, Jacki Kelley & Amy Goodman @ 37th Annual Muse Awards !
NEW YORK(SMI-WIRE,12.08.16)The New York Women in Film & Television organization, which has supported women calling the shots throughout the entertainment industry for nearly 40 years, held today it's 37th annual MUSE AWARDS gala luncheon to recognize the remarkable achievements of women in the film, television and digital media industries @ Hilton Hotel in NYC(Manhattan).This annual awards was hosted by actress and CBS commentator Nancy Giles, honoring some of the most talented women in the entertainment industry;Mary-Louise Parker(Golden Globe Award winning Actress), Debi Mazar (Actress & TV Personality), Martha Plimpton( Award Winning Actress), Marcia Smith (Co-Founder of Firelight Media), Jackie Kelley(COO of Bloomberg Media) & award winning journalist Amy Goodman.
Mary-Louise Parker, a Golden Globe Award-winning and Emmy-nominated actress for her lead role on Showtime's television series Weeds, appearances in numerous films and series including RED, Fried Green Tomatoes, Boys on the Side, The Client, Bullets Over Broadway, Romance and Cigarettes, Grand Canyon, Solitary Man, Long Time Companion, The West Wing, and Angels in America, for which she received a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Parker is the author of “Dear Mr. You” and a contributing writer for Esquire, O Magazine, Bullett, The Riviter, and The New York Times. Parker is also a Tony Award winner for her performance inProof, and she is currently starring in Heisenberg on Broadway.
Debi Mazar, an American actress and television personality, known for her work in independent films, as well as her starring role in the Cooking Channel series, Extra Virgin, along with her husband Gabriele Corcos. Mazar also won kudos for her role on the HBO series Entourage, and currently stars as Maggie on TV Land's Younger.
Martha Plimpton, an award-winning actress, Plimpton currently stars in ABC’s The Real O'Neals and recently starred in the UK premiere of Other Desert Cities. Nominated for an Emmy Award and twice for a Critics' Choice Television Award, Plimpton’s memorable TV guest appearances include The Good Wife and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Plimpton has appeared in over 30 films, including The Goonies, The Mosquito Coast, Running on Empty, Beautiful Girls, Parenthood, and the independent feature Small Town Murder Songs. Martha is also the co-founder of the women's rights organization A IS FOR which is dedicated to advancing women's reproductive rights and ending the stigma against abortion care.
Marcia Smith, Co-Founder and President of Firelight Media, a non-profit film organization dedicated to nurturing projects by emerging independent filmmakers and impact producers of color, producing over 18 hours of film and garnering every major award in television. A writer by trade, Smith was honored by the Writers’ Guild for Best Documentary writing and nominated for a Primetime Emmy for the film The Murder of Emmett Till. Her book, Black America: Past to Present was released to wide acclaim in 2003.
Jacki Kelley, Chief Operating Officer of Bloomberg Media and 2016-2017 President of the Board of Directors for New York Women in Communications, Inc. Kelley, who leads business operations for Bloomberg LP’s global multi-platform media organization, has been listed as one of Variety’s Power of Women New York, named a Matrix Award Honoree by the New York Women in Communications, and featured as one of Crain’s New York Business’ 50 Most Powerful Women, and recognized by Folio’s Top Women in Media Awards. Under Kelley’s leadership, Bloomberg Media debuted the provocative new series, “Big Problems. Big Thinkers.” examining some of the biggest threats facing humanity and the possible solutions underway to solve them.
Amy Goodman received the 11th annual Loreen Arbus Changemaker Award. The acclaimed award-winning journalist, host and executive producer of Democracy Now! has co-authored six New York Times bestsellers. Her latest one, Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America looks back over the past two decades of Democracy Now! and the powerful movements and charismatic leaders who are re-shaping our world.
The Loreen Arbus Changemaker Award was created with the generous support of New York Women in Film & Television member Loreen Arbus. Each year, it is given to an individual, organization or corporation in the entertainment industry that has helped to create and bring about significant change to benefit and aid women.
“The Muse Awards is always an inspirational event recognizing our extraordinary colleagues and friends for their talent, entrepreneurial spirit and vision,” said New York Women in Film & Television Executive Director Terry Lawler. “We are thrilled and honored to not only support and mentor each other as we do on a regular basis, but to empower and encourage women to continue striving and shattering the glass ceiling still prevalent in the entertainment industry.”
The Muse Awards gala luncheon is one of the most sought-after affairs during the height of the holiday season, and is attended by leading executives from major studios, broadcast and cable networks and film, television and digital media production facilities. Past recipients include Meryl Streep, Claire Danes, Anne Sweeney, Martha Stewart, Robin Wright, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julianne Moore, Tina Fey, America Ferrera, Julianna Margulies, Blythe Danner, Victoria Alonso, Gabourey Sidibe, Cicely Tyson, and Lucy Liu.
About New York Women in Film & Television:
The preeminent entertainment industry association for women in New York City, NYWIFT supports women calling the shots in film, television and digital media. NYWIFT energizes the careers of women in entertainment by illuminating their achievements, providing training and professional development activities, and advocating for equity. Membership includes more than 2,000 women and men working in all areas of the industry. NYWIFT is part of a network of 40 women in film organizations worldwide, representing more than 10,000 members.