Both Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers were recent recipients of The Directors Guild of America’s Diversity Award. However, it’s Rhimes that has expressed an understandable and interesting opinion about it. Check it out!
Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and Private Practice, is one of the most powerful forces in television. And she doesn’t mince words when something is bothering her.
Her latest beef? The Diversity Award that she and Scandal Executive Producer Betsy Beers were given at the Directors Guild of America Awards Saturday night in Los Angeles.
“When I heard I was getting a Diversity Award, I was really, truly, profoundly honored. I began to get calls from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, etc., and I was asked to comment on the award. Asked how good I felt about the award. Asked if it made me feel like I was doing the right thing. Asked if it had been a struggle making diversity happen on my cast and crews. While I’m still really and truly profoundly honored to receive this award, but I was also a little pissed off,” Rhimes said. “So was Betsy. So over many, many, many bottles of wine we discussed this.”
“We’re a little pissed off because there still needs to be an award. Like, there’s such a lack of people hiring women and minorities that when someone does it on a regular basis, they are given an award.”
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Show-runner, Shonda Rhimes, is set to be presented with the Television Showmanship Award by The International Cinematographers Guild!
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 7, 2014 — Shonda Rhimes, creator, writer and producer of the hit TV series Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal, will be presented with the 2014 Television Showmanship Award at the International Cinematographers Guild’s (IATSE Local 600) 51st annual Publicists Awards Luncheon on Friday, February 28, at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
“Shonda Rhimes is quickly becoming one of most honored and recognized creators and producers in television history,” said Henri Bollinger, Awards Committee Chairman. “Her multi-faceted career and the success she has already achieved defines the very essence of showmanship.”
ICG President Steven Poster ASC added, “Shonda has carved a unique position for herself in the entertainment industry with her creativity and tremendous output of great work. As a fan and as president I’m delighted that she has been selected to receive this award.”
Her many honors include the Producers Guild of America 2007 Producer of the Year Award; the 2007 Golden Globe for Outstanding Television Drama; the 2007 Lucy Award for Excellence in Television from Women in Film; the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series in consecutive years 2007 – 2011, as well as five wins for Outstanding Drama Series during those same years; the 2006 Writers Guild Award for Best New Series; in addition to Emmy nominations for Outstanding Drama Series and Writing for a Drama Series.
The Directors Guild of America will honor Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers of Shondaland with the Guild’s 2014 Diversity Award at the 66th Annual DGA Awards in January.
Rhimes was the 2013 winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Drama Series with Scandal, also receiving a nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. Rhimes was the recipient of the 2012 GLAAD Golden Gate Award; 2010 RAINN Hope Award; and a 2009 GLSEN Respect Awards Honoree.
Additionally she received the Television Academy Honors award in 2010 and 2011 for Private Practice as well as the Prism Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series in 2011. Rhimes has twice been included in Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people along with Fortune Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business,” Variety’s “Power of Women” and Glamour Magazine’s “Women of the Year.” In 2013, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as Trustee for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.”
Aside from her success with network television, Rhimes wrote the feature film Princess Diaries 2: A Royal Engagement, released in August 2004 by Disney. Additionally, her original script, Crossroads, was released in 2002 by Paramount. She co-wrote Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, produced by HBO, which was nominated for numerous awards, and for which Halle Berry won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for Best Actress in a miniseries.
Past honorees of the Television Showman of the Year Award include Steven Bochco, Jerry Bruckheimer, Marcy Carsey, Chris Carter, Chris McCumber, Ted Harbert, Bob Hope, David E. Kelley, Norman Lear, Caryn Mandabach, Garry Marshall, Les Moonves, Peter Roth, Fred Silverman, Aaron Spelling, Nina Tassler, Grant Tinker, Jeff Wachtel and Tom Werner.
More than 800 industry leaders are expected to attend the awards luncheon.
Other awards to be presented include the Motion Picture Showmanship Award, which this year will go to Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger; the Lifetime Achievement Award; the President’s Award; the Les Mason Award, the highest honor given to a publicist; the Bob Yeager Award, which goes to a publicist in recognition of outstanding community service; and the Maxwell Weinberg Showmanship Awards for outstanding publicity campaigns of 2008 in films and television.
Congrats, Shonda! You’ve earned it!
The awards just keep rolling in! This time Shonda is sharing it with her producing partner!
The longtime producing partners will be honored for providing jobs and opportunities to women and minorities, marking only the fifth time the guild has doled out the prize.
Betsy Beers, left, and Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhimes and longtime producing partner Betsy Beers are being honored for their commitment to diversity.
The Directors Guild of America announced Tuesday that the Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal producers will receive its 2014 Diversity Award. The prize — only the fifth of its kind to be awarded — will honor the Shondaland duo for their commitment to diversity hiring and history of providing jobs and opportunities to women and minorities in DGA-covered categories and the example they set for the rest of the industry.
CONGRATS to them both!
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Shonda had been nominated for an award!
More than 85 women in film and TV, including Sandra Bullock, Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes, Oprah Winfrey, Cher, Nicole Holofcener and Callie Khouri have been nominated in 15 categories at the annual WIN Awards, to be held Dec. 11 at the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club.
Actor-producer Phyllis Stuart founded WIN in 1993. In a statement, Stuart said, “The WIN Awards advance gender parity by honoring both male and female media artists who create dimensional female media images. The WIN Awards exist because to the extent that women’s voices remain silent we are all robbed of the contribution. Until women and girls are liberated from poverty and injustice, world peace and sustainable development remain in jeopardy.”
CONGRATS to Shonda and Kerry!
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From writing, directing, props, editing, staging, etc. there’s SO much that goes into making Grey’s Anatomy what it is. But it’s the casting director who recently found herself in the limelight!
My, how the tables did turn at the Casting Society of America’s Artios Awards on Nov. 18, when presenting actors like Jake Gyllenhaal and Kerry Washington took pleasure in making a ballroom full of casting directors nervous for a change.
Among the night’s top honorees was Linda Lowy, who was presented with the Hoyt Bowers Award for her outstanding contributions to the casting profession over a career, working on such skeins as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice” and “Friday Night Lights.”
“We are no longer uncelebrated, unheralded — as a matter of fact, we can cross out the un- now,” Lowy said.
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Here’s Shonda’s shout out to the honoree!
(Source|Shonda Rhimes via Twitter)
Congratulations, Linda! I think the entire Grey’s fandom is grateful for the many great people you’ve cast!
P.S. For those who don’t know, Linda Lowy’s real life husband is Jeff Perry (a.k.a. Thatcher Grey)!
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