The women being honored today at Girls Inc.’s second annual Los Angeles Celebration Luncheon range from the executive producer of the CBS drama “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” to a Native American screenwriter and filmmaker.
All of the honorees, says Leslie Carder-Hoffman, media literacy coordinator for Girls Inc. program Re-Cast TV, either “have broken through the glass ceiling in their careers or have provided roles in movies depicting women in a solid light.”
The lunch, sponsored by Daily Variety, will include a Town Hall meeting to address images of girls in the media, plus the presentation of $10,000 in scholarship money to further promote media literacy at the community level.
The industry honorees: Beth Sullivan, executive producer of “Dr. Quinn”; Valerie Red-Horse, who broke out of the stereotypical acting roles offered Native Americans and is set to helm her own feature, “Naturally Native”; Winifred White Neisser, VP of movies for the television and miniseries division at Columbia TriStar Television; Anita Addison, VP in drama development for CBS Entertainment; and Carole Black, president and general manager of NBC4.
In addition to the individual honorees, Girls Inc. will recognize the Carsey-Werner Co. with the corporate vision award, for “bringing realism, depth and a sense of humor to female characters young and old,” through shows such as “Roseanne,” “Grace Under Fire” and “Cybill.” Girls Inc. further praised the Carsey-Werner shows for “featuring women who work for a living, struggle for independence, education, family and friendships. … Women who wrestle monthly bills, unruly teenagers, surprise pregnancies and sudden layoffs.”
Last year’s corporate vision award went to Nickelodeon.