Girls Inc. honors five for advances

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.

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